Blair Brown was born and raised in Sacramento, Calif. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Dance, Cum Laude, from Loyola Marymount University and her MFA in Dance from the University of California, Irvine, where she did research in the relationship between dance service and the cultivation of civic engagement. She also had the opportunity to study at Trinity Laban in London. Blair has done extensive work in screendance, showing her films around the world at San Francisco Dance Film Festival, Oklahoma Dance Film Festival, Utah Dance Film Festival, and Cinedans in Amsterdam. She has traveled with the non-profit Movement Exchange to Panama twice to teach dance in orphanages and at the University of Panama. Blair works extensively in dance outreach, and has run dance programs, and taught arts integration in K-8 schools in Harlem and the Bronx.
In addition to teaching acting, intro to theater, theater history, and diversity at Northwestern University and the University of Michigan-Flint, he has given acting workshops and history seminars at Carnegie Mellon, the University of Pittsburgh, the University of Virginia, Allegheny College, and Brown University. At Michigan-Flint, he directed Waiting for Godot, Noises Off, and Glass Menagerie. He wrote Dan Rice: The Most Famous Man You’ve Never Heard Of, a biography / cultural history of 19C performance and politics. In addition, he has published scholarly articles on circus, anti-theatricality, Shakespeare, 19C words & iconography, and Huckleberry Finn.
Carlyon gives talks throughout the state for the New York Council for the Humanities, one on 19C circus, the other on the Gettysburg Address. A playwright, he co-wrote a rhymed-verse adaptation of Goldoni’s Mirandolina, produced in Virginia, and his play Polonius was chosen for a theater competition in Missouri. He is an Equity actor, most recently playing the Gravedigger in Hamlet in NYC, and he was a Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus clown.
He holds a BA from the University of Michigan, and a Ph.D. from Northwestern University. He also fought wildfires in the West, and served in the Army as a military policeman.
Erin Cairns Cella
Erin Cairns Cella is a New York City based choreographer, performer and dance educator. Her choreographic work has been presented at Center for Performance Research, Triskelion Arts, Brooklyn Arts Exchange, Muhlenberg College, Temple University, New York University, FAB Festival, Philadelphia Fringe Festival, Gowanus Art + Production, through Movement Research Open Performance, Dance New Amsterdam's WiP, and by Women in Motion. She and longtime collaborator Dages Juvelier Keates are Marble House Project residency awardees, and their work will be presented at Temple University and Triskelion Arts in Fall 2016.
As a performer, she has danced for Charles O. Anderson, Rebecca Davis, Jodi Bender, Tanya Calamoneri/Company SoGoNo, Kathy Wasik, and Anne Zuerner, among others. As an educator, Erin has served as adjunct faculty at Temple University, as faculty at Brooklyn Arts Exchange, and she currently teaches modern technique and yoga at various private dance and wellness studios. She is a producer for Women in Motion, which is an organization whose mission is to foster female choreographers through commissioning of new work, producing and mentoring.
Erin holds a BA from Muhlenberg College where she received the Elizabeth Carlson Award for Dance Service, an MFA in Dance, Choreography and Performance from Temple University, and she is also a registered yoga teacher.
John Gavalchin, Ph.D.
Professor Gavalchin has performed as concert pianist throughout North and South America. A critically acclaimed pianist, his solo recital at the Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires, Argentina, prompted an immediate invitation from the Colon's director for a concerto performance with the orchestra. He has also been the guest artist for the International Music Festival at the Domain Forget in Quebec, Canada. In New York, he has performed on WQXR's Listening Room radio program with Robert Sherman, and has been a frequent performer as soloist and ensembles in the northeast US.
John earned bachelor's and master's degrees from The Juilliard School where he was a three-time recipient of the Helena Rubinstein Foundation Scholarship Award. A Ph.D. graduate of New York University, Dr. Gavalchin's dissertation "Temporality in Music: a conceptual model based on the phenomenology of Paul Ricoeur" received the department's "Roger P. Phelps Award" as the outstanding dissertation in the field of music. Dr. Gavalchin teaches music appreciation at Iona College and is on the piano faculty of Teachers College, Columbia University and The College of Saint Elizabeth. Additionally, he is music director of the "Paul and Irene Bogoni Foundation," which is dedicated to the arts and education. He has previously taught at New York University and has given piano master classes in the U.S. and abroad.
Full-time art and photography instructor since 1978, Stanley Lapa was the first to bring studio arts classes to Iona in the areas of drawing, painting, sculpture and photography. He holds an MA degree in ceramic sculpture and an MFA in photography. Currently, he teaches drawing and painting courses and on-line hybrid courses in digital photography.
His own special interests include photography, and painting in pastel and watercolor. He exhibits locally in the New York/Westchester areas and recently had his painting, entitled “Autumn Leaves” (pastel on prepared canvas) accepted into the Pastel Society of the America’s 2007 35th Annual Open Juried Exhibition, For Pastels Only, where it garnered the award from the American Artist Professional League for traditional realism.
Jeffrey Allen Price
Jeffrey Allen Price received his BFA from Missouri State University in 1999 and his MFA from Stony Brook University in 2003.
Jeffrey Allen Price is a multi-media artist with a conceptual and process-based approach to making art. Over the last 20 years his interdisciplinary work has taken multifarious forms including paintings, drawings, sculptures, videos, performance art and curating.
His works have been exhibited nationally and internationally including shows at Valentine, Queens, N.Y.; Islip Art Museum, Islip, N.Y.; and Chicago Art Source, Chicago, Ill. His work has been reviewed or featured in numerous publications and media outlets including The New York Times, Newsday, and the Huffington Post.
His works are in the collections of the Islip Art Museum, The Williamsburg Art and Historical Center, and numerous private collections around the world.
Price lives and works on Long Island, N.Y., and teaches art and art history classes at several nearby colleges.
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Ryan Seslow is a multidisciplinary artist, independent curator, and professor of fine arts living and working in the New York area. Working in all mediums Ryan shows and shares his work on a regular basis in various formats, both nationally and internationally.
Recent projects and exhibitions include a one-year series of public art installations for The Brooklyn Wine Company, Park Slope, N.Y., curator of "Video Synthesis" for the CUNY QCC Art Gallery Permanent Collection in Bayside, N.Y., The ReUse Project, Tel Aviv, Isreal, The Streaming Festival's International Video Art Festival, Den Hague in the Netherlands, Art House Co-Op's Country Wide Sketch Book Exhibition, Magmart 4, International Video Art Festival, Naples, Italy, Solo Exhibition at the York College Art Gallery, Jamaica, N.Y. Images from these, and other projects can viewed on Ryan Seslow's photostream.
Seslow teaches fine arts courses at four different colleges in the metropolitan area.
Patricia Smith, Ph.D.
Dr. Patricia Smith directs the Iona Vocal Ensemble and teaches music history. Dr. Smith comes to Iona from the University of Minnesota where she served as the director of music education. She has also served as the interim director of music education at Shorter University in Georgia and the director of music programs at Sacred Heart University in Connecticut. Her experience in public schools has been as both a teacher and an administrator. Her global mindset led her to work with 1,100 exchange students from more than 70 countries, collaborating with the U.S. State Department, Foreign Partners and U.S. families. She also served as the administrator of a student outgoing exchange program.
Dr. Smith received her BA from Potsdam, her MM from the University of Buffalo and her Ph.D. from Columbia Pacific University. Dr. Smith is a NYSSMA solo and major organization adjudicator, was invited into the New York State Choral Guild and has served on the board of the American Choral Directors Association. Her administrative work led her to Boards of Education throughout the East Coast and in France speaking on the topic of “arts matter”. Her research interests are music and behavior/brain function and educational reform. With her extensive experience in curriculum development, she was asked to be a reader of the National Arts Standards. Her publications are numerous, her dissertation center upon “Music Education: The Archetype of National Education Reform”, and she has been inducted into the Phi Kappa Delta research fraternity.