Our Faculty

m-faculty

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

ISABELLE GASSER 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.

JUSTIN GERACE (Youth Program, Ceramics) Justin graduated with honors from the New Hampshire Institute of Art in 2008 receiving his Bachelors 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 potters 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.

LESLIE GIULIANI 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.

ROB GOLDMAN holds a BS in Photography from Rochester Institute of Photography and an MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts from Goddard College. Rob Goldman is a photographer, community-engaged artist, educator, author and speaker. His work interweaves aspects of art, education, social awareness and social action to foster personal and professional development while simultaneously building community. Mr.Goldman’s photographs have been celebrated in gallery exhibitions and national magazines including Cosmopolitan, Time, Brides and Mademoiselle, and used by major corporations including Google, Club Med, Microsoft, AT&T, Marriott, Braun and Seagrams, to name a few. He is the founder and director of the Center for Creative Development, a nonprofit organization that is home to several youth empowerment programs including the “I Matter” Project and Just Like Me. He is also the founder of the Stepping Stone Gallery for Contemporary Photography and Art That Matters, an artist community and gallery, both on Long Island. He is the author of Shooting From The Heart: Creating Passion and Purpose in Your Life and Work.

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.

SINE HJORT(Special Interest) Sine grew up in Copenhagen, Denmark and discovered a love of printmaking and etching while attending the Copenhagen Art School and the Royal Danish Academy of Art. Working in her printmaking studio in Croton-on-Hudson, Sine creates large linoleum cuts and etchings. Sine’s art has been featured in exhibits with the Flat Iron Gallery in Peekskill, NY, the Croton Free Library in Croton-on-Hudson, NY, the Urban Folk Art Gallery in Brooklyn, NY and the Arc of Westchester gallery265.

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) 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.

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.

KEN MACKENZIE studied fly tying with Harry Townsend, fishing with Ed Migdalski and baseball with Casey Stengel.

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.

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.

SUE MULLANEY holds a BS from the University of Connecticut in Clothing, Textiles and Design, and an MS from Southern Connecticut State University in Art Education. She has spent 21 years teaching visual arts in both the Cheshire Public Schools, and Benjamin Jepson Magnet School in New Haven. Sue has also taught art in the Excursions in Learning program in Manchester, Adult Education in West Hartford, and at the Russell Library in Middletown. She enjoys working with both children and adults in exploring their creativity. 

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 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 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.

ANNUKKA RITALAHTI 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 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 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, Beading) 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.