About the Studio Art Class Instructors

Maureen Albano received her Master of Fine Arts degree from Cranbrook Academy of Art, and has studied art in France and Italy. She has taught gallery and studio programs and co-written museum resources at The Carnegie Museum of Art and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Her drawings and sculptures have been exhibited nationally, and explore the relationship between mind and matter.

Sarah Altone is a Visual Arts Teacher for 1st to 5th grade during the school year with Dedham Public Schools. She graduated from Tufts University and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (SMFA) with a Master of Arts in Teaching, Art Education for Pre-Kindergarten to 8th grade. She received two Bachelor degrees from the University of Rochester in Studio Arts and Art History, where she graduated with the Highest Distinctions, Cum Laude, and Phi Beta Kappa. She has worked with the MFA’s Studio Art Classes since 2010 and has taught several classes during the school vacation weeks. She often incorporates children’s literature and story-telling into her teaching.

Aimee Belanger is a Boston-based painter, printmaker, and educator. She graduated from Massachusetts College of Art and Design with a BFA in painting, and has taught at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Brookline Center for Adult Education, and Exploration Summer Programs. She currently works at the Distillery Studios in South Boston and teaches visual art for Boston Public Schools.

Erin Bisceglia received her BA from Brandeis University and her MFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston in affiliation with Tufts University, Medford.

Melanie Blood graduated from Massachusetts College of Art and Design in 2010 and is currently an active member of the  Alumni Leadership Council . She continued her education at Tufts University in affiliation with The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, receiving a Master of Arts in Teaching Visual Arts in 2011. She is currently teaching 3D art at a large urban high school south of Boston. Melanie is also a working artist and has recently attended artist residencies in Barcelona, Spain and Provincetown, Massachusetts. Melanie has taught at the Museum of Fine Arts for the past nine summers.

Kasey Blume, born and raised in Arizona, has been inspiring and creating with youth in Boston for the last 13 years. From tiny tot theatre to nature adventures, Kasey enjoys spending her time with children of all ages and helping them explore how fun learning can be. She has worked with the New England Aquarium and United South End Settlements' Children's Art Centre and is now pursuing a Bachelor's in Educational Studies at Wheelock College. Art is one of her favorite subjects to explore, and she is excited to teach on the MFA team as a Studio Arts Instructor.

Katy Boelter-Dimock has been teaching studio classes for preschool and elementary school students at the MFA since 2007, when she completed her M.A.T. at Tufts University and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. She decided to pursue this degree after a dozen years teaching toddlers and preschoolers in Boston, Cambridge and Somerville; she would get so absorbed in children’s art making processes that she would neglect her other duties! Currently Katy teaches visual art to PK-5 grade students in Cambridge, and to Kindergarteners in Wayland, MA. Katy also has a B.A. in Liberal Arts with a focus on art history from Hampshire College.

Ria Brodell is an artist based in Boston whose current body of work addresses issues of gender, sexuality and “butch” identity. Brodell studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and received a BFA from Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle (‘02) and an MFA from the Museum School/Tufts University (‘06). Brodell has had solo and group exhibitions throughout the US, is a recipient of the Blanche E. Colman Award (’11) and the Emerging Artist Award from the St. Botolph Club Foundation (’08). Her work has appeared in The Boston Globe, New American Paintings, Beautiful Decay, Art New England, Art Slant: San Francisco, Daily Serving, The Phoenix, and Boston Magazine.

Paula Pitman Brown has taught teens and adults painting, drawing and sculpture for 36 years at schools and institutions such as Chelmford High School, Waltham Public Schools, Decordova Art Museum School, and The Multicultural Art Camp. Brown graduated with distinction from Massachusetts College of Art, with a BFA in Painting and Art History, and also received the Massachusetts Teacher Certification for grades K-12 from Suffolk University and Boston State College. She is consistently creating her artwork of storytelling allegories that are inspired from personal ideas and art history. She has shown her work mostly around the New England area.

Kyle Browne is a multi-disciplinary artist exploring drawing, installation and video with nature as a strong influence. She received her BFA from Pratt Institute and a Masters in Education from Lesley University in 2010. Kyle's work has been in many solo and group exhibitions both locally and internationally and she has been the recipient of artist residencies from New England to New Zealand. She often is a visiting artist and guest lecturer at colleges, and other arts organizations and has been teaching visual art since 2010.

Melissa Bruce is an early childhood arts educator, currently teaching pre-k in Cambridge. She received her Bachelors degree in Art Therapy and later a Masters in Early Childhood Education from Lesley University and the Shady Hill Teacher Training Center. Melissa has taught in a range of settings, from schools and museums to nonprofits and community spaces.

John Cafferty has worked at the Boston Center for Adult Education and currently teaches in the Somerville Public Schools. He has taught art classes at Hofstra University and the Sid Jacobson Jewish Community Center in New York. He holds a Master of Arts, Teaching Art Education from Tufts University and a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Cartooning and Illustration from the School of Visual Arts.

Jay Calderin is the author of The Fashion Design Reference & Specification Book, Fashion Design Essentials, and Fashion Design, Referenced. Jay founded and serves as the Executive Director of Boston Fashion Week and was appointed Creative Director of the first Chengdu Fashion Week in 2012. He is the Director of Creative Marketing and an instructor at the School of Fashion Design in Boston. In addition to artist demonstrations and teaching studio art classes at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston he also facilitates a program called Fashion Tales at several branches of the Boston Public Library. Jay was honored by Youth Design as Mentor of the Year 2014. His early work as a fashion designer graced the pages of Vogue and Elle magazines.

Joe Carrigg has a Massachusetts Teacher’s License for Grades K-12, received an Art Teaching Certificate from Massachusetts College of Art and Design (’09), and earned a BFA in Painting from Boston University (’85). He attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Skowhegan, ME (’83) and has traveled to study artworks in France, Lichtenstein, Italy, England, and Ireland. For twenty-three years, Carrigg drafted, designed, etched, and sandblast carved monuments for his family’s business, Thomas Carrigg & Son Monuments. Many of his artful works are in private collections, while his drawings, prints, and paintings have been shown in Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Vermont. He also teaches at the Brookline Arts Center and at the John D. Philbrick Public School in Roslindale.

Bill Commerford has taught core and graduate subjects at the Boston University School of Fine and Applied Art, where he received his BFA in advertising design and his MFA. He has also taught a History of Modern Art class at Boston State as well as Illustration, Design, and Typography at Massachusetts College of Art. He was the award winning typographic director of world-famous T.J. Lyon’s Antique Type Collection, and one of his dozens of watercolors, “The Third Moose,” was published in Yankee magazine’s anthology “The Best of Fifty Years.” A twenty-year teacher of watercolor and water media at the MFA, Bill is also a principal of FIVESEVENDELLE, a premiere Boston alternative art space providing exhibitions and community interactive opportunities for artists and local institutions in the Mission Hill neighborhood.

Lisa L. Cyr is a mixed media artist, using symbolism, metaphor and allegory to stimulate curiosity. A graduate from The Massachusetts College of Art (BFA) and Syracuse University (MA), Cyr's artistic oeuvre has been exhibited in museums and galleries, including traveling shows with the Society of Illustrators of New York and Los Angeles. Her work has been featured in magazines, books and online, including numerous features in Spectrum: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art, AcrylicWorks: The Best in Acrylic Painting and Incite: The Best in Mixed Media. Her work is included in the permanent collection of the Museum of American Illustration in New York City as well as in private collections.

Cyr writes for many of the creative industry's leading art publications and has authored seven books on art and design, including Experimental Painting and Art Revolution (North Light Books). She teaches at The Art Students League of New York and in several of the top MFA graduate programs across the country. Cyr is an artist member of the Society of Illustrators in New York City.

Glenn W. Davis is a graduate of Suffolk University’s New England School of Art. He has been making art of one kind or another for over twenty-five years. He has dabbled in oils, acrylics, and graphite. He focuses on pen & ink, watercolor, and pastel for much of his recent work. In the past, he has been a freelance illustrator and has had exhibitions in Boston, Provincetown, Martha’s Vineyard, and Nantucket. He is currently represented by the 13 Forest Gallery in Arlington, MA.

Ea Domke is a visual artist, arts educator, and LGBTQIA+ activist. She works with painting, sculpture, video, installation art, and public speaking. As a queer transgender woman, her works seeks to engage with communities to create and expand conversations around gender identity, gender expression, and sexual orientation.  She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of South Dakota and her Master of Fine Arts from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University. Her recent activities include giving a TED Talk at TEDxTufts 2018. Ea was awarded a Post Graduate Teaching Fellowship at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts, and the Katherine Romero Graduating Student Award in 2017.

Marion Eisenmann was born and raised in Germany, where she developed a classical foundation in music and the visual arts. Her passion is developing and executing innovative and original concepts for amusement parks, interactive learning and immersive experiences in form of conceptual sketches, key art, storyboards and design. Lately Marion Eisenmann has been working as a story artist on a monthly graphic novel series. She devotes much of her free time to art education. Marion taught eight consecutive years at the ArtCenter College of Design in Pasadena, instructed workshops and courses at the Los Angeles academy of Figurative Art in Van Nuys, the Gnomon School of Visual Effects in Hollywood and the Huntington Gardens and Library in Pasadena.

Jeff Ellse is a Boston based artist whose current work explores everyday objects that sustain and perpetuate modernity. He received his MFA from The Art Institute of Boston in 2009 and BFA 2006. He shows locally has been featured in the Boston Globe, Boston Phoenix, and Artscope. Ellse is also an adjunct professor of Drawing and Painting at the Art Institute of Boston.

Katie Forsyth is a Boston native and graduate of the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. She has worked within the MFA’s Studio Art Classes since 2016, having served as an intern, assistant teacher and now as lead teacher.

Georgie Friedman received her MFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in conjunction with Tufts University (‘08) and her BA from UC, Santa Cruz (‘96). Georgie's current exhibition at the MFA, "Fragments of Antarctica" features work she created as a result from her SMFA at Tufts Traveling Fellowship to Antarctica and will be on view through September 15, 2019. She has also exhibited at the Geneva International Film Festival, The Cleveland Museum of Art, Peabody Essex Museum, among others.  She teaches a variety of photography and video based classes at several local institutions, including Boston College and MassArt, and she was one of the first Artists-In-Residence with the City of Boston. Her photographic works and experiential video installations explore the relationship between uncontrollable natural phenomena and our natural, built and digital environments.

Stacy Friedman is a Boston-based artist, instructor, and collaborative printer. She received a BFA in Printmaking and History of Art from Massachusetts College of Art and Design. She works at Mixit Print Studio and Muskat Studios, assisting artists in producing intaglio, relief and lithographic editions, as well as monotype series and installation pieces. Her work uses a variety of printmaking techniques to explore themes of lineage, memory, and identity. She has been exhibiting her work nationally and teaching printmaking workshops at Mixit Print Studio and Massachusetts College of Art and Design.

Samuel Gareginyan was born in Yerevan, Armenia. He graduated from Terlemezian Fine Art College and Yerevan State Academy of Fine Arts. Samuel exhibited his works in Armenia, Russia, Lebanon, Spain, England, Turkey, Argentina and the United States. His paintings are in permanent collections and archives at the Museum of Modern Arts of Armenia, the Fund of the Artists Union of Armenia, Armenian Library and Museum of America. Since 1997 he lives in the United States exhibiting his works in the galleries and museums of America and abroad.

Amanda Gil is currently the Art Coordinator for the Everett Public School District and enjoys connecting with students and community members through the arts. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting from Ohio University and Master of Arts in Teaching in Art Education from Tufts/ SMFA. Amanda has been teaching kids classes at the MFA since 2011. The opportunity to explore the MFA's collections through discussions and art making activities shared with the children continues to enrich her life. She loves to stay active through crossfit, running, beach volleyball and other summery things!

Sepi Golestani graduated from Tufts University and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (SMFA) with a Master of Arts in Teaching. Sepi is a certified art teacher with more than 15 years background in painting in a variety of media, especially watercolor. She has taught children’s studio art classes and adult watercolor classes at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston since 2013. Sepi currently teaches Visual Arts to elementary school students with Newton Public Schools, MA.

Paul Goodnight has developed his own unique aesthetic philosophy to document the humanity of people around the world. His images have appeared in television and film since 1984, including Seinfeld, The Cosby Show, and Fresh Prince of Bel Air to name a few. Paul has been featured in numerous publications such as Architectural Digest, People Magazine and the Boston Globe. His work has been exhibited in the Museum of Fine Arts, The Museum of the National Center of African American Artists and the Smithsonian. He has been the recipient of many achievements and awards such as receiving a commission for the 1996 Olympics, The U.S. Sports Academy Artist of the Year Award in 1997, and the World Cup Soccer Poster of 1998.

Maxine Greij is a recent graduate of the Massachusetts College of Art and Design, with a BFA in the History of Art. Before realizing her passion for art history, she attended the Pratt Institute for three years pursuing a fine arts degree with a concentration on printmaking and appreciates the change for allowing her to explore a variety of media, including oil painting, drawing, ceramics, and most recently, glassblowing. She has been working at the MFA for three years, and loves to share her knowledge in art making and art history with her students.

Kahlil Hamady is the principal of Hamady Architects LLC. He is a practicing architect, registered in the States of Massachusetts, New York, Connecticut and Virginia. His firm has received many awards including four Stanford White Awards in 2013, 2014 and 2016, the 2014 inaugural John Russell Pope Award as well as the prestigious 2015 Palladio Award. The firm’s works has been published in national and regional publications including Veranda, Period Homes, Southern Living, Albemarle and Connecticut Cottages and Gardens. The recently published book, “An Ideal Collaboration: The Art of Classical Details” by Philip James Dodd, includes two of the firm’s projects and an article by Kahlil on the interrelationships of architecture, interiors, and landscape design. Kahlil has served on the National Board of Directors of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art (ICAA), and has taught several drawing courses for the ICAA.  In 2016 he lead the Paris Drawing Tour, which he developed for the ICAA. Kahlil has also taught theory courses at the University of Virginia Department of Continuing Education and a drawing class at the Boston Architectural College Continuing Education Department. He holds a BA from Texas A&M University and a Master of Architecture from the University of Virginia.

Yoahn Han is a visual Artist (painter), from the Republic of Korea. He currently resides in Boston, Massachusetts where he received his MFA 2D at Massachusetts College of Art and Design (MASS ART). He obtained a Bachelors of Fine Art from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC). YoAhn’s work has been shown internationally in the United States, South Korea, and the Netherlands. Recent solo shows include “My Princess, Bari” at ART MORA Gallery in New York and “Dreaming Universe” at the Institute of Russian Healing Arts in Boston. His work has also been exhibited at several group shows including Seventh Juried Exhibition at Prince Street Gallery in New York and ART BLOSSM Exhibition at ART MORA NJ. Besides shows, YoAhn had illustrated a Children’s book, “King Leon in Lybeth” and “Science of Psychic Defense” He is currently teaching at MassArt and MFA, Boston. He was born in Seoul Special City and raised in the city of ChunCheon, Gang-Won province in South Korea.

George Hancin is a painter concentrating on urban, suburban and rural landscapes that explore how light, shadow and time describe a place and set a mood. George received an art education degree from Kent State; a painting degree from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts and completed his masters at Yale in the 80's. George has been a member at Bromfield Gallery and has shown his work in solo and group shows at the Amos Enos Gallery, Attleboro Art Center, Montserrat among others. George is currently an adult continuing education and high school art teacher.

Nancy Hart is a painter who incorporates the expanded field of drawing and installation in her studio work. She has an MFA from the Art Institute of Boston / Lesley University of Art and Design and a BFA in painting from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts. She has also studied at Radcliffe Seminars, the DeCordova Museum, Zee Mays Printing, Harvard Extension and Massachusetts College of Art. In the fall of 2018, Hart was an artist in residence at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum re/enacting Lee Ming Wei’s “Mending Project”. Hart is a member of Gallery 263 in Cambridge, an ambassador for Lesley University, a portfolio reviewer for the College Art Association as well as an academic advisor at SUNY New Paltz, NY. Hart teaches art courses at Maud Morgan Visual Art, Beaver Country Day School and ESL at Brookline Adult Education.

Nan Hass Feldman has been painting for more than 40 years. In that time she has had 49 solo exhibitions and has been included in over 50 group shows, and 28 museum exhibitions. She has work in private collections in five countries; in corporate collections such as Fidelity Investments; and in hospital collections, including Brigham and Womens. For many years she has taught in the Boston area, including at the Worcester Art Museum, the DeCordova Museum, Danforth/Art, and Framingham State University, and, since 1999, she has also been leading painting retreats abroad in several different countries. Nan is the recipient of awards and fellowships such as the Basil H. Alkazzi National Acquisition Award; the Liquitex Fine Art Achievement Award; and a Massachusetts Arts and Humanities Foundation Commission.

Ebla Hawi is a visual artist and educator with a background in digital and studio art. She holds an MFA in Fiber Arts at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, where she also received a Post-Baccalaureate certificate in Textile Design/ Fiber Arts. Ebla also holds a BFA from the College of Fine Arts in Damascus, Syria. She has taught many crafts-making classes for different age groups in Syria and the United States that focus on using repurposed materials, and believes that art is a both a universal language and a tool of expression.

Aaron Helfand AIA, is an architect with Albert, Righter & Tittmann Architects in Boston. He is a board member of the New England chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art and has taught courses on the history, theory, and practice of classical architecture for the ICAA at the Boston Architectural College's Department of Continuing Education. He holds a BA from Williams College, an MArch and MADU from University of Notre Dame School of Architecture, and an MPhil in the history of architecture from the University of Cambridge. He has taught continuing education courses in classical architecture for the Boston Architectural College.

Linda Hoetink is a practicing artist, textile designer and teacher. She received a BA in Literature and Languages from Bennington College and an MFA in Painting and Art Education from the Academy of Fine Arts in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. For the past 20 years, she has taught art at both undergraduate and graduate levels and to both children and adults. Her drawings, paintings and textiles have been exhibited extensively in Amsterdam and London.

Alan Jennings is a graduate of the MFA program in experimental animation at California Institute of the Arts. His films have screened internationally at: Animafest Zagreb, The Ottawa International Animation Festival, The Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Films and The Holland Animation Film Festival, among many others. Professional work includes short films produced for: Cartoon Network, Comedy Central, The School of Life and NPR.

Karina Kadiyska earned her bachelor’s degree in painting (‘99) and master’s degree in sculpture (‘01), both from Boston University. Prior to her studies at BU, Karina received a solid academic art training in Moscow, and after graduating from the masters’ program, she spent two years in Carrara, Italy, further studying sculpture. Karina works both in 2-D and 3-D media, creating brush drawings of plants and figurative sculptures.

Susannah Lawrence is a multimedia artist whose works include drawing, sculpture, installation, site-specific video, interactive public art, and patented inventions. Her work has been exhibited nationally and abroad, and she has studied art in Australia, England, Germany, Italy, and Spain. For the Massachusetts College of Art and Design’s Youth Programs, she teaches sculpture, drawing, painting, and art theory. She is the coordinator for the Urbano Project’s Visual Art Curator Program and a mentoring instructor for the 100K Art-Science Prize Program at the Cloud Foundation in Boston.

Justin Life is a Boston based artist and educator. He received an MFA from Tufts University/School of the Museum of Fine Arts (‘07) and a BFA in painting from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (‘02); he also studied at the Winchester School of Art at Southampton University in England (‘02). He shows locally and nationally, most recently at the University of North Carolina’s Drawing Discourse Exhibition (’17). Life is a part time professor at Tufts University and a teacher at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston.

Ashley Mandel holds a Master of Arts in Teaching in Art Education from Tufts University in affiliation with the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and a Bachelors of Fine Arts from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Caitlin Mavilia has her BFA from Massachusetts College of Art and Design and a Masters of Art in Teaching from School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University. Since 2015, she has worked with the MFA Studio Art Classes in a variety of capacities including as an intern, assistant teacher, summer assistant, and now lead teacher, covering a wide range of ages and media.

Cameron McCool’s work allows his emotions to breathe, serving as both catharsis and a reverence of the human form. There is a dialogue between the mark-making and the subject being revealed, taking on different techniques depending on the tools required to grasp at the heart of his figures; finding beauty in the yearning and execution. Cameron is originally from Anacortes, Washington, and moved to New York in 2010 to pursue his studies in art. He graduated with a masters in painting from the New York Academy of Art and currently lives and works in Cambridge, MA.

Tim McCool is a native of Pittsburgh and received his B.A. from Boston College in Studio Art and Art History and his M.F.A. from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston in affiliation with Tufts University. While studying at SMFA, he has exhibited his work in Boston, New York and other cities, and has written about art for various publications internationally.

Morris Norvin began studying art at the age of eight at the Museum of Fine Arts and later graduatde from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts. Morris is also the founder of Stonybrook Fine Arts, an educational sculpture studio in Jamaica Plain. He has worked with a diverse range of materials including metal, wax, clay, wood, plasticine, paper, glass, and polymers. His preferred method is welded steel incorporating found, functional objects, which he terms “junk art,” and his work is mainly figurative and somewhat anatomical.

Chris O'Neill is a Somerville, MA, based Artist and Illustrator. He is a compulsive draw-er, hardly ever looking up from the page in front of him. He can be found lurking in cafes and bars furiously jotting down the goings-on around him. He has worked for a wide range of clients including Harmonix, Cutty's, and Collective Arts Brewing and has shown his work in a variety of venues in the greater Boston area, most recently a large scale mural at Montserrat College of Art in Beverly.

Fran Osborn Blaschke is a photographer who graduated from the New England School of Photography professional program. His artistic vision is influenced and inspired by his family, science, astronomy, music and poetry. His photographs have been shown at various venues in the New England area, including the Photographic Resource Center, the Danforth Museum of Art and the Griffin Museum of Photography.

Andres Perez-Carraso is a painter and sculptor who studied at the University Complutense de Bellas Artes of Madrid and Chelsea College of Art in London. He has exhibited his work throughout Europe. He has a MA and PhD in philosophy from Boston College with a concentration in aesthetics and art theory.

Sarah Pollman is an artist, educator and writer working in Boston, MA. She holds a BFA and an MFA in Studio Art from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and Tufts University. Her work has been exhibited nationally, including shows at the Danforth Art Museum, the Rourke Art Museum and Wheaton College. She currently teaches at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston at Tufts University and at Emerson College. At the Museum of Fine Arts, she works as a Studio Art and Artful Adventures instructor.

Brian Reddy is an artist and educator working as the drawing, painting and digital art teacher at Wellesley High School. He is a Mass Art (BFA Illustration '07 and Teacher Preparation Program '09) and Framingham State (masters in art education '17) alum. He enjoys sketching, travel and cooking.

Yoselin Rodriquez is  an educator and fine artist born in Guatemala. Her focus has been printmaking, drawing and painting. Her work involves layers of vivid colors combined with textures, collages and text. As an immigrant, Yoselin focuses on practicing culturally responsive teaching through project design. She holds a BA in Fine Arts with a minor in graphic design and a M.Ed. in Art Education, both from Lesley University. She has taught elementary grade level in various programs part of non-profit organizations and public schools in Boston and Cambridge. She has also welcomed various groups to the MFA as part of the Artful Adventures program.

Leila Joy Rosenthal has been teaching a variety of children’s, adult, and the City of Boston’s High School Art Scholarship Classes at the Museum of Fine Arts for nearly sixty years. In addition to teaching art, she has also studied dental technology and is able to combine her drawing and sculpture skills working as a clinical associate professor at Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine. For the past thirty years, she has been singing with the Zamir Chorale of Boston.

Judy Ryan has an MFA in Painting from Boston University and a BFA in Painting from the University of Illinois. For over 20 years, Ms Ryan has taught all levels of drawing and painting in various mediums. Currently, she teaches adult art classes at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and offers painting workshops in France in the summer. Ms Ryan has received several grants and awards, including the Frances A. Kinnicutt Foreign Travel Award administered through the Worcester Art Museum. Ms Ryan maintains a studio in Boston at the historic Fenway Studios Artists’ Cooperative and is a member of the North Shore Art Association in Gloucester, MA.

Lisa Sawlit is a Classically trained painter who splits her time between Nantucket and Boston, where she has a studio and is a former instructor of Montserrat College of Art. In addition to teaching, Sawlit has worked at Wisdom Publications, she’s studied philosophy, trained in ophthalmology, worked in philanthropy, and even tried her hand at finance, serving as creative director at Fidelity.com from 1997 to 2001. Sawlit has a bachelor’s and master’s degree in fine arts from Tufts University and her work can be seen in her publication Drawing the Cast, The Emulation of Aesthetic Values, Five Études of the Apollo Belvedere as well as numerous solo and group exhibitions in the New England area.

Ellison Sherrill received her Masters of Art in Teaching from the School of Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University and her B.A. from Hamilton College in Studio Art. She started at the MFA as a Studio Art Intern, and currently also works as a Gallery Learning Educator at the museum. In her spare time, Ellison loves to paint anything fabric, and coach lacrosse.

Allison Shilling received a Masters of Arts in Teaching Art Education from Tufts University and her Bachelor of Arts from Mount Holyoke College where she graduated Magna Cum Laude with Honors in Environmental Studies and Studio Art. She has a background in museum and art education through her internship and volunteer work at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art. Allison brings knowledge in business management from studies at Columbia Business School - Business Edge Program and internships at Artisan House, Inc.

Joan Asquith Shrier has her MFA from Tufts University/School of the Museum of Fine Arts and a BFA from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Her work is in many private and public collections including the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. She has been teaching in the Boston area for over twenty-five years.

Karl Stephan is an artist, educator, curator and consultant. He teaches teens and adults in his Cambridge studio, at the Museum of Fine Arts and at the university level. He has a BFA in Painting and Printmaking from Guilford College and a Masters in Art Education from The School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts. His work has been shown and collected on five continents.

Gianna Stewart is Boston-based artist with a passion for public art. She has created sculpture for the 2019 Underwater Museum of Art in the Gulf of Mexico. Her Iceberg, floated in the Fort Point Channel in Boston. She has also created site-specific temporary works for the Fruitlands Museum in Harvard, MA, 8Nights8Windows in downtown Boston, ReCreation on the Boston Harbor Islands, and “The Local” commission on the Rose Kennedy Greenway, and a Bonnaroo skylight at the Nashville International Airport. She received her MFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston/ Tufts University.

Rosanne Trolan completed the Certification Program in Art Education at Massachusetts College of Art, attended The Paris American Academy in Paris in a graduate degree program majoring in painting, and graduated Cum Laude from the University of Massachusetts with a BFA and a minor in art history. She is an art educator in special education at the Cotting School in Lexington, MA, where she has worked for the past fifteen years. Currently a member on the advisory council for the Arts for the Massachusetts Dept. of Elementary and Secondary Education, she was unanimously voted for a second three-year term. She recently received the “Award for Excellence in Art Education” from Massachusetts College of Art and Design.

Carla Valentine has a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago then continued on to get her MAT in Art Education from Tufts/SMFA University. Carla specilizes in painting, drawing, and collage but enjoys introducing new mediums to the children she teaches. She currently works in the Braintree Public Schools.

Zoë Wyner is an artist, musician, and educator. She has a background in 3D Arts Education and received her Masters of Arts in Teaching from Tufts University and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in 2016. Since then, Zoë has taught at Gateway Arts in Brookline, MA, the Arsenal Center for the Arts in Watertown, MA, and at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. She currently holds the role of Director at ProArts Consortium. In her spare time, she works as a 3D artist, creating sculptural works in fiber and porcelain.

Sue Yang received her MFA from Tufts University/School of the Museum of Fine Arts in 2004, Diploma from SMFA in 2001, MA from Ohio State University in 1979, and BA from National Taiwan University in 1977. She has had more than ten solo shows in the US, Europe, and Hong Kong, such as Howard Yezerski Gallery, Boston (’06); Kwang Hwa Culture Center, Hong Kong (’04); and Paradigma Gallery, Brussels, Belgium (’02). She has received numerous awards and group shows in the US, Europe, and Asia such as Danforth Museum, MA (’10); Landschaftskunst Gallery Hamburg, Germany (’03); and Museum of Manila, Philippines (’06). Yang is also a teacher at the SMFA.

Laura Ziman has her undergraduate degree from SUNY Purchase in art history; attended LaVarenne, a cooking school in Paris; and acquired her M.Ed. from Lesley University. She has taught at the MFA for seven years and currently teaches education and art history classes at Cambridge College and culinary history at Mass Bay Community College. She exhibited oversized paper mache sculptures of food at the Portland, ME, Museum of Art.