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 Acting 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.

KAREN BARTONE (Drawing) holds an MFA from Western Connecticut State University and a BFA from the Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts. She teaches studio art courses at Eastern Connecticut State University and numerous schools throughout CT. She is the recipient of many grants and fellowship awards. Her work is exhibited nationally. Most recently, Bartone received a Professional Development Award from the American Association of University Professors to paint in Paris, France.

SEAN CASLEY (Digital Sculpting) holds a BS from Worcester Polytechnic Institute where he majored in Engineering. His experience in Digital Sculpting was gained during his time there from art classes associated with the Institute’s Interactive Media and Game Development degree.

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.

LUCIENNE COIFMAN (Weaving) holds a BS from the University of Geneva, Switzerland. She also teaches at CAW and Wesleyan Potters. Coifman has been published in Handwoven, Shuttle, Spindle and Dyepot. Coifman exhibits nationally.

JACLYN DAVIDSON (Blacksmithing) holds a BA and MFA from Kent State University. Spent time in Israel creating a line of silver rings for Batsheva De Rothchild’s export company. Returning to the States, she established her own studio in Pittsburgh, PA, and later in Middlebury, VT. Has taught at Kent State University and Middlebury College. Jaclyn’s work is represented in the Smithsonian and the Museum of Art and Design (MAD). It received “best of show” in venues along the east coast, including the Philadelphia Craft Show in 2005. She received the Verdura prize in 2007 and is represented by Charon Kranson at SOFA.

ANDREW DAVIS (Sculpture) 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.

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.

LIZ ALPERT FAY (Fiber) Holds a BA. Studied at both The Program in Artisanry at Boston University and the Philadelphia College of Art. She now uses her years of teaching children as inspiration for approaching her dynamic and vibrant artwork. Her work can be found in many collections including the White House and the Museum of Arts and Design. Liz’s work has been featured in Fiberarts Design Book 7, The Art Quilt, American Craft Magazine, magazine, the Surface Design Journal, the New York Times and on the Home and Garden Channel (HGTV), Country Living as well as many other publications.

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.

CRISPINA FFRENCH (Fiber) Crispina has been creatively recycling wool sweaters since 1987 and is a published author of The Sweater Chopshop by Storey Publishing. She ran a wholesale manufacturing company for 21 years, CRiSPiNA Designs, Inc., supplying 350 accounts with blankets, rugs, and clothing all made from recycled clothing. Crispina has strong teaching skills, is inspiring, encouraging and welcoming. Her unmatched style imparts a sense of enthusiasm and confidence.

SHANNON GALE (Photography) Shannon Gale holds a BA in Communications and Psychology from UConn. Since 2003 she has worked as GCTV’s Operations Manager, providing instructional and technical support to producers of all ages and skill levels. Additionally, Shannon owns Visual Clarity, a private media production company serving clients in a variety of fields including the arts, medicine, government and non-profit. Combine, Shannon has experience producing and teaching audio & video production, graphic & web design, photography and social media management.

VIOLA GALETTA (Beading), a native of Budapest Hungary, teaches jewelry making and beading. She is a textile designer by trade, custom designer of sportswear and neckwear; freelance artist; sells unique jewelry.

ISABELLE GASSER (Fiber) Isabelle Gasser-Arpie was born and raised in France. She studied fashion, costumes, art and cinema, in France and Italy. In Paris, for many years, she designed and sewed costumes for operas, ballets, theater, movies and commercials. She has worked in New York with top designers, such as Marc Jacobs, Calvin Klein, Saint Laurent, Ralph Lauren, Lacoste, Gucci, Givenchy, and Balmain.

LINDSAY GILBERTO has a Bachelor’s Degree in Studio Art and a Master’s Degree in Childhood Education from Hunter College, where she has worked as a teaching assistant in the Art Department, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Development and Family Relations from the University of Connecticut. She is a certified teacher in New York State in Childhood Education Grades 1-6 and Art Education Grades K-12. She has been teaching art to children since 1998. Together with Ian Savage, she created and developed the Media Lab program at the Children’s Museum of the Arts in Soho, where she taught art and animation for 6 years. In 2004 she created Penciltopia, an animation program that teaches stop-motion filmmaking to children throughout the NYC and Philadelphia area. The Tribeca Film Festival has featured her students’ films, and the Bridge Film Festival selected Lindsay as a guest artist.

LESLIE GIULIANI (Special Interest) Holds a BFA from the University of Delaware. Her work is in the collection of the State of Connecticut and has been exhibited internationally. She was awarded a 2008 Artist Fellowship Grant from the CT Commission on Culture and Tourism.

JASMINE GONZALEZ (Youth Program) Jasmine Gonzalez newly holds a BFA from the University of Hartford, both in Ceramics and Sculpture as well as a minor in art history. She currently serves the Guilford Art Center as Resident Potter.

ANITA GRIFFITH (Ceramics) holds a BFA from Tulane University. She also studied at the New York College of Ceramics, Alfred, and has professional training in industrial design, mold making and slip casting at a pottery studio in, Kyoto, Japan. She is a full time potter and Principal of “It’s Only Mud,” a commercial pottery of her original ceramic objects. Her work has been commissioned and exhibited widely throughout the USA. She teaches at Southern Connecticut State University and Creative Arts Workshop, and has taught at Wesleyan Potters, Brookfield Craft Center, and through the Visiting Artists’ program of the Connecticut Commission on the Arts. She taught travel workshops on Native American pottery processes in the American Southwest, and Spanish tile-making in Seville. She has also served as juror for local and national arts organizations.

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.
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MARCY LA BELLA (Beading, Youth Program) is an artist who works in the mediums of sculptural ceramics and metal smithing. She is a youth art instructor for the Middletown School System S.W.A.G. program, the Middlesex County YMCA and is a faculty youth instructor at Wesleyan Potters where she is also a key member in ceramics and metalsmithing. She studied art at Southern Connecticut State University.

LORI LAPIN (Ceramics) holds an MFA Ohio University, BA Connecticut College. Potter and co-owner of Signs & Designs. Taught ceramics at Wesleyan University, University of Hartford and Albertus Magnus College. Has conducted workshops at Brookfield Craft Center and Lexington Arts & Craft Society. Currently a teacher and key member at Wesleyan Potters and a member of Connecticut Women Artists.

DOLPH LE MOULT (Painting) received his early art training at The University of Cincinnati, and the Cincinnati Academy of Fine Arts, The School of Visual Arts and the Art Student’s league in New York. An illustrator for more than 25 years, Dolph has been commissioned by major editorial and advertising clients throughout the United States and abroad, including AT&T, Anheuser Busch, MasterCard International, and McDonald’s. He has developed a reputation as a decorative illustrator, cartoonist, and caricaturist.

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.

CONSTANCE MANNA (Youth Program) holds a BFA from the School of Visual Arts, NYC. Constance has interned at the New Museum, NYC, and the Hal Bromm Gallery, NYC. She has taught art to grades K-12 in Stratford, CT as well as the Woodhouse Academy in Milford, CT. Connie is a member of the Westport Art Center and the Artists Collective. Her work was exhibited in the “Pop Up” show at the Westport Art Center.

DODIE MARCHESE (Painting, Drawing, Youth Program) 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 Athenaeum. She sews one-of-a-kind quilts using vintage fabric and embellishments.

LAWRENCE MORELLI (Drawing) Holds a B.A. from Michigan State University. Larry is an adjunct professor at Norwalk Community College. His work has been included in many group exhibitions throughout the state of CT. and has had solo exhibitions at the DaSilva Gallery and Norwalk Community College.

LEONARD MOSKOWITZ (Painting) holds a B.F.A from the Philadelphia College of Art and M.F.A. from Cranbrook Academy of Art. He has taught classes and workshops in Connecticut, Block Island, and Nantucket. Presently he teaches at Quinnipiac University. He has been awarded several artist residencies, such as the Anderson Center in Michigan, the NISDA Foundation on Nantucket, MA, and Weir Farm in Wilton, CT. He has participated in group and solo shows at numerous galleries throughout the U.S. He makes yearly painting trips to Maine, as well as frequent sojourns to the surrounding Connecticut woods to paint the landscape.

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.

ROBERT PARROTT (Ceramics) holds a BA from the University of New Hampshire. He has been a full time potter since 1971, working in domestic stoneware and numerous forms of architectural ceramics, and noted for expertise in wheel-thrown functional pottery and innovative ceramic sculptural vessels. He has served as Assistant Director at the Haystack-Hinckley School of Crafts, and has taught at Creative Arts Workshop (where he also served as director of the pottery department), Wesleyan Potters, Brookfield Craft Center, Horizons, Yale, the New Haven Historical Society, and Pratt Institute in NYC. He has served as a juror for numerous national awards and exhibitions and exhibits and sells his work internationally.

JUDY PASCALE (Fiber) 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 (Painting) Scott Paterson has more than 40 years’ 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.

STASIA PENKOFFLIDBECK (Homeschoolers) holds a MS from the University of New Hampshire and a BS from the University of Rhode Island. She also attended the Rhode Island School of Design and received a Certificate of Scientific and Technical Illustration. She has studied pottery for 20 years at Wesleyan Potters and the Guilford Art Center.

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 (Metalsmithing & Jewelry) 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.

FABIO PIZZOL (Glass) Fabio Pizzol has more than 25 years’ experience in architectural art glass design, execution, installations, commitment to high quality, attention to detail and technique innovation. He is an experienced instructor of varied art glass courses and European apprenticeship programs.

ANNUKKA RITALAHTI (Glass) Annukka Ritalahti moved to Granby, CT from Tampere, Finland, and has worked with art glass in various forms since 1980. Her largest public works are in Finland, and her art has found its way to private homes all over the world. She creatively combines different techniques into her work resulting in a unique and distinctive style. She also works with recycled glass, producing fun jewelry. During the past five years she has focused on flame working, especially Venetian style mouth-blown hollow soft glass beads.

STEPHEN RODRIGUEZ (Ceramics) studied ceramics at Alfred University under Val Cushing, Robert Turner and Wayne Higby. He has taught at Wesleyan Potters and the 92nd Street Y. He is a founding member of Gallery 12, a cooperative crafts gallery in Guilford. He is the Head of the Pottery Department at CAW and exhibits widely. His work in stoneware and porcelain is inspired by and reflects classic forms in the history of ceramics.

JULIA ROGOFF (Painting) holds a BA from Princeton University and a certificate in Painting and Drawing from the New York Studio School. She has taught at Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY, and art classes privately. She has had numerous recent solo exhibitions in CT and Hawaii. For many years, she was the head draftsman at the San Francisco Opera, and later worked as an interior designer in New York. She also had an earlier professional training in ballet at George Balanchine’s School of American Ballet.

NICK ROSSI (Blacksmithing) Nick began his metalworking career in 1998 when he began working for a high end cutlery store. He met local craftspeople that were very generous with their knowledge and inspired him to begin hammering hot metal. He enjoys making high performance, artistic cutlery, forged jewelry, historical reproductions and metal sculpture. Nick is the full time Resident Bladesmith and Instructor at the New England School of Metalwork in Auburn, Maine and has a studio on Portland, Maine.

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.

CHRISTY STODDARD (Youth Program) 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.

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 (Photography) 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.