2014 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
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.
Joan Cortright has been a studio potter and instructor for over 15 years. She studied at Montgomery College in Maryland and the Corcoran School of Art and Design in Washington, DC. Aside from teaching most recently at the Ceramic League of Miami her work has been shown in many galleries and shows.
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.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
Deborah Gooch studied painting at Maryland Institute College of Art, majoring in fine art. This led to work as a freelance illustrator, commercial designer, and decorator in Maryland and Florida, as well as working as an antiques dealer. She has shown her artwork in numerous galleries and competitions. www.deborahgooch.com
Sherry Haaland received her B.S. in art education from the state University of New York at New Paltz. She has extensive training in both oils and pastels, and has studied art and art history for many years.
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
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 attended the George Peabody College at Vanderbilt University. She has worked in glass fusion, enameling, silversmithing, PMC design, oil, watercolor and acrylic painting, drawing, pastels and sculpture.
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.
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.
James Patteson has a B.A. and M.A. in humanities and a Ph.D. in Buddhist studies. He studied with Zen Master Dainin Katagiri for eight years. Patteson has taught at Indian River State College for 13 years.
Jon Pine attended Columbia Greene College in upstate New York, where he began studying photography, journalism and mass communications. He also studied at the Catskill Center for Photography in Woodstock, New York, including workshops with Pete Turner, Duane Michaels and other notable lensmen. Jon's 25-year career in photojournalism included daily newspapers and magazines in New York and in Florida. Jon's studio, Jon Pine Photography, is located in Vero Beach.
Judy M. Pittenger gained her B.A. and M.A. in Modern European History from Stanford University. In 1991 she was named by the National Endowment for the Humanities as the Teacher-Scholar of Maryland. She has lived, studied, and traveled extensively in England and has taught literature to adults in Oxford University’s Continuing Education Program.
Marcy Purdy holds a master's degree from Michigan State University and is a Nationally Registered and Board Certified Art Therapist, and art educator. She has administered numerous creative expressive programs in both Michigan and Florida over her 30-year career. Marcy is a Certified Qi Gong instructor and has been teaching Qi Gong for 10 years.
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 holds a B.F.A. in painting from the University of Illinois and M.B.A. in business administration with a concentration in arts administration and human resources from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. www.facebook.com/VisualArtistChitraRamanathan
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 this fall. 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 is a self-taught studio artist with professional and personal experience in most traditional art disciplines along with less traditional disciplines such as Faux Finishing and Silk Painting
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 currently working at Vero Beach High School as an art teacher and is a studio artist.
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. www.kimweissenborn.com.