Jason Chase is an artist who lives in Somerville. He moved here from his hometown of Colorado Springs in 2000 to study with the artist John Walker at Boston University where he went on to receive a Masters in Fine Arts in Painting in 2003. He has exhibited his paintings of bright colorful Americana in in Boston, Los Angeles, Chicago, and New York City. He is currently represented in Boston by the Gold(Au) Gallery on Tremont Street. At the moment, Jason is busy working on a series of paintings to debut at a gallery show at Colorado University in 2014. In addition to painting he is the Community Arts Liaison for the Blue Hill Boys and Girls Club, is an instructor in the Artful Adventures program at the MFA, and teaches drawing and painting at the college level in and around the Boston area.
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 currently working as an instructor in the Artful Adventures program at the MFA and as the Community Arts Liaison for the Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center.
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.
Alexandra Ford received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting from Massachusetts College of Art and Design. While in school she volunteered with the Gallery Learning programs at the MFA and also taught at the Back of the Hill Apartments in Jamaica Plain, focusing on art-making as a means to building on relationships and community with adult learners. Through the Saturday Studios program at MassArt she has also taught Art Explorations, a class for 4th and 5th graders that surveyed different ways of making by learning about contemporary artists and their studio practice. In her own practice, Alexandra is exploring how disparate elements are individually essential but counterbalance and coexist with each other in order to create a functioning whole. Alexandra is currently working at the MFA as an instructor in the Artful Adventures and Gallery Learning programs.
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. Last year 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. Originally known for his paintings, Jake has spent recent years working on a series of hand-drawn, experimental animations or “moving paintings.” His films have been exhibited at numerous museums, including the Tate Modern, and galleries in NYC, Berlin, and Copenhagen among others. Fried’s films have also screened at dozens of international film festivals including the Sundance Film Festival, San Francisco Film Festival, and Cannes Lions. He has been featured by PBS, MTV, The Huffington Post, Juxtapoz, and Discovery Channel Canada.
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. At the MFA Pablo currently works as instructor in the Artful Adventures and Artful Healing Programs and is also the Community Arts Liaison for the Roxbury Boys and Girls Club.
Melissa Gruszeczki earned her Bachelor’s in Art History and Criticism from Webster University and her Master’s Degree in Contemporary Art History from SUNY Stony Brook. She has dedicated her career to devloping programs that promote the arts as a vehicle for community engagement, and has worked previously with diverse non-profit organizations including Americorps, the Contemporary Art Museum in St. Louis, the Boys & Girls Club, and the Worcester Art Museum. At the MFA Melissa is the Community Arts Liaison for the Dorchester Boys & Girls Club and an instructor in the Artful Adventures program.
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 also teaches at the Roxbury Preparatory Charter School and has taught with the Forest Hills Educational Trust and at the West End House Boys and Girls Club. In her free time Amy Beth creates installations and sculptures on home, landscape, and emotion, and has displayed in various locations around Boston.
Julie Martini is a visual artist and arts educator who currently works at the MFA as an Artful Adventures instructor and is the Boston Director for Artistic Noise. She has taught at UMass Dartmouth, Fuller Craft Museum, 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 has also been 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 been featured in numerous exhibits, including the Design Science Symposium at the Rhode Island School of Design, “Flourish” at Massachusetts College of Art and Design, and “By Hand” at the Brickbottom Gallery. She has received residencies at the Petrified National Forest, the Women’s Studio Workshop, and the Vermont Studio Center.
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.
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 intervenes 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 an instructor in the Artful Adventures program and as the Community Arts Liaison for the Chelsea Boys and Girls Club.
Jason Springer has been an instructor in the Artful Adventures program at the MFA since 2005. He has also been a Community Arts Liaison since 2007, and is currently the liaison for the Yawkey Boys and Girls Club in Roxbury. Additionally, Jason is trained to bring 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 Emerson Umbrella Center for the Arts 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.”
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.
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 residenecy 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 as the Lead Artist for the Community Arts Initiative’s Artist Project this year.