Faculty


paul batch:

Batch is a realist painter who received his BFA and MFA from the Hartford Art School where he studied under the late great Stephen Brown. He is an award-winning member of the Oil Painters of America and Portrait Society of America. His award-winning paintings have been exhibited nationally and can be seen in galleries in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, Vermont and Georgia. His work has appeared in numerous publications including the Artist’s Magazine, International Artist and Fine Art Connoisseur. Batch is a member of the West Hartford Art League, the Connecticut Society of Portrait Artists and is an elected artist at the Connecticut Academy of Fine Arts.  paulbatchpainting.com

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. colbathcolors.com

carol ganick:

Ganick is a Connecticut artist and painting teacher. A graduate of Boston University, she was a CT 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

zbigniew grzyb:

Academy of Fine Art, Krakow, Poland. 2001 winner of Pollock-Krasner award, and 2001 individual artist grant from the GHAC. Widely exhibited with one person exhibits at New Britain Museum of American Art. zgrzyb.com

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.

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.  

ilona levitz:

Levitz is a graduate of Vesper George School of Art in Boston. She studied at Trinity College in Hartford, as well as the Wesleyan University graduate program and Hartford Art School. Her paintings are in American and European collections. Levitz has also been featured in "Who's Who in American Art." islevitz.com

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. 

barbara mcbrien:

McBrien has a B.S. in Education from St. Joseph College and in Art Education from CCSU. She has taught in elementary schools in Connecticut and Vermont and has offered art instruction to children and adults for over 20 years. McBrien is an active member and exhibiting artist at Connecticut art leagues and associations.

robert 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.

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:

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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