Experienced artists teach all of our classes. The faculty has a common goal in teaching their craft: to teach the breadth of possibilities within their field. All classes encourage each student to find his/her own creative voice in a supportive environment.

KUMJOO AHN Master's degree, Kookmin Univ., Korea. Also studied: Dongguk Univ.; Royal School of Needlework, UK. Has taught & given lectures and demos in the US, Korea, France & Malaysia. Exhibitions include: FGS Korean Community Center, Peabody Essex Museum, US; Kyoungin Gallery, Seoul Museum of History, Korea; Embassy of the Republic of Korea, Korea Plaza (solo), Malaysia; La Porte Peinte, France; Mt. Albert Library, New Zealand. Represented in public & private collections in the US & abroad. Member: Seoul Int'l Women's Assoc. Online: bojagiart.blogspot.kr.

JILL CLIFFER BARATTA MFA, New York Univ.; BPh, Grand Valley State Univ. Studied: Art Inst. of Chicago, School of Visual Arts, College of New Rochelle, Denise Collins, Dorothy Cochran. Teaching experience: Elizabeth Morrow School; Artist-in-residence, Tenafly Middle School; Mackay Elementary afterschool enrichment. Art therapy internships: Jersey City public schools, Hackensack Med. Center. Board member & Vice President, Nat'l Assoc. of Women Artists. Online: jcbarattasart.com.

SARAH BECKTEL BFA, Tyler School of Art. Also studied: Studio Incamminati, Art Students League. Artist educator for Strathmore Artist Papers & Gamblin Artist's Colors. Exhibited in group & solo shows throughout US; has received numerous awards. Product Research Director, Colored Pencil Soc. of America. Member, ASTM Int'l subcommittee for artist materials. Online: sarahbecktel.com.

SUSAN BEECHER BA, Michigan State Univ. Studied under Warren MacKenzie, Michael Simon, Jeff Oestreich. Exhibitions: Over 50 nat'l & invitational shows including (solo) The Clay Place; (group) Guilford Handcraft Center, Yager Museum, Baltimore Clayworks. Teaching experience: Craft Students League, Peters Valley Craft Center, LBI Foundation of the Arts, Longboat Key Center for the Arts. Author, Susan Beecher Woodfired Pottery. Owner, Beecher Pottery, NY. Online: susanbeecherpottery.com.

MARILYN BELFORD Teaching experience: Int'l Quilt Festival, Quilting by the Lake conference, Academy of Quilting. Exhibited nationally & internationally at venues including: Cayuga Museum of History and Art; Aldrich, Brooklyn & Morris museums; MoMA; PS1 Center for Contemporary Art; Schweinfurth Art Center. Author, Portraits for Fabric Lovers; co-editor, Time and Space Concepts in Art. Online: marilynbelford.com.

SUSAN BOGEN BS, Univ. of Wisconsin. Studied: Univ. of Minnesota, Penland School for Crafts, Greenwich House, TASOC. Teaching experience: Rockland Center for the Arts & in her own studio when working as a production potter.

RUTH BORGENICHT BA, Rutgers Univ. Teaches at: Fairleigh Dickinson Univ., TASOC. Residencies include: Greenwich House Pottery, Anderson Ranch, Watershed Center for Ceramics, Hunter College. Included in many nat'l & int'l solo & group shows. Recently exhibited: Sèvres Ceramics Museum, France; Puls Ceramics, Belgium; Snyderman-Works Galleries, US. Collections include: Philadelphia Museum of Art, Daum Museum of Contemporary Art, Delaware Art & Sparta Teapot museums. Online: ruthborgenicht.com.

JANE CHANG MBA, Long Island Univ. Studied with Madame Aixinjueluo Hinyi, descendant of the imperial Qing Dynasty, China. Teaching experience: Tenafly Senior Center, various organizations, private lessons. Member, Bergen Chinese Painting Club. Exhibited: Taipei Cultural Center.

HOLLY CICCORICCO MA, Teachers College, Columbia Univ.; BS, Univ. of the Arts; certified teacher in NJ & NY. Extensive experience teaching art in NJ & NY public schools, camps & enrichment programs, including broad age groups & special education. Online: hollysartgallery.wordpress.com.

PETER CLAPPER BFA, Mass. College of Art. Teaching experience: Woodstock School of Art, Art Students League Vytlacil, Artworks Studio at GAGA. Exhibited in many shows at venues including: Erpf Gallery, SUNY New Paltz, Catskill Cultural Center, Belskie & Samuel Dorsky museums, Synchronicity Space, US; Sosabeol Int'l Art Expo, S. Korea. Online: saatchiart.com/PeterClapper.

DOROTHY COCHRAN MFA, Columbia Univ. Exhibited: Center for Contemporary Printmaking, Artists Space, NJ State Museum, nat'l juried print exhibitions. Collections: NY Public Library, MoMA Library, Georgia Museum of Fine Arts, Prudential Life. Teaching experience: Columbia Univ., City Univ. of NY, Newark Museum. Awards: (2) NJ State Council on the Arts Fellowships. Board member, Nat'l Assoc. of Women Artists. Online: dorothycochran.com.

JIM COLLIER AAS, NYC Technical College. Also studied: Pratt Inst., Germain School of Photography. Assisted Bert Stern, Ira Mazer, Harry Hamburg. Taught at Fashion Inst. of Technology; was photo department chairperson. Past clients: AT&T, Polaroid, Coca Cola, Sony, American & United airlines, Newsweek, McDonald's, Thom McAn, Dewar's, R.J. Reynolds & the NAACP. Exhibited: Museum at F.I.T., Brooklyn, African American & Belskie museums, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture & Art Center of Northern NJ. Online: jimcollierphoto.com.

RAYE COOKE MFA, Pratt Inst.; BA, William Paterson Univ. Also studied: Grossmont College. Exhibited: MT Burton, Potters, Klay, Glass Growers, Arielle's & Mikhail Zakin galleries; NJ Arts Annual, Jersey Shore Nat'l. Teaching experience: Ceramic studio director/teacher, YJCC Washington Twp; Wayne Public Schools.

MARILYN DALE BA, Hofstra Univ. Also studied: TASOC, Brookfield Craft Center, 92nd St Y, Rockland Center for the Arts. Owner of Warwick Pottery, a teaching studio. Has given workshops in the lower Hudson Valley. Online: marilynbdale.com.

BRUCE DEHNERT Teaching experience: School of Art, New Zealand; Universiti Malaysia Sarawak, Borneo; Univ. of Massachusetts, Hunter College, Parsons School of Design, Peters Valley Craft Center, US. Awards include: (3) Fletcher Challenge Int'l Ceramics awards; NJ State Council on the Arts Fellowship. Work is in numerous collections, including the White House Collection of American Crafts. Currently Head of Ceramics at Peters Valley. Online: brucedehnert.blogspot.com.

DONNA DOLBY MFA, Canterbury Christ Church Univ., England; BA, Montclair State Univ. Add'l studies: NJ City Univ. Exhibited: Sidney Cooper Gallery, England. Art teacher for nearly 10 years at Northern Valley Regional HS Old Tappan. Published on the cover of Melissa Green's book Daphne in Mourning.

KATHRYN EDDY MFA, Vermont College of Fine Art. Exhibited in museums & galleries across the US, most recently the National Museum of Animals & Society. Her work has been published & discussed in several books including Art of the Animal: 14 Women Artists Explore the Sexual Politics of Meat by Lantern Books. Online: kathryneddy.com.

KATHY EISLER BA, Rutgers Univ. Studied: School of Visual Arts; TASOC. Certified K-12 art teacher. Teaching experience: Cresskill & Demarest afterschool enrichment programs; JCC on the Palisades. Online: flickr.com/kathyeislerart.

KAREN ELDER BS, Iowa State Univ. Also studied: Ramapo & Bergen Community colleges, TASOC, Art Center of Northern NJ. Certified K-12 art teacher. Member: Art Educators of NJ, Nat'l Art Education Assoc., Leonia Arts. Board member, Sculpture for Leonia.

LAUREN ENNIST BFA, College of New Rochelle. Teaching experience: Hillsdale Winter Workshops, Emerson Community School. Awards include: Edgewater Arts & Music Festival Best Art Award; Featured Artist, Discover Jersey Arts online gallery. Exhibited: City without Walls & George Segal galleries. Published in Her Mark 2009 by Woman Made Gallery. Work is in private collections. Owner, Flying Geese Design Studio. Online: laurenennist.com.

TENLEY MARSHALL ESCOFFERY MFA, William Paterson Univ.; BFA, Ramapo College. Certified K-12 art teacher, NJ. Exhibited: Katonah Museum of Art, TASOC, local libraries. Member: Art Educators of NJ, Nat'l Art Education Assoc., Surface Design Assoc., College Art Assoc. Online: tenleydesigns.com.

HARRIET FINCK MArch, Harvard Univ.; BA, Barnard College. Teaching experience: William Paterson Univ., Artists Beit Midrash. Residency: Art Kibbutz Governors Island. Exhibitions include: The Painting Center, NYC. Work is in numerous exhibitions & private collections. Studio in East Orange, NJ. Online: harrietfinck.com.

HANK GANS Included in collections of Musée de l’Elysée, Switzerland & Center for Fine Art Photography, US. Published in Town & Country, Photographis & T: The NY Times Style Magazine. Awards include honors from: Int'l Photography & Epson Int'l Photographic Pano awards, NY & Chicago Art Directors clubs, PDN Magazine Great Outdoors Competition, Bergen County Henry Hudson 400. Posters of his work are distributed through art.com & allposters.com. Online: hankgans.com.

MAUREEN GASS-BROWN BFA, Mass. College of Art & Design. Member & instructor, Church St. Art & Craft; also teaches workshops in NJ & PA. For 23 consecutive years, has had the honor of being juried into the Rittenhouse Square Fine Arts Annual. Exhibited in many solo & group shows; recipient of numerous awards. Represented in private collections in US & abroad. Signature member: Alaska Watercolor Society, Garden State Watercolor Society. Online: facebook.com/MaureenGassBrown.

ROBERT GLAISEK MFA, Univ. of Mexico. Exhibitions: Lannon, East West, City Center galleries; Chrysler Art & de Young museums, Boston Fine Arts Festival, Univ. of Michigan, UNC Chapel Hill, Rutgers Univ. Juried shows: Hopper House, Silvermine Guild. Taught: Parsons, Sculpture Center. Invited drawing critic, Yale Univ. Work is in public & private collections in the US & abroad, including Andy Warhol Museum & Caldic Collectie, Netherlands. Online: robertglaisek.com.

DEBORAH GOLETZ MFA, Parsons School of Design. Ceramics faculty, Montclair State Univ. & Ramapo College. Among the many public artworks to her credit, she has murals in the NY subway system & in (2) NJ Transit stations. One of her favorite public projects is a bench she made for TASOC with her students. Online: forloveofmud.com.

JILL GREENBAUM EdD, Teachers College, Columbia Univ. Certified Zentangle Teacher (CZT). Teaches at art schools, guilds, public schools & community settings. Exhibited at Crafts on Columbus & American Crafts Festival at Lincoln Center. Online: jillztangles.blogspot.com & majorinyou.com.

MAUD GUILFOYLE BFA, Syracuse Univ. Also studied: Art Students League, NY Studio School, Spring Studio, Colorado Univ. Exhibited: Sangre de Cristo Art Center, The Art Gallery, Mikhail Zakin, Benning & Spring Street galleries, Studio 64 West. Teaching experience: Sangre de Cristo Art Center; drawing monitor, Fair Lawn Art Assoc.; private teacher. Consultant in portfolio development/applications for art schools & colleges. Has eBooks available for Kindle, iBooks & Nook. Online: maudguilfoyle.com.

KHADER HUMIED Studied: City College of NY. Teaching experience: Rockland Community College, Hudson River Museum, Rockland Center for the Arts, Cross Hill Academy, Blue Rock School. Exhibited: Fuller Craft Museum. Director of MetaForm Studio, an artistic furniture studio. Work is featured in nat'l & int'l magazines. Online: wizlab.org.

DENISE KADAR BFA, Univ. of Idaho. Also studied: Woodstock School of Art, Sugar Maples Center, Peters Valley Craft Center, Clay Art Center, TASOC. Exhibited in many juried shows in NJ & NYC. A painter by training but a potter by choice. Ceramic Studio Co-manager - in charge of making, testing & maintaining all Cone 6 & Cone 10 glazes at TASOC.

CHRISTINE KENNEALLY Taught many workshops through community organizations around New England & in Latin American villages; directed fine art programs at Snow Farm. Now devotes her time to studio work & teaching. Member: Soc. of American Mosaic Artists. Online: christinekenneallyart.com.

POLLY KING BA, Bard College. Exhibited at venues including Orange Street & Skylight galleries, Edward Hopper House, GAGA, Rockland Center for the Arts, Katonah Museum & Galerie Maas, Holland. Teaching experience: Rockland Center for the Arts. Member, Gallery 66. Online: pollyking.com.

SHARON KLASS MA, College of New Rochelle. Studied with Carolyn H. Pedersen, Nancy Rotenberg, Jeremy Woodhouse. Teaching experience: Pearl River HS; North American Nature Photography Assoc. scholarship program; workshops with Raymond Klass. Represented by Piermont Fine Arts Gallery. Online: sharonklassart.com.

ROBERT KOGGE Studied: Parsons. Taught at: Nat'l Academy, Montclair Art Museum, Art Students League, Maryland Inst. College of Art. Exhibited in solo & group shows at: OK Harris, JJ Brookings, Atelier A/E & City Without Walls galleries; Morris, Jersey City & NJ State museums; Arts Guild NJ; Evergreen House. Awards: grants from Adolph & Esther Gottlieb, Elizabeth Greenshields, Ludwig Vogelstein, Pollock-Krasner & Geraldine R. Dodge foundations; fellowships from NJ State Council on the Arts & Vermont Studio Center. Selected collections: Yale Univ., Louis Dubin, Ivan Karp, Hunter Museum, Chase Manhattan, Prudential Insurance, Dana Library at Rutgers Univ. Online: artslant.com/global/artists/show/127301-robert-kogge.

ERIC LAWRENCE MFA, Columbia Univ. Wandered his way through many arts before finding clay, where he's been wallowing for a while. Studied: Parsons School of Design, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Supermud Pottery, Greenwich House Pottery.

TENN LU Studied: Art Center of Northern NJ; TASOC. Frequent art demonstrator; taught at local community schools. Exhibited in many group & solo shows. Awarded over a dozen 1st prizes & best-in-shows from county, state & nat'l juried exhibitions.

STEPHANIE MADDALENA BA, St. Thomas Aquinas College. Teaches for Lapidary Journal Bead Fest, Brookfield Craft Center, Silvermine School of Art, Guilford Arts Center. Exhibits at Park Avenue Armory Craft Show. Online: fwgraphicdesign.com/StephanieMaddalenaGlass_website/htdocs/index.html.

JANE MARCY Lives/works in the Hudson River Valley. Has owned & operated studios & galleries in Cold Spring & Beacon, NY. Teaching experience: Garrison Art Center, St. Thomas Aquinas College. Online: janemarcy.com.

MARY MARTIRE MA, William Paterson Univ.; BA, Rutgers Univ. Co-founder, Craftworks Gallery. Exhibitions: Int'l Orton Cone Box Show; Intermission Gallery. Solo exhibitions: Leonia Library; NJ Designer Craftsmen Gallery. Online: marymartire.com.

JANICE MAURO Teaching experience: Silvermine School of Art, Educational Alliance, Nat'l Academy of Art. Exhibitions: Nat'l Sculpture Society, Lever House, Interchurch Center, City Without Walls; Paterson, Discovery, Mattatuck & Belskie museums. Well reviewed by Vivian Raynor of NY Times, as well as Star Ledger & Brooklyn Eagle. Created puppets for NYC Broadway productions such as Julie Taymor's The Lion King. Online: goodwoodstudio.com, bewareoftheyear7000.com, YouTube.

JOHN MUNGIELLO BFA, School of Visual Arts; working towards MA, Montclair State Univ. Also studied with Meir Gal. Teaching experience: Jersey City & Paramus substitute teacher. Published in Game Informer magazine & the book Sold Everywhere but Borders; work is in the film Silent House. Exhibited: Gallery One Eleven & School of Visual Arts Gallery, US; C.A.M. Gallery, Turkey. Online: jmungiellocomics.storenvy.com & drawpaintmasters.weebly.com.

CELIA NOBLEMAN MA, NJ City Univ. Also studied: Ramapo College. Teaching experience: Northern Valley Regional HS Old Tappan & various Catholic schools K-8. Exhibited locally & in NYC. Online: Celia Nobleman Exhibit.

MARCIA OAKES BA, St. Thomas Aquinas College. Also studied: Univ. of the Arts. Certified in NJ & NY. Extensive teaching in NJ private schools & enrichment programs. Exhibited: Bergen Museum, Barn Gallery, William Paterson Univ. Online: marciaoakes.com.

KAREN O'NEIL BFA, Mass. College of Art. Also studied with Henry Hensche. Has led painting workshops throughout the Northeast. Exhibited widely in the US. Work is in private & corporate collections & has been featured in The Artist's Magazine. Online: karenoneilfineart.com.

ALISON PALMER BFA, California College of Arts & Crafts. Also studied: Kansas City Art Inst. Exhibitor, TASOC Annual Pottery Show & Sale; shown in craft galleries & museums in NYC including Incorporated & Mark Milliken galleries, Times Three, Terra Cotta, Morgan Library, Jewish & American Craft museums. Represented by galleries, museum shops & catalogs in US & abroad. Designed spoon rests for Guggenheim museum store; had pieces in DF Sanders. Online: alisonpalmerstudio.com.

JENNIFER JORDAN PARK MA, NJ City Univ. Exhibitions include Newark Museum & Nat'l Ornamental Metal Museum. Teaching experience: Newark Museum, Visual Arts Center of NJ, Peters Valley Craft Center. Received honors from Niche, Saul Bell Design & MJSA Vision awards. Published in Art Jewelry & Lapidary Journal magazines. Online: weareverjewelry.com.

SANG JOON PARK MFA, Pratt Inst. Apprenticed for Korean potter Na Woon Chae. Teaching experience: NYC YWCA, BrickHouse, Kean Univ. Exhibited: Smithsonian Craft Show, Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show, Asian Art Museum of San Francisco Store, Korean Cultural Center at the Embassy of the Republic of Korea. Awards include Exhibitors' Choice Gold Award, Smithsonian Craft Show. Online: sangjoonpark.com.

KAREN PEKELNEY MA, Univ. of Iowa; BFA, Syracuse Univ. Also studied: Fashion Inst. of Technology. Awards: DeBeers Diamonds Int'l award finalist. Extensive apprenticeship & work experience. Exhibited in numerous galleries & museums including Museum of Arts & Design and Nat'l Ornamental Metal Museum. In many private collections.

DOUG PELTZMAN MFA, Penn State Univ.; BFA, SUNY New Paltz. Exhibitor, TASOC Annual Pottery Show & Sale. Has had the honor of being both a juror & curator of national exhibitions. Currently active in showing his work & teaching workshops. His pottery has been featured in numerous publications & can be found in homes and kitchens across the country. Online: dougpeltzman.com.

SHULI PILO MA, College of New Rochelle. RYT: Registered Yoga Teacher. Was given the gift of yoga by instructor Mahesh; has been practicing since '95. Online: teapothology.com.

IRENE PLUNTKY-GOEDECKE Goldsmith degree, Schwabisch Gmund, Germany; worked with Sigurd Persson. Studied: Stockholm Arts & Craft School, Sweden. Award-winning jeweler/designer for Georg Jensen & other firms. Taught: Riverside Church Arts & Crafts School. Represented in private collections in US & Europe; included in show celebrating Ingmar Bergman's 50th year in filmmaking.

THOMAS POLLOCK BFA, Pratt Inst. Teaching experience: New School of Social Research, Brooklyn Museum School, Parsons School of Design, NYC correctional facilities. Represented in private collections & galleries in the US & abroad.

DAVID PROVAN MA, Royal College of Art, London; BA, Yale Univ. Exhibited nationally & internationally. Commissioned by New York MTA for major sculpture installation in NY subway system. Awards include a Pollock-Krasner grant. Online: davidprovan.com.

SETH RAINVILLE BFA, UMass Dartmouth. Has been an educator & administrator at various institutions. Exhibitions include multiple shows at Ferrin Gallery, SOFA New York & Chicago, American Museum of Ceramic Arts (AMOCA), TASOC Annual Pottery Show & Sale. Work has been featured in many publications & is in numerous private & permanent collections including: de Young Museum, AMOCA, Phoenix Sky Harbor Int'l Airport, Kamm Teapot Foundation. Exhibitions Liaison, NCECA; Resident Artist, Arch Contemporary Ceramics; Board member, Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts. Online: sethrainvilleceramics.com.

AMY DUDASH ROBINSON BFA, College for Creative Studies. Work has been exhibited in NYC, LA, Detroit & NJ. Member, American Society of Portrait Artists. Online: amydudashrobinson.com.

MARILYN ROSE BFA, Washington Univ. Demos for arts organizations across NJ. Awards: honors from state & national exhibitions & plein air events. Work is published in magazines & included in private collections in US & Canada. Member: North East Watercolor, NJ Watercolor (Membership Chair) & Baltimore Watercolor societies. Online: marilynroseart.com.

ELI ROSENTHAL Graduate, Maryland Inst. College of Art. Studied: Art Students League, Carlton Plummer, Tony Van Hasselt. Experienced teacher & demonstrator. Award-winning juried member of NJ, PA & North East watercolor societies; work is in many int'l collections. Represented by Piermont Fine Arts Gallery. Online: elirosenthal.com.

MARIA DESIMONE RUSSO Studied: LIM College; Philadelphia Univ. Has practiced the art of calligraphy in northern NJ for over 30 years. Mostly self taught, she has amassed a portfolio of nearly 50 different 'hands', the calligraphic equivalent of styles or fonts. Member: Society of Scribes. Online: calligraphybymaria.wordpress.com.

ERIC ALEXANDER SANTOLI BFA, Univ. of Pennsylvania; Certificate, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Also studied: Ridgewood Art Inst. Apprenticed at Anne Harris Studio; interned at Sotheby's Fine Art Dept. Work is in private collections. Represented by Dog & Horse Fine Art & Portraiture. Online: ericsantoli.com.

JUDY SCHAEFER MA, New York Univ. Also studied: Brooklyn Museum Art School, Univ. of Pennsylvania, Columbia Univ., Pratt, TASOC. Exhibited widely & in many private collections. Online: judyschaefer.net.

URSULA SCHNEIDER MFA, San Francisco Art Inst. Taught at Sarah Lawrence College. Solo shows include: Quer Raum fur Kunst und Kultur, Forum Vebicus, Switzerland; Berkeley Art Museum, Braunstein Gallery, Rockland Center for the Arts, US. Also exhibited: Kunstmuseum Bern, Whitney Museum, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Los Angeles Inst. of Contemporary Art. Was represented by Braunstein Gallery. Online: ursulaschneider.com.

LOUISE SCHWARTZ Known for her extensive experience and unique & creative design ability, she brings her teaching background to the field of fiber art, enabling any person to develop the skills to do the projects. Was in business for many years designing Morgan Le Fay clothing, distributed throughout the US in department stores & boutiques.

JACKIE SHATZ MFA, BFA, Hunter College. Also studied with Bruno LaVerdiere at Greenwich House. Teaching experience: MoMA, Henry St. Settlement, Cooper Union. Solo & group shows include: Cooper-Hewitt Nat'l Design Museum; New York Univ.; Kouros, June Kelly & Monique Knowlton galleries, NYC. Awards include: Empire State Crafts Alliance & NY Foundation for the Arts grants; Nat'l Endowment for the Arts fellowship. Residency at Kohler Arts/Industry Program. Online: jjshatz.wix.com/art.

DAVID SHIREY MBA, Fairleigh Dickinson Univ.; BA, William Paterson Univ. Studied: TASOC, Sugar Maples Center, Brookfield Craft Center.

SUSAN KASSON SLOAN Studied: CUNY, Parsons, Art Students League. Exhibited: NY & Chicago SOFA; American Craft & NJ State museums. Collections: Renwick Gallery, Nat'l Museum of American Art, Cooper-Hewitt Nat'l Design Museum, Smithsonian Institution, Victoria & Albert Museum. Teaching experience: Pratt Inst., 92nd St Y, Peters Valley Craft Center, Newark Museum, Penland School of Crafts. Awards: (3) NJ State Council on the Arts Fellowships. Curator, 500-series book on plastic/resin jewelry. Online: susankassonsloan.com.

SAMANTHA STANKIEWICZ MFA, City College; BFA, Pratt Inst. Studied: Anderson Ranch; Alfred Univ.; Peters Valley Craft Center; La Sabranenque, France. Teaching experience: Ridgewood Public Schools. Online: wecreatemurals.com.

MARGERY THEROUX MFA, Vermont College of Fine Arts. BA, New York Univ. Also studied: Montserrat College of Art, NY Studio School, privately with Sam Feinstein. Former gallery committee member/curator at Hopper House & TASOC. Exhibited at venues in tri-state area & New England; in private collections nationwide.

ANGELA THOMPSON AAS, Fashion Inst. of Technology. Additional experience: interior designer, JC Penney; freelance work includes designs for Gerber baby products & Heathcote Hosiery Co.

VESSELINA TRAPTCHEVA MFA, Parsons; BFA, Savannah College of Art & Design. Also studied: Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture, Nat'l Academy of Art Sofia, Bulgarian Nat'l HS for Fine Arts. Completed residency at Yaddo; currently teaches at the college level in NYC. Work has been included in various solo & group exhibitions and has won a variety of awards. Online: vesselinatraptcheva.com.

RAY TURKIN BEE, City College of NY. Teaching experience: Art Center of Northern NJ, Teaneck Community Education Center, private lessons. Exhibited in many solo & juried group shows; recipient of numerous awards. Work is included in various private collections.

LAURA VOGEL Published in magazines, books & scientific publications including Illustrated Companion to Gleason & Cronquist's Manual. Exhibitions include: NY Botanical Garden, NY State Museum, Horticultural Society of NY, Brooklyn Botanical Garden, Northwest Botanical Illustration Exhibit. Member, American Society of Botanical Artists.

ADERO WILLARD MFA, Nova Scotia College of Art & Design; BFA, Alfred Univ. Studied with Walter Ostrom & Neil Forrest. Taught at a number of universities & art centers; currently teaching at Holyoke Community College. Completed year-long residency at Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts, where she was the Salad Days Artist. Shown in numerous galleries & craft shows nationally including: Ferrin Gallery, TASOC Annual Pottery Show & Sale, CraftBoston, Smithsonian Craft Show. Work is featured in many publications & books on ceramics. Online: aderowillard.com.

AMANDA WILSON BFA, School of Visual Arts; MA, Manhattanville College. Published in New York & Bon Appetit magazines & numerous books. Exhibited: American Inst. of Graphic Arts, Soc. of Publication Designers. Awards include honors from Soc. of Illustrators & Int'l Assoc. of Culinary Professionals. Board member, Hopper House. Online: amandawilsonart.weebly.com.

SARAH CAMILLE WILSON MFA, Syracuse Univ.; BFA, Maine College of Art. Teaches at the 92nd St. Y & at BrickHouse Ceramic Art Center, where she is Program Coordinator. Residencies include: Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts, where she received a Kiln God fellowship; The Pottery Workshop in Jingdezhen, China; Golden Bridge Pottery in Pondicherry, India. Online: sarahcamillewilson.com.

JOHN QIANG ZHOU Pen/art name: Shiling Zhou. PhD, China Academy of Art (CAA). Research fellow, Modern Calligraphy Research Center at CAA. His work has been exhibited in group & solo shows in the US, UK, Canada, Switzerland & China. Online: shilingarts.com.


There are lots of ways to get involved at the Art School - we hope you will join us!

Join our faculty

To be considered for teaching opportunities, please assemble a packet containing:

    A letter of interest (cover letter)
    A copy of your resume
    An artist statement
    Images of your work (please provide your website address or 6-10 jpeg images on CD)
    Optional: a self-addressed, stamped envelope (if you would like your slides or CD returned)

and mail it to:
Maria Danziger, Executive Director
The Art School at Old Church
561 Piermont Road
Demarest, NJ 07627

Submit your work for a show

Exhibitions in the Mikhail Zakin Gallery and the Café Gallery are curated mainly by invitation. However, unsolicited materials are periodically reviewed. The gallery does not review email attachments or portfolios in the presence of the artist. If you are interested in submitting your work for consideration, please follow the submission guidelines.

Call for Entry: The NJ Small Works Show is presented each year in the Mikhail Zakin Gallery. All artists with a past or present connection to New Jersey are invited to submit their work. This annual juried group exhibition features 2-D and 3-D works that are 18" or under in any dimension.
The most recent Small Works prospectus

To receive future show prospectuses in the mail, please call us at 201-767-7160 and ask to be added to the Small Works list.

Call for Entry: The Art of Healing is a collaboration between the Art School and Englewood Hospital and Medical Center. Selected artwork is displayed in sites throughout the hospital, providing exposure for local artists and enhancing the healing environment of the hospital.
A recent Art of Healing prospectus

Become an Art Model

Models are always needed for our life drawing, painting and sculpture classes. Experience is helpful, but not required - reliability and presence are much more important.

    -Pay is $19/hour
    -Flexible booking schedule
    -Creative atmosphere
    -All ages, shapes and sizes are welcome
    -Nude or clothed
    -Male or female
    -Body awareness a plus!

Interested? Please fill out an art model application form.


We love our volunteers! Volunteers are an integral part of the community at the Art School, and we are always happy to have their assistance. There are a variety of volunteer opportunities available throughout the year for people of all abilities. We can use your help at our famed Annual Pottery Show and Sale, at our thrift shop in Westwood, NJ, and with our children's classes and special projects. Art experience is not necessary, so please consider donating some of your time and energy! For more information, please contact our Executive Director Maria Danziger at 201-767-7160 or maria@tasoc.org.

Apply for Work Exchange

Work opportunities (desk positions, clay pugging, bisque kiln loading/unloading) are sometimes available in exchange for art classes. Please contact our Executive Director Maria Danziger at 201-767-7160 or email maria@tasoc.org for more information.

Apply for a scholarship

Scholarships are available for individuals who are in need of financial assistance. Please ask at the front desk for more information. Important note: Scholarships are not guaranteed, as they are dependent on available funds and the number of requests we receive. Applications must be received at least 10 days prior to the start of the semester to be considered.

Ask about an Internship

Occasionally, internship opportunities for high school or college students are available for community service credit. Please contact Executive Director Maria Danziger at 201-767-7160 or maria@tasoc.org for more information.

The Art School at Old Church does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national/ethnic origin, disability or sexual orientation in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarships or employment practices.


The Art School at Old Church maintains four studios with professional equipment. Our studios have excellent lighting and are well ventilated and climate controlled. One of the studios is dedicated solely to ceramics.

The following lists (by department) some of the major equipment and tools provided by the school:

Painting & Sculpture departments:
Sculpture stands
Well-stocked prop closet

Jewelry department:
Soldering equipment
Two rolling mills (sheet and square wire)
Polishing motor
Flexible shaft motors
Hydraulic press
Hand tools (hammers, pliers, files, saw frames, dapping dies)

A small selection of findings, solder and tools is available for sale through the school.

Flameworking department:
Nine flameworking torch stations
Chili pepper kiln
Varied supply of Moretti (Effetre) glass
Hand tools (shaping tools, glass cutting scissors, mashers, tweezers, graphite paddles)

Printmaking department:
Charles Brand etching press with 26" x 60" bed
Large and small rollers for relief printing
Ultraviolet light box for creating solar plates
Well-stocked supply of inks for intaglio and relief printing
Two Paula Roland hotboxes

Ceramics department:
Ten electric wheels
Four kick wheels
Three electric kilns
Geil shuttle kiln (54 cubic ft.)
Bailey gas kiln coming soon!
Raku kiln
Ventilated glazing spray booth
Slab roller
Bailey wall-mounted clay extruder

The Art School at Old Church's facilities are wheelchair accessible on the main floor (which houses three of our four studios), our restrooms, and both the Mikhail Zakin and Café art galleries.


Maria Danziger
Executive Director

Emma Abad
Gallery & Office Assistant

Heidi Bacaz
Administrative Assistant

Erika Conti
Ceramic Studio Co-Manager

Mary Gagler
Exhibitions Director

Denise Kadar
Ceramic Studio Co-Manager

Melissa Pazcoguin
Administrative Director

Amy Dudash Robinson
Assistant Executive Director & ADA Coordinator

Peter Schmidt
Operations Director

David Shirey
Administrative Assistant

Vivien Woodford
Thrift Shop Manager

Board of Directors

Edward Whittemore, President
Vivien Woodford, Vice President
Grant Hobson, Treasurer
Carrie Ortiz, Secretary
Maureen Lostumbo, Chair

Edward Ciccoricco
Nicole Romano
Gail Rutigliano
Judy Schaefer
Martin Semar
Anne Connors Winner

From The Director

Welcome to the website of the Art School at Old Church. For the past 41 years, the Art School has enriched the lives of at least three generations through our educational and cultural offerings, as well as through our gallery exhibitions. We are delighted to see new faces among many familiar ones each semester. Whether you are well acquainted with the school or visiting our website for the first time, we invite you to explore the site: read about upcoming events, view a course or workshop, or just learn more about what we offer.

Our website is an extension of our wonderful community. Join us at the Art School - find yourself and celebrate the creative spirit through expression in the arts.


1. From the Garden State Parkway or NJ Turnpike: Take Route 80 East (local lanes) to Palisades Parkway North to Exit 2 towards ALPINE/CLOSTER/RT 9W. Take a slight right onto Henry Hudson Drive. Remain on Henry Hudson Drive by turning right again. (Continue from 4 below)

2. From George Washington Bridge: Take Palisades Parkway North to Exit 2 towards ALPINE/CLOSTER/RT 9W. (Continue from 4 below)

3. From NY State Thruway: Take Palisades Parkway South to Exit 2. (Continue from 4 below)

4. Follow the Exit 2 ramp to Route 9W. Turn left onto 9W approximately 1/2 mile. Turn right at the traffic light onto Closter Dock Road, go 1.4 miles (through 1 blinking light, 2 traffic lights) to the traffic light at the bottom of the hill (you'll see an Exxon station on the corner). Turn left onto Piermont Road. The Art School is approximately 1/2 mile down the road on the right side (the white building just after the Demarest Baptist Church).

5. From Manhattan by Bus (40 minutes): From the 42nd St terminal, take the #20 Coach USA bus to Demarest Middle School (the Art School stop on Piermont Road in Demarest).

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Contact Us

The Art School at Old Church
561 Piermont Road
Demarest, NJ 07627

tel: 201-767-7160
fax: 201-767-0497


The Art School at Old Church is an art school and fine art gallery in Bergen County, NJ (North Jersey) offering fine art and craft classes for adults, teens, children and families, as well as workshops, art exhibits, outreach programs & much much more! Check out our thrift shop in nearby Westwood, NJ - proceeds from the shop help to support the school.

Our History

The Art School at Old Church was established in 1974 as a non-profit, nonsectarian cultural resource center. A band of artists and friends seeking to start a community art school saw promise in a local 19th-century church building. Through their hard work and dedication, the group transformed the old church into a center for artistic learning and enrichment. Today, the Art School continues to offer educational and cultural experiences that enrich the quality of life in the local and regional community.

Our Mission

The mission of the Art School at Old Church is to improve the quality of life in the community and region through a variety of educational and cultural offerings.

The Art School at Old Church does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national/ethnic origin, disability or sexual orientation in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarships or employment practices.

The Art School at Old Church is a non-profit, non-sectarian 501(c)(3) organization.