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

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.

Gloria Clifford received her professional art education from Virginia Commonwealth University. As a full time painter whose images share her passion for the conservation of our planet, she is an honored member of a global community of professional painters, within the Ocean Artists Association. Gloria's work is also legally licensed by several U.S. manufacturers for use upon home decor products. She has been an art instructor in numerous mediums for well over 30 years. Most recently, Gloria has been ascertained by several local art clubs as a juror and lecturer; she also teaches one day workshops on an invitational basis. www.gloriaclifford.com

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

Christopher Louis Fasolino has an M.A. in art history and English literature from Plattsburgh State University. He has taught art history for more than ten years, including courses for undergraduates and museum docents. His historical adventure novel, Men of Promise, was published in 2015

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.

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.

Vickie Marsango is a studio artist and art instructor who works in oil, acrylic, mixed media, assemblage, and encaustic. She has studied Fine Art in colleges and universities in Illinois and Califormia, and has attended extensive workshops in encaustics, expressive drawing/painting, and process of painting. Vickie has sold hundreds of paintings to private and corporate collectors in the U.S. and abroad. Her work has been inspired by master abstract expressionist artists, including Joan Mitchell.

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.

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 was 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.

Allen Teger, Ph.D, Formerly on the faculty of Boston University and the Univ. of Pennsylvania, Teger has taught courses in psychology of consciousness, eastern philosophy, social psychology and counseling. He has been a full time artist since 1981. His "bodyscape" photographs have been exhibited in many gallery exhibitions, and published worldwide.

Diane Thelen, who joined Film Studies in the fall of 2014, holds a bachelor’s degree in English, with minors in art and French, from Douglass College. She also did post-graduate work in education at Rutgers University.   A former Language Arts teacher, who has traveled abroad for many years, Diane combines a keen interest in film, together with a curiosity about people and cultures. She brings this appreciation of cinema to the class, to share its emotional power with all of Vero’s movie buffs.

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.


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