Divya AdusumilliDivya Adusumilli creates art in several media, primarily working in acrylics, watercolor, pastels, and oils. Her drawings and paintings are inspired by nature, travel and everyday life. Using basic perspective, she simplifies the subject and uses a vibrant palette for her artworks.
Danielle AustenDanielle Austen is an award-winning professional photographer for 16 years. She received her BFA from Cornell University and worked as a graphic designer before attending the master’s program at the Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, in photojournalism. As an editorial photographer, her work has been published in local, regional, and national newspapers and magazines, including Life Magazine’s, “The Year in Pictures.” Returning to her fine art roots, she was selected for six Artist-in-Residencies programs across the United States, including four in the National Parks. She has participated in over four-dozen national and international juried exhibits, two group shows and three solo exhibits. Her next solo exhibit will be at the Romano Gallery in Blairstown, NJ in January 2018.
Philla BarkhornPhilla Barkhorn grew up in Summit, NJ. Her grandfather, Peter Helck, was a renowned illustrator. An interested and capable artist as a teenager, Philla continued to study and produce art while she and her husband raised three children. Once the youngest started school in 2006 she was able to invest time in serious and intense study of portraiture, figure and still life. She is very grateful to have been able to study with some of the tri-state’s finest artists, such as Michael Klein, Joshua LaRock and Gregory Mortenson.
Lisette BedoyaLisette Bedoya is a New Jersey based sculptor working primarily in ceramic arts utilizing the potters wheel to create one of a kind works of art inspired by the natural beauties of life. Lisette attended Drew University, studying sculpture and ceramics. She furthered her ceramic study at Alfred University, where she worked with various firing and glazing techniques.
Lisette has taught at Creative Hands, and The Messy Artist, as well as exhibited pieces throughout Morris County. As an instructor, Lisette shares her passion for art with students of all ages. Currently teaching a number of pottery classes and more at the Visual Art Center of NJ.
Barbara BickarMA Media Studies, The New School for Social Research, New York, NY; Departmental Scholar Award BA English, Rutgers University, Douglass College, New Brunswick, NJ; Stanton Anthony Scholar
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Sarah CanfieldSarah Canfield received her BFA in painting, cum laude from Alfred University in Alfred, New York. She has exhibited her work in locations throughout the Northeast, including the Pennsylvania State Museum, Woodmere Art Museum, Salmagundi Club in New York City, Monmouth Museum, Montclair State University, Noyes Museum, Fairleigh Dickinson University, and the Google corporate offices in New York City. Awards have included a purchase prize at the Pastel Society of America in New York City and project grants from the Pennsylvania Council for the Arts. She is a signature member of the Pastel Society of America. For more information visit www.sarahcanfield.com
Kathy CantwellFor her senior thesis show, Kathy Cantwell exhibited her paintings of horizontal stripes in a field of one color. It would be decades before she returned to abstraction. Although the extension of a straight line had a powerful pull, her personal and artistic life took a more circuitous route. Yet throughout the years, the one constant has been her passion for making art. Born in Trenton, NJ, Cantwell was an outsider tomboy, who lived in a dicey neighborhood with her traditional Catholic family in a house surrounded by barbed-wire and tall wood fencing. From the age of thirteen, she spent hours in her makeshift bedroom-studio. Weekends while attending an all-girl high school, she escaped to nearby Philadelphia to take classes at the Moore School of Art, learning studio skills advanced for someone her age. After earning a BFA at C.W. Post College on Long Island, Cantwell moved to New York City like many artist hopefuls and found work in the music industry. During the day it was an Alice-in-Wonderland world of rock stars and rappers in which she might be paying the bills for wrecked hotel rooms and keeping gun-bearing artists and producers within budget, but at night Cantwell came home to paint dark, uninhabited cityscapes and quirky portraits. After 25 years of this balancing act, she left NYC with her wife, Ann Sweeney, to raise their two adopted children there in rural New Jersey. In 2010, the Cantwell-Sweeney’s moved to Maplewood, NJ, just 30 minutes from Manhattan. These locations in central and northern New Jersey allowed her to become attuned to a new sense of openness light, and now the proximity to other artists and creative communities spurred her to explore new means of self-expression. In meeting artist Lisa Pressman, she found a mentor who encouraged her return to abstraction. A sort of recovering eccentric, Cantwell is currently in a process of looking for her “inner stripe.” Her latest work in encaustic has become well-known through a number of recent solo and group exhibitions, primarily in the New York-New Jersey area as well as Provincetown, Massachusetts. In 2016, she was invited to become a member of The Painting Center in Chelsea and to be represented by Adam Peck Gallery on Cape Cod. For more information visit http://www.kathycantwell.com.
Mary Jean CanzianiMary Jean Canziani is a working artist. She earned a BFA (Concentration:Printmaking) at Marymount College and continues her art education through career choices. Her years working in visual merchandising have given her expertise in 3D design and installation techniques. Following that she started “Arts For the Home”, a self owned decorative painting company, servicing residential and commercial clients. This provided opportunities to learn many classic painting and plaster techniques as well as executing large scale murals. Freelance work includes graphic design, textile design and illustration. These acquired skills, combined with a strong art history background, qualify Mary Jean to teach in a number of disciplines. She is delighted to share her knowledge as a teaching artist and enjoys learning from her students. She has exhibited her award winning work in dozens of group and solo shows in the greater NYC area and recently had a successful solo show in Venice, Italy. Her work is figurative with a focus on social commentary. Many of her pieces are owned by collectors in the US and abroad. Website: www.mjcanziani.com
Julie CastilloA California native, with an interest in art at a young age, she studied printmaking and ceramics in High School. At
age 16, Julie operated her own porcelain ceramics studio and presided over ceramic firings. Attending Art Center
College of Design with a major in Commercial Illustration, a minor in Graphic Design and study in light and color, she
worked as an illustrator in Los Angeles and San Diego for a few years. Julie moved to New York City in 1988, with the
intent to work for European and American companies, pursuing fashion, newspaper, book and advertising
illustration. Her clients have included Gucci, Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger, Harley Davidson, Playboy, Ralph Lauren,
ESPN and The New York Times, etc. Throughout her pursuit of commercial illustration, Julie continued to create her
personal work. Currently, concentration has been on the human figure and landscapes. She has created many forms
that reflect this love, images in oils, egg tempra, watercolor, gouache, print making, pencil, chalk and sculptures in clay
and paper. An award winning artist, showing privately, solo and group shows, libraries, galleries and museums in
California, New Jersey and New York City, receiving commissions both private and commercial. She studies
intermittently at the Art Students League, Newark Museum, Open Studio/The Artist Framer, participates in Plein-Air
Painting in the New Jersey/New England Area, teaches at the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey and the Cranford
Community Center, New Jersey. She is also a member of the National Association of Women Artists and American
Watercolor Society. Ms. Castillo currently resides in Cranford, NJ.
Fernando CatagueFernando Catague is an artist specializing in watercolor who has shown internationally. Fernando teaches watercolor technique at the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey. The great thing about Fernando’s teaching style is that he gives his students the knowledge and techniques they need to succeed and then allows them the freedom to paint what they are passionate about. The result is a diverse show full of works done by truly gifted artists. Before coming to the U.S. he taught fine arts at the College of the Holy Spirit in Manila for 30 years.
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Melanie CohnMelanie Cohn is the Executive Director of the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey. Previously, she led Staten Island Arts, deepening its programs in education, folk, & professional development. Prior to that she spent seven years at the New Museum of Contemporary Art. Melanie received her MFA from the School of Visual Arts and her BFA from Missouri State University.
Kate CorrellKate Correll is a nationally recognized Floral Designer who owned and operated Kate’s Florist in Bayonne, New Jersey for 14 years. After closing the retail flower shop in 2003, she freelanced as a floral designer throughout the NY/NJ metropolitan area. While freelancing and working with other florists and floral designers, she discovered a love of teaching Floral Design. She teaches Floral Design with the Rutherford Adult School in Rutherford, New Jersey and recently launched her own business and website called I Design Floral Events. Additionally, she works full-time as an Office Manager for a group of Real Estate Developers.
Jim CusmanoJim Cusmano is a native New Jersey Artist. He works predominantly in painting mediums including: Oils, Watercolor, Mono Prints, and Pastels. He maintains a longstanding passion for transparent French Dyes on China Silk used to create his nature themed paintings. He also Hand Builds Ceramic Vessels and Tile Designs. He received his degree in Fine Art and Design from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY and later pursued specialty studies at the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan and the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey in Summit. He has taught silk painting at VACNJ and the Center for Contemporary Art in Bedminster, NJ and is a member of Silk Painters International. Cusmano owned and operated a successful art and framing gallery for over 10 years with his wife Christine. During this period he created numerous corporate and private pieces ranging from 6” x 6” to 96” x 192”. He and Christine currently live in Long Valley, NJ.
Stephanie DeshpandeStephanie Deshpande is a representational painter living in northern New Jersey. She is best known for her psychological portraits and narrative paintings. Her work combines her love of realism with personal allegories. She creates paintings that capture the quiet drama of the world around her. Deshpande graduated from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst with a BFA in Painting and continued her studies at the New York Academy of Art earning her MFA. She was awarded the Ellen Battell Stoeckel Fellowship to attend the Yale Summer School of Music and Art, and has received recognition for her paintings by the Portrait Society of America, RayMar Art, Artist’s Magazine, the Art Renewal Center, Allied Artists of America, and Oil Painters of America. Her paintings have appeared in several issues of Poets Artists Magazine and in the book 21st Century Figurative Art: The Resurrection of Art by Jan Esmann. In addition to painting, Deshpande enjoys teaching classes and workshops.
David DiMarchiDavid DiMarchi is a multi-disciplinary printmaker and artist working in printmaking, papermaking and sculptural book forms. He engages in a relentless material practice, nurturing ideas into singular and editioned works. As a multi-disciplinary artist, he has exhibited works on paper, installations and books in both the US and internationally. He maintains a small collaborative studio and art space in New Hope, Pennsylvania working deeply with artists to master printmaking techniques and create new portfolio and exhibition-ready prints. He teaches printmaking, papermaking and book forms extensively throughout the New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania area. He is also the owner of 9INHANDPRESS, a nexus of design, print and publishing. www.9INHANDPRESS.com
Megan DuffyMegan Duffy is an artist and educator working in printmaking, tapestry weaving, drawing, and collage. Her work draws inspiration from the body and uses organic forms and an exploration in color to create compositions across mediums. She also teaches at the Printmaking Center of New Jersey for their Roving Press program and as a School Programs educator at the Newark Museum.
Kate EgglestonEggleston received her BA in Visual Art from Ramapo College of NJ in 2005. She is a teaching artist with a K-12 NJ Art Teacher certification with 10+ years of experience. She attended artist residencies at _gaia studio (Wonder Women 9: Superfood) in 2015, the Tyler School of Art at Temple University (Summer Sculpture Intensive) in 2012, and completed the Creative Capital Blended Learning Professional Development Program for NJ Artists in 2016. Eggleston frequently shows her work throughout the state with concentrations in Trenton, Jersey City, Newark, and Monmouth County. Eggleston enjoys comics, sci fi, Renaissance faires, geocaching, petting zoos, Crossfit, and spending summers in Port Loring, Ontario with family. She lives and works in New Jersey with her family.
Andrea EpsteinAndrea Epstein is a painter and printmaker who creates vibrant abstract mixed media works on paper incorporating a variety of printmaking techniques in her own print studio in Berkeley Heights, NJ. Andrea has many years of teaching experience with students of all ages, always placing emphasis on experimentation and process. She has shown her work often in the Tristate area. Recent shows in New Jersey include the Fine Arts Gallery of St. Peters University in Jersey City, Transformations Gallery, Metuchen, The Atrium Gallery in Morristown, Edward Williams Gallery at Fairleigh Dickinson University, The Gaelen Gallery East and West in Whippany and West Orange and The Lundt Glover Gallery in Chatham. Andrea’s education includes a B.F.A. in painting from The Rhode Island School of Design and an M.F.A. from Yale University School of Art. A large selection of her work can be viewed at andreaepstein.com.
Reneé FurstRenee Furst is from Long Beach, California and went to Long Beach State College. That is where her love for painting and sculpting started. Painting in oil color on canvas proved lucrative and mixed media was very exciting. It wasn’t till Renee visited a friend in Cavaillon, France, that she experienced the art of Pique Assiette. The art center there convinced her to stay and learn this particular form of art. The love of creating beautiful pottery pieces with 100-year-old broken dishes became a passion and she sold hundreds of them. Moving to New Jersey has proven to be interesting. Renee teaches the art of Pique Assiette at the Visual Art Center and tutors privately at different homes.
Andrea GianchigliaAndrea Gianchiglia, local artist of Califon, New Jersey, graduated from the Hartford Art school receiving her BFA in illustration with a minor in art history. Andrea works as a full time artist with private commissions and freelance illustration, as well as an art instructor at various art facilities throughout New Jersey. She teaches both adults and children at the Visual Art Center of New Jersey, The Center for Contemporary Art, the Hunterdon Art Museum and conducts private lessons at her private studio. She is represented at Studio 7 Fine Art Gallery in Bernardsville, NJ. Andrea’s paintings lean toward the realism style of painting, focusing on her true passion animal and wildlife art, as well as rural themed still life’s. Most of her collection is made up of oil paintings, however Andrea works in all mediums including as watercolor, pastels, acrylics, graphite, charcoal, scratchboard, and colored pencils. She has had both individual and group shows throughout New Jersey and the tri-state area, along with various national juried shows where she has won several awards for her specialty, animal portraiture. She is a member of the Society of Animal Artists, the Pastel Society of America, the Salmagundi Club, and the Catherine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club. She was also recently flown out to Denver to film her online class “The Art of Painting Horses” at Craftsy.com studios.
Jacqueline KucksJacqueline Kucks is a Precious Metal Clay (PMC) Certified Artisan and an Art Clay Silver Certified Instructor. She is a graduate of Rising Tide Capital Community Business Academy and small business owner. Jacqueline’s artistic journey began over 25 years ago when she began taking courses in stained glass. Shortly thereafter she developed an interest in glass fusing and PMC. Over the years, Jacqueline has attended workshops with famed artisans such as Tommy G, Peter McGrain, Joe Porcelli, and Terry Kovalcik among others. Jacqueline draws inspiration from everyday beauty – the shape of a leaf, the intricate details of lace, even the façade of an old building. She enjoys selling her unique stained glass and wearable PMC art and teaching PMC jewelry making workshops/classes at Visual Art Center of NJ. She is an avid pupil and dedicated instructor, always striving to learn and teach the latest techniques and applications
Anne KullafAnne Kullaf is a contemporary painter who works in a variety of media. Her paintings utilize the principles of drawing from direct observation combined with efficient brushwork and a limited palette. She is a faculty member of the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey and has also taught at the Hunterdon Museum of Art, and the Center for Contemporary Art. She was recently invited to give a lecture and demonstration at the Princeton University Art Museum in conjunction with its exhibition of Great British Drawings on loan from Oxford University's Ashmolean Museum collection. A former Bryant Park Painter-in-Residence,
she is represented by the Urban Gallery of Philadelphia, her work has been featured in museum exhibitions in the US and abroad.
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Aimee LallyAimee Mower Lally has been producing and teaching art for over two decades. As a teacher she works with a range of ages focusing on both traditional and contemporary techniques. As an artist, she received her masters in sculpture from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago with work exhibited in galleries in NYC and Chicago. Her art making has moved through many transitions and taken on multiple modes – she began with the figure, moved to ephemeral installations that investigated desire and the awkward and comical results that occur from our results to maintain control. This led back to the figure - working with images from popular culture escapism that embraced and challenged ideas of gender, providing us with the temporary hope that we could become something better or more than we feel in everyday life.
Matthew LangleyMatthew Langley was born Alexandria, Virginia and studied at Virginia Commonwealth University and received a BFA from The Corcoran School of Art. His work has been exhibited internationally and is included in major collections in the US such as Saks Fifth Avenue, Ernst and Young, DC Commission for the Art and Humanities, MacAndrews & Forbes Saks Fifth Avenue, Montefiore Hospital, The Cafritz Foundation and University of Maryland. Recent exhibitions include; Axom Artspace (Rochester, NY), The Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art and Susan Calloway Fine Arts (Washington, DC). Mr. Langley’s artwork has been covered in publications such as Art in America, New York Magazine, Southern Living Magazine, The Washington Post, The Washington Citypaper and news sources such as National Public Radio. Recently he has become part of the US State Departments Art In Embassies Program.
Valeri LarkoValeri Larko is known for her densely painted landscapes of the urban fringe, all of which she paints on location. She is attracted to the decaying and abandoned structures that populated the outskirts of America’s urban centers and the stories these places can tell. Valeri Larko’s paintings have been exhibited in museums and galleries in the US and Europe. Solo exhibitions: Bronx Museum, NY, Lyons Wier Gallery, NYC, WallWorks NY, Bronx, Hampden Gallery, University of Amherst, MA, The Morris Museum, Morristown, NJ, The Hunterdon Art Museum, Clinton, NJ, New Jersey State Museum. Larko is represented by Lyons Wier Gallery, NYC.
Debra LivingstonDebra Livingston is an artist currently creating mostly monoprints and handmade books. She has been involved with the Visual Arts Center in Summit since 1988 as a printmaker, teacher, docent and mentor. She also teaches drawing and painting to adults at the JCC in Scotch Plains as well as printmaking workshops throughout the state. She has a BFA in printmaking from Rhode Island School of Design.
Samantha MatthewsSamantha Matthews is a whimsical purple and blue-haired New Jersey artist who has earned her BA in Fine Art from Gordon College. She has traveled all over the world seeking beauty and it was overseas where she discovered her passion for creative outlets for children. The countries and places where she spent the most time and have greatly influenced her work art Guayaquil, Ecuador, Orvieto, Italy, Joplin, Missouri, and Niamey, Niger. Color and repetition are her main subjects that take form in many mediums including watercolor, pen illustration, oil and acrylic painting, mural making, mixed media sculpture, and photography.
Judy MenschJudy Mensch has shown her prints throughout the US and abroad. They are in collections including The New York Public Library, The New York Historical Society, The Library of Congress, and Pfizer Inc among others. She has taught print,making workshops and classes at Marymount Manhattan College, The College of New Jersey, The Zimmerli Art Museum, the Lower East Side Print Shop and the Manhattan Graphics Center. She was awarded a grant to study Japaneses woodblock printing from Art Quest, The Nagasawa Art Park Pilot Project, on Awajishima, Japan and residencies to Yaddo, Ucross, and Centrum voor Grafiek, Frans Masereel, Belgium.
Howard NathensonBorn Denver, Colorado. Graduated Denver University with BFA, attended San Francisco Art Institute 2 years, graduated University of California, Berkeley with MFA. Taught painting and drawing at University of California, Kean College, William Paterson University, Visual Arts Center of NJ 1970-2017(currently), and The Rockland Center for the Visual Arts (currently).
I have exhibited my paintings and photographs nationally, and my work is in many public and private collections, including The Neuberger Museum and The Dorsky Museum of CUNY.
Mark SaengerA phone call from the HBO show, “The Sopranos” requested that his art be featured in the 2001 season. Saenger was initially motivated to paint by a college art professor who advised him to “stick with it.” The paint-along artist, Bob Ross seen on TV, fascinated Saenger. He took a workshop with this popular personality only to find, to his disappointment, but more to his benefit, that nothing which looks so easy could be achieved without commitment and skill. From thereon, he began a rigorous study of the principles of art, having to spend long hours behind the easel and miles of canvas. He has studied with some of the most notable landscape artists of today. Saenger enjoys helping beginners and intermediate artists get on the road to success, like his mentors had done for him. Saenger’s goal is not only to stop time and capture a certain ""light effect"" or condition, but to ensure that the viewer can feel the warm glow of the sunset, or the bitter cold of winter.
Kit SailerKit Sailer earned her BFA from Syracuse University, receiving the Hazard/Gee Fellowship upon graduation. She has received a NJ State Council of the Arts Fellowship, was Artist-in-residence at the Newark Museum, and was selected to participate in Aljira’s Emerge program. Solo exhibits include Delaware Valley Arts Alliance, Catskill Art Society, Johnson & Johnson, New Jersey Center for Visual Arts, Tomasulo Gallery, and Watchung Arts Center. Group shows have included The Newark Museum, Aljira, NJ State Museum, Old Church Cultural Center, and City Without Walls. Kit teaches painting and drawing to adults at the Visual Art Cener of NJ and the Artist Teacher Institute. She works with children through various programs including the NJ State Council on the Arts Artist-in-Education, and outreach programs administered by Arts Horizons, and Young Audiences. Ms. Sailer is based in Jersey City, NJ, and in Callicoon, NY.
Daniel SalandDan Saland has been creating various forms of art throughout his life and since 2012, his passion has been stone sculpture. A licensed psychologist in private practice, Dan specializes in working with adolescents. He finds many parallels between psychology and sculpting stone. Dan’s approach with stone is one of patience and humility with an emphasis on relating authentically with each stone. Similar to the human psyche, sculpting is a relational process of formation, development, and becoming. Dan also finds carving stone quite cathartic as the sculptural challenge leads to deep self-reflection and change.
Sajal SarkarSajal Sarkar was born in Kolkata in 1963, an eastern region of India, and grew up in a middle class joint family. He initially enrolled in a local art school, and later, in the Goverment College of Art and Craft, Kolkata, where he completed a BFA in painting in 1989. He then worked as a freelance illustrator for one year at a leading Bengali newspaper. He taught art to the differently-abled kids at Spastics Society of Eastern India, Kolkata in 1990. He was also a regular contributor with illustrations in little magazines published for the aspirant young writers. In 1993, Sajal decided to move to Baroda, in the western region of India, to learn and study printmaking at M S University of Baroda where he completed his Post Graduate Diploma in Printmaking in 1995.
In 1996, Sajal was awarded a grant from Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation, Canada. Within a few years of art practice he got some more recognition through research fellowships, grants and some international exposure such as a solo show in AICON Gallery at Palo Alto in 2007, a second grant from Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation, Canada in 2005 and a number of shows in India and internationally, including Print Triennial of Chamelieres, France. He attended a lot of art workshops and residencies both for painting and printmaking in India and abroad. One of Sajal’s etching prints can be found in the collection of the Library of Congress in their prints and photography section. In the year 2012, a sculptural project was approved by the cultural ministry of India and he was awarded the Senior Research Fellowship. Sajal was associated with various art schools in India and especially with the Painting and Printmaking Department for more than 20 years at Faculty of Fine Arts, M S University of Baroda , India as an external jury member. He also played a major role for co-curricular programs such as art workshops and artist portfolio.