2018 Instructors | The Art Barge

listed alphabetically by last name

Bob Ajar

Robert Ajar

Bob Ajar is from New York City. Using collage techniques he makes map-like drawings that chart personal and public narratives. Employing recognizable and abstract imagery collaged together, he transmits his sense of humor in these poignant explorations. His work has been seen at The Center for Book Arts, Monya Rowe and Derek Eller galleries in New York; MissRead; the Berlin Art Book Festival; Index Art Book Fair at Museo Jumex, Mexico City; ASP3 The Seguel at The Institute of Contemporary Art/The Mall, London; CNEAI, Salon Light, Paris; Periphery Space, Pawtucket, Rhode Island; OFFPRINT LONDON, Turbine Hall, Tate Modern; Index Art Book Fair, Museo de Arte Zapopan, Guadalajara, Mexico. He has received support from The MacDowell Colony, Peterborough, New Hampshire. As a designer for contemporary dance he has collaborated with Jon Kinzel at Danspace St. Marks Church, PS1222, Brooklyn Arts Exchange, Judson Memorial Church, The Kitchen in New York, La Menagerie de Verre in Paris, and other venues; and with Scott Heron at Dixon Place, New York.

Roisin Bateman received her BFA from Belfast College of Art in Northern Ireland in 1986. For the past thirty years she has lived on the South Fork of the east end of Long Island. She has maintained a full-time studio practice since then, and has shown nationally and internationally. Her paintings, prints, and pastels have been shown at Nabi Gallery in New York City, Peter Marcelle Gallery, Southampton, NY, Sara Nightingale Gallery, Sag Harbor, NY, and Kenny’s Gallery, Galway, Ireland, among others. She has been included in several juried exhibitions, for instance Washington Sq. East Gallery’s annual small works show, The Springs Invitational, and most recently was included in the 2016 Biennale at the Heckscher Museum in Huntington, New York. She has had one-woman exhibitions at the Linenhall Gallery in Castlebar, Ireland, and also several in the US, most recently at Peter Marcelle Gallery, Southampton, NY, and Roanoke Vineyard Gallery, NY. She recently completed a residency at the Andy Warhol Preserve in Montauk, NY. Roisin Bateman has been teaching art workshops to adults and children in the US and abroad for the past 20 years, including the Ross School, East Hampton, Guild Hall Museum, East Hampton, and John Jermain Library in Sag Harbor.

Roisin Bateman

Jim Bergesen

Jim Bergesen is a Photographer and Painter who embraces the possibilities rendered by digital technologies to create an area of synthesis between mediums, in which the representational is abstracted and abstraction made to represent. By re-focusing and re-framing images– and utilizing color in both pixelated and solid forms, Bergesen filters the static of the everyday to reveal the unseen nature and spirit of these images. Life Member of the Art Students League of New York, with a MFA in Studio Art and a MA in Contemporary Art History and Criticism from SUNY, Purchase College, Jim was raised in the Netherlands, Belgium and Switzerland and loves to share his passion for the history and uses of art materials in his role as an Educational Advisor for artist color company, Winsor & Newton, and consults with the international Artist Outreach Program of Liquitex.  His works have been acquired for several corporate and private collections and latest works may be viewed at he Pierogi Galleries’ flat files in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

Scott Bluedorn

Artist, illustrator and East End native Scott Bluedorn works in various media, including painting, drawing, print process, and found object assemblage. Drawing inspiration from cultural anthropology, primitivism, and nautical tradition, Bluedorn distills imagery that speaks to the collective unconscious, especially through myth and visual story-telling – a world he conjures as “maritime cosmology”. Scott studied illustration at the School of Visual Arts in New York City and lives and works in East Hampton, NY.

Rosalind Brenner

Rosalind Brenner

Rosalind Brenner’s creativity manifests itself in many different ways, from painting, monotype and collage to glass work and poetry. Her wide range of mediums portray her inner imaginings and emotions in a multitude of ways. Often having dialogues with one another they all follow her conscious and sometimes subconscious mind on its exploratory path. Critics consider her  a poet and painter of energy. Her art, both process and result, is an expression of a mining of observation, exploration of symbol, color, form, shape, imagery and wild imaginings. She is an arbiter of spontaneity and control, always reaching for the edges of plasticity, pushing line and form. Using and combining mediums, she achieves a tactility and fluidity which she layers, building always on the play between depth and two dimensionality. She lives and works in East Hampton, NY with her husband Michael Cardacino, with whom she owns Manor Art Glass Studio as well as an award-winning bed and breakfast, The Art House.

Rameshwar Das

Ramesh worked as a free-lance photographer for thirty years on the East End, including newspaper work for the East Hampton Star and the New York Times. He used his landscape photography to support environmental causes and helped craft East Hampton’s coastal management plan. More recently he has been an author, writing books in collaboration with an old friend and teacher, Ram Dass. He also teaches meditation.


Sue Ferguson Gussow

Sue Ferguson Gussow is a figurative painter working in a wide range of drawing and painting media. She is Professor Emerita of The Cooper Union School of Architecture where she continues to conduct the Advanced Drawing Seminar. She has taught, lectured or served as visiting critic at Harvard, Princeton, Yale, Columbia, Cornell, Bennington, Maryland Art Institute, Pratt Institute, RISD, Parsons School of Design, Tulane University, New York University, Alfred University, the Frick Collection, the Royal Academy of Art, School of Architecture in Copenhagen, Denmark, the Aarhus School of Architecture in Aarhus, Denmark and the EPFL. Ecole D’Architecture in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Virva Hinnemo

Virva Hinnemo was born in Helsinki, Finland, in 1976. Growing up she spent her time between Stockholm, Sweden, Viinijärvi, Finland and Moscow, Russia. She studied at The Royal Academy of Music in Stockholm and in 1996 got her certificate of painting from The Nyckelviks School of Art in Stockholm. She received her BFA in painting from Parsons School of Design in 2000. Hinnemo has shown her work in New York, Miami, Boston, Provincetown and Stockholm. She has been reviewed in The New York Times, Time Out New York, The New Yorker, and The New York Sun. She has made illustrations for several books and magazines. She also works as a visiting artist in schools and non-profit institutions. Hinnemo is currently represented by Anita Rogers Gallery in New York City. She lives and works in Springs, Long Island.

Virva Hinnemo
Laurie Lambrecht

Laurie Lambrecht

Laurie Lambrecht is a visual artist based in Bridgehampton, NY. She is currently involved in photographic series investigating nature including Landskeins, and The Sagg Swamp. In addition to photographing she is working with fiber to explore the tactile experience of seeing. “Roy Lichtenstein in His Studio” the monograph of her photographic series was published by Monacelli Press in 2011. Lambrecht photographed a documentary project for the Rauschenberg Foundation in Captiva, Florida from 2012-2014. Currently she is working on a book project with the theater director Robert Wilson at the Watermill Center. In recent years she has been a fellow at artist residencies including, VCCA, the Rauschenberg Residency and the Montello Foundation. Laurie Lambrecht exhibits her work internationally and participates in photography festivals worldwide. The Drawing Room Gallery in East Hampton, NY exhibits her work locally. More info is available at www.LaurieLambrecht.com

Aniik Libby

Aniik Libby graduated with a B.A. in Art History from Vassar and a Masters in Art History from The Courtauld Institute, University of London. She also studied at The Arts Students League and The National Academy of Design. Her teaching experience includes children’s classes and Victor D’Amico’s Doing Art Together at the Metropolitan Museum Uris Center, The Children’s Storefront School, and The Art Barge. Her work experience includes the Christie’s Old Master’s Department in New York and Rome and the Sotheby’s Chinese Department; Sidney Janis Gallery and The Alexander Gallery in New York City, and RJD Gallery in Bridgehampton. She apprenticed in painting conservation at The National Academy of Design. Aniik has participated in group and solo shows at the former Elaine Benson Gallery, Mark Humphrey Gallery, and The Nesto Gallery. She is a licensed clinical social worker (Fordham University), counselor, and hypnotherapist living in Sag Harbor, New York.


Christine Lidrbauch

Christine Lidrbauch

Christine Lidrbauch received a BFA in painting in 1988 from Cleveland Institute of Art, then moved to NYC in ʻ89, where she worked as a studio assistant for Dennis Adams and then Michael Heizer. At Dia Center for the Arts she helped take down and install shows, including demolishing or building walls for whatever support the installation needed, and others. She was instrumental on installations by Katarina Fritsch, rebuilding the plaster positive of the tail knot of the Rat King according to her instruction, and worked with her on other installations for Matthew Marks Gallery, Chicagoʼs Museum of Contemporary Art, and the Venice Biennale. Though her BFA is in painting, she gravitates often to three dimensions. She uses whatever materials  communicate her concepts. In the early 90s these materials included silk flowers, photographic printing, dildos, oven tins, and menstrual blood. Now the materials are plastic car bumpers and parts of toys and spray paint and glitter. Lidrbauch moved to East Hampton in 2003 to care for her mother-in-law. Through Silverback Art Services, she and her husband have worked to repair and fabricate contemporary sculptures for artists including Jack Youngerman, Franz West, Diana Cooper, Urs Fisher, Piero Golia, Paola Pivi, and others. These are works in various materials, including fiberglass and resin, wood, plaster, cement, metals, paints, and sometimes incorporating motors. Christine Lidrbauch lives and work in East Hampton.

Matt Magee was born in Paris, France, in 1961 and moved from there to Tripoli, Libya, then on to London.  He moved to Brooklyn in 1984 to attend Pratt Institute for an MFA after doing a BA in art history at Trinity.  He maintained a studio in NYC until 2012 and now calls Phoenix, Arizona home. He has shown with Bill Maynes, Amy Lipton, Paul Morris, Elizabeth Heskin and Knoedler Gallery among others, and early on in the 1980’s Bill Arning featured his work in various projects at White Columns.  A painter, sculptor, printmaker, and photographer he worked with Robert Rauschenberg for 18 years in his Manhattan studio on Lafayette Street.  He is represented by Hiram Butler in Houston, Emma Hill in London, Inde/Jacobs in Marfa, David Hall in Wellesley, Richard Levy in Albuquerque, and Mission Projects in Chicago.  Re-purposing a variety of found and collected media characterizes his sculpture and collage while his paintings explore language symbolically with an emphasis on repetition and reiteration and nods to art historical precedents. His current exhibition at the Phoenix Art Museum prompted a feature in Interior Design.

Matt Magee
Jesus Matheus

Jesús Matheus

Since 1973, Jesús Matheus has studied printmaking, both in his native Venezuela as well as in Brazil.  His paintings and drawings reflect this graphic background through their linear and textural layers. Matheus executes drawings, paintings, and installations that evoke a history culled from the artist’s research on culture and ethnicity, his expeditions throughout South America, and other personal experiences.  He cites modern Latin American artists such as Joaquín Torres-García and Wifredo Lam, as well as indigenous and pre-Columbian craft and folk art, as  strong influences on his geometrically minimalist artistic production. Matheus has exhibited in East Hampton since 2002 with ARTSOLAR. In 2014, a solo exhibition of the artist’s work, Jesús Matheus: The Ideogram of Place, was on view at Cecilia de Torres, Ltd. in New York. He has taught drawing and printmaking at the Armando Reverón Institute in Caracas, and has exhibited extensively throughout South America and internationally. His work is part of several public and private collections, including the Cisneros Foundation and the Carlos Cruz-Diez Museum of Illustration and Design in Venezuela, the Wifredo Lam Center in Cuba, and the Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop in New York.

Diane Mayo

Since the early 1980s Diane Mayo has had twenty solo exhibitions. Ms. Mayo’s ceramic work has been widely exhibited in the United States in recent years and was shown in Germany in 1994. The noted art critic and author Rose C.S. Slivka wrote, “Diane Mayo is in a class by herself as a potter, making uncanny habitats for a world of birds, beasts, fish and creatures of her imagination. Hand-rolled from slabs, they are without a doubt among the most original pottery forms we have seen anywhere.” Other critics who have written essays on her work include Phyllis Braff, Gerrit Henry, Janet Goleas, and Amei Wallach.

Diane Mayo

Mae Mougin

Mae Mougin ceramic journey began at Palisades High School in Pacific Palisades, California. She studied ceramics at Parsons, The New School, enriching her education with new clay bodies, discovering the beauty of porcelain and mold making. Mae Mougin Porcelain was established in North Sea, Southampton in 1999. Custom designed collections are inspired from objects of the everyday, traveling and her former life in the professional world of fashion photography. One of kind pieces can be playful and wonky. Custom dinner place settings with Paddle marks along the edges are a signature design element. Mougin is also a founding member of The Clay Art Guild of The Hamptons, a founding Member/Chair of The Community Board and The Byrd Hoffman Watermill Center as well as a member of the East Hampton Volunteer Ocean Rescue.

Bill Nagle

Bill Nagle was born on February 21,1948 in Mineola, New York. He Attended Hobart College from1966-1970 Received a BA in Sociology with minor in Studio Art. In 1970 Attended New York University where he received his Masters in Art Education with focus on studio painting. He became the Head of art department at Hampton Day School in Bridgehampton, New York from1971-1973 and 1986-2001. There, Nagle designed and implemented art curriculum and taught classes from pre-K through 12th. Nagle has been an Instructor at The Art Barge since 2003. He teaches adult classes in studio painting, collage and sculpture.

Bill Nagle
George Negroponte

George Negroponte

George Negroponte studied art at Yale University with Bernard Chaet and William Bailey. Since 1980 he has had eighteen one-person shows at numerous galleries: Brooke Alexander Gallery, John Good, Jason McCoy Inc., Kouros Gallery in New York City, and P37 and Skoufa Gallery in Athens, Greece. His work has been included in numerous exhibitions at galleries and museums around the world including The Museum of Modern Art and The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. He has been reviewed by every major art periodical including The New York Times, Artforum, Art in America, The New Yorker, ARTnews and The New Criterion. He has taught painting and drawing for over two decades at The Studio School, Parsons School of Design, The School of Visual Arts, and Princeton University. He has organized several shows including On Line at Feigen Contemporary in 2003, Drawing in The Present Tense at Parsons School of Design in 2000 and Bernard Chaet at the Studio School in 1997. He has also written on many contemporary artists. He and his wife Virva Hinnemo moved to Springs, Long Island in May of 2012. He lives and works in East Hampton, NY.

Kimberly Newman Norris

Kimberly has been working as a teacher of fine arts for the past twenty years in Half Hollow Hills.  Chalk pastels are her favorite medium to work in and she loves them for their brilliant, rich, energizing color as well as the spontaneity that they can capture. Montauk has always been a special place for her to create in and continues to be her major source for inspiration. She has been teaching at The Art Barge since 2003. Kimberly lives in East Northport with her family.

Kimberly Norris

Michele Quan

Michele Quan is a ceramic artist working out of Brooklyn NY. She designs and sculpts handmade ceramic art & objects for the home and garden. Ceramic forms are built by hand, wheel thrown in stoneware, hand painted and fired in a gas reduction kiln. The pieces become a canvas for her love of drawing, painting, text and color. Many of the objects and images are rooted in the visual symbols of Eastern iconography- their meaning and beauty of which she is continuously in awe. Originally from Vancouver Canada, Michele moved to New York City in 1984 to study graphic design & photography at Parsons School of Design. Her time at Parsons sparked her interest in symbolism, literature & ideology. Prior to embarking on her current medium of clay, she co-founded the NYC jewelry company Me&Ro. Her ceramic work continues an ongoing pursuit to bring visual form to the thread that connects us with the experience of the world in which we live.

Anne Seelbach

The shore and waters surrounding Long Island have been Anne Seelbach’s inspiration for many years. Watercolor is the medium she uses to record her first impressions of what she notices-the connections between everything in the natural world-the transformations, patterns, rhythms and cycles of Nature. She notices this most intensely at the edge-where land, sea, and sky meet. It is where she becomes aware of the vastness of the world, the rhythm of the tides, moon/earth/planet rotations, and the cycles of the seasons. These watercolors can stand alone or be inspiration for larger paintings. She considers it a wonderful experience to observe the sands, dunes, and waters of Napeague Harbor. And The Art Barge is a perfect place to do it.


Linda Sirow

Linda Sirow has demonstrated a life-long commitment to art education. After earning a dual degree in sculpture from both Tufts University and the Museum School in Boston, Linda completed graduate work in the field of art therapy and art education.  Her early teaching career focused on art therapy as a healing modality.  For the past twenty years, Linda has taught in an academic setting, instructing middle school art at The Dalton School in New York.  Through her work, Linda has nurtured hundreds of individuals, helping each student find her unique voice through visual expression. Linda has developed a following as an abstract painter in oil and encaustic wax. Her work can be seen in a variety of galleries and venues primarily in the New York City and Eastern Long Island areas. Linda’s expressive paintings explore the relationships of color, shape and imagery.  By applying rich surfaces and colors in veiled, translucent layers of wax and oil, she forms intriguing, mysterious and enchanting visual worlds.  Linda’s signature square format canvases give structure and form to these otherwise atmospheric and ethereal spaces. Linda’s career might be seen as a creative engine, constantly refueling itself as her roles as both artist and teacher continually overlap, influencing and driving each other.

Jenny Sonenberg

Collagist and Sculptor, Jenny Sonenberg’s work investigates how our recollections distort, decay, and retell themselves over time. Sonenberg was an instructor for the Children’s Studio at the Art Barge between 2014 and 2016 and has also taught collage. Jenny studied sculpture at Bennington College in Bennington, VT, and lives and works between Los Angeles, New York City, and the East End.

Katherine Szoka

Kathryn Szoka

Kathryn Szoka is a freelance commercial and fine art photographer. She is represented by the Robin Rice Gallery in New York, and teaches a variety of photography courses in the New York region. Szoka is co-owner of Canio’s Books & Gallery in Sag Harbor, New York. Her fine art work concentrates on photographing communities in transition. The VANISHING LANDSCAPES© series documents the remaining farmlands on Eastern Long Island. The Americana series, focuses on people and their sense of place. Her recent essay, WITNESS, uses landscape imagery as a commentary on contemporary culture. Szoka’s documentary essays include Life on the Turnpike: Bridgehampton Today, a study of the hamlet’s African-American community; Crooked Knee, an intimate look at her father’s last year; Through the Seasons on Quail Hill Farm, a year’s work on a community-supported organic farm; and Green & Black, about life in an Irish Coal Patch in Pennsylvania’s anthracite coal region.

Sara Torres

Sara Torres Vega is a teaching artist and researcher. Her training is in fine art, with a focus on educational, relational, and participatory practices that have art as a catalyst for social connectivity. She got her Ph.D. in 2016 at the Faculty of Fine Arts of the Complutense University of Madrid. She has been a visiting researcher at Tate London and New York University and has worked at the Museum of Modern Art. She has given talks at the Museum of Modern Art (New York), New York University, Culturgest (Lisbon), the Bergen Academy of Art and Design, Fundación Telefónica (Spain), and the Tate (London).

Sara Torres