Fall 2013 Faculty
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Derek Bell earned a BFA in Painting from Rhode Island
School of Design. He 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.
Todd Binzen is a painter and tai chi instructor,
teaching students of all ages and abilities throughout the Upper Valley.
Adam Blue earned his MFA from the California College
of the Arts and his BA from Dartmouth College. Blue, who serves as AVA's
Education Director, is the Art Editor of The Whitefish Review and a member of
the Board of Trustees of Helen Day Art Center in Stowe, VT.
Shari Boraz holds a BFA in Textile Design and Art
Education from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her hand-embroidered
art has been exhibited throughout the United States and Europe. Boraz is a
juried member of the League of NH Craftsmen.
Barbra Bragg attended RISD, SUNY and Johnson State
College. She earned a BFA in Ceramics, an MFA in Painting, and studied with
Clifford B. West. Bragg has been on the studio art faculties of several
colleges and universities in New England and was a recipient of a "% for
the Arts Grant" from the NH State Council on the Arts.
Jennifer Brown is a watercolorist and teaches art at
The Sharon Academy in Sharon, VT.
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
Debbe Callaghan has been teaching knitting to adults
and children regionally and at AVA for a number of years. Callaghan also serves
as AVA's Capacity Builder.
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.
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.
Carolyn Demers is a mixed-media artist specializing in
glass. She has taught stained glass and mosaic art for over ten years in the
Manchester, Concord and Kearsarge school districts, as well as at community art
centers. Demers' studio is in Bradford, VT.
Laura Di Piazza is a visual and conceptual artist
working in a variety of media, including calligraphy, poetry and abstract art.
She has worked as a professional calligrapher throughout the US and abroad. Di
Piazza holds an MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts from Goddard College.
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.
Deborah K. Ellis holds a BA from Smith College and an
MAT from Simmons College. She attended the Boston Architectural Center and the
New England School of Art and Design. Ellis is a member of the NH League of
Craftsmen, the Vermont Hand Crafters, Inc. and the Northeast Felters' Guild.
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
Roger Goldenberg earned a BFA from the University of
New Hampshire and an MFA from the University of North Carolina-Greensboro.
Roger shows regularly in Boston’s South End and Newbury Street as well as
throughout New England. His work is in the permanent collections of children’s
museums throughout the US, including the Montshire Museum of Science in
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 Studio 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 a Museum Studies Certificate from Tufts
University. Goundrey has taught children's classes at AVA since 2010.
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 teaches 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.
David Hurwitz is a full-time furniture designer and
craftsman based in Randolph, VT. His work has been exhibited widely in
galleries and museums throughout the US. Hurwitz has a BFA in Woodworking and
Furniture Design from the School for American Craftsmen at Rochester Institute
of Technology and teaches at Burlington College and the Vermont Woodworking
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.
Carla Kimball holds an MA and MBA. Her photography
practice focuses on the beauty of the ordinary.
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. Michael’s work has been shown both nationally and regionally,
including at AVA.
Richard Langdell has produced handmade papers
commercially in Vermont for 20 years. His papers have been featured in numerous
regional and national publications and are exhibited annually at the National
Stationery Show. He maintains a showroom-studio at AVA.
Ernest Montenegro is a recipient of the Monte Carlo
Gran Prix d’Art Contemporain and the Peter Abate Studio Awards. He has public
sculptures in Cambridge, MA and Manchester, NH and at the University of Oregon
and the Plymouth Library. Montenegro teaches at the New Hampshire Institute of
Murray Ngoima is an art educator and mixed-media
artist who, for many years, has 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
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.
Torin Porter, who grew up next to the Bread and Puppet
Theater, earned his BA in Studio Art from Dartmouth College and toured
internationally as a performer with the MOMIX dance company and the rock band
Jane's Addiction. He has created sculptural performance events for Phish and
the Bonnarroo music festival and served as Props Master for Circus Smirkus.
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 2009-2012, Rothstein directed the PHOTOSTOP Gallery in White River
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 to 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
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 coordinates
AVA's Fiber Mondays Open Studio program.
John Stephens has been painting for over 40 years and
has exhibited at venues including Dartmouth College and the Delaware Art Museum.
Donna Stepien holds a BA in Psychology with an area
study in Fine Arts from Daemen College, an MBA from Canisius College, and an
MFA from University at Buffalo. She also studied Art Therapy at Goddard
College. She is a published author, and her work has been exhibited in New
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.
Robin Weisburger is an artist who works in both pastel
and acrylic and is a founding member of the Orford Art Group. She provides
professional framing services at her studio in Orford, NH. Weisburger has exhibited
throughout the eastern US and Canada and teaches children's art workshops in
Gros Morne National Park in Newfoundland, Canada.
Kriota Willberg has an MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts
from Goddard College. She explores the intersection of body sciences and the
arts through drawing, writing, performance and needlework. Willberg also
teaches anatomy to visual and performing artists as well as pathology and
clinical massage techniques in New York City.
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 US.
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 taking 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.