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.

Contact: handmadedarling@gmail.com

Stephanie Bevins STEPHANIE BEVINS attended PrattMWP from 2005-2007 and transferred to Pratt Brooklyn, completing her BFA/MS in Art and Design Education in 2009. After graduating, Stephanie returned to the Utica area and began her current position as an Elementary Art Teacher for the Westmoreland Central School District. Since being back, she has been working as a figure skating coach with the Skating Club of New Hartford as well as teaching kids classes here at MWPAI. At home, Stephanie and her husband enjoy being entertained by their two dogs and pet pig.
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: vbyun@mwpai.edu, Ceramics & Pottery

Kim Carr Valdez

KIM CARR VALDEZ 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 and currently lives in Utica with her husband Paul and son Jackson.

Contact: kvaldez@mwpai.edu , 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.

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

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.

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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
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 enjoys nothing more than fostering the creative spark in others.
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

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.

Contact: levkovichyulia@gmail.com, Painting 

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 

 

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. caitlyn-knepka.squarespace.com

Contact: cknepka6@gmail.com, 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.

Contact: kpumilio@mwpai.edu, Kids 

Emily Reger 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.

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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
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

Jamie Young JAMIE YOUNG is a professional and fine art photographer. His client list includes Syracuse University, American Girl, Sundance Cinemas, The New York Times, among others. Jamie teaches photography at PrattMWP and wood/metal fabrication at Syracuse University’s School of Design. Photography