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Museum Art School Faculty Biographies

Aric Attas received his B.S. in psychology with honors from Hobart College, and M.F.A. in photography from Hartford Art School. Aric has taught photography, art, web design and history of photography at Trinity College, Hartford Art School, and Tunxis Community College, among others. www.photonlab.com

Linda Badgley is a studio artist with degrees from the University of Florida and Tufts University. She has been a classroom teacher for over forty years and chaired the Department of Reading, Language Arts, and Social Studies in Wellesley, Ma. She has provided teacher in-service training in a several Massachusetts school systems and taught graduate programs in differentiated instruction. She is a prize winning photographer who explores mixed media, jewelry making, and digital art and integrating art with other academic disciplines.

Ram Jyoti (aka Stephanie Braun) holds an M.A. in marriage and family thereapy. Ram-Jyoti has been a practitioner of meditation and student of various traditions since 1975. She is a senior student of Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche (a Tibetan Buddhist Iama, who is also the teacher of Pema Chodron) and the director of the Mangalam Dharma Center in Sebastian.

Judy Burgarella has taught painting and drawing for 15 years, and her work has been exhibited in many galleries and shows, earning her numerous awards. She is an artist of many mediums including sculpture, and she has studied with such notable artists as Christopher Chang, Dorothy Starbuck, Karen Lafell, Lou Bonomarte, and Charles Gruppe. Visit www.burgarellaart.com.

Walford Campbell attended the Walsall School of Art and Derby Lonsdale College in England. He served as the head of Ceramics at Solden Hill House in England, and taught at Edna Manley College in Kingston, Jamaica. Walford’s focus is on surface decoration and larger sculptural forms.

Elise Carter received a B.F.A. from the University of Guelph and a B.Ed. from the University of Western Ontario. She has experience teaching students of all ages, in both the public school system and as a private instructor.

Sean Clinton graduated from the Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design with degrees in graphic design and advertising. He has studied ceramics extensively and recently completed teaching an advanced workshop at Penland School of Crafts.

John Cullen earned a B.S. in art education at New York University, and an M.S. in art education from Pratt Institute. He works in a variety of media including watercolor, oil, graphite, block printing and collage. John has over 30 years’ experience as an art teacher, and has won numerous awards for his work. www.abstractvenues.com

Lorraine Fouquet has been a professional artist for over 30 years. She studied at the Philadelphia Academy of Fine Arts and at the University of Hawaii, and has also studied abroad in Italy and France. In addition to teaching at the Museum since 1993, Lorraine is also an interior designer. www.fouquetgallery.com

Xaque Gruber has a BFA from Pratt Institute, MFA from Tufts/Art Education & TV Production, plus a year living abroad in Cologne, Germany. He is the author/illustrator of A Big Adventure In The Smallest State: A History of Rhode Island and writer for the Huffington Post. His fine art has shown in galleries from Maine to the British Virgin Islands. Xaque taught art in New England to thousands of children, and was nominated for Massachusetts Art Teacher Of The Year.

Pamela Pike Gordinier has been a member of The Connecticut Academy of Fine Arts, The Copley Society of Boston, and the Connecticut Watercolor Society. An award winning artist, her work hangs in the collections of several Fortune 500 companies. With a Master’s in Education, Pam works to demystify the language of art. She teaches in Stonington, CT, and has taught workshops in Venice, Portugal and France.

Laura Howell received her B.A. in art history, Randolph-Macon Woman’s College, Lynchburg, Virginia, and did her graduate studies at Lynchburg College. Laura is a professional artist holding memberships in Oil Painters of America, Mid Atlantic Plein Air Painters Association, Annapolis Maryland Watercolor Club, and the Virginia Watercolor Society.

Joel Johnson has a B.F.A. in art from Westminster College and M.F.A. in painting and art history from Utah State University. A career artist, Joel has received numerous awards, exhibited in many national shows and has been featured in many fine art galleries throughout the country. www.artistjoelrjohnson.com

Gina Johnson has been designing jewelry for 15 years. She has attended classes at the William Holland Lapidary School in Georgia as well as numerous private lessons with local artists. Her brand "Bead Crazy" displays at art shows along Florida's east coast.

Wayne Kleinstiver is a graduate of Colorado College. He studied classical voice with H. Colin Thorpe. Opera and the study of classical singers has been his passion and avocation for more than 50 years, during which he has attended many live performances and acquired a large collection of recordings and videos. He is a member of the Vero Beach Opera Board of Directors.

Amanda Lucas studied fine arts at Vanderbilt University and also worked to identify vaulted medieval art by artist, in order to value the rare paintings. A couple of her paintings are on permanent display at Vanderbilt University and Fort Lauderdale Museum. Amanda came to IRCC to teach a few years ago and now shares a lifetime education with students at VBMA, in the medium of glass fusion.

Dawn Mill has a B.A. in art from the University of Central Florida. She is a professional artist whose work includes watercolor, drawing and graphic art, pastel, oil, and acrylic. She teaches art to adults and children.

Dawn E. Miller holds a B.S. from Florida State University and an M.S. from the University of Mississippi. She has been a member of the faculty for the past eight years and has taught a wide range of classes. She is the Program Coordinator for the Museum’s Art for Health’s Sake program, and is certified in Arts and Medicine, where multiple art forms are used to facilitate mental and physical well-being. She has also recently received her certification in Memory Bridge, a program aimed to end the social and emotional isolation of individuals with dementia.

Warren Obluck earned his B.S. degree from the University of Southern California, and his M.S. from the Pulitzer School of Journalism at Columbia University. A career foreign service officer, he served as U.S. cultural attaché to the U.S. embassies in Manila, Tokyo, and Rome.

Himalaya Parker has taught yoga and gentle stretching in our community for over thirty years, and is an instructor of the Kali Natha Yoga style, certified through Yoga Alliance. She also continues her practice as a licensed massage therapist and reflexologist.

George Paxton hwas educated at the Art Students League in New York City and the Corcoran School of Art, Washington, D.C. He has studied with a multitude of classical sculptors in the U.S. and Europe, and has won many awards in juried shows and art competitions. His works are in numerous private collections in the U.S. and Europe. www.georgepaxton.com

Marlene Evans Putnam has conducted numerous workshops around the country. She is known for her portraits as well as seascapes, has won many awards and continues to exhibit throughout the U.S. Mrs. Putnam’s work is included in many public and private collections.

Chitra Ramanathan received her Bachelors Degree in Painting with honors in 1993, and her M.B.A in Art Museum Administration and Human Resources in 1997 from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. She has taught courses in various Painting mediums. Prior to joining at the Vero Beach Museum of Art School in 2011, she taught workshops and classes courses transferred for college credit at the Indianapolis Art Center, Indiana. With exhibitions of her work featured on Broadway, New York, Chicago, Indianapolis and in Europe since 1995 and currently in Vero Beach, several of her originals have been acquired within the U.S and abroad, as well as commissioned as permanent site-specific public art. She has completed professional art residencies in France and Italy with an exhibition of her completed work. In 2005, she was invited to the Royal Academy of Arts Schools, London for an artist talk a visual presentation of her body of work. To view current biography and images, please visit www.facebook.com/ChitraRamanathanPaintings

Pamela Sommers received her bachelor of science in art education from Florida State University. She is a practicing artist with experience in teaching adults and children. She is a certified K-12 art instructor in Florida and South Carolina, most recently working as an art instructor and on the leadership team at Mitchell Math & Science Elemetary, Charleston, SC.

Francis Sprout received his B.F.A. from the University of Arizona, M.F.A. from the University of California, San Diego, and an M.A. in African Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles. He taught at the University of Denver and was a tenured professor at Metropolitan State College in Denver. He also taught at Pratt Institute, Manhattanville College and Purchase College, SUNY. www.francissprout.com

Kathleen Staiger graduated from Hofstra University with a B.S. in art education and an M.A. in art and literature. She is a career art instructor, a prize-winning gallery artist, and an author. Her book, The Oil Painting Course You’ve Always Wanted, was published by Watson-Guptill in 2006. www.kathleenstaiger.com

Diane Thelen joins Film Studies in the fall of 2014. Her undergraduate accomplishments include a bachelor’s in English, with minors in art and French, from Douglas College, with post-graduate work in education at Rutgers University. Working closely with longtime coordinator Warren Obluck, she brings an early and keen interest in film with an insatiable curiosity to share the appreciation and emotional power of the cinematic arts.

Christine Thomas A professional artist for over thirty years, participating in galleries and showing at fine art shows around the country. Her specialties include acrylics, silk painting, murals, silkscreen printing, and decorative painting, and has won awards for her fiber art.

Peggy Thomas received her B.A. in art history and fine arts from the University of Connecticut and her teaching certificate from Florida Atlantic University. She is a studio artist represented at local and national galleries.

Kimberly Weissenborn is a graduate of Parsons School of Design. Much of her work is displayed here in Florida as well as many other collections in the U.S. and internationally. Kim has taught art for more than 25 years. Kim is also certified in Arts and Medicine and teaches an Intergenerational Museum Community Impact class. www.kimweissenborn.com

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