Roland Becerra
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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.

Charlie Cunningham
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BFA, Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts
MFA, Pennsylvania State University

Charlie Cunningham is an artist from Southeastern Connecticut who received his BFA in Painting from Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts. He then went on to earn an MFA in Sculpture from Pennsylvania State University. His artworks span figurative sculpture, installation, drawing and painting. Each work utilizes a wide variety of mediums including, ceramic, silicone, charcoal, urethane foam, resin, acrylic, and human hair. Cunningham designed and fabricated Penn State’s Brown Democracy Medal for Democratic Innovation and co-founded the Esnohegan Traveling Artist Residency Program. He has exhibited at the Governor’s Island Art Fair, Leslie Ferrin Contemporary, and Burlington City Arts. He is also the recipient of several awards including a Teton Artlab Residency, Penn State Graduate Tuition Waiver, and the Penn State Creative Achievement Award.

Nancy Friese
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BS, University of North Dakota
MFA, Yale University School of Art

Nancy Peel Gladwell
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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.

Yelizaveta (Liza) Masalimova
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BFA Lyme Academy College of Fine Art
MFA University of Connecticut
 
Yelizaveta is a recipient of the Adams Academic Grant from Lyme Academy of Fine Art, as well as a Graduate Fellowship from the University of Connecticut.  She recently completed a Post Graduate Residency at the Pennsylvania State University with a research focus in Sculpture and Ceramics.  She has participated in the National Sculpture Society figure & portrait modeling competitions in 2013 and 2015.  Her work has been exhibited throughout the region including at the William Benton Museum of Art, Ferrin Contemporary Gallery, and Soho20 Chelsea Gallery.  Most recently, she collaborated in an invitational ceramic residency at ProjectART Space in Cummington, MA.  Yelizaveta currently lives in CT.

Randy Melick
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.

Jon Sideriadis
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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
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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
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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
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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.

Michael Viera
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BFA Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts
MFA Cum Laude The New York Academy of Art

Developed the painting program At Amagansett Applied Arts in Long Island, NY Michael Viera has awards from the National Arts Club, New York and The New Haven Paint and Clay Club, where his work is part of their permanent collection. His work has been exhibited throught the United States and is part of numerous private collections.  Michael is represented by Peter Marcelle, Southampton, NY and Gerald Peter’s Gallery, New York and Santa Fe, NM.

David Wenzel
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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
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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.