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
Kim Brickley serves as a Professor of Art and Childhood Development at Delaware County Community College and is the Assistant Director, Curator and social media consultant for the Crux Space. She was also a consultant for the maker/art technology lab at The Shipley School. She has an MFA in Time-Based Media from The University of Pennsylvania and a BFA in Electronic Media from Carnegie Mellon University. www.kimbrickley.com
Mat Citrenbaum started teaching at Abington Art Center in 1994. He has a BFA in Metals from The University of the Arts and an Associate’s Degree in Fine Arts from Bucks County Community College. Mat owns his own business, BENTFORMS, and has produced his own line of jewelry for retail as well as custom work for many clients. www.mathewcitrenbaum.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. www.susandubrunfaut.com
Casey Egan taught in the Fine Arts Camp at West Chester University and the Street Kids Program in Quito, Ecuador. Last summer she taught in AAC’s Summer Art Workshops for Kids, and she is currently the Studio School Assistant at Abington Art Center. Casey has a Bachelor of Arts in Studio Arts from West Chester University.
Ashley Ernest has been an instructor at Rhode Island College, the Fuller Craft Museum in Brockton, MA and Stonybrook Fine Arts in Jamaica Plain, MA. She has extensive experience as a jewelry designer and metalsmith for several companies and in 2008 started her own company, aDifferentKindofFine creating one-of-a-kind and limited series pieces. Cranbrook Academy of Art, MFA Metals; Rhode Island College, BA Jewelry Design and Metals. www.ashleyernest.com
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.
David Jones has taught at The Penland School, Kutztown University and The University of Georgia studies abroad program in Cortona, Italy. He has shown his work locally and throughout the country. David received his MFA in Jewelry and Metalsmithing from Tyler School of Art and his BFA in Crafts from Kutztown University of Pennsylvania.
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
Veronica Kairos has studied mosaics at Bryn Athyn College, Fleisher Art Memorial and Perkins Center for the Arts, to name a few. Her work has been exhibited at The Noyes Museum, Rowan College and Burlington County College. In addition, Veronica has sold her mosaics through the Centre for the Arts in Bristol, PA.
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
Ginger Mimmo Rohlfing is an art educator and fine artist with a BFA in Photography and Art Education Certification from Moore College of Art. She also teaches at The Woodmere Art Museum and Moore College of Art and Design’s Youth Artist Workshops.
Shannon Rose Moriarty has a BFA in Ceramics from Arcadia University where she also was the Gallery Exhibition Assistant. Currently, she is the Coordinator and Curator of the Wondrous on Witherspoon Pop-Up Art Gallery in Princeton, NJ. www.shannonrosemoriary.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
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.
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
Jonathan Twersky has been an educator for over twenty years. He has previously taught at Charter High School for Architecture and Design, and he currently works for the Pennsbury School District, where he focuses on designing a Ceramics curriculum for a variety of learners. He has also been an adjunct professor at Holy Family University. Jonathan has a Master of Arts in Teaching with Certification from The University of the Arts and a BFA in Ceramics and Painting from Pitzer College in Claremont, CA.
Andrew Walker has exhibited his work throughout the region in a variety of exhibitions at spaces including Waynesburg University and The University of the Arts. He was commissioned to do a piece titled The Gift for The Kimmel Center in 2012. He has taught art for over 15 years and has a MFA in Painting from The University of the Arts, a Master of Arts in Elementary Education from Arcadia University and a Bachelors of Arts in Art History from LaSalle University.
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
David Woods has been teaching mosaics in the community for over 15 years. He has served as an artist-in-residence for many schools in Philadelphia and in other suburban areas. He has also taught with the Mural Arts Program, at the Community Arts Center in Wallingford and led mosaic programs with the Eagles Football Team Youth Partnership Playground Build. Arcadia University, Art Education Certification; Pennsylvania State University, BS Computer Science.