Participants at the Artist/Teacher Institute (aTi) are instructed by renowned Master Teaching Artists - practicing dancers, musicians, authors, and artists - who perform, publish, and exhibit their work internationally. Their commitment to education, creative development and student-centered learning with classroom applications is world class.

CATHY LECLEIRE received her B.F.A. in printmaking, and her M.A.E. in art education with a concentration in printmaking from Philadelphia College of Art (University of the Arts), Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She went on to receive her M.F.A. in fine arts from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles with a concentration in printmaking. She currently teaches printmaking and book art techniques at Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, New York, and Montclair State University, Montclair, New Jersey. She has shown nationally and internationally and her work is in several major collections, such as the Baku Museum of Art, Azerbaijan; Hunterdon Museum of Art, New Jersey; Lafayette College, Pennsylvania; and William Paterson University, New Jersey. She has also bound books for David Salle, Joan Mitchell, Octavio Paz, Richard Tuttle, James Brown and others. In 2008, LeCleire was the first artist to be awarded a residency through the Adolph Konrad Endowment from the Printmaking Center of New Jersey. Visit her website at

BARBARA DANIELS' Rose Fever: Poems was published by WordTech Press and her chapbooks Moon Kitchen, Black Sails and Quinn & Marie by Casa de Cinco Hermanas Press. She received three Individual Artist Fellowships for her poetry from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts and earned an MFA in poetry at Vermont College. Her poems have appeared in Prairie Schooner, Mid-American Review, WomenArts Quarterly Journal, The Literary Review and many other journals. More than 450 of her poems have appeared in print and on line. She has taught at the middle school, high school, and college level. With her husband, David I. Daniels, she wrote the textbooks Persuasive Writing and English Grammar, published by HarperCollins. Barbara was awarded a full fellowship from the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation to attend the Vermont Studio Center and has been a fellow at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. She has given many poetry readings and participated as a staff member in writing conferences and workshops.

EILEEN FOTI is currently teaching printmaking at William Paterson University. Previously, she was an Assistant Professor at Montclair State University, the Master Printer at the Brodsky Center for Innovative Print and Paper at the Rutgers University from, and the Interim Education Director at Tamarind Institute at the University of New Mexico. She was an assistant professor at Montclair State University. Her work is included in the collections of the Museum of Fine Art, Croatia; Moussem Assilah, Morocco; the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; the Huntington Museum, West Virginia; and the Jersey City and Hunterdon Museums in New Jersey. Foti has received fellowships from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts and the MidAtlantic Arts Foundation, and has had artist residencies in Morocco, South Africa, Botswana, Thailand, Croatia, Russia, and throughout the Caribbean. She is on the board of advisors for the Artist Proof Studio in Johannesburg, South Africa, and the Printmaking Council of New Jersey.

DEBORAH GOLETZ is a master tile maker and muralist.  Her ceramic murals can be found in the NY Subway system and two NJ transit stations.  She has taught tile workshops throughout New Jersey and is the author of Ceramic Art Tile (Schiffer Books). DeBorah currently teaches ceramics at Montclair State University, William Patterson University, Ramapo College and The Art School at Old Church.  She studied ceramics in Japan at the International Workshop for Ceramic Art and earned an MFA from Parsons School of Design. She opened For Love Of Mud Pottery in West Milford, NJ to teach classes and establish a wood kiln.  She creates ceramic murals and launched a new business making Wedding Dress Teapots. Please visit her gallery pages for photos of this work and more
ANN LEPORE received her BFA from Alfred University and her MFA from the School of Visual Arts. She is currently Associate Professor of 3D Design and Animation at Ramapo College of New Jersey. Ann has exhibited at events such as Digital Salon, the Free Biennial, and La Superette in NYC, and internationally, She has completed residencies at Engine 27 Sound Space, the Taliesin Artist Residency Program and was awarded a year-long studio residency at Gallery Aferro in Newark. Recent projects include Metanoia, a three-story time-lapse projection of a chrysalis hatching on the outside of the Museo de las Casas Reales in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Water Projector, an electronic device built to project water on the outside of the Pequannock Gate in Newark, NJ. You can view her work at

HECTOR MORALES is a drummer and percussionist who has combined live national and international performance for the past 15 years with teaching music in the New York area. Mr. Morales is the author of the “The Afro-Peruvian Percussion Ensemble” - Instructional book/DVD published by Sher Music Co, and was nominated in the “Best Educational Book of 2014” category by Modern Drummer Magazine. He has led professional development workshops at Face to Face and The New Jersey Music Educators State Conference. Morales has performed on important international stages as the Lincoln Center, The National Museum of Peru, the "Society of Musicians and Composers of Chile", "Festival du Monde Arabe de Montreal", Jerusalem Music Festival, among others. You can visit his website at

PETER E. MURPHY is the author of Stubborn Child, a finalist for the Paterson Poetry Prize, Challenges for the Delusional, a book of writing prompts, and five poetry chapbooks. He has received awards and fellowships for writing and teaching from The Folger Shakespeare Library, The National Endowment for the Humanities, The New Jersey State Council on the Arts, Yaddo and the White House Commission on Presidential Scholars. He has been an educational advisor to Fooling with Words with Bill Moyers and three other PBS poetry programs. Peter is the founder of Murphy Writing of Stockton University which offers programs for poets, writers and teachers in the U.S. and abroad. He taught English and creative writing at Atlantic City High School for 29 years.

BEN PRANGER has shown his sculpture throughout the U.S., and has been reviewed in publications such as Artforum, Art in America, ArtNews and Art Papers. He has participated in artist residencies at Kohler Art/Industry, Fine Arts Work Center of Provincetown, the Marie Walsh Sharpe Program, and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and has received sculpture grants from the Virginia Commission for the Arts, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, the Pollock-Krasner Foundation and the New Jersey Council for Art. He has taught at Bloomsburg University of PA, Hollins University in Virginia, and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and has worked as an artist-in-residence in public schools in New Jersey (AIE) and Virginia. Visit his website at

KIT SAILER received the Governor’s Award for Outstanding Teaching Artist in 2012. She has taught adults at the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, the Newark Museum and at the Artist/Teacher Institute. She works with K-12 students as an AIE resident artist and through other programs. She earned her BFA from Syracuse University, receiving the Hazard/Gee Fellowship upon graduation. Other awards include NJ State Council of the Arts Fellowship, Artist-in-residence at the Newark Museum, and participated in Aljira’s Emerge program. Solo exhibits include Johnson & Johnson, New Jersey Center for Visual Arts, Tomasulo Gallery, Watchung Arts Center, and Catskill Art Society.

WENDEL A. WHITE was awarded a BFA in photography from the School of Visual Arts in New York and an MFA in photography from the University of Texas at Austin. White taught photography at the School of Visual Arts, NY; The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, NY; the International Center for Photography, NY; Rochester Institute of Technology; and is currently Distinguished Professor of Art at Stockton University. His work has received various awards and fellowships including a John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship in Photography, three artist fellowships from the New Jersey State Council for the Arts, a photography grant from the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, and a New Works Photography Fellowship from En Foco Inc. His work is represented in museum and corporate collections. Visit