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)


  • Peter Benson – Professor of Photography. (See Academic Services section)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • Khanlar Gasimov – Lecturer in Fine Arts. Biography Currently lives and works in Connecticut, USA. Majority of works are held by collectors in New York, Toronto, London, Moscow, Geneva & Antwerp. Khanlar attended the University of Fine Art and Culture – Baku, Azerbaijan (former USSR) MA in sculpture, Azimzade College of Fine Arts– Baku Azerbaijan (former USSR)– BF in sculpture
    • 2014 -2020 Ongoing " Source" project, 2014 Residency in Yucatan Mexico/ La Mansarda foundation, 2013 Gallery Stux- New York NY. “En Plain Air" sculpture installation, 2013 Art Vienna, Austria, curatorial selection “Scent of rose” sculpture installation, 2012 Phillips Auction house London UK, “Under Influence", 2012 Gallery Gazelli Art house London UK, “Bodhi" sculpture installation, 2011 Gallery Stux- New York NY. “Aesthetics of disappearance" sculpture installation, 2011 The Venice Biennale 54-th International Art Exhibition, “Praise us” sculpture installation, 2010 Contemporary Art Center Tou Scene, Norway- “Very, very very red" sculpture Installation, 2009 Contemporary Art Center, Warsaw Poland “Sweet wall" sculpture Installation, 2009 Voltahalle Basel Switzerland Video installation -“Baku unlimited", 2008 Cleveland Cultural Garden, Cleveland, OH. Completed a sculpture project commission for permanent installation, 1997 Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center- Mashantucket, CT Participated, in the project to sculpt 111 life-size Native American figures for a permanent exhibition
  • 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.
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 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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