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  Judy Atlas, BA State University of New York at Buffalo; MS University of Wisconsin, Madison. Studied at CAW with Lora Lee Bell, Graziella deSolodow and Barbara Harder. Teaching: Horizons-Snowfarms Elderhostel; Intensive Watercolor Workshops, Williamsburg, MA. Exhibits locally.  

Alexis Brown, BFA School of the Arts Chicago. Focus on etching, lithography, and animal illustration.

  Diana Brownell, BA Smith College; MFA Maryland Institute, College of Art. Teaching: Sacred Heart University, Mohegan Community College, Lyman Allyn Museum. Exhibits widely.
  Helen Byler, BA Visual Arts Hampshire College. Studied at Hartford Art School, New York Studio School and Yale University. Teaching: Guilford Handcraft Center. Her work is in private collections nationwide. Exhibits in New York and Connecticut.  
  Judie Cavanaugh, BA Albertus Magnus College; MS art education, Southern Connecticut State University. Teaching: Worthington Hooker School, New Haven, North Branford School System, and Creative Arts Workshop. Exhibits in Connecticut.  
  Robert C. Church, MFA University of Wisconsin-Madison; BFA Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design. Teaching: University of New Haven, Unversity of Wisconsin-Madison. Maintains a studio in Guilford, CT.  
  Lucienne Coifman, studied weaving with Mary Colton, Virginia West, and Nell Znamierovski. Teaching: Guilford Handcraft Center, Wesleyan Potters and Handweaver's Guild of CT. Exhibits widely.  
  Linda Colman, BFA Tyler School of Art, Temple University, PA. Currently studying with Sara Aldouby, sculptor. Exhibited most recently at John Slade Ely House, City-Wide Open Studiosand the Barnum Museum. Co-owner of Agolaccio Gallery and Yarn, LLC, in the Westville section of New Haven.  
  Peter Craig, BS in Electrical Engineering, University of Bridgeport. Studied photography at New York University. Program Coordinator Urban Artist Initiative. Ten years teaching statewide. Master Teaching Artist, Connecticut Commission on the Arts. Selected as “Artist to Watch for the Millennium” by the Hartford Courant. Exhibits nationally.    
  Phyllis Crowley, BS Vassar. Fine art and commercial photographer, now working digitally. 1999 and 1995 Artist Fellowship awards from the Connecticut Commission on the Arts. Teaching: Norwalk Community College, University of Bridgeport. Exhibits nationally.  
  Steve DiGiovanni, BA University of South Carolina; MFA Maryland Institute of Art. Teaching: Sacred Heart University, Guilford Adult Education. Exhibits in New York and New England area. Head of Drawing and Painting Department CAW.  
  Eileen Eder, MFA Graduate School of Figurative Art of the New York Academy of Art. Studied: New York Studio School, Rhode Island School of Design. Teaching: Gateway Community College, Yale British Art Museum. Exhibits in New York and New England and is represented in many private and corporate collections.  
  Christopher Engstrom, MFA Yale School of Art in Painting/Printmaking; BFA Cooper Union. Teaching: Co-op High School .  
  Joan Fitzsimmons, MFA The School of Art Institute of Chicago; BFA Washington University. Teaching: Norwalk Community Technical College, Fairfield University. Exhibits widely.  
  Lily Kok Forbush, BA Beloit College, MS Southern Connecticut State University, classes Maryland Art Institute. Studio Potter at CAW for 15 years. Has taken numerous classes at CAW in drawing, watercolor, and metalwork. Member Connecticut Watercolor Society. Has won several awards. Teaching: Public schools, CAW and privately. Exhibits in the Northeast and in the Netherlands.  
  Maura Galante, BFA UMass Dartmouth. Graduate work in printmaking and certified in art education, Southern Connecticut State University. Teaching: Betsy Ross Arts Magnet School, Guilford Handcraft Center, and Cambridge Center for Adult Education. Exhibits in New England and New York.  
  Martha German, began her study of calligraphy at CAW 25 years ago with Yale Press book designer John O.C. McCrillis. She has also studied with Pamela LaRegina, Philip Bouwsma, Ward Dunham and Sheila Waters. In addition to accepting commissions for commercial work she exhibits locally and nationally and has taught at Guilford Handcraft Center.  
  Anita Griffith, BFA Tulane University. Studio in Madison, CT. Teaching: Guilford Handcraft Center. Exhibits nationally.    
  Barbara Harder, BA Marymount College. Graduate work in Printmaking at Southern Connecticut State University. Teaching: Quinnipiac College, University of Bridgeport, Connecticut College, New London. Guest lecturer: Yale University Art Gallery and Fairfield University. Member of the Printmakers Network of Southern New England. Exhibits internationally and is represented in private, corporate and museum collections. Head of Printmaking Department, CAW.  
  Louise Harter, BA Barnard College; Penland School of Crafts; and Alfred University summer program. Apprenticed with Maxine Krasnow. Maintains a studio in Bethany, CT. Represented in galleries nationally.  
  Flo Hatcher, John Herron School of Art of Indiana University; Ball State University. Teaching: Southern Connecticut State University, Cleveland Institute of Art, Penland School. National exhibitor, juror and lecturer. Artwork included in numerous university museum, and corporate permanent collections. Also featured in recent publications and video presentations.  
  Lisa Hess-Hesselgrave, MFA Yale School of Art; BFA Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Teaching: Fairfield University, Housatonic Community College, Paier College of Art, SUNY, Purchase, University of Connecticut, Storrs. Exhibits: Connecticut, Pennsylvania and New York.    
  Chris Highsmith, self-taught cartoonist drawing since the age of nine. Developed and instructed classes in urban and hip-art art, cartooning, T-shirt and fabric painting, and digital computer art for youths and various institutions throughout the New Haven area. Studied computer graphics at Gateway Community Technical College.    
  Tung Hoang, MFA in Non-Toxic Printmaking Rochester Institute of Technology; MFA in Studio Art at Southern Connecticut State University. Research work on Dupont’s ImageOn film and on Rostow & Jung’s water-based intaglio ink. Teaching experience: Rochester Institute of Technology and Southern Connecticut State University. Exhibits regionally.  
  Charles Jones, studied at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. CAW Studio Potter.    
  Jilaine Jones, studied at the College of Ceramics, Alfred University and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. She has taught ceramics, sculpture and drawing at a variety of schools including Phillips Academy, Andover and the New York Studio School. She has been exhibiting her sculpture in New England and New York since the early 1980’s. In 1998 she was awarded the Connecticut Commission on the Arts Grant for sculpture.  

Kelley Kapp, BFA University of Kansas, continuing education at the New York School of Visual Arts, Parson’s School of Design, New York Institute of Technology. Kapp is a graphic and fabric designer who has worked with Disney, Carters, Hallmark and Macy’s. She exhibits her mixed media paper, paintings and assemblages throughout the region.


Nancy Karpel, BS Albertus Magnus, PMC certification PMC Guild. Karpel has exhibited widely, published in professional journals, and has been a professional jeweler for over 32 years. She teachers traditional and PMC workshop at Creative Arts Workshop, Guilford Arts Center and Hopkins and trains interns at her studio in New Haven.

  Jaime Kriksciun, BFA from Manhattanville College, Purchase NY. She is an award-winning artist who exhibits her stained glass art throughout the region. She specializes in stained glass design, construction and repair. Jamie teaches the art and repair of stained glass at Amity Regional Adult Education and the Glass Source in Connecticut.    
  Ann P. Lehman, BA Smith College; University of Florence; Cranbrook Academy of Art; Yale School of Art. Fifteen one-woman sculpture shows. Head of Sculpture Department, CAW.  

Catherine Lendler, BS Studio Art Graphic Design Specialization, Southern Connecticut State University. A graphic artist, photographer and Teaching Assistant at CAW.

  Willard Lustenader, BA Vassar College, MA Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London. Formal background in art history. Studied privately with Nelson Shanks during early 1980’s. Part-time teaching at Choate Rosemary Hall, guest critiques at Yale School of Architecture. Recent artist in residence at Florida Southern University. Winner of many awards. Exhibits widely in New York, New England, and Tampa Florida areas.  
  Vanilia Majoros, Art Historian. Ph.D., Hungarian Academy of Sciences. Specialist in Modernism. Six monographs. More than 100 articles published in Hungary, France, Germany, Canada and the U.S. Printmaking studies at Yale School of Art and Creative Arts Workshop. Eleven solo exhibitions in Hungary. Group shows in Hungary and in the U.S.  
  Corinne McManemin, MFA Southern Methodists University, Dallas Texas. Studied at The Art Students League and The National Academy of Design. Teaching: Southern Methodist University, Brookhaven College and the Guilford Handcraft Center. Exhibits nationally.  

Ihrie Means, MFA Yale University, BFA, Maryland institute of Art, Penland school of Craft, furniture making. Teaching experience: Quinnipiac University Art History and Comic Art. Ms. Means is also a children’s book illustrator and cartoon illustrator published in the New Yorker Magazine. She exhibits throughout the region.

  Fethi Meghelli, MFA National School of Fine Arts, Paris France. BA Fine Arts Algeria. Fellowship Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop New York City. Exhibits in the United States, Europe and Japan.  
  David Millen, a self-taught sculptor specializing in outdoor sculpture using permanent construction materials. He has maintained a teaching studio and sculpture garden for twenty years. Commissions include three Connecticut universities, North Haven High School and New Haven Jewish Community Center.    
  Meredith Miller, MFA Photography Yale School of Art; BA Visual Arts University of Chicago. Winner Creative Arts Workshop 2004 juried show Fact/Fiction.  
  Armand Morgan, MFA Maryland Institute, College of Art, BFA University of Connecticut. Teaching: Yale Peabody Museum, New Haven, Bruce Museum, Greenwich.    
  Jan Murdock, BLS Yale University. Connecticut Commission on the Arts grant recipient. Prize-winning artist exhibiting in museums in over ten states. Member of Silvermine Guild of Artists; Connecticut Women Artist and the Connecticut Academy of Fine Arts.    
  Gisela Noack, graduated from Chemieschule Ehlhard. Studied bookbinding, restoration and conservation of library materials with Jane Greenfield, Head of Conservation Department of Yale University Library. Head of Book Arts Department, CAW.  
  Robert Parrott, BA University of New Hampshire. Formerly Assistant Director of Haystack-Hinkley School, and Department Head of the Ceramics Department of Creative Arts Workshop. Teaching: Wesleyan Potters, Brookfield Craft Center, Guilford Handcraft Center, Horizons and Pratt Institute in NYC. He has been a full time potter since 1971 working in domestic stoneware and numerous forms of architectural ceramics. Exhibits and sells internationally.    

Liz Pagano, graduated Paier School of Art. Teaching: Creative Arts Workshop; Connecticut College; Center for Contemporary Printmaking. Member of City Gallery, and ALL Gallery. Teaches privately in her studio at Erector Square. Exhibits nationally and internationally.

  Debi Pendell, BA Central Connecticut State University, MALS Wesleyan University. Teaching: CAW, Farmington Valley Arts Center in Avon, Jerry’s Artarama in West Hartford, and the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art in Hartford. Lives, works and conducts classes and workshops in her home and studio at The Eclipse Mill in North Adams, MA. Work in corporate and private collections in the US and Canada. Exhibits frequently in the Northeast.    
  Connie Pfeiffer, MFA Rochester Institute of Technology; BS Southern Connecticut State University. Teaching: Rochester School of Arts Magnet, NY; Rochester Institute of Technology; Wesleyan Potters, CT. Founding member City Gallery a cooperative gallery on State Street in New Haven. Metals and mixed media sculptor maintains a studio in Chester, CT. Exhibits nationally.  
  Dorothy Powers is a well-known Connecticut artist whose work can be found in many private and corporate collections She has shown her paintings and drawings in a number of one-person and group invitational exhibits. She has received a number of artist's grants including the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, the Elizabeth Foundation Grant and the CT Comission Grant for Painting. She has previously taught at Albertus Magnus College and Sacred Heart University.    
  Christina Re, MFA Yale School of Art; BFA Art Academy of Cincinnati; attended the New York Studio School. Teaching Assistant Yale School of Art.    
  Stephen Rodriguez, studied ceramics at Alfred University under instructors, Val Cushing, Robert Turner, and Wayne Higby. His work in porcelain and stoneware is inspired by and reflects classic forms in the history of ceramics, particularly in ancient Chinese, Korean, and Japanese pottery. He is a founding member of Gallery 12 in Guilford, a cooperative crafts gallery. Teaching: Wesleyan Potters and the 92nd Street Y in New York. Head of Pottery Department, CAW. Exhibits widely.  
  Julia Rogoff, BA Princeton University; and certificate in Drawing & Painting from The New York Studio School. Has taught color theory at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn; currently teaches drawing/painting at the Guilford Art Center, and privately; and exhibits her paintings throughout the shoreline Connecticut area. She also has an extensive background in the performing arts as a ballet dancer; in set design and technical production for the San Francisco Opera; and as an Interior Designer in New York City.  
  Paulette Rosen, is a book artist with a BA in Arts and Media, Williams James College. Studied bookbinding with Gisela Noack and D. Ann Lindbeck. Teaching: local elementary schools, and independent workshops. Exhibits in the Northeast.  

Karen Rossi,  graduated form Southern Connecticut State University, studied at Creative Arts Workshop, Penland School of Crafts, Brookfield Craft center. She is a narrative artist designer whose work is exhibited and commissioned throughout the region.

  Jan Sacco, studied basketry with Suzanne Douglas and Barbara Massone. Teaching: Guilford Handcraft Center and privately. Exhibits throughout Connecticut. Head of Fiber Department, CAW.  
  Ruth Sack, BA Brandeis University; MFA Sculpture Queens College City University of New York. Attended New York Studio School. Partner in Goldberg & Sack Communications, graphic design and marketing firm.    
  Martha Savage, BFA San Francisco Art Institute; MFA Visual Art Vermont College, Alternate Route to Certification. Teaching: ACES-Thomas Edison Middle School, Meriden, Yale New Haven Teachers Institute Fellow. Member: Connecticut Women Artists, Inc. PACK art coodinator, CAW Young People's Department Head for grades 2-12. Twenty-three years teaching experience. Exhibits in Connecticut, Maryland and New York.  
  Anna Scarff, BA London School of Occupational Therapy. Studied drawing and painting at Hornsey Art School, London; Art Student’s League, New York City. Teaching: New Haven area schools, LEAP.    
  Eva Scopino, MFA Vermont College, BFA Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. Yale-New Haven Teachers Institute Fellowship; Connecticut Commission on the Arts ICCD Grant. Over 15 years teaching experience in public and private schools, community programs, museum education. Exhibits regionally. Head of Young People's Department, CAW.  
  Harold Shapiro, New England School of Photography. Commercial and Fine Art Photographer. Exhibits widely. Head of Photography Department, CAW.  
  Nellie Shevelkina, BA in Fine Art Education Institute of Fine Arts, Russia; MFA Textile Institute, Ivanovo, Russia. Parsons School of Design, New York. Freelance artist and teacher for over 10 years.  
  Jennifer Van Elswyk, Paier School of Art, Southern Connecticut State University, Center for Creative Youth Wesleyan University. Trained under Barbara Harder at Creative Arts Workshop for five years. Exhibits locally.  
  Chris Volpe, BA Visual Arts University of Bridgeport. Staff photographer New Haven Register.    
  Kris Wetmore, BA Fine Arts MS Art Education Southern Connecticut State University. Over 15 years teaching experience in New Haven Public Schools. Currently teaches at Cooperative Arts and Humanities Magnet High School. Exhibits locally.    

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