FACULTY: Visual Arts


William Deats

From childhood I remember the excitement of seeing things. Drawing things always made me remember them more clearly and be able to show them to others. There were so many colors! How could you put all those various colors on paper? When I started painting with oils as a young teenager, I started to mix colors and discovered I could create endless variations. My fascination with color led me to study the artists of the past and discover many ways to see the world. After graduating with an MFA from empire state College, I continued to paint and to teach painting to both adults and students at Spencer Van-Etten High School. My style has changed throughout the years and continues to do so. I do not want to arrive at the perfection of a specific style but see painting as a growth process, one in which awareness of the present manifests in the creative process. The human form, abstraction and fantasy are presently occupying most of my painting time.


Allison DeDominick

started making art a young age and continued on into college where she studied drawing and painting. While in college she became interested in art history and took an interdisciplinary approach to her studies in the field. She connected art history with cultural studies, philosophies and her own art work. Her year long journey to Florence, Italy where she finished her degree, enabled her to study and experience a country that was built around the history of art. The city was ripe with famous art dating from the Roman Empire to the 1800's and also had a flourishing contemporary art scene. During her studies she curated and managed art exhibits for international students and experimented with non-traditional gallery spaces.

Allison has a BA in Art History, Culture and Art Theory from Alfred University and an MS in Community Education from Elmira College. She currently curates art shows for local artists, businesses and events, specializing in public spaces. Allison consults with talented artists of all ages and levels. On the side she teaches art history and mentors college students on art professions. Allison has 4 years teaching experience with K-12 students in SCT BOCES programs and the Red Cross Swim Program (Watkins Glen, NY). She has extensive experience teaching students with special needs and special talents. She looks forward to enriching the lives of students through art!


Emily S. Hopkins

Emily S. Hopkins published her first cartoon in The New Yorker magazine in 2004. Her cartoons and illustrations have appeared in numerous other publications and on the popular fashion-advice blog she wrote and illustrated between 2004 and 2008, www.what2wearthisvery2nd.blogspot.com. She is a graduate of West Virginia University and earned her master's degree at the Johns Hopkins University Writing Seminars. She has worked in publishing for most of her professional life, including as a fact checker at The New Yorker and an editor at Scholastic, Inc. She worked as a marketing writer for Cornell University for nearly a decade and was senior editor of Ezra, Cornell's quarterly magazine. She is now at work on an illustrated memoir. You can see some of her work and read some of her essays at her website www.esrhopkins.com.


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

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/


Jen Lightfoot

Jen Lightfoot received her MFA from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in 2013, and in 2007 received her BFA in Illustration from Moore College of Art and Design. She grew up in New Jersey, lived in Philadelphia for 11 years, and moved to Ithaca 2 years ago. Her surreal pencil and ink figure drawings have been featured in publications such as the pop-surrealist magazine Catapult, and the arts and fashion magazine NUMiNOUS. She has shown her work at galleries internationally, including Gristle Art Gallery (Brooklyn, New York), Corvidae Collective Gallery (Nashville, Tennessee), State of the Art Gallery (Ithaca, New York), and Penumbra Art Boutique and Studio (Loures, Portugal). She was a teaching assistant at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and offers private art lessons in addition to teaching at CSMA.


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/


Terry Plater

After spending some 30 years in institutions of higher education in the US and abroad, most recently as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in Cornell University's Graduate School, Terry recently retired from full time work and now devotes much of her time to painting. In addition to teaching painting classes to all ages at the CSMA, she is a member and current president of the State of the Art Gallery. A Philadelphia native, she is widely travelled and often uses travel photos and sketches as source material for her work. She was a New York Foundation for the Arts MARK participant (2009 class, Ithaca), and she has taken workshops at the Fine Arts Work Center, Provincetown MA (with Jim Peters, Bert Yarborough, Cynthia Packard, and Marjorie Portnow); at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art (with Al Gury and Renee Faulks); and at the Arts Students League (NY). A colorist by nature, she values the craft, the history, and the traditions of painting as well as the process. She primarily paints the figure, landscape, and interpretive portraiture in oils and pastels, in sizes ranging from 4” x 6” to 4’ x 6’. For the most part self-trained, she maintain an interest in questions of equity and aesthetics and her work often seeks to understand the ways in which those two concepts can be reconciled.


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.