Osvin Yanes, Fine Arts, AA+D, Norwalk Community College
Osvin Yanes

Faculty

The Art, Architecture + Design department’s faculty have exceptional qualifications. Faculty members are working professionals dedicated to their disciplines and teaching.

Full-time Faculty

John Alvord
John Alvord
Department Chair
Professor and Coordinator,
Graphic Design and Design for the Web Programs, Building Efficiency & Sustainable Technology Certificate Program
B.A., Boston College
M.A., Teachers College, Columbia University

John Alvord has worked in the design field since 1988. Currently, his freelance design focuses on identity and collateral design. He has been teaching at the college since 1996.

jalvord@norwalk.edu
203.857.6890

Jacek Bigosinski
Jacek Bigosinski, R.A., AIA
Professor and Coordinator, Architectural
Engineering Technology, Interior Design
and Construction Technology Programs
B.Arch., M.Eng. in Architecture, Warsaw Polytechnic

Jacek Bigosinski is a practicing architect with his office located in Rowayton, with three full time employees, two of them being former NCC graduates. pbarchitects.net. He is the Program Coordinator for Architecture, Interior Design and Construction programs, and has been teaching at the college since 1989.

jbigosinski@norwalk.edu
203.857.7159

Joan Fitzsimmons
Joan Fitzsimmons
Professor, Photography
B.F.A., Washington University, St. Louis
M.F.A., The School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Joan Fitzsimmons is a practicing photographer who exhibits nationally and internationally. Her work is in a number of museum and private collections. joanfitzsimmons.com. She oversees the area of photography in the Studio Arts Program, and has been teaching at the college since 1988.

jfitzsimmons@norwalk.edu
203.857.7196

Joseph Fucigna
Joseph Fucigna
Professor and Coordinator, Art Programs
B.F.A., Alfred University
M.F.A., School of Visual Arts

Joseph Fucigna is a practicing sculptor who is known for transforming common industrial materials into unique three dimensional abstractions. fucigna.com. He is the Program Coordinator of the Studio Arts and Fine Arts programs, and has been teaching at the college since 1988.

jfucigna@norwalk.edu
203.857.3323

Ken Lalli
Ken Lalli
Professor, Graphic and Web Design
B.F.A., M.F.A., Herbert H. Lehman College,
The City University of New York

Working in the design field since 1990, Ken Lalli studied graphic arts with master printmaker Arun Bose. As such, his design philosophy centers on bridging traditional and digital art media. xenosdesign.com. He has been teaching at the college since 2000.

klalli@norwalk.edu
203.857.7278

Edmond Yalda
Edmond T. Yalda
Instructor, Architectural Engineering Technology
B.A., Carleton University, Ottawa Canada

Edmond Yalda is a practicing architect at Michael Blanc and Associates Architects/Planner, where he is in charge of design and production. He has been teaching at the college since 2007.

eyalda@norwalk.edu
203.857.3350

Adjunct Faculty

David Boyaijan
David Boyajian
Adjunct Professor, Studio Arts
B.F.A., Alfred University
M.F.A., Maryland Institute College of Art,
Rinehart School of Sculpture.

David Boyajian is a noted sculptor who works in a variety of scales and materials. Known for his Bud & Seed forms fabricated from steel, these large scale sculptures appear to be three-dimensional riffs driven by the power and beauty of nature. davidboyajian.com. Following 20 years of teaching sculpture at the Silvermine School of Art in New Canaan, Boyajian co-founded Sculpture Barn in New Fairfield, CT where he teaches metal, stone and wood sculpture. He has been teaching Drawing I & II at the college since 1999.

davidboyajian@charter.net

Jim Bergesen
Jim Bergesen
Adjunct Professor, Studio Arts
B.S., Western Michigan University
Life Member, Art Students League of New York
M.F.A., Purchase College, State University of New York
M.A., Purchase College, State University of New York

Jim Bergesen is a working artist with master’s degrees in both Visual Arts and Contemporary Art History and Criticism. This duality is reflected in his artwork, which merges traditional painting and photographic practice with digital technologies. Jim’s works are in corporate and private collections.

Steve DiGiovanni
Steven DiGiovanni
Adjunct Professor, Studio Arts
B.A., University of South Carolina
M.F.A., Maryland Institute College of Art

Steven DiGiovanni is a painter living and working in New Haven. He has exhibited in New York, Boston, and throughout Connecticut. His work is in numerous private collections and the permanent collection of the New Britain Museum of American Art. Steven has been an instructor at NCC since 1999.

Chris Durante
Chris Durante
Adjunct Professor, Studio Arts
B.A., Graphic Design, Western Connecticut State University

Chris Durante runs and operates a studio in Danbury where he prepares art work for local and national museum and gallery exhibits. His own drawings, depicting whimsical comic book abstractions, are shown extensively throughout the northeast, most recently at The Washington Art Association in Washington Depot, CT. He has been teaching drawing at NCC since 2001.

chrisdurante@mags.net

Bruce Glaser
Bruce Glaser
Adjunct Professor, Art History
B.A., Columbia College
M.A., Columbia University

Bruce Glaser has published articles and seminal interviews regarding major contemporary artists. He was director of several New York City art galleries and has taught at Pratt Institute, Hunter College (CUNY), Herbert H. Lehman College (CUNY) and the University of Bridgeport. He has been teaching art history at NCC since 1992.

bglaser@norwalk.edu

Mark Goodwin
Mark P. Goodwin, A.I.A.
Adjunct Professor, Architectural
Engineering Technology and Interior Design
B.S., B.Arch., The Catholic University of America, Washington, DC

Mark Goodwin is a practicing architect with twenty-three years experience in the architecture profession. He is a principal with Beinfield Architecture PC, a twelve person architecture firm in South Norwalk, CT. He has worked on a wide range of local architecture, interior design and construction projects including single-family residential homes, small commercial buildings, and restaurant design and interiors. Mark holds the position of Village District Architectural Consultant for the town of Bethel, CT. Mark has been teaching at NCC since 2003.

mgoodwin@norwalk.edu

Pamela Gordon
Pamela Gordon
Adjunct Professor, Art Appreciation
B.A., Dartmouth College

Pamela Gordon is a writer and editor specializing in college textbooks in the arts and humanities. After working for a number of years as an editor for McGraw-Hill and subsequently as an executive editor for Pearson, Pam opened her own freelance editorial business. Pam is currently writing an art appreciation textbook. She holds a degree in art history from Dartmouth College and has taught at NCC since 2009.

pgordon@norwalk.edu

Eric Gribin
Eric Gribin
Adjunct Professor, Building Efficiency & Sustainable Technology
Founding Director, BEST Certificate Program
Director, Sustainable Technology Programs, Tunxis Community College
M.S., Robert J. Milano School of Management and Urban Policy at the New School University
Diploma in Construction Management, NYU Real Estate Institute
B.S., The University of Michigan

Eric Gribin, BPI Building Analyst, Urban Green G-Pro, NAHB CGP, helped create the Building Efficiency and Sustainable Technology Programs at NCC. He serves on the Mayor’s Task Force for Energy & Environment for the City of Norwalk.

egribin@norwalk.edu
203.857.7345

Lori Lohstoeter
Lori Lohstoeter
Adjunct Professor, Studio Arts
B.A., University of Arkansas at Little Rock
B.F.A., Art Center College of Design, CA

Lori Lohstoeter is a graphic artist, educator, and painter. She has a strong traditional arts background. She started her career as a commercial Illustrator, represented in New York. She is best known for her children’s book titles, and PBS animated videos. Many of her projects have won considerable recognition, including the New York Times Best Sellers List for children’s picture books/Beatrice’s Goat. She teaches foundation drawing at the college and drawblog.org lives and works in Norwalk. Her studio is with Firing Circuits Studios at 1 Muller Ave. loriloh.com. Lori has been an instructor at the college since 2010.

llohstoeter@norwalk.edu

Karen Fecenko-Lyon
Karen Fecenko-Lyon
Adjunct Professor, Graphic Design
B.F.A., Parsons School of Design
M.A., Fairfield University

Karen Lyon has been working in the graphic design field for 25+ years. Her career has spanned from editorial graphics and art direction with Golf Digest/The New York Times to corporate graphics and management with GE Capital. She is now principal of Beauregard and Partners, LLC.

Karen has taught a variety of design and software classes at several local institutions of higher learning beginning at NCC from 1983 to 1990, returning in 2004.

Mark Alex Maidique
Mark Alex Maidique, AIA
Adjunct Professor, Architecture Visualization
B.Arch., Cornell University, College of Art, Architecture + Planning
M.B.A., New York University, Stern School of Business (in progress)

Mark Maidique is a licensed architect in Connecticut and New York, who specializes in residential renovations and kitchen design. Mark has designed and built houses, residential communities, condo buildings as well as office buildings in Connecticut, New York and Florida.  He has a kitchen cabinetry studio and showroom, Wheelock Maidique, in Old Greenwich, Connecticut, which specializes in high-design custom kitchens. Mark is currently pursing his MBA at NYU, with the intention of growing Wheelock Maidique into a multi-showroom company.

mmaidique@norwalk.edu

David Mann
David Mann
Adjunct Professor, Architectural Engineering Technology, Building Efficiency & Sustainable Technology
M.S.Arch, Harvard University
LEED Accreditation, U.S. Green Building Council

David Mann has over 15 years of experience in design, development, construction and financial analysis. Mann currently teaches both Structures and Building Technology in the Architectural Engineering Technology program, as well as, Renewable and Alternative Energy in the Building Efficiency and Sustainable Technology program at NCC. A founding principal of GreenTek Consulting, a sustainability for the built environment practice, he was formerly a principal of Jupiter Atlantic, a South East Florida real estate development firm; and has worked as a technology and business financial analyst for a New York City private equity and hedge fund. David was a senior associate of THINK—the runner-up in the World Trade Center Re-Design. His other design and construction experience includes a diverse range of projects from the Southwest Capitol of France and the Whitehall (Staten Island Ferry Terminal), to NYC offices, restaurant renovations and homes in New York's Hamptons, Arizona and Connecticut.

Larry Morelli
Larry Morelli
Adjunct Professor, Studio Arts
B.A., Art Practice, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan
Certificate in Illlustration, Kendall School of Design, Grand Rapids, Michigan

Larry Morelli is a practicing painter, who has a studio at Erector Square in New Haven, and belongs to Kehler-Liddell Gallery in Westville. As an adjunct Instructor at Norwalk Community College he teaches Drawing I and Figure Drawing.

Efrat Nizan
Efrat Nizan
Adjunct Professor, Architectural Engineering Technology, Building Efficiency & Sustainable Technology
M.S.Arch., Advanced Architecture Design, Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture Planning and Preservation
B.Arch., New York Institute of Technology

Efrat Nizan has been in the architecture field for nearly twenty years. She currently teaches architecture design studios and architectural rendering at the New York Institute of Technology in New York, and Environmental Systems at NCC.

Nizan came from Israel and began her academic journey at Norwalk Community College and later on transferred to NYIT where she earned a five year B.Arch degree. She worked with Skidmore Owings and Merrill as an intern during her undergraduate years and after graduation was hired as a full time employee and joined their design team working on sky scrapers, bridges and airports. Nizan also worked in Ridgefield, CT for a period of ten years, specializing in high end residential architecture and smaller scale projects. At that time, she also founded and directed Archikids, a program in a local elementary school in Danbury.

Mari Ogihara
Mari Ogihara
Adjunct Professor, Studio Arts
B.F.A., University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
M.F.A., Tyler School of Art

Mari Ogihara is a ceramic sculptor based out of Port Chester. Her work explores ornamentation and embellishment as practiced in fashion and architecture from various cultures. Ogihara has studied ceramics in Kyoto, Japan and Gujarat, India and most recently a ceramic residency in Vallauris, France. Her sensual, snake-like porcelain sculptures are inspired by her travels. The repetition, meticulous detail, and ritualistic approach in decorating the surface are demonstrated on Ogihara’s sculptural forms. Most recently her show “Veiled Ornaments” was exhibited at the Hammond Museum in North Salem, New York.

Ken Scaglia
Ken Scaglia
Adjunct Professor, Graphic Design
A.A.S., Purdue University
B.A., Purdue University
M.F.A., Yale University

Ken Scaglia has been working in graphic design since 1984, specializing in book design since 1990. He also maintains a painting studio in Weston. kenscagliastudios.com. Ken taught graphic design at the college from 1991 to 1995, returning in 2008.

Valerie Sioufas-Lalli
Adjunct Professor, Art History
B.A., Herbert H. Lehman College,
The City University of New York
M.S.Ed., Bank Street College of Education

Valerie Sioufas-Lalli holds graduate and undergraduate degrees in art history, fine arts and museum education. She has worked in several museums and art galleries in New York City. Her passion is to bring the history of art to life for all of her audiences. Valerie has been teaching art history at the college since 2014. 

The pencil and computer are, if left to their own devices, equally dumb and only as good as the person driving them

Norman Foster