Faculty

Nicolette Absil

Nicolette Absil is a metalsmith at Joy Stember Metal Arts Studio in Roslyn, PA. She also teaches a variety of jewelry and enameling classes at the Main Line Art Center and Rowan University. She has a BFA with a concentration in Jewelry from Rowan University.

Jonny Buss

Jonny Buss has worked for the Mural Arts Program over the course of many years and has completed murals in mosaics, paint and stained glass. You can see his work in various parts of the city including Germantown and East Falls. Jonny also just completed a mural working with youth from Baldi Middle School in Northeast Philadelphia as part of a partnership with the Philadelphia Art Education Fund and Abington Art Center.

Angela Combs

Angela has exhibited throughout the region in New York City and Philadelphia. In addition to her many years at AAC, she has taught ceramics at the 92nd Street Y in NYC. MFA, Tyler School of Art; BA, Bennington College.

Elaine Douds

Elaine is an accomplished painter who has exhibited her work in the Philadelphia area including the Artists House. She also teaches private students in the area. She received her certificate from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and also happens to be a registered nurse.

Patti Dougherty

Patti was introduced to glass beads while researching glass at The British Museum. She began collecting beads as a way to learn about ancient cultures and to understand the techniques of glass bead making. Her current work uses marine biology as a reference. MFA, Maryland Institute College of Art; BFA, Tyler School of Art.

Susan Dubrunfaut

Susan holds a BFA from Rhode Island School of Design and is currently in the Art Education Certification program at Moore College of Art.  She has taught art in at Germantown Academy and  Green Woods Charter School.  She has exhibited at the Philadelphia Sketch Club, Abington Art Center and other local shows.

Margo Fotta

Margo Fotta is a custom framer at Allegheny Art Company in Newtown, Bucks County. She has exhibited her work in both solo and group shows throughout the area including Abington Art Center. BFA, Tyler School of Art.

Esther Goldberg

Esther has studied many modalities of yoga including Astanga and Bikram, beginning her studies at the Kripalu Yoga Center in 1973. She has combined her experience in both dance and yoga to create Yoga-Flow, the method that she teaches at the Art Center and at other area locations. BS Dance, Penn State University.

Marguerita Hagan

Marguerita has completed many artist residencies throughout the country including the Delphi Art Futures Program at The Philadelphia Museum of Art and the NewCourtland Artist Fellowship. MFA, Sculpture, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts; BFA, Ceramics, James Madison University.

Danielle Hallman

Danielle Hallman has a Master of Arts in Teaching from The University of the Arts and a BFA in Illustration from the University of Hartford. She currently teaches art to students at Norwood-Fontbonne Academy in Philadelphia, PA.

June Hines

June has taught at the Abington Art Center since 1998. She is a certified Pilates instructor and is currently directing The Pilates Studio at The Pennsylvania Ballet. She holds both a BFA and an MFA in dance from The University of Oklahoma, and has taught at Mercyhurst and Allentown Colleges.

Michael Huber

Michael Huber taught art classes in all media at Chestnut Hill Academy for over ten years. He ran his own company, Precision Arts Co. producing functional ceramics and sculpture for gallery owners and art markets throughout the United States. Michael has an MFA in Sculpture from Glasgow School of Art and a BFA in Sculpture from Tyler School of Art.

Karen Karuza

Karen Karuza’s  fashion training includes Pratt Institute, Brooklyn NY and Moore College of Art and Design,Philadelphia ,PA. BFA-fashion design University of Pennsylvania- MLA- interdisciplinary program with focus on art history,gender identity,contemporary art criticism and transgender history. Karen has worn many (fashionable) hats including: teaching ESL in Oaxaca,Mexico,working on Seventh Ave.,  antiques dealer specializing in religious iconography,college professor at The Art Institute of Philadelphia and Moore College of Art where she has taught both technical classes(computer and hand pattern making and draping) and creative studio classes (fabrics and textiles, Capstone collections)

Lisa Kelly

Lisa Kelly has a BFA in Graphic Design from Moore College of Art and Design. She owns her own business, Milkshake Crafts, a giftware company selling stationary, art prints and other objects. Lisa has also taught classes at McKinley Elementary School and the First Philadelphia Charter School.

Kristin Kind

Kristin is certified to teach art and teaches at a charter school in Philadelphia, PA. In addition to her work with ceramics, she has experience in jewelry design, photography and glassblowing. The University of the Arts; SACI International, Florence, Italy.

Sharon Koelblinger

Sharon Koelblinger is an Adjunct Professor at Tyler School of Art and Delaware County Community College. She also teaches at Project Basho in Philadelphia. Sharon has an MFA from Tyler School of Art and a BFA from Minneapolis College of Art and Design.

Vavienne Lawerence

Vivienne Lawrence received her B.A. in English and Fine Arts from St. Joseph’s University. In 2012, she served as a group leader for Artology, a part of the Build a Bridge program in Philadelphia, PA. Vivienne also works as the ceramic technician at Abington Art Center.

Stacy Lenz

Stacy has a BFA in Photography from Tyler School of Art and is a Product Photographer and Design Assistant with a private company. She has studied abroad in Tokyo, Japan and is also certified to teach art for grades K-12.

Ed Letven

Ed is an en plein air painter who exhibits his watercolors throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey. He has work in many private collections in the Philadelphia region. Ed is also accomplished in both ceramics and welded steel sculpture. You can see his work at his website letvenart.com.

Pat Lima

Pat has been an accomplished printmaker since 1989. Her prints have been shown in numerous national and regional shows, including The Art of Printmaking in Newport, RI and Art of the State in Harrisburg, PA. Pat received a BA in Fine Arts from Temple Tyler School of Art. She has been teaching at AAC since 1996. Website: patriciashawlima.com

Martha Kent Martin

Martha holds a BFA in Metalsmithing from Tyler School of Art and a MFA from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. In October 2013,  Martha had an artist’s residency at the Great Smoky Mountains National Park  in conjunction with Arrowmont School of Art and Craft and the Friends of the Smokies for woodcut relief printmaking.   She has been a practicing professional jeweler since 1979, teaching since 1986. She has exhibited locally at The Germantown Friends Craft Show and Woodmere Art Museum, among others, and on a national level in Chicago and Baltimore. marthakentmartin.com

Maggie Mills

Maggie recently received an award from the prestigious Center for Emerging Visual Artists, an organization founded to support the careers of young, developing artists. She has an MFA from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and a BFA from Tyler School of Art.

Vanca Muller

Vanca Muller has been teaching art classes at Abington Art Center for eight years. She received her BFA from Tyler School of Art and her teaching certification from Arcadia University. The work of Vanca’s students may be viewed at www. justmakeart.blogspot.com.

Melissa Mytty

Melissa is a Resident Artist and on faculty at The Clay Studio in Philadelphia, PA. She received an MFA in Ceramics from The Cranbrook Academy of Art and a BFA from the College for Creative Studies. She recently had an exhibition of her work at paulkotulaprojects in Ferndale, MI.

Emily Paulmier

Emily was the Head of the Ceramics Department at Burn Brae Creative Arts Camp for eight years and has been a resident artist with The Pennsylvania Council of the Arts for ten years. She has also taught at the Wallingford Art Center, Temple University and The Main Line Art Center. She has both a BFA and MFA in Ceramics from Tyler School of Art.

Winifred Radolan

Winnie Radolan taught at the Rittenhouse Town Papermill for over ten years and currently travels throughout the tri-state area teaching in a variety of schools, art centers and universities. She currently teaches at The University of the Arts and Bucks County Community College and has been a guest instructor at Yale’s Center for British Art and Penland in NC.

Christine Rhodes

Christine Rhodes taught in the Summer Youth Program at Montgomery County Community College working with children from ages 6 – 11 years old. In addition, she was an instructor in their Bridge to College Program for high school students on the Asperger’s spectrum. Christine has a B.S. in Art Education and a BFA in Painting and Drawing from Penn State University.

Jennifer Roche

Jennifer owns her own successful jewelry company, Bezalel Jewels. She was recently interviewed by Channel 17 for a piece on using recycled metals in contemporary jewelry. She won the Best Fine Art Craft Award at the Nova Galaxy Art Show of Bucks County.

Nicole Schaller

Nicole Schaller has a varied and extensive background in art education. She has been a part-time teaching artist at Asian Arts Initiative and Appel Farm Arts and Music Center in Elmer, New Jersey. She also served as Director of Art Education at Appel Farm for nine years. Nicole has a MA in Museum Education from The University of the Arts and BFA in Ceramics and Printmaking from Arcadia University.

Bob Skiba

Bob is a dancer, choreographer and teacher. He has taught historical and vintage dance for universities and music groups throughout the area. He also directs his own dance company, Mixed Pickles, with performances of American Social dances from the Civil War era through the 1930’s.

Kathleen Hope Smith

Kathleen graduated from Hussian School of Art with a major in Illustration. She has taught for over 20 years, teaching private classes, camps and workshops. She is also a practicing painter and stained glass artist.

Kara Lynn Spalding

Kara has taught at Abington Art Center for over six years. She has exhibited her paintings throughout the Philadelphia region and is in the art education program at Moore College of Art and Design. BFA Painting, Tyler School of Art.

Carol Stirton Broad

Carol received her BFA from Tyler School of Art. She has also studied at The Glasgow School of Art, the Scuola Arte del Mosaico in Ravenna, Italy and the Orsoni Mosaic Foundry in Venice, Italy. In addition to AAC, she also teaches at the Main Line Art Center.

Eva Szabo

Eva is a graduate of the Hungarian National Ballet Institute. She is co-founder of the Gyori Ballet. She has been awarded an International Certificate in Dance Education, teaches from pre-ballet to the professional levels and is on the faculty of The Pennsylvania Ballet’s Rock School and The University of the Arts.

Melissa Tevere

Melissa has worked as a manager in a variety of galleries throughout the country. She is the founder and president of a local, mother’s cooperative of artists called MamaCita who exhibit their art throughout the region. BFA Painting, Tyler School of Art.

Jonathan Twersky

Jonathan Twersky has taught design at Charter High School for Architecture and Design since 2006. He was also an adjunct professor at Holy Family University where he taught Ceramics I and II. Jonathan has a Master of Arts in Teaching from The University of the Arts and a BFA in Ceramics and Painting from Pitzer College in Claremont, CA.