Meet our Faculty

Joseph AgabitiJoseph 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. 


Doug BaronDoug 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.
Maureen Chatfield2017 May 6 – 9: Spring Masters Show, Armory, Park Avenue, NY. Rosenberg Group & Co.; February 2017: Palm Beach Art Fair; August 2016:  Juried members show for NAWA (National Association for Women Artists, est. 1889.) Sylvia Wald and Po Kim Gallery, NYC; July 2016:  Exhibited at the South Hampton Art Fair, represented by Rosenberg Gallery, 19 E. 66th Street, NY, NY;  June – September 2016: Rosenberg & Co. Gallery, solo show, Patterns in Time; February 2016: Rosenberg Gallery, Group Show, Still Life Exhibition: Variations on a Theme; February 2016: Cavalier Gallery, Group Show, 57th St. NY, NY;  2016: The International Armory Show of Fine Art & Antiques: Park Avenue at 67th, Rosenberg & Co. Gallery; July 2015: Rosenberg & Co. Gallery, Solo Exhibition, http://www.artnews.com/toc/october-2015; May 2015: Rosenberg & Co. Gallery, Collage Group Show 19E 66th Street, NY, NY; February 2015: Rosenberg & Co Gallery, Group Show, 19E. 66th Street, NY, NY; July – August 2014: Group Exhibition of Museum Staff, Hunterdon Art Museum, 7 Lower Center Street, Clinton NJ
Sarah DeWireSarah 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. 
Amanda & Matthew EspositoAmanda 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)
Andrea GianchigliaAndrea 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.  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
Wendy HallstromAn 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 HurleyTricia 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.
Barbara Kaiser has been drawing and painting for over thirty years. Since earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1988 from Temple University’s Tyler School of Art, where she studied graphic design and illustration, Barbara has enjoyed a successful career in graphic design, illustration and art direction; but watercolor painting has always been a favorite pursuit. Drawing inspiration from architecture, nature, the human figure and sometimes still life, her realistic style and fascination with light, perspective and composition has drawn comparison to both Edward Hopper and Andrew Wyeth. Barbara’s award winning watercolors have been exhibited at The Philip and Muriel Berman Museum of Art, Wallingford Art Center, Middletown Arts Center, Wayne Art Center and various group shows and festivals including the Brandywine Festival of Art and Tinicum Arts Festival. A member of the Hunterdon Watercolor Society, the New Jersey Watercolor Society and the Philadelphia Watercolor Society, Barbara grew up in Bucks County, PA and currently lives and works in Flemington, NJ.

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. She is the author of a full-length poetry collection, Memento Tsunami, and a chapbook, Three Sea Stones. She is also co-editor of two contemporary poetry anthologies: Eating Her Wedding Dress: A Collection of Clothing Poems; and Dark as a Hazel Eye: Coffee & Chocolate Poems. Her poetry have been published widely and internationally, including in NOON: Journal of the Short Poem (Japan), Corbel Stone Press’ Contemporary Poetry Series (U.K.), Regime Journal (Australia), Mediterranean Poetry (Denmark) as well as in OtolithsPoetry DailyTiferet: A Journal of Spiritual Literature, Wild River Review, wicked aliceLiterary MamaLa Vague Journal, and Contemporary American Voices. Her recent writing on film is published on the Lenses and Directed by Women film sites. Her award-winning 35mm short film, Fruitlands 1843, about a Transcendentalist utopian community in Massachusetts, will be re-released in 2020.

Erica LescotaErica Lescota has been an art educator for over a decade, teaching children of all ages. She is well versed in many media from teaching a variety of art classes such as advanced Honors Art IV, Ceramics & Crafts, and general art courses. Erica studied Secondary Education and Fine Art as an undergraduate at Seton Hall University, graduating Cum Laude. She also completed graduate course work on the track of Museum Professions at the same university.
Bill MacholdtBill Macholdt was born and raised in Hunterdon County, NJ.  He holds a Bachelor’s in Environmental Science from East Stroudsburg University in Pennsylvania and a Master’s of Fine Arts from Bennington College in Vermont.  Mr. Macholdt is a fulltime environmental consultant and is also an adjunct professor who has taught introductory and advanced ceramics classes at a number of New Jersey colleges including William Paterson University, Rutgers University Mason Gross School of the Arts, and for over 10 years in the Visual and Performing Arts Department at Raritan Valley Community College in Somerset County, NJ.  He has shown his work in numerous galleries and museums throughout the tri-State area and beyond.  Mr. Macholdt was the recipient of a New Jersey Council on the Arts Artist Fellowship Grant in 2009.

Samantha Matthews is a whimsical New Jersey based artist who has earned her BA in Fine Art from Gordon College. Color and repetition are her main subjects that take form in many mediums including watercolor, pen illustration, acrylic painting, mural making, mixed media sculpture and photography. She has traveled all over the world seeking beauty and it was overseas where she discovered her passion for creative outlets, especially for children. Her passion for creative outlets has most recently taken shape in the form of her mobile art studio, the 1978 VW transporter “Flo.” Flo is the icon of her business, Art Across Borders, which travels to festivals and parties and offers creative projects for kids, teens and adults. VW buses can also often be found in her work because they represent the adventure she has been on since starting her business. For more information about Art Across Borders please visit the website at artacrossborders.com or follow the journey on Instagram and Facebook. 

Bascha MonBascha Mon has received Artist Fellowships from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. She has a Bachelor’s Degree from Skidmore College and has studied at New York University, the Art Students League, the School of Visual Arts, and Pratt Institute. She has exhibited internationally and has work in both private and museum collections. She has extensive teaching experience.
Nancy J. OriNancy J. Ori obtained a BA degree in Fine Arts from Elmira College, Elmira, NY where she became increasingly interested in film and photography.   She received an MS degree in Visual Communications from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY.  Ori, owner of New Jersey Media Center, LLC in Berkeley Heights, New Jersey, is respected internationally as an industrial photographer and video producer for almost 40 years.  She also enjoys teaching photography and painting workshops each year throughout the United States and Europe.  Nancy was affiliated for many years with the Ansel Adams Workshop in California and in New Jersey is currently on the faculty of numerous museums and art centers as well as teaches privately. Ms. Ori’s work has been widely exhibited in museums & galleries throughout the globe.  For more information about Ms. Ori and her work please visit nancyoriphotography.com 
Oscar PetersonOscar Peterson was born in Harlem, New York, raised in Brooklyn, NY, and is currently a resident of Millburn Township, NJ. He has worked as a professional art director and designer/illustrator for various corporations and non-profits, and as a commissioned fine arts painter who specializes in portraiture. An alumnus of Pratt Institute and The Art Students League of NY, Peterson has studied with such leading realist painters as Nelson Shanks, Max Ginsberg, and Costa Vavagiakis. His works, both portrait and non-commissioned, are in corporate and private collections and museums across the country.

He uses traditional methods and techniques while incorporating new ideas and personal observations. His preferred medium is oil, although he frequently uses many mediums. Peterson describes his paintings as “realistic with an impressionistic feel” and his artistic style is inspired by the Impressionists and the Old Masters. His approach echoes a favorite quote from Alberto Giacometti; “The object of art is not to reproduce reality, but to create a reality of the same intensity.”

Jim PruznikJim Pruznick has taught Artistic Expressions for more than twenty years and has also taught numerous other classes at the Hunterdon Art Museum. He established a video production business to make affordable documentaries for artists, children in school, and people with disabilities. These productions are informed by his study of fine arts at Montclair State University, as well as his experiences working with schools and human service organizations for the past twenty-five years. 

Emma Rimi received her BFA from Messiah College with a concentration in three-dimensional studies. She primarily works with clay and has traveled to many places to learn and create including: Rome, Colorado, Montana, and Tennessee. Emma loves clay and how through it, she can translate her thoughts and ideas into a tangible functional form. She is currently teaching a diverse population of people and also sells her own line of ceramics in shops and juried craft shows throughout the year. You can visit her website at heartbeetstudios.com.

ARTIST STATEMENT

My work reflects environments and snippets of real life experiences isolated on a white clay body.The imagery I draw on my pots are small scenes and day dreams of personal growth moments pulled from weird corners of my brain. I love the feelings that manifest out of comfortable situations, uncomfortable environments, and vice-versa. I enjoy taking those encounters out of context, analyzing each circumstance, and illustrating them on my wares. Many of these emotions are rooted in my childhood. My pots express the late bloomer that I, in fact, am and because of this, my pieces can be slightly confessional and cathartic. I am exploring the process of accurately depicting and understanding myself by asking heavy hearted questions through playful imagery and whimsical messages. As I actively recreate these spaces in my mind, I am digesting reality and the paths that life takes me with a strong focus on the parallels, harmonies, and dissonances between my childhood and present day.

Daniel Rosa is a local Puerto Rican artist, residing in Annandale, New Jersey.  His wide range of creative interests produce works in various mediums and styles, from fantasy to comic to advertising to realistic life drawing. Daniel’s work has been featured on album covers, t-shirts, promotional logos and marketing materials, in “The Magic Bullet” (graphic newspaper), in professional business newsletters, religious events, children’s fundraising events, “Naked in New Hope” gallery, and other venues. He regularly attends Open Studio sessions at the HAM and other locations to strengthen the creative spirit and further develop the skill of quickly capturing a visually appealing image.
Linda Schroeder received her degree from the Fashion Institute of Technology. She is an independent artist and teacher. Linda also works commercially as an interior decor consultant and professional muralist.
Judith Shevell, paintingJudy Shevell holds an MS in Botany from Oklahoma State University and has been creating art quilts since the late 1990’s.  She has received awards and has had her quilt, Tahiti, published in 500 Art Quilts: An Inspiring Collection of Contemporary Work (500 Series),   Ray Hemachandra and Karey Bresenhan.  Judy’s philosophy to quilting and art is “there are no wrong decisions, just design opportunities!”

See more of Judy’s work at her website.

Lena ShiffmanLena Shiffman attended Spectrum Institute of Commercial Art in NJ, and later studied at The Parsons School of Design and the Art Students League in New York City. She is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) and member of Rutgers University council on children’s Literature (RUCCL). Her first book was Keeping a Christmas Secret written by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor, which received a Christopher award in 1989. Since then she has created many drawings for Cricket Magazine and illustrated numerous books for Scholastic Inc., including Dancing with Manatees, which has sold more than half a million copies in countries all over the world. For more about Lena, please visit her website.
Patrick Smith feels that art is an essential component to the complete education of the developing mind. Expression is the basis of human intellect and emotion, and through art education the growing individual expands their knowledge through personal observation and experience. Patrick’s true passion for education lies within the arts and the multifaceted ways of learning. In addition to a B.A. degree in Fine Arts & Art Education from Kean University, he possesses a Fine Arts degree from the duCret School of Art in Plainfield, NJ. He has experience working with stained glass, ceramics, drawing, oil and acrylic painting, sculpture and graphic design. He is currently the Art teacher at the Franklin Township School in Quakertown, NJ. Patrick’s teaching approach is grounded in helping the learner ascertain and advance their personal voice. It is based in the developmental level of the learner and is supported by art making experiences that are both engaging and goal oriented. He believes in the use of a formative dialogue that evokes an emotional and expressive reaction. Utilization of materials and the incorporation of appropriate formalistic qualities such as art history, aesthetics, critique and studio techniques complete the spectrum of the learning experience.
Mike Stark is an American artist who received his BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2016 with a focus in print media. He is exploring the long, strange trip known as life through various media. Mike owns and operates Pink Line Press in Kenilworth, NJ and is also the studio manager at Frontline Arts in Branchburg, NJ, handling both studios day to day operations, technical assistance, and contract printing.
Liz TraceyLiz has been an educator for 20 years working with children ages 2 to 14. She currently works at the Clinton Township Middle School where she gets to work on art projects alongside her students. Liz has also enjoyed being the Arts and Crafts coordinator/instructor for the Clinton Township Kinder Rec Summer program for the last 10 years. She loves seeing the children explore new materials and stretch their imaginations.
ann TsubotaAnn Tsubota is the Chairperson of the Department of Visual and Performing Arts at Raritan Valley Community College, NJ. She is an honored and respected teacher, known for her high standards, and has sent many ceramic artists out into the art world.  She received a BA degree in American Studies from Douglass College and an MFA in Ceramics from the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University, where she had the opportunity to study and work with Ka Kwong Hui, an esteemed and innovative ceramic artist. She has taught at Douglass College, Livingston College and Rider University. Professor Tsubota is an active artist and currently exhibits her work at Sara Gallery in New York City and the Coryell Gallery in Lambertville. She also has received a New Jersey Council on the Arts Artist Fellowship. Tsubota is represented by galleries in New York and New Jersey; her work has been shown in numerous exhibitions from the 1970s to the present day. 
Clay Sculpter

Chelsea Valderas received her B.S in art education in alternate settings with a concentration in community settings from Kutztown University of Pennsylvania. Her art education philosophy revolves around providing differentiated instruction that is meaningful, while allowing freedom of exploration and self-discovery for all learners. She enjoys working in a variety of mediums such as ceramics, magazine collage, watercolor painting, ink, and embroidery. She currently works part-time at the YMCA Child Learning Center located in Annandale, New Jersey as a pre-school teacher assistant facilitating with STEM based learning strategies. Additionally, she works part-time as a party facilitator for birthdays and a lead program instructor for a variety of classes/events at the Hunterdon County YMCA located in Flemington, New Jersey.  Learn more about Chelsea at www.valderas.info .