Michael Hollick

Michael Hollick is a teaching artist for numerous programs at The Art Effect. He is a graduate of Dutchess Community College, and is currently pursuing an Art Education certification from SUNY New Paltz. A jack of all trades, Michael has experience in everything from vehicle maintenance, to graphic design, to general contracting and construction. He brings his wide range of skills and interests to art education: teaching his students how to make ambitious sculptures and expressive paintings. Michael is passionate about giving back to the community, and believes the best way to make a difference is by empowering the next generation. In his spare time Michael enjoys cooking for his family, going on hikes, and watching scary movies.

Mick Bodnar

Mick Bodnar has over two decades of experience as a working-class graphic designer. His collegiate career began at SUNY Broome Community College, where he gained an AS in Visual Communication Arts, and received several awards. With those achievements, he was offered a generous scholarship to attend an elite private college. From that institution, Bard College, he earned a BA in Studio Arts, the Studio Arts Award, and the Bard Center for the Study of Hate Fellowship Award. In 2022, he gained an MFA in Painting & Drawing from SUNY New Paltz, as well as the Outstanding Graduate Award in Studio Arts. In summer or 2022, he received the CAA-GOLDEN Scholarship Award, and completed the Sam and Adele Golden Foundation Residency. He is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Art Education.

Michael Hollick

Michael Hollick is a teaching artist for numerous programs at The Art Effect. He is a graduate of Dutchess Community College, and is currently pursuing an Art Education certification from SUNY New Paltz. A jack of all trades, Michael has experience in everything from vehicle maintenance, to graphic design, to general contracting and construction. He brings his wide range of skills and interests to art education: teaching his students how to make ambitious sculptures and expressive paintings. Michael is passionate about giving back to the community, and believes the best way to make a difference is by empowering the next generation. In his spare time Michael enjoys cooking for his family, going on hikes, and watching scary movies.

Alex Canelos

Alex Canelos is a graduate of Parsons School of Design where he studied illustration and figure drawing. His MFA was based on the practical use of Renaissance painting materials & techniques. His paintings have been exhibited at the First Street Gallery (New York City), St. John’s University (Queens), Indiana State University (Terre Haute), the Thomas Moser Showroom (New York City), the Roost Studio (New Paltz), and a number of national juried exhibitions. He has done illustration work for numerous publications, including The New York Times and Cook’s Illustrated magazine. He has taught figure drawing & painting at Colorado State University, color theory, design & painting at Pratt Institute, graphic design at SUNY New Paltz, and comic book illustration at the I’Raise youth organization in the Bronx. Samples of his work can be seen at https://sevenfold.school/alex-canelos/ , and https://www.instagram.com/sevenfold.scribbles/ .

Lauren Hollick

Lauren Hollick is a dedicated program director, educator, and alumna of The Art Effect who strives to create a flawless Art Institute pathway where students can gain the techniques, experience, and confidence needed to artistically thrive and impact the world around them. Lauren has an Associates in Art Studies at Dutchess Community College and a Bachelors in Art Education from SUNY New Paltz. She has taught art in public & private schools, various non-profit art organizations, and at the SUNY New Paltz Saturday Arts Lab program. She has been actively involved in The Art Effect programs for over 8 years, including the Art Institute, Junior Art Institute, Empire After School Program, Arts for Healing, National Art Honor Society Chapter #2242, Dutchess/Ulster Arts Camps, and more. Her current mediums of choice for her personal work include oils, ink, charcoal, ceramics, gouache, animation and has been featured in many art exhibitions across the Hudson Valley and beyond.

David Wong

David Wong is a graduate of the arts management program at SUNY Purchase with a degree in commercial art from SUNY Dutchess. David’s background in contemporary sculpture includes working in fine art institutions such as Dia: Beacon and Storm King Art Center. David has been an art department intern for both feature films and music videos, and his work as an educator specializes in creative placemaking. David began with The Art Effect’s as an intern in 2016 working for the 21st Century Project (later called The Empire Program). He has also worked with Spark Studios and ArtsBridge and has coordinated the MADLab program since 2018.

Lauren Hollick

Lauren Hollick is a dedicated program director, educator, and alumna of The Art Effect who strives to create a flawless Art Institute pathway where students can gain the techniques, experience, and confidence needed to artistically thrive and impact the world around them. Lauren has an Associates in Art Studies at Dutchess Community College and a Bachelors in Art Education from SUNY New Paltz. She has taught art in public & private schools, various non-profit art organizations, and at the SUNY New Paltz Saturday Arts Lab program. She has been actively involved in The Art Effect programs for over 8 years, including the Art Institute, Junior Art Institute, Empire After School Program, Arts for Healing, National Art Honor Society Chapter #2242, Dutchess/Ulster Arts Camps, and more. Her current mediums of choice for her personal work include oils, ink, charcoal, ceramics, gouache, animation and has been featured in many art exhibitions across the Hudson Valley and beyond.

Lauren Hollick

Lauren Hollick is a dedicated program director, educator, and alumna of The Art Effect who strives to create a flawless Art Institute pathway where students can gain the techniques, experience, and confidence needed to artistically thrive and impact the world around them. Lauren has an Associates in Art Studies at Dutchess Community College and a Bachelors in Art Education from SUNY New Paltz. She has taught art in public & private schools, various non-profit art organizations, and at the SUNY New Paltz Saturday Arts Lab program. She has been actively involved in The Art Effect programs for over 8 years, including the Art Institute, Junior Art Institute, Empire After School Program, Arts for Healing, National Art Honor Society Chapter #2242, Dutchess/Ulster Arts Camps, and more. Her current mediums of choice for her personal work include oils, ink, charcoal, ceramics, gouache, animation and has been featured in many art exhibitions across the Hudson Valley and beyond.

Zachary Reid

Zach Reid is an arts/media teacher coming out of Poughkeepsie New York. He has been a part of the Art Effect team for 4 years and enjoys working with the students and helping them take their creative thoughts and forming them into a reality. Zach is also a musician, recording artist and athlete. He is a graduate of Poughkeepsie High School, and furthered his music and education at Herkimer College where he graduated with his Associates Degree in Music Industry. Zach also played soccer while in college winning the Regional championship 3 seasons in a row to qualify for Nationals.

Morgan Suter

Morgan Suter, a former student of The Art Effect, earned her BFA in Painting from the Maryland Institute College of Art. She started teaching Figure Drawing and Painting in 2021 at The Art Effect and hopes to earn her MFA eventually and continue teaching. Morgan primarily works in oil paint and largely focuses on self portraiture, though she occasionally dabbles in soft pastels while using acrylic, gouache, and pencil regularly, and encourages the use and practice of multiple mediums.
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