About Our Instructors

Jin Chong

Artist/Painter

Jin Chong is an artist who has exhibited internationally including the United States, Korea, France, Uruguay, China, and Bulgaria, as solo exhibitions, group exhibitions, and participating art fairs. She has been acknowledged by press review in magazines and newspapers. She has a long history of teaching, dating back to 1989. She has taught students for eight years at renowned colleges and universities in Korea as an adjunct professor and lecturer, as well as an instructor for public and private art schools. She was a guest lecturer at Parsons, NY. She had earned numerous awards in Korea, including earning the Special Prize at the National Grand Art Exhibition of Korea, the National Museum of Contemporary Art. Her knowledge and expertise have been enriched through her collaboration with other art professionals while she was working as an art journalist. 


She had BFA and MFA in Oriental Painting from Hong-ik University in Korea and had MFA in painting from Pratt Institue in NY.

Brian Rosenberger

Illustration Instructor

Brian Rosenberger has been a dedicated art instructor in the Scotch Plains Fanwood school district for the last 9 years.
Brian received a BA in Illustration from SVA, NY in 2003 and was featured in the senior portfolio review for Illustration/Cartooning. During his time as a freelance artist, his most notable work was a collaboration with Jordan Bennett for Lost Art Custom Leather, NY, NY.
Brian entered education after attaining a Masters in Fine Art Education at Kean University.
Recently, aside from teaching his focus has been his greatest creation, his daughter Willow.

Maggie Grabko

Young Artists' Class Instructor

Maggie Grabko is an artist and has long time experience in teaching art age from pre-8th grades, at Chatham Day School, Wardlaw Hartridge, Orchard Academy, Camp Harmony, Westfield Public School. She is also experienced teaching special needs children. 

She earned a BA from Harvard University. 

Damarys Sanchez

Animation Instructor

Damarys Sanchez is a proud Latina whose work is inspired by the culture and language that surrounded her while growing up. Many of her works have been shown through small exhibits in town halls and museums in the city of Newark, New Jersey where she was born and raised. Due to this she was awarded an art scholarship in 2015 where she was able to study in France and was granted the opportunity to hold a show with other scholarship winners. A collaboration art piece was on display at the Marseille Provence Airport that year; she was also appointed artistic director for the project. Her works are primarily done in watercolors, and focuses on observational floral aspects, and daily life and emotion. 


Damarys has graduated from the School of Visuals Arts in 2019 with a Bachelor’s of Arts in Animation.

Joseph Castronova

Guest Instructor

Joseph Castronova is currently a member of the faculty at The Institute for Contemporary Art in Bedminster, NJ. As a professional artist, Joseph has shown extensively in group shows including ArtFair 14C, Barron Arts Center, Westerhoff Gallery, Earth Studios, M Galleries, Above Art, and Yendor Productions. Solo shows include M Galleries and Catherine Street Gallery, NY. Commissions include RoboKiller, TelTech, Metuchen Downtown Alliance. He is represented in collections of the School of Visual Arts, Staten Island Institute of Arts and Sciences, JP Morgan Chase, and others.

Jean Feely

Guest Instructor for Craft/ Knitting

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