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.


Joella Burt
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

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:, 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:, Painting

Mario Colon
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.


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

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 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.



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

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.


Nichole Hess NICOLE HESS is a PrattMWP alumni with a BFA in Ceramics from Pratt Institute. She is experienced in wood and salt firing, was a demo thrower for Standard Ceramic Supply, and has worked in a commercial pottery studio in Brooklyn , NY.
Chris Irick

CHRIS IRICK received a BFA in metalsmithing from Texas Tech University and an MFA in metals from UMASS Dartmouth. She has taught jewelry for many years in both college and adult education programs. She is currently Professor of Metal Arts and the head of the jewelry program at PrattMWP. Her work has been featured in Metalsmith and American Craft magazines, The Metalsmith’s Book of Boxes and Lockets, 500 Pendants & Lockets, 500 Brooches, 500 Bracelets, The Art and Craft of Making Jewelry, and The Penland Book of Jewelry. Her work is included in the permanent collection of the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

Contact:, Jewelry Professor

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 

Gavin Law

GAVIN LAW is a local videographer and owner of Gavin Law Videography and commercially focused Upstate Film Company. Gavin holds an Associates in Applied Science, Radio, and TV Broadcasting from Herkimer County Community College.


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 

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 

Azita Mordakhani

AZITA MORADKHANI was born in Tehran, Iran. She holds a BFA from Tehran University of Art and an MA in Art Education and MFA in drawing, painting and sculpture from Boston’s School of the Museum of Fine Arts and Tufts University. Azita is the winner of the international 2017 Young Masters Art Prize.

Azita is MWPAI's 2017/18 painting and drawing Artist in Residence. 


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:, 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.

Contact:, Teens

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. 

Contact:, 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:, 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.

Albert Shaw

AL SHAW is the Chair of Art and Music at T.R. Proctor High School. He completed the MWPAI/MVCC program before receiving his bachelor’s degree in Art Education, with a focus in Sculpture and Ceramics from Syracuse University. Al completed his master’s degree at Syracuse University, with an extended study in Art Education, focusing in two-dimensional design, painting and drawing, as well as Computer Graphics.

Contact:, Painting & Portfolio 

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.


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

Ella Weber

ELLA WEBER hails from Omaha, NE. She has a BFA from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln and an MFA from the University of Kansas. Her artwork has been shown nationally and internationally and she has participated in numerous residencies around the United States.

Ella is MWPAI's 2017/18 Printmaking Artist in Residence.