Danielle Izzi-St. Pierre

Chair

Bio Forthcoming.

Leah Thovmasian Hill

Vice-Chair

Bio Forthcoming.

Shannon Casey

Secretary

Shannon Casey of Cranston, RI, is an avid ceramicist and fiber artist whose focus is on creating harmonious relationships between the seemingly incongruous mediums. After graduating with a BA in art education from Moravian College, Bethlehem, PA, Shannon began teaching at Artists' Exchange, a non-profit community arts collaborative. 12 years later, Shannon is now the director and oversees the many programs she helped implement. Most notably, and the program of which she is most proud, is the sustainable fiber program and collaboration with Revive the Roots, a non-profit organization with the focus on sustainability and permaculture. The fiber program at Artists' Exchange was created as a means to educate students on not just the fiber arts but animal husbandry and sustainable sourcing for art materials. As director, Shannon remains a teacher, sharing not only a love for her craft, but mentoring young educators to lead and inspire the next generation of artists.

Jay Bombardier


Bio forthcoming

Nilton Cardenas

The artistic world of Nilton Cárdenas (Peru 1972) stands before us as an evolving process which is constantly achieved. His paintings, drawings and murals offer us a pictorial language polarized by the feelings, memories and nostalgia of an identity: The passion for his country and its original (aesthetic, folkloric, mythological ...) traditions typical of the Inca civilization. That ancestral history is reborn in his paintings under a sort of veiled Andean mysticism which coexists within his present world; his own world; the stage where he lives (the United States). From this symbiosis a constant self-questioning emerges and it is pictorially projected and extended with originality and strength. A work that from his creative crucible radiates intensity, color and life, and it is characterized by a style not subject to limits or fixations, but rather to a form of free expression and aesthetic –realistic, surreal, abstract, contemporary, etc. –plurality. An expression that, in this artist, investigates and risks in search for self-identity, for an original vision, for a feel of the dynamics that produces synergy in the rich universe of form and color: Inspiration and creativity, tradition and present; ´a whole´ that invites us to reflect through the spatial framework of his paintings.

Paul Carpentier


Paul Carpentier is a lifelong resident of the city of Cranston, hailing from a family of artist designers also active in the Cranston community for over six decades.

He attended Rhode Island School of Design where he received both a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Film Animation studies and a Master of Arts in Teaching.

For nearly 25 years, Carpentier has been professionally teaching visual art + design in public schools and in museums across New England. He continues to dynamically fulfill his role as a high school arts educator at Cranston West High School and has been awarded various recognitions for his unique talents in both teaching and a variety of design installations locally and abroad.

A proud member of the Cranston Arts Commission since its second inception in 2016, Paul looks forward to continued involvement in and development of the vibrant commission.

Abbey Tellier

Bio forthcoming

Linda Peterson

Bio forthcoming

Nancy Vitulli

Nancy Vitulli is a high school theater teacher and director at Cranston High School West since 1995. A native of Cranston, Rhode Island, Nancy studied acting at the Lee Strasberg Theater Institute and received her B.F.A. in Undergraduate Drama from New York University. With a Masters in Education from Adelphi University, Nancy implemented a dance program and directed plays at Grover Cleveland High School, Queens, NY. Returning to Cranston in 1990, she soon thereafter co-founded the Cranston Community Theater, a multi generational group, which brought live theater to our city for over ten years. Under Nancy’s direction at Cranston High School West, numerous productions have been selected to represent Rhode Island at New England Drama Festivals while earning students recognition for their outstanding work in acting and theatrical design. In 2019, Nancy was recognized by the Kennedy Center as one of ten recipients nationwide for a Stephen Sondheim Inspirational Teacher Award.