Staff & Instructors

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Carol Ward
Director

Carol S. Ward has over 15 years of collaborative leadership in non-profit management, financial oversight, fundraising, strategic planning, Board relationships and grant-winning cultural program development. Most recently she was Executive Director of the Morris-Jumel Mansion in New York City, with prior positions at the Bruce Museum in Greenwich, CT and the Ridderhof Martin Gallery in Fredericksburg, VA.

Ms. Ward is an art historian with her BA from Mary Washington College, and two Masters Degrees, her first in Museum Education from the College of New Rochelle, and her second in Art History from Hunter College.

Articles she has written have been published in The Magazine Antiques, The Historic House Trust journal, the American Alliance of Museums Magazine, Antiques Weekly and catalogs for the Bruce Museum, Morris-Jumel Mansion and Keno Auctions. Her book "Visions of America: The Morris-Jumel Mansion" was published in 2015 and she has recently appeared in the documentary on the making of the hit musical "Hamilton."

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Frank Parga
Director of Education

Frank Parga is currently living and working in Brooklyn, NY. He was born and raised in El Paso, TX where he studied art at the University of Texas at El Paso. He received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in painting with a minor in sculpture. He then went on to receive a Master of Fine Arts degree in studio art from New York University.

Frank is a professional artist who works as an educator and mentor for youth from elementary schools to the university level. Frank is a Teaching Artist with Lincoln Center Education and a member of the UFT (United Federation of Teachers Union). Frank is currently working in collaboration with the Brooklyn Arts Council and Creative Arts Works on various creative projects, workshops and large-scale public murals. He has collaborated on projects with el Museo del Barrio (NYC), Community Word Project as well as Groundswell Mural Project. He is a recipient of the Jacob T. and Gwendolyn Lawrence Foundation’s Visual Harlem Grant Program. He was also a Resident Artist for the Workspace Grant for New York Emerging Artists through the Center for Book Arts in New York City. Frank was selected as a Resident Artist for the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Residency at the Woolworth Building.

Frank’s work has been shown nationally as well as internationally.

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Esteban Carmona
Assistant Director

Esteban Carmona's passion in the arts began at a very young age; his violin and piano training started at the age of six. Throughout his high school years, Esteban pursued acting and was quickly hired by a New York City agency to record his first documentary. He is also an NYC based actor, musician, and producer as well as a co-founder and Director of Public Relations for Normal Ave Productions. He is proud to be the second in his family to obtain a bachelor’s degree. He graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting from Montclair State University.

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CLAIRE WIDMAN
ART INSTRUCTOR

Claire is an experienced illustrator, graphic designer and animator always looking to do what I love best; create art. I have designed everything from brand logos for online applications to illustrations used in advertising campaigns, news articles and event invitations. I have years of experience animating ecards, emoticons, and collaborating in all aspects of traditional broadcast animation. In my free time, I illustrate and exhibit my own friendly little monster characters.

Jackie Meier

Jackie Meier
ART INSTRUCTOR

Jackie Meier has lived in the village of Mamaroneck for 16 years and is raising her family here.  Meier attended Boston College, The Californa College of the Arts in San Francisco and Pratt Institute.  Meier has exhibited her work in many solo and group shows at galleries and institutions.

"I have been a painter for as long as I can remember.  I see, think, learn, and live visually.  My paintings, full of color and rhythm, depict my view of the world.  I look forward to sharing my creative experience by teaching and guiding others to stimulate and develop their own work."

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Brionna Martinez
art instructor

Brionna Martinez (aka BAM)  is an artist who is from Yonkers, NY and currently resides in the Bronx. She graduated with a BFA from the Fashion Institute of Technology. There she majored in Fine Arts with a focus on painting and sculpture as well as minored in Psychology and Art History. Martinez aspires to have a career in both art education and art therapy. Her work can be described as figurative with thought-provoking imagery. Along with creating smaller scaled works Martinez also has taken part in creating murals in New York and New Jersey.

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Vincent stracquadanio
art instructor

Vincent Stracquadanio (b.1989 in Queens, NY) is an artist living and working in New York City. He earned his MFA from the Yale School of Art and a BA from Fordham University. His work has been exhibited at Field Projects (NY), New Release (NY), Artspace (CT), among others. He is the recipient of the Gamblin Paint Award in addition to the James Storey Memorial Visual Arts Award. In addition to teaching at One River, Stracquadanio has worked in Education at the Yale University Art Gallery and the Jewish Museum. He currently is an adjunct professor at Fordham University.

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darren mosley
digital instructor

Darren "Mouse" Mosley is an artist native to White Plains, New York. He began his art career by attending Mercy College in Dobbs Ferry graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts. Although the focused area of study was digital graphics and animation, he always had a fascination for the airbrush. He strives to master the niche of comic or animated characters on canvas, walls automobiles and many other surfaces. Although animated characters are his thing he does not shy away from other projects.

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catherine heller
digital/art instructor

Catherine Heller is artist and photographer from Ridgefield, Connecticut currently residing in Brooklyn, New York. She has studied at the SACI College of Art & Design in Florence, Italy and received her BS Degree in Studio Art from Skidmore College in May 2017. In the past, Catherine has been the scenic designer & paint charge for the Shakespeare Opera Theatre’s 2017 summer production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”, a fashion photographer for the ethical, global marketplace Jewel & Lotus, and has had her work featured in a number of national and international exhibitions. In addition to working with One River, Catherine is currently a design intern at Iliad New York and an active, freelance artist.

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