About the Studio Art Class Instructors

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.


Emily Auchincloss is an artist and art educator living and working in Boston, MA, and was born in New York, NY. She received her MFA and a Master’s in Art History from Pratt Institute. Auchincloss’s paintings and weavings have been exhibited nationally and internationally. Her work is included in the exhibition A Wild Note of Longing -on Albert Pinkham Ryder and his influence at the New Bedford Whaling Museum. Recent exhibitions include a two person show, Anima Mundi, at Kate Oh Gallery in New York; The Idiosyncratic Pencil at Elizabeth Stone Harper Gallery, South Carolina; The Pratt Juried Alumni Exhibition; Lost Cat at the Cape Cod Museum of Art; and Pulp Painting at Studio Apothiki, Cypress.


Erin Bisceglia received her BA from Brandeis University and her MFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston in affiliation with Tufts University, Medford.


Anna Boyer received a Bachelor’s degree in Community Art and Intercultural Studies from Wheaton College in 2014. Since then, she has served as the art educator on staff for a variety of nonprofit organizations in both the United States and internationally.


Paula Pitman Brown is an artist who creates narrative paintings that communicate the complex relationship between people and animals in our urban world. She is affiliated with several galleries and exhibits throughout New England. Paula has taught painting and drawing for over 40 years, including high school art in Chelmsford, Ma. and with Waltham Public Schools, Decordova Art Museum in Lincoln, Ma., and the Multicultural Art Camp, as well as a variety of Zoom, FaceTime and private art classes. Paula has an Art Education Degree from Suffolk University and Boston State College as well as a BFA with distinctions from Massachusetts College of Art where her major was Painting and Art History.


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 (2009), and earned a BFA in Painting from Boston University (1985). He attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Skowhegan, ME (1983) and has traveled to study artwork 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.


Isabel Cole is an educator and artist living in Salem, MA. She received her BA from Boston College where she studied studio art and educational psychology. With a focus on painting and drawing, Isabel creates comical scenes that reflect everyday life. Her previous work experience at the McMullen Art Museum at Boston College and deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum have exposed her to the important role museums play as cultural sites for the communities they serve. Isabel currently works at the Museum of Fine Arts as a Studio Art Instructor and the Community Arts Liaison with the Yawkey Boys and Girls Club of Roxbury and the Berkshire Partners Boys & Girls Club.


Sonja Czekalski is a Rhode Island based interdisciplinary artist and MFA Graduate in Fine Arts from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Boston, MA. Her current work embeds itself in the fourth wave of American feminism, using fiber arts and hand-paper making to reclaim the craft, body, and voice of the web of women who raised her. Currently, Czekalski is the Gallery Director of the historic Hera Gallery in Wakefield, RI. Additionally, she teaches a variety of studio art courses . She has participated in many virtual exhibitions across the country and a number of group shows around New England including exhibitions at Hera Gallery, Providence Art Club, Art League Rhode Island, Jamestown Art Center, and Mass Art SOWA. She is an artist member at Hera Gallery, a member of the North American Handpapermakers, and a contributor to Witches Magazine. When she is not teaching or working in her studio she is most likely at the beach with her family or hiking with her dog, and looking for inspiration from fresh air and solitude.


Ashley E. Dotson received a BA from Dartmouth College. Since graduating, Ashley has worked as a studio instructor at Dartmouth and at an independent school in Massachusetts. Ashley has experience working in both museum and school settings. Inspired by artists such as Alma Thomas and Mark Bradford, Ashley's artwork focuses primarily on the use of color and mixed media materials to tell stories about life and lived experience. Ashley also has a background in theatric and architectural design, having designed the lights and sets for several stage plays and musicals. Ashley is currently pursuing a Master of Architecture degree at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design.


Abel Ellery is a Connecticut native currently living and student-teaching in the Boston area. They received their BA in Art Therapy and Counseling from Lesley University and are currently pursuing their Master of Art in Teaching from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts. Abel has experience working with children of various ages and loves working with modalities such as drawing, painting, collage, as well as found and digital art.


Katie Forsyth is a Boston native and graduate of Massachusetts College of Art and Design. She is currently pursuing her Masters of Arts in Teaching from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts and has worked within the MFA’s Studio Art Classes since 2016, having served as an intern, assistant teacher, and now as lead teacher.


Eda French holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Illustration from Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Born and raised in Portland, Maine, Eda comes from a family of artists; her mother an illustrator and her father a photographer. Eda began working with the Museum of Fine Arts Studio Arts as an intern, became a class assistant, and now has transitioned into a lead teacher. Outside of teaching for the MFA, Eda is a practicing illustrator creating colorful and vibrant work in both traditional and digital mediums.


Stacy Friedman is a Boston-based artist, instructor, and collaborative printer. She received a BFA in Printmaking and History of Art from Massachusetts College of Art and Design. She works at Mixit Print Studio and Muskat Studios, assisting artists in producing intaglio, relief and lithographic editions, as well as monotype series and installation pieces. Her work uses a variety of printmaking techniques to explore themes of lineage, memory, and identity. She has been exhibiting her work nationally and teaching printmaking workshops at Mixit Print Studio and Massachusetts College of Art and Design.


Samuel Gareginyan was born in Yerevan, Armenia. He graduated from Terlemezian Fine Art College and Yerevan State Academy of Fine Arts. Samuel exhibited his works in Armenia, Russia, Lebanon, Spain, England, Turkey, Argentina and the United States. His paintings are in permanent collections and archives at the Museum of Modern Arts of Armenia, the Fund of the Artists Union of Armenia, Armenian Library and Museum of America. Since 1997 he lives in the United States exhibiting his works in the galleries and museums of America and abroad.


Sarah Goldsmith is an art educator and multimedia artist based in the greater Boston area. Her works include performance, sculpture, printmaking, ceramics, and installation. She holds a BFA in Studio Art from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts and an MAT degree from Tufts University. Sarah has experience teaching art to a range of ages and loves to share her passion and knowledge with her students.


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 Natick Public Schools, MA.


Maxine Greij is a Boston-based printmaker and aspiring glass artist who has been working at the MFA since 2016, where she has taught drawing and printmaking to a variety of age groups. Although she is primarily a relief printmaker, she has explored many printmaking techniques during her time as an undergrad, first at the Pratt Institute, then at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design, where she graduated in 2019 with a BFA in History of Art. She also works, and occasionally teaches at Fiamma Glass Studio in Waltham, MA, and loves to combine her artistic interests, with glass artists and glass tools serving as the subject for many of her relief prints.


Jasmine Gutbrod is an artist, designer, and educator researching the intersections of climate science and social justice. At Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) she received her bachelor’s degree in Furniture Design and Nature-Culture Sustainability studies, and her master’s in Art and Design Education. Through physical object-making she studies ecological processes and how natural material properties influence behavior, often conceptualizing the borders between inside and outside spaces. She sees art and design as valuable tools for community building and empowerment, and innovative education as a pathway for those tools.


Yoahn Han is a visual Artist (painter), from the Republic of Korea. He currently resides in Boston, Massachusetts where he received his MFA 2D at Massachusetts College of Art and Design (MASS ART). He obtained a Bachelors of Fine Art from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC). YoAhn’s work has been shown internationally in the United States, South Korea, and the Netherlands. Recent solo shows include “My Princess, Bari” at ART MORA Gallery in New York and “Dreaming Universe” at the Institute of Russian Healing Arts in Boston. His work has also been exhibited at several group shows including Seventh Juried Exhibition at Prince Street Gallery in New York and ART BLOSSM Exhibition at ART MORA NJ. Besides shows, YoAhn had illustrated a Children’s book, “King Leon in Lybeth” and “Science of Psychic Defense” He is currently teaching at MassArt and MFA, Boston. He was born in Seoul Special City and raised in the city of ChunCheon, Gang-Won province in South Korea.


George Hancin is a painter concentrating on urban, suburban and rural landscapes that explore how light, shadow and time describe a place and set a mood. George received an art education degree from Kent State; a painting degree from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts and completed his masters at Yale in the 80's. George has been a member at Bromfield Gallery and has shown his work in solo and group shows at the Amos Enos Gallery, Attleboro Art Center, Montserrat among others. After 26 years of teaching high school art, George is retired and putting his full attention into his painting and teaching continuing ed.


Nancy Hart is a painter who incorporates the expanded field of drawing and installation in her studio work. She has an MFA from the Art Institute of Boston / Lesley University of Art and Design and a BFA in painting from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts. She has also studied at Radcliffe Seminars, the DeCordova Museum, Zee Mays Printing, Harvard Extension School, and Massachusetts College of Art. In the fall of 2018, Hart was an artist in residence at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum re/enacting Lee Ming Wei’s “Mending Project.” Hart is a member of Gallery 263 in Cambridge, an ambassador for Lesley University, a portfolio reviewer for the College Art Association, as well as an academic advisor at SUNY New Paltz, NY. Hart teaches art courses at Maud Morgan Visual Art and Beaver Country Day School, and ESL at Brookline Adult Education.


Taylor Hickey is a printmaker, bookmaker, and sculptor working out of New Bedford, Massachusetts. Born in Southeast Texas, Hickey earned her BA in Drawing and Printmaking from McNeese State University. She went on to earn an MFA in Printmaking from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth in 2021, developing a body of work which pays homage to the human endeavor to understand the universe at large.


John Jameson is a contemporary artist who focuses on seascape and portraiture as his primary subjects. His paintings are characterized by their strong emphasis on color, boldly organized compositions, and rich networks of textured brushwork. His paintings have been shown in Boston, New York, Newport (Rhode Island), and Kamakura (Japan). Currently he works and shows in New Bedford Massachusetts. John received his BFA from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth and his MFA from the New York Academy of Art.


Ashley Karamanis 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.


Rebecca Kupperstein received her BFA in Art Education, with a concentration in Community development and education, from Massachusetts College of Art and Design (2017). Since graduating, Kupperstein has worked in a variety of public, community and art education settings as an artist and facilitator. Aside from teaching at the MFA, Kupperstein is a working visual artist, who works with a variety of mediums in both classic and digital modalities. Born in and adopted from Ciudad Del Este, Paraguay and raised in the suburbs of Boston, often absent in both her education and communities were inspiring, positive reflections of self. That in mind, she is passionate about the representation, respect and celebration of different cultures and the beings that are born from them. Key characteristics to Kupperstein’s artwork are her use of line work and vibrant colors. Her work is centric to serving as a reflection of BIPOC, and aims to serve as a reminder of respect, beauty, courage, being and becoming. Most recently artistically Kupperstein has stepped into the public art world of murals and begun a platform called The Gold Community, that works to celebrate and support visionaries of the global marginalized community through art, community and storytelling. Academically, Kupperstein has begun her Masters in Art Therapy and hopes to broaden the accessibility, conversation and advocation of mental wellness in marginalized communities.


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 is a Boston based artist and educator. He 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). He shows locally and nationally, most recently at the University of North Carolina’s Drawing Discourse Exhibition (’17). Life is a part time professor at Tufts University and a teacher at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston.


Caitlin Mavilia has her BFA from Massachusetts College of Art and Design and a Masters of Art in Teaching from School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University. Since 2015, she has worked with the MFA Studio Art Classes in a variety of capacities, including as an intern, assistant teacher, summer assistant, and now lead teacher, covering a wide range of ages and media.


Abby McBride holds a master's degree in Education from Lesley University. She is the mother of a young child who loves creating collaborative lessons for children and their caregivers. A certified art and elementary school teacher, Abby served for several years as Manager of Family Programs at the MFA. At the Museum, she designed curriculum and programs for children and families based on the Museum's extensive collection. Currently, Abby writes the family labels for special exhibitions at the MFA. Abby is an experienced painter who specializes in portrait painting.


Susan Morrison-Dyke Born in Oklahoma City, and graduating from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Susan Morrison's work was exhibited extensively throughout New England and given high visibility in Boston's 1980's cutting edge art scene. After two decades in Boston and New York, Susan relocated to her native Oklahoma where she was active in national public art commissions, exhibitions and teaching residencies before returning to Boston in 2020.


Livia Mosanu is an artist and art educator holding a Master of Fine Arts from the New York Academy of Art in NYC. She is currently working on a series of large-scale oil paintings in which she explores the connection between us and our surrounding bodies of water, in particular the Atlantic Ocean. Her works are on exhibit in NYC, NJ and MA and in many private collections worldwide. She is a finalist in the 8th International Painting Annual published by Manifest Gallery and a recipient of grant awards from the New York Academy of Art and the Art Students League. A native of Bucharest, Romania, she currently resides in Natick, MA.


Elissa Na is an art educator living and working in the greater Boston area. She graduated from Smith College with a BA in Architecture, and obtained a MAT in Art Education from the School of Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University. Since obtaining her educator license, Elissa has taught a wide range of art styles and media to preschool through 8th grade students. In her free time, she enjoys creating small figure drawings and sharing them through social media. Elissa currently works as a visual art teacher at Blessed Sacrament School in Walpole.


Lio Olin received his MFA from the State University of New York, and his dual major in Fine Arts/ Humanities from Bennington College. His art and poetry are driven by an emotional history, from various environments and relationships. His practice represents the way our senses are heightened when we are involved in a relationship or engaged in a particular psychological space. Lio's approach to teaching is grounded in skill-based techniques as a means of problem-solving and seeing the world around us. He uses this foundation to engage interdisciplinary and contemporary practices, encouraging students to consider the social and conceptual implications of their work as they develop practical skills. He is thrilled to be a part of the Studio Art Program here at the museum.


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.


Brian Reddy is an artist and educator working as the drawing, painting and digital art teacher at Wellesley High School. He is a Mass Art (BFA Illustration '07 and Teacher Preparation Program '09) and Framingham State (masters in art education '17) alum. He enjoys sketching, travel and cooking.


Dani Schechner has over 16 years of experience in teaching and educational leadership roles for toddlers through adults. She earned the 2013 Big Apple Awards for Outstanding Teachers. Degrees include a Masters in Educational Studies from Tufts University; a BFA in Studio Arts from Mason Gross School of Arts; Graduate studies in Art Education, Postgraduate training in Educational Psychology, General, and Special Education. Dani is an interdisciplinary artist; she's exhibited and published her work in various local and national shows, in digital and print media, and has produced work for commissions and collections. Dani is passionate about nurturing and empowering creative thinker-doers and leveraging the arts to teach 21st century skills that create inclusive and transformative communities.


Karl Stephan is an artist, educator, curator and consultant. He teaches teens and adults in his Cambridge studio, at the Museum of Fine Arts and at the university level. He has a BFA in Painting and Printmaking from Guilford College and a Masters in Art Education from The School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts. His work has been shown and collected on five continents.


Gianna Stewart is Boston-based artist with a passion for public art. She has created sculpture for the 2019 Underwater Museum of Art in the Gulf of Mexico. Her Iceberg, floated in the Fort Point Channel in Boston. She has also created site-specific temporary works for the Fruitlands Museum in Harvard, MA, 8Nights8Windows in downtown Boston, ReCreation on the Boston Harbor Islands, and “The Local” commission on the Rose Kennedy Greenway, and a Bonnaroo skylight at the Nashville International Airport. She received her MFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston/ Tufts University.


Robyn Thompson-Duong Primarily a figurative artist, Robyn works in acrylics at her Boston studio. As a black woman raised in the suburbs of Boston and often being the only person of color growing up, Robyn knows the importance of representation and seeing one’s self in the images and people around you, hence her work depicting women of color as the main subjects of her paintings. Robyn Studied visual art at Syracuse University earning a BFA in 2002. She later went on to earn an MEd from Lesley University. Combining her passion for art with her love of teaching, Robyn has been an art teacher in both private and public institutions. Robyn was named the Museum of Fine Arts Emerging Artist Fellow for 2020.