Academic Services

  • Peter Benson – Department Head of Photography. Professor of Photography. B.S., University of New Haven; M.A., Goddard College. Photography Instructor, Fairfield University; Director, Ferris Art Center; Staff Photographer, Yale University; Photographer for many national magazines. (1990)
  • Peter Miserendino – Department Head of Graphic Design. Lecturer in Graphic Design. B.A., Visual Arts/ Illustration, Syracuse University; Associates Degree, Commercial Arts, SUNY. Illustrator and Graphic Designer; Instructor of Graphic Design for Connecticut Institute of Art; Adjunct teaching graphic art production, Elizabeth Seton College; Assistant Art Director at Troll Assocation, Inc., Mahwah, NJ; Art Director, Images Design, Darien, CT; Production Artist, The Ad Team, Yonkers, NY; sole proprietor of PT Pie Illustration and Graphic Design, providing “on-line” art services creating digital, cartoon (including web animation), technical and fine art illustration to corporations world-wide, as well as graphic design services and materials with over 20 years experience in pre-press production. Also is a recording artist/performer and song writer of solo acoustic guitar instrumentals with CDs available on Lighthouse Records; member of ASCAP. (2002)
  • Pierre Strauch – Department Head of Interior Design. Professor in Interior Design. RA, CID, Designer, B. Arch., 1970 Yale University; Graduate School of Architecture. Taught at Yale University and Fairfield University. Owner of Architecture and contract design firm, New Haven. Bio in Barons, Who’s Who in Interior Design; architecture projects published in Concrete Masonry Designs, and Home Magazine. Member: College Art Association and National Trust for Historic Preservation. Associate Fellow of Timothy Dwight College, Yale University. Art One-person and group exhibitions include: Art at the Capitol, Aetna Gallery and GE Corporate Gallery. Art included in corporate collections such as GE, Aetna and SNET. Art reviewed in New York Times, Hartford, Courant, etc. Art published in corporate catalogs. (1970)
  • Robert E. Zappalorti – Director of the Division of Fine Arts/ Illustration/Foundation. Professor of Fine Arts. Diploma, Paier School of Art; B.F.A., Albertus Magnus College; painter, author; exhibitor: New Haven Paint and Clay Club, Trinity College, Gallery-on-the-Green, Osage Gallery, Gallery 86, and Douglas Gallery; recipient, Benedictine First Prize. Represented by Cavalier Galleries, Greenwich CT, NYC, Nantucket MA. Member: Collegiate Press Editorial Advisory Board. (1971)


  • Rob Hazen Adams – Lecturer in Interior Design; M. Arch., Syracuse University, Cutler, Revels Study Abroad Scholarship, International Study Abroad Program, Florence, Italy; Structures Teaching Assistantship; Design Studio Teaching Assistantship; Bachelor of Environmental Design in Architecture, North Carolina State University; Intern Architect, Centerbrook Architects; Architectural Intern, Bread Loaf Corporation, Middlebury, VT; freelance designer, sun room addition, Raleigh, NC; Acquisitions Aide, North Carolina State University Nation Golden Key Honor Society, AIAS, math tutor. (2001)
  • Peter Benson – Professor of Photography. (See Academic Services section)
  • Peter Bonadies – Professor of Fine Arts and Study Abroad Coordinator. B.F.A., Sculpture, University of Connecticut; M.F.A., Sculpture, Massachusetts College of Art; University of Florence, and University of Urbino, Italy. Instructor: Raffaello Academy, Urbino Italy, SCSU, University of Connecticut, Massachusetts College of Art. Recent lectures at Drew University, Trinity College, New Britain Museum of American Art, FATE Conference. Commissioned sculptor. Founder CPR4Art. Affiliated with College Art Association, FATE, CT Sculpture Society. Recent exhibitions at UConn, Huntington and Bakalaar Galleries, Boston, MA; ECSU. Permanent display, AIN, New Haven. (2000)
  • Richard A. Brassil – Lecturer in Graphic Design. Diploma, Paier College of Art. Art Director/Designer, Silverman Design Group, and Davidoff & Partners; partner, Hubbard/Brassil Advertising; free-lance with Sprowl Assocation, Sillery Mayer & Partners, Weston Creative Assoc., The River Group, and Barry Blau & Partners. Winner of Best of Show, Connecticut Art Directors’ Club; ANDY Award, the Advertising Club of New York; and awards from Communication Arts Magazine, and The Advertising Clubs of Hartford and Fairfield County. (1997)
  • Jeffrey Bishop – Lecturer in Graphic Design. M.A., Liberal Arts, Wesleyan University, CT.  B.A., Photography and Painting, Charter Oak State College, CT. Certified in Computer Information Science, Internet Website Developing, Electronic Publishing. Freelance Web Designer; Computer Instructor, Gibbs College, Teaching Assistant, ACES.  (2012)
  • Cynthia Boynton  – Lecturer in General Education. M.A. in Orality and Writing, The Graduate Institute, Bethany, CT 2014; B.A. in English with a concentration in creative writing; Southern CT State University, 1994. Teaching Fellow, 2014 Wesleyan Writers Conference. Freelance Writer/Editor/Marketing Professional;  Adjunct Professor of Journalism, Communications and English; Yale University of Medicine, Housatonic Community College, SCSU. Playwright/Solo  Performer. Editor/Publishing Director, Better Health Magazine. (2016)
  • Julie Criscuolo – Lecturer in General Education. M.A., The Graduate Institute, CT. B.F.A., Central CT State University, CT.Art Instructor, CT Technical High School System, CT. Art Instructor with 15 years experience. Member: Yale Art Gallery Teacher Leadership Group,  CT Art Education  Association, Society of Decorative Artists. (2015)
  • Glen Curtis – Lecturer in Photography. St. Petersburg Junior College. Academy for Forensic Photography and Crime Scene Investigation. Freelance Commercial Photographer; Prepress Consultant. Member: Professional Photographers of America; Professional Photographers Association of New England. CT Professional Photographers Association. (2002)
  • Isabelle Day  – Lecturer in Fine Arts. M.F.A., Western CT State University, CT.  B.F.A., Paier College of Art, CT. Trompe L’Oeil, Portraiture, Figurative Painting. Western Connecticut State University, (Painting). Isabelle Day’s work has been selected for several national and international juried shows with jurors such as; William Bailey,  Paul Resika, Dore Ashton, Stanley Lewis, Susanna Coffey, Douglas Hyland, and she has exhibited in numerous solo and group shows.  Her work and commissioned portraits are included in various private collections. (2010)
  • Tad Elliott – Lecturer in Interior Design. B.F.A. in Interior Design, Paier College of Art, CT. Designer, Red Thread-Steelcase, Hartford, CT; Kraycir/Elliot, Branford, CT. Designer for a wide variety of both residential and commercial projects creating innovative work environments for fortune 500 companies. (2015)
  • John F. Falato – Professor of Fine Arts. Diploma, Paier School of Art; B.F.A., University of Hartford. Instructor: Greens Farms Academy, Silvermine College of Art. Advertising and illustration, Lennon and Newell, Inc., NYC. Represented in many public and private collections. Recipient of numerous prizes and awards including 1999 Weir Farm Award of Merit, Arts for the Parks Competition. Published in Art from the Parks, North Light Books, 2000. Represented by Harmon-Meek Gallery, in Naples, FL and by Fischbach Gallery, NYC. (1985)
  • Terence Falk– Lecturer in Photography. B.F.A., Cum Laude, Photography, University of Bridgeport. Thirty years experience in fine art and commercial photography, which included assignments for annual reports and editorial clients. Master exhibition black and white printer for Richard Avedon, Bruce Davidson, Philippe Halsman, Horst, Duane Michals, Eva Rubinstein, and Rodney Smith. Exhibited widely in New England and New York. Selected in 2003 as one of only several photographers (out of nearly one-thousand applicants) to exhibit in the “Biennial Exhibition of the Portland Museum of Art”, in Portland, Maine. Solo exhibitions include, “Borrowed Light: The Photographs of Terence Falk,” at The Center for Maine Contemporary Art in Rockport, Maine (2004). Also showed at The Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, Connecticut (1996) and The Fitchburg Museum of Art in Massachusetts (1996) as one of three photographers cited among the twenty-five top contemporary artists in New England for their annual “New England/New Talent” exhibition. Teaching includes advanced classes at the Creative Arts Workshops and at The University of Bridgeport, in Connecticut. Currently on the faculty at Maine Photographic Workshops, F.I.T. in New York and Paier College of Art, in Hamden, Connecticut. Awarded an Artists Residency Fellowship at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts in Sweet Briar, Virginia and a Weir Farm Visiting Artist Fellowship at Weir Farm Art Center, in Wilton, Connecticut. (2006)
  • Magge Gagliardi – Lecturer in General Education. M.F.A., Illustration, University of Hartford, CT. B.F.A., Illustration, Paier College of Art, CT. Attended the School of Visual Arts, NYC. Freelance Illustrator. Lead Scenic Artist, Hartford Children’s Theatre, CT; Graphic Designer, Yale Child Study Center, New Haven, CT. Numerous Publications, Exhibitions and Awards. Member: Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators; Society of Illustrators, NY The Norman Rockwell Museum, Stockbridge, MA Six Summit Gallery, Ivoryton, CT. (2013)
  • Kahn Gasimov – Lecturer in Fine Arts. M.A. in Sculpture, University of Art, Baku; BFA in Sculpture, College of Arts, Baku; School of Arts, Baku (former USSR). Majority of recent works are held by collectors in Moscow, Geeneva, Antwerpen, Tel Aviv, Jersusalem, and Toronto. Some selected commissions and exhibitions of sculptures including: Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum, completed a number of life-size wax figures for museums; Mashantucket Pequot Museum, CT, 111 life-size Native American figures; Motown Cafe, NV and NY, commissioned to sculpt life-size portraits of Motown performers. Numerous solo shows in Canada, Jerusalem, Moscow and Baku. (2010)
  • Richard Gedney – Lecturer in Interior Design. Founder and owner of Kitchens by Gedney, Madison CT. Certified lighting consultant for CT Light and Power Company. Published in Good House-Keeping Magazine. Chapter representation for the Southern New England Chapter of the National Kitchen and Bath Association. (2002)
  • Michael Grimaldi – Lecturer in Photography and Graphic Design. B.F.A., Photography, Pratt Institute, NY. Ford Foundation Grant Recipient. Owner: M. Grimaldi Studio, Milford CT since 1981. Artistic and commercial photography; Corporate and advertising photography. Taught at Parsons School of Design, NY; Upsala College, NJ. Numerous group exhibitions and books. (2005)
  • Richard Hoyer – Lecturer in Photography. M.A., Photography, Fairfield University; B.A., Science/Music, Southern CT State University; Graduate Studies, Photography, Columbia University, NY.; Internet Engineering and Design, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MA. Photography instructor: Manchester Community College, Worchester Art Museum. Awards: Artwell Gallery, Nicholas & Johnson Silver Gavel Award; Wood Memorial, Silver Anniversary Biennial National  Group Show, Simonds Photography Award. Extensive solo and group exhibitions. Publication: Photography for United Way Publication. Member: American  Society of Media Photographers; Society for Photographic Education; Editorial Photographers; College Art Association; International Center for Photography. (2005)
  • Kirsten Feeney – Lecturer in Interior Design. B.F.A., Interior Design, Paier College of Art. NCIDQ Certificate Holder,Professional Experience: Design/Sales, Contract New England Inc., Boston, MA. Designer, Rego Reality, Hartford, CT. Designer, bkm Total Office, East Hartford, CT. Design Assistant, La-Z-Boy, Newington, CT. (2013)
  • Gene Mayer  – Lecturer in Graphic Design. B.F.A., Communication Design, Pratt Institute, NY.  Principal and Creative Director, Gene Mayer Associates, Inc., since1985. His work has been recognized by The American Institute of Graphic Arts, The CT Art Directors Club, The International Association of Business Communicators and the Society of Typographic Arts. Clients include General Electric, The Hartford Financial Services Group, Bayer, United Technologies, Kraft Food and Tiffany & Company. Member: American Institute of Graphic Arts, CT Art Directors Club, International Association of Business Communicators, National Investors Relations Institute.  (2006)
  • Francis J. McAuliffe – Lecturer in Photography, M.S., SCSU, (1984) Seton Hall University. Freelance industrial, architectural and wedding photography, and promotional copy writing. Director of Communications, Centrig Industries. Television News producer, WTHN-TV (8), New Haven, and WPVI-TV (6), Philadelphia. Radio News caster, KYW Newsradio, Philadelphia. News director for Lancaster County, PA, WLYH-TV (15). Exhibitor of fine photographs under a dominant theme of the architectural legacy and historical trace of “New England’s Lost Civilization.
  • Frank McLaughlin – Lecturer in Illustration. A.A., University of Bridgeport. Guest Lecturer, Fairfield University and Yale University; Co-developed the Writing to Read Program for IBM with Dr. John Henry Martin at Nova University, FL. Over 40 years of experience in the field of comics. Clients include Marvel Comics (Captain America, Iron Fist, Spiderman and many others); D.C. Comics (Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, many others). Other clients include Dell, Broadway, Archie, Defiant, Valiant and Charlton (where he served as comic editor). His work on syndicated strips include: The Heart of Juliet Jones with Stan Drake, Nancy with Guy Gilchrist, Stan Smith’s Tennis Tips for Washington Star Syndicate. Currently the artist for Gil Thorp for the Tribune Media Syndicate. Authored and illustrated How to Draw Mon- sters for Comics and How to Draw Those Bodacious Bad Babes of Comics for St. Martin press. (1968)
  • Muriel Miller – Lecturer in Fine Arts/Foundation Studies. A.S. (Fine Art), Quinebaug Community College; B.S., Eastern Connecticut State University; B.F.A.. UConn; M.S. Art, Central CT State University. Currently an instructor at Eastern CT State University and Central CT State University, teaching color theory, painting and drawing. Teaching Art Location Studies Abroad for 11 years in Ireland, England and Australia. As a recipent of AAUP Grants has painted in the Southwest National Parks and has done workshops in Wyoming. Member: Connecticut Academy of Fine Arts, Exhibition: Canton Gallery on the Green, University of DT, Farmington Art Guild, Chapel on the Green (Columbia), CT Academy of Fine Art. Affiliation: CT Art Educators Association, Mystic Art Association, Wadsworth Atheneum, Essex Art Association, Lyme Art Association, Artworks Gallery and others. (1995)
  • Peter Miserendino – Department Head of Graphic Design. Professor of Graphic Design. (See Academic Services listing.)
  • Louis Monaco, Jr. – Professor of Illustration. Diploma, Paier School of Art. Illustrator; cover and jacket designer for Appleton, Century and Crofts; New York Graphics; Crown Publishers; and the Xerox Corporation; recipient of Benedictine Award. Exhibition: New Haven Arts Festival, New Haven Paint and Clay Club. (1968)
  • Barbara Plavnicky – Lecturer in General Education. M.A. in Counseling, University of ST. Joseph, CT. B.S. in Mathematics, Southern CT State University, CT. Certificate in Professional Accounting, Quinnipiac University, CT. Adjunct Professor, Gateway Community College, College Advancement Studies Department (Math). LPC License eligible mental health clinician, CT Healing Center, CT. (2015)
  • Whitney Prentice – Lecturer in Fine Arts.  M.F.A., Painting, New York Academy, Graduate School of Figurative Art. Freelance Artist. Boat Refinisher. Published in American Artist Magazine. Exhibitions in Dahesh Museum, NY, New Britain Museum of American Art, New Haven Paint and Clay Club. (2007)
  • Harold Roth – Lecturer in Interior Design. M.Arch., Yale University School of Architecture, CT. B.A., Washington University, MI. Licensed Architect. Member: American Institute of Architects; National Council of Architectural Registration Board. Worked at numerous architectural firms. Positions included: Owner; Partner; Senior Designer; Designer; Designer in Charge. Professional activities: Critic in Architectural Design; Chairman, Admissions Committee, Yale University School of Architecture. National Board of Directors; National Committee on Design, Chairman, American Institute of Architects. College of Fellows, New England Representative. Board of Directors, American Institute of Architects. Board of Director, Long Wharf Theater. (2015)
  • Linda Scinto – Lecturer in Interior Design. B.F.A., Interior Design, Paier College of Art. Professional member of ASID, NCIDQ Certified. Registered Interior Designer in CT. Professional member of Professional Picture Framers Assoc. Sixteen years experience with Kevin Roche John Dinkeloo and Associates LLC. Awards: ASID Presidential Citation, 1990 & 1997. ASID Chapter Service, 2002. (2013)
  • Vladimir Shpitalnik – Professor in Illustration. Degree in Art and Ceramics at Abramtsevskoe Art School Graduate Studies, Practicum: Study as artist in the Zagorsk Matrioshka Factory, Moscow Art Theater School; Scenic Design and Technical Design program; MFA, Yale School of Drama in Design. Illustrator, set and costume designer, widely exhibited and published in the U.S. and Russia: Alfred A. Knopf, Inc., Yale University, Lincoln Center Library, including original set and costume design for American Place Theatre and Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, New Haven Ballet, and 30 other productions. Completed a commission for 30 murals for permanent installation at the Oakdale Theater. Affiliations: United Scenic Artists, Society of Illustrators, Calligraphers Guild and Arts Council of New Haven, winner of the Gorbachev Award, and Recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts Award for Best Young Set and Costume Designer. Exhibits in 2005: Child at Heart Gallery in Newburyport, MA, “Robert’s Snow." John Slade Ely House, New Haven, CT, “Connecticut Watercolor Society 65st Annual Exhibition", Cherry & Webb Gallery, Fall River, MA, “Art of the story. An exhibition of Children’s Book Illustration", Society of Illustrators, New York, NY, “The Art of the Story Board." Kehler Liddell Gallery, New Haven, CT, “Group Show", The Robert Lehman Art Center, North Andover, MA, “The Art of Illustration". (1996)
  • Jon Sideriadis – Lecturer in General Education. M.F.A., Hartford Art School. B.F.A., Rhode Island School of Design. Adjunct faculty member at Hartford Art School. Numerous exhibitions and freelance illustration positions. Member of The Society of Illustrators. Featured artist for the Hartford Courant and Examiner website.Front page artist for Illustration Served website. Co-Writer/Production Designer for Eskimo Hill Pictures film, Blue Lollipop. (2014)
  • Pierre Strauch – Professor of Interior Design. (See Academic Services Listing.)
  • Vincent Stryeski – Lecturer in Interior Design. Architecture, Kent State University. A.S., Architecture, Trenton Junior College. Adjunct Faculty member at Teikyo Post University. Director of Architecture/Design Team Leader. Architectural Consultant, Vincent Stryeski, RA. Associate/Director of Design, Kaestle Boos Associate. Inc. Senior Designer, Jeter, Cook and Jepson Architects, Inc. Architect, ITT Hartford Cooperate Headquarters. Visiting Architectural Critic. Recipient of numerous awards for design. (2014)
  • Christopher Town – Lecturer in General Education. Ph.D., Pharmacology, University of Florida, College of Medicine, Gainesville, FL. B.A., Biology, Cum Laude, Montclair State University, Upper Montclair, NJ. Independent Consultant in Drug Metabolism and Pharmacokinetics.  Worked for Vertex Pharmaceuticals Inc.,  MA., Associate Director. Bayer Pharmaceuticals, CT., Principal Research Scientist; Hoffman-LaRoche, Inc., NJ., Associate Research Investigator, Senior Scientist. Numerous Presentations and Papers. Member: International Society for the Study of Xenobiotics. (2012)
  • Tammy Vaz –Dean of College, Professor in General Education Studies and Graphic Design. M.F.A., Design, Massachusetts College of Art. B.A., Graphic Design, Salve Regina University. Study Abroad: Universite Internacionale, Cannes France; Universite de Paris-Sorbonne, Paris France, American College in Paris, France. Vaz Design, LLC, Graphic Designer providing print and web design services. Instructor at Middlesex Community College, Becker College, Worcester Art Museum. Teaching Assistant at Massachusetts College of Art. Art Director at Sound Marketing Group. Art Director at Moore Medical Corp. Graphic Designer at Arthur D. Little, clients include U.S. Army, Natick Research, Development and Engineering Center, Graphic Designer at Aetna Life Insurance Company. Awards: Third prize for Stuttgart 21 Logo Competition, Stuttgart, Germany. (2005)
  • Lauren Yanks – Lecturer in General Education. M.A., Religion, Yale Divinity School, CT. 2017.  M.F.A., Writing, Literature, Critical Thinking;  New York University, NY ,1997. B.A., History, English,  Penn State University, State College, PA, 1992; Graduated both institutions with honors. English Professor, State University of New York, NY, 2002-2012 ; Dutchess Community College, NY, 2004-2007, Villanova University, PA, 1998-2002. Executive Director, 2011-Present, Children of Tomorrow, Inc., NY. (2016)
  • Robert Zappalorti – Professor of Fine Arts. (See Academic Services listing.)

Administrative Services

  • Angela DeRose – Director of Administrative Services, South Central Community College. (1988)
  • Wendell Jones – Model Coordinator, B.F.A., University of Utah. (1995)
  • Lynn Pascale – Admissions Director, Associate in Science, Middlesex Community College. Stone Business School. (1993)
  • Damary Rodriguez- Admissions Representative. Associate in Science, Briarwood College.
  • Yainia Diaz – Administrative Assistant, Bachelor degree candidate at Albertus Magnus College.


  • Dr. Summer Cerruto Amorosino – Provost, B.A. in Political Science; B.A. in Urban & Community Studies, University of Connecticut (2008). M.B.A. Corporate Innovation, Post University (2010). Ed.D. Doctor of Education, Northeastern University (2017).
  • Joseph M. Bierbaum – President, B.S. in Management (2007); M.S. in Marketing Analytics (2009), Bentley University.
  • Christopher DiStiso- Dean of Art and Academics, M.B.A. New York Institute of Technology (2009). B.A. in Communication, Central Connecticut State University (2000).

Student Services

  • John DeRose – Director of Financial Aid, A.S., South Central Community College; B.S., University of New Haven. (1987)
  • Beth R. Harris – Librarian. AA, Middlesex Community (1998) Technical College; B.A., Wesleyan University; MLS, Southern Connecticut State University. (2001)


    • Kenneth S. Davies – Dean Emeritus of Illustration. B.F.A., Yale University; D.F.A. (Honorary), New England Law. (1954)
    • Lorraine L. Davis – Professor Emerita of Interior Design. B.F.A., Syracuse University. (1954)
    • Leonard Everett Fisher – Academic Dean Emeritus. B.F.A., M.F.A., Yale University. (1966)
    • Howard G. Munce – Professor Emeritus of Illustration. Diploma, Pratt Institute. (1977)

In Memoriam

    • Jack O’Hara – Professor Emeritus of Graphic Design. B.F.A., Massachusetts College of Art, Tufts University Ed. M., New York University; Teachers College, Columbia University. Advisor for the yearbook. Paintings in regional and national exhibitions. (1992)
    • Edward T. Paier – (1918–2010), CEO of the Board of Directors. B.F.A., Yale University. Founder, Paier College of Art; taught art and photography in public and private schools, vocational training courses in the U.S. Army; portrait painter: commissions include Hunter Holmes McGuire, Seth G. Haley, Surgeon General Kirk, Senator Abraham Ribicoff, and many others. (1946)

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