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Vicki Herzfeld Arlein

- B.S. University of Wisconsin
Vicki holds a bachelor’s degree in art education from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She continued her studies at art centers in NewYork and New Jersey. She presently studies with Nicki Orbach at the Art Students League and Alex Piccirillo at the Montclair Art Museum. Her botanical and horticultural illustrations are published in books, magazines, garden catologs and The New York Times. Her pastel work has been shown and awarded in juried shows in New Jersey. After teaching elementary school, she taught for the Comic Book Project from Teachers College, Columbia University. Combining these experiences, she created a fun comic book art program that develops children’s artistic skills within a storytelling framework.


John Atura

- B.F.A. Tufts University
- M.F.A. School of Visual Arts
Mr. Atura has taught drawing and painting at Tufts University, the Boston Museum School, and Raritan Valley Community College. He has twice received a New Jersey State Council on the Arts Fellowship for painting and also a Rutgers Center for Innovative Printmaking Fellowship. His artwork has been exhibited at numerous venues both in New York and around the state, including a one person exhibition at The Newark Museum. In 2001 he was an Artist in Residence at The 23rd Annual International Cultural Festival, in Assilah, Morocco.


Suzanne Kammin Baron

- Certificate in Art Education, Parsons School of Design
- Psychology, CUNY
- B.F.A. Painting, RISD
- M.F.A. Painting, San Francisco Art Institute
Exhibited nationally and in Canada. Adjunct Professor of Painting and Drawing at Parsons School of Design since 2000. Lecturer in Art at Caldwell College. Taught at the Art Gallery of Ontario and served as Chair of Visual Arts at Convent of the Sacred Heart. Received two Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation Emergency Assistance Grants. Undergraduate studies in painting at National College of Art and Design, Dublin, Ireland and graduate studies in painting at University of British Columbia, Vancouver Canada. New York State Certification in Art Education, Parsons School of Design. Undergraduate studies in psychology at City University of New York. BFA in Painting, Rhode Island School of Design. MFA in Painting, San Francisco Art Institute.


Janice Belove

- M.F.A. Queens College CUNY
- B.F.A. Maryland Institute, College of Art
Ms. Belove received a B.F.A. from Maryland Institute, College of Art (1976) and an M.F.A. from Queens College, C.U.N.Y. (1979). Her residencies include Millay Colony for the Arts (1990) and Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (2000). She exhibits in both New York and New Jersey. In addition to teaching at the Yard School, Ms. Belove is Adjunct Professor of Painting & Drawing at Bergen Community College.


Janet Boltax

- B.F.A. University of Buffalo
Janet Boltax received her BFA from the University of Buffalo and attended the Art Student’s League for several years. Primarily an oil portrait painter, yet proficient at monoprinting and etching, Janet has been influenced by artists Alice Neel and Lucien Freud. Holding several solo shows of her artwork, Janet currently teaches art at the Jewish Community Center in West Orange, NJ.


Pat Butynski

- Marketing Art & Design, Middlesex County College
- School of Visual Arts
- Parsons School of Design
- DuCret School of Art
- North East Watercolor Society
- National Watercolor Society
Middlesex County College; School of Visual Arts; Parsons School of design; duCret School of Art. Exhibitions: Gallery Petite, NJ; Gallery One Main, NJ; Swain’s Gallery, NJ; The Louisa Melrose Gallery. Awards: The Norman Webb Award – Best Watercolor at `04&`05 Plainfield Art Festivals; 2004 Ida Wells, Clara Stroud Award from the American Artists Professional League. Memberships: North East Watercolor Society; NEWS; Garden State Watercolor Society, Associate Member of the National Watercolor Society. "Watercolor chose me." Pat Butynski graduated from Middlesex County College, in Edison, NJ with an Associates Degree in Marketing Art & Design in 1978. She went on to study at the School of Visual Arts, by invitation, with Milton Glaser, and The Parsons School of Design, both in NYC. After 26 award winning years in Graphic Communications, 15 of which were in her own business, Pat packed up her Pat Garhart Design Works identity, and surrendered to full time homemaking and motherhood... or so she thought. A year later, in 2000, Pat found an old box of watercolor paints and brushes given to her by her mother, an oil painter, when Pat was 19 years old. The paint and everything in the box, was as good as new! The dabbling began. After a year of painting everything in sight, “including the kitchen sink”... Pat sought further instruction at the DuCret School of Art in Plainfield, NJ. During her study, Pat was recommended to Gallery One Main in High Bridge, NJ. They took her work on. Gallery Petite, the adjoining artist co-op pursued her for membership, while her fellow students at DuCret began to pursue her as a teacher. Unexpectedly, Mrs. Butynski was back in business. With 15 shows in her first year of exhibiting, culminating in a One Woman show of her representational work called, “The Painted Year” at the Swain Gallery in Plainfield, NJ, her work entered the personal collections of many art patrons. Eventually, Pat called a halt to the show machine, in order to paint for love, again and grow creatively. She has, selectively continued to show in venues such as “The Paper Mill Playhouse, in Millburn, NJ, Swains’ Gallery, The Somerset Art Association, the Garden State Watercolor Society,The Dupre Gallery in Montclair, NJ, The New Jersey Center for Visual Arts, in Summit, NJ, The Fredericks Gallery in Allenhurst, as well as The North East Watercolor Society in Kent Connecticut. Her work has received numerous awards. Pat is a signature member of the North East Watercolor Society and an associate Member of the National Watercolor Society. She regularly teaches workshops and classes at the Art Center for the Visual Arts, in Summit, NJ. Ms. Butynski continues to study with international artists. Most recently Pat has exhibited at the Monmouth Museum with the New Jersey Watercolor Society. www.patbutynski.com Home: 732 530 2680 Cell: 908 410 8244


April Clark

- B.A. Art Education, Montclair State University
- M.A. Art Education with a studio concentration in Ceramics, Kean University


Dorothy Cochran

- B.A., M.A. Montclair State University
- M.F.A., Printmaking, Columbia University
Dorothy Cochran is a well known East Coast printmaker, acknowledged for her expertise and broad command of multiple print methods. She is a two time recipient of the New Jersey State Council on the Arts Fellowship and honored for her dedication to teaching and curatorial work for other artists. She is represented in both private and corporate art collections such as The New York Public Library, The Free Library of Philadelphia, Bristol Myers Squibb, and Prudential Life Insurance Company; and several museum collections including The Museum of Modern Art, The National Gallery of Art, Georgia Museum of Fine Art, and the Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum of Rutgers University. Recently a number of pieces were purchased by The Valley Hospital.Ms. Cochran has exhibited extensively throughout the country in museums, universities and galleries including the Art Complex Museum in Duxbury, Massachusetts (selected by David Kiehl, Curator of Prints at The Whitney Museum of Art), Provincetown Museum of Art, UMA Gallery, New York City and currently at Franklin54+Projects in Chelsea. A major solo exhibition of recent work was recently held at the art museum of Southwest State University in Minnesota in 2010. Related activities have included several collaborative artist book projects, a visiting artist residency in San Antonio, TX, and several corporate commissions. Ms. Cochran has taught at Columbia University’s School of the Arts, the City University of New York in Staten Island, Bergen Community College, The Art School at Old Church in Demarest NJ, and Truro Center for the Arts at Castle Hill in Truro, MA. She is a popular lecturer and workshop leader throughout the country. Ms. Cochran holds an MFA in Printmaking from Columbia University and an MA and BA from Montclair University in New Jersey. She was the Director & Curator of the Galleries at The Interchurch Center in New York City for 23 years; is the current Chair of Printmaking at The Art School at Old Church in Demarest, NJ and is an instructor at The Montclair Art Museum, Yard School of Art. She is now on the Board of Directors of NAWA (the National Association of Women Artists). Listed in Who's Who in American Art.


Lisa Conrad

Lisa Conrad is an artist and trained art educator living and working in Newark, NJ. She studied studio arts and art education at Kean University in Union. She has created a multifaceted body of work including ceramics, works on handmade paper, artist books, paintings and prints. Her work references a range of influences, from memory, regeneration, the natural world and the urban environment. She is the founder and director of the Newark Print Shop, a community-based fine art printmaking studio located in downtown Newark.


Marcie Cooperman

Marcie is Assistant Professor of Color Theory in the Art Media and Technology Dept. at Parsons the New School for Design.  She has also been a Professor of Color Theory at Pratt Institute of Design, where she taught for many years in the Graduate Communications Design Department and the Industrial Design Department.  She is Assistant Professor of Fashion Marketing, and Fashion Marketing Management, in the Parsons School of Fashion, and Marketing Management, Luxury Brand Management, and Retail Visual Merchandising at LIM College.  Marcie is the owner/designer of Marcie Cooperman Knits, creating custom hand knit dresses, coats and sweaters. 

Marcie also is the author of Color:  How to Use It, published by Pearson, the first and only textbook for Color Theory.  She is a recognized expert and speaker on Color Theory, lecturing at conferences such as Vogue Knitting LIVE and Yarn Market News.  You can read her blogs on color and trends in the fashion/interior design industries at www.fashionclassroom.com; and see her videos on www.universityoffashion.com.  You can find Marcie’s Color Matters on her blog www.marciecooperman.com, where her work promotes learning and expands the reader’s knowledge about how to use color.  Marcie also writes feature stories about art and color for www.attheedge.com  art magazine.

In the design and corporate worlds, Marcie conducts workshops, corporate presentations and educational seminars on Color Theory, and Using Color for artist groups, industrial design companies and beauty companies such as L’Oreal.

Marcie is President of Studio Montclair Inc. a 400-member on-profit visual arts organization in Montclair NJ, dedicated to enhancing the professional development of the visual artist.  Her watercolors are represented by William Ris gallery.

All these things are her passions, surrounding the core of fashion and color; she is delighted to be able to weave them together into a wonderfully fun and creative career full of learning and teaching.  She is grateful to have the opportunity to help students achieve their career goals in their own personal directions.


Ellen Denuto

My unique and varied creative background began as a child. Unable to express myself through other mediums, I found my voice when took my first photographs with a borrowed camera. My new companion and I could capture the world’s subtleties I sensed but could not put into words.

My mother recognizing my talent entered me into a relatively major juried exhibition where I won Best in Show. It was then that I realized that what I did mattered, and my life as a Visual Storyteller began.

After studying Art and Education in college, I formed professional affiliations with the Minolta, Agfa and Ilford Corporations, as guest speaker and contributing photographer for their product publications and trade shows.

An original contributor for The Image Bank- founder Larry Freed selected a body of my personal images at to be part of his International Collection which led to assignments as well as worldwide exposure.

An exhibition at The Lever House Gallery in NYC reviewed by Fred McDarrah of the Village Voice named me “A brilliant punk fashion photographer to watch”. This caught the attention of NYC Art Directors who gave me assignments for magazines such as FOTO, Darkroom Photography, GRAPHIS, Minolta Mirror, Japanese Playboy. My photograph “Nick and Gigi” became the face of the new generation of photographers on the poster AMERICAN VISION for NYU’s Washington Square Gallery exhibition of the same name.

While enjoying commercial success, I stay connected to my artist self through personal projects such as The Artist as Art and The Other America.

I am a juror, guest speaker and workshop leader for the American Society of Media Photographers, Professional Photographers of America, Professional Woman Photographers, SOHO Photo, and various Colleges and Universities.

Current classes include The Digital Portfolio Project for New York University, The Classic Nude for The Hallmark Institute of Photography.


Melissa Dobzinski

-B.F.A., Kean College

Ms. Dobzinski received her B.A. in Fine Arts Education from Kean University. She is currently an elementary school art teacher in Bergen County, and has been working at The Yard School of Art since 2006. Currently, she is teaching the Yard School’s first course in Claymation for children.


Dan Fenelon

- School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Dan Fenelon graduated from the School of the Museum of Fine Art Boston MA. went on to work as a graphic designer, illustrator and fine artist. He has shown his work nationally and is currently represented by galleries in New York and New Jersey. Dan is also working on a line of youth apparel under his Wavedog Brand.


Ritika Gandhi

Ritika Gandhi grew up in India where she attained her Bachelors in Business., and later followed by Textile Designing.  She worked, as a designer, in a textile manufacturing company.  In the early ‘90s, she moved to New York where she began to work as a freelance textile artist.  Her travels took her all over the world, from Hong Kong to England.  In England, she went back to school and attended Reading College of Art and Design and attained her Diploma in Fine Art. Her fate moved her to the United States in 2003, where she started her teaching career. Ritika has been teaching Batik and Silk Painting at Ridgewood Community School and Montclair Art Museum. She has also taught at Midland Park Continuing Education, Atelier 7 Studio in Pompton Plain, Montclair Adult School, South Orange, and Maplewood Adult School. Ritika has had her art exhibited in the United States as well as abroad. Her designs have been licensed on products like pillows, that are being sold in the market.


Asha Ganpat

Asha Ganpat is a sculptor who was born in Trinidad, WI and currently lives/works in New Jersey.  She received her B.F.A. from Mason Gross, Rutgers University and M.F.A. from Montclair State University.  Ganpat has shown at institutions such as the Brooklyn Museum of Art, the Insitituto di Cultura, Exit Art, The Noyes Museum, Seton Hall University, The Jersey City Museum and the Nathan Cummings Foundation. She is a alumni of Aljira's Emerge program and has received the award of Best In Show for her work in the Metro Show at City Without Walls in Newark New Jersey. In addition, Ganpat is an adjunct professor of sculpture at Montclair State University and is co-founder/director of Red Saw Gallery in Newark.


Gary Godbee

-B.F.A. Boston University

-Graduate Painting at Brooklyn College & Montclair State University

Mr. Godbee received a B.F.A. degree in painting from Boston University in 1974 and has studied graduate painting at Brooklyn College and Montclair State University. He has taught drawing at the Art Students League, landscape and portrait painting workshops in Sante Fe for the Academy of Realist Art, and currently teaches painting courses at the Yard School of Art (since 1993) and the Somerset Art Association (since 2001). Gary is best known for his realist landscape paintings, which often include panoramic views of northern New Jersey. His work has been shown in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Virginia and California, and can be found in collections in the U.S., Europe and Japan. His one-person exhibitions have included shows at the Cudahy's Gallery in both NYC and Richmond, VA, the First Street Gallery in NYC, and the Watchung Arts Center in Watchung, NJ. Recent exhibitions include a one-person show at J. Cacciola Gallery in NYC, the 2005 N.J. Arts Annual at the Montclair Art Museum, the NJSCA Fellowship exhibition at the NJ State Museum in Trenton, two-person shows at the Arts Guild of Rahway and the Tomasulo Gallery of Union County College (September 2003), as well as group shows at the J. Cacciola Gallery in NYC and Bernardsville, Tatistcheff Gallery in NYC, City without Walls Gallery in Newark, and the Paul Robeson Gallery of Rutgers University. Gary Godbee has received Fellowships in 2004 and 1994 from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, exceptional merit awards from the City Without Walls Gallery in Newark in 2002 and 1995, and a merit award from the Portrait Institute in New York in 1996. He is represented in the 1998 Society of Illustrators Annual and is listed in Who's Who in America (since 2000). In 2000, he completed two twenty-foot wide murals commissioned through the NJ State Council on the Arts that are now permanently installed in the Department of Labor Building in Trenton. He is currently represented in NYC by the J. Cacciola Gallery.  Visit his website:  www.garygodbee.com


Susan Greenspan

-M.F.A., Printmaking, University of Wisconsin, Madison

-B.A., Studio Art, Smith College


Marion E. Held

-New York University

-Montclair State University

Ms. Held, a mixed media sculptor, has exhibited extensively in the US and abroad for nearly 25 years. Ms. Held’s work was included in the NJ State Council of the Arts Fellowship exhibition (Trenton, NJ) in 2006, and Medialia Gallery in NYC (Transformable Art) in 2006. Recent solo exhibitions were at Medialia Gallery (NYC), Art Resources Transfer in (NYC), the University of Wisconsin in Oshkosh, and the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts (NYC). She has shown in Tambacounda (Senegal), the Kunstlerhaus, Graz (Austria), the Morris Museum (NJ), the NJ State Museum, Aljira A Center for Contemporary Art (NJ), Pardo Gallery (NYC), Goldstrom Gallery (NYC) and the Meguro Museum of Art, Tokyo (Japan). She is represented in many public and private collections including the city of Tambacounda (Senegal), Fundacion Valparaiso, Mojacar Playa (Spain), the Negev Museum (Israel), the city of Boleslawiec (Poland), Grounds for Sculpture (NJ), the Montclair Art Museum (NJ), the Museum of Modern Art Artist Library (NYC), The Newark Museum (NJ), the NJ State Museum, Tajimi City (Japan) and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. Internationally, Ms Held was invited to participate in the TDG4 (Tambacounda/Dakar/Geneva) International Workshop in Tambacounda (Senegal), in 2004, where she created an installation in the Cultural Center of Tambacounda. She was also invited to the Fundacion Valparaiso, Mojacar Playa (Spain) in 2004, Beer-Sheva International Biennale (Israel) in 1997 and 1993, and the 33rd International Sculpture Symposium in Boleslawiec (Poland) in 1997. In 2003 Ms. Held received her second Fellowship in Sculpture from the NJ State Council on the Arts, as well as a Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation Creative Fellows Award for the Millay Colony. She is the recipient of three Dodge Foundation Grants for the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, a Ragdale Foundation Fellowship and an Aljira Emerge Fellowship.  Visit her website: www.marionheld.com.


Monica Hill

-B.F.A. Syracuse University

-Masters in Education Montclair State University

Monica has been teaching in the Newark Public Schools as an Elementary/ Middle School Art Teacher for 14 years.


Carla Horowitz

I started working with clay in 1973 and co-founded The Clay Cellar Pottery- a store front studio/store/school in Montclair's South End Business District. I studied at the 92nd Street Y and then with Byron Temple, Jim Makins, and Malcolm Davis at Peters Valley Craft Center in Layton, NJ, at Parsons School of Design in New York City, and with Raku artist Tom Neugebauer. I taught at the Montclair Adult School and at the New Jersey Center for Visual Arts in Summit for many years, and was a co-founder of Doubletree Gallery of Fine Art and Contemporary Crafts in Montclair. Now, I continue to teach at my Riker Hill Art Park studio in Livingston, NJ as well as at the ceramic studio at the Montclair Art Museum. I am a member of the Potters Guild of New Jersey and Secretary/Treasurer of the Riker Hill Artists Association, Inc. My work is published in the Lark Series book, “500 RAKU” and in “Color: How to Use It” by Marcie Cooperman.


Linda Howe

- B.A. Connecticut College
- Tufts University
- Art Institute of Boston
- Whidbey Environmental Institute for Touch Drawing Training
Linda Howe is a visual artist, educator, muralist, writer, illustrator, and professional storyteller who enjoys building community thru the expressive arts. She is a graduate of Connecticut College and received additional training at Tyler School of Art in Rome, The Art Institute of Boston, Ma., Tufts University, and Lesley University. Her murals and paintings are on permanent exhibition at the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, Ludington Library, Bryn Mawr, Friend's Central Lower School in Wynnewood, Pa., and Library of Chatham, Chatham, NJ. She is currently passionate about a mono-print process called Touch Drawing, and was trained at the Center for Touch Drawing in Langley Washington, and The Whidbey Island Environmental Institute. In addition, her equine paintings have won awards for excellence.


Nanci Iovino

- B.F.A. Syracuse University
- F.I.T.
- Parsons School of Design
Ms. Iovino graduated with a B.F.A. in illustration from Syracuse University. She studied painting and illustration at the Fashion Institute of Technology, and Parsons School of Design. Nanci has worked as a freelance painter, muralist and an interior decorator/designer.


Miriam Jacobs

- B.F.A., SUNY Purchase
- M.A., Teaching Art, Rochester Institute of Technology
- Masters of Special Education, Montclair State University


Peter Jacobs

Peter Jacobs is a working artist and has been exhibiting his art for over 25 years both nationally and abroad, including 5 museum exhibitions. Peter Jacobs Fine Arts Imaging has provided photography, design, printing, and web services for the Tri-States area's museums, galleries, and artists for over 25 years. He has lectured on Promoting Yourself as an Artist at the Flushing Council on the Arts and Montclair Art Museum. He is on the exhibition committee and curator at The Pierro Gallery of South Orange. www.fineartsimaging.com.


Steve Jaskowak

Steve Jaskowak has been working with clay in one capacity or another starting as an apprentice at Whole Clay Art Studio in Wisconsin. In 1998 he received his Masters of Fine Art in studio ceramics from Miami University (Ohio). He has exhibited in numerous national and international shows. Steve was the founding director at the Clay Education Center of Ceramic Supply, in Lodi, NJ. He is currently a professor at Kean University, and the Ceramics Studio Manager at the Montclair Art Museum.


Peg Kenselaar

- B.F.A. Parsons School of Design
Ms. Kenselaar is a graduate of Parsons School of Design in NYC. She is a Docent, a Yard School of Art instructor, and an Education programs instructor, at the Montclair Art Museum. Peg teaches fine art techniques and the use of mixed media to children and adults. Her studio works include sculpture and large scale drawing/oil paintings. Peg teaches a wide variety of children's courses.


Donna Conklin King

An artist and educator for over twenty years, Donna’s diverse body of work includes drawing, printmaking, sculpture and mosaics. Her teaching experience includes the instruction of children, teens and adults of all ages in urban settings, public and private schools, museums, professional development, and Community College. Her printmaking work can be found in both public and private collections including the Museum of Modern Arts’ book collection and the Newark Public Library. Donna holds a B.S. in Studio Art from Skidmore College, an M.F.A. from Rutgers University, and was a 1992 recipient of the NJ State Arts Council Fellowship in Sculpture. To see her work, please visit www.donnaconklin.com


Catherine Kinkade

- B.A. Boston University
Ms. Kinkade works in oil, pastel and monotype. A graduate of Boston University, she was designated a Master Pastelist with the Pastel Society of America in 1985. Her landscapes are included in The Best of Pastels 2, Rockport Publishers, 1999. Ms. Kinkade's recent commissions include landscapes of the Champagne region in France and are also in the corporate collections of Tiffany & Co., British Airways, BASF, AT&T and Exxon. She is a founder of the Viridian Print Studio and a signature member of the PSA, Knickerbocker Artists USA, CLWAC, Pen & Brush NYC, and the National Association of Women Artists. Visit her website: www.catherinekinkade.com


Roy Kinzer

- 2004 recipient of Pollock/Krasner Grant
- B.F.A. Pennsylvania Academy
- M.F.A Vermont College
Mr. Kinzer has exhibited extensively throughout the country, most recently at domoGallery in Summit and Metaphor Contemporary Art in Brooklyn. Museum shows include Connecticut's Slater Museum and The Montclair Art Museum. His work is represented in numerous public and private collections. He has an M.F.A. degree from Vermont College's program in Visual Culture and a Certificate of Art from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. He has taught advanced and graduate level painting and drawing at Bowling Green State University in Ohio. Recently he has become a Working Artist for GOLDEN Artist Colors, giving lectures and workshops on the diverse uses of acrylics. His current paintings are aerial landscapes derived from altered maps or satellite images. In 2004 he was a recipient of the prestigious Pollock/Krasner grant.


Robert Kogge

- Parsons School of Art and Design
- The Maryland Institute College of Art
Robert Kogge studied at the Parson's School of Design and has been a visiting artist at the Maryland Institute College of Art. He also teaches workshop courses at the Art Students League and the National Academy Museum School. He has received numerous fellowships and awards, from institutions including the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, the Adolf and Esther Gottleib Foundation the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, the Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation, and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. Mr. Kogge has had numerous solo exhibitions at galleries in New York, San Francisco, Nashville, and Birmingham. His work is in the collections of the Yale University Art Gallery, Ivan Karp, New Jersey State Museum, The Hunter Museum, Chase Manhattan Bank, Prudential Insurance Co. of America (Newark, NJ), American Interactive Media (Los Angeles, CA), Rutgers University (Newark, NJ), and several other institutions.


Jen Kucher

- B.A. Rutgers University, New Brunswick
- M.A. Kean University
- M.A. Montclair State University, in progress
Ms. Kucher received her bachelor's degree in Fine Art and Psychology from Rutgers University, a Master's and Certification in Fine Art Education from Kean University, and is cuurently working on a Master's in Studio Arts with a concentration in painting from Montclair State University. She has taught classes at Bloomfield High School, Sparta High School, the Livingston Arts Association, as well as MAM. She has given private art instruction at both the Renaissance In Learning and Birukov Art Center in Sparta. Her latest work includes close cropped stylized composition, paintings of hands, musical instruments, and close cropped sections of the body, and remains very colorful and moody, with a focus on realistic detail.


Alexis McNutt

- B.F.A., Film Photography and Visual Arts, Ithaca College


Kathleen McWilliams

Kathleen is a resident of the area for over 15 years and has extensive experience in Fine Arts. She holds a B.A. degree in fine arts and a teachers certificate in Art. She is passionate about textile arts and enjoys knitting wonderful and colorful items to wear and enjoy.


Deborah Guzman Meyer

- M.F.A., Photography, Columbia College, Chicago
- B.A., Pace University


Barbara Minch

- B.A. Art Education, Newark State College
Barbara has been an exhibiting artist for over thirty years in New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Florida, and is included in corporate and college collections including Bell Atlantic, Beaver College, and Simon & Shuster. She is also the Director of the Exhibitors' Coop and an instructor at the South Orange-Maplewood Adult School.


Ryan Moore

- B.F.A., Filmmaking, College of the Arts, Montclair State University
Ryan D. Moore is a New Jersey screenwriter, film producer, and actor.  His work has been showcased and awarded at festivals around the world, including the Festival De Cannes, in France.


Theresa Mustafa

- B.A. University of Tennessee at Knoxville
- M.A. Ceramics, Montclair State University
Theresa Mustafa is a ceramic tile artist who lives and works in Northern New Jersey, creating and installing one-of-a-kind ceramic murals, fireplace surrounds, floors, backsplashes, and a variety of handcrafted functional objects. She is a member of Icehouse Pottery in Riverdale and of the Potters’ Guild of New Jersey.


Rosalind Nzinga Nichol

- B.F.A. California State University
- M-Div. Oral Roberts University
- M.A. Oral Roberts University
Ms. Nichol has been a mixed media artist for many years. In 1999 she relocated to New Jersey and started making paper. Her current focus is on trying to bring painting and papermaking together as a single dialogue. She believes her work is about interpreting life narratives and she uses disintegrating lace and recycled material in the process of creating texture and layers to tell her stories. Rosalind received her M.A. in Art from Oral Roberts University and her B.F.A. from California State University.


Tom Nussbaum

Tom Nussbaum is known for a variety of work including drawings, paper cuts, prints, sculpture, site-specific commissions, children's books, and functional design objects. His sculpture and works on paper have been exhibited in galleries throughout the United States and Japan, most recently at the Nicolayson Museum of Art in Wyoming, and the Montclair Art Museum in New Jersey. Since 1987, he has completed over 25 site-specific commissions lovated in a variety or public settings including public plazas, train stations, schools, hospitals, and environmental centers. Nussbaum is also known for his desgin objects that are valued by collectors. Om 1985, he began The Acme Robot Company, a cottage industry producing nightlights and fixtures of his design. In 1988, he founded Atomic Iron Works, designing and producing iron hat and coat racks and other useful items. In 1992, Children's Universe/Rizzoli published his activity book, My World is Not Flat. Nussbaum has been a visitng artist and lecturer at a number of colleges and universities, and has served on many peer review panels and juries. He was recently awarded a NJ State COuncil on the Arts Individual Artist Fellowship for 2009 and has been a three-time MacDowell Colony Fellow. His work can be seen on his website www.tomnussbaum.com.


Deniz Olcay

Deniz Olcay is a young interdisciplinary artist coming out of the Maryland Institute College of Art ('13) . She is an instructor here at the museum, as well as an arts instructor and assistant teacher at the Montclair Cooperative School. She is also a part-time Public Programs Educator at the Children's Museum of Manhattan. She is currently showing her artwork in the New Jersey and DC area.


Christina Petrilli

- B.F.A. Marywood University
- Kean University
Christina Petrilli received her MA in Fine Arts Education from Kean University in 2008 and her BFA in graphic design from Marywood University in 2004, with minor studies in art history and dance. She is an elementary school art teacher, a part-time dance instructor for early childhood ages at Dance Express in Warren, and does freelance work in the field of graphic design. Christina has been teaching at The Yard School of Art since 2007 in the SummerART programs.


Alex Piccirillo

- B.F.A. at the School of Visual Arts
- Brooklyn Museum Art School
- Privately with Burton Silverman
Mr. Piccirillo has a B.F.A. from the School of Visual Arts. He has also studied at the Brooklyn Museum Art School, Pratt Institute and privately with Burton Silverman. Alex was designated a Master Pastelist by the Pastel Society of America. His selected exhibitions include: The National Academy of Design, The Montclair Art Museum, The Bergen Museum, The Patterson Museum, The Hammond Museum, American Artists Professional League, New England Institute of Fine Arts, The Artists Society International, The Degas Pastel Society and The New Jersey Center for Visual Arts. His work is featured in The Art of Pastel Portraiture, The Best of Oil Painting, The Best of Pastel 1 & 2 and Portrait Inspirations. Alex has taught at the Pastel Society of America, N.J. Center for Visual Arts, the Yard School of Art, The Morris County & Livingston Art Associations and Nutley High School for cultivating academically talented students. He is the winner of numerous awards and honors and his works are included in many public and private collections.


Sharon Pitts

- B.A. University of Illinois-Chicago
- Barnes Foundation
- Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art
- Montclair State University
Listed in Who’s Who in American Art, Sharon Pitts has been painting in watercolor since 1980.  She takes her ideas from themes based in nature such as flowers, trees, nests and landscapes.  Other themes include cowboy boots, kimonos and Hawaiian shirts.  She combines interplay between representation and abstract with unexpected color combinations and composition, working with the natural flow of watercolor.  Ms. Pitts has a B.A. in Plastic and Graphic Arts from the University of Illinois in Chicago and studied at The Barnes Foundation.  She has been teaching watercolor since 1995 and she teaches a watercolor workshop each summer in Italy. Her work is in many private and corporate collections and can be seen on www.sharonpitts.com   


Bonnie Reed

-A.A.S Fashion Institute of Technology in Fashion Design
-N.Y.U BFA studio art and Art History
-N.Y.U. M.A. in Arts Administration with a speciality in American Indian Art

Museum On the American Indian, NYC Museum Educator
Retired Bloomfield Schools Art Instructor
Montclair Art Museum Art Instructor


Gary Schneider

- B.F.A. Parsons School of Design
- Bank Street College of Education


Elizabeth Seaton

- B.A. Rutgers University
- M.F.A. Vermont College
Ms. Seaton works and shows with the burgeoning New Jersey arts community, exhibiting in the tri-state area and beyond. She has a B.A. in Fine Arts and Anthropology from Rutgers University and a M.F.A. in Visual Arts from Vermont College. Her work is included in several private collections, and she has won an Oil Bar Award, the Stanfield Fine Arts Scholarship, and a Rauschenberg Fellowship through The Lab School of Washington, D.C. Ms. Seaton has been on the faculty of The Montclair Art Museum Yard School of Art since 1988. She has begun service as an adjunct art professor at Bloomfield College, and was the naming co-founder of Aljira Arts, Inc. of Newark, where she also served as a trustee.


Jay Seldin

- B.F.A. Long Island University
- M.A. Photography, William Paterson University
Jay Seldin, a professional photographer and digital media artist has exhibited his artwork in numerous solo and group exhibitions nationally and abroad. Seldin is the founder of DigitalEdge Photography Studios in Montclair, NJ and aldo owns and operates CPE Workshops LLC, an international photography workshop company. He has over thirty years experience as a professional exhibiting photographer/digital media artist and teacher of photography/digital media in high school and colleges in the NYC area, including Parsons, the New School for Design, NYC, and Bergen Community College. Currently, he is an “artist-in-residence” working at the Newark Museum and with the Newark Public School system. Jay has been selected by Canson Infinity, a digital paper company, to represent them as their “Resident Canson Photographer” in the NY/NJ Metro area. Awards and honors include Artist-in-Residence at the Newark Museum, Newark, NJ 2006 – 2008, Fellowship award from the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, 2000-2006, Adobe PhotoShop Photo Competition, Winner 2007, Summer Artist Residence Fellowship Grant, Provincetown Fine Arts Center, 2001. Distinguished Educators Award from Rochester Institute of Technology, 2003. Studied with Ansel Adams. BFA Long Island University MA Photography, William Paterson University Collections: Canson Infinity Co. Newark Art Museum Clear Channel Music & Radio NYC Johnson & Johnson Co. Shearson Lehman Corp. American Express Bank Time Equities Inc. Lehman Bros. Inc. United Envelope Corp. WestShore Inc. Various private collections


Melanie Shortman Tuazon

Melanie Shortman Tuazon is a self-taught modern quilter, quilt designer and fabricholic. She strives to make simple and stunning quilts and loves empowering new quilters to translate this time honored tradition into their own personal style. She teaches quilting classes at Rock Paper Scissors in Montclair NJ and blogs about her own quilts at melintheattic.com. She is currently president of the North Jersey Modern Quilt Guild.


Liron Sissman

Liron Sissman's oil paintings are featured in shows in New York City and throughout the country. They have won multiple awards, and are written about extensively. Her paintings are collected by institutional collectors nationwide and by individuals on three continents. Ms. Sissman's art was the subject of a 40 minute television interview (PKRG-TV). Her art appears in Something Borrowed, a Warner Bros. film starring Kate Hudson. Liron Sissman is an elected Fellow of The American Artists Professional League. Her biography is listed in Who's Who in the World, Who's Who in America, Who's Who in American Art, and Who's Who of American Women. To view her art please visit her site: www.Liron.com


which promotes the success of emerging visual artists and the author of ‘Getting Your Art into Corporate Collections: Why it pays, How to do it, Who to contact’ available at: www.ArtistAdvisory.com/ebook.html


Earl Speid

- B.F.A. Fine Arts, Parsons School of Art & Design
From an early age, Earl Speid was destined to become an artist. At the age of 12 he painted his self-portrait, and in so doing, realized that drawing for him came naturally. Not only did he discover that he could reproduce images of people and objects around him but that he enjoyed the act and process of creating art as well. From that moment on, art had been the central focus of his life, not only a skill, but a passion. His aim is to infuse the use of knowledge with imagination, to create art that is not only useful, but meaningful as well. Earl received his BFA in Fine Arts from Parsons School of Art and Design. He is currently pursuing a Master’s degree at Kean University in art education. He has been the recipient of several awards including the 1998 Teen Parental Responsibility Media Contest his work was exhibited in the Newark museum that year. He has also been featured in The New Jersey Start-Ledger and The North Jersey Journal on several occasions. Earl has kept himself quite busy creating murals for hospitals, offices, and residences. He’s also shared his love of art with pre-adolescent and adolescent children at UMDNJ Hospital and is currently teaching art to children at the Newark Museum’s After School Programs. He shows no signs of slowing down, He intends to continue creating art, helping youngsters tap into their artistic creativity, and providing his clients with works of art that suit their tastes and needs. As his motto states: “Your desire is my motivation.”


Michael J. Stabile

-B.F.A., Filmmaking, College of the Arts, Montclair State University
Michael is a screenwriter, film director, and commercial video editor.  His films have been awarded and screened as Official Selections by numerous film festivals across the United States.


William Sweeney

Bill Sweeney is an established and diversely experienced Graphic Designer, who teaches as an Adjunct Instructor in Graphic Design for Independence University and works with The Wall School of Art in their Media lab graphics programs.

Having over 40 years as a professional Graphic Designer/Illustrator, and his 10+ years of instructional experience in Graphic Design principles and applications, Bill is forever dedicated to achieving the finest product, whether it is a graphic production or a student training module.  

Bill’s dedication to his craft is equal to his commitment to helping his students discover and enhance their talents are reflected in his offerings:  patient, personal mentoring, a YouTube site where he produces step-by-step  Camtasia- based turorials that support student learning, and a WordPress blog used to  demonstrate a willing, personal commitment towards his students’ learning goals.

A select list of course that Bill has taught include:

  • Web Graphics and Design
  • Color and Production
  • Adobe Applications:
    • Illustrator (beginner through advanced)
    • Photoshop (beginner through advanced)
    • Adobe Flash
    • Adobe Dreamweaver
  • HTML and CSS
  • Portfolio


Bill is a graduate of the Cooper Union for Science and Art in New York City, where he attended on a full academic scholarship, received his BFA and then completed two years of Graduate study in Education at Montclair University.


YouTube tutorials: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCMYDyO-u720yXvX9g8MMyVg/videos

WordPress blog: https://wrscreate.wordpress.com/

Website portfolio: http://wrsdesign.com


Julian Tejera

Born and raised in New Jersey, Julian Tejera has seldom gone a day without pencil in hand.  Receiving his BFA in illustration from the Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University in 2008, he worked as a freelance and portrait artist for a number of years.  While working at the Montclair Art Museum Julian discovered a passion for teaching, leading to the start of a career as a sought after art instructor for teens and adults in his home state.  The decision to pursue a master’s degree came from wanting to push his artistic vision as well as a desire to teach at a collegiate level, and so he attended the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, graduating in 2015 with an MFA in painting.  While in school, he won 1st place in the MFA figurative category of the AAU Spring Show two years in a row.  He has also exhibited elsewhere in New Jersey, New York City, San Francisco, and New Hampshire.  His artwork seeks to draw the viewer into the quiet moments of his figurative subject matter, using strong design and technique to lead the eye around the picture plane and weave a visual narrative.  http://juliantejeraart.com/



Lisa Westheimer

Lisa G. Westheimer is an artist living and working in West Orange, New Jersey. She received her BA from New York University an MA in Studio Arts (Ceramics) from Montclair State University. Her unique alternative firing processes, glazing techniques and aesthetic vision are greatly influenced by the work of Beatrice Wood, Peter Callas, Paul Soldner, Antoni Gaudi, Phillip Guston, Francis Bacon, Wassily Kandinsky and Joan Miro. Lisa currently teaches Explorations in Glass Fusing and Slumping at the Montclair Art Museum.


Aggie Wszolkowska

- B.F.A. Rutgers University
Aggie was born in Poland and has been in the United States since she was a teen. She enjoyed creating art from a young age. She went to Rutgers University where she discovered her passion for art and earned a BA in art, with a concentration in painting and a minor Anthropology. She then attended Seton Hall University, where she earned a Master's degree in education. Aggie is an artist and art educator, and is a co-founding member of _gaia studio in Hoboken, New Jersey.



Diane Zimbaldi

- B.A. Art Education, Montclair State University
- M.A. Art History, Montclair State University
Diane is currently taking courses toward an Art therapy license. In 2013, Diane won the most creative lesson plans award at the annual TCNJ student art show.