Michele Rivera is founder of the Artistic Horizon art center and “Bears that Care” program in State College. She is originally from Brooklyn, New York. She graduated from Kingsborough College and Penn State’s School of Visual Arts. She works in ceramics, metals, and watercolors. Her passion is to pass on her addiction to create through her instruction at the university, local art centers, and various charters schools were she is or has taught art programs. She currently teaches at Artistic Horizon and Art Alliance of Central Pennsylvania.