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 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 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 began his art training at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, the Art Students League in NYC and Glassboro State College. After pursuing a career as recording artist and songwriter with Columbia Records, Epic Records and BMI Publishing, his return to art led to employment as a member of the research and development team at Tyco Toys and as concept artist and product designer for Mattel. Over the past 16 years Brian has taught illustration, digital media, and comic book art as adjunct professor at the University of the Arts, Rowan University, and Camden County College and has taught a variety of art classes at Perkins Center for the Arts.
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.
Kathleen is a multi-faceted artist who spent the past 10 years transitioning from an illustration career with a fine arts education into the freedom of mixed media. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts with a major in Illustration and minor in Psychology from Rowan University. Kathleen also earned a Certification for Computer Graphic Design at Camden County College. The primary focus toward realism in her subjects combines abstraction in use of patters. Her art is sold in exhibitions, galleries, and commissioned work.
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. Jenni has been teaching youth art classes at Perkins for the last 12 years.
Tom has been teaching watercolor at Perkins for five years, is a member of the Garden State Watercolor Society, has won several watercolor painting awards, was a career high school teacher in Philadelphia public schools, and tries to apply his teaching methodology to his art classes.
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 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 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.
Jenny is a representational painter based in Southern New Jersey. She holds a BA in Art History and has developed art education programs for art centers, after school programs, and nonprofit organizations for nearly a decade. She is the recipient of awards from Markeim Arts Center and Art Educators of New Jersey. She has exhibited in numerous juried exhibitions, including William Penn Charter’s Triennial Juried Exhibit and Perkins Center for the Arts since opening her studio in 2016.
Terina Nicole Hill
Terina Nicole is the designer and founder of Jypsea Leathergoods. Her products have been featured in HGTV’s Flea Market Flip, Upscale Magazine, Philadelphia Magazine, Essence, Huffington Post, ABC News, The Today Show, BET’s Queen Boss, and other national and local media outlets. She is the co-Founder of DIYMakerscon, A conference for women makers (diymakerscon.com). Terina earned her degree in Accessory Design in NYC from the Fashion Institute of Technology.
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 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.
Margaret studied drawing and painting at the Frank Reilly School of Art in New York, took further study at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, and eventually was led to the practice of sculpture. She has exhibited in many public exhibitions, and has been commissioned for sculptures for the Cos Cob Library and Greenwich Academy in Connecticut. She is a council member of the National Sculpture Society and is currently on the editorial board of Sculpture Review.
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 is currently the pottery studio manager 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 20 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 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 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.