About the Faculty

Mike Howat is a graduate of New Hampshire Institute of Art, where he received his BFA with a painting concentration. He focuses on painting, in both oil and acrylic, and graphite drawing but he has also worked with mixed media, monotype, intaglio, relief printing, silkscreen and digital media. He exhibits regionally and is actively engaged in the growing New Hampshire art scene. His work predominately explores architectural landscape and urban spaces, and his most recent series documents wanderings along the eastern seacoast and abroad.

Carla Roy has her BFA in painting with a minor in art history and MAT in art education both from Plymouth state university . She is currently in her third year of teaching public middle school art. Presently her artwork includes working in mixed media.

Joseph Blajda is a graduate of Plymouth State University and has formerly taught art at the New Hampshire Institute of Art and the New Hampshire Youth Development Center. He concentrates mostly on oil painting, but has experience in drawing, pottery, clay, animation, graphic art, and screen-printing. He has shown his work regionally. His artwork is currently on display at the Artstream Studio in Rochester, NH.

Kim Roth brings his extensive knowledge of art history, styles and techniques to teach classes in pencil drawing, acrylic, and oil painting. He is a native Australian and received his education from the National Art School, and Julian Ashton Art School in Sydney. He has exhibited his work locally and nationally. Follow more of Kim's work on his blog.

Becky Darling is an artist/educator who lives in Warner, NH.  She has a degree in Art Education fromSalem College , N.C. and has taught art to all ages from preschool to adult. She has focused on Watercolors and has studied with W. Robert Paine, Carlton Plummer, and Don Andrews as well as others. She has provided trainings and workshops for the NH Reads program as well as for teachers and for VSAarts.  She is an exhibiting member of The New Hampshire Art Association and is represented by McGowan Fine Arts in Concord , NH

Dan Dustin is a 30-year veteran of the League of New Hampshire Craftsman, and has exhibited at the Cooper-Hewitt Museum and the Elements of Art Gallery, NYC. He has been featured in numerous publications, including the Fine Woodworking Magazine. His spoons are displayed in the permanent collection of the Currier Museum of Art, Manchester, NH. Dan graduated from Bates College, and studied woodcarving with George Osborne and folk art with Norris Patch. His roots in the NH family farm are reflected in both his work and his teaching.

Sylvia Brofos is a graduate of the Chelsea School of Commercial Art in London England. She has taught art at The Kimball-Jenkins Art School as well as at the NH Institute of Art, Chester College, and the Currier Art Center. She is a member of the NH Art Association, and the NH Art Educators Association. She has exhibited extensively throughout NH and the New England region.
Nathan Wyckoff has been a writer and illustrator on the scene since 2002, first publishing comics with multiple small presses including JUMPGATE COMICS. Nathan has received a BFA in Creative Writing from Chapman University, and has since been nominated for an AWP JOURNAL Fiction and Poetry Award and co-founded the free online literature and culture magazine ReARTEDZine.com. Nathan spends his time teaching up-and-coming writers and artists the trade while being hard at work on a forthcoming novel and graphic novel, both slated for completion in the winter of 2012.

Peter Noonan Peter is an award-winning magazine illustrator, caricaturist, fine artist and the owner of NoonanArts design firm and takes an unhealthy interest in all things political. He burnished his devotion to art, literature and history at prep school, Colby-Sawyer College and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and Paris, where immersion in the Great Works were not enough to quell his deep need to draw cartoons and make fun of politicians.
A Manchester, New Hampshire native, Peter is contributing illustrator and editorial cartoonist for the HippoPress and Manchester Daily Express. He enjoys biking, hiking, Masterpiece Theater and the novels of William Boyd. He was a professional ski instructor for 15 years and has been writing and drawing cartoons about politics since his days on the junior high school newspaper. Peter’s interest in the New Hampshire Primary and Presidential politics dates back to a 1987 campaign rally, when he presented then-Vice President George Bush with a pencil drawing of him; whereupon Bush responded: “Is this supposed to be me?!”.
Peter is still getting over it.
His works are to be found in private and public collections throughout New Hampshire - including the NH State House, Concord - and the United States, as well as numerous publications.

Mark Roth is a long time practicioner of T'ai Chi Ch'aun. His teaching style is relaxed yet entusiastic and lends itself to an enjoyable classroom experience. He is particularly skillful at working with senior citizens. He has studied and developed his tai chi skills at the internationally acclaimed T'ai Chi Ch'aun Academy of Master Kai Ying Tung both directly and with his most senior students over the past 20+ years.

Lee Johnson graduated from NHTI with a degree in the Visual Arts and Museum Studies. He has studied art at the New Hampshire Institute of Art while receiving a BA in History with a minor in Studio Work at the University of New Hampshire. He has a degree in Commercial Art from Monmouth County Vocational in New Jersey and was awarded the Monmouth County Arts Foundation Award for Art in 1991. He has art work published in the NHTI EYE literary journal as well as in Spawn Comic, Wizard Magazine, and Hero Illustrated. He currently teaches classes for kids, teens and adults and is Director of the summer camp program for Kimball Jenkins School of Art.

Sara Petipas graduated from Massachusetts College of Art with a concentration in ceramics. She has been a production potter for over 20 years and has work in many stores as well as attended juried arts festivals throughout New England. She has taught ceramics and sculpture to people aged 4-85 and enjoys working to develop students personal expression as well as craftsmanship.

Barbara Filleul (In Memoriam) BA, MEd, University of New Hampshire, is a local artist and art teacher of adults and children She teaches at the NH Institute in Manchester. She was the recipient of the Joan L. Dunfey Memorial Juried Exhibition 2007 First Prize for one of her monotypes. Her work is in numerous collections across the country.