Visual and Performing Arts Faculty

Kassem Amoudi

Kassem received his MFA from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts with post-graduate studies at the University of North Texas and his BS in Art and Education at Huwarah Institute of Education in Cairo Egypt and Irbid, Jordan. His exhibition participation includes the James Baids Gallery, Newfoundland, Canada; Berman Museum of Art, Collegeville, Pa.; Rowan College, Glassboro, NJ; Artists Equity, American College, Bryn Mawr, PA. His work is included in many public and private collections.

 

Robert Bender

Robert received a certificate in art education from Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. He received the Cresson Travel Scholarship in 1973 and studied art history throughout Rome, Holland, France, Italy and Austria. Robert exhibits throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey. He has studied privately with Arthur DeCosta, Nelson Shanks and David Le Fal. “My goal as a teacher is to recognize and enhance the student’s ability to identify a personal language in the art of painting. Understanding the subject and translating a visual experience becomes easier when the painter’s craft is fully realized. I will try to enlighten the student to the many and varied approaches to the oil painting technique and how to apply them as needed.”

Bridget Briscione

Bridget earned her double concentration in Studio Art (ceramics) and English Literature from The College of William and Mary, and went on to receive her Master of Education with Distinction from Arcadia University. She has taught at Six Senses Collaborative Clay Studio in Philadelphia and currently teaches at the Philly Art Center. Her goal as a ceramic artist is to make functional objects that bring joy and beauty into everyday life.

Brian Butler

Brian studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, the Arts Students League in NY and Glassboro State College. He has been employed by Tyco Toys and by Mattel as a designer and illustrator. Brian currently teaches Intermediate and Advanced Illustration and Digital Media Techniques at Rowan University and Comic Book Illustration at the University of the Arts. He was recently awarded the 2010 Wall of Fame Award for excellence in teaching at Rowan University.

 

Philip Carroll

Phil earned a certificate in fine arts from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and studied art history at the University of Pennsylvania. His work is represented in numerous collections including those of the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. He has taught at the Mainline Art Center, Haverford, PA, and Rutgers University.

 

Jenni Leigh Deets

Jenni is a graduate of Moore College of Art with a BA in Art Education. She is the 2007 recipient of the Margaret Heilbron Award for Outstanding Artist in Art Education.

 

Santiago Galeas

After moving to Philadelphia to seek an education at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Santiago remained to then pursue a career as a figurative painter. He has exhibited in numerous group and solo shows, including Art Basel Miami 2016 and a solo in Philadelphia’s A Seed on Diamond Gallery. Aside from exhibiting, publications have recently been showcasing his work including The Huffington Post, the cover of Poets and Artists Magazine, and several local newspaper sources. He has also completed residency with 360 Xochi Quetzal, residing and working in Chapala, Jalisco, Mexico.

 

David Gamber

David brings to the Perkins Center more than 20 years of experience as a clay artist and 12 years of teaching experience. He teaches at Abington Art Center with Previous experience at Penn State/ Abington campus, and Rutgers University/ Camden. He has exhibited both locally and nationally and has work on view at the Clay studio, Abington Arts Center and Wayne Art Center.

 

Maddy Gold

Maddy is a Philadelphia painter and adjunct professor at the University of the Arts and Drexel University. She was the recipient of a Ford Foundation grant for painting. Her work has appeared in numerous galleries in both individual and group shows, including the Philadelphia Art Alliance, University City Science Center,Optique,Tattoo Gallery and Perkins. She is the art director and cover artist for Tiny Satchel Press, an award-winning independent publisher of books for children and teens.

 

Kate Johnson

Kate received her BFA from University of the Arts, where she studied printmaking and art education. She currently teaches and provides art therapy in a variety of settings, and works with art enthusiasts from 2-99 years old. Kate also creates mosaic commission work for Networkarts with nursing home residents and high school students.

 

Jackie Stack Lagakos

Jackie is a South Jersey mosaic artist whose work has been acknowledged internationally on television and on two covers of Bass World Magazine. Her mosaic design has also been used by Tricycle Magazine to compliment a piece written by Thich Nhat Hanh. Her work can be viewed at www.bottlestructures.com

 

Deborah Moss Marris

From her large abstract paintings to her lyrical nature studies and mixed media constructions, Deborah Moss Marris employs a conversation between abstraction and figuration to examine the small and often unnoticed parts of the world in a constant state of transformation. Deborah’s work is in the collections of the Carnegie Museum, the Center for Contemporary Art in Pittsburgh, Wills Eye Hospital, AECom, and Korn Ferry International. She teaches Drawing, Painting, and Color Theory at Camden County College as well as heading the visual arts program at Westfield Friends School in Cinnaminson, NJ.

 

Barry Moore

Barry performed in “Ain’t Misbehavin,” Atlantic City; “The Fantasticks,” Philadelphia; and “Guys & Dolls,” Trenton. He has extensive experience as a director, choreographer and vocal director.

 

Dolores Poacelli

Dolores is an abstract painter living in Collingswood NJ.  Dolores has been working in her studio in Philadelphia’s Italian Market neighborhood for the past 26 years.  A winner of the New Jersey State Council of the Arts Fellowship for painting in 2011, her work has been exhibited in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, North Carolina, Delaware and China.  Her work is also in numerous public and private collections including:  SAP Software Corp. in Germany; Morgan-Lewis Legal Firm in Princeton; Jenkins & Martin Law Firm in Texas; Bank of America in Delaware; the State of New Jersey. Works can be viewed at www.poacellifineart.com.

 

Paul Serena

Paul is currently the studio and pottery technician at Perkins Center for the Arts. Paul studied at the Art Institute of Philadelphia as well as the University of the Arts. He was recipient of a gold award in the National Scholastic art and writing awards. Paul has over 12 years experience with clay and clay studies. Paul was the head potter for 3 summers at Historic Cold Springs Village, NJ where he was also an instructor in their junior apprentice program as well as a private pottery instructor.

 

Naimah Stith

Naimah is an associate potter at Wheaton Village in Millville, NJ and studio tech at Rowan University in Glassboro, NJ. During the summer months she teaches adults and children at the Foundation for the Arts in Loveladies, NJ.

 

Jennifer Wankoff

Jennifer began working in ceramics while living in Israel after college and has been immersed in the field ever since. Her current work is wheel-thrown and altered, and often wood-fired. Wankoff teaches adults and children in a variety of schools.

 

David Campbell Wilson

David received an MFA from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, and a BFA from Syracuse University. His paintings have shown in numerous gallery and museum exhibitions in Philadelphia, Los Angeles, New York, Seattle, and Portland. Wilson is the recipient of several awards, including the Hiram Gee Painting Award from Syracuse University and the R. Tait McKenzie Medal from the Philadelphia Sketch Club.

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