About Us – Staff
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Eileen received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Advertising Design from The College of New Jersey. She previously worked as a painting facilitator and assistant director at Arts Access, and as an Art Director and Creative Group Manager at Logical Design Solutions in Morristown. Eileen utilized her talents as a freelance graphic designer to create innovative and award-winning designs for Hunter-Douglas, Hershey’s and Blue Cross Blue Shield, and others. She is also a professional fine artist whose work has been exhibited in a number of solo exhibitions including the Lawrence Pavilion Gallery at Summit Medical Group, Berkeley Heights. She has also exhibited in shows such as the Contemporary Art Network in New York City, the Smithtown Arts Council juried exhibit in St. James, NY, the national juried exhibition at the R&F Gallery Kingston, NY, and the NJ juried exhibition in the Park Avenue Club in Madison.
Outreach Coordinator/ Program Specialist
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Keith is a graduate of Joe Kubert School of Cartooning and Graphic Art. He began illustrating professionally in 2000 while in his third year of art school. One of Keith’s first projects was creating illustrations for Wizards of the Coast’s Magic the Gathering line and their Harry Potter trading card game. He has also done illustrations for such companies as WWE and McGraw-Hill. In addition to his work at Arts Access, Keith currently works for Express Visuals, a storyboarding agency based in Vienna, Austria. His work has appeared in the NYC Prevailing Human Spirit Exhibition. His piece, “Hedge of Protection,” was one of five illustrations chosen to be made into prints to raise money for families of the victims of 9-11. Keith is currently writing and illustrating his first children’s book. His website is www.keithgarletts.com.
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Visual Arts Coordinator
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Andrew attended Northern Virginia Community College for art and graduated from the Joe Kubert School of Cartooning and Graphic Art. He later worked for McNabb Studios as a computer graphics production assistant, creating ads and packaging materials for Topps Trading Card Company, Marvel Comics, and Comic Images. Andrew has held positions in production at Telegraphics (working on the U.S. Military magazine The Preventative Maintenance Monthly) and toy manufacturing at McFarlane Toys (painting prototypes for licensed properties such as Aliens, Predator, Conan, NASCAR, MLB, NBA, and the NFL). Andrew also worked as a cartooning instructor at the Peck School in Morristown, NJ. He is currently working on the fourth issue of his self published comic book series, Grizzly and Caticus. He attends various conventions throughout the Northeast promoting his book. For more information visit www.coolmonkeypress.com.
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Corey Bliss graduated cum laude from the Ailey/Fordham Bachelor of Fine Arts program in May 2007, with a minor in Communication and Media Studies. Corey began training with Nancy Turano at the New Jersey Dance Theatre Ensemble (NJDTE) in 1995 and has been NJDTE’s Company Manager since 2007. She has worked with and performed works by many renowned choreographers such as Alvin Ailey, Paul Taylor, David Parsons, Seán Curran, and Eduardo Vilaro. She has apprenticed with the Stephen Petronio Company (2011) and RIOULT (2006-07). Corey currently dances with BodyStories/Teresa Fellion Dance and Gehring Dancetheatre, both based in NYC.
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Heather received her BFA in Dance Pedagogy and Performance from The Hartt School of Music. Her performing credits include Jacobs Pillow, Full Force Dance Theater, Mojalet Dance Collective, Ellen Stokes Shadle Danceworks, The Connecticut Opera and Hartford Ballet. Heather also serves on the board of the Dance Innovations Performance Foundation in Chatham, NJ and is the NJ Dance Competition Chair for the National Society of Arts & Letters. In addition, she is a National Society Arts and Letters Modern Dance recipient (Washington, DC).
Performing Arts Coordinator
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Burt graduated from Rutgers University’s Mason Gross School of the Arts with a BFA in acting. He has been featured on such shows as One Life to Live on ABC and Date Night on AMC. Burt’s film credits include Turn Left at Pennsylvania Avenue, Minghags, and Cluster. On stage, he has performed in multiple venues throughout New York City ranging from The Cherry Lane Theater to Washington Square Park, doing both staged theater and improvisational comedy. Burt also performed in a national stage tour of Scooby Doo in Stage Fright!
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Sonya received her BA in English from Douglass College at Rutgers University. She has worked as an editor at Scholastic, the New York Foundation for the Arts (FYI), and Celebrity Hairstyles. Her articles have appeared in Black Enterprise, The NY Daily News, Essence, Kitchen Solutions, Matters, Upscale, and other publications and websites (www.Patch.com and www.CharlesandHudson.com). Sonya is the author of the children’s activity books Math Puzzlers (Scholastic) and Traditional African American Arts & Activities (John Wiley & Sons). She also wrote Bill Cosby: Entertainer & Activist (Chelsea House) and self-published The Sandcastle Kids: A Mayan Adventure, the first in a series of children’s picture books. Her website is http://sonyakimble-ellis.wix.com/sonyakimble-ellis.
Project and Event Coordinator
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Haeree received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Parsons School of Design in New York, NY. She is a freelance graphic designer who taught visual art in New Jersey Public Schools before joining the Arts Access Program. Haeree also taught art classes at Hunterdon Museum of Art and County College of Morris. She received the Artsonia Leadership Award for her work with families and communities. For her part, she got them involved in art education and with integrating technology in the arts.
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Joseph graduated from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh where his studies focused on industrial design. He has worked as a sculptor and scenic artist on movies, commercials, and for various companies. Throughout his career, Joe has constructed props and sets for the Hasbro Toy Show, the Orlando Science Center, Universal’s Islands of Adventure (The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man, Men in Black, Seuss Landing), Loew’s Portofino Bay Hotel, Walt Disney’s 25th Anniversary Celebration and Downtown Disney’s Bongo’s Cuban Cafe & Lego store, and Sea World’s Journey to Atlantis ride. Joe also worked as a project manager for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ Pirate Ship for Raymond James Stadium. He was an assistant art director for Universal’s CityWalk.
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Peter obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from Rutgers College of Arts and Sciences. He received his Master of Library Science degree from Rutgers School of Communication, Information, and Library Studies. Throughout Peter’s career, he has worked as a librarian and currently teaches Sunday school. For many years, he worked as an assistant editor at H.W. Wilson Co., a publishing house located in the Bronx, NY. Peter also spent time working for the U.S. Census Bureau. Because he has a brother who is autistic, Peter has always had an interest in helping those with special needs. He says that working at Matheny and helping provide individuals with access to the dynamic Arts Access program is truly a rewarding experience.
Eric received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Fine Arts from The College of New Jersey. It was there that he studied various mediums including digital art, traditional photography, digital photography, sculpture, and printmaking. Eric previously attended the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA where his concentration was painting. He began showing his art professionally during college and has been featured in numerous galleries throughout the tri-state area, most recently Jinxed Gallery in Philadelphia. As of late, Eric has been working solely on commission based work and murals.
Marilyn earned a Bachelor of Fine Art degree in Sculpture from Moore College of Art. She has been the recipient of several NJSCA grants for sculpture. In 2007, she received the George and Helen Segal Award for Sculpture. Marilyn is highly regarded for her art in education projects in schools and her community art projects with disadvantaged children, for which she received a Puffin Foundation grant in 2011.
A graduate of Towson University with a Bachelor of Fine Art degree in Dance Performance and Education, Michele is also a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. Since she was a youngster, Michele has trained in all areas of dance. She has continued her training with professionals such as Linda-Denise Fisher-Harrell and Runqiao Du. Michele has performed original works from Alvin Ailey repertory; “La Bayadere,” choreographed by Marius Petipa and restaged by Runqiao Du; and original works from Runqiao Du and Vincent Thomas during her four years at Towson.
Michele currently instructs students at the Next Stage Dance and Drama Academy and fulfills the role of the dance company’s manager. She continues to produce the Project Dance festival for the South Jersey area.