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 Colby-Sawyer College.

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 years.  

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 Norwich, VT.

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 advertising imagery.

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 School.

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 Art.

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 Nairobi, Kenya.

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 Junction, VT.

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 origami designs.

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 England.

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.