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.


Jordan Black

Jordan Black is a studio artist who received her M.F.A. in Drawing and Painting and certification in Museum Education from The University of North Texas. Her work explores The Ubiquitous, an entity whose body is conglomerated by things like human body language, plant life, cave formations, and the ephemeral. She enjoys working with accessible drawing materials like ballpoint pens, stitching, colored pencils, gouache, and writing, which may be compiled into her fantastical illustrations and sketches. Black has taught with The University of North Texas in their foundational courses and figure drawing. Her favorite part of the instruction is seeing the growing realization on someone’s face that creativity is always accessible.


Kristene Brook Hewitt

Kristene Brook Hewitt is an elementary school award-winning art educator and author. She has operated her private business for over twelve years, primarily focusing on consulting and educating children worldwide in photography and photojournalism.


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.


Carolyn Fee

Carolyn Fee is an award-winning artist, designer, and educator living in the San Francisco Bay Area. She was formally trained at California College of the Arts. Carolyn is the founder and teacher of For the Love of Drawing, a series of classes and workshops dedicated to deepening the drawing experience by developing the students’ proficiency and increasing personal awareness and mastery of creative expression.


Lorraine Fouquet

Lorraine Fouquet has been a professional artist for over 30 years. She studied at the Philadelphia Academy of Fine Arts and at the University of Hawaii, and has also studied abroad in Italy and France. In addition to teaching at the Museum since 1993, Lorraine is also an interior designer.


Asia Hamilton

Asia Hamilton graduated from Columbia College with a bachelor of arts in fine art photography. In her 20-year career as a photographer, Asia has traveled worldwide to photograph countless celebrities, work as a freelance photojournalist, and produce special projects for major corporations, including Ford Motor Co, Toyota, Instyle Magazine, and more. In 2018, Asia founded Norwest Gallery of Art, a community based international hub for contemporary art that focuses on art from the African Diaspora. She is also the owner of Photo Sensei.


Holly Harmon

Holly Harmon received her M.A. in Art History from Syracuse University in 2010. She is a museum education and interpretation professional with twelve years of experience at institutions, including the New Museum, Brooklyn Museum, Detroit Institute of Arts, Hirschhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, and National Museum of Women in the Arts. During the pandemic, she has organized and facilitated virtual tours that connect individuals through dialogue about art. 

 


Megan Hoots

Megan Hoots has an M.A. in Art Education from the University of Florida. She has extensive experience as a researcher in the art field, covering topics that span from the Rococo period to local contemporary arts, such as the Florida Highwaymen’s work. Megan is an active member of the Vero Beach community who has facilitated various exhibitions and performative experiences.

 


Laura Howell

Laura Howell received her B.A. in art history, Randolph-Macon Woman’s College, Lynchburg, Virginia, and did her graduate studies at Lynchburg College. Laura is a professional artist holding memberships in Oil Painters of America, Mid Atlantic Plein Air Painters Association, Annapolis Maryland Watercolor Club, and the Virginia Watercolor Society.


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. 


Aurora Molina

Miami artist Aurora Molina’s interdisciplinary fiber art practice is dedicated to social change and raising awareness of far-reaching issues such as ageism, the objectification of beauty, the failings of government and political apathy, anti-immigration and the border separation of families, and the mistreatment of indigenous communities, to name just a few. Using mixed media, she applies the radical potential of fiber art to communicate ideas about social and political issues. Her multifaceted platform provides a sustained and compelling critique of a society that “dismisses” the elderly as they become invisible and hidden from everyday life.


Jessica Kay Ruhle

Jessica Kay Ruhle holds a B.A. in Art History from Davidson College and a M.A.T. in Museum Education from The George Washington University. She has worked extensively in the museum education field at various institutions, including a hands-on children’s Museum, N.C. Museum of History, and the Smithsonian American Art Museum. In 2014, she was awarded N.C. Museum Educator of the Year. Jessica currently serves as the Director of Education of The Nasher Museum.where she leads the planning of all educational programs hosted by the Museum. 


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.


Christine Thomas

Christine Thomas a professional artist for over thirty years, participating in galleries and showing at fine art shows around the country. Her specialties include acrylics, silk painting, murals, silkscreen printing, and decorative painting, and has won awards for her fiber art.


Jesús Emmanuel Villarreal

Jesús Emmanuel Villarreal earned his B.F.A. from Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore in 2006 and later graduated from The Florence Academy of Art in Italy. Upon returning to America, the artist started teaching at the Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts in Old Lyme, Connecticut, and other institutions. Over his career, Villarreal has won several awards, scholarships, and honors, including the coveted Grand Prize in the 2011 Portrait Society of America’s International Portrait Competition. His work can be found in the New Britain Museum of American Art’s permanent collection and is currently showing at Forum Gallery in New York.