Amelie Liew

Amelie Liew

AMELIE LIEW/MANAGING DIRECTOR

“The best thing about art is that art naturally lands on each one of us no matter how much we love or are good at. The best thing about children is that they are born to be artistic and creative. We connect these dots with children’s own motivation!”

Amelie has a BA in Photography from San Francisco Art Institute and an MA in Arts Administration from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. This art education led to working in a commercial art gallery and museum, as well as with local and international artists as an independent curator. She hopes Nine Studio provides a nurturing environment for all children to find their own voice by being creative and having fun.

 Sheby Chan

Sheby Chan

SHELBY CHAN/ART EDUCATOR

Born and raised in San Francisco, Shelby made the move to Los Angeles for her undergraduate education and received her BA degrees in Art and English from UCLA. Merging her two areas of study as a visual storyteller, she is pursuing her MFA in Animation at USC. She loves sharing the joys of art and contributing to this collaborative, creative environment!

“Art is the ultimate way to engage with the world. It is a field that negotiates all other fields, from sciences to humanities, and allows for open dialogue between them. With freedom of expression, art can be a powerful tool.”

 New Intelligence Next Education

New Intelligence Next Education

Our Team

We are a group of artists, educators, children-believers, and curious grown-ups who are always seeking to create.

 Emma Buchanan

Emma Buchanan

EMMA BUCHANAN/LEAD ART EDUCATOR

Emma has a BFA in Photography from The Columbus College of Art & Design. After graduating in 2009, she went on to teach at an afterschool program nearby until moving to the West Coast. Originally from a small town in Ohio, Emma has lived in San Francisco since 2013. She thrives on creating a relaxing environment where kids can feel free to be themselves and express themselves through different mediums of art.

“Art creates an outlet to express emotions and feelings. Some of us have a hard time expressing our emotions any other way - children especially. With so many different types of mediums to create with, art gives us endless possibilities to express feelings and create beautiful things that we can either share with others or make just for ourselves.”

 Douglas Salomonsson

Douglas Salomonsson

DOUGLAS SALOMONSSON/MARKETING COORDINATOR

Born and raised in Sweden, Douglas first moved to the US to begin his undergraduate education in 2014. After living in Santa Monica, CA for three years, he moved to San Francisco in the Summer of 2017 to continue his education and pursue further career opportunities in education and marketing.

”I enjoy working with kids at Nine because of their fresh perspective on things. In addition, I would like to help kids explore their creative side, as I believe that I lacked much of that as a child.”

 Jane Seong

Jane Seong

JANE SEONG/ART EDUCATOR

As a child, Jane wanted to be an artist and has been drawing, painting, and creating a bunch of different things ever since. Jane currently attends Academy of Art University, majoring in Visual Development where character design is her specialty. She loves to create characters that spread joy to both children and adults. 

“Kids give me inspiration for art. I get fresh ideas from kids and they constantly surprise me with their creativity. Just as children inspire me, I aspire to be an inspirational source for children.”