Joseph Agabiti holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering Technology from the New Jersey Institute of Technology and an M.A. in Elementary Education from the College of New Jersey. He has also attended pre engineering workshops provided by The College of New Jersey and Rowan College of Engineering. Mr. Agabiti has over eight years experience at J.P. Case Middle School in Flemington, NJ, where he currently teaches Software Application and Technology. In addition to using cooperative S.T.E.M (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) activities in his daily lesson planning, he has five years experience advising the J.P. Case LEGO Club, through which he participated in Middle School Technology Design Challenge which is held every year in the spring.
Visit Joseph’s J.P. Case teacher page.
Indira Bailey is an award winning art educator and was one of the finalist for New Jersey Teacher of the Year. In 2013, she was the recipient on the Hope Street Group National Teacher Fellowship from Washington, DC. She has been teaching art successfully for fifteen year in the public school system. Bailey has received three distinguished Fulbright Fellowships to South Africa, Japan and Morocco. Indira received her BFA from Pratt Institute and MA at Kean University. She has created and published a community based newsletter entitled, “Indira” which focus on art education. Bailey is currently teaching and exhibiting her artwork throughout the tri-state area.
Doug Baron has been publishing his comic book series, Sugar Ray Finhead, since 1992. His work has been included in Valiant comics and many newspapers. He has taught cartooning classes and workshops at the Museum for many years.
Megan Becker received her BFA in Illustration from the University of the Arts. As part of the Philadelphia and New Jersey community, she has volunteered for the Philly Fringe Festival, Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts, and Trenton Art All Night. Additionally, she has studied fine arts under the instruction of Tim O’Brien at the Pratt Institute. She has worked under Alumni Veronica Cianfranco, creator of Philadelphia’s Cher Pop-Ups, and was an art director at a summer camp for three years. Currently, Megan is a freelance illustrator and teaches painting, drawing, and digital arts classes at several arts centers in NJ. She has also been in juried exhibits throughout the Stockton/New Hope area.
Leah Cahill graduated from Parson’s School of Design with an AAS in Fashion Design and a BFA in Communications from the University of Virginia. She currently has her own clothing company called Norma & Henry
, which is sold on-line and in boutiques across the country. Prior to this she was the Senior Designer and ran production for Blue Fish Clothing in Frenchtown, NJ.
Maureen Chatfield studied at the Art Students League, NY, as well as the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, Fashion Institute of Technology, NY, and Hunter College, NY. She has studied with Jean Buckly, Ron Lent, Robert Saxton, and Stuart Shils. She has worked in watercolor and most frequently in oil, though she is currently painting in acrylic. Her paintings are not planned, they are discovered. She has had numerous shows throughout New Jersey and has had her artwork displayed in an exhibition at the Hunterdon Art Museum in 2010.
Sarah DeWire received her BFA from the School of Visual Arts and her MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts. She has been teaching fine art lessons for a number of years and has experience working with at risk youth. Her work is included in private collections in New York, New Jersey, Maine and Pennsylvania.
Duffy Dillinger received a BFA from the University of Massachusetts and was a sculpture apprentice at the Johnson Atelier. A museum faculty member for many years, she is an artist who has created innovative children’s programs for camps, museums and schools. During the school year, she is the art teacher at Mount St. Mary Academy, a high school for girls.
Amanda Esposito graduated from The University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA, where she earned her MAT in Art Education and her BFA in Painting/Drawing with a concentration in Art Education. She is a tenured K-12 educator, currently teaching art and enrichment courses at Thomas B. Conley School in Bethlehem, NJ. (Shown with husband and fellow teacher Matthew Esposito)
Matt Esposito is an educator who enjoys opening the worlds of the past to middle school students at Bethlehem Township, New Jersey where he has worked for the past six years. Along with being a highly qualified social studies teacher he holds a BA in History Education and has done graduate work at East Stroudsburg University. His varied historical interests include the cultures of Egyptian, Greek and Roman antiquity, medieval Europe, and colonial America, among others. (Shown with wife and fellow teacher Amanda Esposito)
Lindsay is a studio artist working out of Milford, PA. Her work is in the permanent collection of the American Embassy in the Republic of Djibouti, The Museum of Art and Design in NYC, Yale University Art Gallery as well as other international collections. She is on the Board of Directors of the National Basketry Organization and her work has been featured on the cover of Metalsmith Magazine and on the pages of American Craft Magazine, FiberArts, Fiber Art Now, Surface Design Journal, and Shuttle, Spindle and Dyepot Magazine, FIBERARTS Design Book 7, 500 Baskets, etc.. Lindsay has both a degree in Fine Arts and a degree in Arts Administration and divides her time between her studio and Peters Valley School of Craft, where she is currently Development Director.
Andrea Gianchiglia, local artist of Bedminster, graduated from the Hartford Art School with a BFA in illustration and a minor in art history. Working as a full-time artist on private commissions and freelance illustration, Andrea also teaches at various art centers such as the Hunterdon Art Museum, Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, and Somerset Art Association and conducts private lessons out of her studio in Bedminster. She teaches all ages and all levels. Some of her adult classes include oil painting, drawing, color theory, mixed media techniques and, of course, her favorite—animal portraiture. Andrea has had both individual and group shows throughout New Jersey and the tri-state area, along with various juried shows where she has won several awards for animal portraiture. Andrea is a member of the Society of Animal Artists and has exhibited in national juried shows, one of which is the Annual National Juried Exhibition of N.J.E.A.A “Art of the Horse,” and the Catherine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club. Andrea is also represented by “Natures Walk” Wildlife gallery in Bernardsville, N.J
Lisa Grasso-Earl has an MA in Education from Seton Hall, certification from the Art Therapy Mentor Program at New York University, and a BA from the School of Visual Arts. A clinical art therapist, she has worked closely with the children of cancer patients. Her programs for these children have been adopted by hospices nationwide and have been the subject of numerous presentations, along with a publication and an exhibition at the Morris Museum.
An engineer by training, Wendy has had a life-long love of art and crafting. She has been creating Pysanky for over 25 years and loves to share the process with others. Wendy first learned Pysanky from a Ukrainian friend from church. She continued practicing and researching the craft as a means of exploring her Polish heritage.
Rion Hoffmann is an artist and special educator who has been teaching art and providing creative opportunities for children with special needs for the last nine years. She has experimented with a variety of media since she was a child and is always interested in trying a new project or art supply. She was attracted first to exploring light and image through photography and then later through glasswork as a stained glass restoration artist with Adams Morgan Stained Glass and a teaching assistant at the Washington Glass School where she learned to combine image and glass in new ways. A maker at heart, she often finds herself happily surrounded by children covered in ink or paint, faces deep in concentration- expressing their creativity and making art.
Tricia Hurley is an artist and educator. She received a BFA in visual arts from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University, and an MAT in elementary education from The College of New Jersey. In addition to K-8 teaching, she is a commissioned portrait and mural artist for both private and public clients, including Rockingham State Historic Site, Kingston, NJ, where her portrait of George Washington is in the permanent collection.
Born in Coral Gables, FL, Kasey Jueds holds degrees from Harvard, Stanford, and Sarah Lawrence College. Her first collection of poems, Keeper, won the Agnes Lynch Starrett Prize and was published by the University of Pittsburgh Press in 2013. Her work has appeared in journals including The American Poetry Review, Beloit Poetry Journal, Prairie Schooner, Crab Orchard Review, 5AM, Women’s Review of Books, Salamander, and Manhattan Review. She has been awarded residencies at the Vermont Studio Center, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Soapstone, and the Ucross Foundation. She works in educational research and lives in Philadelphia.
Shellie Jacobson received her BFA from Carnegie Mellon University and Ed. D from Rutgers University. She has received several grants from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. Her work has been in numerous exhibitions, nationally as well as internationally, with an exhibition in Seoul, South Korea. Jacobson’s ceramics have been featured in ceramics publications, including Peter Lane’s book Porcelain
, as well as the journals Ceramics Monthly
and Ceramic Art and Perception
Gabrielle Kanter earned her BFA from The University of the Arts and an MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art. She has worked professionally as an artist and art educator for the past 15 years. Prior to moving to Stockton, NJ, in 2004, she lived in the Philadelphia area. During that time, while teaching at area universities, Gabrielle’s artwork was awarded a PA Council on the Arts Fellowship, has been featured in national publications, exhibited extensively in invitational exhibitions at galleries, museums and public facilities both locally and throughout the country.
View Gabrielle’s work at her website.
Born and raised in Massachusetts to Greek-born parents, Vasiliki Katsarou was educated at Harvard College, the University of Paris I-Sorbonne, and Boston University. In 2014, she read her poems at the Dodge Poetry Festival. She has also served as a Geraldine R. Dodge Poet in the Schools in New Jersey. Her first collection, Memento Tsunami, was published in 2011, and one of its poems was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Work has appeared in Agave Magazine, Contemporary American Voices, The Curator, Literary Mama, Noon: Journal of the Short Poem, Poetry Daily, Regime Journal (Australia), here/there poetry (UK), wicked alice, Wild River Review, and a number of anthologies: Rabbit Ears: TV Poems (NYQ Books), Not Somewhere Else But Here: A Contemporary Anthology of Women and Place, and Dark as a Hazel Eye: Coffee & Chocolate Poems, among others. She has also written and directed an award-winning 35mm short film, Fruitlands 1843.
Kulvinder Kaur Dhew was born and raised in England. Since receiving her MA in Painting at The Royal College of Art in London, she has taught at universities in New Zealand, Borneo, and the United States. Kulvinder’s work is included in collections as diverse as Kazuo Ishiguru and MTV Europe. Kaur Dhew has received numerous Residencies including the prestigious Delfina Trust in London, ARCO in Lisbon, and most recently at The Vermont Studio Center. Kulvinder presently maintains a studio in Northern New Jersey. To view more of her work visit, http://kulvinderkaurdhew.blogspot.com
Nan Krochta holds a BA in Fine Arts from Montclair State and a degree from FIT in illustration. She has conducted workshops, classes, and children’s birthday parties at the Museum for many years.
Anne Kullaf holds a B.S. in both Graphic Design and Fine Art from the University of Bridgeport in Connecticut and has studied at the Art Students League of NY. A fulltime artist and instructor, her work has been exhibited at the National Arts Club, and was featured in a 2008/2009 traveling museum exhibit, New Reality: the Frontier of Realism in the 21st Century
. She regularly exhibits in New York City at the Salmagundi Club and at the Michael Ingbar gallery and is currently on the Board of Directors of the Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club.
Catherine Kumar graduated from Loyola University in Maryland with a Bachelor of Arts, fine arts concentration. After graduation she studied at the Corcoran School of Art in Washington, DC and the National Academy School of Fine Arts in New York. In addition to teaching art locally to children of all abilities, she has coordinated art shows and children’s workshops with world-class artists around the country, and has worked internationally promoting and implementing art programs for children and adults with disabilities. She usually paints landscapes with a combined impressionist and abstract expressionist style. She is most inspired by the artists Wolf Kahn, Wayne Thiebaud, Marc Rothko. She lives in the Clinton area with her husband and two young children.
Jessica Lenard received her BFA from the Boston Museum School of Fine Arts. She has exhibited extensively in the US and Europe, including but not limited to De Zaaijer Gallery in Amsterdam, Musee deNapoleon in France, and the Folk Art Museum in Moscow. Her work is part of many public and privately held collections including NYU Hospital Langone Cancer Center, St. Vincent’s Hospital, The Newark Museum, Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University, Zimmerli Art Museum, the Hunterdon Art Museum, Noyes Museum, and that of former Mayor Rudy Guiliani. Jessica was the 2005 Grant recipient for Rutgers Center for Innovative Paper and Printmaking and a featured guest on Philadelphia’s Artbeat, a PBS production. She is currently the artist-in-residence at NYU Cancer Center where she works with outpatients, helping them to create art while they are receiving treatment. Jessica has been an artist her whole life.