Faculty Biographies

Aric Attas

Aric Attas received his MFA in Photography from the Hartford Art School in 1996 and BS in Psychology from Hobart College in 1988. He has won numerous awards for his fine art which has been exhibited internationally. Currently Attas is the owner of Aric Attas {Creative} in Vero Beach, Florida where he is sought out for his architectural, product and food photography. He is on the faculty of the Vero Beach Museum of Art and actively mentors private students from around the world. Publications include Luxe, Four Seasons Magazine and Vero Home, Life & Design. Attas has also been featured on Ovation TV’s art and culture program American Canvas. Most recently his work was added to the permanent collection of the University of Miami, Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Lynn Berkowitz

Lynn Berkowitz is an experienced museum educator with a career spanning over 20 years. Lynn has overseen thousands of educational programs during her tenure as Director of Education for The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, as well as in her role as Director of Learning Experiences and Interim Museum Co-Director at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, and most recently at The Barnes Foundation, as Community Programs Manager. She holds an M.F.A. from Temple University and currently teaches various online art appreciation classes through diverse educational organizations.

Hester Bloom

Hester Bloom has a Master’s Degree in psychology from the University of Florida and is a Registered Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance, an international registry of yoga instructors and training programs. She is also a certified Qigong instructor through the Cloudwalker program in Vero Beach. 

Edmund Cortez

Edmund Cortez is a performing musician as well as an art educator. He has dedicated his life-long career to ensuring educational services to people with disabilities during his five-year term as the New York State Assistant Commissioner of Education and later on as the President and C.E.O. of the National Center for Disability Services. Upon his retirement, Mr. Cortez has launched a prolific career as a musician, painter, and ship-model builder. His model of the Gunboat Philadelphia is now housed at the Smithsonian’s Museum of American History.

Christopher Louis Fasolino

Christopher Louis Fasolino has an M.A. in art history and English literature from Plattsburgh State University. He has taught art history for more than ten years, including courses for undergraduates and museum docents. His historical adventure novel, Men of Promise, was published in 2015.

Risa Gettler

Risa Gettler is a calligrapher, designer, illustrator, author and instructor, who combines her advertising career with her lifelong study of letter arts. She has studied calligraphy at University of Calligraphy/Italy, Princeton University’s Department of Spanish Medieval Art, the Morgan Library, Getty Center, and UCLA Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies. In addition to commissioned hand lettered and illustrated books, Risa’s art is featured in many books including the centennial edition of the Speedball Textbbook, 24th edition.

Morgan Kuster

Morgan Kuster obtained her Master of Arts in Teaching from The George Washington University in 2017. As an arts educator, Morgan has developed and executed virtual learning programs, diverse curricula, workshops, and family experiences to strengthen educational programs surrounding exhibitions and permanent collection objects. She is currently working as part of the To Dye For Collective on a surface design project with the George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum in addition to her role as Gallery Programs Coordinators at Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C. 

Diane Thelen

Diane Thelen, who joined Film Studies in the fall of 2014, holds a bachelor’s degree in English, with minors in art and French, from Douglass College. She also did post-graduate work in education at Rutgers University. A former Language Arts teacher, who has traveled abroad for many years, Diane combines a keen interest in film, together with a curiosity about people and cultures. She brings this appreciation of cinema to the class, to share its emotional power with all of Vero’s movie buffs.