Faculty

Below you’ll find more information on our Studio School teachers here at Abington Art Center.


Maria Gertrudys Albornoz holds her MFA in Ceramics from Tyler School of Art and her BFA in Ceramics from the University of South Florida. Born in Lawrence, Kansas, she lived through her late teens in Caracas, Venezuela and currently resides in Philadelphia. Through her work, she investigates identity, acculturation, craft, and ritual. Her work demonstrates knowledge in a range of media and processes within the realm of ceramic, sculpture, fibers, drawing, painting, and mixed media. She has taught for The Clay Studio’s Claymobile and at the Philly Art Center in Cherry Hill. She has exhibited her work at The Clay Studio and the Crane Arts Icebox. www.mariaalbornoz.com

 

Jerry Bennett is an expert in the sculptural medium of paper clay. He has conducted classes, workshops and symposiums on both local and international levels at The Clay Studio, Harvard University and The International Ceramics Studio in Kecskemet, Hungary. He received a Fellowship in the Arts Grant from the Independence Foundation in 2004. Jerry has an MFA in Ceramics from Indiana University and a BFA in Ceramics from Southwest Missouri State University. www.jerrybennett.net

 

Bryan Kekst Brown has a BFA in Sculpture and Expanded Practice from Ohio State University and will receive his MFA in Metals/Jewelry/CAD-CAM from Tyler School of Art in 2016. He received the MJSA Education Foundation Scholarship from the Rhode Island Foundation and the Directors Choice Award from Ohio State University. He has exhibited his work at Tyler and throughout the region. www.bryankekstbrown.com

 

Jonny Buss has worked for the Mural Arts Program over the course of many years and has completed many murals in mosaics, paint and stained glass. You can see his work in various parts of the city including Germantown and East Falls.

 

Michael Darfler has spent his whole life Making and Doing, first as a kid building rafts for his toy to cross the stream behind his house, and then professionally as a carpenter, timber framer, cabinet maker and furniture designer. Working with teens and adults across Philadelphia, Michael has seen first hand how the simple act of getting people to build something together can empower an entire community. “It’s not just about understanding how to solve problems but also having the skills and sense of empowerment to actual go out and do it.” https://mdarfler.wordpress.com/

 

Elaine Douds studied at The Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and has been teaching at Abington Art Center since 2006. Elaine works mainly in oil paint but over the years has developed a real love for watercolor. She has exhibited at The Main Line Art Center, Artists House and The Cosmopolitan Club.

 

Susan Dubrunfaut has been teaching at AAC since 2011 and in addition is currently working at the Barnes Foundation in their outreach program in the Philadelphia public schools. In addition she has taught at Germantown Academy’s ArtQuest Camp and the Green Woods Charter School. Susan has her Art Education Teaching Certification from Moore College of Art and Design and a BFA from Rhode Island School of Design. sdubrunfaut.weebly.com

 

Lisa Hanna-Castaldi has worked as a character-maquette sculptor for the Nickelodeon TV Network for over a decade and in the toy character prototype business for over 25 years. She has a BFA in Metals/Jewelry from Tyler School of Art.

 

Aliza Herman is returning to AAC after a hiatus to pursue her Masters Degree in Art Education from Arcadia University. She was also a jewelry instructor at The Main Line Art Center and Moore College of Art and Design’s Continuing Education Department for four years. Aliza has her Pennsylvania Instructional Certification and a BFA in Jewelry and Metalsmithing from Tyler School of Art.

 

Patricia Shaw Lima has been a printmaker since 1989. Her prints have been juried into numerous national and regional shows including The Art of Printmaking in Newport, RI, Art of the State in Harrisburg, PA and Prints USA at Springfield Art Museum. Patricia’s work is in the permanent collections of Villanova University, Free Library of Philadelphia and Springfield Art Museum. She received a BFA from Tyler School of Art. Patricia is also the Director of 705 WEST Printshop + Gallery in Jenkintown, PA. She has been teaching at AAC since 1996. www.patriciashawlima.com

 

Martha Kent Martin earned her MFA from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and her BFA in Metalsmithing from Tyler School of Art. A jewelry professional since 1979, she has shown her work locally, regionally and nationally, worked with ”at risk” children and their adults and furthered her education at the Barnes Foundation, the DeMazia Trust and the Gemological Institute of America. Recent exhibitions of her work include Cerulean Arts Gallery, The American Color Print Society, 75th Anniversary Exhibition and Art of the State Museum of Pennsylvania. www.marthakentmartin.com

 

Kristin McHugh has been teaching art in the community since 2003. She has taught at Ancillae-Assumpta Academy, Agora Cyber Charter School and she is currently a pre-kindergarten teacher at Grace Nursery School. In addition to her teaching career, she is a Boutique Marketing Assistant with the Faith and Hope Boutique in Philadelphia. Kristin has her Art Education Teaching Certification from Arcadia University and a Bachelor of Science in Interior Design from Drexel University. fineartteacher.weebly.com

 

Maggie Mills has exhibited widely throughout the Northeast including at the Arts and Business Council of Greater Philadelphia, The Pittsburgh Center for the Arts and The Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education. She has received several prestigious honors including the Fleisher Wind Challenge Award and a Career Development Fellowship from the Center for Emerging Visual Artists. Maggie also teaches at Cedar Crest College, The University of the Arts and Temple University. She holds an MFA from The Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and a BFA from Tyler School of Art. www.maggiemillsart.com

 

Nicholas Natalicchio works as a Multimedia Coordinator for CustomED in Collingswood, NJ where he is responsible for graphic design and photography for marketing and promotional materials. He also manages their website and social media platforms. Nicholas has a BFA in Film and Media Arts from Temple University and a Master of Arts in Media Studies from The New School in New York City. www.nicholasnatalicchio.com

 

Katy Palmer first taught a painting class at AAC for four years back in 2000 and is returning to teach our evening watercolor class. She has been a substitute art teacher at Springside Chestnut Hill School for the past fifteen years. She has her MA in Art Education from Tyler School of Art and a BFA from Manhattanville College. She also studied painting at the prestigious Vermont Studio School in 1984.

 

Winnie Radolan started her papermaking career at the site of America’s first papermill, RittenhouseTown, over 25 years ago. After a 10-year involvement at R-Town, which included running papermaking workshops for adults and children, she moved on and her papermaking adventures became itinerant. She now travels her local states of PA, NJ, and DE extensively, teaching in schools, art centers and universities, such as University of the Arts and Bucks County Community College in PA. She has enjoyed being a guest instructor at the American Museum of Papermaking in GA and at Yale’s Center for British Art in CN. She writes an ongoing column about her experiences for Hand Papermaking’s quarterly newsletter. In between sharing her love of papermaking with students of all ages she enjoys making both 2D and 3D works of paper art. Her works are exhibited and in private collections nationally and internationally.

 

Julia Rix earned an M.Ed. in Art Education from Tyler School of Art and taught Art, English, and ESL for Abington School District for 11 years. She is a member of the local artists’ cooperative MamaCITA and has won awards at both the Abington Art Center and the Cheltenham Center for the Arts. Currently she paints in watercolor and prints in linocut. Her “One a Week” project can be found at www.juliarix.com

 

Ginger Mimmo Rohlfing has extensive experience teaching at the Woodmere Art Museum, Moore College of Art and Design and other Philadelphia area schools. As a teacher she has partnered with the Claymobile, and The Philadelphia Museum of Art on distance learning lessons. Ginger has a BFA and her teaching certification from Moore College of Art and Design.

 

Holly Salverio has experience teaching Metals in Tyler School of Art’s Continuing Education Program and has exhibited her work in the prestigious Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show. Holly has an Associates Degree in Fine Arts from Northampton Community College and will be receiving her BFA in Metals/Jewelry/CAD-CAM from Tyler School of Art in 2016.

 

Bob Skiba is a dancer, choreographer and teacher in the Philadelphia region. He enjoys teaching historical and vintage dance for area universities and music groups. He also directs his own dance company, Mixed Pickles, with performances of Social dances from the Civil War era through the 1930’s.

 

Carol Stirton Broad has been a practicing mosaic artist for over twenty years. She has studied at The Glasgow School of Art, the Scuola Arte del Mosaico in Ravenna, Italy and the Orsoni Mosaic Foundry in Venice, Italy. Carol also teaches at The Main Line Art Center and Fleisher Art Memorial. She has a BFA in Ceramics from Tyler School of Art. www.carolstirton-broad.com

 

Megan Stover sells her work throughout the Philadelphia region at craft fairs and exhibits. She has a Bachelor of Arts from Boston University and studied ceramics at the prestigious Penland School of Crafts in Spruce Pine, NC. www.stoverceramics.com

 

Deborah Williams is also a Residency Artist and Instructor at The Clay Studio; and she is an artist in residence for the Claymobile Outreach Program. She has taught at The Philadelphia Museum of Art, Rutgers University and Atlantic Cape Community College. Deborah is currently the Program Director at Awbury Recreation Center in Germantown. She has a BA in Sculpture from Rutgers University. www.rankokuspottery.com