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Faculty & Staff

The full faculty and staff at Snow Farm Summer live on campus with the students, providing instruction, supervision, mentorship, and a lot of laughs. From schedules to med call, they sweat the small stuff so the young artists don't have to. These folks are the 2021 faculty and staff; the crew for 2022 will be announced next spring.  

Brian Brown, Director

Except for a couple years in the middle, Brian has been the director of the summer high school program at Snow Farm since 2003. He's a local high school teacher, musician, and former soccer coach. His primary art medium is Daily Agenda Dry Erase, and you'll find him eating lots of salad when wraps are on the lunch menu.

Avia Ferrande, Assistant Director

Avia was the activities director at Snow Farm Summer for two years. In 2021, she debuts as the Assistant Director. She is also a special education teacher at an alternative high school in Plymouth, MA. She is counting down the days until she's back in the Snow Farm magic!

Rosie Amato, Student Life Coordinator

Rosie hails from St. Paul, Minnesota and is a student in metalsmithing and textiles at UMass Dartmouth. In addition to making art, she enjoys hiking, hoarding antique textiles, and falling down obscure historical research rabbit holes. Having worked with kids and teens in a variety of settings, she is excited to connect with students and to help foster a fun and inclusive community at her first Snow Farm summer.


2021 Summer Faculty

Our instructors are accomplished artists who come from throughout the United States.  Snow Farm hires instructors who are creative, fun, intelligent, hard working, and well-rounded. Instructors live at Snow Farm during the summer and interact with students both in and out of the studio. Together, they form a strong community of role models who positively impact the lives of young people.


Alison Burch (session 1 only)

Allison is from Toledo, OH. She graduated from Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, OH with a BFA in 3D Design with a Specification in Ceramics, and from a post-baccalaureate at Wichita State University in Wichita, KS. Allison is currently in the MFA program at University of Florida in Gainesville, FL.  Website

Annette Gates

Annette studied ceramics with Betty Woodman and Scott Chamberlin at the University of Colorado in Boulder, and after earning her B.F.A, she worked as studio technician at Red Rocks Community College in Golden, Colorado. She received her M.F.A from the University of Georgia in Athens, studying with Andy Nasisse and Ted Saupe. Since earning her M.F.A, Annette has taught craft workshops locally and nationally to students of all ages, including university courses at Emory University, The Atlanta College of Art, Elon University, and The University of Georgia. At Snow Farm, Annette teaches in the adult and teen programs as well develops curriculum and recruits instructors for the ceramics studio. Website

Nicole Singer (session 2 only)

Nicole Singer is a potter and sculptor who brings many years of ceramics, teaching, and summer camp experience to Snow Farm. She is the art teacher at Fort River Elementary School in Amherst, MA, and she taught in the ceramics studio at Buck’s Rock Performing and Creative Arts Camp for most of the last fifteen summers. She is delighted to join the Snow Farm Summer teaching team this season. In addition to ceramics, Nicole also enjoys flameworking, watercolor painting, and costume design. When she’s not teaching or making art, she organizes folk music festivals and loves to sing.  Website



Alex Cincotta

Alex is a Boston-based flameworker who has been working with glass for seven years, focused mainly on borosilicate. His works include large and ornately decorated marbles, small sculpture/figurines, pendants and jewelry, as well as hollow forms/vessels. Alex teaches in both the teen and adult programs at Snow Farm and been part of the team at Fiamma Glass in Waltham, MA for five years.  The Alex and Angie team have headed up the Snow Farm Summer flameshop for the past three years. In this video, they explain more about fliameworking

Angie McHale

Angie earned her BFA with a concentration in glass from Massachusetts College of Art in 2017. Since then she has continually worked in glass and has taught at Snow Farm: New England Craft Program, New Street Glass and various other private and public glass studios. Angela’s work straddles the boundaries between order and chaos while grappling with concepts such as impact, loss, and the apocalypse.  Her artwork is inspired by personal narratives and current events, most notably the climate crisis. Recently she has been creating plasma light sculptures and utilizing light in her work as a metaphor for the soul. Angela completed a two year residency at the Worcester Center for crafts in 2019 where she remains on staff as a flameworking instructor. Angela recently earned an associates degree in Scientific Glass Technology at Salem Community College in New Jersey.  website


Flat Glass

Hanna Brown

Hanna is a Boston based glass artist. She graduated from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design in 2015 with a BFA in Fine Art 3D and Glass, followed by a two year residency at the Worcester Center for Craft. Hanna has taught glassblowing, kilnforming, coldworking, and worked at many shops in the Boston area. Hanna’s glass practice primarily consists of kiln casting and slumping techniques; she is inspired by light, texture, and nature. Hanna has also been a part of two major public art installations, the Boston Marathon Bombing Memorial, and the LGBTQAI memorial in New York. Hanna has been working at Ross Art Studio fabricating cast glass art work for high profile artists, and is happy to be joining the faculty at Snow Farm for in the first-ever flat glass studio for high school students.

Lindsy Marshall
Lindsy is a glass and mixed media artist whose work examines material studies, the duality of creation and deconstruction, and the process of deterioration with the passing of time.  She received her BFA with a concentration in glass from Massachusetts College of Art and Design in 2017. Since graduating, Lindsy has been an artist in residence at the Worcester Center for Crafts. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally. website

Metalsmithing & Jewelry

Hannah Oatman

Hannah fell in love with Jewelry while attending Pratt Institute in Brooklyn , NY and completed her BFA at SUNY New Paltz in 2017. In the year following, she completed residencies at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, Smitten Forum, and Baltimore Jewelry Center. She also won the inaugural Jewelry Edition Award. She received an MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2020. She has exhibited in various national and international exhibitions, including Talente 2019 in Munich and a solo exhibition at the Hannah Gallery in Barcelona in 2021. Her work can be found in the permanent collection of the Enamel Arts Foundation. website

John Sullivan

John is an artist, metalsmith, jeweler, and educator whose work focuses on psychology, neuropsychology, and interpersonal relationships. Working as a contemporary artist and metalsmith, John explores the themes and issues surrounding dysfunctional relationships, psychological disorders, and trauma. John recently graduated with his MFA from SUNY, New Paltz. Prior to graduate school, John was the Sponsor Coordinator and a board member of the Colorado Metalsmithing Association and an apprentice to artist Ira Sherman. John has exhibited work at a number of national and international venues as well as been published in numerous domestic and foreign publications. website


Painting & Drawing

Riley Brown (session 2 only)

Riley is a recent alumni of the Rhode Island School of Design, with a specialization in experimental animation and illustration. Practiced in traditional and digital media, Riley is currently producing independent shorts and a body of personal work while pursuing a career in arts teaching.

Sophie Foulkes

Sophie studies illustration at the Rhode Island School of Design and enjoys working with ink, paint, collage, and printing. She illustrates for The College Hill Independent and The Brown Political Review. She enjoys going on bike rides and listening to podcasts. SophieI grew up in Amherst, MA; her sister is an alum of Snow Farm Summer. Sophie says she is excited to be spending time this summer in beautiful western MA.  website
Zoe Sasson (session 1 only)

Zoe is a painter who recently moved back to Western Massachusetts after many years living in North Carolina. She holds a BA in Painting from Guilford College in NC and an MFA from the University of NC, Greensboro. In her artwork, she creates imagined spaces wherein characters can assert themselves, their oddities, and their curiosities. She makes paintings that bulge joyously and uncomfortably, that sit heavy with layers of found materials, fabrics, and paint. When not painting, Zoe runs an arts outreach program called Art Post, cooks, gardens, bicycles, and spends time with her 2 cats. She is excited to come back to Snow Farm, after attending the summer program as a teenager back in 2005! website

Welding & Fabrication

Beca Acosta

Beca Acosta is originally from Dallas, TX and has been living in New York City for the past 10 years. As a practicing sculpture artist, she makes kinetic machines from metal, wood, fabric, and glass, which embody felt and projected emotional intensity. Beca has exhibited widely, including most recently at the SATELLITE art fair, Washington State University, and IDIO Gallery. In 2019, she was an Artist in Residence at Disclaimer Gallery in Brookyn, NY and had her first solo exhibit, called the The Punching Machine. Beca has been molding the minds of young artists at Snow Farm since 2012. In this video, Beca talks more about her experiences at Snow Farm