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 o ering works for sale locally.

Contact: jburt@mwpai.edu

 

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

Mario Colon

Mario Andrés Colón is a representational visual artist and illustrator. As an educator he specializes in foundations training for students seeking a career as an artistic professional. His work has been exhibited in solo, group, and museum exhibitions and is held in private collections. He received his BFA from SUNY Postdam and his MFA in Painting from Laguna College of Art and Design.

Contact: mcolon@mwpai.edu

Alex Compo

ALEXANDRIA COMPO attended PrattMWP and graduated from Pratt Institute with BFA in Communication Design and a concentration in Illustration. Alexandria is a freelance designer and illustrator who works with a variety of private, retail, musician, and creative clients. Alexandria most recently taught drawing to high school students from all over the country in the PrattMWP pre-college program. www.instagram.com/beetleinthehay

Contact: acompo@mwpai.edu

Michael Giordani MICHAEL GIORDANI graduated from PrattMWP and Pratt Institute with a BFA in painting.
He is a Utica transplant, being born in New York City and raised in Long Island, NY. Michael is also a full time TA at the House of The Good Shepherd in Utica, NY and enjoys nothing more than fostering the creative spark in others.
Annette Goldmacher

ANNETTE GOLDMACHER is the Museum Education Coordinator at the MWPAI Museum of Art. She received her BA in Classical Studies and German from Colgate University and her MA from Syracuse University's Graduate Program in Museum Studies. She has instructed undergraduate students in the History of Design: 1850s-Present and is looking forward to bringing ancient art back into her teaching.

Contact: agoldmacher@mwpai.edu

 

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

Christi Harrington

CHRISTI HARRINGTON is an Associate Professor of Art at MVCC. She received her BFA from the University of Michigan and began studying the figure while abroad in Italy. Christi completed an MFA in sculpture from the New York Academy of Art while also working with several public sculpture artists. Christi has several public figurative commissions installed in the region including “Song of Innocence,” in Ithaca and “Giving,” in Utica, NY. www.christiharrington.com

Contact: charrington@mwpai.edu

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 

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 

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 

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.

Contact: mpkmurphy@gmail.com, Kids 

Michael Patrei

MICHAEL PATREI is the founder and a puppeteer of The Guild of Thespian Puppets. He has performed locally with his puppet troupe and handcrafted all of the original puppets. Michael is also a professional filmmaker whose documentary film Ballou has appeared on the BET Network. www.guildofthespianpuppets.com 

Contact: mpatrei@mwpai.edu, Kids / Puppets

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.

Contact: kpumilio@mwpai.edu, Kids 

Emily Reger EMILY REGER 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.

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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.shannon-stockbridge.com

Contact: sstockbridge@mwpai.edu, 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. www.enjoinery.com

Contact: enjoineryinc@gmail.com, Sculpture / Adults