Meet the faces, people, and community behind the Danforth.

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Jessica Roscio, she/her
Director and Curator, Danforth Art Museum

Jessica joined the Danforth Art Museum in 2011, was appointed Curator in 2015, and Director in 2020. Selected exhibitions include Barbara Swan: Reflected Self, The Memory Palace: Domesticity, Objects, and the Interior, Beautiful Decay, Dressed, Family Circle, and Lois Tarlow: Material Vocabulary. Jessica has held positions at the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, D.C., and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. She has taught courses at Emerson College and Suffolk University, has served as a juror for regional and national exhibitions, and is a regular contributor to Aspect Initiative, an online gallery focusing on contemporary photography in New England. Jessica has an MA in Art History from the University at Buffalo and a Ph.D. in American Studies, with a focus on the History of Photography, from Boston University.

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Rachel Passannante, she/her
Collections Manager, Danforth Art Museum

Rachel joined the Danforth Art Museum in 2019.  Previous to Danforth, Rachel worked at the American Independence Museum in Exeter, New Hampshire as the Collections and Visitor Services Manager where she worked on exhibit development, management of collections and archives, and preservation of their two historic buildings.  She has a Masters in Material Culture Studies from the University of Sheffield in England and a B.A. in Archaeology with minors in Museum Studies and Geology from SUNY Potsdam in upstate New York.

Barry Burlingham, he/him
Development Officer, Danforth Art Museum

Barry has spent a career in development, working with non-profit organizations throughout the country, but primarily in the Boston area.  Following graduate school, he spent two years with Ketchum, Inc., a company specializing in in-residence capital campaign direction serving various clients that included hospitals, YMCAs, and even a city mission.  Returning to Boston, he became Director of Development and Section Head for the Museum of Science, launching their $20,000,000 expansion campaign for the new wing and Mugar Omni Theater.

More recently, Burlingham spent over a decade raising funds for Derby Academy in Hingham, Learning Prep, a special needs school in Newton, and two social service organizations in Boston, FriendshipWorks and EMPath.  Barry received his A.B. degree in English Literature from the University of Lancaster in the UK and a masters in Administration, Planning and Social Policy from Harvard.

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Laura Gayton, she/her
Membership Coordinator, Danforth Art Museum

Laura joined the Museum’s staff in 2019. She has worked in marketing and advertising and has been a freelance graphic designer and illustrator for 15 years. She is also a professional skating instructor and a former U.S. National Junior Ice Dance Champion. She has a B.S. in Marketing from Babson College, an AAS in Fashion Design from the Fashion Institute of Technology and Polimoda Firenze, and studies graphic design at Massachusetts College of Art and Design.

Jessica joined the Danforth Art Museum in 2011, was appointed Curator in 2015, and Director in 2020. Selected exhibitions include Barbara Swan: Reflected Self, The Memory Palace: Domesticity, Objects, and the Interior, Beautiful Decay, Dressed, Family Circle, and Lois Tarlow: Material Vocabulary. Jessica has held positions at the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, D.C., and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. She has taught courses at Emerson College and Suffolk University, has served as a juror for regional and national exhibitions, and is a regular contributor to Aspect Initiative, an online gallery focusing on contemporary photography in New England. Jessica has an MA in Art History from the University at Buffalo and a Ph.D. in American Studies, with a focus on the History of Photography, from Boston University.

Rachel joined the Danforth Art Museum in 2019.  Previous to Danforth, Rachel worked at the American Independence Museum in Exeter, New Hampshire as the Collections and Visitor Services Manager where she worked on exhibit development, management of collections and archives, and preservation of their two historic buildings.  She has a Masters in Material Culture Studies from the University of Sheffield in England and a B.A. in Archaeology with minors in Museum Studies and Geology from SUNY Potsdam in upstate New York.

Barry has spent a career in development, working with non-profit organizations throughout the country, but primarily in the Boston area.  Following graduate school, he spent two years with Ketchum, Inc., a company specializing in in-residence capital campaign direction serving various clients that included hospitals, YMCAs, and even a city mission.  Returning to Boston, he became Director of Development and Section Head for the Museum of Science, launching their $20,000,000 expansion campaign for the new wing and Mugar Omni Theater.

More recently, Burlingham spent over a decade raising funds for Derby Academy in Hingham, Learning Prep, a special needs school in Newton, and two social service organizations in Boston, FriendshipWorks and EMPath.  Barry received his A.B. degree in English Literature from the University of Lancaster in the UK and a masters in Administration, Planning and Social Policy from Harvard.

Laura joined the Museum’s staff in 2019. She has worked in marketing and advertising and has been a freelance graphic designer and illustrator for 15 years. She is also a professional skating instructor and a former U.S. National Junior Ice Dance Champion. She has a B.S. in Marketing from Babson College, an AAS in Fashion Design from the Fashion Institute of Technology and Polimoda Firenze, and studies graphic design at Massachusetts College of Art and Design.

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Mary Erickson, she/her
Visitor Services Coordinator, Danforth Art Museum

Mary joined the Museum’s staff in 2019. She has long been involved with the arts as a watercolor artist, art director, art teacher, and as a graphic designer serving nonprofit organizations. She has a B.S. in Visual Arts from College of the Holy Cross.

Mary joined the Museum’s staff in 2019. She has long been involved with the arts as a watercolor artist, art director, art teacher, and as a graphic designer serving nonprofit organizations. She has a B.S. in Visual Arts from College of the Holy Cross.

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Noelle Fournier, she/her
Director, Danforth Art School

Noelle received a B.A. in Fine Arts from St. Lawrence University and a M.Ed. from Lesley University. In addition to Danforth, she has been on the faculty at the De Cordova Sculpture Park and Museum, the Fitchburg Art Museum, and the Umbrella Community Arts Center in Concord. She was selected as Artist-in-Residence for a yearlong study of sculpture, and has also designed and presented a series of professional development seminars on sculpture and art education. Since 2016, Noelle has overseen the relocation of the school, as well as the integration of Danforth with Framingham State University. Noelle enjoys creating art, but her primary vocation is in providing exceptional art classes for all ages.

 

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Chandra Taylor, she/her
Manager, Danforth Art School

Chandra received a B.A. in Studio Art from Wheaton College in Norton, MA. She joined the Danforth Art School in 2017, and has supported the programming and operations of the school as well as its’ integration with Framingham State University. Chandra is an artist herself and works mainly on oil painting portraits. Working at the school has allowed her to observe creative expression and growth of the students as well as support arts education for children, teens and adults.

 

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Sayana Medina-Carrasco, she/her
Senior Office Assistant

Sayana is a senior at Framingham State University majoring in Art Therapy. She has worked at the Danforth since her freshman year and supports programming year-round.

Sofia Wilson, she/her
Office Assistant

Sofia is a freshman at Framingham State University majoring in Political Science and minoring in Spanish.

Noelle received a B.A. in Fine Arts from St. Lawrence University and a M.Ed. from Lesley University. In addition to Danforth, she has been on the faculty at the De Cordova Sculpture Park and Museum, the Fitchburg Art Museum, and the Umbrella Community Arts Center in Concord. She was selected as Artist-in-Residence for a yearlong study of sculpture, and has also designed and presented a series of professional development seminars on sculpture and art education. Since 2016, Noelle has overseen the relocation of the school, as well as the integration of Danforth with Framingham State University. Noelle enjoys creating art, but her primary vocation is in providing exceptional art classes for all ages.

 

Chandra received a B.A. in Studio Art from Wheaton College in Norton, MA. She joined the Danforth Art School in 2017, and has supported the programming and operations of the school as well as its’ integration with Framingham State University. Chandra is an artist herself and works mainly on oil painting portraits. Working at the school has allowed her to observe creative expression and growth of the students as well as support arts education for children, teens and adults.

 

 

Sayana is a senior at Framingham State University majoring in Art Therapy. She has worked at the Danforth since her freshman year and supports programming year-round.

 

Sofia is a freshman at Framingham State University majoring in Political Science and minoring in Spanish.

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Angela Ackerman

Angela Ackerman received a B.F.A. in Illustration from the Rhode Island School of Design and an M.Ed. in Art from Framingham State University. She worked as a product designer at Hallmark Cards in Kansas City, Missouri where she designed cards, gift wrap, books, and related products. Later, she started her own successful design firm which included clients such as The Washington Post, Psychology Today, Avon, The Family Therapy Networker and Random House. Angela’s images have appeared on numerous products, including calendars, mugs, ornaments, sweaters, gift bags, tea pots, music boxes, home decor, baby bedding, stamps, photo albums, fabric, and social expression products. In addition to her Danforth classes, Angela currently teaches Design at the McAuliffe Regional Charter Public School in Framingham, MA.

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Lee Ball

Lee is an oil painter born in Raleigh, North Carolina in 1970. She studied Architecture at North Carolina State University School of Design and received a Bachelor of Environmental Design in Architecture. She also earned a BFA from Meredith College in Raleigh, NC, concentrating in Painting and Sculpture, followed by a teaching certificate. She taught secondary Visual Art for twelve years, ten of which were at Athens Drive High School. Lee’s work has been juried into regional and national shows including the North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh Fine Art Society, Visual Art Exchange, and Cambridge Art Association. Much of her work is inspired by her interest in theatre, museums, and travel. She now lives in Franklin, Massachusetts, but returns to Johnston County often.

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Susan Bauer

Susan Bauer received her B.S. in Art Education from SUNY College at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY and her M.F.A. in Painting from University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, North Dartmouth, MA. In addition, she studied drawing and painting at Rhode Island School of Design Continuing Education, Providence, RI. Susan has taught at University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, Danforth Art Museum \ School and the Attleboro Arts Museum. Susan’s drawings and paintings have been exhibited throughout New England, including Soprafina Gallery, Boston, MA, Galetea Gallery, Boston, MA, Crapo Gallery, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, New Bedford, MA and the Attleboro Arts Museum, Attleboro, MA.

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Angela Ackerman received a B.F.A. in Illustration from the Rhode Island School of Design and an M.Ed. in Art from Framingham State University. She worked as a product designer at Hallmark Cards in Kansas City, Missouri where she designed cards, gift wrap, books, and related products. Later, she started her own successful design firm which included clients such as The Washington Post, Psychology Today, Avon, The Family Therapy Networker and Random House. Angela’s images have appeared on numerous products, including calendars, mugs, ornaments, sweaters, gift bags, tea pots, music boxes, home decor, baby bedding, stamps, photo albums, fabric, and social expression products. In addition to her Danforth classes, Angela currently teaches Design at the McAuliffe Regional Charter Public School in Framingham, MA.

Lee is an oil painter born in Raleigh, North Carolina in 1970. She studied Architecture at North Carolina State University School of Design and received a Bachelor of Environmental Design in Architecture. She also earned a BFA from Meredith College in Raleigh, NC, concentrating in Painting and Sculpture, followed by a teaching certificate. She taught secondary Visual Art for twelve years, ten of which were at Athens Drive High School. Lee’s work has been juried into regional and national shows including the North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh Fine Art Society, Visual Art Exchange, and Cambridge Art Association. Much of her work is inspired by her interest in theatre, museums, and travel. She now lives in Franklin, Massachusetts, but returns to Johnston County often.

Susan Bauer received her B.S. in Art Education from SUNY College at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY and her M.F.A. in Painting from University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, North Dartmouth, MA. In addition, she studied drawing and painting at Rhode Island School of Design Continuing Education, Providence, RI. Susan has taught at University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, Danforth Art Museum \ School and the Attleboro Arts Museum. Susan’s drawings and paintings have been exhibited throughout New England, including Soprafina Gallery, Boston, MA, Galetea Gallery, Boston, MA, Crapo Gallery, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, New Bedford, MA and the Attleboro Arts Museum, Attleboro, MA.

 
Wilber Blair

In sharing his varied experiences and passions for the visual arts, Wilber hopes to both encourage and challenge each student on their very individual journeys. After earning a B.F.A. in painting at Boston University in 1974, he continued his studies, earning an M.F.A. in painting from the University of Michigan in 1978. Working in NYC at the Museum of Modern Art retail stores, freelance commercial work, and a career in art and antique restoration are a few of Wilber’s experiences over the years. Painting and teaching are certainly his most rewarding work, though. He has taught at Montserrat College of Art since 2003 and Danforth Art since 2006.

Catherine Byrne

After receiving a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting from Boston University Catherine worked in the fashion industry in NYC for Calvin Klein Inc, Isaac Mizrahi, then Polo Ralph Lauren for over a decade. Within that time Catherine worked in Production and Product Development fulfilling a multitude of roles. She then earned an A.A.S. in Fashion Design from Parson’s School of Design where she learned all of the skills that she would use when designing, pattern-making, constructing, producing and marketing her own clothing lines. During that time she worked for a Tony Award- winning costume designer and in the design dept for Calvin Klein Collection. Catherine designed and sold her own line of custom clothing and later, inspired by her own children she went on to design and sell a line of creature-inspired children’s-wear. Her teaching goal is to make the process of designing and making accessible to young people, giving them the skills they need to better express their unique points of view through the fascinating cultural language of fashion. Catherine currently teaches both fashion design as well as art classes at the school.

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Helen Marie Choiniere

Helen Marie Choiniere has over twenty years experience teaching students of all ages and abilities. A native of Miami Florida, Helen Marie received her Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts from Florida International University and then moved to the midwest where she completed her Master’s degree in Fine Arts. Upon graduation, she was employed at Northeastern University where she taught as a Professor of Art and Art History for nine years. During this time, Helen Marie became the mother of four wonderful sons, and fell in love with them and with elementary/early childhood education. She began working with students with special needs in the public schools and then started her own arts-based early childhood center in Framingham, which she directed for nine years. Helen Marie is very grateful for the opportunity of collaborating with the Danforth Museum School in creating a dynamic and enriching arts program! Helen Marie also enjoys playing the guitar, singing, swimming and spending time with her amazing husband and sons.

Sonja Czekalski

Sonja Czekalski is a contemporary interdisciplinary artist. Her current work focuses on  fiber arts, hand-papermaking, and the fourth wave of American feminism.

She is currently enrolled at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston, Massachusetts where she is an MFA candidate for Interdisciplinary Studies. She received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Art Education with a concentration in painting from Rhode Island College in 2017. Sonja has taught art to all ages from Kindergarten to Post- Secondary.

Sonja has been included in various group shows and exhibitions including a “Best in Show” at the Pawtucket Arts Collaborative. She is an artist member and gallery director at the historical Hera Gallery in Wakefield, Rhode Island, and a contributor to Witches Magazine.

In sharing his varied experiences and passions for the visual arts, Wilber hopes to both encourage and challenge each student on their very individual journeys. After earning a B.F.A. in painting at Boston University in 1974, he continued his studies, earning an M.F.A. in painting from the University of Michigan in 1978. Working in NYC at the Museum of Modern Art retail stores, freelance commercial work, and a career in art and antique restoration are a few of Wilber’s experiences over the years. Painting and teaching are certainly his most rewarding work, though. He has taught at Montserrat College of Art since 2003 and Danforth Art since 2006.

 

After receiving a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting from Boston University Catherine worked in the fashion industry in NYC for Calvin Klein Inc, Isaac Mizrahi, then Polo Ralph Lauren for over a decade. Within that time Catherine worked in Production and Product Development fulfilling a multitude of roles. She then earned an A.A.S. in Fashion Design from Parson’s School of Design where she learned all of the skills that she would use when designing, pattern-making, constructing, producing and marketing her own clothing lines. During that time she worked for a Tony Award- winning costume designer and in the design dept for Calvin Klein Collection. Catherine designed and sold her own line of custom clothing and later, inspired by her own children she went on to design and sell a line of creature-inspired children’s-wear. Her teaching goal is to make the process of designing and making accessible to young people, giving them the skills they need to better express their unique points of view through the fascinating cultural language of fashion. Catherine currently teaches both fashion design as well as art classes at the school.

 

Helen Marie Choiniere has over twenty years experience teaching students of all ages and abilities. A native of Miami Florida, Helen Marie received her Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts from Florida International University and then moved to the midwest where she completed her Master’s degree in Fine Arts. Upon graduation, she was employed at Northeastern University where she taught as a Professor of Art and Art History for nine years. During this time, Helen Marie became the mother of four wonderful sons, and fell in love with them and with elementary/early childhood education. She began working with students with special needs in the public schools and then started her own arts-based early childhood center in Framingham, which she directed for nine years. Helen Marie is very grateful for the opportunity of collaborating with the Danforth Museum School in creating a dynamic and enriching arts program! Helen Marie also enjoys playing the guitar, singing, swimming and spending time with her amazing husband and sons.

 

Sonja Czekalski is a contemporary interdisciplinary artist. Her current work focuses on  fiber arts, hand-papermaking, and the fourth wave of American feminism.

She is currently enrolled at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston, Massachusetts where she is an MFA candidate for Interdisciplinary Studies. She received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Art Education with a concentration in painting from Rhode Island College in 2017. Sonja has taught art to all ages from Kindergarten to Post- Secondary.

Sonja has been included in various group shows and exhibitions including a “Best in Show” at the Pawtucket Arts Collaborative. She is an artist member and gallery director at the historical Hera Gallery in Wakefield, Rhode Island, and a contributor to Witches Magazine.

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Rebecca Davidson

Rebecca Davidson is a prolific fine artist from Boston, Massachusetts. Her portfolio includes extensive work in painting, printmaking and drawing as well as installation art and short films. In addition to being a practitioner she is also a teacher. Her educational work includes special projects for the Boston Public Art Commission, Canton Audubon Visual Art Museum, and the I.C.A. Boston. She has been a lecturer at The University of Massachusetts and Mt. Ida College, and has worked in primary school education for the city of Lynn, and for libraries and community centers throughout Boston. Her education includes a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelors of Fine Arts from Massachusetts College of Art and Design. She has been the recipient of many awards including the prestigious Charles Adams Memorial Prize.

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Paula DeSimone

Paula DeSimone, artist, author, and educator is a graduate of Massachusetts College of Art in Boston. Ms. DeSimone has over 30 years of experience in arts education and has taught at such prestigious institutions as RISD – Continuing Education, the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, the Fuller Craft Museum, the Attleboro Arts Museum, the DeCordova Museum and now at the Danforth. She is a current member of the Cambridge Art Association as well as the Monotype Guild of New England. Ms. DeSimone has authored numerous instructional texts available worldwide. Her work is held in distinguished hospital and corporate collections, including Children’s Hospital – Boston, Newton Wellesley Hospital and U-Mass Memorial, as well as private collections internationally. She is represented by L”Attitude Gallery, Newbury St., Boston, MA. pauladesimonefineart.com.

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Leigh Faramarzpour

Leigh holds an M.F.A. from Massachusetts College of Art and an M.A. from Framingham State College. She has worked as a professional artist, fine artist and teacher for over 35 years. Her professional experience includes work in the commercial art field, directorships, and public and private commissions from portraits to wall murals. Her art work has been exhibited at Danforth Art, DeCordova Museum, Concord Art Association, Jam Gallery on Newbury Street, The Boston Arts Festival, and in numerous exhibitions in Jamaica Plain, Brookline and MetroWest over the past 20 years. She has taught privately, at the Art Institute of Boston, and in the public schools of the MetroWest area in both art and special needs. The creation of original art curriculum and its importance to special needs populations have been of great importance to Leigh over her teaching career.

Rebecca Davidson is a prolific fine artist from Boston, Massachusetts. Her portfolio includes extensive work in painting, printmaking and drawing as well as installation art and short films. In addition to being a practitioner she is also a teacher. Her educational work includes special projects for the Boston Public Art Commission, Canton Audubon Visual Art Museum, and the I.C.A. Boston. She has been a lecturer at The University of Massachusetts and Mt. Ida College, and has worked in primary school education for the city of Lynn, and for libraries and community centers throughout Boston. Her education includes a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelors of Fine Arts from Massachusetts College of Art and Design. She has been the recipient of many awards including the prestigious Charles Adams Memorial Prize.

Paula DeSimone, artist, author, and educator is a graduate of Massachusetts College of Art in Boston. Ms. DeSimone has over 30 years of experience in arts education and has taught at such prestigious institutions as RISD – Continuing Education, the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, the Fuller Craft Museum, the Attleboro Arts Museum, the DeCordova Museum and now at the Danforth. She is a current member of the Cambridge Art Association as well as the Monotype Guild of New England. Ms. DeSimone has authored numerous instructional texts available worldwide. Her work is held in distinguished hospital and corporate collections, including Children’s Hospital – Boston, Newton Wellesley Hospital and U-Mass Memorial, as well as private collections internationally. She is represented by L”Attitude Gallery, Newbury St., Boston, MA. pauladesimonefineart.com.

 

Leigh holds an M.F.A. from Massachusetts College of Art and an M.A. from Framingham State College. She has worked as a professional artist, fine artist and teacher for over 35 years. Her professional experience includes work in the commercial art field, directorships, and public and private commissions from portraits to wall murals. Her art work has been exhibited at Danforth Art, DeCordova Museum, Concord Art Association, Jam Gallery on Newbury Street, The Boston Arts Festival, and in numerous exhibitions in Jamaica Plain, Brookline and MetroWest over the past 20 years. She has taught privately, at the Art Institute of Boston, and in the public schools of the MetroWest area in both art and special needs. The creation of original art curriculum and its importance to special needs populations have been of great importance to Leigh over her teaching career.

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Nan Hass Feldman

Nan received her B.F.A. from SUNY at Buffalo and completed an M.A. in painting at Goddard College and an M.F.A. at Vermont College. She has taught at a variety of art institutions including the Worcester Art Museum, the DeCordova Museum, and Danforth Art (which she helped found) as well as Framingham State College. Since 1999 Nan has also taught painting in France, Italy, Greece, Mexico, and has run the Artist Loft on the Oceania Cruise Line. All these trips have become a source of inspiration for her landscapes paintings as well as her love of painting interior spaces too. Nan works in a wide range of mediums such as painting, mixed-media, and encaustics. Over the past forty years she has had over 40 solo exhibitions and has been included in group shows and received numerous awards on the national, state, and local levels. Nan’s work is represented in numerous corporate and private collections throughout the United States, England, Mexico, Japan, and France. www.nanhassfeldman.com.

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Erica Frisk

Erica Frisk is an artist and educator who is a graduate of Massachusetts College of Art and Design with a Dual Degree in Art History and Photography. She also holds a Master of Arts in Teaching for Art Education from Tufts University. She has taught art classes to children in a variety of institutions including the Museum of Fine Arts, The Maud Morgan Arts Center and Sociedad Latina. She currently teaches Visual Arts at Andover High School in Andover, MA.

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Leslie Graff

Leslie Graff holds Bachelors and Master’s degrees from Brigham Young University. She spends her time working in acrylics and mixed media. Her work has been exhibited in group and solo shows across the country in various museums, universities, and galleries and is held in many personal collections. Her work has been featured in books, magazines, and blogs including a profile on Forbes. Leslie has taught creative arts in California, Utah, Massachusetts, and Virginia and lectures frequently. She is active in humanitarian work and is passionate about building opportunity for others.

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Katie Lee Haley

Katie Lee Haley is an artist and educator in Boston, MA. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from The School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University, a Master of Fine Arts at the University of Connecticut and a Master of Fine Arts at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University. Mansfield is a recipient of a Montague Travel grant supporting her project American Archetypal Cowboy Culture in Japan, and research grant for her project Considering Queerness within Rural Recreation: The International Gay Rodeo and recently curated Strength in Number, a four woman show at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. She has exhibited work both nationally and internationally. Mansfield teaches at The School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University and Danforth Art School at Framingham State University.

Nan received her B.F.A. from SUNY at Buffalo and completed an M.A. in painting at Goddard College and an M.F.A. at Vermont College. She has taught at a variety of art institutions including the Worcester Art Museum, the DeCordova Museum, and Danforth Art (which she helped found) as well as Framingham State College. Since 1999 Nan has also taught painting in France, Italy, Greece, Mexico, and has run the Artist Loft on the Oceania Cruise Line. All these trips have become a source of inspiration for her landscapes paintings as well as her love of painting interior spaces too. Nan works in a wide range of mediums such as painting, mixed-media, and encaustics. Over the past forty years she has had over 40 solo exhibitions and has been included in group shows and received numerous awards on the national, state, and local levels. Nan’s work is represented in numerous corporate and private collections throughout the United States, England, Mexico, Japan, and France. www.nanhassfeldman.com.

Erica Frisk is an artist and educator who is a graduate of Massachusetts College of Art and Design with a Dual Degree in Art History and Photography. She also holds a Master of Arts in Teaching for Art Education from Tufts University. She has taught art classes to children in a variety of institutions including the Museum of Fine Arts, The Maud Morgan Arts Center and Sociedad Latina. She currently teaches Visual Arts at Andover High School in Andover, MA.

Leslie Graff holds Bachelors and Master’s degrees from Brigham Young University. She spends her time working in acrylics and mixed media. Her work has been exhibited in group and solo shows across the country in various museums, universities, and galleries and is held in many personal collections. Her work has been featured in books, magazines, and blogs including a profile on Forbes. Leslie has taught creative arts in California, Utah, Massachusetts, and Virginia and lectures frequently. She is active in humanitarian work and is passionate about building opportunity for others.

 

Katie Lee Haley is an artist and educator in Boston, MA. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from The School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University, a Master of Fine Arts at the University of Connecticut and a Master of Fine Arts at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University. Mansfield is a recipient of a Montague Travel grant supporting her project American Archetypal Cowboy Culture in Japan, and research grant for her project Considering Queerness within Rural Recreation: The International Gay Rodeo and recently curated Strength in Number, a four woman show at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. She has exhibited work both nationally and internationally. Mansfield teaches at The School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University and Danforth Art School at Framingham State University.

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Paul Hackett

Paul Allen Hackett is an artist-teacher living in Massachusetts. He was born in Charlottesville, VA, and raised in Portland, ME. Paul holds a BFA in Glass and MAT in Art Education from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. He has taught drawing, painting, ceramics, glassblowing, and mixed media at a variety of institutions in the Boston and San Diego areas including the Boston Arts Academy, Losina Art Center, USES Children’s Art Centre, and the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Paul previously served as the Summer Arts Coordinator for Danforth Art and currently teaches with the Winchester Public.

Mary Morazzi Henderson

Mary is a ceramic sculpture artist and studio potter. While attending Lesley College, Cambridge, MA (B.S. Elementary Ed/Special Ed) she took pottery lessons and attended related workshops. She later continued her ceramic studies with Makoto Yabe at the deCordova Museum School in Lincoln, MA , an association that was to last for 20 years. During that time, Mary joined the faculty as a ceramics instructor teaching classes for children and adults until the closing of the school. For a number of years, she also taught ceramic classes at Silk & Clay Studio.  Currently, she dedicates her time in making sculptures and pots intended for everyday use.

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Meaghan Kacavich

Meaghan Kacavich grew up in Natick, MA and graduated from UMass Dartmouth with a Master’s degree in Art Education. She currently works as a Pre-K teacher, which she finds very rewarding. When she is not playing and learning with children, Meaghan enjoys watching movies, going on mini adventures, and playing hockey. She has a great appreciation for art and culture, and hopes to inspire others to develop the same appreciation through creative and engaging art experiences.

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Ron Krouk

Ron holds an M.F.A. in Printmaking and Painting from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts/Tufts University and a B.A. from Brandeis University where he studied printmaking with Michael Mazur. He has taught at Mass Art and the Museum School and has twice in his life left and then returned to studio art. His prints are mostly still lives and interior spaces and his paintings often include interiors and buildingscapes. As a teacher he is especially interested in art and visual perception and in helping people use what they already know to explore what inspires them at the same time as they learn the basics.

 

Paul Allen Hackett is an artist-teacher living in Massachusetts. He was born in Charlottesville, VA, and raised in Portland, ME. Paul holds a BFA in Glass and MAT in Art Education from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. He has taught drawing, painting, ceramics, glassblowing, and mixed media at a variety of institutions in the Boston and San Diego areas including the Boston Arts Academy, Losina Art Center, USES Children’s Art Centre, and the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Paul previously served as the Summer Arts Coordinator for Danforth Art and currently teaches with the Winchester Public.

 

Mary is a ceramic sculpture artist and studio potter. While attending Lesley College, Cambridge, MA (B.S. Elementary Ed/Special Ed) she took pottery lessons and attended related workshops. She later continued her ceramic studies with Makoto Yabe at the deCordova Museum School in Lincoln, MA , an association that was to last for 20 years. During that time, Mary joined the faculty as a ceramics instructor teaching classes for children and adults until the closing of the school. For a number of years, she also taught ceramic classes at Silk & Clay Studio.  Currently, she dedicates her time in making sculptures and pots intended for everyday use.

 

Meaghan Kacavich grew up in Natick, MA and graduated from UMass Dartmouth with a Master’s degree in Art Education. She currently works as a Pre-K teacher, which she finds very rewarding. When she is not playing and learning with children, Meaghan enjoys watching movies, going on mini adventures, and playing hockey. She has a great appreciation for art and culture, and hopes to inspire others to develop the same appreciation through creative and engaging art experiences.

Ron holds an M.F.A. in Printmaking and Painting from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts/Tufts University and a B.A. from Brandeis University where he studied printmaking with Michael Mazur. He has taught at Mass Art and the Museum School and has twice in his life left and then returned to studio art. His prints are mostly still lives and interior spaces and his paintings often include interiors and buildingscapes. As a teacher he is especially interested in art and visual perception and in helping people use what they already know to explore what inspires them at the same time as they learn the basics.

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Tricia Lochiatto

Tricia Lochiatto received a Bachelor’s degree in Art Education from Johnson State College, in Johnson VT and a Master’s degree in Special Education from Framingham State University. Tricia has worked in art museum schools and ceramic studios in Stowe, Vermont in the past and currently teaches art part time to students with disabilities within her current position as a high school special education teacher. Tricia specializes in working with mixed mediums and specifically loves working with printmaking, ceramics, and 3D art. In her spare time Tricia paints, creates 3D works, and refurbishes furniture.

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Karen Lucy

Karen Lucy is an artist and teacher, who has shared her love of art with preschoolers, early-elementary students, elementary students, and students with special needs through her teaching roles in public schools in Hopkinton, Natick, and other local communities.  Graduating from Gordon College with degrees in Early Childhood Education and Special Education and a concentration in Art, she furthered her studies by receiving her M.Ed. degree in Curriculum Design & Creative Arts from Lesley University.  Karen is an accomplished mixed-media artist, having shown her work at several juried shows.  Her current creative focus is on weaving and fiber arts and the integration of fiber arts with other media. 

Karen views teaching as a performing art and she enjoys creating a fun environment using humor to help students feel comfortable taking risks as they further develop their artistic skills and talents. She hopes to help her students find confidence and joy in creating.

Donna Melanson

Donna Melanson received her B.A. in Art and Psychology from Regis College, with a certification in Art Therapy from Lesley University.  Believing that the process of making art is as important as the result, she teaches new skills, encourages creative ideas and helps students bring their innate artist out. The joy of creating results in beautiful artwork.

Donna taught art for 15 years at deCordova Museum and has continued for the last 12 years at her own studio in Maynard.  In addition to teaching at Silk & Clay Studio (which she shares with a dear friend/potter), she creates scarves, purses and fine art quilts from hand painted silk. 6 Bridges Gallery, Maynard and deCordova/Store, Lincoln carry her work.

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Conor Nolan

Conor Nolan is an illustrator based out of Brooklyn, NY. From editorial illustrations for Vice Magazine, comic covers for Dark Horse Comics and Boom! Studio, and promotional material for MTV he has covered a varied range of clients and projects. Nolan’s work can be seen on posters, apparel, comics, magazines, newspapers, beer labels, and record covers. In addition to freelance work, Conor teaches drawing classes to children and adults.

 

Tricia Lochiatto received a Bachelor’s degree in Art Education from Johnson State College, in Johnson VT and a Master’s degree in Special Education from Framingham State University. Tricia has worked in art museum schools and ceramic studios in Stowe, Vermont in the past and currently teaches art part time to students with disabilities within her current position as a high school special education teacher. Tricia specializes in working with mixed mediums and specifically loves working with printmaking, ceramics, and 3D art. In her spare time Tricia paints, creates 3D works, and refurbishes furniture.

 

Karen Lucy is an artist and teacher, who has shared her love of art with preschoolers, early-elementary students, elementary students, and students with special needs through her teaching roles in public schools in Hopkinton, Natick, and other local communities.  Graduating from Gordon College with degrees in Early Childhood Education and Special Education and a concentration in Art, she furthered her studies by receiving her M.Ed. degree in Curriculum Design & Creative Arts from Lesley University.  Karen is an accomplished mixed-media artist, having shown her work at several juried shows.  Her current creative focus is on weaving and fiber arts and the integration of fiber arts with other media. 

Karen views teaching as a performing art and she enjoys creating a fun environment using humor to help students feel comfortable taking risks as they further develop their artistic skills and talents. She hopes to help her students find confidence and joy in creating.

Donna Melanson received her B.A. in Art and Psychology from Regis College, with a certification in Art Therapy from Lesley University.  Believing that the process of making art is as important as the result, she teaches new skills, encourages creative ideas and helps students bring their innate artist out. The joy of creating results in beautiful artwork.

Donna taught art for 15 years at deCordova Museum and has continued for the last 12 years at her own studio in Maynard.  In addition to teaching at Silk & Clay Studio (which she shares with a dear friend/potter), she creates scarves, purses and fine art quilts from hand painted silk. 6 Bridges Gallery, Maynard and deCordova/Store, Lincoln carry her work.

Conor Nolan is an illustrator based out of Brooklyn, NY. From editorial illustrations for Vice Magazine, comic covers for Dark Horse Comics and Boom! Studio, and promotional material for MTV he has covered a varied range of clients and projects. Nolan’s work can be seen on posters, apparel, comics, magazines, newspapers, beer labels, and record covers. In addition to freelance work, Conor teaches drawing classes to children and adults.

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Linda Pierce

Linda holds a B.F.A in Illustration from the Rhode Island School of Design where she studied under Chris Van Allsburg (“Polar Express “), and David MaCaulay (“How Things Work”). She has been a professional Illustrator for 30+ years, working for nearly every major publisher in the US and abroad. Also a portrait painter for over 35 years, she is particularly drawn to the architecture of the human head and features of the face, and the excitement of trying to capture a person ‘ s essence. She has studied portraiture with Daniel E. Greene, one of the country ‘ s foremost portrait artists. Linda also teaches art in her home studio ” Rock Hill Farm Studio “. To view samples of her work, please visit www.rockhillfarmstudio.com. To view Illustration samples please visit www.lspiercepictures.com. or www.coroflot.com/lindapierce.

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Jill Pottle

Jill M. Pottle is an artist from Worcester County and she exhibits her paintings and pastels locally and nationally. In 1977 she graduated from Syracuse University with her B.F.A. and in 1989 she graduated with her M.F.A. from the Museum School in Boston. Jill won two grants from the Somerville Artists lottery and has published in the Artist’s Magazine. Her works have been included in shows at the Fowler Art Gallery, Provincetown Artists’ Association, the East End Gallery in Provincetown, and she has had a one woman show of still life paintings at the Attleboro Art Museum. Her work can also be seen at the Powers Gallery in Acton, L’attitude Gallery, Boston and at the Walside at Fruitlands Museum, where she was artist in residence through November 2011. Jill taught for many years at the DeCordova Museum, and has also taught at RISD and at Mass College of Art and Design. Collections include: Hebrew Rehabilitation Center for the Aged in Roslindale, MA, Sterling Drug Inc., and Fidelity in Boston. You can view more of her work on her web site, www.pottleart.com and on her blog, jillpottle.blogspot.com.

Anna Ryan

https://www.annaryanexpressivearts.com/about

Anna is a mixed-media artist and an art educator, certified in Social Emotional Arts. She began down this path after receiving her Masters in Art Education at Tufts University and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts. She has since been inspired by children and families all across the country: from a therapeutic high school in Massachusetts, where she created art curricula to connect her students to community and a deeper sense of personal strength; to the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, where she designed and taught museum-based workshops. After becoming a mother, Anna taught parent-toddler and preschool art classes in Northern California where she fell in love with art-making all over again. Her young students’ fearless creativity rekindled her dedication to creative expression, motivating Anna to complete a Certificate Program in Social Emotional Arts through UCLArts & Healing department.

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Ruth Scotch

Ruth Scotch received her M.F.A. and B.F.A. at Boston University in painting, and a B.A. in Art History at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. After painting full time for many years, Ruth recently earned her teaching license at Framingham State University. Ruth has taught at Boston University, Kendall Center for the Arts, Montserrat College of Art, and currently serves on the faculty at Danforth Art as well as Framingham State University. Ruth has exhibited her paintings throughout New England, and the current focus of her artwork is figures in interiors.

Linda holds a B.F.A in Illustration from the Rhode Island School of Design where she studied under Chris Van Allsburg (“Polar Express “), and David MaCaulay (“How Things Work”). She has been a professional Illustrator for 30+ years, working for nearly every major publisher in the US and abroad. Also a portrait painter for over 35 years, she is particularly drawn to the architecture of the human head and features of the face, and the excitement of trying to capture a person ‘ s essence. She has studied portraiture with Daniel E. Greene, one of the country ‘ s foremost portrait artists. Linda also teaches art in her home studio ” Rock Hill Farm Studio “. To view samples of her work, please visit www.rockhillfarmstudio.com. To view Illustration samples please visit www.lspiercepictures.com. or www.coroflot.com/lindapierce.

Jill M. Pottle is an artist from Worcester County and she exhibits her paintings and pastels locally and nationally. In 1977 she graduated from Syracuse University with her B.F.A. and in 1989 she graduated with her M.F.A. from the Museum School in Boston. Jill won two grants from the Somerville Artists lottery and has published in the Artist’s Magazine. Her works have been included in shows at the Fowler Art Gallery, Provincetown Artists’ Association, the East End Gallery in Provincetown, and she has had a one woman show of still life paintings at the Attleboro Art Museum. Her work can also be seen at the Powers Gallery in Acton, L’attitude Gallery, Boston and at the Walside at Fruitlands Museum, where she was artist in residence through November 2011. Jill taught for many years at the DeCordova Museum, and has also taught at RISD and at Mass College of Art and Design. Collections include: Hebrew Rehabilitation Center for the Aged in Roslindale, MA, Sterling Drug Inc., and Fidelity in Boston. You can view more of her work on her web site, www.pottleart.com and on her blog, jillpottle.blogspot.com.

https://www.annaryanexpressivearts.com/about

Anna is a mixed-media artist and an art educator, certified in Social Emotional Arts. She began down this path after receiving her Masters in Art Education at Tufts University and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts. She has since been inspired by children and families all across the country: from a therapeutic high school in Massachusetts, where she created art curricula to connect her students to community and a deeper sense of personal strength; to the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, where she designed and taught museum-based workshops. After becoming a mother, Anna taught parent-toddler and preschool art classes in Northern California where she fell in love with art-making all over again. Her young students’ fearless creativity rekindled her dedication to creative expression, motivating Anna to complete a Certificate Program in Social Emotional Arts through UCLArts & Healing department.

Ruth Scotch received her M.F.A. and B.F.A. at Boston University in painting, and a B.A. in Art History at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. After painting full time for many years, Ruth recently earned her teaching license at Framingham State University. Ruth has taught at Boston University, Kendall Center for the Arts, Montserrat College of Art, and currently serves on the faculty at Danforth Art as well as Framingham State University. Ruth has exhibited her paintings throughout New England, and the current focus of her artwork is figures in interiors.

Natalia Slattery

Find Natalia’s work on Instagram @adas_estate or online at nataliaslattery.com.

Natalia Slattery is an artist and maker who focuses on highlighting small moments of intimacy through printmaking and collage. After studying sculpture at Temple University, Natalia jumped into creating Ada’s Estate, a small business which she uses as a platform for sharing new work. Natalia also works in design and marketing, and has a passion for photoshopping her friends into film stills.

Lisa Townley

Lisa holds a Masters of Fine Arts from Boston University and a Bachelors of Science from the University of Vermont, both in Art Education. She has been teaching in the private sector for over 15 years and will be starting to teach two dimensional studies at Boston University Academy this fall. As an artist, Lisa works in both two and three dimensional mediums including drawing, painting, and ceramics. Lisa prefers to work two dimensionally when exploring everyday life and ceramics when her focus is expressive. In her teaching, Lisa has focused on creating a diverse curriculum that is inclusive of contemporary artists. Her passions in art and teaching stem from exploration and free thinking.

Find Natalia’s work on Instagram @adas_estate or online at nataliaslattery.com.

Natalia Slattery is an artist and maker who focuses on highlighting small moments of intimacy through printmaking and collage. After studying sculpture at Temple University, Natalia jumped into creating Ada’s Estate, a small business which she uses as a platform for sharing new work. Natalia also works in design and marketing, and has a passion for photoshopping her friends into film stills.

 

Lisa holds a Masters of Fine Arts from Boston University and a Bachelors of Science from the University of Vermont, both in Art Education. She has been teaching in the private sector for over 15 years and will be starting to teach two dimensional studies at Boston University Academy this fall. As an artist, Lisa works in both two and three dimensional mediums including drawing, painting, and ceramics. Lisa prefers to work two dimensionally when exploring everyday life and ceramics when her focus is expressive. In her teaching, Lisa has focused on creating a diverse curriculum that is inclusive of contemporary artists. Her passions in art and teaching stem from exploration and free thinking.