Faculty Winter 2014
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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.
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.
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.
Karen DePrizio is a multimedia artist with a BA from
American University and an MA in Media Arts from Emerson College. DePrizio has
taught classes at the School of Visual Arts in NYC and at various
organizations. She currently works in marketing at her design firm, Sundial
Digital, in Woodstock, 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.
Edward Fielding has been working with kids at AVA
since 2010, leading robotics classes and teaching creative programming.
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
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.
Sonja Hakala is the author of Your Book, Your Way,
plus five other titles, She has been a freelance writer for 25 years, working
for newspapers and magazines as well as in the book publishing industry. In
addition to writing, Hakala provides professional editorial and book design
services for writers publishing their work through her company, Full Circle
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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; he also offers workshops at art centers across the
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.
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
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.
Linda Treash is a multimedia artist with an MFA in
Creative Writing; she has worked as an art photographer and performing trapeze
artist. Treash teaches at the Community College of Vermont and is on the board
of BarnArts Center for the Arts.
Erica Venuti earned her BFA in Fine Arts from Long
Island University 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 College.
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.
Christopher Wilson is a portrait and figurative
sculptor. While his primary mentor is Jerry Williams, he has also studied with
Bruno Lucchesi, Richard MacDonald, Philippe Faraut, Andrew Cawrse, Milton
Cramer and Lincoln Fox. Wilson's work has been exhibited in New England and the
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.