Faculty

Watercolor is one of Rebecca Arnoldi's favorite mediums. She has exhibited her art in galleries and museums in Provincetown, Boston, New York City and Israel. She has over 20 years of experience as an educator. While exploring nature and art, she received an MFA in Painting and a MS in Environmental Education, published Life in the Tides and appeared on National Geographic.

 

 

 

Jessica Beck has a BFA in Painting and a Master’s of Arts in Studio Teaching from Boston University. She is a Boston based painter working in oils, watercolor and a variety of drawing materials. Her work explores the balance between realism and abstraction in nature and deal with concepts of memory and aesthetics. She has exhibited work at the BAC as well as the 808 Gallery and Gallery 5 at Boston University. Jessica teaches art at the BAC, at the Lounge at Faneuil Hall Marketplace and in the Lynn Public Schools.

 

 

 
Lauren Blais
earned her BFA from Massachusetts College of Art and Design with a concentration in small metals. She is a Boston based designer and maker recently named "Best of Boston" by the Improper Bostonian. Her hand-crafted collections inspired by Victorian Era ornamentation include dark, deft and delicate constructions of sterling silver etched with antique wallpaper patterns and accented with the highest quality natural gemstones, raw minerals, fur, exotic leathers and 18kt gold. Lauren's jewelry is predominately crafted using traditional metalsmithing techniques such as lost wax casting, piercing, forming, fabricating and enameling.

 

 

 

 

Anna Cohen has taught in after school enrichment programs, preschools and museums in both Vermont and the Boston Metro area. She enjoys working with natural and recycled materials, with an interest in STEAM and ephemeral art, as well as constructing large-scale structures. Anna encourages all children to appreciate the process as much as the product of their own work and to explore, ask questions and find beauty in the world around them.

 

 

 
Nicole Gsell is a graduate of Rhode Island School of Design with a BFA in Fine Arts Illustration. She received her Master's of Arts in Teaching from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Nicole worked as Creative Director for the independent children’s book company Pinwheel Books in Brookline, MA for three years. Some books she has published include: The Tremendous Pagoda Tree of Martha's Vineyard, published by Lychee Books in 2013 and We Are Twins, The Story of Sam and Ben, published by Pinwheel Books in 2011. Her latest book, Spit and Sticks, a Chimney Full of Swifts, was released September 29, 2015 by Charlesbridge Publishing. 

 

 

Meagan Hepp holds a BFA in Sculpture from the New England School of Art and Design at Suffolk University. She has taught ceramics at various schools and museums on the East Coast. Although Meagan frequently teaches in clay, her work consists mostly of three-dimensional assemblages purposefully made at a scale that invites curiosity. Intimate in experience, they place us in a position of presumed overwhelming dominance while they are in truth, manifestations of our own innate powerlessness.

 

Laura Jaklitsch holds a BFA in Jewelry and Metalsmithing from Massachusetts College of Art and Design. With an appreciation for modern design and a dedication to craftsmanship, Laura fabricates each piece by hand in her Somerville, MA studio. Using her signature inlay technique, Laura experiments with material, color and form to make jewelry that is fresh, contemporary and bold. She lets the process direct the work, while making deliberate color and composition choices. Laura uses recycled metals and repurposed wood wherever possible to maximize sustainability. She is the 2016 recipient of the Society for Contemporary Craft’s LEAP Award.

 

 

 

Peg Kane holds a BFA in Painting from Massachusetts College of Art and Design and a Master's of Arts in Painting from Pius XII Institute in Florence, Italy. She has exhibited her work at various galleries in the Boston area.

 

 

 

Léonie Little-Lex has a BFA in Illustration and a Master's of Arts in Teaching from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. She has exhibited regionally and has been featured in local and independent art publications. Léonie is also the Studio Coordinator for the BAC and was highlighted in the center's Best of Boston ® 2015 Best Kids' Art Classes award for her teaching. Her work can be described as both fine art and illustrative - she works in a variety of media with an emphasis on oil painting and pen and ink drawings. She finds inspiration in exploring her surrounding environment as she seeks to capture both natural beauty and fantastical elements in her pieces.
 

 

 

Karenna Maraj graduated with a BFA in Jewelry and Metalsmithing from Rhode Island School of Design. She creates and sells her own jewelry: “Washers and Sticks.” She opened the gallery Karenna Maraj Jewelry Collection in 2010 in Belmont, MA where she displays her work and that of other local artists.

 

 

 

Julianne Martin is an artist whose work currently consists of paintings, illustrations and paper sculpture. She is interested in celebrating stories and the natural world, and in the creation and experience of surfaces. She believes in the clarity and peaceful offering given by making and sharing art. Julianne loves teaching art as a way to foster discovery and continue tradition. She has an MFA from Massachusetts College of Art and Design at the Fine Arts Work Center.

 

 

 

Nora Miller earned her BFA from the College of the Holy Cross.  From there, she studied the art of jewelry making at Worcester Center of Crafts.  She has worked under jewelers with varying styles and techniques, including Emily Scott of E. Scott Originals.  With a wide range of skills, Nora has found a balance of artistic integrity through fine craftsmanship.

 

 

 

Gulnara Niaz began her career as a model in the fashion industry in Kyrgyzstan as she always had a passion for clothing design. In 1998 she was approached by an event organizer and was invited to show her first collection at a national event on Red Square with an audience of thousands. There, Gulnara was approached by a television producer for Raketa TV to participate in a future TV show about fashion, but instead became a contract negotiator. While working on her BA in Management and Economics, designing her line of clothes and organizing various fashion shows, she opened a modeling and talent agency with two partners. Now, Gulnara lives in Brookline and has been a professional photographer since 2006.

 

 

 

Tom Norton earned a BFA from Rhode Island School of Design. Shortly thereafter, he established Apparel Decor in New York City, making costume jewelry out of machine parts. In the nineties, he invented Walnut Drawing Ink® and the Walnut Drawing Stick, selling those products to over 200 art stores across the country. His work has appeared on the cover of Harpers Bazaar and can be seen in the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Danforth Museum in Framingham, the Addison Gallery of American Art, the Stedeliik Museum in Amsterdam and the Museum of Modern Art, NYC. 

 

 

 

Joshua Query holds a BFA in Ceramics with a minor in Printmaking from the New Hampshire Institute of Art. He is a New Hampshire based ceramic artist using function as an influence but not as rule. Branching from this work, he creates portraits of male facial features in the same style as his functional ware. His use of printmaking elements on clay surfaces, allows him to make intricate collages that don’t appear as just a print on clay. Enthralled by raw textures, imperfect edges and expressive marks, Josh carries his love of surface through his multiple facets of work.

 

 

 

Dani Schechner has over 13 years of experience in educational leadership, working in visual arts, special education and community programming in varied schools, community centers, rehabilitation centers and museums for all ages. In 2013, she was recognized with the Big Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching as a result of her work with students with disabilities. Dani enjoys creating a safe, welcoming culture that futures and activates every learner’s internal volitions, passions and strengths. She is an interdisciplinary artist working in various mediums including, but not limited to, paint, drawing, small metals, movement and poetry. She has published in digital and print media, produced for commissions, collections, special projects and exhibited work in various local and national shows. She earned a Master's in Educational Studies, a BFA in studio arts and a degree in Women’s and Gender Studies with postgraduate training in General and Special Education, Educational Psychology, Childhood Literacy, Instructional Strategies for Students with Autism and Non-Violent and Therapeutic Crisis Intervention.

 

 

 

Zoe Schein is a freelance illustrator, writer and educator hailing from Central Illinois. She earned her MA in Art + Design Education from the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) in 2017, and her BA in Gender, Women's and Sexuality Studies from Grinnell College in 2012. Zoe's artistic work emphasizes visual storytelling and narrative, with particular emphasis on comics, integrated graphic essays, pen-and-ink illustration and printmaking. As a teacher, Zoe has developed and taught courses in drawing, making comics, creative writing and memoir writing, and has assisted in workshops centered on film making and digital storytelling.

 

 

 

 

Allison Shilling received her Masters of Arts in Teaching Art Education from Tufts University after graduating magna cum laude from Mount Holyoke College with a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Environmental Studies, concentrating in Geoscience and minoring in Studio Art.  She is a Boston based artist and educator working primarily in printmaking and exploring the interactions of culture and nature in urban environments. Allison has a background in museum and arts administration and education through her work at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, The Concord Museum, and the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art.  She fosters a welcoming and safe classroom where students are inspired to self-reflect, explore, ask questions, and develop individual voices.

 

 

 

Gabriel Sosa is an artist, linguist and curator based in Boston. Using various media including drawing, video, sound and installation, he interrogates his experiences as a court interpreter and a Cuban-American as he explores language, translation, the fallibility of memory and the synthesis of fact and fiction. He was born and raised in Miami, Florida, where he studied at New World School of the Arts. He also holds a degree in philosophy from Boston University and earned an MFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University in 2016. Recent exhibitions of his work include Boston Young Contemporaries at the Boston University Art Gallery, Incarceration at the Orange County Center for Contemporary Art and The Yud Video Project at the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco. Some of his curatorial projects include Re.Volt.Ing at The Distillery Gallery in South Boston and Drawing Connections at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. He was an artist-in-residence at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History in Santa Cruz, California in 2016. Allison Shilling received her Masters of Arts in Teaching Art Education from Tufts University after graduating magna cum laude from Mount Holyoke College with a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Environmental Studies, concentrating in Geoscience and minoring in Studio Art.  She is a Boston based artist and educator working primarily in printmaking and exploring the interactions of culture and nature in urban environments. Allison has a background in museum and arts administration and education through her work at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, The Concord Museum, and the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art.  She fosters a welcoming and safe classroom where students are inspired to self-reflect, explore, ask questions, and develop individual voices.

 

 

 
George Summers received his BFA from UMass Dartmouth and has been working in batik for over 20 years. His work has been exhibited from Massachusetts to Key West, Florida and is profiled in The Crafters Book of Angels and The Ultimate T-Shirt Book by Deborah Morgenthal. By day, Summers works at the Society of Arts and Crafts as the Retail Manager.

 

 

 
Ashley Vick started Filomena Demarco Jewelry after graduating with a BFA in metals from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. When she began making jewelry, Ashley found her interest was in creating wearable sculpture and that her inspiration was drawn mainly from colors and forms found in nature. As she continues to develop and deepen her technical aptitude and style, utilizing the techniques of electro-forming, lost wax casting and various methods of fabrication, her initial inspiration remains, and she continues to draw from and incorporate elements found in nature in new and exciting ways. Ashley's jewelry has been included for publication in Lark Books', "500 Series", Darling Publications and can be purchased in galleries nationwide.