Our Faculty

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NOW TEACHING AT GUILFORD ART CENTER

McCRADY AXON (Painting and Drawing) holds an MFA from the City University of New York Hunter College, a BFA from Syracuse University School of Art, and studied at Sir John Cass School of Art, London. She is a painter, and recipient of grants from Connecticut Commission on the Arts, New York University-National Endowment for the Arts, and Smith College. She has participated as a performance artist in Whitney Museum of American Art Biennial 2012 as part of a residency with Michael Clark Co, UK. Her current and past exhibitions include universities, museums and galleries. She owns a collection of Shirret geometric art carpets.

LANETTE BARBER (Metalsmithing and Jewelry, Fiber) holds a BFA in Metals from the State University of New York, and a BS in Accounting from Quinnipiac University. She has studied with such artists as Bob Ebendorf, Fred Woell and Jamie Bennett. Her teaching experience includes Brookfield Craft Center, Wesleyan Potters, Creative Arts workshop, and the State of Connecticut Visiting Artist Program. She is the recipient of several awards through the Society of Connecticut Crafts in metals and mixed media. She is the former president of the Society for Connecticut Crafts. Her work has been featured in many gallery shows including NYC SOFA show 6-04 and CHICAGO SOFA 11-04.

TORI BURNHAM Holds a B.F.A. from Hartford Art School, University of Hartford, CT. Tori is currently the resident potter at the Guilford Art Center 2017-18. Her work has been included in numerous exhibits throughout CT.

DIANE CADRAIN has been sewing all her life. She learned hand embroidery, handloom weaving and spool knitting from her grandmother and machine sewing from her mother. She learned knitting as a law student at Georgetown University Law Center and later, taught herself the art of quilting. Her fiber art work now includes hand-painted fabric, quilting, thread painting, felting, knitted embellishments, hand embroidery, and beading. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally and hangs in private collections throughout the country. It has also appeared in publications including Dare to Dance), Herstory , and Sacred Threads 2013, 2015, and 2017. Ms. Cadrain is a member of Studio Art Quilt Associates, the Connecticut Women Artists, and Women Against the Grain.

ELIZABETH CHICHESTER (Youth Program) is the owner of Woodside Pottery in Clinton. She teaches special programs in the Clinton School system and exhibits in the northeast.

ALICE CHITTENDEN (Ceramics, Youth Program) holds a BFA from the University of Hartford and an MALS from Wesleyan University. A potter, she has studied at the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, The Penland School of Crafts and Alfred University. She maintains her own studio and for the past five years has participated in the Shoreline Arts Trail. Her work is in the collection of the Jingdezhen Ceramic Institute, Jingdezhen, China and private collections in the UK, Australia and the US. She exhibits throughout Connecticut.

ANDREW DAVIS is a graduate of Brown University and has studied with master craftsman, Giovanni Bedini in Carrara, Italy. He was a student at the Rutland Carving Studio in Vermont.He teaches at Brookfield Craft Center and Snow Farm. Andy has received numerous commissions for his work including those from Sarah Lawrence College and The National Fish & Wildlife Foundation. His work is in a collection of the Hillel Jewish Student Center at the University of Cincinnati Drawings by the artist have been displayed in galleries in the United States and abroad, including solo exhibitions and shows in Kentucky, Ohio, Connecticut and Italy. The Artists sculpture, (Mountain, River, Sea) is on permanent display in the Museo dei Bozzetti in Pietrasanta, Italy.

ELLEN DURKAN Adjunct professor at Delaware College of Art & Design and owner of blacksmith business: Iron Maiden Forge. Ellen creates forged fashion which combines the blacksmithing and fashion world.

LINDA EDWARDS (Metalsmithing and Jewelry, Weaving) holds an MFA and BFA in metals, and a BS from Kansas State University). She has also taught at Wesleyan Potters, Creative Arts Workshop, Albertus Magnus, Southern Connecticut State University, and Kansas State University. She exhibits her work nationally.

DAVID FERREIRA (Painting and Drawing) holds a BFA from Montserrat College of Art. He has pursued a career in freelance illustration, teaching and fine art. He has had work published by The New Hampshire Telegraph, Sam Adams Brewing Co., EMCParadigm Publishing and Olivia Kent. He recently received a first place New Hampshire Press Association award for his “Catch a Wish” illustration. David believes it is an artist’s nature and duty to challenge themselves, as well as others, on how they perceive their work.

DAVID FRANK (Ceramics) holds a BA from Goddard College and studied at Wesleyan University. He teaches at Creative Arts Workshop and Wesleyan Potters as well as in outreach programs in the Guilford and Madison school systems. He exhibits his work nationally.

JUSTIN GERACE (Youth Program, Ceramics) Justin graduated with honors from the New Hampshire Institute of Art in 2008 receiving his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in ceramics; Justin also received his k-12 art education teaching certificate in 2010, as well as his MFA from Bowling Green State University in 2017. Justin maintains an education license in the state of NH and CT. Justin has been making ceramics for 15 years; he works predominantly with the potter’s wheel making large scale vessels, inspired by classical forms, graffiti, and hip hop, while also exploring numerous decorating techniques and firing processes. Justin co-found Behind the Wheel Pottery LLC in 2008. Justin managed Wesleyan Potters in 2008 and 2009. He continues to instruct at Wesleyan Potters and at Guilford Art Center and has exhibited, conducted lectures, demonstrations, and workshops nationwide.

BONNIE HAN holds BS and MS degrees in Art Education from Southern Connecticut State University. She teaches at The Art Cellar and Madison Country Day School. She is a demonstrator the Peabody Museum’s Native American Day.

SOPHY JOHNSTON Sophy holds a BFA in Art Education from Concordia University, Montreal, Canada. She has exhibited her work in Montreal and Connecticut and has taught art and French to all ages, from preschoolers to retired adults, for eight years. Sophy is currently exploring art making with metal and works at the Guilford Art Center as the afternoon Visitor Service staff person.

NANCY KARPEL (Metalsmithing and Jewelry) holds a BS from Albertus Magnus University and Certification from the PMC Guild. She has been a professional jewelry artist for 32 years. Karpel has exhibited widely, published and has taught classes and workshops at CAW, Guilford Art Center, Hopkins, SCSU and Albertus Magnus at her studio, N. Karpel Studio, LLC, where she also produces a line of contemporary jewelry.

MARCY LA BELLA (Beading, Youth Program) Marcy LaBella studied art at SCSU and works in the mediums of mixed media painting, clay and metals. Her work in all three mediums has been included in regional and nationally juried shows. She is a key member of the Wesleyan Potters in Middletown, CT and a member of The Connecticut Women Artists. She is on faculty at the New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain, CT, Wesleyan Potters, Middletown, CT and at the Guilford Art Center in Guilford, CT She is represented by the Wesleyan Potters Gallery Shop and the Shop at Guilford Art Center.

KRISTIN LIGUORI holds a Master’s in Art Education from Southern Connecticut State University and a BA from Easter Connecticut State University. Kristin is a middle school art teacher at the Walsh Intermediate School in Branford, CT.

JENNIFER LITTLETON Is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art and teaches for several colleges in Maryland. Jennifer has exhibited her watercolor paintings nationally and has received awards and honors for her artwork. She teaches watercolor workshops throughout the United States.

CHRISTA LORUSSO holds a B.A. in Fine Arts specializing in Stained Glass from Franklin Pierce University. Her work has been featured in galleries and shops across New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and Connecticut. She has taught local glass workshops at The Clay Date and The Glass Source Stained Glass Studios. Christa currently practices in her solar powered barn art studio located in North Haven, and can also be found working at the Guilford Art Center as the morning Visitor Service position.

DEBORAH STAUB LUFT (Ceramics) is a long-time teacher and studio potter specializing in wheel-thrown domestic pottery. She holds an M.S. in Reading /Language Arts from Central Connecticut State University, an M.Ed. from Goucher College, and an A.B. from Bryn Mawr College. She also teaches at Wesleyan Potters and Gateway Community College. She has exhibited her work in the American Craft Council shows in Newport and Baltimore, Guilford Art Center’s Craft Expo, Wesleyan Potters Holiday Shows, the Philadelphia Craft Show, the New Britain Museum of Art Craft Show, and participated in a show at The Field Gallery on Martha’s Vineyard. Her dinnerware has been sold through Lord and Taylor and Henri Bendel. She also teaches developmental reading and writing.

STEPHANIE MADDALENA (Glass) holds a BA from St Thomas Aquinas College. She has conducted workshops at Brookfield Craft Center, Silvermine School of Art and Urban Glass in Brooklyn, NY. She has been published in La Vie Claire magazine and sells her work at the Park Avenue Armory in NY and through her website.

DODIE MARCHESE BFA from Pratt Institute. She studied at the Brooklyn Museum School and the Institute de San Miguel de Allende in Mexico. Work in collections of Slater Museum, Yale Nursing School and privately owned in USA and Germany. Arts facilitator for Hospice and SARAH, Inc.

CLAUDIA MATHISON (Fiber, Youth Program) holds a BS from Kutztown University in Art Education. She conducts workshops on Early American and Multicultural arts and crafts with Young Audiences of CT and with the Southern Connecticut Library Council traveling to schools, museums and libraries throughout CT. She teaches outreach programs at the Wadsworth Atheneum. She sews one-of-a-kind quilts using vintage fabric and embellishments.

MATT PARKINSON (Blacksmithing) is a self-taught blacksmith and sword maker. He graduated from the manufacturing technologies program at Vinal R.V.T.S. where he learned forming, machining, fabricating metal, heat treating and metallurgy. His studio, Falling Hammer Productions, produces custom knives and swords, high-end railings, furniture, and hardware.

JUDY PASCALE Her teaching experiences include the XRX Stitches Conventions held throughout the country. She has also taught at The National Needle Art Association (TNNA), Vogue Knitting and The Knitting Guild of America as well as numerous workshops at an array of different yarn shops and guilds all over the country.

SCOTT PATERSON Scott Paterson has more than 40 years of experience as a painter, has shown extensively in Connecticut and California, and has work in many private collections. He has taught art in a variety of venues and has a wide range of knowledge about painting styles and technique.

AMY PETERS (Youth Program) studied art history at Bryn Mawr College. She is an author and illustrator who lives in Madison. She teaches at GAC and the Eli Whitney Museum.

CONNIE PFEIFFER Holds an MFA from the Rochester Institute of Technology and a BA from Connecticut State University. Has taught at Creative Arts Workshop, Wesleyan Potters, Rochester Magnet School of the Arts and Rochester Institute of Technology. Founding member of the City Gallery, a contemporary gallery in New Haven. She is a metals sculptor and installation artist. Maintains a studio and artist space in Chester, CT. Exhibits widely.

CLAUDIA SCHIAVONE (Ceramics) holds a BA in Ceramics from Southern Connecticut State University. She has taught courses in Adult Education, Branford After School Program and at GAC. Claudia has been a long-time studio assistant at GAC and has exhibited in both Oregon and Connecticut.

SHARON SCHMIEDEL holds a BFA in painting from the Maryland Institute College of Art. She works in watercolor, acrylics, and mixed media. These works are energetic and expressive; it is the opposite direction from the many years she spent working in technical illustration, medical illustration, and graphic design. Now she is spending much of her time painting, exhibiting her artwork, and teaching.

RENEE SOARES holds a BA from Brown University in English and Theatre Arts. She is a visual artist who works with polymer clay, glass beads, textiles, and mixed media to create unique, one of a kind, beaded clay masks. Her work has been exhibited at fine art galleries throughout New England and can be found in many public venues and private collections. She has taught creative workshops for the City of Hartford’s Department of Cultural Affairs, the Wadsworth Atheneum, the CT Historical Society, the New Britain Museum of American Art, Milford Public Schools and is presently a visiting teaching artist at Oddfellows Theater in Middletown.

CHRISTY STODDARD Christy Stoddard holds a Master’s degree in Special Education from the University of Saint Joseph and is certified as an Occupational Therapy Assistant. She enjoys painting and drawing in her spare time as well as creating various crafts with her own children. She is looking forward to combining her love of art with her passion for working with students with special needs.

MARSHA TRATTNER holds an M.F.A. in Sculpture from the Rhode Island School of Design. She teaches sculpture and metal working at the School of Visual Arts in NYC. She also runs NYC’s only blacksmithing classes through her studio, She-Weld. Marsha and her work have been featured in the New York Times, Real Simple, New York Daily News, Provincetown Arts, and on NY1, among others. Recent commissions include a banister for Designer Cynthia Rowley, litter baskets for the New York City Department of Sanitation, the bread display for Amy’s Bread, and the world’s first solar-powered chandelier, at Habana Outpost in Fort Greene, Brooklyn.

CHERYL TUTTLE (Youth Program, Metals) holds an M.S. in Education from St. Joseph University and a B.S. in Applied Art from Charter Oak State College. Cheryl is a certified art education teacher for preK-12 and is a full time high school art teacher. In addition to teaching, Cheryl makes jewelry, pottery and paints.

MACE VITALE (Blacksmithing) is a Bladesmith/Blacksmith as well as a coppersmith. Mace has a background in architectural pre-cast concrete. He is a Journeyman smith with the American Bladesmith Society.

JONATHAN WEEKES Jonathan Weekes is a photographer, silkscreen printer and graphic
designer. Following strong interests in both computers and photography Jonathan attended Syracuse University in New York and studied Photojournalism and Photo Illustration at the Newhouse. Jonathan holds a BFA in Art Photography and Graphic Design from Colorado State University. He is an instructional designer, art director and production director of large K-12 educational projects for both print and interactive.

LISA WOLKOW (Ceramics) holds an MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art and a BFA from Alfred University. She has taught at RISD, Hartford Art School, Hunter College, Connecticut College, University of New Haven and Albertus Magnus College. A recipient of the Connecticut Artist Fellowship recipient in 2002, Wolkow exhibits nationally.