VISUAL ARTS FACULTY
Emily Altman
Director
Emily Altman holds a BA in Art History from Bucknell University and an MA from NYU in Visual Arts Administration. Before joining the DAC she worked at The Museum of Modern Art and Christie’s Auction House, NY in exhibition management. In addition to her career in the visual arts, she was also a dancer for twenty years, and is thrilled to be a part of the DAC and contribute to its success in bringing the arts to the community.
Brien Adams
Brien Adams exhibits his photographs locally and is a professional event, wedding and portrait photographer. He received his associate’s degree from Norwalk Community College, where he focused on developing and printing 35mm film and was employed as the darkroom lab monitor. For fun he enjoys shooting digital photographs including street scenes and fashion blogs for aspiring "Instagram bloggers".
Tim Cronin
 
Tim Cronin is a graduate of NYC’s School of Visual Arts with a BFA In cartooning and illustration. He has had a colorful career as a tattoo artist, illustrator, sign painter, calligrapher, and has hosted drawing workshops.
Joel Flora
Joel studied art at The Arts Students League in New York, Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY and The National Portrait Academy, Toronto, Canada where he went on to become Instructor of Classical Underpainting Methods. He was also Instructor of Drawing and Painting at The Thornhill Community Center in Toronto and Painting Instructor and the Rowayton Arts Center. His work is currently showing at the Geary Gallery in Darien, The PS. Gallery in Litchfield and the Shimko Gallery in Provincetown, MA. Joel’s current work centers around landscapes that involve clouds and how they interact and lend drama to the landscape below. He is also involved in creating unique garden sculpture that like to blend in with the plants.
Moki Kokoris
A member of the Society of Scribes and the International Association of Master Penmen, Engrossers and Teachers of Handwriting [IAMPETH], Moki Kokoris has been a freelance calligrapher, illustrator, artist and graphic designer for over 40 years. Though she devotes much of her time to environmental advocacy and stewardship through her 90-north outreach education program, she is equally passionate about visual arts, particularly calligraphy in its classical form, and Arctic indigenous folk arts. In many of her high-end commissions, Moki uses traditional animal skin parchment and quills or reeds she often collects and cuts herself. She is a Ridgefield, CT resident and a confirmed chocoholic.
Stephanie Lush-Mastriano
Stephane Lush-Mastriano is a ceramicist, painter, and mixed media artist originally from the Hartford area. She has taught art programs at the Hartford Academy of the Arts, The Wadsworth Atheneum, The New Britain Museum of American Art, and the Westport Arts Center. Stephanie studied Fine Arts and Art Education at MCC (Manchester, CT), CCSU (New Britain, CT) and SCSU (New Haven, CT).
Nancy McTague-Stock
Nancy McTague-Stock was a Fellowship Recipient for post-graduate work at The Slade School of Art at the University of London in Experimental Drawing. She received an MFA from The Art Institute of Boston , and a BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University. Ms. McTague-Stock has been the recipient of many awards, residencies, grants and fellowships in the US and abroad. Her work has been exhibited in group exhibitions at over ten museums, solo/group shows in galleries and universities in Bulgaria, Canada, China, Denmark, Great Britain, Ireland, Latvia, New Zealand, Portugal, Serbia and in the U.S., from Los Angeles to New York. Widely collected by clients, private and public institutions worldwide, the most recent acquisitions of her work are by Yale University’s Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., The Douro Museum Printmaking Biennial Collection in Portugal and The Chateau Orquevaux Permanent Collection in France. A periodic lecturer about contemporary art, environment and culture, Nancy has served for over twenty five years as an artists’ mentor, teacher, arts writer, curator and juror for many academic, private and public institutions for exhibitions, including The Prince of Wales Foundation in the UK. Nancy lives on a nature preserve in Connecticut, providing a constant source of fodder for her work.