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".
Joseph Lamorte
Joe, a career artist, has long been involved in advertising as illustrator and art director. His work, appearing in newspapers and magazines, has at times received national awards. He teaches watercolor painting, and has extensive experience painting in oils. His training has been at Cooper Union and The New School at NYC and at Silvermine College in CT. He has exhibited in galleries throughout Westchester and Fairfield Counties. The National Endowment for the Arts has funded purchase of his work for public space. He is a resident of Darien.
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).
Valerie Kirincich
Valerie is originally from Long Island, New York. She graduated from the Fashion Institute of Technology with a BFA in Illustration and the New York Academy of Art with a MFA in Figurative Fine Art. Upon graduation she freelanced as an illustrator and worked for several Manhattan ad agencies as a graphic designer and art director. She currently teaches art and dance for kids through Wilton Continuing education and the Wilton YMCA. She also enjoys teaching fitness and Zumba classes to adults at LA Fitness and the Wilton YMCA.