NameBiography
Rachel Bartunek

RACHEL BARTUNEK is the owner of Handmade Darling, a bespoke paper goods and event accessories boutique featured both online and in local CNY shops. She received her MS in Communication Design through Pratt Institute with a focus in print and typography. Her freelance work includes creating brand presence, surface design, and hand lettering. www.handmadedarling.com

Contact: handmadedarling@gmail.com

Joella Burt JOELLA BURT is a PrattMWP alumni and received her BFA in Painting and K-12 teaching certifi cation from SUNY Potsdam. Joella has exhibited regionally and expanded her digital and traditional painting practice through teaching seminars and offering works for sale locally.

Contact: jburt@mwpai.edu

 

Veronica Byun

VERONICA JUYOUN BYUN is the Assistant Coordinator and Instructor of Ceramic Arts at MWPAI. She was born in Seoul, Korea and educated in the US, receiving her MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, R.I. and BFA from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University in Alfred, N.Y. She has exhibited in galleries and public institutions in New York, Philadelphia, Palm Beach, Chicago, Providence, Attleboro, San Angelo, Maryland, Seoul, Korea, Varazdin, Croatia, Kapfenburg, Austria, Taipei, Taiwan, and Fienza, Italy. Byun was a 2013-2015 Artist in Residence. www.veronicabyun.com 

Contact: vbyun@mwpai.edu, Ceramics & Pottery

Patrick Carew
Paula Caruana

PAULA CARUANA received her bachelors degree in Art Education from Millersville University of Pennsylvania. She is a certified art teacher in Pennsylvania, and has taught art in grades K-12 in public and parochial schools in suburban Philadelphia and Lockport, NY. Paula has done post graduate studies in ceramics, watercolors, drawing, printmaking and calligraphy. She exhibits and sells her ceramic sculptures regionally and is a long time student in the ceramics program at MWPAI. Since 2000, Paula has been a Decorative Arts Assistant in MWPAIs Museum of Art Decorative Arts Department, at Fountain Elms.

Contact: pcaruana@mwpai.edu, Kids

Chris Cirillo

CHRISTOPHER CIRILLO regularly exhibits his work and has shown in a variety of galleries and art centers in NY State and in the Midwest. He has instructed design, color theory, painting, and drawing courses for PrattMWP, Mohawk Valley Community College, Empire State University and also for Kirkland Art Center. Chris received his MFA in visual arts from The Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University and his BFA in painting and drawing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Contact: ccirillo@mwpai.edu, Painting

Niki English

NIKI ENGLISH is an Apparel Designer who has been working in the NYC fashion industry for 10 years. She has worked for brands including Jessica Simpson, Vivienne Tam, and Ann Taylor as well as creating her own designs and accessories. Niki received a BS in apparel design from the Univ. of Minnesota, Minneapolis. www.nikienglish.com

 
CONTACT: Niki@nikienglish.com


 

Amy Francisco
Michael Fujita MICHAEL FUJITA received his BFA in ceramics from the Kansas City Art Institute and MFA from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University. Fujita’s sculpture has been shown in numerous exhibitions nationally and internationally, including solo exhibitions at the Philadelphia Art Alliance, Greenwich House Pottery, Cross MacKenzie Gallery, and the Clay Studio. Ceramics Workshop
Annette Gurdo

ANNETTE GURDO has been actively working and exhibiting her paintings in Central NY for more than 20 years. In addition to being honored numerous commissions, her work is included in private collections throughout the Northeast. She received an Associate Degree in Fine Arts from MVCC/ Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute and a BFA in Drawing & Painting at the Philadelphia College of Art.

Contact: agurdo@mwpai.edu, Painting & Drawing

Janet Hill
Christina Hopkins
Sarah Kilian

SARAH TUCKERMAN KILIAN has taught in the Utica schools since 1990, She is a graduate of William Smith College in Geneva, NY, and received her MS in Art Education from Syracuse University. Her goal in teaching her students is to give them the roots of knowledge of art techniques and concepts, with the wings of confidence and skill to fly successfully and create their own creative masterpieces.

Contact: stuckerman-kilian@mwpai.edu, Kids 

Alex Kraeger
Yulia Levkovich

YULIA LEVKOVICH is an award-winning representational painter. She was born in Ukraine and moved to Canada where she was exposed to the Russian School of Painting. Yulia completed rigorous training at the Academy of Realist Art, received her BFA from OCAD University, Toronto, and an MFA from the New York Academy of Art, Manhattan. She worked in production for Jeff Koons and taught at several institutions including the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Yulia’s work is included in many public and private collections and is exhibited extensively in New York City and abroad. www.yulialevkovich.com

Contact: levkovichyulia@gmail.com, Painting 

Jennifer Lorenz Badua
Eric Mishalanie

ERIC MISHALANIE completed the MWPAI/ MVCC program before receiving his photography BA from Maryland Institute College of Art. Previous projects include photo documentation for the Neighborhood Design Center, Baltimore, MD and teaching at Danella Photographic, New Hartford, NY. Eric currently owns and operates Mishalanie Photography which covers a wide range of photographic services.

Contact: emishalanie@mwpai.edu, Photography 

Joseph Murphy JOSEPH MURPHY is an illustrator who uses atmosphere and light to create dream-like images for projects in book publishing, editorial, and entertainment fields. Joseph received his BFA and MFA in Illustration from Syracuse University's College of Visual and Performing Arts. I have taught as an adjunct instructor at Syracuse University, Cazenovia College, and PrattMWP.
Carlie Sherry

CARLIE SHERRY received her BFA in Painting from SUNY Potsdam and her MFA in Painting from Syracuse University. She is an Adjunct Instructor at Utica College and PrattMWP. Carlie has exhibited throughout New York state and was recently included in gallery exhibitions in Hammond, IN and Pittsburg, PA. www.carliesherry.com

Contact: csherry@mwpai.edu

Shannon Stockbridge

SHANNON STOCKBRIDGE received her BFA in sculpture through PrattMWP and graduated from Pratt Institute. Jewelry is her primary medium and she has been creating a wearable collection using the lost-was casting method as well as incorporation alternative materials into her pieces. Shannon has taught all ages and levels of classes locally, including the Kirkland Art Center, Rome Art and Community Center, Art Camp at St. James Episcopal Church, and MWPAI. www.s-stockbridge.com

Contact: sstockbridge@mwpai.edu, Jewelry

Luke Towne
Sean Usyk