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.


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. She is represented by Loveed Fine Arts in New York City. Byun was a 2013-2015 Artist in Residence.

Contact:, Ceramics & Pottery

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.

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Michael Giordani

MICHAEL GIORDANI graduated from PrattMWP and Pratt Institute with a BFA. He is a Utica transplant, being born in New York City and raised in Long Island, NY. Michael is active in childcare, starting a Family Day Care with his wife and homeschooling their son. Michael enjoys nothing more than fostering the creative spark in others.

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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:, Painting & Drawing

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:, Kids 

Thomas Knauer THOMAS KNAUER holds Masters of Fine Art from Ohio University and the Cranbrook Academy of Art and was a professor of art and design before he began designing fabric and quilts. Thomas is a published quilt design author, has designed six fabric collections for Andover Fabrics, writes an ongoing column for Quilters Newsletter, has quilts in numerous magazines, and actively exhibits in quilt shows and museums.

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.

Contact:, Painting 

Lydia Middaugh LYDIA MIDDAUGH graduated from Lock Haven University with a degree in Special Education and received a MA from College of St. Rose. Lydia is both a full time teacher at Lowville Academy and a prolific quilter. She has been “called to quilt,” finding inspiration for great designs rooted in life, nature, and humor. She enthusiastically designs, creates, and teaches wool applique to students in her own studio and around Utica.
Brianna Miller BRIANNA MILLER is a graphic artist/designer/illustrator based out of Portland, OR. She holds a BFA from Pacific Northwest College of Art in Communication Design. Both her commercial and fine art work reflects interests in color theory, experiential design, and synesthesia. Brianna’s designs and illustrations have been published nationally. Brianna is MWPAI's 2016/17 Design Artist in Residence. Contact:
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:, Photography 

Caitlyn Notaro

CAITLYN KNEPKA holds a BS in Studio Art with a concentration in Graphic Design/Illustration from Nazareth College. She is completing her Masters of Art Education at SUNY Oswego. Caitlyn is a freelance designer and is currently illustrating the second in a series of children’s books, Little Mouse’s Adventures.

Contact:, Teens

Kyle Pumilio

KYLE PUMILIO received his education from PrattMWP and SUNY Potsdam. As a certified art teacher, Kyle has the privilege of working with diverse students of all ages.Through his artistic investigations, he has found a long lasting love for working with ceramics and the three dimensional form. Kyle believes becoming an accomplished artist takes hard work, determination, and a love for what you’re doing.

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Emily St. Clair EMILY ST. CLAIR received her BFA in environmental design from East Carolina University in Greenville, NC and her K-12 Art certification from the University of North Carolina, Charlotte. She has 20 years of enthusiastic visual arts teaching and creative outreach.

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.

Contact:, Jewelry