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Our Faculty of Current Teaching Artists


Karen Jaimes

Karen Jaimes is a ceramic artist-activist-educator who creates sociopolitical sculptures and installations that are designed to encourage public engagement. She is interested in the agency objects have and their ability to transcend time, boundaries, and hierarchies. Jaimes invokes the rich visual language of her ancestors to continue the practice of creating social commentary through art. She focuses on themes of immigration, exploitation, and indigenous knowledge to create a positive impact on the world. By adopting indigenous practices, we can begin to heal our planet.

Karen Jaimes holds a MFA in ceramics from SUNY New Paltz and a BFA from Manhattanville College with a minor in political science. She is an enthusiastic instructor who enjoys sharing her knowledge of clay’s vast properties, which spans across many fields. She is a seasoned educator who has worked with people of all age groups and learning capacities at community centers, public schools and universities, art centers, museums, and summer camps. She creates a safe and inviting learning environment  and uses students’ collective knowledge to foster community.

​Her sculptures have been exhibited in the Williamsburg Art and Historical Center, the Katonah Museum of Art, the Barrett Art Center and the Dorsky Museum of Art among others.

Melissa Ann Rossow

Melissa was born an artist. Arts of all sorts fascinate her, but she has long-loved clay. An inspirational high school teacher led her to appreciate ceramics as a deeply spiritual, as well as therapeutic, medium of expression. She has been creating with clay ever since. Her specialty is hand-building, while her favorite forms are boxes and sculpture. Melissa is a graduate of Arizona State University, majoring in anthropology and botany. She has also done graduate level studies in anthropology, botany, therapy, and nutrition. She has been a teacher in several forms – as a teaching assistant in cultural anthropology at the University of Kansas; and, as an after-school art teacher for Young Rembrandts locally in Mahopac, North Salem, and Katonah teaching children how to draw. She truly loves working with children and teens finding it always exciting and fun! Hand-building is her jam! She invites all who are interested to come explore clay, surface treatments, and glazing techniques.

Heidi Stein

Heidi Stein is a mixed-media artist who makes art daily and exhibits locally. Since 2014, she has gravitated toward gel printing to create painted papers with visual texture and pattern. Gel plate printing fuels her love of paper, vintage books, magazines, ephemera and recycled materials. Heidi contintues to explore the creative process of gel print-making using various texture tools. Then, she collages the prints together to make works of art.

​Monica Robinson

Monica is a New York based vocal instructor with over 35 years of teaching experience. She has studios in NYC and Westchester/Putnam counties. She has taught voice classes at the Professional Performing Arts School in Manhattan, Master Classes for arts councils in Westchester County, New York, and at the University of Hartford’s Hartt School of Music. Her students are currently performing on Broadway, National Tours, off-Broadway, regionally, and appearing in commercials, television and movies. Alumni include: Lea Michelle, Scarlett Johannson, Ashley Tisdale and Laura Bell Bundy.

Charlotte Holden

Charlotte is a detail-oriented illustrator with a deep interest in the sciences. Nearly twenty years of dance training inspired Charlotte’s passion for anatomy and how internal structure informs superficial shape and function. She loves to research and truly understand the inner workings of the subjects of her drawings. Charlotte attended Rhode Island School of Design where she earned her BFA in illustration in 2018. Through her coursework at RISD and position as a teaching assistant in a medical illustration course at Brown University’s Alpert Warren Medical School, Charlotte discovered how to combine her love of art and science in science illustration.

Charlotte has worked with institutions, companies and individuals across multiple areas of science illustration. Her projects include work with researchers in entomological illustration at the American Museum of Natural History, botanical illustration at the New York Botanical Garden and as a medical illustrator for Buoy Health.

Charlotte recently completed the year long Bartels Science Illustrator residency at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. During her time at the lab, Charlotte worked directly with the editorial team to create illustrations for Living Bird Magazine and has contributed to textbook and academic figures, membership gifts and Bird Academy materials. As part of her residency, she worked as a teaching assistant for the Art and Science of Birds Course at Cornell and led tutorials and workshops for students as well as Ornithology Lab members and visitors.

Explore Charlotte’s work on her website including her work for the lab on the Bartels 2022 page. Through her work, Charlotte hopes to inspire discovery and curiosity in the hopes of creating a larger community with whom she can share a mission to protect and defend our world and all the life that inhabits it. Specifically, Charlotte tries to focus on the importance of native plants and how they support our local ecosystems, including all of the birds she loves. When not in her studio, you can find Charlotte outside working in her pollinator garden.

Website: www.charlotte-holden.com Instagram: @charlotte.w.holden

Rosalie Marcus

Rosalie is a painter, illustrator, and graphic designer. She has exhibited her paintings in New York, New Jersey, Colorado, Nova Scotia, and California. Her art work has been reviewed in many newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times, The Bergen Record (NJ), and ArtNews Magazine. Rosalie has also designed books, fabric, housewares, brochures and corporate logos for such clients as Warner Communications, King Features, Bloomingdales, and The National Organization of Women. She was also an art director for a housewares company. She attended Cornell University, got her BFA from Nova Scotia College of Art & Design, and her MFA from California Institute of the Arts. Locally, Rosalie has taught art workshops at the Mahopac Public Library, at the after school program at Fulmar Road School, and is presently teaching drawing and painting at PAC.

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