2019 Instructors | The Art Barge

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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.

James Beihl

James Beihl has been illustrating professionally since 2011 after graduating from Pratt Institute with a BFA in Communications Design. He has been a regular guest at New York Comic Con, one of the biggest comic conventions in North America, and has seen several books published in both print and web. James is currently working on several projects that are both comic and concept-art related, one of which was in collaboration with Halo and Star Wars author Karen Traviss. He is also a member of the Glasshouse Graphics Talent Agency, whose stable includes many Marvel and DC creators. Before doing Illustration full time James worked for Victoria’s Secret Pink as a graphic designer and cites this experience as helping inform the way he approaches designing pages. James fell in love with comics as a medium at a young age because of the creative freedom that comics offer as well as the way they provoke the imagination.

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

Fritz Horstman

Fritz Horstman is Artist Residency and Education Coordinator at the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation, where he has worked since 2004. He has lectured and given workshops at MoMA, the École des Beaux-Arts Paris, the Bauhaus Dessau, The Royal College of Art in London, the Exploratorium San Francisco and many other institutions. He is also an artist who has shown his photographs, sculptures, drawings, and videos in recent exhibitions in Norway, France, Russia, Japan, Canada, Massachusetts, California, Rhode Island and Brooklyn.

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


Teresa Lawler

Teresa Lawler was raised in Montauk and since marrying, raised her own family in East Hampton, NY. With one masters’ degree in Education and another in Computer Technology, she was an Art Teacher in the East Hampton public school system for over 22 years. As a schoolteacher, Teresa constantly expanded her knowledge of different mediums and techniques. She believes in the value of being an educated artist. If one doesn’t know how to use it, build it, create it, then one should try to learn how! Her exploratory approach, as an art teacher is what eventually led her to glass fusing, which she first learned with Vermont glass artist Genevieve Cole. Using scientific principles to manipulate her medium and create a landscape out of glass still fills her with awe and excitement. While she enjoys photography, drawing and painting with traditional mediums, glass fusing allows her greater experimentation while still achieving a painterly style. teresalawlerartstudio.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.

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.

Jesus Matheus
Diane Mayo

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.

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

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.

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.

George Negroponte
Kimberly Norris

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.

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.

Bonnie Rychlak

Bonnie Rychlak is an artist and curator. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California at Los Angeles (1973) and a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst (1976) and has received numerous grants and residencies since then. In 1976 she received a National Endowment for the Visual Arts grant and funding from the Massachusetts Arts Council for the Arts.  In 1985 she was awarded a fellowship from the Rockefeller Foundation for a residency at the Bellagio Study Center in Italy and in 1990 won The Prix de Rome at the American Academy in Rome, which she was unable to attend; she attended however as a visiting artist in September 2009. From 1980 until 2010, Rychlak worked as curator, registrar, director of collections, and studio assistant to Isamu Noguchi and his museum. After her employ at the Noguchi Museum, she taught at the Pratt Art Institute from 2011 until 2013. As a curator, she has organized many exhibitions of modern and contemporary artists. As an authority on the work of Noguchi, Rychlak has lectured at various institutions around the world, including Tamagawa University and Musashino Art University, Tokyo and City University of Hiroshima, Japan; University of Colorado, Boulder Art Museum, The Art Institute of Chicago Art, College of St. Rose, Albany, NY, The Clark Institute, Williamstown, MA, The Guggenheim Museum, NY, The Hirshhorn Museum, Washington, D.C., Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Monterrey, Mexico, El Museo del Barrio, New York, The Pollock-Krasner House, East Hampton, NY, Royal University College of Fine Arts, Stockholm, Sweden, Storm King Art Center, Mountainville, NY, The University of Central Florida, Orlando, The University of Louisiana at Shreveport, and Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Yorkshire, U.K. Rychlak currently lives and works in her studio in SoHo, New York City, and her work is in various museums and private collections in the United States and Japan.


Carl Scorza

Carl Scorza started as a plein air painter working from the Long Island landscape. In 1997 and 1998 he had a studio in the World Trade Center where he painted cityscapes. After that residency, he received a scholarship to attend the New York Studio School, which emphasizes formal considerations and the human form. He was artist-in-residence on Governors Island from 2005 to 2007. In addition to his four years at the New York Studio School, where he studied with Mercedes Matter and Graham Nickson, he studied at the National Academy with Wayne Thiebaud, and took various classes at the Art Students League, The New School for Social Research and the New York Academy. He states, “The poetic potential of painting has become my primary focus. Working from drawings and photographs I compose paintings through a process of rearranging the elements. I draw, paint, and manipulate them on the computer screen to produce a collage that becomes a kind of cartoon for the painting.  This process is continued on the canvas by mark-making and development of the surface”. Scorza is represented by Wallace Gallery, East Hampton, New York

Carl Scorza

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