The TOSS Team

Co-Founder and Studio Director                                                                                                                              

Kirksey Lowther is an artist and educator, born and raised in Morganton, NC. She graduated from Appalachian State University with a Bachelor degree in Art Education and she has studied and taught in various art programs in Scotland, and Western North Carolina. She loves crafting the space for big imaginations: For those small hands, and minds hard at work, and for finished masterpieces with proud presenters and wide eyed smiles. Kirksey’s studio practice incorporates primarily 2D works with pen ink, and watercolor. Her works often mirror the outside world: Tight organic lines, the surprise under the veil of a blossom...these are the things that spark her inspiration.

Co-Founder and Studio Director                                                                                                                                  

Kathryn Ervin has spent the last six years investigating the technical and conceptual terms of the visual arts. Graduating Magna Cum Laude from East Carolina University in 2014 with a degree in painting and drawing, Ervin has been teaching art, exhibiting work, and building a nonprofit art advocacy studio in her hometown of Morganton, NC.  Her visual portfolio encompasses interdisciplinary projects that include digital, sculptural, and 2 dimensional media that have been exhibited in solo and group shows throughout the Carolinas. 

Her desire for each new project--whether it is in the studio, working with students, or instigating social collaborations-- is to further cultivate the practice of thinking deeply and live fully. She is privileged to encourage others to do the same.

Studio Director                                                                                                                                                                

Hannah Thrower graduated from Appalachian State University with a Bachelors of Science in Art Education k-12 and has 5 years of teaching experience. This year Hannah will be acting as the art instructor at New Dimensions Charter School as well as leading the after school program at TOSS with Kirksey. In her free time she loves to paint, draw, and sculpt and also loves being active through outlets such as hiking, running, and lifting.  Favorite quote? “The mind, once stretched by new idea, never returns to its original dimensions.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson