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.
Sharon Lucie Avakian is an artist and educator. Avakian graduated with honor from Boston State College, with a Bachelor of Science in Education, Psychology, Art, and Music, simultaneously receiving the Massachusetts Teachers Certificate for K-12. Being an emotionally based painter in acrylic, oil, pastel, and water based medium, leaves her open to an experimental process of painting and teaching. She has upcoming shows in the Boston area.
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 and 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.
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.
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.
Kasey Blume, born and raised in Arizona, has been inspiring and creating with youth in Boston for the last 13 years. From tiny tot theatre to nature adventures, Kasey enjoys spending her time with children of all ages and helping them explore how fun learning can be. She has worked with the New England Aquarium and United South End Settlements’ Children’s Art Centre and is now pursuing a Bachelor’s in Educational Studies at Wheelock College. Art is one of her favorite subjects to explore, and she is excited to teach on the MFA team as a Studio Arts Instructor.
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.
Kyle Browne is a multi-disciplinary artist exploring drawing, installation and video with nature as a strong influence. She received her BFA from Pratt Institute and a Masters in Education from Lesley University in 2010. Kyle’s work has been in many solo and group exhibitions both locally and internationally and she has been the recipient of artist residencies from New England to New Zealand. She often is a visiting artist and guest lecturer at colleges, and other arts organizations and has been teaching visual art since 2010.
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.
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.
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.
Nan Hass Feldman has been painting for more than 40 years. In that time she has had 49 solo exhibitions and has been included in over 50 group shows, and 28 museum exhibitions. She has work in private collections in five countries; in corporate collections such as Fidelity Investments; and in hospital collections, including Brigham and Women’s. For many years she has taught in the Boston area, including at the Worcester Art Museum, the DeCordova Museum, Danforth/Art, and Framingham State University, and, since 1999, she has also been leading painting retreats abroad in several different countries. Nan is the recipient of awards and fellowships such as the Basil H. Alkazzi National Acquisition Award; the Liquitex Fine Art Achievement Award; and a Massachusetts Arts and Humanities Foundation Commission.
Katie Forsyth is a Boston native and graduate of the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. She has worked within the MFA’s Studio Art Classes since 2016, having served as an intern, assistant teacher and now as lead teacher.
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.
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 Gay-O’Neill is an award winning illustrator with a particular fondness for the liveliness of fashion as well as the static quiet of abandoned structures. Her work and skill is diverse yet cohesive. She can be found live illustrating at various couture fashion events throughout the US, whether it is the launch of a new shoe or the release of a season’s haute trend. When not illustrating, Sarah can be found teaching in the Illustration Department at Lesley University College of Art & Design, Mass. College of Art & Design, as well as working in a media lab at Harvard University. Sarah’s fine art has exhibited throughout New England, New York, and various cities throughout the US.
Amanda Gil is currently the Art Coordinator for the Everett Public School District and enjoys connecting with students and community members through the arts. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting from Ohio University and Master of Arts in Teaching in Art Education from Tufts/ SMFA. Amanda has been teaching kids classes at the MFA since 2011. The opportunity to explore the MFA’s collections through discussions and art making activities shared with the children continues to enrich her life. She loves to stay active through crossfit, running, beach volleyball and other summery things!
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.
Kahlil Hamady is the principal of Hamady Architects LLC. He is a practicing architect, registered in the States of Massachusetts, New York, Connecticut and Virginia. His firm has received many awards including four Stanford White Awards in 2013, 2014 and 2016, the 2014 inaugural John Russell Pope Award as well as the prestigious 2015 Palladio Award. The firm’s works has been published in national and regional publications including Veranda, Period Homes, Southern Living, Albemarle and Connecticut Cottages and Gardens. The recently published book, “An Ideal Collaboration: The Art of Classical Details” by Philip James Dodd, includes two of the firm’s projects and an article by Kahlil on the interrelationships of architecture, interiors, and landscape design. Kahlil has served on the National Board of Directors of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art (ICAA), and has taught several drawing courses for the ICAA. In 2016 he lead the Paris Drawing Tour, which he developed for the ICAA. Kahlil has also taught theory courses at the University of Virginia Department of Continuing Education and a drawing class at the Boston Architectural College Continuing Education Department. He holds a BA from Texas A&M University and a Master of Architecture from the University of Virginia.
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. His work has been exhibited at several group shows, and he has also illustrated childrens books “King Leon in Lybeth” and “Science of Psychic Defenes”. He is currently teaching at MassArt at the MFA, Boston. 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 holds 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.
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.
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); “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 has her BFA from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design, and a Masters of Art in Teaching from the School of the Museum at 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 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.
Anthony Palocci Jr. was born in Salem, MA. He received his MFA from Pratt Institute and his BFA from Montserrat College of Art. He is currently a Visiting Lecturer at Massachusetts College of Art and Design. His work is represented by SEASON a gallery based in Seattle, WA. Anthony is co-director/curator at CASTLEDRONE, a gallery in Boston’s neighborhood of Hyde Park. He lives and works in Boston.
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.
Brian Reddy is a artist and educator in the Boston-Metro area. He is a MassArt alumnus (‘07 and ‘09) and is the drawing, painting and digital art teacher at Wellesley High School in Wellesley, MA. Brian has created artwork in collaboration with numerous Boston companies and organizations. In the summer of 2016 he was one of sixty artists selected to participate in Street Pianos Boston, in which his piano was displayed in Statler Park in Bay Village for two weeks at the end of September. His work and sketches can be found via mrbreddy.com and @mr.breddy.
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.
Yoselin Rodriquez is an educator and fine artist born in Guatemala. Her focus has been printmaking, drawing and painting. Her work involves layers of vivid colors combined with textures, collages and text. As an immigrant, Yoselin focuses on practicing culturally responsive teaching through project design. She holds a BA in Fine Arts with a minor in graphic design and a M.Ed. in Art Education, both from Lesley University. She has taught elementary grade level in various programs part of non-profit organizations and public schools in Boston and Cambridge. She has also welcomed various groups to the MFA as part of the Artful Adventures program.
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 nearly sixty 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 has an MFA in Painting from Boston University and a BFA in Painting from the University of Illinois. For over 20 years, Ms Ryan has taught all levels of drawing and painting in various mediums. Currently, she teaches adult art classes at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and offers painting workshops in France in the summer. Ms Ryan has received several grants and awards, including the Frances A. Kinnicutt Foreign Travel Award administered through the Worcester Art Museum. Ms Ryan maintains a studio in Boston at the historic Fenway Studios Artists’ Cooperative and is a member of the North Shore Art Association in Gloucester, MA.
Allison Shilling received a Masters of Arts in Teaching Art Education from Tufts University and her Bachelor of Arts from Mount Holyoke College where she graduated Magna Cum Laude with Honors in Environmental Studies and Studio Art. She has a background in museum and art education through her internship and volunteer work at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art. Allison brings knowledge in business management from studies at Columbia Business School - Business Edge Program and internships at Artisan House, Inc.
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.
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.
Gianna Stewart is a Boston-based artist, with a growing interest in public art. She received her MFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston in 2014, and a BFA from Seton Hill University, Greensburg, PA.
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.
Carla Valentine has a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago then continued on to get her MAT in Art Education from Tufts/SMFA University. Carla specilizes in painting, drawing, and collage but enjoys introducing new mediums to the children she teaches. She currently works in the Braintree Public Schools.
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.