Below is a list of our current faculty who teach classes and workshops. They share their talents and their love of art with children and adults, inspiring students to explore and express themselves in a safe environment. Click on the name below to learn more about each instructor, and view more of their artwork.
- Betul Arin
Has a Masters in Art Education and a North Andover artists for more than 30 years. Director of the Andover Studio of Visual Arts. My paintings are images of a remembered world as well as windows on my inner self.
- Elizabeth Buckley
Buckley is a photo-based interdisciplinary artist who works with images, text, form, humor and social comment, and is currently working in digital imaging media and experimental installation.
- Diane Collier
Studied graphic design, typography and illustration at Rivier College and Mass College of Art. Owner of type design & development company since 1998. Teaching clay part-time since 1980 (EAC, NECCO, BCAE, Middlesex CC).
- Dina Collier
Dina started working with clay as a hobby in 2000 and fell in love with the theraputic aspects of it. She creates functional pieces using coil, slab and wheel techniques.
- Pam Cooper
I create art in a variety of media, including: sculpture, prints, handmade paper, installation and bookarts. Overall themes addressed in my work are emotions: fear, dread, insecurity and anxiety.
- Pam Davis
Pam Davis comes from an artistic family. She has been involved with stained and fused glass since 1974. She has studied with local and nationally know glass artists. Some of her pieces have been published.
- Cassie Doyon
Cassie Doyon received a BA in graphic design at Salem State College and a master's in Art Education at SMFA/Tufts University. She has taught elementary and high school art education for eight years and has also taught adult education in desktop publishing and polymer clay.
- Sandy Dukeshire
Sandy has worked in stained glass for 10 years. She has studied with local artists and at the School of Museum of Fine Arts and at Mass College of Art in Boston.
- Rachel Hunt Durocher
Rachel earned a dual B.F.A. in Art Education and Fiber at the Massachusetts College of Art and M.F.A. at Cranbrook Academy of Art. Rachel shares her passion for textile arts, instructing at the Fuller Craft Museum, New Art Center in Newton, and the Essex Art Center.
- Larry Elardo
Received his MFA from Maryland Institute College of Art and BFA from Northwest Missouri State University. He is a member of Northshore Clayworks, began teaching in 1975 and has practiced pottery, photography and drawing since.
- Paul Endres Jr.
Paul received his M.F.A from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston in 2011. Fascinated by the fictional nature of human history and how it is perpetuated, Paul’s work is dedicated to commemorating the events of The American Burden, a fictitious catastrophe of his own creation.
- Linda Germain
Linda's one of a kind prints are about layering color, shapes and lines to form images that have many levels of expression. She works back and forth with different techniques to bring the print to some kind of balance, harmony or understanding.
- Jessica Harris
Jessica earned a Bachelor Degree in Fine Art from Humboldt State University in Fall of 2003. She enjoys working in a wide variety of artistic mediums. Working with clay and printmaking are her two favorite mediums. Her passion for printmaking began when she was a young girl.
- Dennis Hart
Dennis Hart’s current work centers around the suburban landscape, and the dichotomy between the human-made or altered elements, and the natural environment emphasizing what Americans do not typically pay attention to.
- Mark Hayden
Achieved Copley Master status in 1992 and has continued his artistic journey through portraiture, still life , landscape, and marine study.
- Heidi Hogden
Heidi Hogden earned her BFA in painting from Minneapolis College of Art and Design (2008) and a MFA in studio art from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in affiliation with Tufts University (2012).
- Heather Hudson
Heather is most interested in creating narrative images that examine her awe and aversion to the wicked and wonderful habits of humanity she encounters.
- Joanna Karambelas
Joanna Karambelas is a local New England artist who is passionate about creating. She has extensively traveled through Europe and the US learning and studying art and culture.
- Tamara Krendel
Received her MFA in Painting from the University of Pennsylvania.
- Todd Lamond
- Phuong Lai Matzker
Phuong received her BFA in Art Education and Illustration at Massachusetts College of Art and Designs. She has been teaching at the Essex Art Center since 2000. She also enjoys cooking and making art during her spare time.
- Don Mathias
Don Mathias Jr. is an award winning freelance illustrator and cartoonist. Born and raised in northern Massachusetts, Don received his BFA in Illustration and graphic design at Montserrat College of Art, a small traditional art school located on the North Shore coast of Massachusetts.
- Joetta Maue
As humans, we live in a state of dynamic, conflicting emotions. In moments of pain we experience joy and in moments of joy we have sorrow. In my work I celebrate the contradictions and dynamism of the joy and sadness of life.
- Mary Ann McArdle
Landscape painting as a child with her mother, Mary Ann went on to study at the Art Institute of Chicago and has created works in watercolor and pastel throughout her adult life. Her process involves the ongoing search for the inner essence and beauty of the image.
- Cathy McLaurin
My practice is interdisciplinary, employing whatever process is most appropriate for the concept - painting, drawing, sculpture, installation, performance, video. I am especially interested in the performance form as transformation. My studio is wherever I am at a given moment.
- Joe Montroy
Joseph holds an MFA from Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, New York. Joe teaches as an adjunct professor as well as offering workshops at a number of community art centers across the northeast.
- Sharon Morley
Sharon Morley loves painting and teaching art to teens and adults. She has been awarded many grants from the Massachusetts Cultural Council to teach pastel workshops throughout Massachusetts.
- Alketa Niko
I love painting, and I started since I was in elementary school. I have been teaching art since 1995. I have BS in education, and my medium of choice are: oil, acrylic and watercolor.
- Greg Orfanos
Greg is a mixed media artist that works primarily with acrylic paint and collage. He graduated from Montserrat College of Art in 2001 and has now joined the faculty there as a part time professor.
- Darren Perocchi
Received his BFA with a concentration in photography from Umass Lowell. He has his artist studio in the Essex Art Center building.
- Paul Prue
Specialized in designing and fabricating new stained glass windows for churches, restaurants, and homes for over twenty years.
- Georgia Renfroe
I am a native of Western Massachusetts. I grew up in the Berkshires surrounded by music, theatre and art. After college, I studied in Paris, France for a year, before returning to the US to teach French and study art.
- Thea Shapiro
I love dresses. I love to dress up. Sewing paper, tea bags and other fabrics into dresses I can not wear is something I am drawn to do.
- Marie Sorensen
photographs the coincidence of urbanized and natural environments in regions around the world. The persistent and direct gaze of the camera exposes unanticipated beauty, triumph, struggle, and paradox.
- Caleb Stone
Studied at Lyme Academy of Fine Arts, received the New England Heritage Award in Oil, John Stobart Fellowship Award, and Wood Award for Excellence in Watercolor.
- Erin K Sutton
Sutton has a breadth of interests and experiences as an artist and educator. She has worked in both traditional and non-traditional classrooms.
- Jana Tarbox
Received her MA in Art Therapy from Lesley University in 2011, and intends to practice in the Boston area. Since 2006 she has been teaching at the Essex Art Center, her art making is focused on oil painting and mixed media sculpture.
- Peter Wood
Received his M.Ed at Tufts University and BA from Brown University. He has been teaching since 1970 and is currently the Essex Art Center clay technician.
- Garett Yahn
Perfomance Artist, Garett received his MFA from SMFA/Tufts University, Boston, MA as well as a BFA and BA in Art Education from Viterbo University, La Crosse, WI.