Zakia Ahmed has been teaching for over 25 years and has a loyal local following; she is excited to offer classes with the West Windsor Arts Council. Ms. Ahmed has a Master’s of Fine Arts from the Institute of Fine Arts in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Her works are on exhibit in the Bangladesh National Museum, Bangladesh Shilpkala Academy, and in many private collections worldwide.
Corinna S. Bisgaier has been the Director of Education for the West Windsor Arts Council since 2010, when the Arts Center opened. She has been a nonprofit management professional for the past 15 years. She is excited to bring her interest in personal growth and development into the world of the arts, utilizing creative expression to help people reach their full potential and feel fulfilled in their lives.
Before joining WWAC, she helped develop and trained teachers, artists, and education supervisors in the Arts for Learning project, a national program that uses the arts to teach difficult to understand literacy skills. She was President of the Board of Young Audiences of Eastern Pennsylvania from 2008-2012 when she helped facilitate a merger with Young Audiences New Jersey. Previously, she was the Education Director at Young Audiences New Jersey, and taught in high school and community college. She has a Masters degree in English Education from New York University and a Bachelors degree in English with a minor in African American Studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Peter Bisgaier began working as a professional actor as a child in Haddonfield, NJ. He earned a BFA in theater from the University of Southern California in 1994 and then spent several years working in theaters around the country before settling in New York City. There, he founded the Empire Theater Company and produced several successful plays including the World Stage Premiere of Quentin Tarantino’s “Reservoir Dogs” which he also adapted for the stage. Mr. Bisgaier is also as a screenwriter and won a grand prize for his screenplay “Klaus” which is currently under option. Additionally, Mr. Bisgaier is an artist-in-residence with theater groups and schools and works as the Production Manager for the West Windsor Arts Council.
Eloise Bruce has a BFA, MFA and M Ed. She began her career at the Asolo Theatre/the state theatre of Florida, directed for the Idaho Shakespeare Festival, is founder Idaho Theatre for Youth and was Artistic Director of Creative Theater in Princeton. In 2004 her first book of poetry Rattle was published by CavenKerry Press. Over the years she has had various roles at the Frost Place Center for Poetry and the Arts in Franconia, NH. She is member of the poetry critique and performance group Cool Women and works as a teaching artist for Young Audiences of NJ and Playwright’s Theatre and teaches multi-genre writing to middle school writers at the Arts and Education Center.
Samar El-Zein is the founder and artistic director of “The Kinetic Theater”. A teacher, humanitarian,activist, and acclaimed actress, Samar leads life-building workshops for children and adults in schools, retreat centers, and other venues. She studied mime and masks and analyzed movements for two years with The French masterJacques Le Coq, and earned her Diploma in Physical Theater in Paris, after earning her Master’s equivalent Degree in Theater at the University of Fine Arts of Beirut.
Samar has worked as an actress—on stage and on screen—in the Middle East, France, and in the United States. One of her most renowned performances in a film includes “Kyrie Eleison”which won the Best Short Film category at the Boston and New York Film Festivals and Australia. She has also performed as James Joyce’s “Mary Bloom” at Symphony Space Theater in New York City…. In the early 1980 she hosted the television series ”Children’s playground “ a joint British –Lebanese production which was broadcast throughout the Arabic-speaking world.
Samar brings an unusual blend of theater, mime ,and improvisation to her workshop and residencies. She taught at Mercer Community College and at “the Ideas Center “a program offered by Princeton Regional Schools. Most recently she lead a female role as Fatima with Director Yousera Bouchitia in a short movie. She performed with the dance project “I’ll have what she is having “ in Princeton. Recently she designed her new workshops for a woman’s show “Dance your Story”.
Anna Evans gained her Master of Fine Arts from Bennington College. Her poems have appeared in the Harvard Review, The Atlanta Review, Rattle and 32 Poems. She has been nominated five times for a Pushcart Prize and was a finalist for both the 2005 and 2007 Howard Nemerov sonnet award, and for the 2007 Willis Barnstone Translation Award. Anna is also the Editor of The Raintown Review and of the formal poetry e-zine Barefoot Muse.
Jennifer Goodlander first started making puppets as a kid — and often used puppets and masks in theatre productions that she directed in New York City and around the US. During a Fulbright Fellowship to Indonesia Jennifer studied the art and culture of Balinese wayang kulit, or shadow puppetry. Now Jennifer has taught, performed, and made puppets for all ages in China, Thailand, Indonesia, and around the United States at universities and organizations like the Indianapolis Children’s Museum and the Mathers Museum of World Cultures. Currently Jennifer is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Theatre, Drama, and Contemporary Dance at Indiana University and her book Women in the Shadows: Gender, Puppets, and the Power of Tradition in Bali will be published by Ohio University Press this fall.
Levi Guerrero also known as Cacique de Ramos, has practiced the art of Capoeira for many years and is an instructor affiliated with Grupo Senzala from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil under the guidance of Mestre Zumbi. Mr. Guerrero has been teaching Capoeira since 2006 in various locations in central and southern New Jersey. Primarily, he seeks to develop the mental and physical capabilities of young people through Capoeira while simultaneously exposing them to the cultural heritage of Africa and Brazil.
Illstyle and Peace Productions
Illstyle & Peace Productions is a multicultural, Philadelphia-based dance company founded in 2000 by Brandon “Peace” Albright. The company creates work rooted in contemporary, West African, old school & new school hip-hop blended with an eclectic mix of dance and performance disciplines including Locking, Popping, Breakin, Tap, Ballet, Hip Hop & House Dancing. They have toured critical acclaim nationally and internationally and are committed to delivering positive messages, inspiration & education to all audiences. Illstyle & Peace Productions are the 2013 US Culture Ambassadors picked by the State Department and have toured Russia, Belarus & The Ukraine.
Molly is a printmaker by nature and training and is proficient in silkscreening, woodcut, intaglio and lithography. She brings the skills of patience, planning, and problem solving she learned to all her work as an award-winning teaching artist in the state of New Jersey. She opened her printmaking studio, Social Animal Press in Ocean Grove, NJ in 2006. There, she makes her work, holds open critiques, and teaches classes for adults and children.
Molly moved in late 2002 from Alexandria, Virginia where she taught Printmaking at Virginia Tech’s Graduate School of Architecture, an international consortium, and worked at the National Endowment for the Arts in Federal Partnerships; and worked in the Corcoran Gallery of Art’s Museum Education Program and as an adjunct faculty member at the Corcoran College of Art and Design.
She was awarded a Graduate University Fellowship and an MFA in printmaking at the Ohio State University where she also instructed foundation drawing and design courses. She received her BFA in printmaking and a BA in art history from James Madison University. Producing primarily print-based and mixed media works on paper, she has exhibited regularly in the DC area, Pennsylvania, Ohio, New Jersey, New York City, San Francisco, and Los Angeles.
Katelynn Kilcommons is a local artist that graduated from the University of the Arts with a bachelor’s degree of Fine Arts in Illustration. She continued her studies and earning a teaching certification in K-12 ARt. For the past few years, Katelynn has been teaching in various educational environments. On the weekends, she can be found face painting at local events. She has also started a company called Hues that focuses on teaching art within the comfort of people’s homes. Katelynn has been working freelance and her art will be featured in the “If Picasso” series this coming year.
Tracie earned a Bachelors of Fine Arts from St. Peter’s College, a small Jesuit college across the river in NYC, and spent much of that time in the New York City museums. She has been a teacher for 18 years, specializing in elementary art for 12 of those years. She currently teaches in the South Brunswick School District and is currently exploring the art of photography and the folk art of sewing. Other artistic interests include book arts, environmental arts, repurposed arts, muraling, and pencil drawing, although anything creative is likely to raise her interest. .
Nelly Kouzmina is a self-taught fiber artist who loves the process of felt-making, sometime more than the results! Kouzmina loves to experiment with different fibers, objects, dyes, and more. For her, felting is a liberation, passion and love.
Nelly has won several awards including the 2014 Best in Fiber Show Award at Trenton City Museum at Ellaslie, the 2014 First place in Highland Park Art Show, and First place, Best in Show at New Hope Arts & Crafts Show. More on Nelly can be found here.
Sejal Krishnan has been working as a textile and graphic designer for nearly two decades. Her design journey started in a graphic design school in Mumbai, meandered through a textile design degree at the National Institute of Design, India, and continued at the Fashion Institute of Technology, New York. She has worked with major textile companies all around the globe as a design and development specialist. Along the way her focus changed to teaching art and design to children when she was asked to assist the art department at her children’s school.Having seen that every child perceives differently and creatively, she is eager to share her experience to help children explore their creative side and learn how to design for a purpose. Sejal still works as a designer and to add to her repertoire of work has now ventured out with her own label of home textiles which were recently launched.
Judy Langille is a nationally acclaimed fiber artist and experienced art educator, who has received grants from the Geraldine Dodge Foundation. She has taught at a variety of levels, including K-8 in several New Jersey and New York school districts, college level at William Paterson University and adults at the Newark Museum. Judy has received numerous surface design awards for her quilt art and hand dyed fabrics and has had many pieces accepted at the most prestigious shows, such as Quilt National, Visions, and Art Quilts Philadelphia/Elements. She has had her work published in numerous publications, most recently in the Surface Design Journal where she co-authored an article called, “One Cloth, One Fabric: Whole Cloth Composition”. In February 2009 she was the Artist of the Month on www.jerseyarts.com. She continues to work in her studio, show her art and teach in artist in residence programs around the country.
Lori Langsner – a resident of West Windsor, has recently retired after a rewarding career in arts education in the NYC Public Schools. Lori has an MA in Special Education from Brooklyn College, a BA in Art Education from Queens College, and has continued her studies at the Art Students League, Princeton Arts Council, and Mercer County Community College.
Lori’s paintings were recently on view at Princeton Arts Council, and have been included in exhibitions at Mercer County Community College, Mercer County Library, and Prallsville Mills. Lori has been not only a classroom practitioner but is currently a facilitator of a learning community of other visual arts teachers around best practices and teacher effectiveness in the arts program at www.Startchr.nyc.
Lori is excited to reconnect with her own personal art as an “en plein air” painter in oils, surrounding herself with nature and art. She looks forward to sharing her passion for oil painting with those who want to start their own personal quests into the world of art.
To preview her paintings please visit www.lorilangsner.com
Bo Lee was born in Seoul, South Korea and moved to Philadelphia at the age of 6. He attended Pratt Institute of Art in Brooklyn, NY. He works in commercial post-production in addition to being a video artist. His work has been showcased at Scope in Basel, Switzerland, as well as receiving a retrospective at PopMinuto in Prato, Italy along with being shown at galleries and spaces in Helsinki, Bucharest, Seoul, New York, Poland, Germany and the U.K. After years of living in New York City and more recently Seoul, South Korea, he now calls West Windsor home.
To learn more about Bo and view some of his works, please click here.
Eleni Litt is an artist-teacher who tells a story or expresses a feeling with line, color, and form. She loves making art in community and offers workshops and short courses to people of all ages. She has a Certificate in Fine Arts from the Parsons School of Design, a Certificate in Creative Arts Therapies from The New School, a PhD in Anthropology from the London School of Economics (UK), and a BA in Art History from Reed College. She shares and shows her work in New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania. A long-term resident of West Windsor, NJ she commutes daily (with many of her neighbors) to New York City, where she works at The New School as Associate Provost of Faculty Affairs. She often makes art on the train during the NJT and MTA commutes!
A native of West Windsor, Susan Mitrano is a certified K-12 Art Teacher who has taught in Princeton, Bridgewater and Montgomery schools as well as community art centers in NJ and PA. She has a BFA from Syracuse University in graphic design with a minor in photography. After a 15-year career as a designer and art director, Ms Mitrano earned her BA in Art Education at The College of NJ. She is long time watercolorist, studying with Robert O’Brien, AWS in Vermont and others locally. She studied ceramics with Ursula Kaplowitz and enjoys working in many kinds of clay. She is also an avid printmaker and loves to share her knowledge of art history and art-making with the children she teaches.
Natalie has a degree in vocal music education from The College of New Jersey. She has performed in musicals since she was in elementary school, and started singing opera while in college. She’s held lead roles in TCNJ’s Lyric Theater productions (musical theater and opera) and chorus roles in La Boheme Opera Company’s productions. Natalie is currently a general music and chorus teacher at two elementary schools in Hamilton Township.
Anastasia Popova is an accomplished crochet designer with works published in numerous books and magazines. Anastasia brings that crochet expertise and passes it on to others through her offered classes, ranging from instruction for complete beginners to advanced students. Her classes cover various crochet disciplines such as Irish and Tunisian crochet, as well as designs that incorporate both knitting and crocheting together.
To see more about Anastasia’s classes and designs, please click here.
Jane Craven Proulx
Jane has worked in the West Windsor-Plainsboro Schools as an art teacher since 2003, and for the West Windsor Arts Council during the summers since 2011. She holds a BFA from Moore College of Art & Design in fine arts, 2&3D, and an MFA from the University of the Arts in Sculpture.
Jane loves working with people, working hands-on and experientially, and looks towards the natural world for inspiration, enlightenment, and direction in her work and teaching.
I am an artist and a visual art teacher. I have done my Bachelors in Fine Arts (Painting) in 1998 from India. Since then I have been practicing and teaching painting in different styles. I have worked in schools like St. Paul`s English School and Oakridge International School, India and Hindi USA in Piscataway.
I have been working on an Indian art called the Mysore Traditional. This art form began in India around 16th century. These paintings are done with water colors and have a unique technique which involves using pure gold on the painting. I also work on figurative compositions in oils and water colors inspired by artist like Nikhil Ranjan Pal, Amrita Sher-Gil, Manet, Paul Cezanne and many more artists which has a touch of the Indian Traditional art. I like to talk about the place of women in the society and how they are influenced by the society.
Jean Prall Rosolino
Jean Prall Rosolino is the founder of Youth Stages, LLC, an arts-in-education organization representing professional actor-educators and providing theater arts programming for children of all ages and abilities. She received her Master’s degree in Educational Theater from NYU and has had extensive experience in teaching and performing for children with disabilities both in New Jersey and in Minnesota.
Marsha Rudolph MA, RYT, has been teaching Breath Awareness for the last 20 years and Yoga for the last 10 years. Her specialty is working with people who may feel too intimidated to take a more challenging yoga class, especially those who may be struggling with their weight, have some physical limitations, are at mid-life or beyond, or just want a class of gentle stretching and postures to increase flexibility or compliment a more vigorous exercise routine. Marsha works as a Community Health Educator at Capital Health System.
Jessica Schadt is a lifelong artist, athlete & fitness enthusiast. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts from Tyler School of Art, Temple University and works primarily in photo/video arts, digital art & design, as well as in flow & circus arts such as hoop dance. Jessie has several hoop dance videos featured on www.hooping.org, and a background working at various companies doing all things creative; from copy writing to digital editing & archiving to hoop dance and beyond!
Alan and Libbie Soffer
Libbie Soffer’s mixed media background began as a 7yr old “seamstress.” Leaving her career in dental hygiene, she completed the Textile Dep’t at Moore College of Art. She has been exhibiting in museums, galleries, and universities across the United States with recognition in mixed media. Her work identifies life’s core issues while embracing experimental approaches in materials. Her inspired, prize-winning constructions attract a devoted audience of collectors and students.
Alan Soffer holds a BA and DDS from Temple University. He has studied painting and sculpture at Parsons School of Design, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Ringling School, & SUNY, and with many other artists. Soffer exhibits & teaches nationally and is in numerous private collections. Most recently his work was acquired by the Eaton Corporation. Soffer had a 40 year retrospective at Villanova University in 2014. He organized the first National Conference in the encaustic arts in 2005.
To learn more about Alan and his works, please click here. For more about Libbie and her works, please click here. To learn more about how they came to art and their creative process, please click here and here.
Lisa received a BFA in Fashion Design and Illustration in Brooklyn at Pratt Institute. Her first job out of college was creating and styling windows display for Macy’s NY. After Leaving Macy’s, she started a business in fashion design and created many fashion illustrations for publications such as WWD, DNR, Vogue as well as many design and fabric companies such as Cotton Inc., Speedo, Abercrombie& Fitch.
Lisa was previously an Associate Professor at Pratt Institute and Adjunct at Parsons School of Design within the Fashion Design Departments. After relocating to NJ she started teaching at Philadelphia University and working as Program Coordinator and Senior Adjunct Professor in the Fashion Department at Rowan College at Burlington County. Lisa has an extensive knowledge in teaching Textiles, History of Fashion Design, and Fashion Illustration. She has created many fashion workshops for teens and youth interested in fashion.
Katie Truk received her BFA from Alfred University. She has been teaching multi-media classes to children and adults of all ages and levels since 2001 through personal lessons, visiting artist grants, and in places such as Creative Hands in Madison, Let’s Create in Boonton, Messy Artist in South Orange and the Summit Art Center. In her studio, the medium of choice is pantyhose. She combines the translucent and sensual nature of pantyhose and the rigidity of wire to create sculptures of complex depth and personality. These sculptures have been featured around the tri-state area.
Nancy C. Zamboni has a B.A. from Yale, where she received her basic art training, a B.F.A. in painting from Boston University, and an M.F.A in painting from Queens College in New York. She teaches at Rowan College at Burlington County, the Princeton Adult School, the Princeton YWCA, and at NCZ Studios, in the Trenton / Hamilton area of NJ . She has also taught Printmaking for many years, at Mercer County Community College. Locally, she has exhibited at Nails in the Wall Gallery, The Gallery at MCCC, Artworks, and Ellarslie The Trenton City Museum, as well as other venues in New York and New England.
Michael and Janie have been dance partners since 2009, and now teach for Jersey Dance. They are successful competitors in International Standard and Argentine Tango. They were selected by audition to appear as dancers in the film “The Silver Linings Playbook”.
Michael and Janie teach most modern partner dances, including the latin and smooth dances, Argentine tango, and swing. Their goal is to express, and to help others express, the many moods, emotions, and sensations of music. Further, they hope to show by example that dance can be for everyone, at every stage of life.