FACULTY: Visual Arts

Ryan Abb

Ryan Abb is a graphic novelist and collagist who studied under book artist Warren Lehrer at SUNY Purchase (B.S. Visual Arts, 2005). He has also freelanced as an actor, musician, comedian and puppeteer and has taught children in summer camp and after school programs (New Century School, Baltimore, MD).  Ryan has a gift for finding humor, simplifying complicated subjects, creative combination, and establishing a rapport with students. His current dream is to capture imaginations with a sci-fi cartoon starring a clumsy kid from Indonesia who gets caught up in a team of aliens.


Susan Arnsten-Russell

Susan Arnsten-Russell moved to Ithaca in 1976 to attend Cornell University and received a BFA with a concentration in painting and printmaking. She subsequently returned to school and in order to become an occupational therapist.  As an occupational therapist, Susan has been able to work with diverse populations facilitating engagement in activities that make life meaningful.  Susan has worked as an occupational therapist in and around Ithaca for more than 25 years. She also continued to explore the use of art as for her own personal development as well as a therapeutic medium.  Over the years she has been a member of and exhibited at State of the Art Gallery, participated in the Annual Artist Market, group shows at CAP, and has been artist of the month at Alternatives Federal Credit Union. Susan makes digital prints of her original artwork.  Some of her images use sketches drawn with ball point pen inspired by a moment, an experience  or an event. Recently she has been using images created using Touch Drawing.



Storn Cook

My name is Storn A. Cook. “Storn” is my real name.  My mom made it up while playing a word game on paper, drawing random letters out of a paper bag while she was pregnant.  But I have been told it is Norwegian and there is a tiny town in Scotland that shares the name.
I’m an illustrator who’s got over 20 years of experience as a freelancer. My mother is an artist, so art supplies were in easy reach as a young ‘un.  Growing up in the sticks, had a lot of time on my hands and when I discovered comics and roleplaying, I was off and drawing fantasy and superheroes non stop.  It was at 15 I decided I wanted to be a professional illustrator.  Took me a decade to make that happen.
I went to New York University for two years and then finished my art degree, several years later,  at Columbus College of Art and Design.  CCAD was the perfect place for me, it was tough, demanding and I learned a tremendous amount in a short time.  I was already freelancing, and was bringing paying work in as homework assignments or vice versa.

Now, I am live in Newfield.  I work at Ehrhart Energy, but continue to freelance on the side.    I have a lovely wife, Milagros, and 4 cats and a great studio that overlooks Ithaca College and the ridge beyond is Cornell University (where my grand dad taught mathematics).

Leanora Erica Mims

Leanora is passionate about creating art with children that explore big ideas like social justice, identity, and how our individual stories weave together to make a beautiful tapestry. Based locally, you will find Leanora’s work exhibited regularly around town. She is known for her work with Beyond Differences at Dewitt Middle School, a CAP Grant-funded course at the South Side Community Center, and her Artist in Education grant-funded project at New Roots School working with kids to educate them about the use of textiles in quiltmaking and the history of the Underground Railroad, to name a few.

2018 Arts In Education Governor Cuomo Grant Award Recipient
New York State Charter School Invictus Scholar Curriculum Developer-I.M.P.A.C.T. ZONE
New York State Program Manager, Peer Educator- Beyond Differences/Sandy Hook Promise
New York State Certified Peer Specialist, License#1950, December 2017

"Don't Just Do It..Do It Like A Champion..Corey Harris, CEO, Same Game Foundation


Jenny Pagé

New to the Finger Lakes region, Jenny Pagé is a working Fine Artist with expertise in drawing painting and sculpture. She has taught for public and private collages and institutions throughout New England since 2000. Her work has been exhibited and included in the permanent collections of the Andres Institute of Art Outdoor Sculpture Park, The Egyptian Ministry of Culture, and many other private and public collections worldwide. In her teaching, Jenny enjoys sharing the knowledge, joy and enthusiasm that fuels her own passion for creating Art.
For more information on Jenny and her work, please visit her website at www.jennypage.net

Brenda Keeler

Brenda has been a part of the local community for over 25 years, leading art experiences at music , art and yoga  festivals, C.S.M.A,public schools, childcare centers, and summer camps. She received her BA in Art Education from Ithaca College in 2008, and is a certified N.Y.S Visual Arts educator. She has enjoyed being the visual arts specialist for grades Pre-K through third at Dryden and Cassavant Elementary Schools for over eight years. There, she has been able to develop an upper elementary art club based on sustainability practices and community service projects. She holds a Masters in Education degree from Concordia University in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis on Early Childhood Education. Her formal  training also includes graduate coursework in Art Education from SUNY New Paltz achieving a masters level in fine oil painting, drawing, and art history. She has just recently received recognition of her work with youth by being nominated to receive one of the "40 Caring Adults" awards by Tompkins County Youth Services. She is dedicated to raising the voices of youth through their art, and providing opportunities to develop one's creative individuality. Her personal passion presently lies in facilitating art experiences that invite the otherwise inactive "viewer" to become a participant in the creation of their own art experience; she is excited by participatory art and active community engagement.

Maureen Jakubson

Maureen Jakubson is a Fiber Artist, Fabric Designer and Art Cloth Maker. Born in Maine, she moved to Ithaca in 1983 to begin practice as a pediatric therapist and fiber artist. Engaged all her life in learning fiber work from family and neighbors, and as part of her therapy practice, Maureen incorporates the design and color work from years of weaving, quilting, lace making, knitting, and crochet into her creations. In recent years, she concentrates on developing graphic impact in stitch resist Shibori dyeing. Seeing the hand of the maker, mark of the tools, and the history of handmade cloth, has inspired Maureen’s original fabric creations. She produces the fabrics in all her work using traditional Shibori techniques reinterpreted for contemporary surface design as well as a variety of fabric printing and screening methods to produce mixed media fiber art. She has developed innovative, large scale stitch resist work based on African Shibori styles traditionally dyed in Indigo. She hand dyes, prints and paints on cottons, silks, linens, wood and paper. Recently, Maureen has developed an interest in using stitch resist restyling on repurposed clothing. Maureen has studied with Nancy Crow, Jane Dunnewold , Emily Richardson, Ann Johnson, Sue Cavanaugh, Jan Myers-Newberry, Elin Noble, David Hornung, Kaffe Fassett, Judy Robertson, and Elizabeth Busch at Quilting By the Lake, Yellow Barn and Dunnewold Studios. She is completing the Art Cloth Mastery Program at Dunnewold Studios in San Antonio Texas. Her paintings and fiber work have been exhibited at CSMA, Tompkins County Library, TCQG shows, the Lowell Quilt Festival,and Quilting by the Lake. She has been successfully marketing her work both locally and online. She sells finished art pieces, fabrics, garments and linens. In 2014, she started a Fabric Design business: Maureen Jakubson Fabric Designs. Her work can be found through Etsy.com, Spoonflower.com, and her website www.MaureenJakubsonFabricDesigns.com

Rob Licht

Rob Licht grew up near Ithaca, N.Y., inspired by the bucolic landscape of the Finger Lakes region. He received a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from the Maine College of Art and a Master of Fine Arts Degree, in Sculpture, from Cornell. His work delves into the significance of place in our lives; on the influences of the land, where we choose to live and the associations of memory, longing, and spiritual well being to those places. He typically works in welded steel; he also works in wood, cement, bronze and other mediums including digital photography and drawing. His sculptures range in scale from small intimate pieces to large outdoor works. Licht exhibits his work throughout the Northeast and has earned several grants and awards and residencies. He has taught sculpture, design and drawing at Ithaca College, Maine College of Art Summer College program and at Cornell. He maintains a studio in Ithaca, NY. His work can be viewed at www.roblicht.com/

Jessica Baron Warner

Jessica Baron Warner received a BFA from SUNY Purchase with a concentration in painting and drawing. Before graduating, she spent a summer studying in Italy, which continues to have an impact on her painting. After spending some time living and working in Brooklyn and Westchester County, Jessica has been living and painting in Ithaca since 2008.At the State of the Art Gallery’s Regional Juried Show in 2011, her painting was awarded a top prize. That year, she was also selected to participate in the NYFA MARK ’11 competitive professional development program. In 2013, Jessica’s work was included in a 3 person show, "First Person, Twice Removed" at the Handwerker Gallery at Ithaca College. Several paintings were also included in Here + Now at Exhibit A in Corning, NY that same year. Other projects included collaborating with artist Werner Sun to create “Sculpted Lines”, an installation at Station 923 in Ithaca and two solo shows at the CAP Artspace (2011 and 2015),one of which was partially funded through a New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) SOS grant. Her show "By the Waters" took place at The Buffalo Arts Studio in Buffalo, NY in 2014. In 2015, Jessica's work was included in the Rochester-Fingerlakes Exhibition at the Memorial Art Gallery in Rochester, NY. Many of these shows were reviewed in the Ithaca Times and the Tompkins Weekly.

Kevin Mayer

Kevin Mayer was born in Los Angeles in 1960. He has been a professional painter for 23 years, exhibiting widely at public and private galleries in the U.S and Great Britain, including the Painted Bride Gallery in Philadelphia and the Holland Gallery in London. In 1992 he had a solo show at the Llantarnam Grange Arts Centre in Cwmbran, Wales, where he was artist-in-residence under the sponsorship of the Southeast Wales Arts Association. His work appears in public collections, including those of the Capitol Children’s Museum in Washington, DC, the Office of the Mayor of St. Petersburg, Russia, and the United Nations in New York City. In addition he has produced a number of commissioned portraits, landscapes and murals for private clients. Mr. Mayer is a graduate of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. His studies of oil painting techniques of the Old Masters as a copyist (at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City) have profoundly influenced his work. He is a lecturer at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Cortland and currently resides in Freeville, NY, where he paints the landscape of rural central New York and pursues a passion for permaculture gardening and ecological restoration. Current projects include an art installation addressing global climate change and a series of allegorical paintings on the subject of capitalism. His website may be viewed at http://kevinmayerart.com/

Miriam Rice

A native of New York City, Miriam Rice lived in Spain, New Jersey, Florida, New Hampshire and Japan before coming to Ithaca in 1981. She has taught languages and literature at Bloomfield College, the University of Florida, the Japanese-American Conversation Institute in Tokyo, Japan and Cornell. Art, music and literature have always been her deepest interests and she has enjoyed sketching and painting all her life. North Light's "Fundamentals of Art" course led her in 1994 to begin a serious study of watercolor painting, which she has found a wonderfully satisfying medium. She finds inspiration for her painting in everything from sunlight on every-day objects to the beauties of nature and scenes of the countries in which she has lived and traveled, particularly Spain, Italy and Japan. She has exhibited her work at CSMA (where she won a Best in Show in a juried watercolor exhibit), the State of the Art Gallery, the Tompkins County Public Library, the McMillan Gallery and in Ithaca Art Walks.