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 and 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 and has taught several classes during the school vacation weeks. She often incorporates Children’s Literature and Story-telling into her teaching.
Aimee Belanger is a Boston-based painter, printmaker, and educator. She graduated from Massachusetts College of Art with a BFA in painting, and has taught at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Brookline Center for Adult Education, and Exploration Summer Programs. She currently works at the Distillery studios in South Boston and teaches visual art for Boston Public Schools.
Amelia Bellve is an Artist Teacher from Western Massachusetts living in Brighton, MA. A graduate of Massachusetts College of Art & Design, with a BFA in Art Teacher Education, Amelia currently teaches Visual Art for the Brookline Public School District a K-8 school. When not teaching Amelia enjoy’s doing yoga, hiking, and painting.
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. Her past 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).
Erin Bisceglia received her BA from Brandeis University and her MFA from School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston in affiliation with Tufts University, Medford.
Melanie Blood graduated from Massachusetts College of Art and Design in 2010. She continued her education at Tufts University in affiliation with The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, receiving a Master of Arts in Teaching Visual Arts in 2011. She is currently teaching 3D art at a large urban high school south of Boston. Melanie is also a 3D artist working and showing her sculpture at her studio space on Harrison Avenue in Boston. Melanie has taught at the Museum of Fine Arts for the past six summers.
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; she would get 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.
Paula Pitman Brown has taught teens and adults painting, drawing and sculpture for 36 years at schools and instututions such as Chelmford High School, Waltham Public Schools, Decordova Art Museum School, and The Multicultural Art Camp. Brown graduated with distinction from Massachusetts College of Art, with a BFA in Painting and Art History, and also received the Massachusetts Teacher Certification for grades K-12 from Suffolk University and Boston State College. She is consistently creating her artwork of storytelling allegories that are inspired from personal ideas and art history. She has shown her work mostly around the New England area.
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 The Fashion Design Reference & Specification Book, Fashion Design Essentials, and Fashion Design, Referenced. Jay founded and serves as the Executive Director of Boston Fashion Week and was appointed Creative Director of the first Chengdu Fashion Week in 2012. He is the Director of Creative Marketing and an instructor at the School of Fashion Design in Boston. In addition to artist demonstrations and teaching studio art classes at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston he also facilitates a program called Fashion Tales at several branches of the Boston Public Library. Jay was honored by Youth Design as Mentor of the Year 2014. His early work as a fashion designer graced the pages of Vogue and Elle magazines.
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. 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.
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.
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. In addition to painting he 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.
James Chisholm holds Bachelor of Science from Northeastern University and a Master of Science in Art Education from Massachusetts College of Art and Design as well as the School of the Museum of Fine Arts. He also studied painting with Jan Cox, Henry Schwartz, Lux Feininger and Frank Carbone. James has been teaching drawing, painting and design for over 44 years as 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. James 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 forested 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, including “Borrowing Forward: The New Vanitas” at the Marran Gallery in Cambridge, Massachusetts and “Dromomania x2” at a gallery in Brooklyn.
Elena Dahl is an interdisciplinary artist living and working in Boston, MA. She received a BA in Studio Art from the College of Wooster and an MFA in Photography from the School of Art + Art History at the University of Florida. She has exhibited her work nationally and internationally, including shows at Woman Made Gallery in Chicago and Serendipity Gallery in Berlin. She currently teaches at Montserrat College of Art and the Brookline Arts Center. At the Museum of Fine Arts, she also works as a Gallery Learning Museum Educator.
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.
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). 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; 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 vs. exterior elements and uncontrollable natural forces.
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 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 studio art 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.
Paul Goodnight has developed his own unique aesthetic philosophy to document the humanity of people around the world. His images have appeared in television and film since 1984, including Seinfeld, The Cosby Show, and Fresh Prince of Bel Air to name a few. Paul has been featured in numerous publications such as Architectural Digest, 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.
Yoahn Han is a painter from the Republic of Korea. He currently resides in Boston, Massachusetts where he received his MFA degree from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. He obtained a Bachelors of Fine Art from the School of Art Institute in Chicago. He was born and raised in the city of Chuncheon, Gang-Won Province in South Korea.
Ebla 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.
Aaron Helfand AIA, is an architect with Albert, Righter & Tittmann Architects in Boston. He is a board member of the New England chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art and has taught courses on the history, theory, and practice of classical architecture for the ICAA at the Boston Architectural College’s Department of Continuing Education. He holds a BA from Williams College, an MArch and MADU from University of Notre Dame School of Architecture, and an MPhil in the history of architecture from the University of Cambridge. He has taught continuing education courses in classical architecture for the Boston Architectural College.
Linda Hoetink is a practicing artist, textile designer and teacher. She received a BA in Literature and Languages from Bennington College and an MFA in Painting and Art Education from the Academy of Fine Arts in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. For the past 20 years, she has taught art at both undergraduate and graduate levels and to both children and adults. Her drawings, paintings and textiles have been exhibited extensively in Amsterdam and London.
Audrey Hsia received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from a combined program between Northeastern University and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. She is an interdisciplinary artist, and has been working in painting, printmaking, collaging and drawing. Currently she is the Print, Paper and Graphic Arts Area Manager at SMFA @ Tufts. She has previously worked at Now & There, a public arts non-profit as well as Samsøñ, a contemporary art gallery in Boston’s South End.
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.
Dani Katz studied animation at Tufts/SMFA (BFA 2016) and is the co-creator of the cartoon “Trinity of the Rift”. He specializes in both hand drawn and digitally rendered animation and comics with a personal focus in character development and design, and world-building. His work fluctuates between fictional stories, personal works, and experimental short films.
TJ Kelley III is a working artist living in Boston, Massachusetts. Since graduating from Massachusetts College of Art and Design with a BFA in Illustration, he has been involved in group shows and public art projects throughout New England. He cut his teeth with skateboarding, music, and public education, and his work deals the convergence of these experiences and how our personal narratives distort the stories that we hear and tell.
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 has exhibited 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.
Marisa LeManquais has a BFA in Illustration from The Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University (2005). She is a licensed K-8 Visual Arts teacher in Massachusetts. Marisa works in image research and permissions for educational publishing, and also coaches roller derby for girls 7-17 with Boston Junior Derby. In her own work, she focuses on drawing, printmaking, watercolor, and collage.
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); “Boston Young Contemporaries” at 808 Gallery (‘07); 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.
Ashley Mandel holds a Master of Arts in Teaching in Art Education from Tufts University in affiliation with the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and a Bachelors of Fine Arts from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Caitlin Mavilia is a Massachusetts College of Art and Design student with a dual major in Illustration and Sculpture. She has worked with the MFA Studio Art Classes in a variety of capacities including as an intern, assistant teacher during the school year and now lead teacher, covering a wide range of ages. Caitlin is originally from Cohasset, Massachusetts just south of Boston and also works at the Huntington YMCA as the day camps art specialist and at the galleries at MassArt.
Tim McCool is a native of Pittsburgh and received his B.A. from Boston College in Studio Art and Art History and his M.F.A. from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston in affiliation with Tufts University. While studying at SMFA, he has exhibited his work in Boston, New York and other cities, and has written about art for various publications internationally.
Morris Norvin began studying art at the age of eight at the Museum of Fine Arts and later graduatde from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts. 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.
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.
Sarah Pollman is an artist, educator and writer working in Boston, MA. She holds a BFA and an MFA in Studio Art from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and Tufts University. Her work has been exhibited nationally, including shows at the Danforth Art Museum, the Rourke Art Museum and Wheaton College. She currently teaches at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston at Tufts University and at Emerson College. At the Museum of Fine Arts, she works as a Studio Art and Artful Adventures instructor.
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 of art based 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. In addition to teaching art, she has also studied dental technology and is able to combine her drawing and sculpture skills working as a clinical associate professor at Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine. For the past thirty years, she has been singing with the Zamir Chorale of Boston.
Judy Ryan received her BFA in Painting from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana and her MFA in Painting from Boston University. She received the Frances A. Kinnicutt Foreign Travel Award administered through the Worcester Art Museum and an artist support grant through the Somerville Arts Council. She has taught private classes and workshops at many local institutions including the De Cordova Museum in Lincoln, the Worcester Art Museum, Newton Center for the Arts, Cambridge Center for Adult Education, and the Emerson Umbrella for the Arts among others. Ryan resides in Gloucester, MA and is a member of the North Shore Art Association.
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.
Exa Steinbreder received her Bachelor’s of Fine Arts from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston in 2015. She has worked in museums for over 4 years, most recently in the Education Department at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum where she helped facilitate Open Studio programming. She started out as an intern in the MFA’s studio programs and is happy to be returning. Exa has a background in printmaking, paper making, and photography, but always loves exploring new mediums with her students.
Karl Stephan has a BFA in Painting and Printmaking from Guilford College, a Masters in Art Education from Tufts University and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, and a Massachusetts Teaching Certificate. Karl is an expert in traditional and contemporary techniques of drawing, painting, printmaking, collage and collaboration. His work is widely shown and collected. Karl was recently named a Community Supported Artist in Cambridge. He also teaches at Tufts and in his Cambridge studio.
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.
Dianna Vosburg maintains her art practice in the Boston area, where she paints, experiments with optical effects, creates installation pieces, shows, and teaches. Dianna attended Goddard College in Vermont, studying the history and philosophy of science, theater, and visual art. She earned her BA in Psychology at the University of California, Santa Cruz, in 1986. Back in New England, Dianna studied oil painting at the Danforth, Worcester, and DeCordova museum schools, and life drawing at New England Realist Art School. Dianna earned her MFA-Visual Arts degree from Lesley University’s College of Art and Design in 2008. Most recently, Dianna was a prizewinner for the Trustees of Reservations ArtBlast competition for her phosphorescent site-specific installation.
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 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); Landschaftskunst Gallery Hamburg, Germany (’03); and Museum of Manila, Philippines (’06). Yang is also a teacher at the SMFA.
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.