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Meet the Faculty and Staff
Our Youth Programs faculty members are working artists and designers, and have years of experience in youth arts education.
Based in Boston MA, Taylor Adams-Bass is an aspiring children's book illustrator, who wants to create magical and colorful worlds with characters that grab the attention of young readers while also teaching them valuable lessons. She uses a mix of cut paper and gouache to create illustrations that invite you into the piece. Currently, Taylor is a Teacher's Assistant in the Illustration department. She also plans to graduate in 2023 with her BFA.
artstation.com/drcornfish • IG: @aaldereteart
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.
daughterofcontrast.com • IG: @daughterofcontrast
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.
Animation Toolkit; 3D Fundamentals
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Camilo Cárdenas is an interdisciplinary and project-based artist working primarily in film/video, animation, installation and performance. His films have been exhibited internationally in Germany, South Korea, Colombia and the USA. Cárdenas has conducted research in the Colombian Amazon, studying Shamanism and connections to contemporary art. As a Colombian immigrant in the USA, his artistic practice focuses on identity formation, fluidity, and belonging. Proficient in analogue filmmaking, such as 16mm and Super 8, Camilo also works with digital media and alternative film mediums.
With a BFA from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design and an MFA from the University of Delaware, Cárdenas intertwines academic research and personal narrative. As an artist and educator, he encourages multifaceted creative explorations that critically and compassionately address social norms, belonging and intersectional identity.
Tamara Castang is a High School graduate of Boston Latin Academy as of June 2022. She will be off to college in the fall, pursuing majors in Graphic Design and Marketing. Tamara was born in Michigan and currently resides in Massachusetts. Her love for art has been present from a young age, participating and succeeding through art shows/competitions. For the past 4 years, she has been a part of Artward Bound. The program helped shape her artwork into what it is today. Tamara typically paints and draws. She is interested in exploring more digital media and working at a larger scale in the future.
vickychenillustration.com • IG: @vicks.0
Vicky Chen is an artist that recently graduated from MassArt and earned a BFA with Honors in Illustration. Currently, Vicky is pursuing a MA in Art Education at Boston University in the fall and hopes to use her skills as an illustrator in her teaching. She has many interests that range from printmaking, drawing comics, and making zines. But when Vicky is not creating, she's usually out and about with her two dogs exploring.
Painting from Observation
My name is Taylor and I am a rising junior, obtaining a BFA in painting at Massart. I will be a teaching assistant for Painting from Observation. I enjoy both drawing and painting, mostly using pencil, charcoal and oil paints. I focus heavily on realism in my work and was a recipient of the George Nick Prize in Spring, 2022. Recently my focus has been on portraiture and the figure, still life painting, fish and other animals.
james vance deal
2DFundamentals, 3D Fundamentals, Issues & Images
James is a Boston-based artist, educator, and writer who received his BFA in Art Education from Massachusetts College of Art & Design in the spring of 2022. Currently working as a teacher assistant for Massart’s Pre-College Summer Studios Program, James has additionally taught Mixed-Media for grades 6-8 during Massart’s Saturday Studios Program in the spring of 2022 and interned at JP KidsArts in Jamaica Plain, a community-based afterschool arts program for ages 5-12.
Coming from a background based in design, James’s work evaluates the lines that tend to separate art from the principles of design by experimenting with the potentials found when their barriers become broken. He places a great emphasis on the relationship between typography and the meanings of our words as they relate to their representational forms. Through his work, James also strives to explore a balance between traditional artistic practices across varying mediums and the technological advancements found in their modern counterparts.
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.
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.
KK Farinola is an illustrator with a focus in children’s book content and cartooning. She graduated from MassArt in 2021 with departmental honors in Illustration and a minor in creative writing. Her artwork has a focus of inventing unique characters and the odd environments they inhabit, as well as finding new inventive ways to portray overlooked topics. She has experience in education from her multiple semesters as a teaching assistant, as well as from her time teaching pottery to the public.
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.
Illustration Intensive/ Teaching Assistant for Alex Gerasev
Amanda Godowski is a multimedia illustrator and sculptor based in Boston Massachusetts. They Recently received their Bachelor of Fine Arts in both Illustration and Ceramics in 2022. They love combining traditional and digital media depicting surrealist narrative work geared towards teens and young adults. Their personal work depicts vivacious and zany characters or environments questioning the metaphysical in congruence with conflicts of the human condition. Godowski has professional experience in illustrating covers, spreads and spots for magazines and anthologies such as Brandeis magazine and Harvard College Children's Stories. Outside of editorial work, they also have experience in writing, book/ paper making, stop motion animation, concept design, puppetry, and producing ceramic tableware.
Drawing Fundamentals; Designing Character
Nasiri Guzman is a representational artist based in Boston, Massachusetts who is originally from the Dominican Republic.
Nasiri is a 2D Fine Arts Painting major who has received his BFA from Mass Art in 2022. He is working towards becoming an Art Professor and looks forward to having the opportunity to pass down the joys of art and techniques to future generations of artists, while assisting them in finding their unique paths on their individual journey in the arts. Growing up in the Dominican Republic, Nasiri was greatly influenced by old masters from the Renaissance and Romantic period, especially in regards to portraiture, still-life, and landscape paintings. As a representational artist, Nasiri's main focus is on the human body, but he also enjoys capturing, enhancing, and bringing light to special moments through his interpretations of still-life paintings and landscapes.
juliaharringtondesign.com • IG: @jrharrington_
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. In addition to youth programs, Julia is currently working at MassArt as the Art Ed Studio Manager, Fashion Department Tutor and Fashion Archive Manager. She has interned at Primark for visual merchandising, and at the Boston Conservatory at Berklee in the costume shop. Julia was a Teaching Assistant for the Costume design class as a student at MassArt, 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 sustainable fashion practices. She also enjoys traditional drawing and painting, and likes to incorporate them into her design work.
Painting from Observation
Haley Johnson is an undergrad at MassArt pursuing a degree in painting with a minor in sustainability. She lives and works between Plainville, Ma. and Boston, where she attends school. Her work explores her passion for wildlife with an emphasis on birds. She is a recipient of the 2022 George Nick Prize and the Gamblin Paint Supply Award. Haley has designed and taught a curriculum to children K-12 at Hunakai Studio of Fine Arts in Foxboro, Ma. She has also served as a teaching assistant for a Studio Foundation drawing course at MassArt. Haley is the founder of MassArt’s Bird Club, a representative for the MassArt Climbing Club, and a student representative for the Sustainability in the Curriculum Committee.
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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.
matthew charles knight
matthewcharlesknight.com • IG: @matthewcharlesknight
My name is Matthew Charles Knight and I graduated MassArt in 2020 with a BFA in Fashion Design. I am originally from Warwick, Rhode Island and my studio is now based out of Cambridge, MA where I freelance for both costume and apparel design. I’m very inspired by gothic architecture and mysticism, and strive to create conceptual based work that lives in a fantastical world, brought alive by the unique souls who wear my pieces.
Since joining the MassArt community in 2016, I have held a variety positions on campus, such as working as a manager at the Info Desk in Kennedy, participating on the Strategic Planning Committee as a Student Representative, working as an assistant in the President’s Office, being an orientation leader (or “primer”) and most recently, as a TA in Fashion Design for Youth Programs this summer. Throughout these roles, I have been fortunate enough to experience many different sections of the MassArt environment, and I find it so inspiring and fulfilling to meet so many unique and creative people.
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.
Drawing Fundamentals; Issues & Images; Comic Book Art
jameslambert.net • IG: @jameslambertstudio
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.
2D Fundamentals, Comic Book Art
andreeleduc.org • IG: @andreeleduc
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.
benjamin lee sperry
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.
Christopher LeGare is a Cambridge based interdisciplinary artist whose work blends fine art elements of collage, sculpture, and painting with cartographic and orthographic drawing methods. Although his image-making is rooted in traditions of abstraction, it engages with narratives of the built environment and memory as something both spatial and personal.
He holds a BFA in Animation and a Masters Degree in Art and Teaching from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Additionally Chris has filmed and produced short documentaries for artists and teaches middle school math in Newton Massachusetts.
Drawing Fundamentals Teaching Assistant
Al Liu is a high school graduate from John D' O'bryant with a passion for illustration and character design for storytelling. Heading into Suffolk University fall of 2022, he plans to explore and find his own art journey on his own as an Artward Bound and Youth Programs Alumni, graduating in 2022.
Vincent works as a graphic designer who has had clients such as The Greater Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce, and Montserrat College of Art. He acquired his BFA in graphic design from Montserrat College of Art, an associates degree in art studies from SUNY Dutchess, and an associates in fine art from SUNY Ulster. He is anticipating his MFA in Dynamic Media from Massachusetts College of Art and Design in 2023. He grew up in upstate NY and currently lives in Salem MA.
rimi (modhurima) mallick
Classes Taught: Animation, Summer Program Manager
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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 has concluded her her Masters in Art Education at MassArt in Spring 2022.
Stanislav Marmysh is a Boston-based and Russian-born multidisciplinary artist and educator with a scavenger's mindset. Much of his artwork combines disparate elements for surreal effects, searching for meaning in distortion. As a creator who has never felt truly American or truly Russian, his art is charged with valences of alienation and polarization. Objects and places that feel known and comfortable dissipate into static.
Stanislav graduated as an undergrad from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, received a Masters of Arts in Teaching from Massart, and is excited to be teaching photography to high school students this upcoming school year. Many years at Montessori schools have taught him to be respectful of his students' visions, and he encourages students to explore their interests and artistic boundaries.
Mahala Miller (she/her) is originally from Grapevine, Texas. She earned a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design painting department in 2019, then went on to complete a MA in Teaching and Learning in Art and Design from RISD. Her current work is about little glimpses, visions; the images you just get stuck on that represent a whole season of memory. She also loves plein air painting with friends and making custom equipment for her home and studio.
Gilford Murphy is a Boston based illustrator and writer, and a very recent graduate of MassArt’s Illustration program. He specializes in fantasy cartography and worldbuilding for books, video games, and table top roleplaying games.
Gilford Murphy believes strongly in drawing inspiration from real life for his writing and art, spending hours researching numerous subjects, such as history, art movements, wildlife, folklore, and more, to help develop more dynamic fantasy worlds.
Mikaela Murphy is a Boston based artist and educator pursuing a BFA in Art Education from Massachusetts College of Art and Design. She has led art making workshops at the MassArt Art Museum and taught in MassArt’s Saturday Studios program. Her interdisciplinary art practice spans multiple mediums including drawing, sculpture, photography and printmaking. Her work explores themes of history, memory and family.
Natasha Newcomb is a current BFA student at MassArt going into her senior year Fall 2022, majoring in Fashion Design with a minor in Sustainability. She focuses on always incorporating sustainability in her design such as making sure the fabric is ethically sourced, using recycled materials, and thinking about the end cycle of each garment. She also tends to include handwork techniques such as embroidery. She takes a lot of inspiration from the ocean and costume design.
ja'hari ortega '21
Jewelry and Metalsmithing
Ja’Hari Ortega ’21 is a Roxbury based artist and advocate. While attending MassArt she majored in Studio for Interrelated Media and minored in Sculpture. Some of her interests include community, performance art, art space, and the idea of visual language vernaculars. Since graduating MassArt Ja’Hari has assisted the undergraduate Radical Jewelry Making class and is continuing her education at North Bennet Street School where she studies Jewelry Making and Repair.
Jewelry and Metalsmithing
Elliot Papp is an artist and jeweler from Randolph, Vermont. He graduated from MassArt's Jewelry and Metals program in May 2022, and has worked with MassArt's Artward Bound program since 2019, and Center for Art and Community Partnerships since 2018. He will be assisting with the Youth Programs Jewelry class this summer.
Julian is a designer at Bruner/Cott Architects passionate about design and its implications on the human connection with shared spaces. Historic Preservation is at the forefront of Julian’s work. He is a key member on several of BCA’s ongoing preservation projects including Arlington Street Church, the Blackstone Steam Plant at Harvard University, and the Moderna Forbes Hill Mansion. Julian is active in a variety of local and national industry organizations such as the National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA) and its Boston Chapter, BosNOMA, where he serves as Executive Secretary and program coordinator for Project Pipeline. He is currently on the Boston Society of Architecture Membership Committee, is a Young Advisor Board Member for the Boston Preservation Alliance, and a Youth Programs and Artward Bound Instructor for the Massachusetts College of Art & Design. As a resident of the Fenway neighborhood, Julian serves on the Board of Directors for the Fenway Community Center and is a member of the Fenway Community Advisory Committee.
John Quirk is an American artist and educator with interest in animation, film, and interactive art & media. Throughout his bachelor's studies at MassArt, Quirk was an instructor within Youth Programs; and since graduating in 2016, he has gone on to teach in MassArt's bachelor's program, as well as assistant-teach animation courses in Harvard University's Visual Environmental Studies department. In the spring of 2022, Quirk completed his master's thesis at The Estonian Academy of Arts, and now carries on his research while making goofy things along the way.
John Rego is a painter and illustrator with experience in editorial, fine art, narrative, and book cover illustration. Primarily working in acrylics or digital media, his work is inspired by absurdism, surrealism, reportage illustration, and scientific illustrations. Rego’s work is often satirical in nature, and depicts chaotic exaggerations of the world at large.
His client list includes The New Yorker, New York Times, Plansponsor, Rhode Island Monthly, and Penguin Random House. In the past year, he has shown at Superchief Gallery (New York, NY), Nucleus Portland (Portland, OR), Copro Gallery (Santa Moncia, CA), WOWxWOW (Scotland, UK) and Gallery 1988 (Los Angeles, CA). John has received his BFA in illustration from Massachusetts College of Art and Design, and his MFA in illustration from the School of Visual Arts. John lives and works in Providence, Rhode Island.
Samnang Riebe is a Cambodian American Visual Artist from Boston, Massachusetts. He received his MFA in 2D Fine Arts from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design in 2015. Riebe is a 2015 Vermont Studio Center Fellow. He currently teaches Drawing and Painting at UMass Lowell’s Department of Art & Design. While Riebe considers himself predominantly a painter, his practice has become more interdisciplinary, involved in papermaking, printmaking, digital media, plastic thermoforming, and more traditional sculpture-specific mediums. His personal work studio also resides in the city of Lowell. His most recent sculptural-painting works are currently on view at the Boston University Stone Gallery summer exhibition, Field Visions.
Designing Character, Teaching Assistant
Angellize Rivera is a current student at Massachusetts College of Art and Design studying animation and minoring in ceramics. She earned her associates degree at Bunker Hill Community College for Game Arts. While at Bunker she tied first place for best art in the New England Student Game Design Showcase. Her work focuses on character design and character stories. She loves movies, especially of the horror genre and loves comics as well. In the future, Angellize would like to make her own comics focusing on trauma and self image.
Jamie Scherzer is an educator, as well as a multidisciplinary artist. She currently teaches middle school art at Dexter Southfield. Jamie is a metalsmith by trade but also works in paper, print, and ceramics. Jamie received her undergraduate degree from Skidmore College in 2017, and her Master's of Fine Arts in metalsmithing, from SUNY New Paltz in 2020.
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."
Nandini Srinivasan is a multimedia designer and artist. She received a BFA in Environmental Studies and Studio Art from Skidmore College in 2015. She worked in the non-profit sector at locally based Boston Harbor Now as well as New York based Waterfront Alliance focussing on issues of public access and climate preparedness in waterfront design and urban planning. Her creative work has been displayed in spaces such as Boston based Cyber Arts Gallery, Brooklyn based Greenpoint Gallery and La Bodega. Most Recently she is pursuing her MFA at Massarchusett’s College of Art and Design’s Dynamic Media Institute.
Drawing fundamentals, 2d fundamentals
Will Suglia is a Boston based artist whose practice ranges from painting and sculpture to curation and community event planning. Will received his B.A in fine arts from Saint Anselm College, a Post-Baccalaureate in studio art from Brandies University, and M.F.A from Massachusetts College of Art and Design with a concentration in painting. Will has been awarded residencies at Chautauqua Institute of art, Chautauqua NY, and Srishti institute of Art Design and Technology in Bangalore India. His work has been exhibited at First street Gallery in New York NY, 808 Gallery, Boston MA, Stone Gallery, Boston MA, How’s Howard, Boston, MA and included in publications from Bosscritt among others. Will currently works out of his studio in Charlestown, MA where he co-founded JAWS Boston, a collaborative artist group engaging in projects for artist communities in the greater Boston area.
Dennis Svoronos is a Boston-based sculptor and educator whose work has been shown at venues nationally and internationally such as The Thessaloniki Film Festival, Thessaloniki, Greece. The Norton Museum of Art, Palm Beach FL, The deCordova Museum, Lincoln, MA and the MFA, Boston. He holds a Masters in Fine Art from Massachusetts College of Art and Design, a diploma of fine art from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and a Bachelors of Fine Arts from Tufts University. Currently, he is represented by the Boston Sculptors Gallery and is living and working at the Distillery in South Boston.
Svoronos’ work is inspired by the modern world in motion. He uses his sculpture to reflect this environment charged with electricity, signals, spectacle and information. He uses our common language of the 21st century, electronics, robotics and interactive kinetics, to build connections between the viewers and the work. In a society fractured by technology, Dennis Svoronos tries to use it to bring us together.
Katie Wild is an artist currently living in Plainville, MA whose paintings, drawings, and mixed media installations push the boundaries of traditional portrait 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 at Tufts 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 taught at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, and currently teaches at Massachusetts College of Art and Design, the Community College of Rhode Island, and Bunker Hill Community College.