Faculty Bios (a to z)
Constantine Andreadis is a New York State licensed Creative Arts Therapist, he is also a state certified teacher of fine arts/photography and has been teaching at a high school level and at numerous colleges throughout the Westchester area since the 1980’s. He has taught psychology, photography, art therapy, studio art, and computer assisted digital and traditional graphics. His formal credentials include a B.F.A. Degree, M.A., M.S., a post graduate Certificate in Marriage and Family Counseling, and a doctorate in Child and Youth studies.
Constantine has published his photographs in numerous periodicals and exhibited his mixed-media art pieces in galleries, colleges, and online. Dr. Andreadis has worked in group homes, domestic violence shelters, day treatment programs, nursing homes, and at summer camps and arts programs for emotionally challenged children and young adults. He integrates these experiences and a Buddhist ideology into his writing and personal work.
Margery Freeman Appelbaum: B.A., Fine Arts, High Honors, University of Maryland, College Park, 1975, M.F.A., High Honors, Printmaking, University of Maryland, College Park, 1978. Phi Kappa Phi, 1975. Eight solo/dual exhibitions from 1985 to present. Numerous international, national and regional exhibitions including: Musee catonal des Beaux-Arts, Lausanne Switzerland, “12th International Biennial of Fiber,” 1985; Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, Wilmington, “Paperworks,” 1991; and Rockville Art Place, “Regional Excellence,” 1996. Work held in private and public collections including: Health Technology Assoc., Gannett Corp., Hyatt Regency, IBM Corp., Trammel Crow and The Washington Post.
Wesley Bernard: B.S. in Anthropology, M.F.A in Photography. A northern Arizona native, Bernard embraces the process of the documentary story, offering the viewer a visual narrative of cultures and their stories. A select list of his clientele include: America West Magazine; Range Magazine; American Cowboy; Lockwood Publications; Fly Fisherman; W.L. Gore; Martha Stewart; U.S. Park Service and the Arizona Republic. He currently resides in New York. See his work at www.wesleybernardphoto.com.
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David Butler: B.F.A., Georgia State University, M.F.A., University of Washington. As a sculptor and jeweler, he has been working for many years in the jewelry industry as a designer/goldsmith. His work has been extensively exhibited and is included in public and private collections, including Michael C. Carlos Museum at Emory University, and MCA Records. See his work at www.davidbutlerco.com.
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Alan Calpe: B.A. from University of Florida, M.F.A. from the University of California, San Diego. Works primarily in video and performance. His work has been included in screenings/exhibitions at The Getty Museum (LA), Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, LAXART (LA), Harvestworks (NY), Brooklyn Academy of Music, and Anthology Film Archives (NY). He has participated in residencies at Skowhegan, Atlantic Center for the Arts and St. Ann’s Warehouse. He splits his time between Brooklyn, NY and Gainesville, FL. See his work at www.alancalpe.com.
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Daniel Carriero: B.F.A. in Graphic Design, State University of New York at Purchase. Senior Art Director for a New York City design firm. Taught for six years at the Connecticut Institute of Art, Greenwich, CT. Partial client list includes: Merrill Lynch, Schwab Capital Markets and CBS Radio. Designed promotional material for Merrill Lynch’s sponsorship of the Atlanta, Nagano, and Sydney Olympics. See his work at www.carrierodesign.com.
Aurelio Castaño: B.S. in Arts, Empire State College. He is currently a beading instructor at the Westchester Community College Center for the Arts. He is the founder and director of the group ARTISTICO in Westchester. He created this group to promote and preserve the artistic skills of recent immigrants in the area. His mixed media work has been exhibited in New York, Connecticut, and Texas. Aurelio has received awards for his work from New Rochelle Arts Association, Greenwich Arts Association, Mamaroneck Artist Guild, and Silver Mine Guild. He has also received The Amigo Award from the Hispanic Resource Center for his work with the immigrant community in Westchester.
Susi Dugaw: B.A., Brooks Institute of Photography. A professional photographer since 1977, her specialty is photo-portraiture and photographing people for advertising. Her clients have included Caldor’s, Marriott Corp., Citibank and Viewpoint International.
Donna Marie Fischer: B.A. in Computer Graphic Design, SUNY-ESC. An artist and computer graphic designer, she works in a variety of media including photography, sculpture, drawing and painting. She is also a freelance computer technician and consultant. Donna Marie has been in many group exhibitions and had a solo show at The River Gallery, New Hamburg N.Y.
Seth Michael Forman: B.A., SUNY Potsdam, M.F.A., School of Visual Arts. He received a painting fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts, 2004 and 2009. Mr. Forman’s work is represented by the Adam Baumgold Gallery in NYC, and the Miller Block Gallery in Boston. One-person exhibitions include Adam Baumgold Gallery, NYC, Penine Hart Gallery, NYC, Bernard Toale Gallery, Boston, Miller Block Gallery in Boston, Dean Jensen Gallery, Milwaukee, and Cavin-Morris Gallery, NY. Group exhibitions include the Visual Arts Museum, the New Museum of Contemporary Art, and the Noyes Museum of Art. Publications include the New York Times, The New Yorker, The New York Sun, Harper’s Magazine, The New Art Examiner, and the Art Journal, among others. Mr. Forman has taught at New York University, and currently teaches drawing and painting at the School of Visual Arts. See his work at www.sethmichaelforman.com.
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David Fox:M.F.A, Maryland Institute College of Art. An English painter who studied in London and the United States, he won the Graduate Painting Fellowship at MICA. His diverse background includes work in advertising, graphic design, illustration and other applied fields. A New York resident since 1981, Mr. Fox is an active painter who has exhibited his work in England and the U.S. See his work at www.davidfoxstudio.com.
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Sean Hemmerle: Mr Hemmerle is a Brooklyn-based photographer whose work ranges from international conflict zones to deserted industrial towns in the United States. His conflict images span ten years, beginning with the World Trade Center Collapse, and continuing with sites such as Kabul, Baghdad, Gaza, Juarez and Beirut. Closer to home, Hemmerle has created award-winning photographs that reflect the pathos and poetry of U.S. “Rust Belt” towns in Detroit, Pittsburgh, Toledo, and Gary. He has collaborated with the Columbia Journalism Review since 2002 on the “Media Nodes” project, where newsrooms across the country are photographed as production facilities. In addition to thematically driven subjects, Hemmerle is drawn to architecture as a formal and symbolic element in much of his work. This has led to numerous commercial collaborations with international architectural and design firms. Since receiving his MFA from the School of Visual Arts, Hemmerle has exhibited nationally and internationally. His work can be found in public and private collections such as the Museum of Modern Art, Martin Marguilles and Ralph Lauren. His images have been featured in major publications, including Metropolis and Time.
Janusz Kawa: B.F.A., photography and film, The Art Institute of Chicago. Lived in Paris, France where his photographs began appearing in major world publications such as French Vogue, Cosmopolitan, Australian Vogue, American GQ, New York Times Magazine, and Interview. Since then he has moved throughout the world as a professional photographer capturing the essence of people through portraiture, including such world-renowned artists as Morgan Freedman, Luciano Pavarotti, Ann Sophie Mutter, Louise Bourgeois, and Daniel Day Lewis, among others. During that time his personal work included projects from India to Morocco to Mexico. The thread running through much of his personal work is to show the nomadic spirit of people similar to his own way of life. He also teaches photography at The School of Visual Arts and International Center of Photography in New York. He has shown his work internationally in Mexico City, Paris and New York City where he is currently based. See his work at www.januszkawa.com.
Shida Kuo: sculptor and an Instructor in the Department of Art and Art Professions at New York University. He was born in Taiwan and has lived and worked in New York City since 1989 and exhibited nationally and internationally. One-person exhibitions include Nancy Margolis Gallery, New York; Eslite Gallery, Taiwan; Gallery Mic Art, France; and Fine Metal Concept, New York. Group exhibitions include Apex Art, New York, Baltimore Clayworks, and the Everson Museum of Art, New York. Kuo’s work can be found in public collections including the National Taiwan Museum of Art; the National Art Museum of the Republic of China, Taiwan; Yixing Ceramics Museum and Shiwan Treasure Pottery Museum, People’s Republic of China.
Rebekah Laskin: B.F.A., SUNY New Paltz. She has exhibited extensively throughout the U.S. as well as in Japan, Korea, Germany, Norway and Canada, and is affiliated with the Helen Druitt Gallery. She has taught at the 92nd Street Y, NYU, Penland, Arromont and Cleveland Institute of Art.
Andrew T. Lattimore: Graduate of the National Academy School of Fine Arts, New York. Studied at the Academia di Belle Arti and Studio di Simi, Florence. His figurative drawings and paintings have been exhibited extensively; his work is represented in numerous collections in the United States, Canada and Europe. See his work at www.andrewlattimore.com.
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Deborah Lutz:taught Drawing 1 at the Center for the Arts for three years. Since 2007, she has also taught 2D Design and Fundamentals of Drawing at Manhattanville College in Purchase, New York. For the last seven years she has been a contractual educator for the Metropolitan Museum of art where she gives tours and lectures, and conducts workshops for students and teachers. Deborah teaches in the Drop-in-Drawing program held in the galleries every other Friday evening at the Met. She also teaches Seeing through Drawing, a drawing class for sight impaired artists. She has been teaching for the Morgan Library and Museum and the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum of the Smithsonian Institute since 2004.
Erika Mahr: was born in Long Island, New York. She received her Master of Fine Arts at Hunter College in 2007, and her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Florida in 2004. Mahr has had two solo exhibitions in 2011, at Launch F18 in Tribeca, and at the Susan B. Hilles Gallery in New Haven, CT. The latter was reviewed in both the New Haven Register and the Yale Daily news. Her work has been exhibited within venues such as Theirry Goldberg Gallery and Soho Gallery in New York City, Colorado State University, and Eastern Michigan University. She received a fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts in 2009 and was nominated for the 2013, 2012 and 2011 Rema Hort Mann Foundation Visual Art Grant. Her work is included in the Drawing Center’s viewing program.
Erika Mahr currently teaches studio art at Hunter College, Queensborough Community College, and Westchester Community College. She has been a visiting artist at Stony Brook University. Mahr currently lives and works in New York City. www.erikamahr.com
Karen Marshall:B.A. Photography, Hampshire College, M.F.A., New Media, Transart Institute/Danube University, Krems, Austria. Certificate in Documentary/Photojournalism, The International Center of Photography. Widely published and exhibited in the U.S. and abroad, including The New York Times Magazine and The Times of London. Recipient of Arts Fellowships and Sponsorships through the New York Foundation for the Arts. Faculty at The International Center of Photography, New York University and Maine Media Workshops. See her work at www.karenmarshallphoto.com.
Ron Mineo: studied sculpture under Boris Blai, founder of the Tyler School of Art. He was the director of Art Life Studios, Inc. for over two decades, a position he inherited from his father, the school’s founder. He has created sculptural works for commission, sale, and public display. His work can be found locally at the Goldens Bridge Firehouse, the Port Chester Senior Center, the Rye YMCA, Katonah-Lewisboro Schools, Mellon/Putnam Firehouse in Port Chester, NY, the North Avenue Bridge Project in New Rochelle and the Emergency Services Headquarters in Carmel, NY. See his work at www.ronmineo.com.
Susan Poulakis: B.F.A in FIne Arts, Cornell University, M.F.A. in Communication Design, Rochester Institute of Technology.
As a working professional, Susan Poulakis explored various design roles in advertising (Publicis), publishing (Pearson Education Development Group), web design (ATT Downtown Digital) as well as running her own graphics firm in midtown NYC for over 10 years, working with corporations, smaller firms and non-profit organizations. Formerly full-time faculty and program chair at Dutchess Community College, she is again working for clients, and as part-time Graphic Design faculty for the Art Institute Online division, teaching Typography, Contemporary Design Issues, and other upper-level courses. She recently completed both Web Design and ePublishing certificates through Noble Desktop, NYC.
Shawn Powell: B.F.A. in Painting and Art History, Kansas City Art Institute, M.F.A. in Painting, Hunter College. Upon graduation from his graduate studies Powell received a Tony Smith Award Grant. Currently Shawn lives and works in Brooklyn, also teaching at Hunter College. He has recently been included in exhibitions at the Nina Freudenheim Gallery in Buffalo, New York, The Urban Culture Project in Kansas City, Missouri, the Fabric Workshop and Museum in Philadelphia, and numerous group shows in the New York area.
Patricia Quinn: BFA (Windham College, VT) MS is an exhibiting mixed media artist and painter. She is also a licensed, board certified creative arts therapist who specializes in addiction and trauma.
Peter Schroth: B.F.A Syracuse University ,M.F.A. University of Colorado, has taught at numerous institutions including the University of South Florida, School of Visual Arts, Savannah College of Art and Design and is currently Senior Lecturer at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. He is represented in New York City by Sears Peyton Gallery. He has had fellowship residencies at the Ballinglen Arts Foundation in County Mayo, Ireland, the MacDowell Colony, and Yaddo. He has received grants from the Pollock Krasner Foundation, the Elizabeth Foundation, the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.
Selena Salfen: B.A., Photography, Columbia College Chicago, M.F.A., Photography, Video and Related Media, School of Visual Arts, New York. She has worked as an editorial, music, and advertising photographer in New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles. Selena has created conceptual portraits for a range of clients, including Draft/FCB, Intercope Records, Geffen Records, Macy’s, Time Out Chicago, Revolver Magazine, Guitar World, Alternative Press, and more. Selena is orginally from the midwest and returns there often to photograph her personal projects. Her work can be viewed at www.selenasalfen.com.
Lisa Santalis: B.F.A., California State University at Long Beach, M.A., Teachers College, Columbia University. Assistant Director of the Westchester Community College Center for the Arts in White Plains. Former high school art teacher, who continues to teach portfolio preparation for teens. Primarily a painter, has exhibited locally.
Barbara Segal: B.F.A, Pratt Institute and L’Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris. One-woman exhibitions at the Neuberger Museum of Art, The Hudson River Museum, Gallery Henoch, and The Westchester Gallery. Other exhibitions include the Rodin Museum in Paris, Oregon Crafts Museum, Allan Stone Gallery, Silvermine and Elaine Benson Gallery. Her work has been reviewed in The New York Times, Egg, Stone World magazine, Sculpture magazine, Journal News, Art New England and Profile. Ms. Segal is listed in Who’s Who in American Art and teaches sculpture at the School of Visual Arts. She has just completed a sculpture park on the Hudson River in Yonkers and is currently working on an MTA commission. See her work at www.barbarasegal.com.
Sungsook Setton: B.A., SUNY Stony Brook, M.F.A., Goddard College. Studied East Asian water-ink painting and calligraphy under Korean and Chinese Masters. Manhattan China Institute Instructor. Exhibited her work widely both in the U.S. and U.K. She is the recipient of many prizes and awards, including the “Best of Show” award at the National Juried Exhibition of the Sumi-e Society of America, Inc. See her work at www.sungsooksetton.com.
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Nanci Shapiro:B.A. and M.A., Art History, SUNY Binghamton (Binghamton University). Her Masters Thesis was on the American artist Frederick Edwin Church, a second generation Hudson River School painter taught by Thomas Cole, the founder of The Hudson River School. His iconic work Niagara Falls, (1857, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D. C.) represented the America of Manifest Destiny.
Victoria Tillotson: B.A. Hampshire College; M.A. University of Rhode Island; Ph.D. SUNY Buffalo. Victoria created her eponymous line in
2005 and has appeared on television, in videos and in numerous fashion publications. Her book, Chic Metal: How to Make Modern Jewelry at Home, was published in 2009, and she has contributed to Lark Book’s “30-Minute” series as well as other jewelry publications. WEBSITE
Josette Urso: B.F.A., M.F.A., University of South Florida. Urso has shown widely in the United States and abroad in galleries, public institutions, and museums including the New York Public Library, the Drawing Center, and the Bronx Museum for the Arts. She has had numerous grants and residencies including those from the NEA, Basil H. Alkazzi and the Pollock-Krasner and Gottlieb Foundations as well as the Camargo Foundation, Ucross and Yaddo. www.josetteurso.com
Stuart Vance: B.F.A., San Francisco Art Institute, M.P.S. New York University. Mr. Vance is an artist and graphic designer who has been working and exhibiting for over 20 years. His clients include Time Warner, AOL, The Walt Disney Company, Nickelodeon, Pearson Education, iVillage, and Rodale. He has taught design courses at the School of Visual Arts, Westchester Community College and the Center for the Arts. See his work at www.stuartvancedesigns.com.
Bruce Waldman: B.F.A., Philadelphia College of Art, M.F.A., SUNY Buffalo. A nationally known printmaker, painter, and illustrator, Mr. Waldman’s work has been exhibited in New York, Israel, Holland, Belgium, Japan, and India. His etchings have been shown at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Illustrator of numerous books, including Iron John. Faculty member at the School of Visual Arts for the past 20 years. See his work at www.brucewaldman.com.
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Neil Waldman: M.S., B.F.A., Rochester Institute of Technology. Nationally known illustrator of children’s books, postage stamps, and record covers. Awards include two Grammy nominations for album design and a gold medal for a poster competition at the United Nations. See his work at www.neilwaldman.com.
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Joe Winter: B.A., Brown University, M.F.A., University of California, San Diego. An interdisciplinary sculptor, Winter has exhibited his work nationally and internationally. He has received residencies and grants from the New York State Council for the Arts, Eyebeam Art and Technology Center, and the MacDowell Colony, among others. See his work at www.severalprojects.com.
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Ofer Wolberger: M.F.A. in Photography and Related Media, School of Visual Arts. He lives and works in New York City and is the recipient of The Humble Arts Foundation’s Spring 2008 Grant for Emerging Photographers. He was a finalist for both the BMW Paris Photo Prize in 2008 as well as the Prix HSBC pour la Photographie in 2009.