Veronica “Ronnie” Cuculich was born April 4, 1930 in Chicago, Illinois. She grew up in Dixon, Illinois with 2 sisters, her mother, and father. As a young woman, Ronnie attended Dixon State School. After living in state-operated institutions for many years, Ronnie finally got to live in the community with her friends. She worked in a sheltered workshop, but artmaking was her true calling. Ronnie had been drawing and making crafts her whole life. She was the inspiration behind the studio. She helped open it in January of 2000. While Ronnie was an untrained artist, she worked with many media and was always interested in experimenting. She enjoyed mixed media pieces, drawing and painting with oil and acrylic. In Ronnie’s words, “The studio is perfect because I get to paint!” After working as an artist for 10 years, and working to open two studios, Ronnie passed away in 2010.