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.

Katy Boelter-Dimock started teaching children's summer classes in 2007, after completing her MAT at Tufts/the School of the Museum of Fine Arts. After a two year hiatus, she is so excited to be teaching about and from the MFA’s amazing collection! Katy has been a Visual Art teacher at Cambridge Friends School since 2010.

Patrick Brennan is a Boston-based sculptor, master of fine arts student at MassArt, and art educator with years of experience designing and building statues for public parks and exhibiting at art galleries within the New England area. Along with being an art instructor here at the MFA he is also currently employed by the education department of Massachusetts College of Art and Design and previously by the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston. While in undergraduate school he studied figurative sculpture under the guidance of professor Charles Stigliano and became highly skilled in the discipline of classical sculpting in regard to proportion, anatomy, composition, and complex symbolism.

Paula Pitman Brown is an artist who creates narrative paintings that communicate the complex relationship between people and animals in our urban world. She is affiliated with several galleries and exhibits throughout New England. Paula has taught painting and drawing for over 40 years, including high school art in Chelmsford, Ma. and with Waltham Public Schools, Decordova Art Museum in Lincoln, Ma., and the Multicultural Art Camp, as well as a variety of Zoom, FaceTime and private art classes. Paula has an Art Education Degree from Suffolk University and Boston State College as well as a BFA with distinctions from Massachusetts College of Art where her major was Painting and Art History.

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.

Jordan Carr works in oil paint, ink, and pencil to develop both representational and abstract imagery. Formal study at Gordon College (Art, Painting Concentration) established her current residence in the Boston area. Immersion in the liberal arts with a classical emphasis on rendering the human figure was instrumental in shaping her theory and practice, which value the integrity of line, the process of layering, and honest expressions of feeling.

Katie Charpentier received her BFA in Illustration from Massachusetts College of Art and Design and has been living and working in Boston ever since. Katie also works for the Angier After School Program in Newton and loves getting involved with the art community in Boston through her illustration work.

Ashley E. Dotson received a BA from Dartmouth College. Since graduating, Ashley has worked as a studio instructor at Dartmouth and at an independent school in Massachusetts. Ashley has experience working in both museum and school settings. Inspired by artists such as Alma Thomas and Mark Bradford, Ashley's artwork focuses primarily on the use of color and mixed media materials to tell stories about life and lived experience. Ashley also has a background in theatric and architectural design, having designed the lights and sets for several stage plays and musicals. Ashley is currently pursuing a Master of Architecture degree at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design.

Juliette Espinoza is originally from Nicaragua and two years ago she decided to move to Boston to pursue an art career. Art has been an essential part of Juliette's life, while she currently studies at MassArt. She specializes in digital art and portraits, but also likes experimenting with traditional media such as painting or sculpture.

Eda French holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Illustration from Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Born and raised in Portland, Maine, Eda comes from a family of artists; her mother an illustrator and her father a photographer. Eda began working with the Museum of Fine Arts Studio Arts as an intern, became a class assistant, and now has transitioned into a lead teacher. Outside of teaching for the MFA, Eda is a practicing illustrator creating colorful and vibrant work in both traditional and digital mediums.

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.

Juliana Gioioso is an art educator currently studying at Massachusetts College of Art and Design with a passion for all things creative! She was a teaching assistant last summer with the kids and teen Studio Arts Classes and is thrilled to be back teaching this year. She works mostly with paint in her personal art practice, but also loves sewing, printmaking, and clay. Outside of art Juliana also loves playing board games with her mom, meeting dogs, and watching silly movies with her roommates.

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 Natick Public Schools, MA.

Maxine Greij is a Boston-based printmaker and aspiring glass artist who has been working at the MFA since 2016, where she has taught drawing and printmaking to a variety of age groups. Although she is primarily a relief printmaker, she has explored many printmaking techniques during her time as an undergrad, first at the Pratt Institute, then at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design, where she graduated in 2019 with a BFA in History of Art. She also works, and occasionally teaches at Fiamma Glass Studio in Waltham, MA, and loves to combine her artistic interests, with glass artists and glass tools serving as the subject for many of her relief prints.

Yoahn Han Yo Ahn Han is a visual artist from the Republic of Korea. He has received his BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and an MFA from MassArt. In addition to teaching Studio Art Classes at the MFA, Han also works at MassArt as an Assistant Professor and RISD as a Visiting Lecturer. His work is a visual dialogue between suppression and desire, a duality which speaks to both his experience of cerebral arteriovenous malformation and to his bifurcated cultural identity. His work has been shown internationally in the United States, South Korea, and the Netherlands. Yo Ahn Han has recently been appointed as a juror for Beacon Gallery “Totem” group exhibition (2020) and the Biannual Painting and Drawing Fellowship for Massachusetts Cultural Council (2020).

Abby Harnois is a current MAT student at Tufts/SMFA after having completed her Bachelor's degree focused in Psychology with a minor in Education Studies from The Catholic University of America in 2019.She throughly enjoys motivating children’s interest and curiosity of the arts in various mediums.

Nancy Hart Nancy Hart is an interdisciplinary artist who explores the expanded field of Post Modernism in her teaching and studio work. She has an MFA from the Art Institute of Boston / Lesley University of Art and Design and a BFA in painting from TUFTS / the School of the Museum of Fine Arts She has also studied the history of photography at Radcliffe Seminars, the DeCordova Museum, Zee Mays Printing, Harvard Extension School, and Massachusetts College of Art. In the fall of 2018, Hart was an artist in residence multiple times at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum re/enacting Lee Ming Wei’s “Mending Project" and "Living Room Project.” Hart is a mentor to emerging artists, an ambassador for Lesley University, has been a portfolio reviewer for the College Art Association, as well as an academic advisor at SUNY New Paltz, NY. Hart has taught painting, drawing and 3D courses at MIT, SAA program, teaches multiple studio courses at the MFA and Visual Communications at Framingham State University.

John Jameson is a contemporary artist who focuses on seascape and portraiture as his primary subjects. His paintings are characterized by their strong emphasis on color, boldly organized compositions, and rich networks of textured brushwork. His paintings have been shown in Boston, New York, Newport (Rhode Island), and Kamakura (Japan). Currently he works and shows in New Bedford Massachusetts. John received his BFA from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth and his MFA from the New York Academy of Art.

Susannah Lawrence is a socially engaged multimedia artist, educator, curator, and patented inventor. Her work has been exhibited nationally and abroad, and she has studied art and art history in Australia, England, Germany, Italy, and Spain. Her architecturally immersive video installation, GIANTS, and interactive mixed-media installation 'Collections Connections' celebrated the Institute of Contemporary Art Boston’s tenth anniversary. The ICA Art Lab continued to feature her innovative community art projects serving hundreds of participants. For the Museum of Fine Arts' Community Arts Initiative: The Artist Project, her interactive video-installations were extended due to popular demand, and for over a decade she has taught studio art and art history to students of all ages though their 'Artful Adventures', 'Studio Arts', and 'Restorative Arts Initiative' programs. She has taught with Massachusetts College of Art and Design, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston College, Harvard University, the Urbano Project partnering with ACT at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston Public Schools, and the Brookline Early Education Program. Fluent in Spanish, she collaborated in starting the Spanish Enrichment After-School Program for the Brookline Public Schools.

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.

Livia Mosanu is an artist and art educator holding a Master of Fine Arts from the New York Academy of Art in NYC. She is currently working on a series of large-scale oil paintings in which she explores the connection between us and our surrounding bodies of water, in particular the Atlantic Ocean. Her works are on exhibit in NYC, NJ and MA and in many private collections worldwide. She is a finalist in the 8th International Painting Annual published by Manifest Gallery and a recipient of grant awards from the New York Academy of Art and the Art Students League. A native of Bucharest, Romania, she currently resides in Natick, MA.

Beth Newman received her BFA in Illustration from Rhode Island School of Design and has studied classical atelier methods from The Grand Central Atelier’s online program and is currently taking classes at the Academy for Realist Art in Boston. Her personal work mirrors her passion for the classical atelier methods. In addition to teaching at the MFA Boston, she teaches classes at the Hopkinton Center for the Arts, previously taught both children and adult art classes at Whitehall Farm Studios in Hopkinton and is currently the k-8 Art Teacher in East Somerville Community School where she enjoys teaching a diverse group of students in a vibrant school setting.

Lio Olin received his MFA from the State University of New York, and his dual major in Fine Arts/ Humanities from Bennington College. His art and poetry are driven by an emotional history, from various environments and relationships. His practice represents the way our senses are heightened when we are involved in a relationship or engaged in a particular psychological space. Lio's approach to teaching is grounded in skill-based techniques as a means of problem-solving and seeing the world around us. He uses this foundation to engage interdisciplinary and contemporary practices, encouraging students to consider the social and conceptual implications of their work as they develop practical skills. He is thrilled to be a part of the Studio Art Program here at the museum.

Chris O'Neill is an artist and illustrator based in Cambridge, MA. He combines his love of cartooning and comics with a passion for drawing the human figure. He is a regular and sometimes host of Life Drawing Boston, a weekly figure drawing group in Cambridge. As an illustrator, he has worked for a variety of clients from bike shops and restaurants to gaming companies and major publishers.

Eli Portman was born and raised in the Greater Boston area. He graduated from the State University of New York at Binghamton with a Bachelors Degree in studio art in the spring of 2014. Portman has created murals and custom artwork for local businesses and events, and displayed his work in universities, libraries, cafes and art galleries all over the City of Boston. He is a member of the Copley Society of Art, and regularly has his illustrations published in various media. He specializes in illustrations of city scenes and watercolor landscapes.

Alice Rufo is an artist, educator and gallery manager. Over the past five years she has received a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Illustration and Masters of Arts in Teaching for Massachusetts College of Art and Design. During that time Alice also worked with MassArts high school program ArtWard Bound and was a manager of MassArt Academic Galleries.

Brooke Scibelli is an artist, designer, and educator who works to create more access to the arts and build community along the way. Brooke's artistic practice ranges from illustration and collage to fibers and designing her own clothing. She holds a BFA from MassArt from the Studio for Interrelated Media (SIM) program, and a Design Certificate from General Assembly. Brooke is Co-Founder of Non Issue Studio, a creative studio that produces hands-on art-making workshops and handmade goods. Partners have included the ICA, The Eliot School of Fine & Applied Arts, Boston Children's Museum, Resist, and beyond. She has taught visual art to students of all ages in a variety of settings – museums, classrooms, wood shops, community centers, even on the sidewalk!

Marley Slade is an artist, illustrator, and designer from Connecticut. She studied fine art and computer science at Connecticut College. Before moving to Boston she was traveling the world and working as a freelance graphic designer. Marley loves creating large scale charcoal portraits, digital illustrations, animation, and augmented reality.

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 an artist with a passion for public art. She has created numerous temporary works in the Boston-area and has permanent works in Worcester, MA, Pawtucket, RI, and the Underwater Museum of Art in the Gulf of Mexico. She teaches online Studio Art Classes at the MFA, Boston and art history at the Rochester Institute of Technology. She received an MFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and a BFA from Seton Hill University, Greensburg, PA.

Robyn Thompson-Duong Primarily a figurative artist, Robyn works in acrylics at her Boston studio. As a black woman raised in the suburbs of Boston and often being the only person of color growing up, Robyn knows the importance of representation and seeing one’s self in the images and people around you, hence her work depicting women of color as the main subjects of her paintings. Robyn Studied visual art at Syracuse University earning a BFA in 2002. She later went on to earn an MEd from Lesley University. Combining her passion for art with her love of teaching, Robyn has been an art teacher in both private and public institutions. Robyn was named the Museum of Fine Arts Emerging Artist Fellow for 2020.

Nell Valle is a freelance illustrator from Boston, MA who graduated from Massachusetts College of Art and Design with a BFA in illustration and minor in creative writing. She has experience in comic illustration, public art, art gallery installation, and art instruction.

Isaac Vu is a Vietnamese illustrator with a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts from Framingham State University and is currently pursuing a Masters of Education at Lesley University. He has taught youth as a camp counselor and with the Buckingham Browne and Nichols School. Isaac’s work has been featured locally at the Mazmanian Gallery.

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.