Faculty


lindaluz carrillo:
Carrillo is a first-generation Peruvian who was born in New York and raised in the South End of Hartford. She is an Urban Pop Artist and Graphic Designer. Carrillo received her BFA in Visual Communication Design through the Hartford Art School at the University of Hartford. Her work is influenced by Peruvian textile patterns, graffiti elements, and urban cultures. Carrillo's work tells a story about her customs, traditions and values that form conversations about our world today.

brian colbath:
Colbath is an accomplished artist working in greater Hartford for over twenty years with numerous commissions for artwork and murals. In 2003 he won the Connecticut Watercolor Society first place award. Colbath is represented by the David James Gallery in Glastonbury, the James Stephen Gallery in Farmington, and Vanderbilt Gallery in Nantucket. He was one of three artists to paint the Ed Johnetta Miller murals on the Art League grounds. colbathcolors.com

carol ganick:
Ganick is a Connecticut artist and painting teacher. A graduate of Boston University, she was a Connecticut Watercolor Society Award Winner in 1999, 2001 and 2004. She specializes in teaching traditional beginning and intermediate watercolor technique. Ganick is actively involved in organizations such as the CT Watercolor Society, the West Hartford Art League and the Farmington Valley Arts Center, and she has taught watercolor, mixed media and abstract painting and has given painting demonstrations through various arts organizations. carolganick.com

tiago finato:
Finato moved to the United States from Brazil in the year 2000 to further his research in the field of painting. First trained in the 19th century French academic style, he went on to earn a BFA from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth and an MFA from New Mexico State University. In his work, Finato explores the overlap between the labor of contemporary art and the labor of the working class. His current body of work narrates a scenario where the subject is caught between these two conflicting ideologies, those of a manual laborer and a fine artist. Finato has exhibited his work throughout the United States, Spain and Brazil. In 2019 he had two pieces accepted in the Portrait Society of America members only competition. His portrait placed as a finalist, and his still life placed 2nd.

elena gibson:
Gibson has been a practicing artist and educator for over 15 years. Her work is represented by galleries in Connecticut and Massachusetts. As an experienced art teacher, she has run numerous workshops in CT and MA in a variety of institutions including the West Hartford Art League, Farmington Valley Arts Center, Mandell JCC and New England Felting Supply. Originally from Slovakia, Elena has a background in graphic design.

zbigniew grzyb:
Grzyb graduated from the Academy of Fine Art in Krakow, Poland. He was the 2001 winner of Pollock-Krasner award, and 2001 winner of an individual artist grant from the GHAC. Grzyb has been widely exhibited including one person exhibits at New Britain Museum of American Art. zgrzyb.com

tom hlas:
Hlas is a mixed media artist living and working in Norfolk, CT, who works primarily in acrylics and collage. He was born and raised near a small town in Iowa and his experiences and memories of rural Iowa, and now rural Connecticut, have had a large impact on his work. Hlas has exhibited his work extensively in the Connecticut/New York/Philadelphia area.

karen israel:
Dynamic composition and a unique viewpoint are the hallmarks of Israel’s pastel paintings. Stylistically she strives for agility and lets the mood and form of the subject dictate her approach. These subjects are rendered with a strong appreciation for the rigors of formal design coupled with a fearless array of color choices. Israel is a nationally recognized, award winning artist. These many honors include Master Pastelist with the Pastel Society of America, Master Circle Member of the International Association of Pastel Societies, Signature Member and past President of the Connecticut Pastel Society, Artist Member of the Catharine Lorillaird Wolfe Art Club, and Artist Member of the Salmagundi Club, NYC.

deanna johnson:
Johnson is a ceramic artist living and creating in Bloomfield, CT. She received her Bachelor of Fine Art degree in Ceramics from the University of Hartford Art School. Her work has been shown in different places throughout the country such as the Creative Arts Workshop in New Haven, CT, the LUX Art Center in Nebraska, at the 18 Hands Gallery in Houston, TX, and the Lorton Arts Foundation in VA.

pieter lefferts:
Lefferts is an award-winning artist whose works are in collections throughout the United States and in Europe. His work focuses on the wilderness of North America and the animals and people that inhabit it. He is a graduate of Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon, and trained in portraiture and figure painting at the Art Students League of New York.

ann lennon:
Lennon has taught at adult pottery at the West Hartford Art league for the last five years with over ten years experience in being a freelance potter.  She studied with master potter John Mccomber in South Windsor, and at the Art Institute of Boston.  Lennon works out of her pottery studio where she produces sculpture, as well as functioning pottery.

charlene li: 
Li has been working with clay for the last 10 years, first studying under master potter, John Macomber. She enjoys throwing as well as hand building and particularly likes to push the boundaries of surface design and decoration. She has been teaching adult pottery at the West Hartford Art League for five years. 

alicia mordenti:

joe nicorici:
Nicorici grew up in the Greater Hartford area. He graduated from Kingswood-Oxford in 1999 and went on to study at the University of Rhode Island.  More recently he graduated from the Hartford Art School with a BFA in painting. His work has been in exhibitions and galleries in Connecticut and New York. His current work focuses on the figure, the everyday and time — drawing influence from classical Renaissance, the history of painting and his own family history.

bob noreika:
Noreika is a national award winning artist and graduate of Paier College of Art. He is a member of the Salmagundi Club (New England), Connecticut Watercolor Societies, and Connecticut Academy of Fine Arts. Noreika was the 2004 second prize winner of the New England Watercolor Society Show in Bennington, Vermont. He is also a childrens book illustrator whose work includes Marsh Morning and Off to the Fair. robertnoreika.com

beth reynolds:
Reynolds graduated from Wheaton College in Massachusetts with degrees in Art History and Studio Art. She studied painting and ceramics at workshops and colleges in the United States and England, and has previously taught at Renbrook School, TASIS in England, Groton, and Norfeldt School in West Hartford. Her work is exhibited in galleries in Connecticut, Massachusetts, and England.

nan runde:
A BFA graduate of the Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts, Runde has exhibited award-winning work in numerous shows regionally, most recently a solo exhibit in Storrs, as part of the Artists Live program. Her art has been featured in the Capitol Building office of the Connecticut Secretary of the State, and has also been displayed at the Spectrum Gallery in Centerbrook, Maple and Main Gallery in Chester, the Gallery at Firehouse Square in New London, and the Copper Beech Institute in West Hartford. nanrunde.com.

shauna shane:
Shane has been a professional painter for over 35 years, a former resident artist at Yellowstone National Park, and was selected in 2008 to be a resident artist at the New Britain Museum of American Art. She has commissions and paintings in collections around the world, including the official portrait of the governor of Montana, completed in 1990.  Shane maintains studio in a former button factory located on the Fenton River in Storrs, Connecticut.  shauna-shane.com

joan shapiro:
Shapiro holds a BFA from Boston University. She studied alongside Andrew Cippolla, Peter Pellitieri, and Paul Zimmerman and is an accomplished painter and sculptor with work in many private collections.

elena steier:
Steier has been a cartoonist for over 15 years with cartoons featured in Nickelodeon Magazine, Airport News, South Shore Monthly, Living in West Hartford, The New England Anomaly and others. Her cartoons have also appeared on ESPN. 

william simpson:
With a BFA and MFA in Painting, Simpson has been represented by galleries in Maine, Connecticut, and Cape Cod, and has won numerous awards in juried shows across Connecticut.  He is an Elected Artist at the West Hartford Art League, and CT Academy of Fine Arts, and has placed large scale corporate commissions through CT, NY, and Washington DC. wmsimpson.com

michael toti:
Toti has a BFA from the Swain School of Design, an MFA from Washington University in Saint Louis, and is an adjunct professor of Graphic Design at Manchester Community College in Connecticut. He also teaches graphic design, packaging design, and typography through the Art Institute of Pittsburgh Online.

c. dianne zweig:
A contemporary mixed media abstract artist whose artwork is influenced by the organic shapes and abstract designs of 1950s textiles. She is a member of Connecticut Women Artists and a founding member of Mixus, a group of women artists who work in mixed media. Zweig enjoys teaching art classes and workshops to all ages. Also a retired psychotherapist, Dianne is interested in the psychology of the creative process and creative aging. She holds a Master's Degree from Rutgers University and recently was recognized with a Pat Rosoff Award for Abstract Art. cdiannezweig.com