Alexandra Cohen received her Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology with a focus in Archaeology from the University of Oregon and a Master in Education from Wheelock College in Boston. During her undergraduate work she assisted with archaeological digs and served as a museum educator at the University of Oregon’s Museum of Natural History. Alexandra taught children with special needs for four years and is currently working at the MFA as an instructor in the Artful Adventures and Artful Healing programs.
Alexandra Ford has been with the Education Department at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston since 2011. An artist and educator, she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting from Massachusetts College of Art and Design in 2013. While in school, she volunteered for Family Programs at the MFA, taught at the Back of the Hill Apartments in Jamaica Plain, MA, and for the Saturday Studios program at MassArt. Her paintings have been in group shows at the Godine Family Gallery and the David and Sandra Bakalar and Stephen D. Paine Gallery at MassArt, at the Long Hall Gallery in Worcester, MA, and at School 33 Art Center in Baltimore, MD. Alexandra is currently working at the MFA as an instructor in the Artful Adventures program and as the Gallery Learning Administrative Assistant. She also teaches visual arts classes through the City of Cambridge Department of Human Service Programs at the MLK Community School.
Amy Beth Harrison grew up drawing and painting but fell in love with sculpture in college. She holds a degree in ceramics from Brigham Young University and also has a Master’s degree in Fine Arts from Massachusetts College of Art & Design with a concentration in sculpture. She has had residencies at the Vermont Studio Center and the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft where she first began teaching. In addition to working at the MFA as an Artful Adventures instructor she has taught with the Forest Hills Educational Trust and at the West End House Boys and Girls Club. Amy Beth creates installations and sculptures on home, landscape, and emotion, and has displayed in various locations around Boston. She is also a founding member of Miranda’s Hearth, a local grassroots arts organization dedicated to building community through creativity.
Barrett Grizzard is an artist and art educator who has taught children in many schools, after school programs, museums, and art centers in the United States and Asia. She received an MAT in Art Education from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in partnership with Tufts University, and a BFA in painting from the Maryland Institute College of Art. She works in a variety of media including painting, printmaking, and sculpture, and currently works as a teaching artist at the Maud Morgan Art Center. At the MFA, Barrett is an instructor in the Artful Adventures program and is the Community Arts Liaison for the West End House Boys and Girls Club in Allston.
Bonnie Gamerman has been involved in art education for four decades teaching in a variety of settings including home school programs, artist in residence programs, summer camps, galleries, and private school settings. As an artist herself, Bonnie works primarily in clay, constructing hand built pieces, experimenting with different firing techniques, and developing her own approach to creating unique pieces. Her teaching focuses on thinking creatively and appreciating all forms of expression. This passion can be seen in her approach to learning and the connection she fosters with her students. Bonnie graduated from Lesley University and has a Massachusetts Visual Arts Educator License for grades K-8. She is currently working as an instructor in the Artful Adventures program at the MFA.
Carly Sheehan has a Bachelors of Art in Studio Education with a focus in painting from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. During her time at Mass Art Carly obtained Museum education experience through internships at the Institute of Contemporary Art and at the Bakalar & Paine Galleries. She has experience with teaching people of all ages, and also holds a Massachusetts Visual Arts Educator license for grades 5-12. Carly uses oil paints and collage to explore large-scale abstract paintings in her own studio practice, and is currently working as an instructor in the Artful Adventures program at the MFA.
Cynthia Woo obtained a Master’s in Art History and Museum Studies certificate from Tufts University, where she concentrated in the Italian Renaissance and Museum Education. She started working at the MFA as a graduate student lecturer in 2006 and has been teaching as an instructor in the Artful Adventures program since 2007. She loves working with all age groups from toddlers to adults, and when not exploring and teaching in the galleries, Cynthia also manages youth and community programs at the Boston Center for the Arts.
Dana DiNatale received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Art Education with a focus in Community Art Education from Massachusetts College of Art and Design. She also has a Massachusetts Visual Arts Teacher’s License for grades K-12. Dana has worked in community based art centers, schools, and hospitals in the Boston area. She has training in early childhood education, special issues and art, art and literacy, and the arts in healing. As a visual artist Dana works in mixed media: painting, collage, and printmaking, and she also has a passion for photography. Dana is currently working as an instructor in the Artful Adventures, Artful Healing, and Gallery Learning programs at the MFA.
Ebla Al Hawi is a visual artist and educator with a background in digital and studio art. She is currently pursuing an MFA in Fiber Arts at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth where she also received a Post-Baccalaureate certificate in Textile Design/ Fiber Arts. Ebla also holds a BFA from the College of Fine Arts in Damascus, Syria. She has taught many crafts-making classes for different age groups in Syria and the United States that focus on using repurposed materials, and believes that art is a both a universal language and a tool of expression. She aspires to help all learners find their voice, and currently works as an instructor in the Artful Adventures and Gallery Learning programs at the MFA.
Hilary Zelson graduated from Union College in Schenectady, NY, Magna Cum Laude, with a Bachelor’s of Art and a minor in Classical Studies. She also attended an artist residency at the Chautauqua School of Art during the summer of 2010. Currently living in Boston, Hilary spends her time working as an artist in mixed media and photography. Her specialty is using colored glitter instead of paint. In addition to creating art and participating in art exhibitions across the county, she loves teaching and currently works as an instructor in the Artful Adventures program at the MFA. Hilary was also selected to work as the Lead Artist for the Community Arts Initiative’s Artist Project Elemental in 2014.
Ingrid de Aguiar Sanchez creates prints, drawings and installations that examine cultural and linguistic hybridism as a method of adaption and survival. In her ongoing project Fragmentos, she interfaces walls with graphic and organic imagery arranged in mosaic-like collages. Reminiscent of a building façade in her native Brazil, the work references different forms of visual expression that transpire in public space such as contemporary graffiti and colonial-era baroque design. Ingrid received her BFA from The Maryland Institute College of Art in 2006 and her MFA from Tufts University in 2011. She received The Elizabeth A. Sackler Museum Grant to pursue a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate at the Studio Art Centers International in Florence, Italy and more recently the Montague International Travel Grant to attend a printmaking residency at the Frans Masereel Centre in Kasterlee, Belgium. Ingrid currently works at the MFA as the Lead Instructor for the Mission Hill Partnerships and as the Community Arts Liaison for the Chelsea and Blue Hill Boys and Girls Clubs.
Jake Fried is an artist, animator, and educator who has been teaching as an instructor in the Artful Adventures program at the MFA since 2007. In 2013 Jake worked with children from eight community partner organizations as the Lead Artist for the MFA’s Artist Project, Experiments in Animation. He studied painting at The Maryland Institute College of Art and Art History at Boston University. Jake began his artistic career as a painter, but as he went through the process of layering and modifying images, he realized what truly interested him was the way the images metamorphosed in the course of making a painting and he changed tracks to become an animator. In recent years his films have been widely shown internationally, including at the Tate Modern, Sundance Film Festival and on Adult Swim. In 2014 Fried was awarded an Artist Fellowship in Film & Video from the Massachusetts Cultural Council. He also teaches animation at the Massachusetts College of Art & Design.
Jason Springer has been an instructor in the Artful Adventures program at the MFA since 2005. He was also a Community Arts Liaison from 2007-2012. Additionally, Jason was a trained Instructor who brought art to children and families in hospital settings as part of the Artful Healing program. Besides working at the MFA, Jason is the Director of Education at The Umbrella Arts Center in Concord MA. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Art History from UMass Amherst and a Master’s Degree in Museum Studies from the Harvard Extension School where his thesis topic was “The Connected Classroom: Digital Technology in Art Museum Education for the School Audience.”
John Gray grew up in small town near the lakes region of New Hampshire. After graduating High School he moved to Boston and attended Art School at Suffolk University. He studied the fine arts, but eventually transferred his major and graduated with a degree in Asian Studies. John has worked for groups such as National Geographic and The Chinese Historical Society of New England. He currently works at the MFA as an instructor in the Artful Adventures program and also teaches theater to the children of The Nazzaro Community Center in Boston’s North End.
Julie Martini is a visual artist and arts educator who currently works at the MFA as an Artful Adventures instructor and at Curry College as a Professor of Fine Art. She has taught at UMass Dartmouth, Massachusetts College of Art & Design, and the Eliot School. Julie has also taught and made art with homeless individuals as the Artist-In-Residence at the Barbara McInnis House, through the Eliot School and hopeFound at the Kitty Dukakis Treatment Center at Shattuck Hospital, and at Pine Street Inn. She was also an Artist-In-Residence at the Cancer Center at Massachusetts General Hospital. In her recent work, she explores how science and technology impact our worldview. She earned her Bachelor’s in Studio Art at Carleton College and her Master’s degree in Fine Arts at the Massachusetts College of Art & Design. Julie’s work has recently been featured in exhibits at the Boston Center for the Arts (scheduled), D.E. Shaw in New York, the Walter Feldman Gallery, Gallery 263, and the Bakalar Gallery. She was a finalist for a Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellowship in Drawing in 2014 and she has received residencies at the Petrified National Forest, the Women’s Studio Workshop, the Vermont Studio Center, and I-Park. Julie was also selected to work as the Lead Artist for the 2016 Community Arts Initiative’s Artist Project.
Katia Christakis is an artist and educator who received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the New England School of Art & Design at Suffolk University, and is currently enrolled in the Museum Studies program at Tufts University. She has also studied traditional art-making and art history at the Studio Art Centers International in Florence, Italy and the Evangelismos Monastery in Patmos, Greece. Katia loves working with all ages, from toddlers to adults, helping them make personal connections and find meaning by placing the art, the artist, and art-making in the context of maker and viewer. She is currently working as an instructor in the Artful Adventures and Gallery Learning programs at the MFA, and as an administrator and instructor at the Brookline Arts Center.
Landa Ruen is an artist and teacher with international experience in both. She received her bachelor’s degree in Art with a minor in Anthropology from Cornell College. After receiving her degree she apprenticed with a potter in Minnesota and then went on to teach art to middle schoolers for two years at a private middle school in the DC Metro Area. In the following years she was able to explore a variety of teaching experiences both domestically and abroad; at private and public schools; workshops; and after school programs. Landa has had several international artist residencies and exhibitions, spanning Japan, China, and Italy. She is both a painter and ceramicist. She is currently enrolled in the Art Education Masters program at Boston University and works at the MFA as an instructor in the Artful Adventures program and as a Community Arts Liaison with the Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center and Vine Street Community Center.
Laura Zarougian graduated with distinction from Cornell University with a major in Art History and a minor in Italian. She has worked as an English language tour guide at a museum in Bologna, Italy, as well as a visual art and art history teacher for students in Armenia. Laura is passionate about interdisciplinary arts education, specifically combining theater, storytelling, music, and visual arts into her lessons. Laura currently teaches art at to students at the St. Stephen’s Armenian Elementary School in Watertown, MA in addition to working as an instructor in the Artful Adventures program at the MFA.
Linda Hoetink is an artist and a teacher. She received a BA in Literature and Languages from Bennington College in Vermont and an MFA in Painting and Art/Art History Instruction from the Academy of Fine Arts in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Linda has been involved in museum education for more than a decade. Before moving to Boston in 2013, she worked at several museums in London as a museum educator, education programmer, community outreach officer, and workshop organizer. Linda believes that “by looking at works of art, children learn to appreciate and respect different ways of seeing the world. By making art, they learn about themselves.” In addition to her work in the Artful Healing program, Linda is also involved in the Artful Adventures and Gallery Learning programs at the MFA.
Molly Atryzek is an artist with a passion for sharing her love of creating with others. She attended Massachusetts College of Art and Design where she obtained her BFA in Illustration and her Master’s of Arts in Teaching. Molly has experience in teaching visual arts to a variety of ages from toddlers to teens, in a variety of settings. In her own art practice, Molly works in paint, collage, and embroidery. She currently teaches at Brookline Arts Center, a non-profit visual arts school. At the MFA, Molly is an instructor in the Artful Adventures and Artful Healing programs.
Molly Lamb holds an MFA in Photography from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design and a BA in American Studies from the University of Massachusetts, Boston. Her work has been exhibited nationally, most recently at the Griffin Museum of Photography, the Danforth Art Museum, the Center for Photography at Woodstock, the Houston Center for Photography, and the Annenberg Space for Photography. She currently teaches photography at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design and at Simmons College. At the Museum of Fine Arts, she works as an Artful Adventures instructor and as the Community Arts Initiative Liaison for the Charlestown Boys and Girls Club.
Pablo Friedmann obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts from Escuela de Pintura, Escultura Grabado y Dibujo “La Esmeralda” in Mexico City and later received his Master’s in Fine Arts in Painting from the Royal College of Art in London. For ten years Pablo worked as the Artist Facilitator in the Arts in Corrections Program at the Calipatria State Prison in California, and has taught art history at Massachusetts Community College, Cambridge College, Bunker Hill Community College, and for Boston University’s Prison Education Programs. As an artist Pablo has had exhibitions in Paris, London, Mexico, and the United States. Pablo is currently the Art Director at the Roxbury/ Yawkey Boys and Girls Club in Boston in addition to working as an instructor in the Artful Adventures program at the MFA.
Robin DeSantis is a teaching artist and community arts enthusiast. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Hispanic Studies and Studio Art from Boston College. As a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Dominican Republic, Robin mobilized at-risk communities through visual arts and dance, designing and managing the production of collaborative murals and pioneering a national creative arts initiative. She believes in the power of the arts to unify people of varying cultures and experiences. Robin also works for the Big Sister Association where she supports matches of adolescent girls with women mentors, while promoting expressive arts as a vehicle for youth development. At the MFA, she is currently an instructor for both the Artful Healing and Artful Adventures programs.
Sarah Pollman is an artist, educator, and writer who works in Boston. She holds a BFA and an MFA in Studio Art from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston in partnership with Tufts University. Her work has been exhibited nationally, including shows at the Danforth Art Museum, the Rourke Art Museum, and Wheaton College. Sarah currently works as an instructor in the Artful Adventures and Studio Art programs at the MFA in addition to teaching at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Tufts University, and Emerson College.
Sheryl Chen received her Bachelor’s in Art History from the University of California, Berkeley, and her Master’s in Arts in Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She has taught English to primary school students in France, and taught children and teens about all types of art media at the Irvine Fine Arts Center in Orange County, California throughout high school and college. Sheryl is an instructor in the Artful Adventures and Gallery Learning programs at the MFA and is the Education & Outreach Programs Manager at Citi Performing Arts Center in Boston.
Silvina Mizrahi received her degree in Fine Arts at the University of Tucuman in 1991. Following her degree, she trained in sculpture under the supervision of different artists, such as Antonio Pujia and Antonio D’aniello. She specializes in different techniques including lost wax (bronze), Engobe (Native Indian Clay), and Valencian Sculpture. Silvina also studied dance and theater. She was selected for a solo exhibition at the Equator Gallery and two group exhibitions at the Copley Society Gallery, both on Newbury Street in Boston. More recently she was selected for a solo exhibition at the Argentinean Consulate in New York City and the National Museum in Tucuman, Argentina. Her work is part of several collections from Argentina, Uruguay, Australia, Israel, and private collectors in the USA.
Yoselin Rodriguez is an artist and educator who graduated from Lesley University with a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Art and a minor in Design. She is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Art Education. Yoselin works mainly in printmaking and painting, and at times a combination of the two, building up multiple layers of saturated colors and patterns. She makes use of digital work to sketch and arrange compositions. Yoselin believes art is a powerful tool for communication and making change in society, which drives her passion for teaching and empowering young artists. She is currently working at the MFA as an instructor in the Artful Adventures program and as the Community Arts Liaison with the Dorchester Boys and Girls Club.