William Mark Sommer (b. 1990) is an artist based in Phoenix, Arizona. Creating in photography for over 10 years has brought him all over the Western United States. Taking the road less traveled and searching for forgotten places of yesteryear has brought him to a better understanding of American nostalgia and the idealized glory of the past. Implying the use of film photography brings him closer to the nostalgic sensibility of his subjects. He has exhibited over the United States and Internationally.
William Mark Sommer ’17
Amanda Heidel ’17
Amanda Heidel is a New York based artist. She grew up in New Jersey and received her BA in Advertising and PR, later continuing her education in Graphic Design. She is a current MFA student at SUNY New Paltz studying Sculpture. Her art practice merges art and life and explores the intersection of community, performance, materiality, and sustainability. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally throughout the United States, India, and Costa Rica.
Nicole Shaver ’17
Nicole Shaver was born and raised in Port Washington, Wisconsin where she skipped stones and watched fisherman gut salmon as a child. She received her BFA from The University of Wisconsin-Madison and MFA from The University of Iowa. Her practice involves ideas of place and belonging using geographical sites as a metaphorical compass in order to catalog personal experience and explore the potentiality of the seemingly divided space that separates things. Her work is about the instinctual notion of absorbing current environments and the things that remind us what it means to dwell.
Sarah Novio ’17
Sarah Novio (b. 1989) is an artist based in Woodbridge, New Jersey. She was born in Brooklyn and raised in Long Island, NY. She moved to Tampa, FL to receive her BFA at the University of Tampa. Shortly after, she moved back to New York to complete her MFA at the New York Academy of Art. Since then, she has done a Teaching Residency at Altos de Chavon School of Design in the Dominican Republic, and is now teaching art history and design/color theory for interior design at Berkeley College in New Jersey. Her paintings and collages explore ideas of personal narrative, family dynamic, and childhood memory.
Katrina Bello ’17
Katrina Bello (b. 1973) is a visual artist and curator who is from Davao City, Philippines. Her works have been shaped by experiences of natural environments; and topics on memory, landscape, time, ecology and geology are the subtext of her work which takes form in drawings, paintings, installation, photography, and video. Her work has been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in the United States and the Philippines, and she completed her MFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art, and her BFA from the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University.
Edward Steffanni ’17
Edward Steffanni is an artist from Dayton, Ohio. He has received multiple awards and has been featured in exhibitions nationally. In his practice, he exploits imagery and materiality to explore religious themes as well as matters of identity and emptiness. He engages with these themes through painting, drawing, and sculpture.
Elizabeth Tolson ’16
Elizabeth Tolson is an Expanded Media Artist and Educator whose work explores the boundaries of art, technology, and feminism. Through an alchemy of artistic skills honed during life and scholastic experiences, she brings important social issues front and center and generates real discussion. Challenging group norms through over-representation of societies gender flaws, she draws the audience in with her provocative work. Elizabeth holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Alfred University and a Masters of Fine Arts in Design and Technology from Parsons.
As an educator, she has taught at all levels to include ProjectArt and her alumni Parsons the New School. Elizabeth’s work has been featured in New York Time’s T Magazine, Styleite, Make Magazine, Beautiful/Decay, and Adafruit. Exhibits include the Target Gallery in Alexandria, VA; The Washington Project for the Arts Experimental Media Series at The Philips Collection in Washington D.C.; Cuchifritos Gallery in New York City, and SXSW in Austin, Texas.
Jason M. Stewart ’16
Jason M. Stewart is a New Jersey based interdisciplinary artist with a focus on installation, painting, and sculpture. Jason received his BFA from Rowan University and his MFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2015. Jason’s practice inhabits multiple modalities, creating works that address notions of “place” as articulated by the various voices of the artist.
Justin Sorensen ’16
Justin Sorensen (b. 1986) is an artist based in Central Ohio. He grew up in Northwestern Pennsylvania and received his BFA from Kutztown University in Kutztown, PA. He did graduate work at Bucknell University in Lewisburg, PA, before moving on to complete his MFA at the Rhode Island School of Design. His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally throughout the United States, Canada, and Japan. His expanded studio practice explores perceptions of time, religion, history, and nature at the intersection and overlap of performance, sculpture, photography, and drawing.
Boyd, a Harvard graduate with 36 years experience in art education, studied numerous successful art teaching models including Andover Academy, Wellesley College, and Black Mountain College.