Faculty

Painting By Gary Godby

Painting By Gary Godbee


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.

CAITLIN ALBRIGHT – BA in Fine Arts Education, Montclair State University; studied at Rhode Island School of Design  and Art Students League; Dodge Foundation Award, Excellence in Drawing.

VICKI ARLEIN -BS Art Education, University of Wisconsin; Botanical Illustrator; works in Edible Jersey; Instructor Visual Art Center, Montclair Museum, Baird Center; Exhibited in juried NJ shows.

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

WANDA BLAKE - Studied at Parsons School of Design, The New School for Social Research, The Museum of Modern Art and du Cret School of the Arts; has exhibited at Nabisco; and has works in collections of New Jersey corporations.

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.

SUSAN CHOROSZEWSKI – MA Elementary Education, Queens College, NYC, 30 Art credits; Elementary School Teacher 14 years; Art Teacher: Private and small group lessons;
taught at The Jointure and local Pre-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”.

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.

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.

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.

JERI GREENBERG – Graduated Parsons School of Design and The New School, NYC: teacher at DuCret School of Art, Westfield Adult School; Signature Member of Pastel Society of America; Signature Member of Pastel Society of NJ and Member of Salmagundi Club: Many solo exhibits and group shows throughout the area..

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.

LAURIE HARDEN – BFA Rhode Island School of Design, major printmaking, minor illustration; member Catherine Lorrilard Wolfe Art Club; Graphic Artists Guild and American Artists Professional League; exhibited widely and won numerous awards.

STEPHEN HARRIS – Graduate of the University of Hartford, teaches courses for the Digital Photo Academy, NYC, Visual Art Center of New Jersey, Unique Photo and independently. Along with a background in Internet Marketing and Sales, he provides local realtors with photographs for their marketing programs.

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.

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 HUFFBFA 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.

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.

RICHARD LANE – BFA.,The School of Visual Arts, NYC; Member of “The American Society of Marine Artists”, and has exhibited extensively throughout the east coast of the US from Newport, RI to Florida.

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.

CATHERINE MONK- A traditional bookbinder trained at Guilford College of Technology in England; Diploma course in “Fine Bookbinding and Conservation.”

EVIE MONROE – MA in Media and Cultural Studies, New School University, NY; MFA Candidate, Academy of Art University, SF; Graduate Multimedia Studies, Somerset Co. Tech Institute, NJ; Two years at the School of Visual Arts, NY; Parsons School of Design, NY; Account executive at JWT, NY; Teaches photo workshops to children at local schools; Instructor at Ridge High School through the Chatham Adult School, NJ.

CAREN FROST OLMSTED – BA in Theatre Design from Bates College; BS in Art Education from Appalachian State University; 4 years teaching K-12 Art and 5 years as a professional artist.

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 PELEGRINO - 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.

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

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

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.

BECKY SANTORA- BS, Carnegie College; potter for over 20 years; instructor at Visual Arts Center and teaches privately at her studio, “Flying Pig Pottery” in Watchung; member Society of American Mosaic Artists.

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.

EDWARD SPRAFKIN – Instructor at the Visual Arts Center and Morris County Art Association: Studied under Peter Cox and Costa Vavagiakis at the Art Students League, NYC; member of the NJ Society of En Plein Air artists and associate member of the Oil Painters of America.

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.

KEN STRUCK – BFA, School of Visual Arts, NYC; Milo School of Computer Graphics, Paramus; Bergan Community College, 3-D Animation; instructor Montclair State Univ.; Art School at Old Church, Demarest; comic book artist.

JON TANER – BA California College of Arts and Crafts; MA Fine Arts Syracuse University, NY; also studied at the Art Students League in NYC and Philadelphia College of Art.

JOHN TRAYNOR – Studied at Paier College of Art, Connecticut; was Merit Scholar under Frank Mason at the Art Students League, NYC; studied with Carroll Jones of Vermont.  Over 200 awards of merit including Salmagundi Club Medal of Honor, Grumbacher Gold Medal and many others; works in over 1000 private and public collection worldwide.

JOANNA WEZYK – MFA Painting and Drawing; MA in Fine Arts with teaching Certification: MA/BFA in Traditional Graphic Arts and Illustration. Professor of Art, Kean University, also teaches art at Bridgewater High School.

PAGE WOLTERS – BFA in Art Education, Hartwick College; MFA in painting, William Paterson University; former assistant director Somerset Art Association; Instructor at high school level for 5 years; professional artist with many solo and group shows.

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.