Below you’ll find more information on our Studio School teachers here at Abington Art Center.
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
Mat Citrenbaum has been teaching since 1994 at art centers in the community and has helped aspiring artists to develop and hone their craft. Mat reveals this knowledge in clever, results-oriented instruction. Mat adds, “My primary goal for a new student is immediate results. A first time student can expect to produce a sterling silver ring in under 3 hours. My advanced students are guided through a technical progression encouraging them to design beyond their skills.” www.matcitrenbaum.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
Emily Rose Hirtle is from Westerville, Ohio she attended The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and received her BFA and Certificate in Painting in 2017. In May of 2019 she received her MFA in Drawing from The New York Academy of Art. Her work is part of numerous collections such as: The Linda Lee Alter Collection in Philadelphia, PA. Actress and Model Brooke Shield’s and Actor Aidan Turner. She is a practicing Artist and a Drawing/Painting instructor for numerous institutions in Philadelphia, PA. www.emilyhirtle.com
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
Erika Matthews is a Visual Artist with a background in Art Education. Her specialty is in Character and Graphic Design and she has led and assisted classes focusing on the arts, science and technology. She received her Bachelor’s from Art Institute of Philadelphia and has taught Graphic Novel Design at Fleisher Art Memorial. www.themindrones.carbonmade.com
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.shannonrosemoriarty.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.
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