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The Visual Arts Center of New Jersey prides itself on its excellent faculty of outstanding artists and arts educators from the New York metropolitan area.

Our instructors are graduates of highly respected art schools, including: Pratt, Tyler School of Fine Arts, Columbia University, Parsons, Philadelphia College of Art, Cooper Union, CUNY, Rutgers Mason Gross School of the Arts and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

They are working artists with specialties in jewelry, graphic design, digital photography, painting, drawing, ceramics, printmaking, paper making, watercolor and pastel. Their artwork is represented in museums, galleries and corporate collections throughout the country and the world; some are also published authors, others are experienced fine arts lecturers and still others are experts in the business of fine arts.

First and foremost, our faculty members are inspired to share their knowledge and love of art with students – true educators who understand that visual arts can shape vision and change lives. Below please find the faculty biographies and the list of classes and workshops they teach.

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Amanda Yoakum Amanda Yoakum is a 2006 Graduate of Parsons School of Design, holding a BFA in Fashion Design. She was featured in Flaunt Magazine's September 2006 article, "The Graduates," for achievement in fashion design. Amanda is the founder/owner of YoaKustoms, a custom sneaker design business, featured in numerous online magazines and on television, with various celebrity clients and a worldwide client base. She has exhibited at Gallery Bar NYC and is the winner of the 2009 Sole Collector's Clash of the Customizers. She followed that with an exhibition in Los Angeles.

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Andrea Gianchiglia Andrea Gianchiglia, local artist of Bedminster, graduated from the Hartford Art School with a BFA in illustration and a minor in art history. Working as a full-time artist on private commissions and freelance illustration, Andrea also teaches at various art centers such as the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, Somerset Art Association, and Hunterdon Museum of Art and conducts private lessons out of her studio in Bedminster. She teaches all ages and all levels. Some of her adult classes include oil painting, drawing, color theory, mixed media techniques and, of course, her favorite - animal portraiture. Andrea has had both individual and group shows throughout New Jersey and the tri-state area, along with various juried shows where she has won several awards for animal portraiture. Andrea is a member of the Society of Animal Artists and has exhibited in national juried shows, one of which is the Annual National Juried Exhibition of N.J.E.A.A “Art of the Horse,” and the Catherine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club. Andrea is also represented by “Natures Walk” Wildlife gallery in Bernardsville, N.J.

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Anne Kullaf Anne Kullaf studied graphic design and fine art at the University of Bridgeport in Connecticut and at The Art Students League of New York. Her work is currently featured in a traveling museum exhibit, The New Reality: The Frontier of Realism in the 21st Century. She regularly exhibits her work in New York City at the Salmagundi Club, and the Michael Ingbar Gallery. She is an elected-artist member of the Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club (elected to Board of Directors, 2008), the Salmagundi Club and the International Guild of Realism. Anne teaches drawing and painting at the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, the Hunterdon Museum of Art, and the Somerset Art Association.

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Beatrice Chang A potter for 13 years, Beatrice Chang became a ceramics instructor at the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey four years ago and has been teaching classes ever since. Her work has been exhibited at the Hutchins Gallery of Long Island University, as well as at the Arts Center. She earned her Master of Arts degree from Long Island University in 2008.
Bill Blanchard Bill Blanchard got his start as a public relations photographer for a leading New York City studio in the mid ’70s. He covered everything from elephants marching through the Lincoln tunnel for Barnum & Bailey to the restoration of the Statue of Liberty. Starting his own business in the early '80s, Bill has been privileged to work for Sun Chemical, Goldman Sachs, George Street Playhouse, Seton Hall, Rutgers, and UMDNJ, to mention a few. Recently, Bill has turned much of his attention to the more artistic side of photography using multiple imagery, surreal infrared landscapes, and HDR techniques to make his point. This has resulted in a new way of seeing and shooting, taking the ordinary and alternating it into something beautiful and totally unexpected. Bill is a lifelong New Jersey resident, award-winning photographer, and a former president of the New Jersey Chapter of the American Society of Media Photographers.