The Arts Council of Princeton’s highly regarded instructors have impressive credentials in professional training, experience and exhibitions on regional, national and international levels. Their dedication and commitment are cornerstones of the quality programs we offer.
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John Abbott John Abbott studies jazz guitar and the business of music at the Berklee College of Music. Besides combining his passions for music and education at the Arts Council, John leads his group, The Perfect Alibi Quartet, in conserving the Great American Songbook. A novice composer, he is also a member of BMI and The Recording Academy.
A profound believer that musicians should contribute and give back to the community, John performs in ad hoc groups playing jazz, blues, oldies, and Motown classics in open mics and in benefit shows for local charities, including as a member of the Princeton-based Einstein Alley Musicians Collaborative. John is also a former volunteer chapter coordinator for Guitars For Vets, a national nonprofit organization providing free guitar lessons for military veterans afflicted with PTSD and other distress at the Lyons VA New Jersey Health Care System. His previous work includes teaching college and reporting for two NPR member stations.
Susan Antin’s work expresses the joy of life through the use of vivid colors and fantasy themes. She uses a variety of media, but primarily acrylic paint, colored pencil and ink. Her images express playful, child-like ideas in a surreal, abstract style. Susan is an experienced artist and business person. She received a BA in Fine Art from the University of Wisconsin, Madison and an MBA from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. While continuing to develop her artwork, Susan established a career in corporate training and marketing. Her paintings and drawings can be found in numerous private collections. Susan has been represented in many exhibitions, including the Westmoreland Nationals, Westmoreland College (Pennsylvania), Montgomery Center for the Arts (Montgomery, NJ), Johnson & Johnson Corporate Gallery (Skillman, NJ), the Arts Council of Princeton and Williams Gallery (Princeton, NJ). Susan is the Artistic Director for Gallery-NJ, an online gallery that exhibits and sells fine art of New Jersey Artists (www.gallery-nj.com). She is an Executive Board Member of Arts on Division in Somerville, NJ and is a member of the ACP in Princeton, Farmstead Arts Center in Basking Ridge, NJ and The Printmaking Center of New Jersey in Branchburg. Additional programs include completion of training for Senior Arts program 2012 (joint project between National Endowment on the Arts and Center on Creative Aging). www.antinart.com.
Meghan Blair graduated from New York Institute of Technology, where she received a BA in English and culture. She has studied ceramics as a student at Texas A&M International. Meghan has continued her studies at the ACP where she has been an active volunteer for the past five years, assisting with ceramics classes and studio operations.
Bill Blanchard got his start as a public relations photographer for a leading New York City studio in the mid ’70s, covering everything from elephants marching through the Lincoln Tunnel for Barnum & Bailey to the restoration of the Statue of Liberty. Starting his own business in the early ’80s, Bill has been privileged to work for Sun Chemical, Goldman Sachs, George Street Playhouse, Seton Hall University, Rutgers, and The Make A Wish Foundation, to mention a few. Recently, Bill has turned much of his attention to the more artistic side of photography using multiple imagery, surreal infrared landscapes, HDR techniques and extensive use of Photoshop to make his point. This has resulted in a new way of seeing and shooting, taking the ordinary and transforming it into something beautiful and totally unexpected. Bill also relies on his experience working with the New Jersey Historical Society when it comes to his archival photo restoration work. “There’s nothing like the expression on someone’s face when you hand them a fully restored photo of their great grandparents on their wedding day.” Visit Bill’s website at: www.billblanchardphoto.com
Lisa Botalico Lisa Botalico is currently Associate Artistic Director and Principal Dancer/Choreographer of The Alborada Spanish Dance Theatre. She was a featured artist on the Emmy Award winning documentary, The Spanish Guitar, which appeared on NJN’s Images/Imagenes, produced by William Sanchez. Among her numerous NJ performances are concerts at NJPAC, George Street Playhouse, Crossroads Theatre and The Community Theatre in Morristown. With Alborada, she is on the roster of Young Audiences of New Jersey and Pennsylvania and MorrisArts. She toured the USA as Director/Principal Dancer of La Compañía Folkorica Latina under the auspices of the National Theatre of the Performing Arts. Lisa’s photo was included in the Lincoln Center Library of the Performing Arts 2012 exhibition, 100 Years of Flamenco NYC. Visit Lisa’s website at: www.lisabflamenco.com.
A graduate of Moore College of Art, Gail Bracegirdle began her art career in textile design and worked in that field for over 20 years. In 1992, ready to explore new challenges, she made the decision to focus her time and creative energy on working in watercolors. Since 1993, Gail has been sharing her artistic enthusiasm through teaching watercolor classes and workshops. Among her diverse assignments, she has had an ongoing painting group which calls itself “Watercolor Anarchy” – and is also involved with the “Arts for the Manor” program at Neshaminy Manor Long Term Care Facility in Warrington, PA. She is a member of the Artists’ Gallery in Lambertville, NJ, and a signature member of the Philadelphia Water Color Society. Her paintings are actively exhibited in juried, group and solo shows throughout the region, have won awards and are held in private collections in the USA, Europe and Australia.
Ray Brown is a graduate of Alberta College of Art in Calgary, Canada. He later studied Printmaking at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Montreal and Storyboarding for Animation at the American Animation Institute in Los Angeles. He taught at Otis College of Art and Design, Associates Art in Sherman Oaks, and The Scottsdale Artist’s School in Arizona. He worked as a storyboard artist in animation for Columbia Tristar, Warner Brothers, Disney Imagineering and other studios. Raymond continues to freelance while pursuing his first passion for painting and drawing.
Susan Carlowicz holds a BA in studio art and art history from Seton Hall University and studied fine arts education at Rutgers graduate school. She also studied at DuCret School of the Arts. She holds New Jersey certification to teach art (grades K-12) and currently teaches middle school fine arts. Susan studied with Pier Consagra for three semesters at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, in their “Drawing with the Masters” education program. Susan has been teaching elementary and high school art for over 15 years. Prior to that, she was a creative director in a Public and Governmental Relations firm for 10+ years, where she was responsible for concept development, graphic design and implementation of production projects for several accounts including the Department of Energy, NJ statewide recycling promotional campaign and the DEP. Susan studies and occasionally performs the art of tap dancing, and has taught musical theater to children. Studying the works of the Masters and the visual impact of realism inspires Susan.
T. Mark Cole studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from West Chester University. He also studied Art History and Fine Arts abroad with Villanova and Rosemont University. For twenty years, Mark has instructed fine arts classes covering watercolor and oil painting, pastel and drawing, and 3D design and architectural history to high school and adult students. He has also worked with galleries and museums in curating exhibitions. Mark has been a member of Chester County Art Association (CCAA), Provincetown Art Association and Museum (PAAM), Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts (DCCA), In Liquid.com, and the National Trust. Architecture and the landscape of the region are the inspiration of Mark’s work both traditional and abstract. He has exhibited at various galleries throughout the Philadelphia region and in New England as well as private art collections.
Peter Cook studied photography at the School of Visual Arts in New York where he did independent work with Arnold Newman and Ralph Gibson. He has worked as a freelance photographer for 25 years. Cook’s work has been exhibited in numerous venues including the Visual Arts Gallery in New York, Pleiades Gallery in New York, and the Holocaust Museum in Washington, DC. Peter’s work has appeared in many publications, including The New Yorker, The New York Times Sunday Magazine and VIP Portugal to name a few. Currently, he is working on a long-term collaboration with artist Howard Siskowitz entitled DOUBLE TAKE: A PORTRAIT PROJECT.
Barbara DiLorenzo is a children’s book author and illustrator (RENATO AND THE LION, Viking 2017 and QUINCY, little bee books, 2018). She graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design, and studied under Mary Beth McKenzie at the Art Students League in New York. She is a signature member of the New England Watercolor Society as well as the Society of Illustrators. Barbara loves teaching at the Arts Council of Princeton where she aims to bring out the best in all artists.
To see more of her work, please visit www.barbaradilorenzo.com.
David DiMarchi is a multi-disciplinary printmaker and teaching artist working in letterpress, papermaking, silkscreen and book forms. He received his BFA in Printmaking and Books from the University of Delaware and has continued to teach and study across the New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania area for the past 10 years. He maintains a small collaborative studio and art space in New Hope, PA working closely with artists to master artmaking techniques and instruction. He is also the owner or 9 in Hand Press, a pre-press graphic design studio concentrating on unique, hand-built graphics, typography and illustration. More information about Dave’s work can be found at www.9inhandpress.com.
O’Sheila Eural graduated from Rowan University with a BA in Art and a BS in Marketing. Her artwork has been exhibited in Winans Hall of Rowan University and was in a featured article in RowanToday. O’Sheila has been working with children as a camp counselor, youth leader/advisor and teacher for arts & crafts and music at VBS for various non-profit organizations over the past 8 years. She continues her work in different mediums such as ceramics, sculpting, drawing and painting at the Arts Council of Princeton and at home.
Chrissy Fellmeth is an animator and Illustrator from Brooklyn, NY. She studied at the School of Visual Arts in New York City and received her Bachelors of Fine Arts. In the animation world, she has worked on several shows for Nickelodeon, Nicktoons, Cartoon Network, and PBS including Sesame Street, Speed Racer: The Next Generation and various Adult Swim projects.
Carolina Firbas is a native of Peru and moved to the United States over 20 years ago. She has a BA in Early Childhood Education from Universidad Catolica del Peru. She first got involved with the ACP when she moved to Princeton 15 years ago looking for classes for her two kids. Carolina has been a local vendor in ACP’s Sauce for the Goose holidays craft sale with her Fine Knits collection, and has also served as a volunteer in many different children events. She grew up in a family of knitters and seamstresses and learned the skill from her grandmothers, aunts, and her mother as well as fashion magazines, patterns, and sewing projects as a child.
Stacy Greenblatt received a dual BA in Theatre Arts and Creative Writing from Brandeis University and earned an MA in Educational Theatre from New York University. She is a theater teaching artist for George Street Playhouse and the McCarter Theatre Center. Stacy also teaches drama in after school programs in East Brunswick and Highland Park. Stacy believes in the strength and collaboration of the ensemble and loves bringing out the actor in every child!
Jamie Greenfield graduated from the State University of New York at Fredonia with a Bachelor’s degree in Studio Art, and received her Master’s degree in Fine Art from the State University of New York at Albany. She taught studio art and art history at The Lawrenceville School in New Jersey from 1988-2016 on the George R. Bunn ‘34 Family Distinguished Teaching Chair, and was Director of the School’s Hutchins Gallery. She is currently an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Visual Arts Department at Rider University. She has taught art at SUNY Albany and at the Albany Academy for Girls, and worked as an antique porcelain restoration artist in Philadelphia. Having exhibited throughout New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania, Greenfield’s work is included in the permanent collections of the Mercer County Cultural & Heritage Commission, Rider University, The Lawrenceville School, the Wm. & Uytendale Scott Memorial Study Collection at Bryn Mawr College, the University of Delaware, The College of New Jersey, SUNY Albany, and the State University of New York at Fredonia. View her website at www.jamiegreenfield.com
Jenyfer Guethe holds a BFA in Ceramics, obtained her Art Education Certification grades K-12 and minored in Art Therapy from Arcadia University (formerly Beaver College). She was fortunate to be taught and inspired by Paula Winokur, an award winning ceramicist whose work has been exhibited widely in national and international collections. Jenyfer continues her passion for ceramics at ACP by taking classes and teaching ceramics to all levels. She focuses on intermediate and advanced wheel throwing, hand building and carving methods to create both functional and sculptural forms. She loves the word “flow” and encourages students to think of how they can creatively express themselves through their work. She also has worked with metals & jewelry, photography, oil paint, and other mediums which influences her to have an open, exploratory teaching style with students.
Deborah Hockstein graduated with a Bacholars degree from Barnard College and a Masters degree from Yale University. She grew up among artists, studied painting in college with Milton Resnick and has learned from many area artists, including Margaret Kennard Johnson, Mel Leipzig, Elizabeth Lombardi and Marie Sturken. Preferred media include works on paper, printmaking, mixed media, watercolor, and found object. Personal sources of inspiration include Louise Nevelson, Andy Goldsworthy, Maya Lin, Joseph Cornell, Georgia O’Keeffe, Abstraction and German Expressionism. Deborah received the Hilla Rebay Award for Excellence in Teaching from the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum /Learning Through Art Program.
Susan Hoenig is an ecological sculptor and painter. She received her MFA from the University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA, and her BA from Bennington College in Vermont. Susan has taught at the ACP for many years and also presently teaches in the Art-Reach Program through the ACP and Princeton Young Achievers. Susan has received a Sculpture Fellowship from the NJ State Arts Council. In addition to her artistic pursuits, Susan works at the Featherbed Lane Bird Banding Station, Sourland Mountains, NJ. Check out Susan’s website at www.susanhoenig.com.
John Irving of Princeton has monitored the ACP’s Monday night life-drawing workshop for over 20 years. He enrolled in art classes as a student at Kenyon College, sketching exclusively in pen & ink since then. Over the years, he has studied with local teachers Mel Leipzig and Jacques Fabert. Mr. Irving is an editor by trade.
Bob Jenkins studied painting and sculpture at the Art Students League and the National Academy of Fine Arts in New York City. He has exhibited his work regularly both at schools and in private group shows in the metropolitan area. He divides his time between teaching at the ACP and working with other artists in after school children’s programs in public and private schools in the Princeton area. In 2014, Bob was awarded the ACP’s Katherine M. Kapoor Artist-in-Residence award.
Uma Kapoor is a theatre educator who believes in the right of all children to dream. With an MBA from a top Indian business school, she has worked as a consultant before her passion for children and imagination initiated her into theatre. She has trained in voice-overs, dancing, story-telling, and drama. Her workshops have an approach of interaction, exploration, and discovery with an aim to delve into individual abilities and interests and create a platform for dreams to take off. India’s top daily newspaper, The Hindu, interviewed her for their segment, “Dreaming Big,” a column featuring those who choose to veer off the beaten track. www.treasuretreearts.com
Amy Kisby holds a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Arts & Dance from Palm Beach Atlantic University. She has worked as a professional performing and visual artist on the Mainland and in Hawaii, embracing artistic expression as an essential element to health & wellness and the sustainability of the human spirit. She holds a Masters of Science in Leadership and was awarded the Outstanding LDR Graduate Award of Excellence in Academics, Student Life, and Community Service at PBAU. She is a private leadership consultant and promotes servant leadership practices. She is a Doctorate of Philosophy student in Sustainability, focusing in Education through the arts and sciences in Higher Ed. Inst. and their surrounding communities; interconnecting ecology, astronomy, artistic expression, natural elements, transitory art, native cultural traditions, and spiritual practices. She works onsite and as an art consultant for the ACP’s Art & Healing program at UMCPP. (trained for Acute Rehab, ACE Units, Hospice, and Psychiatric Hospital environments) She also works for Princeton University Athletic & Rec. Department and will serve in the staff ambassador-training program for PU’s office of sustainability. She holds Profess. Certificates in Digital Design Production Technologies (Advanced Center for Design, Digital Arts, & Film at NYU), Management Development (Princeton University through McCarter Theatre Center for the Arts), and Instr. Cert. in Yoga & Meditation. She continues to enjoy supporting UNCCOI, SAG, FBI, NJSP, Lewis Center Arts, & Hawaiian Art Alliance outreach.
Christine Lafuente is a widely exhibited painter and Pratt Institute instructor. She received a BA in English from Bryn Mawr College, a Certificate in Painting from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia and a MFA in Painting from Brooklyn College.
Debra Lampert-Rudman holds a B.A. from Kean University and M.Ed. from Pennsylvania State University. She is an award winning artist/writer creating custom animal art in watercolors and ceramics. Her ceramics and watercolors have been featured in a one-woman show at world-renowned William Secord Gallery, NYC, the Morris Museum, the Dinnerware Museum, among many other juried shows and publications. She recently received the Dog Writers Association of America’s highest award, the Maxwell Award and is the author/illustrator of “Iris the Architect”. Her work may be seen at www.debrilampert-rudman.com.
Janet Keller Laughlin is a multidisciplinary artist from Hopewell, NJ, who works as a painter/sculptor, decorative artist, illustrator, graphic designer and garden designer. She holds a BFA in Illustration from Moore College of Art & Design. She also holds a Certificate in Painting & Sculpture from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (Studio for Advanced Study program). In New York and Philadelphia, Janet worked as an illustrator in television, advertising, book publishing, and theater for companies that include: WPVI-TV, Macy’s Special Productions, Silver Burdett & Ginn. Janet’s love of nature and the botanical world evolved into multi-media work with natural mediums of encaustics, fiber and botanical materials. She attended a botany & plant science program receiving a Certification in Clinical Aromatherapy. She has won numerous awards for her hooked rug design featured in the “Magnificent Landscapes” chapter in Rug Hooking Magazine’s Celebrations XX. Janet works in her studio, located in the heart of the Sourland Mountains, surrounded by forests, aromatic gardens, and wildlife. She exhibits in regional and national shows, including at the Grounds For Sculpture and the Philadelphia Flower Show. Her work is in private & public collections throughout the US.
Eva Mantell works with everyday materials to create sculpture, works on paper, drawings and video. Exhibitions include “Overflow” at Mount Airy Contemporary, “Fictional Fabric” at J&J in New Brunswick, “Cutters” at Hunterdon Museum, and other exhibitions at Brodsky Center at Rutgers, Brooklyn Museum, Jersey City Museum, P.S. 1 anƒd Artists Space. Eva teaches Art for Caregivers, Art at the ACE Unit and the Arts Exchange program. Her goal is to make art accessible to a wide audience through direct and personal encounters, hands-on experimentation and discussion. Eva has a BA from Penn and an MFA from the School of Visual Arts. Her website is www.evamantell.com.
Kathleen Metaxas initiated her formal training as an artist after raising a family and spending a long career in real estate and mortgage financing. Her particular interests in printmaking, papermaking, and book arts began with art classes at Bucks County Community College and Bennington College, as well as participation in various workshops with distinguished artists. She finds the “hands-on” direct processes that produce results not possible through other mediums particularly appealing. In addition, she finds that her mediums of choice allows for freedom of experimentation and “accidental discovery” of beautiful affects that can be wildly expressive, elements missing in her previous dealings in careers demanding precision and detail. She has taught programs in printmaking (woodblock and monotype), papermaking, and books arts at the Grounds for Sculpture and the Printmaking Center of New Jersey. Kathleen’s work is displayed at Canal Street Grill in Pennsylvania and has recently been purchased for the set of the current television show “Madam Secretary”. In 2013, Kathleen was awarded the ACP’s Katherine M. Kapoor Artist-in-Residence award.
Anna Neis is an artist, educator and lecturer. Neis is a representational artist of contemporary myth working in a classical realist tradition. She holds MFA degrees from Moscow Art Academy and New York Academy of Art. With over 20 years teaching experience, Neis founded Gemma Art Foundation in 2005. Gemma Art Foundation is a non-profit educational institution dedicated to the education and promotion of fine arts. Her works have been shown nationally and internationally including New York, San Francisco, Paris and Tokyo. Her work is in private collections, as well as the permanent collection of Arnot Art Museum in Elmira, New York. “Teaching art is unique. Blending the didactic teaching of technical skills with the abstract idea of creativity is the most important part of helping students reach their potential.” –Anna Neis
Veronica Olivares-Weber has been an active member of the community since the day she arrived in Princeton. Her international experience spans two countries and two languages. A former businesswoman turned full-time mom, she has followed her passion of teaching kids, and helping the community where she lives by volunteering her time at several local educational and non-profit organizations (Princeton Public Library, Princeton Public Schools, the Arts Council of Princeton, LALDEF, HIP, and the Red Umbrella, among others). The Arts Council of Princeton recognized her volunteer efforts by giving her the Volunteer Award of the Year in 2009. Veronica has collaborated with the Princeton Nursery School as the Family Literacy Coordinator and is teaching Spanish at Princeton University League. Veronica is also in her third term on the Princeton Recreation commission and she is in her first year on The Housing Initiative Princeton board.
Diversity in media and materials is integral to Donna Payton’s creative process. A native of St. Louis, MO, she began collecting discarded items and assembling them as a young child. In Los Angeles, where she received her MFA from Otis Art Institute in sculpture and painting, her mixed media work expanded to include constructions of building materials and salvaged architectural parts. Payton is currently creating high relief collages as well as installations combining recycled objects, natural materials and constructed sculptures. She also makes photographs using the human form as a sculptural base for parts of her disassembled sculptural constructs. Payton received the New Jersey Print and Paper Grant from the Brodsky Center at Rutgers University. She has exhibited in galleries and museums in California, Florida, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, Washington, D.C. and New Zealand. Payton’s work is in private and corporate collections, including Southeastern Banks, Citibank of Florida, Cleveland Clinic in Florida, Novo Nordisk, Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, AtlantiCare New Jersey, New Jersey State Museum, Jersey City Museum, Zimmerli Art Museum, New Jersey State Council on the Arts and Hunterdon Museum of Art.
Visit Donna’s website: www.donnapayton.com.
Debbie Pisacreta is an artist specializing in plein air landscapes. She has been painting for over 20 years both in watercolor and in oil. Her goal in painting is to create a visual story that communicates the feeling of a particular time and place. She discovered her love of art in college where she received a B.A. in English with a minor in Fine Arts from The College of New Jersey. Since college she has studied drawing and painting extensively, taking classes at the Art Students League of New York and the Arts Council of Princeton as well as workshops by nationally known artists. Her work has been exhibited in many of the local juried art shows as well as at the Artists’ Gallery in Lambertville, where she is an active member, and at the Arts Council of Princeton where she was recently part of the “Close to Home” Exhibit in January 2016. Visit her website at www.debbiepisacreta.com
Kathleen Preziosi holds a BA in studio art, art history, and arts management from Sweet Briar College. She continued her studies at Parsons School of Design and the School of Visual Arts in New York. Since 1991, she has assisted in the development of children’s programs and taught children’s and adults’ ceramics classes. She also serves as the ACP’s Ceramics Studio Manager.
Libby Ramage hails from Youngstown, Ohio, and is a graduate of the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, where she majored in painting, printmaking, and video. She has exhibited at and been a member of galleries in Boston, New York City, Chicago, Youngstown, and Princeton. She has worked with public school children on murals, teaches in the ACP’s Art Reach programs at Princeton Nursery School, and has taught at the ACP for many years.
Ifat Shatzky is a mother of three who moved to the United States from Israel 15 years ago and for the past eight years has been living in Princeton. She earned her BFA in Art and Education in Israel and has been teaching children. Ifat has painted professionally in Israel as well as in the United States. Also, she has done work as a graphic designer, has been in numerous shows and is currently represented in four galleries. Ifat considers herself a mixed media artist. She loves working with different mediums and likes experimenting with new materials. Visit Ifat’s website at www.ifatshatzky.com.
Colby Cedar Smith holds a BA in English and Creative Writing from Colorado College and an EdM in Arts in Education from Harvard University. For the past fifteen years she has worked as a freelance editor and taught creative writing workshops in high schools, art museums, community centers, university classrooms, and corporations. Colby is the author of two chapbooks: Seven Seeds of the Pomegranate (The Penny Press, 2006) and Transplanted (Bokbinderigatan Press, 2013). She has been a finalist for “Discovery”/Boston Review Poetry Contest, The Iowa Review Poetry Award, the New Letters Poetry Prize, and the Colorado Prize for Poetry, among others. Her poems have been published in Bellevue Literary Review, Harper Palate, Mid-American Review, Pleiades, Potomac Review, Saranac Review, and The Iowa Review.
Karen Titus Smith has been exhibiting work since the late 1980’s. In 1992, she won a fellowship from the state of New Jersey and she has been privileged to receive two NJ state residencies. She has exhibited in New York, New Jersey and Philadelphia. Ms. Smith’s career painting (often mural sized) for a Major New York design firm has placed her work in exclusive four and five star hotels and corporate spaces throughout the United States. Karen earned a BFA from Moore College of Art in Philadelphia, PA and continued her studies at The Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art and Tyler School of Art, Temple University. She has taught Visual Art courses at University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA, Mercer County Community College in Trenton, NJ, Artworks in Trenton, NJ, and Burlington County Community College in Pemberton, NJ. She currently teaches Fine Art at The Arts Council of Princeton, Paul Robeson Center for the Arts in Princeton, NJ and Studio Classroom in Pemberton, NJ. Examples of her work and career information can be found at www.karentitussmith.com
Dressler Smith is a nationally acclaimed American artist and author whose unique works on paper and stained glass windows designed for churches touch the human spirit. Her artwork is included in the private collections Oprah Winfrey, former NFL quarterback Randall Cunningham, and Coretta Scott King. Dressler is currently coordinator of Adult Programs for the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia, PA, and has taught visual art at Camden County College for over 20 years. She authored Celebrating LIfe Through the Arts: The Inspirational Journey of Dressler Smith. Visit her website at www.dresslersmith.com
Steve Smith attended the School of Visual Arts where he received his BFA in 1977. He went on to work in NYC theater, film and television, painting scenery for the next thirty years during which he also worked doing illustrations for newspapers and magazines, including Sports Illustrated, and the Philadelphia Inquirer. Steve also did courtroom art for network television. Steve’s caricature sculptures were featured in the Society of Illustrators Annual 3D Show. He has shown extensively in area galleries including The Phillips Mill Annual, The Pastel Society of America annual pastels show at the National Arts Club in NYC, and the Butler Museum annual Pastel Show in Youngstown, OH. Steve’s work is in the permanent collection at the Ellarsie Museum in Trenton, NJ.
Artist Armando Sosa’s hand-woven, brilliantly colored tapestries and other textiles present themes and images of Guatemala, where he grew up. In them, he employs symbols and images derived from dreams and memories of traditional icons and figures, both religious and secular – some dating back to his native Mayan or pre-Columbian heritage, others to actual memories of a Central American childhood. Additional visual influences incorporated into his designs include African textiles, European Jacquard patterns and Renaissance tapestry details. His tapestries are in the collections of the Newark Museum, the Princeton Public Library, Johnson & Johnson World Headquarters, ad the new Capital Heath Systems Hospital in Pennington, NJ, as well as private collections nationwide. In 2004, he was a featured artist of Rutgers University’s “Transcultural New Jersey”, exhibiting his work in museums throughout the state, as well as being featured in the NJN Public Television special “The New America Art” (Jan. 2005). Various awards he has received include “Artist of Exceptional Ability” from the United States Government.
Christina Stadelmeier approaches her color photography from a fine art perspective and is currently creating a fashion forward line of textile designs based on her photography. Christina earned her MFA in painting from the CUNY, Queens College and her BFA in painting with minor studies in sculpture and printmaking from Philadelphia College of Art (now UArts). Christina has created professional textile prints, jacquard wovens and tapestry designs for Home Furnishings and Fashion Apparel products for clients such as Martha Stewart, Donna Karen, Sean John, Disney flannel bedding and NASCAR bath for boys. As an Assistant Professor of Fine Art at The University of Chicago, Christina taught undergraduate photography, printmaking, drawing and foundation courses and acted as Graduate Thesis Adviser to the MFA Candidates and as a Guest Lecturer at Swarthmore College she taught Photography and Foundation art courses. Her color photography has been shown in art galleries, colleges and universities in the US since the late 1970’s. Her work is in the Corporate Collection of Novo Nordisk and in the permanent collection of The Mercer County Heritage and Cultural Commission.
Gwen Sylvan has over 20 years of experience as a designer, producer, and director in the field of computer graphics, animation, and new media within a 30-year career in general graphic design, fine arts, and illustration. She received a BFA in printmaking and painting from SUNY Buffalo and completed graduate work in computer graphics at NYIT. She began working with a focus on printmaking and exhibited in galleries in New Mexico. Her career moved into the commercial art and design arena when she began working in computer art and animation. After working in the industry for over 25 years, she now teaches art at Piscataway High School. Traditional and new media are utilized in her work.
Piroska Toth is a self-taught fiber artist, who has been involved in felt making for more than 15 years. She is also very enthusiastic about sharing her passion for fiber, teaching kids as well as adults knitting, weaving , dyeing yarn and felting. She exhibits regularly as a member of the North East Feltmakers’ Guild.
Nancy Troske is trained in classical jewelry making techniques, such as enameling, granulation and chain making. She has taught jewelry making for over 20 years. Nancy has a BFA in Fine Arts, as well as many years of professional training in New York City and San Francisco. She was a commercial bench jeweler and diamond setter for several years before returning to the East Coast. Nancy moved to Princeton in 2009 where she teaches metalsmithing along with creating her unique pieces of contemporary jewelry based on ancient techniques. Her work has been featured in art galleries around the country. www.nancytroske.com
Charles David Viera is an artist and educator with an MFA from Brooklyn College. Formerly an adjunct associate professor at Long Island University, he has also taught at the Brooklyn Museum Art School, the New York Figurative Academy, the Parsons School of Design, and Pratt Institute. In 2011, Charles was awarded the ACP’s Katherine M. Kapoor Artist-in-Residence award. His paintings have been exhibited at numerous galleries and museums including the Brooklyn Museum, the Nassau County Museum, First Street Gallery and the Adam Gimbel Gallery, and can be viewed at www.charlesdavidviera.com.
Mickey Waring is currently Art Director and Art Teacher at the Westerhoff School of Music & Art. A graduate from Princeton University and Beirut University College, she has illustrated for magazines in the United States and abroad. Her work, which includes puppetry and jewelry design, is influenced by a lifetime of travel abroad in Europe and the Middle East. A member of the Metuchen Cultural Arts Commission and recently contributor to the Visual Arts Connection, Ms. Waring has been a driving force in the arts community of Metuchen over the past 22 years. Ms. Waring’s recent work includes illustrations and small works on paper in watercolor, acrylics, oil, and gouache.
Fran Eber is a multidisciplinary artist working in mixed media. Her current work focuses on ‘acrylic fluid paintings,’ she has spent the last few years intensively researching various fluid mediums and processes. “Beyond the Pour” is her six-week class that teaches various techniques in this fluid art form. Ms. Eber received her B.F.A. in Visual Arts at Rutgers’ Mason Gross School of the Arts, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude. Her artist book “Elegy” is in the permanent collection at Rutgers University Library. Ms. Eber has 25 years of art and design experience running her own agency as creative director and designer. Her commissioned works are in permanent collections at Summit Medical Group throughout NJ, and in MRM Worldwide in Princeton NJ.
Susan Intner Born & raised in NYC, Susan Intner earned her AB from Princeton University and pursued graduate studies in the sciences. Primarily self-taught as an artist, she’s taught adults (biology) & children (nursery school, elementary reading & math). Community arts programs in NY, CA & at the ACP have strengthened her skills in ceramics, photography, painting & collage. Susan’s been an active ACP member for many years as student, volunteer (studio monitor, teaching assistant, & Communiversity demonstrator), & selling artist. She’s exhibited in the US & New Zealand, & is an award-winning photographer. Her work is in museum collections in New Mexico, Vermont, & Belgium.
Lauren Meyeris an artist and educator living and working in Central New Jersey. She graduated magna cum laude from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2015, earning a BFA with a concentration in Sustainability and Social Practice and a minor in Art History. She has worked as an artist educator at the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore MD, Princeton University Art Museum, Princeton University Preparatory Program, and has taught STEM workshops across Maryland. She interned with MDEV prototyping electric cars and developing electric bikes that were created for the Baltimore bike share.
Her artwork combines aspects of technology and traditional craft techniques. You can find more of her art at cargocollective.com/laurenmeyer
Jesscia Schadtis a lifelong artist, athlete & fitness enthusiast who has a professional background working at various companies doing all things creative. She has been hoop dancing since 2010 and has several hoop dance videos featured on www.hooping.org. She also teaches/performs other circus and aerial art forms (since 2015) including poi, poi flags, circus manipulations & balance props, aerial silks, aerial rope, etc. She has experience teaching students of all ages… kids, teens, and adults!
Jessie has also performed and/or taught at many different style events such as: formal and casual receptions, parties, festivals, stage shows, kids camps, after school programs, charity events, and weddings. She continues to expand her knowledge & training in circus arts each year by enrolling in various circus arts classes, seminars, workshops, and camps. She applies techniques learned from professional instructors and established circus programs + other creative movement, dance, and fitness resources to her teaching methods to create inclusive and fun activities for all ages.
Lizabeth Livine received a BFA in Photography/Printmaking from SUNY Buffalo in 1996. After moving to San Francisco, she worked in professional photography and prepress until 2000. She then worked as a Graphic Designer and Associate Art Director for Mix Magazine until 2009. Her education in printmaking continued at Laney College in Oakland, CA. Liz is now learning ceramics at ACP and working in non-silver photography.
Dave Burwell‘s love of nature inspired his interest in photography when he was a boy, and nature photography has been a passion ever since. Dave strives to create images that express the wonder and beauty that surround us each day as we make our way through the world. As a full-time photographic artist and photography teacher, Dave emphasizes the craftsmanship of making, editing and printing photos, combined with the artistic principles of composition, and the inner creative process. Dave has lived in the Princeton area for the past 35 years, and currently teaches at the Princeton Arts Council, the Princeton Adult School, and individual private lessons.
Visit Dave’s website at: www.daveburwell.com.
Dr. Ronah Harris is a design, a teacher and a maker. She teaches computer science and Maker Education at the Stuart Country Day School, in Princeton NJ. Dr. Harris is also the founder of Play Pattern LLC, an educational technology consultancy that trains artists, teachers, and families about the intersections of technology, art and design. She was awarded two Daytime Emmys for her work on the educational television shows Sesame Street and The Electric Company. She has an extensive background in costumes and helped write the first computer science curriculum for NYC public schools.