“Creating personal expression through technical excellence”
We seek to train professional artists to take pride in their work. We want our students to take their new-found knowledge and apply it to their future projects. There are no short cuts to the hard work required to be an artist. We provide an environment that fosters student’s individual strengths and encourages personal artistic interpretation.
Kat Block graduated Summa Cum Laude from college with a degree in English Literature/Creative Writing. While deciding upon a graduate school program, she attended the Visual Art Center of New Jersey. Within one year, she was selling her artwork, and never looked back. In addition to creating and teaching art, Kat is the published illustrator of a childrens book, and has designed posters for the Union County Jazzfests.
Peter Caras studied at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh and the Art Students League of New York and was instructed by Frank Reilley, James Bama and Norman Rockwell. He is the creator of over 1,700 book and magazine covers
Michael Donato graduated from the School of Visual Arts in New York City in 1974 with a B.F.A. degree and has been working as a professional artist/illustrator since then. His illustrations have appeared in both editorial and children's markets with commissioned paintings appearing in galleries and private collections.
Michael DiMaio is a duCret graduate who continued his art education after at Fleisher Art Memorial and Iron workers Local Training Facility. He has a wide variety of talents working as an ironworker as well as owning and working for his own Custom Portraits business.
DISTORT combines his classical training with the intense creative energy of graffiti. He has exhibited extensively in the Tristate Area, and completed murals in Miami, Istanbul, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, New York as well as locations across North Jersey.
Frank Falotico has a B.A. from Monmouth University and is a graduate of the duCret School of Art. He also studied at the Art Students League, N.Y. under famed anatomist, Robert Beverly Hale. Professional experience includes work in animation with both Adventure Cartoons for T.V. and Paramount Studios, N.Y. and design and illustration for the Point-of-Purchase publication display field.
Simon B. Keller, native German and son of renowned ceramic artists Dorothea Chabert and Volker Ellwanger, grew up in the castle of Wolfsburg. Early on as a child he was immersed in its eclectic artist community. After high school he followed an invitation to Japan, studying functional and fine pottery for six years with artist Daiguji Michiko and Tappo in Mashiko. Simon teaches authentic Japanese techniques, takumi (“the art of making”) and has developed experimental ceramic art workshops.
Magnus frequently attends photography seminars to remain current in the industry and travels the world for inspiration. He believes through the camera lens, covered aspects of a person's identity are discovered, and many times, these are aspects that people love to see.
Phil Laskowski teaches graphic design thorough knowledge of the various aspects involved in the conception, design, production and management of print, video, multimedia and interactive promotions. He has done design work for Dow Jones, Business Information Services, Merrill Lynch, MetLife, Rapp Advertising, and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
Frank May is an artist and curator of M Galleries. Three philosophers that have influenced his work include Jean Baudrillard, Marshall McLuhan, and Slavoj Zizek. All three thinkers share an interest in how one understands and interacts with media. They all have taught him to be careful in choosing media for a work.
Christine Myshka attended Parsons School of Design, where she earned a BFA in Illustration. She continued her studies at Parsons Paris, duCret School of Art and Grand Rapids Community College program in Greece. Christine has been freelancing as a professional artist since 1982. In carving out a career in the visual arts
Lauren Rabinowitz received her BFA from Parsons School of Design and MA from Syracuse University. She has been working professionally as a designer and illustrator for over 25 years, specializing in web design and digital media.
Clarence Rich is has been a gallery and street artist for the last 13 years. Clarence’s progressive works have inspired other urban artists with his unique, colorful style. His work has transcended the street into art galleries in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
Mark is a graduate of Kean University with a B.F.A. in Illustration. He studied under Joe DeVito and ultimately enrolled in the Art Student League. Mark focused on illustration at the duCret School of Art, studing under Peter Caras. He began his illustration career in the studio of famed illustrators Tim and Greg Hildebrandt. His work in the fantasy arts includes such clientele as D.C. Comics, Marvel Comics, WWE and World of Warcraft. He is also an accomplished muralist.
Kevin Sadler graduated from Syracuse University with a BFA in Illustration. He has done design and prep of commercial print pieces including posters, pocket folders, mailers, invitations, books for clients like Seton Hall University, Drew University, O.Berk Company, Boy Scouts of America, and Village Supermarkets.
Snow - Style explorer and aerosol magician, Snow is a veteran street scribe who has been involved with graffiti writing and aerosol art for more than four decades. His contributions to the hip hop culture are numerous, and Snow has worked with many musical icons and hip hop personalities throughout his prolific career.