Boca Raton Museum of Art
2013 - 2014 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.
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 echniques 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. Dietz has lectured extensively on jewelry and the lapidary arts and has been published in the prestigious Lapidary Journal and Art Jewelry magazines.
RON GARRETT holds an M.F.A. from Kent State University and a B.F.A. from Guilford College, with much of his undergraduate training accomplished at Ringling College of Art and Design. Ron’s artwork often derives from a mix of elements found in tribal markmaking and a kind of self-realized mythology of Nature. A Master of relief and intaglio printmaking, he has been a visiting artist at Chitrakala Parishad School of Visual Art, Bangalore, India. Additionally, he was an instructor at Pine Crest School. Prior to that, he served as adjunct faculty at both Lynn University and Palm Beach State College. He has exhibited widely and has recently opened, Raga Press - a boutique atelier offering graphic services in traditional printmaking practices for emerging and established artists.
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 33 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.
KATIA MARTINEZ graduated from Palm Beach Atlantic University with a B.A. in Art Education where she was named the outstanding graduate in Secondary Education. She studied painting under Dominic Cretara at California State University, Fresno and interned with jeweler Wendy Hacker-Moss. She received photography certification from Cypress Community College, California.
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.
ALLAN PIERCE combines his wide range of credits as a photographer with his background 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 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 was a founding member of The Shubert Archive and contributed articles and his photographs to its publication, The Passing Show. Pierce co-owned and acted as the artistic director of the Strand Theatre in Schroon Lake, NY. 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. Pierce currently is the Gallery Director of The Artists Guild Gallery in Delray Beach where he continues to display and produce his work.
MARISA J. PASCUCCI graduated from American University (Washington, DC) with a B.A. in art history and earned two M.A. degrees in art history and museum studies from the joint program between Case Western Reserve University and the Cleveland Museum of Art. She is an experienced art museum curator and noted author, speaker, educator, and is the Curator of 20th Century and Contemporary Art at the Boca Museum of Art. Most recently, she was the Associate Editor of The Art Economist as well as adjunct faculty and career advisor at Palm Beach State College.
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.
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.
PAMELA ROSS holds a B.F.A. from Washington University School of Fine Arts. She is a painter, illustrator and graphic designer who has blended her formal training in the fine arts with today’s computerized digital art techniques. She is an accomplished illustrator with published works in magazines, children’s books, and trade journals.
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.
MARIA SARACENI holds a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Studio Art as well as an Art Education Degree with NCATE Teacher certification from Florida Atlantic University, graduating Cum Laude. She also holds a degree in Humanities from SUNY Cobleskill, College of Agriculture and Technology from New York. She has exhibited in several galleries in Palm Beach County.
EVA SIGAEV obtained her bachelors degree from Kyiv, Ukraine National University of Construction and Architecture as an engineer of automation and information technologies. She was a professional model for the elite Fashion House of design “Kreschatik”. She modeled in the Spring Show in Paris, France, with Russian Fashion designer Slava Zaitsev. From 1988 - 1993, she traveled as a model to Denmark, Canada, Mexico, Germany, and Turkey. In 1989 the first Modeling Agency “Oleg & Eva” was opened in Kyiv, Ukraine, where Eva was a founder and an Artistic Director, teaching how to become and succeed as a model in the fashion industry. In 1996 Eva moved to Chicago, where she obtained an M.B.A. from University of Phoenix.
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
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.
NICHOLAS SIMMONS has studied under many well-known watercolorists, notably Valfred Thëlin and Barbara Nechis. His paintings have been featured in publications such as L’ Art de l’ Aquarelle, Watercolor Artist,and Watercolor; numerous books; on Maryland Public Television; and on covers of classical music records, including guitar virtuoso Manuel Barrueco. His awards include top prize at the 2007 National Watercolor Society, consecutive gold medals at the Pennsylvania Watercolor Society, 2008- 2009, and the gold medal at the Texas Watercolor Society in 2010. In 2012, he was the first recipient of the National Watercolor Society’s special Masters Award.
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 a member 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.
ALAN SOFFER holds a B.A. and D.D.S. from Temple University and studied painting and sculpture at Parsons. His paintings are exhibited nationally and recently two major paintings were acquired by the Eaton Corporation. A 40-year retrospective of his work is scheduled in 2014 at Villanova University.
LIBBIE SOFFER studied textiles at Moore College of Art and has exhibited her work in museums, galleries, and universities across the United States. Her art seeks to identify life’s core issues while embracing experimental approaches in materials. Her inspired, prize-winning constructions attract a devoted audience of collectors and students.
NANCY SPIELMAN holds a B.S. from Southern Illinois University and a B.F.A. from Florida Atlantic University. After working as a Graphic Designer for many years, she then went on to teach Art Appreciation at Palm Beach Community College and Studio Art Classes at Florida Atlantic University. In 2009, Nancy won the South Florida Cultural Consortium Award. She is currently an Artist Representative for both Gamblin Oil Colors and Strathmore Papers. In addition, Nancy participates in the Daily Painters Genre and focuses the majority of her work on dog portraits.
RASHEENA TAUB studied creative writing at the University of Michigan and holds an M.F.A. in Poetry from Warren Wilson College in Asheville, North Carolina. She designed and implemented the therapeutic writing component of the Healing Arts Program at the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center. Rasheena promotes the transformative power of storytelling through her writing workshops, marketing projects, event planning, and children’s book business.
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.
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.
MARIA FOLADORI WEISS holds a B.A. in Art Education from School of Fine Arts Priladiano Pueyrredon, Buenos Aires, and a B.F.A. from the School of Visual Arts, Regina Pacis, Buenos Aires. Her paintings have exhibited as part of the Argentine “naive” art movement. Since moving to the United States, she has been teaching art and the creative process to children in Texas, New York and Florida. Her paintings have been exhibited in Miami, Palm Beach, and New York City. She is also an award-winning photographer.
MARJORY 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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