ART & DESIGN

MIRIAM ALOUF, born in Israel, is a board certified teacher graduate from WIZO teacher’s seminar and the London School of Arts where she studied Ceramics and Sculpture. Her work was shown in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and New York. She taught soldiers Arts and Crafts while she served in the Israeli army. In addition, Miriam was the founder of the Ceramic Center in Great Neck where she held art classes and parties for 25 years.

EVELYN CHIN is founder of EC Design, a New York based Interior Design Firm, which specializes in inspirational and comfortable interiors for residences. She studied and received her education at FIT. Her designs have been featured in Long Island Pulse Magazine, Newsday Home Section, and Decorating with Style. In addition, she writes articles on design for Dan’s Papers and GEM Magazine. To view her works and articles, please visit www.evelynchindesign.com.

KAREN HUBELA has her Permanent Certification in Art Education. She has extensive experience teaching art to nursery through high school students, portfolio development to Adult Ed watercolor painting. She has also developed art programs for disabled adults and seniors. Her students have won NYS Scholastic Art Scholarships. She is a John Lidstone Award recipient and a Brooklyn Museum Summer Teaching Fellow. Karen loves connecting students to art and nature. Her own artwork ranges from drawing, painting, illustration, mixed-media collage, murals to woodworking.

ROSHANAK KEYGHOBADI has a doctoral degree in Art and Art Education from Columbia University and her MFA and BFA are both in graphic design. She has thought art and design to adults at the State University of New York and Indiana University as well as children at JLC Art Center and Not Just Art.  She is the recipient of many awards such as Spencer Fellowship, E.W. Morse Teaching Fellowship and Dela Frike Art Teaching Scholarship. She has been the Art Director at SCOPE (Suffolk County Organization for the Promotion of Education) and Graphic Designer at The Long Island Museum of American Art, History and Carriages. Roshanak is a practicing artist and her artworks have been exhibited nationally and internationally. She frequently writes about art and reviews artists’ works on her blog artCircle.

JESUS MODESTO has a B.F.A., Long Island University and his Certification in Art Education. He has taught and presented in the state of New York and Atlixco Puebla, Mexico. During his travels to Mexico, Jesus taught in elementary and secondary schools such as Heroes del 4 de Mayo and Melchor Ocampo. He has experience working at the Nassau County Museum of Art, teaching at the elementary level. Jesus also taught at the Hillwood Art Museum located in Brookville New York serving as an art educator and working with curators as well as other artists. He is currently working with children with special needs for the Great Neck Public School District. Among his many artistic talents, Jesus is proficient in Photoshop CS6, Maya 3D animation software, & digital photography.

REBECCA MONTOYA received her BFA from Cooper Union and her Master’s in Art Education from Queens College. She started as a realistic portrait painter and currently explores non-representational and minimalist art. She worked for a decade in fashion before having a career change and becoming an art teacher. She encourages students to be creative and think outside of the box. She brings real world experience to her classes and stresses the importance of learning the basic building blocks of art.

ELLEN SCHIFF has a BA in Fine Arts, Queens College and a MFA, School of Visual Arts, Hunter College. She is the Creative Director and Artist for ES DESIGNS, specializing in branding. As Associate Creative Director for BrandEdge, she developed corporate campaigns, logos and product branding. She teaches multimedia classes in GNAC’s Outreach Programs; Children’s Art Studio Whitestone; YMHA ‘Children’s Art’; and painting at YMHA, ‘Adult Ed’. She has exhibited her artwork at the 9th New Century Gallery, NYC; PS 122 Contemporary Art; Fordham Art Gallery, Texas; Lincoln Center Art Gallery NYC; and numerous other NYC venues. She has received several awards including Art Directors Club Video and Print awards and is a member of Art Initiatives, NYC.

LISA ZILKER has a BFA in Fine Arts & Art Education from the School of Visual Arts. She has received many awards for both her teaching and artwork. She has developed art programs for many youth organizations including Job Path, Children’s Aid Society, YMCA, and has coordinationed art festivals. Her artwork is collected worldwide as far reaching as Australia, Denmark, and Belgium as well as many corporate and private collections. Her artwork ranges from painting, drawing, sculpting, welding, mixed-media collage and photography. Her work is regularly exhibited at The National Arts Club, Sylvia Wald & Po Kim Art Gallery, JCAL, and La Maison d’Art.