Amy Bruning

AMY BRUNING is the 2021/2022 Artist in Residence and has arrived from London, UK. Amy is a visual artist, illustrator and animator whose artwork focuses on themes of body positivity and Identity. Her animations and illustrations are full of play, color, and cute derpy characters. Amy attended the Edinburgh College of Art. Her work has been featured in Vogue Italia, The London International Animation Festival, The World Animation Festival Varna and more. -

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The 2021/22 Artist in Residence is generously supported by Sunithi S. Bajakel.

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.



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. 

Contact:, Ceramics & Pottery

Patrick Carew

PATRICK CAREW is a multi disciplinary artist primarily working in photography and printmaking. Solo and group exhibitions include Sowing Paradise at the Pratt Photography Brooklyn galley and Hive Mind at the Pratt Manhattan Gallery in New York, NY. His work has been featured by both online and print publications including Cumulus Photo, In the In-Between, the Best Students of 2018 Anthology issue of MATTE Magazine, The Queer Anthology of Wilderness by Pilot Press and most recently Primal Sight published by Gnomic Books.  


Kim Carr

KIM CARR received her BA in Studio Art from Hartwick College and her MFA in Sculpture from Syracuse University. Her sculptures have recently been included in the 63rd Exhibition of Central New York Artists at MWPAI and in a solo exhibition at the Earlville Opera House Arts Center. Her work has been exhibited extensively in New York City. She was a resident artist at Sculpture Space and at Chashama's Brooklyn Army Terminal. Kim also teaches 3D Design at PrattMWP.

Contact: , Sculpture

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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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:, Painting

Sandra DeVisser

SANDRA DEVISSER has been an instructor at the School of Art since 1980 where she developed the Young Artists program. Sandra has previously taught painting and art history at SUNY Institute of Technology at Utica/Rome. She received her bachelor’s degree in Social Studies from SUNY Albany, masters from Colgate University, and was awarded a certificate in Fine Art from MWPAI. Sandra’s work has been shown extensively in solo and group exhibitions throughout Central New York.

Contact: 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.


Amy Francisco
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 

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.

Contact:, Painting 

Ron Miller
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 and has taught as an adjunct instructor at Syracuse University, Cazenovia College, and PrattMWP.

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Meghan Murphy Pagano

MEGHAN MURPHY PAGANO received her MFA in Interdisciplinary Art from Goddard College. She holds a BFA in Photography and Art Education from the College of Saint Rose and an Associates degree in Fine Arts and Illustration from MVCC. Meghan teaches art at many institutions throughout the Mohawk Valley, is an active professional photographer, and has founded and produced multiple collaborative public arts projects.

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Ashley Stanley
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

Jon Taylor

JON TAYLOR is the owner of ENJOINERY, a custom design and fabrication business collaborating with regional to international retail brands, designers, and private clients on fixtures and furniture. He received a sculpture BFA from Alfred University and an MFA from UMass Dartmouth in wood & furniture design. Jon is an alumni of many artist residencies including the Berwick Research Institute, Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, and SculptureSpace.

Contact:, Sculpture / Adults

Luke Towne LUKE TOWNE received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Jewelry and Metalsmithing from the Rhode Island School of Design. An early passion for chain-making planted the seed for his interest in jewelry- a vein he continues to follow through his more traditional work. His artistic projects engage with ideas surrounding land and site, object history, and material processes.

Maria Vallese MARIA VALLESE, owner of Retro Sorrento, deisgns and illustrates for corporate and individual clients such as F.X. Matt Brewery and She received her BFA in illustration from the Rochester Institute of Technology.