Eva Allan
  |  Instructor, Art History
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BA, Swarthmore College
MA, Brown University
MA, & Phil., Yale University

Eva Allan’s graduate degrees are in Art History with a focus on the art of Renaissance Italy.  She is preparing her dissertation on the interconnection of media, format, and subject, particularly in the giant woodcuts and engravings produced in and around Venice from 1490-1600.  Other interests include artistic exchange between Europe and the Ottoman Empire; the Renaissance in Northern Europe; art and music; and the problem of mimesis.  She has studied in Modena, L’Aquila, and Venice, and made research trips to London, Berlin, and Vienna.

Roland Becerra
  |  Associate Professor, Painting and Drawing
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BFA, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago
MFA, Yale University, School of Art

Roland Becerra has also studied at The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and The Cleveland Institute of Art. He has been awarded the Ralph Mayer Prize, Yale School of Art; the Schickle-Collingwood Prize, Yale School of Art and the Mable Wilson Woodrow Memorial Award, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Fellowship Show Prize. Selected Exhibitions included at the Rodger Lapelle Gallery, Philadelphia, PA; Ellen Battell Stoeckel Estate, Norfolk, CT; Yellow Springs Art Foundation, Philadelphia, PA; Yale School of Art Gallery, New Haven, CT; Fine Artist’s Workshop, Chicago, IL. His work has been published in several publications including Artnet.com and Philadelphia Style.
Becerra’s short film, “DEAR BEAUTIFUL” won The Moving Pictures Magazine Short Film Contest – Spring 2007 Cannes Edition.  DEAR BEAUTIFUL was selected by the judges as the Animation Prize Winner.

Brian Booth Craig
  |  Chair of Sculpture Department; Assistant Professor, Sculpture
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BFA, Pennsylvania State University
MFA, New York Academy of Art

Brian Craig-Wankiiri studied at the New York Academy and received his BFA from Pennsylvania State University. One of his life-size bronze sculptures was represented in the 2004 Lyme Academy College exhibition, Artists Talk, in which he also participated in a panel discussion. He is represented by John Pence Gallery in San Francisco, CA.

Maura Faulise
  |  Instructor, English
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BA, Mount Holyoke College
AA, Three Rivers Community College
MAT, Brown University

Maura Faulise is a Practitioner in Residence at the University of New Haven where she teaches in the First-Year Writing Program; she also serves as an adjunct faculty member in English at Middlesex Community College. As an instructor of Composition and Literature, Faulise aims to create a learning community that encourages students to explore the interconnections among their academic, personal, social, and public realms as they discover how ideas and texts in each sphere resonate with one another. She espouses a teaching-learning paradigm rich with opportunities for students to self-reflect and self-express through the written word so that reading and writing tasks become intellectually and emotionally transformative.

Nancy Friese
  |  Visiting Faculty, Printmaking
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BS, University of North Dakota
MFA, Yale University School of Art

Dr. Stephen Olbrys Gencarella
  |  Visiting Faculty, Sociology
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BA, Providence College
MA, Tufts University
PhD, Indiana University

Stephen Olbrys Gencarella is a Lyme resident, who is on sabbatical for the Spring 2014 semester from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, where he is an Associate Professor in the Communication Department, the former University Director of Junior Year Writing, and a longstanding member of the General Education Council.  His research lies at the intersection of rhetorical studies, folklore studies, and performance studies.  He is the author of several articles and co-editor of the well-received anthology Readings on Rhetoric and Performance.  He is currently writing a book manuscript on alternative comedy and US American public culture. 

Nancy Peel Gladwell
  |  Associate Professor, Painting and Foundation; Chair of the Faculty Council
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BFA, George Washington University
MFA, Hartford Art School

After graduation from college Gladwell pursued her studies of fine arts in Florence, Italy under the tutelage of Nerina Simi and Pietro Annagoni.  Upon returning to the US Gladwell began her professional career exhibiting in New York City, Chicago, California, Indiana, the UK and Europe. She was a two time recipient of the Greenshield’s Memorial Grant, the Posey Foundation Grant and NY CITA Fellowship for Painting. She was a visiting artist at the 2011 Venice Bienale, Marist College Program.  Nancy was recently selected as a winner of Expo 30, 2012 by Margot Norton, Associate Curator of the Whitney Museum, N Y.  She has taught painting and drawing in Italy, at C.W. Post University and, since 1994, at Lyme Academy College.

Elizabeth Hart
  |  Instructor, Mathematics
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BA, University of Hartford;
MS, Western Connecticut State University.

Elizabeth received her BA from the University of Hartford and MS from Western Connecticut State University.

Dr. Michael Kirby
  |  Instructor, Science
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BS, California State University, Northridge
MS, California State University, Northridge
Ph.D, University of California, Davis

Michael Xavier Kirby received a Ph.D. in geology from the University of California, Davis.  His research interests include paleontology, historical ecology, and geology of shallow-marine environments. Past professional accomplishments include three postdoctoral fellowships, 18 peer-reviewed publications, and three U.S. National Science Foundation research grants.

Randy Melick
  |  Chair of Drawing Department; Associate Professor, Drawing and Anatomy
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Deane G. Keller Endowed Chair of Classical Drawing and Figurative Art.

BA, Princeton Universitry
MFA, The New York Academy of Figurative Art

Taught at New York Academy of Figurative Art from 1990 to 2001 where he was MFA program and Faculty Chairman. Exhibitions include Hacket-Friedman Gallery, San Francisco; Hirschl and Adler Gallery, New York; Gallerie Benamou, Paris and the Arnot Museum, NY.

Dr. Janis Mink
  |  Instructor, Art History
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BA, Smith College
PhD, Universität Hamburg

Janis Mink pursued her graduate studies in Germany which culminated in the first monograph dedicated to the modern German architect Karl Schneider.  Dr. Mink has worked as a curator, writer, and translator in Germany before returning to the United States in 1996.  Since then she has continued to curate exhibitions of contemporary art and has taught art history as an adjunct professor at several colleges in Connecticut.

Patricia Miranda
  |  Visiting Assistant Professor, Painting and Liberal Arts
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BFA, SUNY Purchase
MFA, Vermont College of Fine Arts

Patricia Miranda is an artist, independent curator, educator, and director of Miranda Arts Project Space, in Port Chester, NY.  She is Visiting Assistant Professor at Lyme Academy College of Fine Art and adjunct professor at New Jersey City University.  Miranda was director and curator of the Gallery at Concordia College from 2008-12, and has been a visiting artist and lecturer at the University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT; Kutztown University, Kutztown, PA; Albright College, Reading, PA, and Concordia University, MI.  Miranda has developed educational programs at The Guggenheim Museum, Natural History Museum, Metropolitan Museum, and Smithsonian Institute, to name a few.  She has exhibited her work at Wave Hill, Bronx NY; the Belvedere Museum, Vienna, Austria; the Cape Museum of Fine Art; Metaphor Contemporary Art, Brooklyn, NY; and Kenise Barnes Fine Art, Larchmont, NY.  She is currently on the advisory board and curatorial committee at Castle Gallery at College of New Rochelle, NY.  She recently received a 2014 New York State Council on the Arts sponsored Artswestchester Artist Grant, and has been a finalist for a MTA Arts for Transit subway project.  Miranda has been invited to be a Visiting Artist at Vermont Studio Center in November 2014.  She currently lives in NYC.

Kimberly Monson
  |  Instructor, Sculpture and Drawing
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BFA, Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts
MFA, New York Academy of Figurative Art, Cum Laude

Kimberly Monson taught with Lyme Academy Founder Elisabeth Gordon Chandler 2001-2003 and was a Visiting Instructor of sculpture and drawing. She was responsible for launching the sculpture program at Amagansett Applied Arts in Long Island, NY and created a teaching program through the Golden Eagle in East Hampton, NY.
Ms. Monson won the National Sculpture Competition in 1999 and was presented the Walter and Michael Lantz Prize. She was awarded The National Sculpture Society Merit Scholarship and received Honorable Mentions in the Society’s publications, as well as being a two time recipient of the Reutershan Trust Sculptor in Residence in Sag Harbor, NY.
Noteworthy commissions include, author John Steinbeck and philanthropist Margaret Russel Sage.
Represented by Peter Marcelle in Bridgehampton, NY.

John O’Reilly
  |  Instructor, Sculpture
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BFA, Columbus College of Art and Design
MFA, New York Academy of Art

John O’Reilly is a New York based artist who has participated in numerous group exhibitions in New York; Baltimore, MD; Columbus, OH; and Leipzig, Germany. He is the recipient of several awards including the postgraduate fellowship from the New York Academy of Art and a residency at the Leipzig International Artist Residency.

Stephen Shaheen
  |  Instructor, Sculpture
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BA, College of the Holy Cross
MFA, New York Academy

Stephen Shaheen is an artist and designer residing in New York City. He trained in Italy as a sculptor and earned his MFA from the New York Academy of Art in 2005. He is the recipient of a Ludwig Volgestein grant, the Italian Cultural Institute/La Fortuna Foundation grant, and a 2009-2010 Residency at the Digital Stone Project.  Shaheen’s projects include large, community-driven pieces such as his 100-ton marble and granite installation, Memoria (2002), a public 9/11 memorial, and his Metrobench (2011), a 2-person seat created from 5,000 NYC Metrocards.

Jon Sideriadis
  |  Instructor, Illustration
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BFA, Rhode Island School of Design
MFA, Hartford Art School

Jon Sideriadis has been an active freelance illustrator, writer, and production designer for over a decade. His expertise in science fiction & fantasy art and mythological storytelling brought in a wide variety of commissioned work in feature films, television shows, video games, novels, comics, board games, trading cards, and album covers. His motion picture job titles include co-writer and production designer of the science fiction short film, Blue Lollipop, and production designer of the feature film, Space Pirates. During his time as a creature effects and make-up artist in Los Angeles, Jon worked on monster make-up and costumes for feature length horror films including Silent Hill and Underworld 2. Some of his clients: Ye Olde Gaming Companye, Patrick Tatopoulos Designs, Eskimo Hill Pictures, Fuller Flippers, New Lands Press, KidsCOOK Productions, XVIVO 3D Animation Studios, Narcotics Anonymous World Services, the Hartford Courant, and Auf Dem Schwarzen Thron. He is currently writing and illustrating an original mythology series called Astromythos. It is an extensive series of books containing original myths from his invented universe.

Dale Stephanos
  |  Instructor, Illustration
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Professional Illustrator

Dale Stephanos considers himself very fortunate to have made his living as an artist and illustrator for almost 30 years.  His unique style of characterizing politicians, authors, musicians, and other public figures has won him numerous commissions.  His illustrations have been featured in such publications as The New York Times, Newsweek, Mad Magazine, Entertainment Weekly, Sports Illustrated, Golf Digest, The New York Observer, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, Boston Herald and dozens of others. 

Dale has received awards from the Society of Illustrators, Communication Arts, American Illustration, Illustrators West, the Maggies, and The Independent Newspaper Association.

Susan Stephenson
  |  Chair of Painting Department; Associate Professor, Painting and Drawing
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BFA, Studio, Louisiana Tech University
MFA, Boston University

Stephenson exhibited in the recent Contemporary Realism Biennial at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art.  Her work is included in corporate and private collections throughout New England and the South, including the Masur Museum, Pfizer Corporation, and The Griffis Art Center.  A recipient of the Painting Fellowship from the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, Stephenson has been a member of the faculty since 1995.  She currently serves as the Chair of the Painting Department.

Richard Teverson
  |  Instructor, Art History
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BA Corpus Christi College, Oxford
MA and MPhil, Yale University

Richard Teverson’s graduate training is in Roman art, and its reception in the modern world.  His doctoral dissertation analyzes how kings allied to the Roman empire used art to manage relationships with their subjects and with Rome.
His research interests include: the intersections between cultural patronage and political agency; the arts of the ancient Middle East and North Africa; and the visual aspects of diplomacy in the ancient and modern periods.  He has held fellowships to study at the Hebrew University, Jerusalem, and the British School at Rome.  He is the Managing Editor of Images: A Journal of Jewish Art and Visual Culture.

Chung-Lan Wang
  |  Instructor, Art History
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BA, National Taiwan University
M.Phil., Yale University
PhD, Yale University
Professor Wang teaches art history survey in Asian art and Western art, and upper-level courses in Chinese and Japanese art. She has taught on a range of topics including Landscape Art and Culture in China, Woman and art from traditional to modern East Asia including China, Japan, and Korea. Her research interest focuses on landscape painting and aesthetics in Early Modern China. Currently she is working on a book tentatively titled Gong Xian: A Seventeenth-Century Nanjing Intellectual and His Aesthetic World, investigating a brilliant and forceful artist who was central to the development of a distinctive naturalism in 17th-century Chinese painting.

David Wenzel
  |  Instructor, Illustration
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BFA, Hartford Art School

David T Wenzel is an illustrator and children’s book artist. He has illustrated over thirty books and is recognized internationally for his visualization of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit, illustrated in graphic novel format. Other notable publications include the graphic novel, The Wizard’s Tale, by Kurt Busiek and the Holiday book, Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, which has been in publication for over ten years. David worked with Maurice Sendak, who served as his art director, to produce thirteen books based on the Sendak’s popular Little Bear character. Over David’s career he has illustrated for book publishers, advertising agencies, magazines, the giftware industry, and toy and game companies.  A few of his more unique assignments included concept artwork for a motion picture and a proposal for an animated TV show.

He has been part of many group shows and had a one man show at The New Britain Museum of American Art, where he is part of their permanent collection.

Peter Zallinger
  |  Associate Professor of Painting and Drawing
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BA, Fine Arts, Yale University
Post-graduate work in drawing and painting at Boston University

Mr. Zallinger wrote and illustrated three natural history books for Random House; in 1999, he updated the most recent of these, Dinosaurs and Other Archosaurs, to reflect new discoveries and the shift in taxonomy to Phylogenetic Systematics. His books have been published in America, Europe, and Asia. Mr. Zallinger has three portraits in Yale University’s permanent collection. His work has been displayed worldwide and resides in private collections in the United States and Japan.