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Our Youth Programs faculty members are working artists and designers, and have years of experience in youth arts education.
Classes Taught: Architecture
My name is Hazel Afamefuna and I am a rising senior at MassArt currently studying Architecture with a minor in Sustainability. I am originally from Nigeria but I live in Attleboro MA, where I spend most of my time during holidays and summer vacations. While growing up in Nigeria, I spent a lot of time observing, drawing, and painting my surroundings; this experience contributed to how I discovered my passion for architecture and my appreciation for my surrounding environment.
Since I have joined the MassArt community I have held different leadership positions across campus that have impacted me in various ways. One of these positions marked my time as the Student Trustee where I worked with the Board of Trustees and the E-Board of Student Government Association. After that I entered the role of primer which led to Lead Primer whose responsibilities include planning and facilitating the MassArt orientation program. As an aspiring architect and artist these roles have greatly impacted me, but most importantly these roles taught me how to express my creativity and engage with my peers and the rest of my community.
Alex Alderete is a freelance creature designer that's worked with Fearem Games on the title Deamonical while also contributing to other independent gaming companies. He's been on the roster of Chicken-Bone FX for the last few years. He is currently teaching at New Art Center in Newton.
Classes Taught: Illustration
Jordan Awan is a freelance illustrator and creative director. His illustrations have received recognition from American Illustration and The Society of Illustrators. In 2011, the Art Directors Club selected Jordan as a member of Young Guns 9. His illustration work was also featured in the books Illustration Next and The Art of McSweeney’s.
Jordan currently teaches illustration at Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston. He previously taught illustration at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn and Lesley University in Cambridge, and has given talks and critiques at the School of Visual Arts and Parsons.
Jordan worked as creative director of MIT Technology Review until fall of 2017. From 2010 to 2014, Jordan was art director at The New Yorker. He's married to fellow artist Morgan Elliott.
Awan's art direction work has been recognized by the Society of Publication Designers, The American Society of Magazine Editors, The Type Directors Club, American Illustration, and the Society of Illustrators, among others. He has served as a judge for the Society of Illustrators, American Illustration, and 3x3, and lectured in conjunction with the Society of Publication Designers and American Illustration / American Photography. Awan's work has been shown in galleries in New York, Los Angeles, Montreal, the Philippines, and elsewhere.
Javier Barboza is an award-winning filmmaker, Creative Director, Animator, Educator. His work tackles the complexity of identity and migration, using surreal, magical realism, narrative and documentary method to engage the audience in an experience best described as visually immersive. He studied at East Los Angeles College, dedicating himself to fine arts, animation and graffiti. He continued his studies at Cal Arts majoring in Character Animation and film video. He received his MFA at U.S.C, School of Cinematic Arts. He was awarded the Princes Grace Film Special projects grant and was a Annenberg graduate fellowships at USC. He has showcased at a variety of film festivals nationally and internationally. Javier continues to lecture at various Universities nationally and internationally. Javier has worked , freelance and pitched for several clients and studios, Netflix, MTV, ACLU, Buck, KCET, Shadow Machine, Telemundo, Univision, PBS, Google, Playboy, Nickelodeon, Sony Animation and Disney. T.V. He is currently experimenting with new ways of telling stories through VR, A.R, projections, installations, performance art, muppets, graffiti and animation. Javier is currently based in Boston MA and Los Angeles CA.
Althea Bennett is a sculptor, illustrator and printmaker from Boston. Bennett attended Boston Arts Academy, Parsons School of Design, and is currently pursuing a Master's Degree in Art Education at MassArt. As an arts educator, Bennett's teaching method is hip hop, meaning that it is a pastiche of history, culture, art, respect, representation, expression, and experimentation. Through her lesson plans and experiences, she gives her students opportunities to uncover their personal histories and to understand their futures Students discover new connections with materials and techniques, being innovative and resourceful.
Carly Blais is an Artist and Educator who has been working in a public high school in Massachusetts the past four years, while simultaneously pursuing other community education opportunities at MassArt. In her teaching, she focuses on student voice and highlighting the concepts contemporary artists address in their work. Her own artwork is inspired by typography and the way messages are conveyed to people in their daily lives: vintage and modern signs, advertisements, and news headlines.
Camilo Cárdenas is an interdisciplinary and project-based artist working primarily in film/video, animation, sculpture and installation. Recent exhibition venues include Vox Populi in Philadelphia and Heit Gallery in Berlin. Camilo is the recipient of a Delphi Research Fellowship from the Center for Material Culture Studies at the University of Delaware, which supported his research film project “Shaman as Artist”, conducted in the Amazon region of his home country, Colombia. He received his MFA from the University of Delaware and his BFA from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Camilo is currently an artist in residence at ArteSumapaz in San Bernardo (Cundinamarca), Colombia.
Based in Boston, Darren Cole's practice explores technology and its ability to communicate meaning to people through moving-image work. Currently, Cole is an Assistant Professor in MassArt's Film/Video department. Multi-media re-imagined as a vehicle for change is why Cole creates meaning from culture through his use of old and new technology.
Classes Taught: Designing Character
Eric has been involved in art & design education since 2004, working, teaching and conducting workshops at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), the Rhode Island School of Design, Continuing Education (RISD-CE), and most recently at MassArt, Youth Artist Programs. Eric currently holds a Master of Arts in Higher Education from Ball State University, as well a two certificates in Comic & Sequential Art and Children's Book Illustration from RISD, and is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Massachusetts Boston. Eric enjoys the art of story telling, world building and character creation. Previous classes include 'Tooning Around, Creating Critters, and The Fairy Tail Workshop. Eric's classes focus on character development through world creation and how environment impacts and shapes the decisions and design of a character.
Classes Taught: The Figure in 2D
Peter Fadness is an art teacher who has been drawing, painting, and studying art for over 30 years. Figure drawing has been a passion of his since he first picked up a comic book as a kid. He has lived all over the country and taught in a variety of places. Since receiving his Master's in Art Education from MassArt, Peter has taught Drawing, Painting, Sculpture, Animation, Graphic Design, and Digital Photography. He has taught children as well as adults and is currently a Visual Art teacher at Lowell High.
Classes Taught: Illustration
Alex Gerasev is an illustrator, painter, printmaker, and muralist. Gerasev grew up in St. Petersburg, Russia and studied at the Repin Academy of Fine Arts. His work has been exhibited internationally and is held in private and public collections throughout the US and Europe, including The Boston Public Library, The Boston Athenæum, Columbia University, Marriott Hotel, The Pushkin Museum, and Deutsche Immobilien Fonds AG. He was awarded a Massachusetts Cultural Council Grant to paint a mural at the Revere Beach T station, Revere, MA. Gerasev teaches illustration at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design.
Navid is an artist and educator currently based in Boston. He holds an MFA in photography from Massachusetts College of Art and Design. He was a multi-year recipient of Dean’s scholarship and teaching fellowships from Massachusetts college of Art and Design and as a Visiting Artist at Institute of Contemporary Art(ICA), Boston, MA. Navid received a grant from Massachusetts Service Alliance to serve with MassArt’s Center for Art and Community Partnerships to nurture relationships by partnering with communities within and beyond college to engage college students and community youth. Navid has exhibited his works at numerous galleries and Museums both nationally and internationally, including FOTOHOF Gallery, Salzburg, Austria, Photographic Resource Center, Boston, MA, Attleboro Art Museum, MA, Raskolnikov Gallery, Germany, Atlantic Wharf Gallery, Boston, MA, SYNC Gallery, Denver, CO, Plymouth Center for the Arts, Plymouth, MA and South Shore Art Center. He works mostly with photography, video and uses immersive installation to experiment with the ideas of past and present identities, loss and disappearance, solitude and connection.
Julia is an Artist, and Fashion Designer based in Boston, MA. She received her BFA in Fashion Design from Massachusetts College of Art and Design in May of 2020. Julia is currently working as the Department Tutor for the Fashion Department and oversees the Curating Fashion Archive at MassArt. She has interned at Primark for visual merchandising, and at the Boston Conservatory at Berklee in the costume shop. Julia was employed by MassArt as the Fashion Department Tutor and Costume Design Teaching Assistant as a student, and is a former participant in MassArt Youth Programs.
Her work focuses on incorporating couture and traditional artistic techniques into modern day clothing. She specializes in hand techniques such as embroidery, beading, smocking, fabric painting, and leather work. Much of her work is inspired by her love for historical clothing and lifestyle. She also enjoys traditional drawing and painting, and likes to incorporate them into her design work.
Classes Taught: Film/Video
Writer Director Nora Jaenicke lives between Cambridge and New York City. She was raised in Italy by German parents, and after studying film studies at the European Institute of Design in Rome, she worked in Germany for the Documentary Film Production Company Taglichtmedia.
She received a full scholarship to study Screenwriting at Vancouver Film School, in Canada. In Los Angeles, she gathered her first experiences on set working for various productions within the Art and the Production Department. Among others, she worked in the Art Department of Chronenberg’s film “A Dangerous Method.” She then studied Creative Writing and Psychology at Harvard University Extension Studies.
Her short films that she wrote, directed and produced have won multiple awards at international festivals all over the world. Her feature length screenplay WHALES was a semi-finalist at Oscar Qualifying Nashville Film Festival and a Finalist at Finish Line Screenwriting Competition. Her short story “The Storyteller” was published as a part of the Harvard Summer Review short story collection in Summer 2019.
Brenna works as a Marketing Coordinator for Massart's Continuing Education and Youth Programs Department. While at MassArt, she was involved in a variety of programs, including being a Residential Assistant for her Sophomore and Junior year, the leader of Outdoor Adventure Club, a rugby player, and the Manager of the Pop-Up Holiday and Spring Sale. Brenna majored in Industrial design at MassArt and graduated in 2018. Since graduating college she has held the position of Maker Specialist at MassArt- supporting Architecture and Industrial Design students in the woodshop, and Furniture Builder at Bostonwood. Her most recent project combines her love of woodworking and passion for skateboarding. She has been collecting old or broken skateboards and is hoping to create furniture out of the salvaged wood. Brenna is grateful for the knowledge she gained studying Industrial Design at MassArt and is excited to see where it will take her next.
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Nat LaChall is a Teaching Artist who makes garments, wearable soft sculpture, installations and photography. They are interested in the History of Dress and perfecting their sewing and pattern making skills to Master status. They are an alumni of the MassArt Summer Youth Program, where they took the same pre-college Fashion Design course that they now teach! Nat later enrolled in MassArt and graduated in 2006 with a BFA in Sculpture. After graduating, they designed and made costumes for Boston theaters and cabarets. Most recently, they attended the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where they received a MFA in Fashion, Body and Garment. They are now the Textiles Department Director at Lillstreet Art Center in Chicago.
James Lambert is a Boston-based artist. Recent projects have focused on blending pictorial traditions with object oriented approaches to making. He is involved with several collaborative efforts in the Boston area including cofounding the papermill Artist Made Paper and the artist group JAWS. In addition to these activities, he is also an educator at Bunker Hill Community College, Endicott and MassArt.
Christiana Lauzon was born in Maine and moved to Beverly, Ma to attend the small coastal school known as Montserrat College of Art. After completing her BFA in 2014, she began teaching and working in Interior Design. Her questions emanate from, “Where does a painting live?” Christiana’s work evokes suggestions of cerebral landscapes of the past, both known and imagined. Her pieces convey the intricacy of felt space in divisions, color, and shape. Christiana creates in a live-in studio where she continues to explore the nature of making.
Andrée Leduc is a Boston based painter and educator. She currently teaches at MassArt, Northern Essex Community College and Endicott College. She has also taught at Mount Holyoke and School of the Museum at Tufts. She has shown in Boston, New York, Montreal, Ottawa and Berlin.
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Classes Taught: Drawing Fundamentals, Issues & Images
Benjamin Lee Sperry is a visual artist who uses painting, printmaking and photography to mediate personal experience and search for greater meaning. As an educator he believes that learning is a life long pursuit and that individual interaction and dialogue should remain central to the learning process. He teaches Printmaking, and a variety of foundations classes. He holds an MFA in Painting and Printmaking from University of Delaware and a BFA in Visual and Critical Studies from the School of Visual Arts.
He currently teaches at Lincoln University and with the MassArt Summer Program. Benjamin is from Juniata county Pennsylvania, but currently lives in Brooklyn and works out of a studio in Gowanus. He has a lovely wife and daughter and is expecting another child in September.
Classes Taught: Animation, 3D Fundamentals
Christopher LeGare is a Boston based artist and educator who holds a BFA in Animation and a Masters Degree in Art and Teaching from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Chris works in a variety of mediums in his artistic practice integrating time based media with sculpture and painting. Chris serves on the board and is a resident studio artist at the Arlington Center for the Arts where he has worked at nearly 20 years. Additionally Chris has filmed and produced short documentaries for artists and works as a special educator in Newton Massachusetts.
Nancy McCarthy is a painter who works both from imagination and observation. Exhibitions include: "Veils," There Gallery, NYC; "Beyond Texture," Truro Center for the Arts, Truro, MA; "The Unstilllife," Guest artist, Zeuxis, University of Arkansas, Fort Smith, AK; "A Cat May Look," Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA; solo exhibition, Fitchburg University; "Color Works," Truro Center for Arts, Truro, MA; Manifest Drawing and Painting Center, Cincinnati, OH; Simmons College, Boston; Gutman Library, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA; and Bowery Gallery, NY. Awards include: a residency at the Inside Out Museum in Beijing China, a St. Botolph Foundation Award, Artist's Grant, Vermont Studio Center and a Ragdale Foundation Fellowship. She has served as a mentor in both MassArt's and Lesley University's low residency MFA Programs and has taught painting, drawing and color courses at Massachusetts College of Art and Design since 2005. In 2018 she was a visiting artist at the Beijing Royal Academy in Beijing, China.
rimi (modhurima) mallick
Rimi Mallick is an animator, visual artist and educator, working and living in the Greater Boston area. She graduated with a BFA in Animation from Massachusetts College of Art and Design. She works mostly in digital 2D Animation and Stop Motion. She also enjoys hand-making books and hand lettering as part of her artistic practice. Since Fall 2018, she has been a lead teacher for Animation in the MassArt Saturday Studios program, sharing her love for animation with high school students every week. To continue her journey as an educator, Rimi plans to begin her education to gain her Masters in Art Education at MassArt this fall.
Alaina Montuori is an artist, educator, and musician who lives and works in Greater Boston. She graduated with an MFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts/Tufts University in 2012, with a focus on community arts practice. While Alaina's artmaking has spanned the fields of painting, video, performance, and social practice, she is most actively engaged in the graphic arts for her lettering and design studio, Extras by Alaina.
Classes Taught: Architecture
Paul Paturzo is an architect, member of the faculty at MassArt and the former Dean of the Graduate Programs. He has taught design studios at several institutions including Wentworth and MIT where his courses focused on introducing students to the design process. His professional work ranges from object design to land planning that integrates the preservation of nature with strategic development. Both his academic and professional work is guided by a commitment to environmental stewardship.
Classes Taught: Architecture
Julian K. Phillips developed an early interest in engineering alongside what he believed to be a casual painting hobby. With the help and push from his parents, these interests transformed into a passion and love for architecture and design. Paintings and illustrations became more than a hobby for Julian when his paintings were shown in the Memphis International Airport, Brooks Museum (Memphis), Frist Art Museum (Nashville), and the Memphis Heritage House. His collegiate education began at Southern Illinois University, graduating with a Bachelors of Science in Architectural Studies. It was here where the love for design grew beyond buildings and structures and into the realms of furniture, graphics, theory, and planning. His knowledge and skills in graphic design, furniture design, and color theory landed Julian as Part Owner/Marketing Director of Saluki Craft, a local art store specializing in custom woodworkings alongside a team of four classmates. After receiving his Bachelor's degree in 2017, Julian worked as an architectural intern for CMArchitects in Nashville, TN working with architects on education facilities, and single family dwellings. He spent his free time in Nashville volunteering for the Nashville Civic Design Center where he worked to lobby for the 2017 Nashville Transit Plan. Shortly after, he started his masters degree in architecture at Mass College of Art where he completed his graduate thesis fall of 2019. At Massart, Julian served as a Sustainability Research Assistant and Graduate Teaching Assistant every semester he was enrolled in graduate school. In only two years, he has taken part in designing/creating art installations at the Peabody Essex Museum (Copa Pavillion) and The Institute of Contemporary Art (Bizzaro Beach). Julian is currently an Architectural Designer at Goody Clancy an Architecture, Historic Preservation, and Planning firm in Boston’s Back Bay where he works on collegiate education buildings. In every project, Julian strives to positively impact his surroundings and use architecture to prove that human relation is the strongest and most genuine element of design.
Classes Taught: Animation Intensive
Allison Power is a Massachusetts native and a current animation and former film student at Massachusetts College of Art and Design. She has also attended Marlboro College in Vermont and Worcester State University, where she studied film and theater. She has taught classes at the Leicester Public library and in Lowell. She likewise has experience working on creative projects in Burlington and Brattleboro, Vermont, as well as on Nantucket Island. She enjoys creating mixed media works that usually incorporate a blend of live action and animation. She loves to experiment and work with the creativity of others.
Cheng is a Graphic Designer who is currently in the MassArt DMI Masters program, focusing on discovering new mediums that could rejuvenate traditional design practices. In his practice, he specializes in Graphic Design, Book Making, Concept Development, and Interactive Installations. His work focuses on social commentary, using the tool of satire to shine light onto controversial topics. In his curriculums, he highly values student conceptual development and prototyping as the process is as equally important as the outcome.
Joseph Ray is a professional Artist and educator who received his BFA from Oswego State University and his MFA from MassArt. He currently teaches at Western New England University, Assumption College, Anna Maria College and MassArt. His own practice revolves around family narratives through abstract illustration. His mediums include painting, drawing, handmade paper and digital formats.
Classes Taught: Photography
Nohemi Rodriguez (she/her/hers) has experiences as a photographer, facilitator, and project manager in the arts. She has a bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies and a master’s in Art Education with a focus in photography. She has been a practicing artist for over 10 years. She has five years experience teaching darkroom and digital photography. But most important, she LOVES tajin on watermelon and mangos.
Dominican Republic native Jeury Rosario has been dressing some of the most beautiful women in the world. His clients are beauty queens and showbiz starlets - Susie Castillo, Miss USA 2003; Amelia Vega, Miss Universe 2003 and Paola Rey, Colombian actress, model and Icon.
In 2003 he received a Bachelor or Fine Arts Degree with Department Honors from Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston. He also studied in France at the Paris Fashion Institute to further develop his skills in haute couture.
Classes Taught: Graphic Design
Mayuri Saxena is an MFA Graduate student at Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Boston.
In 2017, she earned her undergraduate degree in Fashion and Lifestyle Accessory Design from the National Institute of Fashion Technology in Hyderabad, India. Next, she worked in the creative discipline of product & interactive digital media, emphasizing visual experience strategy for consumers & enterprises. She always had a keen interest in Visual art and design, and hence she decided to pursue her career in Communication Design.
Mayuri believes in minimalistic design language and enjoys experimenting with new concepts & keeping abreast of the latest trends. She is known to be a detail-oriented and creative thinker.
Classes Taught: Architecture
Cassidy Silva is a rising senior at MassArt studying Architecture. Cassidy said, "Studying architectural design with a focus on sustainability is a path I never would have expected myself to take. I had always thought of myself falling under the vague title of artist. However, I also loved communicating with and helping clients, and always wanted to become an engineer or scientist. I also always wanted to work as an environmentalist! I wanted to change the world! I had too many choices to make.By the time I got to MassArt, I didn’t know who I was meant to be. Now I recognize that architecture is the beautiful marriage of art and engineering. Architecture shapes the environment and the lives of human beings. It is the perfect combination of all the things I had loved about my previous creative experiences, combined with the subconscious wonder of built environments that many people who become architects hold."
Renee Silva is a visual artist and educator in Providence, RI and the Boston area. She is an honors graduate of Mass College of Art where she received her BFA in 2016. Her work has been shown at the Harvard Ed Portal in Allston, MA, The Boston Convention Center hosted by Boston CyberArts, and the Philadelphia Academy of Fine Arts. In addition to her studio and teaching practice, Renee has a hand-painted line of apparel found at nippygibbler.com.
Alice Stanne is Boston-based handmade book artist and illustrator. She combines her watercolor and cut paper illustrations with various book-binding techniques to create one of a kind artist books, rich with detail and pattern. Working mostly on a small scale, her style and concepts add touches of whimsy to themes of nature and architecture, often inspired by research into history and folklore.
Alice attended Massachusetts College of Art and Design where she earned a BFA with Honors in Illustration. She now teaches book-making and illustration classes there for the undergraduate Illustration and Continuing Education programs.
Courtney Stock is an artist based in Boston, Massachusetts. Her hybrid works combine the physicality of sculpture with the concerns of painting. Stock received a MFA from Massachusetts College of Art & Design, a Post-Baccalaureate certificate from San Francisco Art Institute, and a BA in Visual Arts from Bowdoin College. Her work has been shown at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, California, Fort Point Community Arts Gallery in Boston, Massachusetts, and at the 2017 Kochi-Muziris Biennale in Kerala, India. In 2018, Stock was artist-in-residence at the Inside / Out Art Museum in Beijing, China. In 2019, she founded BOSSCRITT, a critique and curatorial club for Boston-area artists. Stock has worked with students at all levels of art education, from kindergarteners to graduate students. Her teaching experience includes The Hamlin School, Beijing Royal School, MassArt Youth Programs, and MassArt's BFA and low-residency MFA program.
Crystal BI Wegner
Crystal Bi Wegner is a community artist, multimedia artist, and educator. She is an MFA candidate in the Dynamic Media Institute at MassArt where she studies new media technologies as it relates to public art. Crystal is passionate about accessibility in arts education for Boston Public School students and using art as a tool to imagine a more equitable society. She is an artist in the 2020 Creative City cohort through New England Foundation for the Arts, Transformative Public Art Program through the Mayor's Office of Arts and Culture, and Live Arts Boston through the Boston Foundation for her collaborative public art project with Chinatown residents.
Katie Wild is an artist currently living in Newton, MA whose figurative mixed media works on innovative surfaces push the boundaries of traditional painting. Wild graduated in 2012 from the University of Connecticut with a BFA in painting and illustration and a BA in English, with a creative writing concentration. She completed a post-baccalaureate year at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in 2013, followed by an MFA in painting at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. Since earning her Masters in 2015, she has received two grants from the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation and five artist residencies. Wild has also taught at UMass Dartmouth, and currently teaches at MassArt, CCRI, and BHCC.
Classes Taught: Drawing Fundamentals, Issues & Images
Nathan Wilson is a visual artist and educator specializing in painting, drawing, sculpture, printmaking, and contemporary collaborative practices. He received a BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art, a Post Graduate Diploma in Visual Art from Goldsmith’s College, University of London (UK), and an MFA from the University of Pennsylvania. Currently Nathan is represented by Pageant Soloveev Gallery, Philadelphia, PA. He has exhibited his artwork for over a decade, both domestically and internationally. Wilson's art often explores the politics of authorship, and the economics of materials and production in the arts. He has taught at Bunker Hill Community College, Curry College, Emmanuel College, MassArt, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University of Pennsylvania, The SMFA at Tufts, Wheelock College, and at The International Institute of Contemporary Art and Theory, Romania. Wilson primarily teaches classes in the field of drawing, but also in contemporary collaborative and socially engaged practices, as well as lecture classes such as Introduction to Fine Arts.