Watercolor is one of Rebecca Arnoldi’s favorite mediums. She has exhibited her art in galleries and museums in Provincetown, Boston, New York City and Israel. She has over 20 years of experience as an educator. While exploring nature and art, she received an MFA in Painting and a MS in Environmental Education, published Life in the Tides and appeared on National Geographic.
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 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 holds a BFA in Sculpture from the New England School of Art and Design. She currently teaches 3D Design and Sculptural Thinking at Suffolk University, as well as various ceramics courses at Brookline Arts Center. The house-like structures she creates explore themes of domesticity and anxiety through her particular material process of destruction and repair. Meagan’s process involves the careful selection of broken, weathered and discarded plywood, which she damages, repairs, supplements and reconstitutes into new forms.
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 is a teaching artist, freelance illustrator and cartoonist hailing from central Illinois. She earned her MA in Art + Design Education from the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) in 2017, and her BA in Gender, Women’s and Sexuality Studies from Grinnell College in 2012. Zoe’s artistic work emphasizes visual storytelling and narrative, with particular emphasis on comics, integrated graphic essays, pen-and-ink illustration and printmaking. Zoe develops and teaches courses and workshops in drawing, making comics, creative writing and memoir writing, and has assisted in workshops centered on filmmaking and digital storytelling. Zoe is currently illustrating a book of graphic stories titled Graphic Medical Ethics, to be be published by Penn State University Press in 2020.
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 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’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 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 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 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 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 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 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.