Staff & Instructors

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ERIN CHAMPION
Director

Erin Champion graduated from Mansfield University with a Bachelor of Science in Art Education, and from Marywood University with her Master's in Fine Art in Studio Art with a concentration in Printmaking. Erin has taught across all age groups and media, including many years at the college level. She opened her first Printmaking Studio in Binghamton, New York in 2007, where she brought art to her local community through exhibitions and classes. Erin is also a celebrated printmaker who specializes in etching and has shown her work across the US and around the world.

Erin is excited to work at One River School of Art + Design because they are the leading edge in transforming Art Education across the United States. Erin believes that classes in the arts at One River will transform students into well-rounded, creative, self-expressed individuals.

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KRISTIN STAZZONE
Assistant Director

Kristin Stazzone graduated from High Point University in North Carolina in 2016 with a B.A. in Studio Art and minor in Events Management as well as traveled abroad to study at Studio Art International (SACI) in Florence, Italy. She worked as a Graphic Designer for several years prior to working at One River School of Art + Design. Kristin is a practicing oil and acrylic painter that focuses on abstract cityscapes drawing much of her inspiration from her love of traveling.

Kristin is excited to be working at One River because she is able to see the transformative nature art programs can have have on students’ lives. Her favorite aspect of the work done here is being able to introduce the school to people who truly have an appreciation for the arts. She is an integral part of the team which will transform art education in America.

 

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Viviana Maciel
Assistant Director

Viviana Maciel is a summa cum laude graduate of Kean University, where she received her BFA in Studio Art. She specializes in drawing and sculpture, and uses both to explore the range of human emotions. A passion for guiding others in refining their craft led her to begin her teaching journey several years ago. Since then, she had directed the Fine Art Department of a local art school before finding her calling at One River.

Viviana hopes to help her students learn the rules of art-making, and then watch them break those rules in a quest to find their voices as artists. She is most excited that One River offers students a place to do what they love and express themselves through visual means, and that this innovative space demonstrates that art is accessible, viable, and can play an active role in their lives. Viviana is honored to be part of a team that fosters such boundless creativity.

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JENNIFER MORTARULO
ART / DIGITAL INSTRUCTOR

Jennifer Mortarulo is a seasoned, passionate, creative professional. She studied Fine Art and Art History at Rutgers University, as well as traveled abroad to study art in Italy at the Universita d’Urbino and attended Hunter College for her Graduate studies. Her career has enabled her to develop a unique and varied skill set that Jennifer is excited to share with the students of One River. She spent the better part of her early career as a textile designer for various private labels. Jennifer works as a freelancer graphic designer for big and small business such as Architectural Digest and Darby Road Pub. She was drawn to One River Art School for it’s progressive style of sharing knowledge with students. Jennifer is an eternal student is expecting to learn a lot during her time at One River.

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MARIKA ROBAK
DIGITAL ART INSTRUCTOR

Marika Robak is a photographer from South Orange, NJ. She received her Master of Fine Arts degree at Pratt Institute, and her bachelor’s degree in both Visual Arts and Communications and Media Studies from Fordham University. Her artistic practice involves a variety of photographic formats, including film and historical photographic processes, as well as digital media. Through her work, Marika investigates the “man-altered landscape” and the candid—or seemingly candid—images characteristic of street and documentary photography. She has been teaching photography for several years in Manhattan, and is excited to bring her experience and passion to the One River School, where she hopes to teach students to meld technical expertise and creative concepts in their artistic endeavors.

 

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Moss Freedman
Art Instructor

Moss Freedman was born in Chicago, IL. He studied Fine Art at Kenyon College and went on to earn an M.F.A. in Sculpture from Washington University in St. Louis. For nearly two decades, Moss lived and worked in New York City as an Animation Character Designer (Disney/ Jumbo pictures) and then, as an Art Director of animated TV commercials (Trix, Lucky Charms, Cocoa puffs). He currently lives and works as a fine artist and art instructor in Maplewood, NJ. Moss’ award winning paintings are shown in galleries throughout the New York/ New Jersey area. In addition to teaching art at the Millburn One River School, he is also an adjunct professor at Seton Hall University, South Orange NJ.

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Ben Rizzo
Art / Digital Instructor

Ben Rizzo graduated from James Madison University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting and Drawing, as well as Art Education. He is currently a local Computer Science and Art Teacher. Ben has volunteered with Hearts for Haiti, where he acted as an art teacher, care giver, and companion for orphaned children. When Ben is not teaching or tutoring, he spends most of his time creating art. His recent works consist of hand-made maps and micrography portraits. He is an avid traveller, and has been to Cambodia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Haiti, Italy, Malta, Mexico, Netherlands, Switzerland, Turks and Caicos and Vietnam. Like One River, he is committed to sharing his passion for the arts with the community.

 

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Willa Hut
Art Instructor

Willa Hut graduated from Dickinson College with a Bachelor’s degree in Art and Art History, and a minor in Philosophy. She is a painter and collage artist who has taught art in diverse settings including museums, a high school in Rome, and now One River School. Willa has always enjoyed working with children and in community settings. As president of Dickinson’s Arts Collective, she organized art workshops, juried exhibitions, visiting artist lectures, and service projects for the college and greater community. She has experienced firsthand the power of art to enrich communities, first as a student and more recently as a resident of South Orange, NJ where she is active in cultural events. Willa enthusiastically supports One River’s mission to bring quality art education to suburbs nationwide. As a studio art instructor, she has observed how hands-on artistic projects feed creative impulses in children and offer an important emotional outlet for teens; and she enjoys facilitating these exploratory processes for her students.

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Michael Moran
Art Instructor

Mike Moran graduated from the School of Visual Arts with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Commercial Art. His illustrations/cartoons have been used in Children's books,major magazines, newspapers, animation, toy packaging, app games, and greeting cards. His clients are diverse and numerous, including Disney, American Greetings, Colgate, Trex Decking, Dial Books, Harper Collins, New York Times, Highlights, Scholastic INC., Major League Baseball, Boys' Life, Age of Learning/ABC Mouse, Readers Digest, Sky Pony Press, The Grammys and many more. Mike is a celebrated gallery artist who has had solo and group shows from New York City to Los Angeles. He has been also recognized by the Society of Illustrators Los Angeles and the Society of Published Designers. What drew him to One River was the opportunity to have students be creative all with a smile.

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Tim Brown
Art / Digital Instructor

Tim Brown graduated from the College of New Jersey with a B.A. in Art Education. After a week as a fine art major, he realized education was where his true passions lay. Tim specializes in graphic comic art as well as colored pencil renderings. He currently is an elementary school art teacher at a nearby private school. Outside of the classroom, Tim is a travel baseball coach as well as a practicing artist who draws during any freetime. He looks forward to sharing his talents with the students of One River, while also learning from the other great artists that are a part of the One River transformation.

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Jodi Notowitz
Art / Digital Instructor

Jodi Notowitz graduated from SUNY Geneseo with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Studio Art with concentrations in painting and drawing and a minor in Spanish. Jodi has been an Art Director and Graphic Designer with more than twenty years experience in graphic design, marketing, publishing, illustration, and brand development. Jodi started her own graphic design business, Wicked Design, in 2008. Jodi has taught Fine Art and Graphic Design across all age groups since 2005. Whether it is as a Graphic Designer in Educational Publishing or as a Graphic Design/Art Teacher, Jodi’s career and interests have always intertwined art, education, and creativity. Jodi is excited to educate, encourage, create, and learn at One River.

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Cris Thorne
Digital Instructor

Chris has been a Visual Storyteller for over 15 years. After graduating from Howard University with a BA Degree in Film Production in 2010, Cris moved back to his home town of South Orange, NJ to produce independent films though his company, Crizlassic Productions. In 2012, Crizlassic Productions released its first feature length documentary, "De-leveling the System" which analyzed academic placement in the South Orange/Maplewood public school district.

Since 2016, Cris has been building a channel of content under his web media brand, CrizlassicTV, launching three original web series projects. These projects have garnered a combined 22 official festival selections, including; Best Shorts Competition Award of Recognition in 2017 for TV Pilot: The Same Coin Series, and three official Hip Hop Film Festival selections for Looking Through the Windows: Season 1 (2016) Season 2 (2017) and The Same Coin: Season 2 (2018). Cris is committed to producing diverse content, using CrizlassicTV as a platform to evoke creative and progressive thought while keeping its viewers entertained.

Career Opportunities for Artist, Educators and Art Lovers

Career opportunities at One River School allow passionate artists, educators and lovers of art to share their love and knowledge of art and enhance the lives of people they connect with everyday.

Together we can transform communities by opening our space and sharing what we do for all who are interested. We work hard, laugh a lot, have fun and make people feel good.

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