Boca Museum of Art
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Instructor Biographies

2012 - 2013 Instructors

CATALINA AGUIRRE HOFFMAN graduated magna cum laude from Florida Atlantic University with a B.F.A. in art and art education and studied at Penland School of Crafts. She has been working with clay for 12 years and has continued to study with noted ceramicists Ron Meyers, Chuck Hindes, Toshiko Takeazu, John McCoy, John Foster and others.

STEVEN ASSAEL is a graduate of Pratt Institute. He is an internationally known artist whose knowledge of old master techniques is unparalleled. Focusing his work on the human figure, individually and in groups, Assael balances naturalism with a romanticism that permeates the figures and surroundings of his paintings and drawings. In October, 2010, Assael’s work was the subject of a one-person exhibition at the Naples Museum of Art. A retrospective exhibition was held at the Frye Art Museum, Seattle in 1999. Single-person exhibitions of his works have also been featured at the Cress Gallery of Art at the University of Tennessee; Lowe Gallery, Atlanta; and Ann Nathan Gallery, Chicago. His work has been exhibited at The Arkansas Arts Center, The New York Academy of Art and The Arnot Art Museum, Elmira and is in the permanent collections of The Hunter Museum of Art,Chattanooga, TN; The Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art & Design, Kansas City, MO; The Columbus Museum of Art, Georgia; and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

ELISA AUERON graduated from SUNY Binghamton with a B.A. in art history. She is certified in Iyengar Yoga and has taught locally for sixteen years. She continues to study and train with the top yoga instructors in the U.S.

AMY BERKOWITZ holds a B.F.A. from the California Institute of the Arts and an M.A.T. from the University of the Arts. After graduation, Amy spent 20 years as an art director in New York. She has also worked as an animator for Hanna Barbera on television programs such as Scooby Doo and The Flintstones and taught art at the middle school, high school and college levels.

NNICOLE BORGENICHT holds a B.S. in fine art from the University of Wisconsin. Her extensive studies in writing comprise UW as well as numerous courses at USC and screenwriting workshops. Her published works include art columns, feature articles, short stories, oneact plays, essays, poetry and she was editor of an advertorial magazine. Working in the entertainment industry garnered her two Los Angeles Emmys for camera work denoting composition skills in the visual arts. She was a guest lecturer at Los Angeles College on camera composition. As field producer, the successful showing of a 9/11 special on PAX Television won accolades. Nicole also wrote the script for a commercial Script that was shown on a California NBC affiliate station for nearly two years.

JOSEPH BRANDOM holds a B.S. in silversmithing and jewelry from Indiana State University, and an M.F.A. in metalsmithing from the University of Georgia. Working with metals since 1970, his work is held within private collections around the world and is included in the collections of Sony Corporation, Nissan of North America, University of Southern Mississippi, Platinum Technology, Southern Progress Company, Inc., Indiana State University and University of Georgia.

LYNN BUTLER a freelance photographer with Archive photo agency, was nominated for best art photographer by Newsweek for the ICP Infinity Award. Published in Life,Geo and Leica magazines, she has exhibited with Leica Gallery for 20 years. With six published photographic books and work in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, ICP,Musée d’ Elysee and Bibliothèque Nationale de France, she has additionally exhibited worldwide. Butler has worked with scientist Jay Scarpetti of Harvard’s Rowland Institute to produce the inkjet technology in the 3-D showing in “H2O Equals Life” at the Museum of Natural History.

MARY BELLE CORDELL studied ceramics at the Penland School and the Virginia Douglas School of Porcelain. She is a certified porcelain teacher with the World Organization of China Painters. She paints in many media but her first love is porcelain painting. Her porcelain
artwork was recently sold by the national television show, “The Gemshopping Network.” Her commissions have included painting very large murals on tiles through the smallest porcelain Limoges boxes. Her works are in several prestigious collections, including the
collection of best-selling author, Mary Higgins Clark. Her art has won many awards in regional and South Florida art shows.

DONALD C. DIETZ holds a B.A. from the University of Maryland. In the early 1970s, he studied gemstone cutting, silver/goldsmithing and fabrication techniques in Taipei, Taiwan. Upon returning to the United States, he studied faceting, advanced smithing, jewelry design and gem recognition at the Patuxent Lapidary Guild of Maryland. He has been an active gem cutter and jeweler for 30 years and is vice president of the Florida Gold Coast Gem and Mineral Society. Don has lectured extensively on jewelry and the lapidary arts and has been published in the prestigious Lapidary Journal and Art Jewelry magazines.

BARBARA A. FALLETTA is an educator, artist and writer. She holds three graduate degrees including a masters of art history, doctor of education and education specialist from Florida Atlantic University. She also holds a master of arts degree from the University of Miami. Her sculpture has been exhibited in many juried and one–person exhibitions, her academic writing has been published in several journals, and her creative writing may be found in many anthologies. A series of lectures on the history of women artists has been written and presented by Dr. Falletta. She continues to teach and, when time permits, produce art, judge exhibitions, and lecture at art museums. Dr. Falletta has received numerous awards in education, most recently, a national award for the contribution she has made in the field of international medical education.

RICHARD FRANK holds a M.F.A. in painting from the Tyler School of Art, Temple University and over the years has had a diverse career in the arts. Foremost a painter, he has held positions as a museum curator (curator of education at the Norton Museum of Art and the Boca Raton Museum of Art), a university instructor, gallery director and host for arts programming for public television. Watercolor is his preferred medium, with flora and landscape his favored subject. He has presented numerous exhibitions throughout the United States and Europe and has been the recipient of numerous awards and the holder of two Artists Fellowships from the state of Florida. His work is included in over 35 public and museum collections, including the Butler Institute of American Art, Norton Museum of Art, Boca Raton Museum of Art and the Society of the Four Arts.

CARLA GOLEMBE holds a B.A. in fine arts from Bennington College and an M.F.A. in painting from the University of Guanajuato/ Instituto Allende in Mexico. She is an awardwinning acrylic painter, gouache illustrator, art instructor, author and has taught art and creative writing on the college level and to adults for over 30 years. Her paintings are shown in galleries throughout the United States and are included in many corporate, hospital and private collections. She has illustrated more than 20 picture books. Other illustration work includes educational projects, greeting cards, posters, magazine work, book covers and art for websites. She has received awards from The New York Times, Parent’s Choice, The American Folklore Society, NSTA/CBS, Jerry’s Artarama and PMA, as well as others and has participated in five Animals on Parade public  art projects.

SUSAN HANSSEN holds a B.F.A. from Syracuse University. After graduation, she spent 26 years as an art director in New York, Denver and Dallas. She is an award-winning signature member of the National Watercolor Society, Florida Watercolor Society and Gold Coast Watercolor Society as well as a member of the National Association of Woman Artists. Her work is recognized nationally and her “Sheep Series” was exhibited at the Coral Springs Museum of Art in 2008.

CELESTIN JOSEPH received a B.F.A. in fine arts, cum laude, from the University of Hartford as a painting major, with an art history minor, and concentrations in printmaking and graphic design studies. He received his M.F.A in painting from the University of Pennsylvania. Celestin also received the prestigious Yale/Norfolk Art and Music Scholarship. His works have exhibited in Philadelphia and locally throughout South Florida. Currently, he is teaching advanced placement studio art classes at his alma mater, Dillard Center for the Arts in Fort Lauderdale.

TERESA KIRK attended Emporia State Teachers College. She has studied with nationally known artists including Ingrid Lender, Miles Batts, Diane Nance and Sue Archer. She serves as director of operations for the Florida Watercolor Society and workshop chair for the Gold Coast Watercolor Society. She has served as president of Florida Watercolor, the Everglades Artist Guild and East Hampton Guild.

EYDI LAMPASONA received her M.F.A. from Vermont College, Union University and her B.F.A. from Florida Atlantic University. She has received numerous national and international awards for her mixed-media work and her work is represented in public, private and corporate collections through the United States, Europe, Asia, Australia, and New Zealand. She is a signature member of the National Watercolor Society, National Collage Society, the International Society of Experimental Artists and the Society of Layerists in Multi-Media. She also teaches national and international art workshops and has been published in The Painters Workshop: Composition & Design and Acrylic Revolution, both published by North Light Books, Rethinking Acrylics, Radical Solutions for Exploiting the World’s Most Versatile Medium, The Art of Layering: Making Connections and Collage in All Dimensions. She is listed in Who’s Who in American Art and Who’s Who in America.

MILES LAVENTHALL earned his M.F.A. with honors from State University of New York, Buffalo, majoring in sculpture/drawing and mixed media. He received his summa cum laude B.A. degree from State University College at Brockport, New York, majoring in painting and ceramic sculpture. His work has been featured in galleries and museums throughout the United States and Canada with solo exhibits in Washington, D.C., New York, Florida and Toronto. Miles’ work is represented in many international corporate collections, including General Motors, AT&T, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and private collections throughout the United States and Canada. Miles has been an educational innovator for the past 31 years at many schools, colleges and universities throughout Florida, Oklahoma, and New York. He is a passionate and dedicated fine arts teacher and has been instrumental in the success of many students who have won awards, found gallery representation, and gained admission to prestigious centers of art study. Miles’ work has been in publications throughout the United States, featured on “Portrait of an Artist”, WPTV, “New Florida” series, and recently published in Rethinking Acrylic, by North Light Books.

JANE LEVY holds a B.F.A. from the Art Institute of Chicago specializing in painting. She has worked in wood, photography, ceramics, textiles and printmaking, but is now focusing her attention on enameling, lapidary, metalsmithing and art clay. She is a master instructor in art clay and was Art Clay’s eastern director of education, as well as working in research and development. She has taught classes and workshops extensively throughout the United States. Winner of numerous awards, she is represented in prestigious collections throughout the United States and Asia.

ANITA LOVITT graduated from Philadelphia College of Art (now University of the Arts) with top honors. She studied design with Milton Glaser at the School of Visual Arts in New York, watercolor with Charles Reid, and anatomy with Robert Beverly Hale. A talented digital artist, Ms. Lovitt has taught drawing and painting for many years. Her award-winning illustration, painting and design have found application in children’s books, greeting cards, surface design campaigns and tile work. In 2006, Anita worked with a team of counselors to produce a series of illustrative legacy quilts for Project Hope, which documented the impacts of Hurricane Wilma on local communities. The large “Dancing Pineapples” mural which graces the entrance to Pineapple Grove in downtown Delray Beach is her creation, as are numerous private and public commissions in many media.

CHRISTINE LYONS holds a B.A. from Wheaton College, majoring in printmaking and drawing. She further studied printmaking at the Art Institute of Chicago and literature at St. Anne’s College, Oxford. Christine’s work focuses on decorative and original mixed media with an emphasis on color-field painting. An avid jewelry designer, her work is sold throughout the U.S. A national board-certified art teacher for ages 6 to 11, she has taught art, art history and literature since 1979. As an educator, she has presented for the Florida Art Education Association and the National Art Education Association. She has designed several national award-winning gardens and was recognized by Scott’s Miracle Gro as Classroom Gardener  of the Year in 2001. In 2008, she received first prize for school beautification gardening from the National Garden Association.

JANE MCINTYRE holds a B.F.A. from the University of Connecticut and continued studies in art therapy at New York University. Jane has exhibited extensively and received numerous awards throughout the southeastern United States. She is a member of the National Association of Women Artists, Boca Raton Museum of Art – The Artists’ Guild and Women in the Visual Arts.

DAVID MONTGOMERY is a celebrated,award-winning international photographer.He was heralded by Q magazine in their recent special edition on Psychedella as having produced some of the most iconic images of the sixties, and He is internationally renowned as one of the most legendary photographers of all time.Born in Brooklyn, New York, he attended photography courses run by Alexi Brodevitch and worked for the awardwinning photographer Lester Bookbinder for four years, following Bookbinder to England in the early 1960’s. Montgomery fell in love with the soft, romantic English light and took up residence in London.He is known as a portrait photographer of high-profile statesmen and celebrities, and was commissioned by the U.S. Postal Service to photograph a special-edition stamp for the millennium which won a silver award at the Design and Art Direction Awards. His Andy Warhol photographs were recently exhibited in the Andy Warhol: Self Portraits exhibition at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art and have since been added to the permanent collection at the Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh.

ALLAN PIERCE has a wide range of credits as a photographer and in traditional and experimental theater as an actor, director,educator and producer. He received a B.A. from NYU and an M.A. from the University of Washington, and completed a Ph.D studies at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. As part of a doctoral fellowship with the Shubert Theatre Foundation in New York, Pierce is a founding member of The Shubert Archive and has contributed articles and his photographs to its publication, The Passing Show. Pierce co-owned and acted as the artistic director for the Strand Theatre in Schroon Lake, NY,a performing arts center and gallery that exhibited fine art and presented dance, music and theatre performances, in addition to firstrun films and retrospectives. As a co-founder of the Structuralist Workshop with Michael Kirby,Pierce directed, performed, and incorporated his photography at Franklin Furnace, The Performing Garage and numerous loft spaces in New York’s Soho. Pierce also created many performance-art pieces in venues such as the Old Town Bar, and the Ward-Nasse Gallery. He had five solo exhibits at Soho Photo Gallery in Tribeca. Pierce continues to exhibit fine art photography throughout South Florida and New York. His recent photographic series merges masked characters with architectural structures (especially theaters) that have survived the ravages of time, economic adversity and apathy.

ELIZABETH REED holds a B.F.A. in illustration from Cornish College of the Arts, Seattle. She studied fine art painting, drawing and printmaking at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her Visual Archaeology series has been locally, regionally and internationally exhibited and recognized. Elizabeth combines drawings with paintings on multiple levels while experimenting with traditional and modern techniques. She is a signature member of the Boca Raton Museum of Art – The Artists’ Guild, treasurer of the National Association of Women Artists, a featured artist on and is a recipient of the Armory Watch for Excellence Award. She was chosen by the editors of Florida International magazine for their Artists’ Showcase in 2007 and 2009.

WILLIAM REED studied sculpture at the University of Portland, University of Mexico and the Accademia di Belle Arti in Carrara, Italy. Willie has worked, taught and lectured internationally on stone sculpting. His awardwinning work has been exhibited in galleries throughout the United States, Europe and South America and is represented in major corporate and individual collections throughout the world.

DIANE REEVES holds a both bachelor’s and a master’s degree from the University of South Florida, and has taught for 35 years. She has studied portraiture, figures and still life painting and drawing with renowned artists Daniel Gerhartz, Rose Frantzen, Daniel Greene and Susan Lyons. Reeves is a member of the Oil Painters of America and the Boca Raton Artists Guild. She is an award-winning artist who exhibits her work in galleries and has collectors in the United States and Europe.

JOSEPH REILLY holds a B.A. in fine arts and M.F.A. from the Rochester Institute of Technology. He has been an instructor, mentor, department head and award-winning photographer/photojournalist for over 40 years. Joseph worked in the U.S. and overseas as a photojournalist for the first 20 years of his career, four years as photography department head at Exxon Research and Engineering and 16 years as camera department manager at the Palm Beach Post. Today, he shares his knowledge with students seeking to excel within the photographic field.

GREGORY ROSS has been a photojournalist, commercial and fine art photographer for the past 25 years, providing him with a wealth of experience within photographic disciplines on national and international levels. Gregory’s education began with Tom Hubbard, retired director of Time-Life Photo Laboratories and George Summers, photographer for United Press International. Gregory is a consultant for Fujifilm USA and has conducted educational seminars and beta-testing for new Fuji professional products. He also serves as a board member of the Palm Beach County Film and Television Commission and is a member of the National Press Photographers Association. He has exhibited fine art and editorial preservation of worldwide culture sustainability and the environment. Gregory’s travel-editorial work fulfills his passion for documenting and telling the visual stories of real-life people, issues and unique places around the world.

GEORGE SCRIBNER the well-known artist and director was born and raised in Panama City, Republic of Panama. He majored in film at Emerson College in Boston and moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in animation. In 1983, he joined Walt Disney Feature Animation as a character animator. He directed Disney’s Oliver and Co., a full-length animated feature and was a story artist on numerous projects, including The Lion King, Fantasia Continued and Dinosaur. He currently is a concept artist and animation director at Walt Disney Imagineering. He has been commissioned by the Republic of Panama to paint large-scale oil paintings of the upcoming Panama Canal Expansion, where he will be painting the various phases of construction through 2014.

SUZANNE SCHERER & PAVEL OUPOROV are a collaborative team who met while studying at the Moscow Surikov State Academy Art Institute. Scherer received her M.F.A. in painting from Brooklyn College, City University of New York. Ouporov earned his M.F.A. from the Moscow Surikov State Academy Art Institute.Their works are in the permanent collections of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, Library of Congress, New York Public Library, The State Russian Museum, among others. Awards include a NY Artist’s Fellowship, Mid-Atlantic Visual Arts Grant, and a South Florida Cultural Consortium Fellowship for visual and media artists

LAUREN SHAPIRO holds a B.F.A. in studio art with an emphasis in ceramics from Florida Atlantic University. Her work has been exhibited at the Ritter Gallery and the University Center Gallery at Florida Atlantic University. She is currently utilizing techniques from printmaking, drawing and hand-building to create detailed and unique sculptures from clay. She first began teaching multimedia art classes to children through the Boca Raton Museum of Art, where she continues to work with and inspire her students.

PINKY SHMERLER graduated from Ohio State University with a five-year degree in occupational therapy. She used weaving as a therapeutic tool for patients with various disabilities. Later she established her own business specializing in art fabrics for churches and synagogues and taught weaving for 17 years. Her work has been published in Handwoven magazine and Weaving for Worship by Harter and Brusic. Her commissions include hangings, tapestries and liturgical textiles throughout the United States.

OLIVIA SHELLEY holds a B.A. in art history from the University of Pennsylvania and an M.A. in art history from Goddard College. She has been a lecturer and docent in major museums such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Rodin Museum. She speaks regularly in Santa Fe, New Mexico and at other art-related venues throughout the country. Mrs. Shelley teaches at Florida Atlantic University, Nova Southeastern and Blue Ridge Community College in North Carolina.

ROXENE SLOATE holds a B.A. in art history from Smith College. She has studied at the Kansas City Art Institute, the Art Students League of New York and with Graham Nickson, Miro Antic, Philip Pearlstein and Timothy Hawksworth. She is the membership chair of the National Association of Women Artists and is a member of the Boca Raton Museum of Art –The Artists’ Guild. She has exhibited extensively and received numerous awards throughout the United States.

KRIS SMITH graduated from DePauw University and began her career in the Washington, D.C. area, where she created over 3,500 painted and sculptured portraits of sports figures, politicians and famous, as well as private, citizens. Two of her portraits hung in The White House during the Ford and Carter administrations. Her sculpted portrait, Marionettes, was chosen to be one of Neiman Marcus’ “10 Most Unusual Gifts in the World” for their 1997 Christmas catalog, which resulted in guest appearances on Oprah, MSNBC, Good Morning America and an article in People magazine.

JOANNE URBAN studied photography at the College of DuPage, Glen Falls, Illinois and has over 25 years of experience as a photographer, custom printer and tutor. She has transitioned her extensive knowledge and expertise from film and the wet darkroom into today’s digital world. Her award-winning photography has also been published in books and magazines.

CHRIS VALLE holds a B.F.A. from Valdosta State University, an M.F.A. from University of Florida, and is a professor at the University of Tampa. Specializing in painting and contemporary art, Valle’s work explores how the effect of entertainment content depicting sexual norms,stereotypes, and roles have a profound influence on our perceptions of sex and body image. With 14 solo exhibitions in the past 13 years, Valle’s work has been exhibited nationally in galleries and museums in over 100 exhibitions, including New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago, as well as internationally with exhibits in Siena and Florence, Italy. His work is held in numerous collections, most notably the William J. Clinton Presidential Library and Museum, the THEA Foundation, and the HESS Corporation.

SID WALESH holds a B.B.A. and M.B.A. from the University of Wisconsin and has studied studio art at Palm Beach State College and Penland School of Crafts. He has also completed post-graduate studies in Adult Education and Instructional Methodology at Florida International University. He has been a sculptor by avocation for over 25 years working in wood, stone and clay. Sid has exhibited in and won numerous awards in local juried sculpture competitions. His abstract sculptures are in private collections throughout the United States. He is a founder of Miami’s New World School of the Arts and has had an extensive career in art education, art administration and higher education administration.

BARBARA WASSERMAN holds a B.S. in art education from Hofstra University and an M.A. in art education from New York University. Past exhibitions include the Camino Real Gallery, Boca Raton; Society of the Four Arts, Palm Beach; Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach; Allan Stone Gallery, New York City; Misrachi Gallery, Mexico City; and Ken Elias Gallery, Palm Beach. Permanent collections include the University of Texas Museum, Museum of Art, Fort Lauderdale and Boca Raton Museum of Art. Collectors include José López Portillo, former president of Mexico; Fred Zimmerman, film producer; and Vicki Carr, entertainer. Barbara is a member of the National Association of Women Artists and 2+3, The Professional Artists’ Organization.

MARYORY YOVIN graduated from the Maryland Institute College of Art. She has been working in metal and enamel for over 20 years and has studied enameling and metalsmithing with many well-known teachers. She has won numerous awards for her jewelry and enameling design. She began her career as a watercolorist and is one of the founding members of the Palm Beach Watercolor Society. Her award-winning art is in many corporations and private collections throughout the United States, Canada, Europe and Japan.

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