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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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