Spring Summer 2013 Faculty
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Derek Bell earned a BFA in Painting from Rhode Island
School of Design and works in sculpture, printmaking, and drawing. His work won
first place in the 22nd Annual Congressional Art Competition and second place
in The Artist's Magazine annual competition.
Adam Blue earned his MFA from the California College
of the Arts and his BA from Dartmouth College. In addition to teaching, Blue is
the Art Editor of The Whitefish Review and serves as AVA's Education
Andrea Brownell has been an active participant in
AVA’s stone carving community for many years and has been an apprentice and
assistant to artist Winkie Kelsey. Brownell earned her BFA in Sculpture from
Michael Cappabianca received his MFA from California
College of the Arts and his BFA from Massachusetts College of Art. He has
exhibited in both solo and group exhibitions. He lives in Cambridge and is a
bibliophile. Cappabianca exhibited at AVA in 2011.
Robert Carsten graduated from Rhode Island School of
Design and was a scholar at Academia di Belle Arti in Carrara, Italy. He is a
board and signature member of the Pastel Society of America and a contributing
writer to the Pastel Journal and The Artist's Magazine. Carsten is a Master
Circle artist of the International Association of Pastel Societies; his
paintings and drawings have been shown in many museums and galleries, are
collected worldwide, and have won many awards.
Liza Chrust graduated from Parsons School of Design.
Her career has ranged from photo editor and retoucher to on-set photographer.
For the past two years, she has worked with MTV.com as a portrait photographer
Genevieve Cole earned a BFA in Glass and Ceramics from
the Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia. She has worked primarily with glass,
both as a glass blower in France and at Simon Pearce in Philadelphia. She
teaches and creates custom glass art pieces for private collectors. In 2010,
she curated a major glass exhibition at AVA.
Elizabeth D’Amico, a graduate of Syracuse and Columbia
Universities, teaches in the Visual Arts department at Plymouth State
University. A mixed-media artist, she shows regionally and nationally and is a
signature member of the National Collage Society and an active member of the
Women’s Caucus for the Arts/NH Chapter. D’Amico exhibited at AVA in 2009.
Jane Davies is a full-time artist working in collage,
painting, and encaustics. In addition to her fine art, Davies licenses artwork
for calendars, greeting cards, and fabrics. She is the author of four
instructional art books.
Margaret Dwyer has BFA and MFA degrees in the visual
arts. She works in several 2-D and 3-D media, specializing in both traditional
and experimental approaches. Her work has been included in national juried
exhibitions and published in Splash 8: America's Best Watercolors, Splash 9:
The Best of Watercolor, and How Did You Paint That? She has been an art
educator for many years.
Edward Fielding has been working with kids at AVA
since 2010, leading robotics classes and teaching creative programming.
Carrie Fradkin graduated from Temple University,
attended Parsons School of Design, and took post-graduate classes at Moore
College of Art and Pennsylvania School of Arts. She taught K-12 art, graphic
design at local colleges, art theory at AVA, and mosaic classes at AVA and the
League of New Hampshire Craftsmen. She has a studio at AVA, where she also
paints in pastels and has a graphic design business.
Charley Freiberg has done commercial photo shoots for
clients that include IBM, Kodak, and McGraw-Hill, as well as other companies.
He has been teaching and shooting for artists and craftspeople for 30
Kayla Gilbert earned a BA from Dartmouth College in
Studio Art and Digital Arts. She was an intern for the Hood Museum of Art from
2011-2012 and is now interning at AVA. Gilbert plans to pursue a career in the
Dan Gottsegen has taught at the California College of
the Arts and UMass Lowell. He has exhibited nationally, including one-person
shows at the Prince Street Gallery in NYC and the Whistler House Museum in
Lowell, MA. Gottsegen's awards and fellowships include a Vermont Arts Council
Individual Artist Creation Grant, the University Teaching Excellence Award at
UMass Lowell, and a Ucross Foundation Residency. He has an MFA from California
College of the Arts.
Althea Goundrey studied Art and Art Education at
Plymouth State University, University of Southern Maine, University of New
Hampshire, and the Art Institute of Boston. She holds a Master of Education
from Plymouth State University and is currently in the Museum Studies
Certificate Program at Tufts University. Goundrey has taught children's classes at AVA for three years.
Peter Granucci earned his BFA from the School of
Visual Arts in NYC and has been painting and exhibiting portrait, landscape,
and figure paintings since the 1970s. He is an adjunct professor at New England
College as well as the Program Director and a teacher at The Art School at MoCo
Arts in Keene, NH.
Tom Haushalter earned a BA from Wittenberg University
and an MFA in poetry from Columbia University’s School of the Arts. While in
New York, he led summer workshops sponsored by the Academy of American Poets,
and he is currently poetry editor of Slice Magazine. Haushalter’s poems have
appeared in a number of print and online publications.
Michael Heffernan received his MFA in Painting from
The New York Academy of Art and teaches Studio Art at Plymouth State
University. He has exhibited throughout the northeast, including a show at the
Flowers Gallery in NYC in 2008.
Christine Orcutt Henderson, who works primarily in
acrylics, attended the University of Massachusetts, Boston. Her work has been
shown at galleries and colleges throughout New England, and she has taught at
various Upper Valley art centers.
Douglas K. Hill has over 20 years' experience as a
professional photographer, with expertise in architectural, portrait, food, and
Joan Hoffmann, who studied at Colorado State
University and Scottsdale Artists School, celebrates forty years of oil and
watercolor painting, teaching, and preserving the landscapes that she paints.
She lectures on the History of Landscape Painting and Public Lands and was an
artist-in-residence in Yosemite in 2005.
Henry Homeyer is a UNH Master Gardener, a lifelong
organic gardener, and the author of three books on gardening. He writes a
weekly gardening column for ten New England newspapers and has written for the
New York Times as well as various magazines. He is also a gardening commentator
Aya Itagaki studied traditional calligraphy in Japan
for over 20 years before moving to Hanover, NH in 1964. Since 1976, Aya has
taught calligraphy in the U.S.; she is the author of The Brush from Your Heart.
She has been involved with AVA since its inception in 1973 and has had several
exhibitions, most recently in 2011.
John Joline holds a BA in Studio Art from Dartmouth
College and an MFA from the University of Pennsylvania. A specialist in cubism,
he has taught Studio Art as well as Art History and Architectural Design.
Joline is a longtime AVA faculty member; he had an exhibition at AVA in 2006.
Winkie Kelsey holds an AB from Smith College and
studied art at Harvard University and Dartmouth College. Her work has been
exhibited extensively, including at AVA, and she is the driving force behind
AVA’s Stone Carving Studio and its resident artists, The Uncommon Chiselers.
Patricia Killian studied at the Pennsylvania Academy
of Fine Art and earned her MFA from the University of Pennsylvania. She is the
recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship for her painting.
Michael D. Kraatz holds a BS in Art from the
University of Wisconsin and an MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design. He
has been a roster artist with the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts for
many years, completing numerous Arts in Education residencies in public
schools. He works both in 2-D and 3-D and is particularly well known for his
blown glass. Kraatz' work has been shown both nationally and regionally,
including at AVA.
Amy Lester earned her BA in Art History and
Archaeology from Drew University. She recently completed a two-year fellowship
in the Education Department at the Shelburne Museum, where she planned and
implemented many summer camps and programs for families and children of all
Michael Lovell, painter and illustrator, graduated
from Cornell University and received an MFA from the Art Institute of Chicago.
He has taught at the Art Institute of Chicago, Newport Library Art Center, the
Hood Museum, and Colby-Sawyer College, as well as at AVA.
Eliza McLellan earned a BA in Architectural Studies
from Connecticut College, where she was also a teaching assistant. She has
taught a variety of classes at AVA, including the First Annual Greg Hemberger
Sustainable Architecture Workshop. She currently works at AIA New York Center
for Architecture as the assistant to the Design for Risk and Reconstruction
Mary Mead received an MFA from the Boston Museum
School and Tufts University and is currently an Assistant Professor in the
Department of Fine and Performing Arts at Colby-Sawyer College in New London,
NH. Her work has been widely exhibited throughout the northeast.
Joseph Montroy holds an MFA from Rochester Institute
of Technology. He is an active sculptor, creating and showing work throughout
the eastern and central US. Montroy is an adjunct professor at the Chester
College of New England and also offers workshops at art centers across the
Murray Ngoima is an art educator and mixed-media
artist who, for many years, taught in local schools and at AVA, where her
children's classes and camps are legendary. She has painted murals, designed
theater sets, and taught children’s workshops in Boston, Woodstock, and
Nairobi, Kenya. AVA is delighted to have Ngoima back this spring and summer!
Kerstin Nichols’ jewelry and sculpture are in the
permanent collections of the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum in NYC and
the Museum of American Glass in Millville, NJ, as well as in other public and
private collections. She has run the Metals program at the Hanover League of NH
Craftsmen since 1991 and taught students of all levels for nearly 30 years.
Anna Nuttall is the Director of Visual Arts at the
Portsmouth Music and Art Center in Portsmouth, NH and has served as Chair of
the Department of Visual Arts for Portsmouth Public Schools and on the board of
Art-Speak, the city’s Cultural Commission. Anna has taught art to students of
all ages for over 15 years and currently teaches at Portsmouth Middle School.
Robert O’Brien has worked in watercolor for 40 years.
Since moving to Vermont in 1977, he has focused his work on the landscape and
architecture of New England. He studied with James Whatford, Tony Couch, and
the late Marshall Joyce.
Aline Ordman, freelance illustrator and artist, has a
BFA from Cornell University and a BFA in Illustration from the Academy of Art
College, San Francisco. An award-winning
master pastelist, she is a longtime AVA faculty member. Ordman exhibited at AVA
Julie Püttgen holds a BA from Yale University and an
MFA from Georgia State University. She works across media (painting,
photography, digital animation, installation, book arts) and also curates
exhibitions. Püttgen exhibited at AVA in 2012.
Lia Rothstein has BA and MFA degrees from Boston
University. She has been a professional photographer for over 25 years and has
taught digital photography and imaging in colleges and art centers. Her
photographic work is found in many private and corporate collections, including
the Polaroid International Photography Collection, and has been exhibited
widely. From 2009 through August 2012, Rothstein directed the PHOTOSTOP Gallery
in White River Junction, VT. She
continues to professionally represent the work of a number of nationally known
Esteban Saltos earned his BA from the Berklee College
of Music's International Program in Ecuador. A member of the Ecuadorian Association
of Origami, he has taught origami to children with special needs as well as
prison inmates. He also directed the creation of the biggest origami T-Rex
skeleton in the world and is currently working on a book of his own origami
Carolyn Shattuck studied painting at Bard College.
Over the last ten years, she has immersed herself in the book arts, exhibiting
her work in many collections.
Susan Shimko earned a BA in Education and Child Study
from Smith College and an Ed.M. in Elementary Learning and Teaching from
Harvard University. She is a longtime Masterpiece Art Program educator.
Meredith Smith holds a BFA in Apparel Design and an
MAT with a studio focus in Costume Design from the Rhode Island School of
Design. She is a juried member of the League of NH Craftsmen and is
coordinating AVA's new Sewing Open Studio program.
Wendy Tucker earned her BA in Art Education from the
University of Vermont. She has exhibited her painting, photography, and
ceramics in New Hampshire and Vermont.
Erica Venuti earned her BFA in Fine Arts from Long
Island University ̶ C.W. Post and her MA in Health Arts and Sciences from
Goddard College, focusing on the transformative qualities of art. She designs
expressive art programs for people of all ages through SafeArt and Goddard
David Westby is an artist whose work is often
concerned with areas in and concepts of transition. He has worked in film, photography and
painting. Westby exhibited at AVA in 2011.
Viktor Witkowski earned an MA in Art Education from
the Hochschule für Bildende Künste Braunschweig, Germany and an MFA in Visual
Arts from Rutgers University. For the past decade, he has taught art at the
undergraduate level as well as to K-12 students. Born in Poland and raised in
Germany, Viktor has lived and exhibited in Europe and the United States.
Emily Wright is a third grade teacher at the Mount
Lebanon Elementary School. She earned her BA from the University of New
Hampshire and her MEd from New England College. At AVA, Wright teaches
children's art camps and leads AVA's perennially popular CAOS (Community Arts
Open Studio) program.
Michael Yatsevitch earned his BFA from the Maryland
Institute College of Art in Baltimore. He has been an active member of the AVA
community for many years and is instrumental in AVA's Life Drawing Open Studio
Josh Yunger is a painter, printmaker, and musician. He
began classes at AVA at age 14. In 1999, he received a BFA in Printmaking and
Sound Design from The Art Institute of Chicago. Yunger is the author of the
children's book, Hippo and Monkey.