Maureen Albano received her Master of Fine Arts degree from Cranbrook Academy of Art, and has studied art in France and Italy. She has taught gallery/studio programs and co-written museum resources at The Carnegie Museum of Art and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Her drawings and sculptures have been exhibited nationally, and explore the relationship between mind and matter.
Sarah Altone is a Visual Arts Teacher for 1st to 5th grade during the school year with Dedham Public Schools. She graduated from Tufts University and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (SMFA) with a Master of Arts in Teaching, Art Education for Pre-Kindergarten to 8th grade. She received two Bachelor degrees from the University of Rochester in Studio Arts and Art History, where she graduated with the Highest Distinctions, Cum Laude, and Phi Beta Kappa. She has worked with the MFA's Studio Art Classes since 2010, as well as has taught several classes during the school vacation weeks. She often incorporates Children's Literature and Story-telling into her teaching.
Ashley Billingsley studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago before receiving a BFA from the University of Minnesota and an MFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts/Tufts University joint degree program. Recent exhibitions include "Close Encounters" at Gallery 51 in North Adams, MA ('11); “Beyond Purview” at the New Art Center in Newton, MA (’10); and “Seeing Double” at the Attleboro Art Museum in MA (’10).
Joy Dai Buell received both her BFA and MFA in printmaking from Yale University. She also has a BS in education from Tufts University and a diploma from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts. She is known to offer superb criticism and encouragement. She is honest and constructive in assessing students’ strong and weak points and provides insightful instruction to foster further artistic development. Buell maintains a studio in Gloucester, Massachusetts, and takes students to France to work “en plein air” every August.
Katy Boelter-Dimock has been teaching studio classes for preschool and elemetary school students at the MFA since 2007, when she completed her M.A.T. at Tufts University and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. She decided to pursue this degree after a dozen years teaching toddlers and preschoolers in Boston, Cambridge and Somerville, and getting so absorbed in children's art making processes that she would neglect her other duties! Currently Katy teaches visual art to PK-5 grade students in Cambridge, and to Kindergarteners in Wayland, MA. Katy also has a B.A. in Liberal Arts with a focus on art history from Hampshire College.
Ria Brodell is an artist based in Boston whose current body of work addresses issues of gender, sexuality and "butch" identity. Brodell studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and received a BFA from Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle ('02) and an MFA from the Museum School/Tufts University ('06). Brodell has had solo and group exhibitions throughout the US, is a recipient of the Blanche E. Colman Award (’11) and the Emerging Artist Award from the St. Botolph Club Foundation (’08). Her work has appeared in The Boston Globe, New American Paintings, Beautiful Decay, Art New England, Art Slant: San Francisco, Daily Serving, The Phoenix, and Boston Magazine.
John Cafferty has worked at the Boston Center for Adult Education and currently teaches in the Somerville Public Schools. He has taught art classes at Hofstra University and the Sid Jacobson Jewish Community Center in New York. He holds a Master of Arts, Teaching Art Education from Tufts University and a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Cartooning and Illustration from the School of Visual Arts.
Jay Calderin is the author of Form, Fit & Fashion, a book that the Los Angeles Times called,"a new fashion bible for designers, aspirers and the just plain curious, this tome contains all the secrets," which was followed by his second book Fashion Design Essentials, and his current role as co-author of the upcoming Fashion Design, Referenced. The Boston Globe refers to Jay Calderin as “a budding designer’s best friend.” Calderin founded and has served as the Executive Director of Boston Fashion Week since 1995. He is the Director of Creative Marketing and an instructor at the School of Fashion Design in Boston, teaching a wide variety of fashion and professional development courses. He has also been an instructor in fashion at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Burdett College, and Lasell College. His pursuits as a professional coach and motivational speaker have afforded him opportunities to share and explore his ideas about the fashion industry at leading educational institutions that include Harvard University, Wellesley College, Tufts University, Lesley University, and Babson College.
Joe Carrigg has a Massachusetts Teacher’s License for Grades K-12, received an Art Teaching Certificate from Massachusetts College of Art and Design (’09), and earned a BFA in Painting from Boston University (’85). He attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Skowhegan, ME (’83) and has traveled to study artworks in France, Lichtenstein, Italy, England, and Ireland. For twenty-three years, Carrigg drafted, designed, etched, and sandblast carved monuments for his family’s business, Thomas Carrigg & Son Monuments, which can be seen in many local cemeteries. Many of his artful works are in private collections, while his drawings, prints, and paintings have been shown in Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Vermont. He also teaches at the Brookline Arts Center and at the John D. Philbrick Public School in Roslindale. Currently, he is illustrating a kids' card game about animals and their environment.
Alyssa Champagne is a Boston based painter, ceramist, and art educator who earned a B.S. in Studio Art with a minor in English (‘08) from Campbellsville University and her Master’s degree in Art Education (‘10) from Tufts University and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. She attended Florence University of the Arts in Florence, Italy to study studio art and art history in 2007, and has traveled to study artworks in France, Italy, and England. Alyssa holds a Massachusetts certification in education for grades PreK-12, and has been teaching students at the Museum of Fine Arts since 2010. Alyssa also teaches AP Art History, painting, ceramics, and studio art courses to students at Medway High School in Medway, MA.
Jim Chrisholm holds Bachelor of Science from Northeastern University and a Master of Science in Art Education from Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Jim has been teaching drawing, painting and design for over 40 years. Jim has been on the faculty of the following schools: North Shore Community College, Endicott College, Harvard University Extension School, Peabody Essex Museum, and at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Jim uses oils and watercolors to produce impressionistic visions of the natural world. He almost exclusively works outdoors, recreating the feeling of outdoor light, air, and space in his paintings of New England's forrested environments.
Bill Commerford has taught core and graduate subjects at the Boston University School of Fine and Applied Art, where he received his BFA in advertising design and his MFA. He has also taught a History of Modern Art class at Boston State as well as Illustration, Design, and Typography at Massachusetts College of Art. He was the award winning typographic director of world-famous T.J. Lyon’s Antique Type Collection, and one of his dozens of watercolors, “The Third Moose,” was published in Yankee magazine’s anthology “The Best of Fifty Years.” A twenty-year teacher of watercolor and water media at the MFA, Bill is also a principal of FIVESEVENDELLE, a premiere Boston alternative art space providing exhibitions and community interactive opportunities for artists and local institutions in the Mission Hill neighborhood.
Stacey Cushner is a Boston based painter who earned a Master's Degree in Fine Art from Lesley University, AIB, where she concentrated in painting. She has taught painting at the AVA Gallery and Art Center in New Hampshire, and in 2011 won an art residency in Holland where she studied Dutch and Flemish art. She has received awards for her work and has exhibited widely in solo and group shows in the United States. Her most recent solo show, "Borrowing Forward: The New Vanitas" was at the Marran Gallery in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 2012.
Ceara Danaher holds a BA in Studio Art and English Literature from Middlebury College (2008) and a MAT in Art Education from Tufts University in affiliation with the School of the Museum of Fine Arts (2010). She is licensed to teach through the Massachusetts Department of Education for grades Pre-K through 12. Most recently, she taught studio art to students in grades K through 8 at the Lawrence School in Brookline, MA. In her own art practice, she focuses on drawing, painting, and creative writing.
Glenn W Davis is a graduate of Suffolk University’s New England School of Art. He has been making art of one kind or another for over twenty-five years. He has dabbled in oils, acrylics, and graphite. He focuses on pen & ink, watercolor, and pastel for much of his recent work. In the past, he has been a freelance illustrator and has had exhibitions in Boston, Provincetown, Martha’s Vineyard, and Nantucket. He is currently represented by the 13 Forest Gallery in Arlington, MA.
Jeff Ellse is a Boston based artist whose current work explores everyday objects that sustain and perpetuate modernity. He received his MFA from The Art Institute of Boston in 2009 and BFA 2006. He shows locally has been featured in the Boston Globe, Boston Phoenix, and Artscope. Ellse is also an adjunct professor of Drawing and Painting at the Art Institute of Boston.
Stephen St. Francis Decky is an artist and filmmaker originally from the Philadelphia area. His paintings, films, and multi-channel animated videos have appeared in galleries, festivals, and collections nationally and internationally. He is currently working on his Masters Degree from Tufts University and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
Georgie Friedman received her MFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in conjunction with Tufts University ('08) and her BA from UC, Santa Cruz ('96). She has lived, worked and exhibited throughout the U.S. Recent exhibitions include: Ripple Effect, Peabody Essex Museum, MA (2011-12); Above the Clouds (solo), concurrent exhibit at Carroll and Sons & Anthony Greaney, MA ('11); The 2010 DeCordova Biennial, MA; The New Landscape, NY ('09); Boston CyberArts Festival ('09); Subtidal Goals, CA ('09), among others. She teaches a variety of photography and video based classes at several local institutions, including Boston College, SMFA and MassArt. Her current projects include photographic works and experiential video installations that highlight our physical relationship to interior/exterior elements and uncontrollable natural forces.
Diane Francis has a BFA in sculpture from University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, and a Masters of Education from Lesley University in addition to her Massachusetts Certification in Education for grades PreK-12. Diane likes to work in many materials such as ceramics, oil painting, pastels, mixed media, and printmaking. She has exhibited extensively and her work is in many private collections. Besides teaching at the Museum of Fine Arts, she is an instructor at the Carroll School in Lincoln, MA.
Sepi Golestani graduated from Tufts University and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (SMFA) with a Master of Arts in Teaching. Sepi has a BS Biomedical Engineering, but since art was an inseparable part of her life, she simultaneously continued her art education during her undergraduate program and advanced her knowledge by taking different art courses. Sepi is a certified art teacher with more than 15 years background in painting in a variety of media, especially watercolor. She has taught children's art sutdio classes and adult watercolor classes at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston since 2013. Sepi currently teaches Visual Arts to elementary school students with Newton Public Schools, MA.
Raul Gonzalez is an artist living in Somerville, MA. He is the recipient of an Artadia award and is represented by Carroll and Sons Art Gallery. He was the artist in residence this summer at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, and he is the lead artist for the Community Arts Initiative Project opening in the new Linde Family Wing at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, in 2011.
Paul Goodnight work has often been a reflection of his life--from the demons he faced during the Vietnam War to the time he was incarcerated “I’ve learned that art is making me, rather then me creating it.” His creative efforts are nurtured and inspired by several local artists, like Allan Rohan Crite and Dana Chandler. Goodnight has developed his own unique aesthetic philosophy to document the humanity of people around the world. He often incorporates African themes and symbols to provide depths of history and culture. His images have appeared in television and film since 1984: Seinfeld, Arliss, Jackie Brown, The Cosby Show, Fresh Prince of Bel Air, and the Hughleys to name a few. Paul has been featured in numerous publications such as Architectural Digest, Ebony, Essence, People Magazine and the Boston Globe. His work has been exhibited in the Museum of Fine Arts, The Museum of the National Center of African American Artists and the Smithsonian. He has been the recipient of many achievements and awards such as receiving a commission for the 1996 Olympics, The U.S. Sports Academy Artist of the Year Award in 1997, and the World Cup Soccer Poster of 1998.
Amy Beth Harrison started teaching while doing a residency at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft. She loved working for the Center's outreach programs and has continued teaching ever since. She has taught in afterschool programs, summer camps, and the MFA for the Artful Adventures program. She grew up drawing and painting but fell in love with sculpture in college. Her undergrad degree from Brigham Young University was in ceramics, and she recently finished an MFA in Sculpture from Massart. She creates installations on home, landscape, and emotion and has displayed in various locations around Boston, most recently at the Brookline Library.
Laura Harrison is an animator and a painter from New York City. She has been living and working in Cambridge where she attended the Museum School for an MFA in animation. She is a recipient of a Macdowell Fellowship and her film, Tears For Narcissus, appeared in the Elvis Zapp Urban Film Festival held at the Maysles Institute.
Karina Kadiyska earned her bachelor’s degree in painting (‘99) and master’s degree in sculpture (‘01), both from Boston University. Prior to her studies at BU, Karina received a solid academic art training in Moscow, and after graduating from the masters’ program, she spent two years in Carrara, Italy, further studying sculpture. Karina works both in 2-D and 3-D media, creating brush drawings of plants and figurative sculptures.
Wayne Kleppe received his BFA from Tufts University in 2010 and his diploma from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the same year. After completing his undergraduate degrees, he was invited to act as a visiting professional printer at Artist Proof Studio, Johannesburg, South Africa, where he collaborated with William Kentridge, Andrew Lindsay, Kim Berman, and Dumi Mabaso. His most recent group exhibitions include “Current Work” at Grub St. in Boston; “DAC 33rd Annual Juried Exhibition” at the Durango Arts Center in Durango, CO; “Rerun 2” at Heaven Gallery in Chicago; and “Exchange,” a traveling group show (Antwerp, Belgium; Edinburgh, Scotland; Bloomfield Hills, MI; Boston, MA). He has also been an Artist-in-Residence at the Frans Masereel Centrum in Kasterlee, Belgium (’09).
Leslie Kostinas is an artist and teacher based out of Boston with a Bachelors of Fine Arts Degree in Painting from Massachusetts College of Art and Design. He currently makes and shows work throughout the Boston area. He is currently working on putting up a show at the restaurant Erbaluce in the theater district and has shown at The Perrin Gallery ('11); The Orchard Gallery ('11); The Hallway Gallery ('10); and other group shows in the greater boston area.
Susannah Lawrence is a multimedia artist whose works include drawing, sculpture, installation, site-specific video, interactive public art, and patented inventions. Her work has been exhibited nationally and abroad, and she has studied art in Australia, England, Germany, Italy, and Spain. For the Massachusetts College of Art and Design’s Youth Programs, she teaches sculpture, drawing, painting, and art theory. She is the coordinator for the Urbano Project’s Visual Art Curator Program and a mentoring instructor for the 100K Art-Science Prize Program at the Cloud Foundation in Boston.
Justin Life received an MFA from Tufts University/School of the Museum of Fine Arts (‘07) and a BFA in painting from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (‘02); he also studied at the Winchester School of Art at Southampton University in England (‘02). His shows include “Affirming the Hand” at the Courtyard Gallery, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (‘05); the “Student Annual Exhibition” at Grossman Gallery, SMFA (‘06); “Boston Young Contemporaries” at 808 Gallery (‘07); “MFA Thesis Show” at Tufts University (‘07); “Flora and Fauna” at EM Gallery, Winston Salem, NC (‘09); and “Boston Drawing Project 10th Anniversary Show” at Carroll and Sons Gallery, Boston MA (‘09). Life also teaches at Tufts University and the Boston Architectural College.
Julie Miller received her MFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston in affiliation with Tufts University in 2006. Selected exhibitions include: "Good Work(s)" 17 Cox (2011); "Becoming One With Zero" Lycoming College (2010); "On the Mark" Steven Zevitas Gallery (2010); “A Community of Artists Annual Juried Exhibition,” Danforth Museum of Art, Framingham, MA (2010); “I-95 Triennial Invitational Exhibition,” University of Maine Museum of Art, Bangor (2010); “What If?” Axiom Center for New and Experimental Media, Boston (2010); “Julie Miller Recent Work” at Steven Zevitas Gallery, Boston (2009); “Anonyme Zeichner” Kunstraum Kreuzberg Berlin, Germany (2009); and ""Snap to Grid" Los Angeles Center for Digital Art (2009). Miller also teaches at the School of the Museum of Fine Art, Boston and the Art Institute of Boston.
Morris Norvin began studying art at the age of eight at the Museum of Fine Arts, continued through high school, and then went on to graduate from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts. Today he teaches the very same sculpture classes he took from Ralph Rosenthal as a child at the MFA; Morris is also the founder of Stonybrook Fine Arts, an educational sculpture studio in Jamaica Plain. He has worked with a diverse range of materials including metal, wax, clay, wood, plasticine, paper, glass, and polymers. His preferred method is welded steel incorporating found, functional objects, which he terms “junk art,” and his work is mainly figurative and somewhat anatomical.
Marlene Oliver received her MFA from the California College of the Arts, Oakland, and her BFA from the University of Illinois. She is an associate member of the Franklin Historical Commission and is currently preparing a grant application to the National Endowment for the Humanities for the New Franklin Historical Museum. She is also in the process of working on a new series of paintings called “Power Lines” and is arranging an exhibit of these works in New York.
Fran Osborn-Blaschke is a photographer who graduated from the New England School of Photography professional program. His artistic vision is influenced and inspired by his family, science, astronomy, music and poetry. His photographs have been shown at various venues in the New England area, including the Photographic Resource Center, the Danforth Museum of Art and the Griffin Museum of Photography.
Andres Perez-Carraso is a painter and sculptor who studied at the University Complutense de Bellas Artes of Madrid and Chelsea College of Art in London. He has exhibited his work throughout Europe. He has a MA and PhD in philosophy from Boston College with a concentration in aesthetics and art theory.
Renato A. D. Riccioni is a recognized abstract painter and sculptor in the Italian contemporary arts community. He works with oil, acrylic, terracotta, stone, metal, concrete, paper, and plastic in an abstract and minimalist style. He spent over twenty years as an award-winning director of experimental theater in Rome, where he realized over eighty full-scale theatrical productions. Renato also conducts group and individual sessions on art as therapy. He is the creative director of Sustainability Guild International.
Adrian Rodriguez received a BFA and a Diploma Certificate from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, where he predominantly studied printmaking and drawing. Adrian currently teaches at various institutions in and around Boston, works in web design, and is working to finish a graphic novel.
Leila Joy Rosenthal has been teaching a variety of children's, adult, and the City of Boston's High School Art Scholarship Classes at the Museum of Fine Arts for fifty-one years. Teaching art is her first career and first love; her second love began thirty-five years ago when she began to study dental technology. Combining her drawing and sculpture skills in a more financially practical fashion, she is now a clinical associate professor at Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine. For the past thirty years, she has followed her third love of singing with the Zamir Chorale of Boston.
Judy Ryan was born in Chicago, Illinois. She received a BFA in Painting from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana and an MFA in Painting from Boston University. She has also received training in traditional drawing and painting at the Gammell School at the Guild of Boston Artist under the instruction of Robert Cormier. Judy has worked as a painting conservator at Peter Williams Museum Services at Fenway Studios and as a conservator or three-dimensional objects. She has over 20 years experience teaching and currently teaches at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Throughout her teaching career, Judy has taught at the Worcester Art Museum, Decordova Museum, Emerson Umbrella for the Arts, Cambridge Center for Adult Education, Brookline Arts Center and Concord Continuing Education. Judy has also taught summer painting workshops in Provence. Judy has received several grants and awards for artists, including the Frances A. Kinnicutt Foreign Travel Award. She continues to maintain a work studio and residence at the Fenway Studios where she currently serves on the Board of Directors.
Joan Asquith Shrier has her MFA from Tufts University/School of the Museum of Fine Arts and a BFA from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Her work is in many private and public collections including the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. She has been teaching in the Boston area for over twenty-five years.
Stephanie Spinks started taking mixed media classes with Leila Rosenthal at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, in 1993 and continued for several years. She continued to focus on art throughout her youth and graduated from Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in 2008 with a BFA in illustration. She works with traditional media as well as graphic design and printmaking.
Kaitlyn Stubbs holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in Painting, with Anatomy Certification, from the New York Academy of Art (2012). She earned her BFA in Painting from the University of Georgia (2010). Kaitlyn’s work has been exhibited in galleries in Athens, Georgia; Boston, Brooklyn and New York City. She has travelled extensively through South America, Europe, and Australia. While at NYAA, she received rigorous technical training in oil painting, drawing, anatomy, and printmaking. Living and working in New York City, she is a curator at The Cupping Room in SoHo and is currently preparing for an artist’s residency in Leipzig, Germany.
Rosanne Trolan completed the Certification Program in Art Education at Massachusetts College of Art, attended The Paris American Academy in Paris in a graduate degree program majoring in painting, and graduated Cum Laude from the University of Massachusetts with a BFA and a minor in art history. She is an art educator in special education at the Cotting School in Lexington, MA, where she has worked for the past fifteen years. Currently a member on the advisory council for the Arts for the Massachusetts Dept. of Elementary and Secondary Education, she was unanimously voted for a second three-year term. She recently received the “Award for Excellence in Art Education” from Massachusetts College of Art and Design.
Carl Vestweber has a Master of Fine Arts from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and a Bachelors of Fine Arts and Studio Art from the University of Texas-Pan American, in Edinburg Texas. He also holds an Associate’s Degree in Visual Arts from South Texas College in McAllen Texas.
Cara Wojcik received a BFA with concentrations in art history and fashion design at Massachusetts College of Art ('05) and an MAT at Tuft University / School of the Museum of Fine Arts ('09) in art education. She is a licensed instructor of visual art and currently teaches at a Boston area middle school. She also runs a home business creating custom fashion and accessories.
Sue Yang received her MFA from Tufts University/School of the Museum of Fine Arts in 2004, Diploma from SMFA in 2001, MA from Ohio State University in 1979, and BA from National Taiwan University in 1977. She has been teaching at the SMFA since 2003. She has had more than ten solo shows in the US, Europe, and Hong Kong, such as Howard Yezerski Gallery, Boston (’06); Kwang Hwa Culture Center, Hong Kong (’04); and Paradigma Gallery, Brussels, Belgium (’02). She has received numerous awards and group shows in the US, Europe, and Asia such as Danforth Museum, MA (’10); Massachusetts College of Art and Design (’04); Landschaftskunst Gallery Hamburg, Germany (’03); Viridian Gallery, New York (’02); and Museum of Manila, Philippines (’06).
Laura Ziman has her undergraduate degree from SUNY Purchase in art history; attended LaVarenne, a cooking school in Paris; and acquired her M.Ed. from Lesley University. She has taught at the MFA for seven years and currently teaches education and art history classes at Cambridge College and culinary history at Mass Bay Community College. She exhibited oversized paper mache sculptures of food at the Portland, ME, Museum of Art.