Staff and Faculty

The Art Center proudly showcases many of our region’s most talented art educators and artists who lead our classes, workshops, and special programs.


STAFF

Bruce McColl, Director of Art Education, received a BA from Brown University and an MFA from Wayne State University. Bruce exhibits his paintings and drawings widely, and has been the recipient of numerous fellowships and residencies including a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant in 2001. Bruce has work in the permanent collections of the Currier Museum of Art, St. Anselm College, and Union College. He is represented by McGowan Fine Art in Concord, NH. See www.brucemccoll.com to learn more.

Linn Krikorian, Art Center Manager, is a graduate of the Currier Museum Art Center and the Philadelphia College of Art where she received her BFA in painting. Linn actively works in her studio and exhibits her acrylic paintings in the region. In 2011, Linn was given the “Women in the Arts” award by the New Hampshire chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution honoring her outstanding work as an artist and educator in our community.

Shelly Koza, Art Center Registrar, received her MBA from Suffolk University Sawyer School of Business, and her BS in Psychology from the University of Mary Washington. Along with a background in successfully running her own business, she brings a wealth of marketing, communications, business management and technical skills to the Art Center front office.

Lynn Thomson, Manager of Family and Community Engagement, has a MA in Museum Education from Tufts University, a BFA in Photography from The Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University and a Certificate in Early Childhood Education from Nashua Community College.  In her position as Manager of Family and Community Engagement, Lynn organizes all family, adult and community programs at the Museum.

Megan McIntyre, Tour and Volunteer Manager, has a BA in art history and American studies from Smith College, and a MLA in Museum studies with a concentration in art history and non-profit management from Harvard University Extension School.  Megan has a passion for museums, working with volunteers and historic homes.  She loves introducing new audiences of all ages to the Currier Museum of Art though engaging interdisciplinary museum tours.

Sadie Barton, Art Education Assistant, is a talented artist and former Art Center student. She recently graduated from NHIA with a BFA in Illustration. In addition to her responsibilities in the Art Education department, Sadie is a highly sought-after freelance illustrator and muralist.

Corie Lyford, Outreach Coordinator and Assistant Art Camp Program Manager, is a graduate of Bridgewater State College in Art and English. In addition to her management responsibilities, she is indispensable as an instructor in the youth and outreach programs at the Art Center, and has a specialized interest in creating art with people with Alzheimer’s and other related disabilities.

Rachel Montroy, Ceramics Manager, received her MFA in ceramics from the School for American Crafts in Rochester, NY and a BA in Studio Art, with a concentration on ceramics, from UNH. In conjunction with teaching, Rachel is a ceramic sculptor and a potter. She regularly exhibits her work in galleries and is in private collections throughout the region. See www.rachelmontroy.com to learn more.

Sarah Beliveau, Office Assistant, is a very talented artist and is currently attending high school in Manchester.

 

FACULTY

Marek Bennett teaches comics throughout New England and beyond. He has more than a decade of experience drawing regular newspaper comic strips, and his graphic novels have won a Xeric Award and two nominations for New England Arts awards. In 2011, Marek served as official cartoonist of NH’s Weeks Act Centennial Committee. He currently teaches programs at the Currier, and at libraries and schools throughout NH with the NH State Council on the Arts, the Arts Alliance of Northern NH, the Children’s Literacy Foundation, and more. See www.marekbennett.com to learn more.

Patti Benson studied fine arts at New England School of Art, UNH, and received her BFA from Notre Dame College, Manchester, NH. Patti was an elementary art educator at both the Matthew Thornton School and Bow Elementary School.

Beth Brisson received her Bachelor in Fine Arts Education from Notre Dame College, and is an art instructor in the Manchester Public Schools.

Daniele Caradonna studied animation, illustration and computer generated art at Emerson College and Rochester Institute of Technology, and finished her degree in Art Education at Plymouth State. She is an art educator in the Manchester public schools.

Robert Carsten is known for his friendly and informative teaching style, Robert Carsten, a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, is a board member, signature and master pastelist member of the Pastel Society of America (PSA), a Master’s Circle artist in the International Association of Pastel Societies, and is a contributing writer to the Pastel Journal and The Artist’s Magazine. See www.robertcarsten.com to learn more.

Ellie Clough received her BFA from NHIA, and is currently working on her Masters in FineArt from the same institution.  A long-time member of the Art Center faculty and art instructor at the former Villa Augustina School, she has an active studio schedule and extensive experience teaching art to children, teens and adults.

Neva Cole earned an MFA in illustration from the Art Institute of Boston, and a BFA from Syracuse University. She is the owner of a freelance illustration and design business. As well as working as a teacher, Neva is also the Communications Director at the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire.

Nancy Craig earned a BA from UNH and her MA in teaching from University of Washington. She brings a wealth of experience in private and public school art education to the Art Center.

Barbara Danser is a graduate of University of Colorado with a BFA in painting. She paints in watercolor, acrylic, oil and soft pastels, and her sculpture is in the steel or bronze mediums. She conducts her own painting workshops in the American Southwest and is an Adjunct Teacher at NHIA Sharon Arts. In New Hampshire her work is represented at the Mill Brook Gallery and Sculpture Garden in Concord. Visit www.danserart.com to learn more

Hal Danser designs fused glass jewelry, plates, and bowls, focusing on unique shapes, textures, and color. His creations are in select galleries across the country. See www.DanserArt.com to learn more.

Pam Difloures graduated from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts with a BFA in photography and sculpture and is teaching art in the Manchester School system.

Corey Doherty is a Manchester artist, teacher and resident. She has taught for more than twenty years in the public and private sectors. She currently is a practicing silk painter and teaches a variety of courses at Central High School.

Ann Trainor Domingue received her BA Studio Art from Rhode Island College, and is a juried artist member of the Copley Society of Art in Boston; and a NH Art Association member and past board member. She has had a long career in graphic design and advertising and is now a professional painter working in acrylic, watercolor and oil. See www.anntrainordomingue.com to learn more.

Danielle Gosselin received a BFA from Massachusetts College of Art and Design and an MAT from Maine College of Art. Danielle is a freelance illustrator as well as a K-12 art educator.  She exhibits her work in galleries throughout New England.  See www.daniellegosselin.com to learn more.

Kerry Harman has a BA in painting from UNH. She has taught extensively in both two- and three-dimensional media, with a specialized interest in ceramics.

Jerry Holbert has been the editorial cartoonist for the Boston Herald for the past 24 years. His award-winning work has appeared in numerous print, broadcast and online publications, and he is currently syndicated by United Media.

Bruce Iverson is an award winning painter who has studied Chinese brush painting (sumi-e in Japan) since 1972 with master Chinese brush painters Jean Shen, Ning Yeh, and I-Hsiung Ju. He has exhibited in group and juried shows throughout the United States and has had several one-man shows in New England. He has traveled to China to gain a deeper understanding of brush painting and is a juried member of the New Hampshire Art Association. See www.iversonarts.com to learn more.

Joseph Montroy received an MFA in sculpture from Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, NY in 2008. Joe has shown sculpture in a number of galleries in New York, Alabama, Minnesota, Pennsylvania and Vermont. His work is in private collections throughout the U.S. See www.josephmontroy.com to learn more.

Kristi Nyhan received a BA from UNH. Kristi has served students in numerous NH public schools and community arts organizations as a teacher and administrator.

Amy O’Boyle is an alum of the Art Center, where she devoted several years to enriching her creativity and volunteering.  Amy received her BA and Master’s Degree from UNH with a concentration in Studio Art and Elementary Education.  She is a public school teacher with the Raymond School District and a member of two local artist associations.

John O’Shaughnessy is a graduate of Massachusetts College of Art with a BFA in painting. He has worked in freelance fabric design and illustration, and actively exhibits his paintings in galleries throughout New England. John’s work is shown at the Art 3 Gallery and the Chi’lin Gallery in New Hampshire. In summer 2012, he was a featured artist at AVA Gallery and Art Center in Lebanon, N.H.  See www.10000machines.com to learn more.

Joy Raskin has exhibited her jewelry widely. She is a native of New Hampshire, and is a member of the League of NH Craftsmen. She received her MFA from the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth and her BFA from RISD. Her work is in the Currier Museum’s permanent collection.

Lori Rollason holds a Master of Arts in Art Education from the New Hampshire Institute of Art and received her BFA from Atlanta College of Art. Her focus is Ceramics, and she is an active member of the New Hampshire Potter’s Guild. In addition to her teaching, Lori maintains a rigorous studio schedule and exhibits her work in galleries throughout the Northeast.

Holly Rousseau is a graduate of Plymouth State University where she received a Bachelor of Science in Art Education, concentrating on ceramics and printmaking. In 2013, she was a National Writing Project Institute Fellow. Along with her work at the Art Center, she is a full time Art Teacher in the Manchester School District.

Monique Staples graduated from Notre Dame College with a degree in Art Education in 2002, and is an elementary art instructor in the Manchester schools. Monique was named Hippo Press Art Teacher of the Year in 2009!