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Rebecca Arnoldi
Rebecca ArnoldiShe/Her/Hers
Rebecca’s art explores the natural world. She received an MS in Environmental Education and an MFA in painting and exhibits her art in galleries and museums on Cape Cod, Boston, New York City, and Israel. She has led artistic explorations of the natural world for students of all ages for over 20 years with the National Park Service, the Arnold Arboretum, the Harvard Museum of Natural History, the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, and others. For the last several years she has incorporated explorations of body and breath into her art and teaching and is a certified yoga instructor (RYT500).
Laura Jaklitsch
Laura JaklitschShe/Her/Hers
With an appreciation for modern design and a dedication to craftsmanship, Laura Jaklitsch fabricates each piece by hand in her Somerville, MA studio. Drawing on inspiration from the architecture of both the man made and natural world, she deconstructs the details she observes into sleek, wearable forms using her signature wood and polyurethane inlay technique. Laura experiments with material, color and form to make jewelry that is fresh, contemporary and bold. Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, Laura holds a BFA in Jewelry and Metalsmithing from Massachusetts College of Art and Design. She is the 2016 recipient of the Society for Contemporary Craft’s LEAP Award.
George Summers
George SummersHe/Him/His
George Summers Jr received his BFA from UMASS-Dartmouth and has been working in batik for over 35 years. His work has been exhibited in numerous shows (Boston, Providence, NYC, Key West, FL and L.A.). His batik work is profiled in “The Crafters Book of Angels” and “The Ultimate T-Shirt Book” by Deborah Morganthal (Sterling/Lark). George is one of the founding members of “Brickbottom”, a work/live in artist building in Somerville, where he maintains a studio. In 1999, George started working for the Society of Arts and Crafts, one of the oldest craft organizations in the country. He is currently the Retail Curator there.
Meagan Hepp
Meagan HeppThey/Them
Meagan Hepp is a Boston-based artist and educator. They teach a variety of classes at Suffolk University, including Sculptural Thinking, Three-Dimensional Design, and many levels of Drawing. In addition to teaching at Suffolk University, Meagan also runs the Ceramics Studio at Brookline Arts Center and is the Studio Manager for Harries-Héder, a Cambridge-based public art team. Meagan serves on TransCultural Exchange’s Board of Trustees, as well as the Governing Board of Catalyst Conversations, a non-profit dedicated to the dialogue between art and science.
As an artist, Meagan’s most recent solo show was at Shelter in Place Gallery, a miniature gallery created as a solution to the pandemic. The original Shelter in Place Gallery is now on view and owned by the MFA, Boston. Hepp’s first solo public art piece, Shimmer, was on view at Monmouth Park in Brookline, MA in the warmer months of 2020. They are currently the emerging artist for Kingston Gallery.
Through a process that balances advance planning with chance, their work acts as a catalyst for regimented chaos. Each Companion is made from a base of flocking and resin. They then combine plywood and other recycled materials taken from everyday life—like a 3-dimensional puzzle—to give each sculpture a distinct personality. By juxtaposing the geometry of the plywood and organic fluidity of the resin/flocking mixture, these sculptures end up taking on a life of their own, often unexpected from the start of their conception.
Lauren Blais
Lauren BlaisShe/Her/Hers
Lauren Blais earned her BFA from Massachusetts College of Art and Design with a concentration in small metals. She is a Boston based designer and maker named “Best of Boston” by the Improper Bostonian. Her hand-crafted collections inspired by Victorian Era ornamentation include dark, deft and delicate constructions of sterling silver etched with antique wallpaper patterns and accented with the highest quality natural gemstones, raw minerals, fur, exotic leathers and 18kt gold. Lauren’s jewelry is predominately crafted using traditional metalsmithing techniques such as lost wax casting, piercing, forming, fabricating and enameling.
Zoe Schein
Zoe ScheinThey/Them
Zoe Schein is a teaching artist, freelance illustrator, and cartoonist who grew up in central Illinois.
As a teacher, Zoe creates and teaches classes in drawing, comics, art history, and memoir writing for students of all ages. As an illustrator, their focus is on educational comics: they recently illustrated a book of short comics stories titled Clinical Ethics: A Graphic Medicine Casebook, which will be published by Penn State University Press in 2022. For their personal art, Zoe works in graphite, ink, and paper collage, taking inspiration from nature, anatomy, art history, and the spaces they feel at home.
Zoe earned their MA in Art + Design Education from the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) in 2017, and their BA in Gender, Women’s and Sexuality Studies from Grinnell College in 2012.
Karenna Maraj
Karenna MarajShe/Her/Hers
Karenna Maraj graduated with a BFA in Jewelry and Metalsmithing from Rhode Island School of Design. She opened the gallery Karenna Maraj Jewelry Collection in 2010 in Belmont, MA where she displays her work and that of other local artists. The gallery also offers repairs, engagement & wedding bands, and custom jewelry. She enjoys traveling and teaching new jewelry skills to students.
Margaret Langdell
Margaret LangdellShe/Her/Hers
Margaret Langdell is a graduate of UMass with a bachelors degree in Comparative Literature. She is also a graduate of the North Bennett Street School’s jewelry making and repair program. Margaret worked for several years as a glassworker for Josh Simpson. She has been teaching Enameling at the BAC for 20 years.
Julianne Martin
Julianne MartinShe/Her/Hers
Julianne Martin’s paintings connect the beauty and energy of the garden, the ocean and the forest to the experience of being alive. Constructed on wood or canvas with stained emblems, delicate graphite and sparkling veils, these acrylic and oil paintings celebrate the extension of the human spirit into animal and botanical worlds. Julianne received her BFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts and Tufts University. She has an MFA from Massachusetts College of Art and Design at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown.
Emily Iannarilli
Emily IannarilliShe/Her/Hers
Emily Iannarilli is a graduate of Skidmore College where she earned a BS in Studio Art with a double concentration in Metals and Jewelry and Digital Photography and a minor in Anthropology. She strives to create a open and creative classroom environment based on encouraging students to ask questions and explore the answers they find. While she teaches in a variety of mediums, she works predominantly in two mediums: jewelry and digital photography. Her jewelry reflects her interest in the forms and irregularities of the natural world and photography focuses on human subjects and the narrative power of images and what it means to tell a story.
Ashley Vick
Ashley Vick She/Her/Hers
Ashley Vick earned her BFA in Metalsmithing from Massachusetts College of Art and Design in 2006. She launched Filomena DeMarco Jewelry soon after in 2009 – an homage to her great grandmother, who was a massive source of inspiration for her and a fearless female entrepreneur at the turn of the last century. Ashley’s jewelry is handmade in Somerville, MA by the artist, whose eclectic personal style is mirrored by her edgy yet wearable, material-driven pieces. All of her pieces are handcrafted using sterling silver, gold and/or natural gemstones and can be purchased in galleries nationwide.
Kaleigh Kuehl
Kaleigh KuehlShe/Her/Hers
Kaleigh Kuehl is finishing a double degree in Technical Theatre/Design and German at Binghamton University. Her older sister was an art teacher throughout her education, so she was immersed into creative outlets from a young age, while her three computer-engineering focused brothers and father helped develop an appreciation for the technical side of design. She has spent her career teaching Technical Theatre through educational programs for youth, emphasizing the impact of creative expression on one’s understanding of self identity and blending the worlds of art and engineering. She believes in the beauty of storytelling and wants to inspire young artists to find their voice and tell their own stories.
Emily Perelman
Emily PerelmanShe/Her/Hers
Emily Perelman will graduate Boston University with a BA in Psychology and a minor in Visual Arts in January 2022. She has worked on a variety of freelance design and illustration projects ranging from installations, skateboard decks, and drink packaging. Emily enjoys exploring and learning new mediums- to date she has dabbled in cut paper, spray paint, ceramics, and printmaking. Much of her work combines graphic symbols and psychedelic color schemes to explore surreal themes. For inspiration, she often looks to the intersection between mindfulness and creativity.
Deirdre Beck
Deirdre BeckShe/Her/Hers
Deirdre Beck is an art teacher and freelance illustrator from the Boston Area. She earned her BFA in Animation from the Savannah College of Art and Design in 2018. Her stop-motion film, Night Train, was a semi-finalist for the Student Academy Awards in 2019, and was featured in a number of festivals, including Boston’s Underground Film Festival. Her illustrative work has been featured in a number of art books and zines, including Nova and Mali’s “Classics… But Make it Gay”, which is set to release later in 2021. Nowadays, Deirdre prefers to paint digitally in photoshop. Her work involves character design, color, and fantasy environments. She also likes to create fanart and comics in her spare time.
Steffi Gaehde
Steffi GaehdeThey/Them/Theirs
Steffi is finishing their degrees at Simmons University in Studio Art and Psychology. They enjoy collaging, drawing, and rowing on the Charles. They row for the Simmons University Crew team. They grew up taking courses at the BAC and now are so excited to return.
Alex Zak
Alex ZakThey/Him
Alex Zak’s work often depicts leisure space in collapse. Using a wide variety of materials— be it found objects, sand, textiles, and wood to name a few—they rework images and symbols informed by the desire and decadence of such locations to explore the history, culture, and labor that is obscured. In doing so, Zak builds and produces installations, sculptures, videos, and performances that reflect on the state of local ecologies and communities while interrogating the visual landscape of tourist imaginaries.

Zak received both a BFA and a BAVCS from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2012) and recently received their MFA from Yale School of Art (2020). They have exhibited in Chicago, IL, New Haven, CT, New York, NY, Tampa, FL, and Varanasi, India.

Moon Rodríguez
Moon RodríguezHe/Him/His
Moon Rodríguez’s ceramic sculptures, installations, and performance work lace together ritual, repetition, and practice in order to raise questions about identity, and existence.
Rodríguez constantly challenges the sanctity of historically elitist materials such as porcelain, oil paints, and gold leaf. These materials are used carefully yet unconventionally, and reborn within the installations created.
Moon received his BFA with a concentration in ceramics from Massachusetts College of Art and Design and recently received his MFA from the University of Delaware in December 2019. Currently, Rodríguez is making art in his apartment that he shares with his fiancee and two cats in Brighton, MA. He works as a technical assistant at the ceramics department in Mass Art in addition to his work at the BAC.