Faculty

Tryptic painting of leeks by Gary Godby


BILLIE MARIE ABER – BS in Art Ed. Moore College of Art; MFA Univ. of Georgia; seventeen years teaching art from K-12 and college level.

JAMES ADKINS– B.F.A in Sculpture from Maryland Institute College of Art; M.F.A. in Sculpture from the New York Academy of Art; studied Fine Art in Cortona, Italy through the University of Georgia; Adjunct Professor at the County College of Morris; Has exhibited nationally and internationally.

DOUG BARON – Creator/artist -Self-Publisher of an ongoing comic series; Instructor, Joe Kubert School of Cartoon & Graphic Arts

CHIARA BECCHI – BA in Studio Art from Marymount College, NY; Certificate in Botanical Art & Illustration from NY Botanical Garden; Member Guild of Natural Science Illustrators; exhibited in numerous one-person and group shows in the metropolitan area.

OSCAR BECK – MA William Paterson University. Received 45+ graduate credits from NYU, including studies in anatomy, art history, studio art and photography. Exhibited art work in NJ and NY galleries, receiving awards in painting, drawing, photography, and sculpture over thirty years. Art instructor in private high schools, teaches and exhibits in NJ galleries.

MEGAN BECKER – BFA, University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA, major in illustration; studied under Tim O’Brien; studied fine arts at Pratt; three years art counselor.

SARAH BRENNEMAN – BFA, Columbus College of Art; MFA, Virginia Commonwealth University; studied at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture; Professor of Basic Drawing, Virginia Commonwealth University; taught workshop and lectured at Shaqab College of Design Arts in Doha, Qatar; has exhibited in New York and nationally since 2000; work in several corporate and private collections.

W. CARL BURGER – BS & MFA, NYU: Retired Professor design & drawing, Kean College; Major awards, NJ State Annual WC Society, Grumbacher Award for outstanding service to the arts.

SARAH BUSH – MFA in Fiber and Surface Design from the Memphis College of Art and has designed and developed home and personal accessories for the wholesale market for over 20 years. Is now a mixed media artist and artist’s coach and has a website called MakeGreatStuff.com where she writes about the creative process and the business of art.

CHARLIE CHURCHILL – BA, Lafayette College; BFA in Illustration, Parsons School of Design; MFA in Painting, cum laude, The New York Academy of Art; Instructor, Secaucus Adult Education Program.

DONNA CONKLIN – MA,Sculpture, Rutgers University, Mason Gross School of the Arts; BS Studio Art, Skidmore  College, Saratoga Springs, NY: Apprenticeship Unit III Metal Finishing, Johnson Atelier, Mercerville, NJ

DEB COOPERMAN –  Writer, editor, teacher and coach. As founder of Living Out Loud writing workshops and The Writer Babes, she supports people to get over the fear of having to be perfect/write perfectly, and to get writing without apology.

KATHRYN DAVIS – Graduated Magna cum Laude  Syracuse University; with a BFA in Ceramics. taught middle school art and works for an established potter in wholesale and retail markets.

PEGGY DAVO – BA, Montclair State University, Fine Arts Ed.; Fashion Institute of Technology, AS Jewelry Design; instructor Albrook Montessori School, Basking Ridge and other local middle and elementary schools.

CARRIE DI COSTANZO – BFA in Illustration from the Fashion Institute of Technology, NYC: member The American Society of Botanical Artists and the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators; Award winning botanical artist; works published in “The Botanical Artist” and “Colorful Edibles”.

DORIS ETTLINGER – A graduate of RISD and the University of Wisconsin – Madison; teacher/coach of the Musconetcong Watercolor Group in Hampton, NJ. Has illustrated over 30 books for children, including the award-winning A Book for Black-eyed Susan and The Orange Shoes. Her books feature a sensitive drawing style and skillful watercolor technique.

HELEN MARIE FARRANT – BS, Messiah College, Grantham, PA; studied under Carla Horowitz, Bill Kaplan, Don Thiebiger and Bill Van Gilder; founding member of Red Barn Artists, Branchburg, NJ; taught privately; conducted workshops at The Readington Museums and Vitaliano Pottery Studio.

JULIE FRIEDMAN – BFA Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University; studied with renowned artist Wolf Kahn; signature member of the Pastel Society of America; has exhibited widely in galleries, museums and art organizations.

ANDREA GIANCHIGLIA – BFA, University of Hartford Art School, major in illustration, minor in art history. Exhibitions: Many solo, group and juried shows at various galleries and museums in the tri-state area. Awards: has won awards for her specialty, animal portraiture. Her work is in private collections throughtout the country and is available for commissions. Teaching: Hunterdon Art Museum and NJ Center of Visual Art.

GARY GODBEE – BFA in Painting, Boston University; studied at Brooklyn College and Montclair Museum School; taught at Art Students League and teaches at Montclair Museum School; works in corporate and private collections.

ANNETTE HANNA – Recipient of two Gold Medal Awards, including Grumbacher Award for outstanding service to the arts; author, Painting Portraits In Oil; featured in American Artist Magazine.

ALICE HARRISON – Multi-media artist, exhibited throughout the US, Mexico and New Zealand. Featured in the book Masters; Collage, Major Works by leading Artists published by Lark Books. Studied at the Art Students League and has received several Geraldine Dodge grants.

DWIGHT HISCANO – Has been creating photographs of the American landscape for over thirty years. His prints are held in notable collections both in the U.S. and abroad. His works are internationally published and highly collected.

MARIANNE HOLCOMBE – BA in Art Education with Honors from the College of New Jersey. substitute teacher for Hunterdon County school districts and Hunterdon Central Regional High School.

DEBORAH HUFF – BFA in sculpture at the Kansas City Art Institute, studied at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design; worked as a landscape designer before pursuing her MA at Kean University; currently teaches art at Bridgewater-Raritan Regional High School; an active member of Art Educators of NJ.

JAMES KELEWAE – (Stylez Advancing Graffiti’s Evolution) works with group of artists who are taking graffiti art to a new dimension, combining the abstract with the absolute in art to bring murals into the twenty-second century.

PAUL KIMMERLING -Co-founder of the Holistic Performance Group providing Wellness and Organizational Effectiveness programs. His photography was featured in the CCA Members’ Juried Exhibit at Wallflowers Gallery in 2015.

ROBERT KOGGE – Parsons School of Design, NYC; instructor Art Students League, NYC, Montclair Museum, Visual Arts Center and Maryland Institute College of Art; solo exhibits at OK Harris Gallery, NYC and others; works in collections nationally. Author of “A Guide to Drawing”; in numerous exhibits.

AHNI KRUGER – BFA, Cornell University; MFA in Studio Art Montclair State University; Dodge Foundation recipient; works in many prporate collections.

DIANA KUNG – MFA, Montclair State University in NJ; MA, New Rochelle College in NY; graduated from National Taiwan College of Art in Taiwan majoring in Chinese Painting; teaching Chinese Painting and Calligraphy at St. John’s University in NY and Visual Arts Center of New Jersey in NJ; award winning professional artist with many solo and group shows.

ELAINE KURIE – Studied at Tyler School of Art, Temple University, Philadelphia; Art Students League, NYC; taught at Yard School of Art, Montclair, NJ; has won numerous awards and has had several one-person shows.

DENNIS MCKEE – After retiring from his design business in 2010, Dennis devoted his full-time energies to fine art painting, primarily in oil and acrylic. Board member of the Madison Arts and Culture Alliance, and an active member of Studio Montclair in Montclair.

TERIZ MICHAEL – BFA in Fine Arts from School of Visual Arts NJ: Certified Art Teacher and Private Art Instructor: Artist in Residence at Hall Farm Center for Arts and Education: Project Director for Kids With Cameras Cairo Photography Workshop: Private collections, group and solo exhibits.

LORI PEARSON-  BA, Psychology & Fine Arts, University of Denver; owner, director of E.Walden Studios; professional potter and teacher; experienced n stoneware, Raku and porcelain clay. University of Denver.

JOANN PELLEGRINO – BA, Fine Art, Kean University; MA, Kean University; teacher Bridgewater-Raritan High School; specialty, sculptural ceramics.

OSCAR PETERSON – An alumnus of Pratt Institute and The Art Students League of NY. Studied with leading realist painters as Max Ginsberg and Nelson Shanks, teaches at The Art Students League, NYC and gives private lessons. Award winning portrait artist; exhibits in NY, NJ and Connecticut galleries.

YELENA PIATIGORSKY – BA Moscow University; MFA Mason Gross School, Rutgers; over 20 exhibits including Trenton City Museum, Audubon Artists and Nabisco Gallery.

RENE POST – MA, Montclair State University; teaches art in Bridgewater-Raritan High School; a painter for over 35 years; works exhibited in many galleries in the tri-state area.

JIM PRUZNICK – Has taught Artistic Expressions for twenty years. He established a video production business to make affordable documentaries for artists, children in school and people with disabilities. These programs are informed by his study of fine arts at Montclair State University, as well as his experience working with schools and human service organizations for the past twenty-five years.

DONNA READ – BFA in Painting, Art History minor, William Paterson College. Teaching painting and drawing for 10 years. Won numerous awards for watercolor portraits and florals.

JOHN REINKING – Associate Adjunct Professor at Raritan Valley Community College and County College of Morris; works found in many private collections; represented by Peters Valley Craft Center and Connexions Gallery in Easton, PA; exhibits in national group shows regularly.

WES SHERMAN – MFA, Rutgers University, Mason Gross School of the Arts (Painting and Drawing). Active studio for over 20 years (30+ solos shows). Visiting artist at a number of colleges and universities. Recipient for painting from the New Jersey Council of the Arts.

LENA SHIFFMAN – a well published children’s book illustrator; attended Spectrum Institute of Commercial Art in NJ; studied at The Parsons School of Design and the Art Students League in New York City; member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) and of the Rutgers University Children’s book council (RUCCL).

NANCY SHILL – Studied with Roy Lichtenstein at Douglas College; Newark School of Fine & Industrial Arts; taught at the Michener Museum and the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. Represented by Pellegrino/Shill Gallery in Lambertville, NJ.

VICTORIA STARGER – Graduate of the duCret School of the Arts; member Blackwell St. Artists; former President of Morris County Art Assoc.; taught at Morris County Art Assoc., Visual Arts Center of NJ and Joe Kubert School of Cartoon & Graphic Art.

GLENN WHITMORE – Graduate Joe Kubert School- Cartoon Graphics curriculum, digital color artist for DC Comics, Dark Horse, Archie Comics, Spongebob Comics, and Sitcomics. Self publisher for Captain Clockwork.

STEVE ZAZENSKI – Full-time artist/instructor, consistent award winner, popular demonstrator, conducts workshops throughout the Northeast; works in Library of Congress and many private collections.


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