Zakia Ahmed has been teaching for over 25 years and is excited to offer classes at the West Windsor Arts Center, bringing her local loyal following with her. 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 the founder of 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 a 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.
Kimberly Ducote-Schimmel has been a successful commercial photographer for over 25 years and taught photography for 10 years. She holds a BS in Studio Art from SUNY at Stony Brook, with a minor in Photography. She began her photographic business in NYC photographing for advertisements, brochures, catalogs, magazines and editorials for major corporations, local businesses, and the media, working both in the studio and on location. Her work has been exhibited and won several awards. She is currently teaching at Middlesex County College, Rutgers State University, and West Windsor Arts Center. Throughout her years of teaching, she attempts to inspire students by imparting to them the technical knowledge they need to create the photograph they desire.
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.
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.
Sabrina Iacobellis has been dancing for 18 years. She is currently a Dance Performance major at Rider University and has been training at The Princeton Ballet School for the last 4 years. She has performed works choreographed by Dawn Berman of the dancer-illusionist company Momix and Jenifer Gladney of American Repertory Ballet. She is looking forward to performing in her 5th collaborative dance show this Spring. She has choreographed for productions of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum and Gypsy. She has previously taught at Dancer’s Pointe of Howell and the Asbury Park Boys and Girls Club. She currently teaches for American Repertory Ballet’s Dance Power program.
Molly is a printmaker by nature and training, and is proficient in silkscreening, woodcut, intaglio and lithography. She brings to all of her work the skills of patience, planning, and problem-solving she learned from her time as an award-winning teaching artist in the state of 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.
In late 2002, Molly moved to the area 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. She also 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. For the past few years, after earning her teaching certification in K-12 Art, 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.
Nelly Kouzmina is a self-taught fiber artist who loves the process of felt-making, sometimes 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.
Anne Kullaf is a contemporary painter working in a variety of media. Her paintings utilize the principles of drawing from direct observation combined with efficient brushwork and a limited palette. She is a faculty member of the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, the Hunterdon Museum of Art, and the Center for Contemporary Art. A summa cum laude graduate of the University of Bridgeport, Connecticut, she received a Bachelor of Science in graphic design and fine art and also studied painting at The Art Students League of NY. In 2014, she was painter-in-residence at Bryan Park, NYC and was recently invited to teach a watercolor workshop at the Princeton University Museum of Art.
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.
A resident of West Windsor, Lori Langsner 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
Eleni Litt is an artist-teacher who tells a story or expresses a feeling with line, color, and form. She loves making art in the 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 Ph.D. 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!
Aarti Mantri is a freelance artist in acrylic and mixed media paintings based in New Jersey. Art has always been a part of her since childhood; she was inspired and encouraged by her mother who is an artist in India. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Interior Design and worked for over 5 years in the field, specializing in stained glass and landscaping. Nonetheless, her passion for fine arts forced her to pursue a career as a painter. Most of her work is on canvas with various techniques and mediums that adds texture to a painting. Aarti conducts classes and workshops for children and adults, and is a certified Grumbacher Art instructor. Her goal is to train her students with the easy skills of painting at the same time encourage to use their own imagination and ideas.
Her artwork can be seen at www.aartisticart.com.
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.
Paul Mordetsky has been teaching adults and children throughout Central NJ since 1991. He has had solo and featured shows at the Artists’ Gallery, The Morpeth Gallery, The Trenton City Museum, the Peddie School, Mercer County Community College, and at the Gross McCleaf and Rosenfeld galleries in Philadelphia, PA, and he exhibits regularly in group shows. His works are in many public and private collections, notably, The Trenton City Museum, Cigna, NYNEX, NJ Bell, Dupont, Mercer County Cultural and Heritage Commission and Educational Testing Services. Mr. Mordetsky received his B.F.A. in painting from the Philadelphia College of Art in 1976. Mr. Mordetsky currently teaches drawing and design at Mercer County Community College as well as general art and art history at the Princeton Latin / Princeton Science Academy.
For more about Mr. Mordetsky’s art, please click here.
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.
Pratibha is an artist and a visual art teacher. She received a Bachelor’s in Fine Arts (Painting) in 1998 from India. Since then she has been practicing and teaching painting in different styles. She has worked in many different schools, including St. Paul`s English School and Oakridge International School, India and Hindi USA in Piscataway.
She has recently been working on an Indian art form called the Mysore Traditional. This art form began in India around 16th century. These paintings are done with watercolors and have a unique technique, which involves using pure gold on the painting. She learned this art from her father S. Krishnananda Raju and grandfather Y.Subramanya Raju, who was the Palace artist in the Mysore Kingdom. This technique has been passed down in the family for generations and now is a part of the fine art curriculum in some of the art colleges.
Pratibha also works on figurative compositions and is presently working on Landscapes in oils and watercolors in an attempt to capture the zest of Nature. She has exhibited her paintings at libraries in Long Island NY and Piscataway NJ.
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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!
Dressler Smith is a nationally acclaimed American artist, and author, whose unique works on paper and stained glass windows are designed for churches & are to “touch the human spirit”. Dressler Smith’s journey is chronicled in the new book “Celebrating Life Through the Arts: The Inspirational Journey of Dressler Smith”. Her work became private acquisitions of notable celebrities Oprah Winfrey, former NFL quarterback Randall Cunningham and Coretta Scott King.
Dressler has been the Coordinator of Adult Programs for the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine arts in Philadelphia, PA, through June 2017 and she has taught at Camden County College for 23 years. She was voted one of 20 Super Women of 2016 by South Jersey Magazine.
Dressler’s paintings and stained glass are dedicated to the memory of the mothers of our past many of which were unable to have an art career.
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.