Peter Bonadies is a Professor of Fine Arts and Study Abroad Coordinator at Paier College of Art. Bonadies earned a B.F.A from the University of Connecticut and an M.F.A. from the Massachusetts College of Art. He has taught at Raffaello Academy (Italy), Southern Connecticut, the University of Connecticut and the Massachusetts College of Art.
He teaches drawing, sculpture, printmaking and foundations at Paier. His award-winning sculptures, drawings and installations have been exhibited throughout the Northeast at museums, galleries, colleges and universities as well as in Italy.
Vladimir Shpitalnik is a theater designer, painter, and illustrator whose work has been showcased across the United States, Europe, and in Asia. His Off-Broadway theatrical credits include set designs for American Place Theatre and SoHo Rep. Regional dance and theater credits include set and/or costume designs for the Joffrey Ballet, Eugene O'Neill Theatre Center, Stage One Theatre, New Harmony Theatre, Seacoast Rep, Voice and Vision Theatre, Yale Cabaret, and Elm Shakespeare Company. International credits include the Moscow Art Theatre Studio, Kazan Theater for Youth, Yermolova Theater, Gorky Cinema Studio. Book illustration credits include children's books for Random House/Knopf and Soundprints. A founding member of Alliance TCC, a theater construction consultancy, Shpitalnik has collaborated on the development of numerous art and performance venues, including the Oakdale Theatre, Meadows Music Theater, and Madison Art Cinemas in Connecticut and SubCulture in New York City. Shpitalnik is a faculty member at Paier College of Art and Southern Connecticut State University and is a member of United Scenic Artists and the Society of Illustrators. He holds MFA degrees from the Yale School of Drama and the Moscow Art Theatre School. Shpitalnik is a recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts/Theatre Communications Group’s Designer Fellowship.
A resident of Hamden since 1958 is an Emeritus Professor of Art from Southern Connecticut State University. He was also Chairman of the Art Department.
He was a graduate Southern Connecticut State University in 1958 with a degree in Studio and Art Education. He received his Graduate Degree in Art Education at Columbia University. He continued graduate studies at the University of Bridgeport, CT and the International School for the Arts in Rome, Italy.
He was an Art teacher and Director of Art for the City of Ansonia Public School System, and was invited to join the faculty of Art at Southern Connecticut State University in 1965 and taught there until 1991. Tony specializes in life-sized sculptural bronze busts for commission. His works include William Gillette as Sherlock Holmes at Gillette Castle in Connecticut, Thorton Wilder at the Miller Memorial Library in Hamden, and many others respected dignitaries and historical figures in Connecticut and the United States.