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Visiting Instructors

Each year, talented artists and educators come to Studio Borgo to teach. Visiting Instructors bring their unique talents and
credentials to the program, greatly contributing to the already exciting, one of a kind educational atmosphere in Lucca, Italy.

Loretta Corbisiero, Co-Director of Heart for Art non-profit
organization - 2015 - Present

Loretta Corbisiero is the Art Department Chairperson at Sachem Central School District, Adjunct Professor of Art Education and Director of Arts Enrichment at Dowling College and Co-Director of Heart for Art non-profit organization. As the former Education Director of the Islip Art Museum and current vice-chair of the New York State Art Teachers’ Association Region 10 she developed numerous course offerings and community engagement opportunities for the public and for educators. She was the 2012 recipient of the NYSATA Region 10 Art Educator of Year award, has presented lectures at NYSATA conferences, Region 10 Art Symposium and adjudicates student portfolios. She has led numerous large scale community engagement projects at the local, national and international level including; It Starts in Parks (2008) (an environmental project), The Umbrella Project / Together for a Better World (2013) and The Umbrella Project collaboration with ArtAccess to support Room to Grow an autism outreach program at the Queens Museum (2014). Curatorial projects include: Déjà vu (2010) at the Anthony Giordano Gallery; Prints Please; Selections from ULAE (2012) at the Islip Art Museum; La Placita; Survey of Caribbean Artists (2013) at the Islip Art Museum, in-house curator for the Weathervane Gallery at the Suffolk County Historical Society (ongoing) and Sculptural Interactions (forthcoming 2015) at Dowling College, supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts. Education: B.A. in Visual Arts and Secondary Education, Dowling College; M.S. in Educational Administration, St. John’s University; M.A. in Art History (candidate), Queens College, CUNY.
Loretta Corbisiero Bio Pic


Beth Giacummo, Co-Director of Heart for Art non-profit organization - 2015 - Present
Beth Giacummo is an artist, curator and educator living and working in NY. Mrs. Giacummo holds a BFA from the School of Visual Arts and an MFA in New Forms from Pratt Institute.

As an artist, she has exhibited her work both regionally and internationally in places including New York, Romania, Russia, Spain, Italy and Denmark. Her interest in blown glass and travel has led her to many cities and countries where she has had the opportunity to live, study and participate in artist residencies. Some of these locations include - Escola d’Arts Plastique I Disseny, Spain - the Pilchuck School of Glass, Seattle – Mallnitz, Austria, Bobald, Romania and the Danish School of Design, Copenhagen, Denmark, Lucca, Italy and Glaspustning Jyderup Højskole, Denmark. Future residencies include Valparaiso, Chile(2015) and Beijing , China (2016). Giacummo has received a number of grants from the New York Foundation for the Arts in support of her projects and residencies.
As the New York representative for Dorthea Fliess East & West Artists e.V. Giacummo collaborated with co directors Dan Lachacz and Jessica McAvoy to  fundraise and organize the first NY Contemporary Art Symposium 2013 (2015),  which provided a residency on Long Island for 12+ international artists.

Mrs. Giacummos’ professional experiences range from arts education, curatorial work, museum management, exhibition direction, non-profit building, arts activism, fundraising and international program development for artists and students. 

Mrs. Giacummo has also served as President for the Patchogue Arts Council (11’/12’), founding member since 08’, Chair of Graphics/Promotions for the PAC (M)usic (A)rt (C)inema Festival 14’, Patchogue Arts Council Walking Arts Tour (09-13), Co-chair of the Co-chair Patchogue Arts Festival (09-13), Co-curator /Chair of Promotions for the Patchogue Arts Biennial (09’/11’), and Chair of the Lobby Arts gallery (2009 – 2012).  She is currently the Exhibition Director and Senior Curator at the Islip Art Museum in New York.

Most recently Mrs. Giacummo has collaborated with Loretta Corbisiero as a special topics Professor for Dowling College, co -founded, co-leading the colleges first study abroad program to Lucca, Italy (2014).  Beth Giacummo is also the co-Director of the Heat for Art  nonprofit organization.

Beth Giacummo Artwork - Blown glass jellyfish Beth Giacummo bio pic

Beth Giacummo. Lilla Blomst. Blown glass, 20" x 7.5", 2014.

Thomas Germano - 2014 - Present

Thomas Germano studied painting and art history at Cornell University earning his bachelor's degree in Fine Arts in 1985. He then received a scholarship to attend Yale University to study painting with William Bailey and Bernard Chaet at the Yale School of Art, receiving his Masters Degree in Fine Art with a concentration in painting in 1989.

Thomas Germano has exhibited his art throughout the United States and abroad and his work is in numerous public and private collections including Arthur Andersen International Headquarters, St. Paul, IL, Brown-Forman, Louisville, KY, American Postal Workers Union in Washington D.C. and the George Meany Center, Silver Springs, Maryland. His work is represented by Heike Pickett Gallery, Versailles, KY; George Billis Gallery, NYC; Art League of Long Island, NY; and the Southport Galleries, Southport, CT. 
Mr Germano has published numerous articles and book reviews related to art and art history. An art text book essay titled "A Brief History of Traditional Painting Pedagogy" is in publication and will be released in 2014 by Rizzoli.
Mr. Germano received a National Endowment for the Humanities Grant to undertake field research on the art of the ancient Maya: "Revisioning The Maya World". He also received an IREX Grant to conduct field research in Russia and has received eight separate travel grants from SUNY for various art field-research in Europe.
Thomas Germano has traveled extensively throughout Europe, Russia, The US and the Mayab and frequently teaches a study abroad class related to Renaissance and Baroque Art History in Europe. He has taught classes at Long Island University/ C.W. Post Campus, Nassau Community College, Suffolk Community College, the New York Academy of Art, and currently teaches painting, drawing and art history at the State University of New York at Farmingdale. He conducts frequent art history lectures throughout the New York area on subjects including "Michelangelo and the Sistine Chapel," "The Genius of Leonardo Da Vinci," "Rembrandt @ 400", "Celtic Manuscript Painting", "The Unicorn Tapestries" and "Caravaggio". He lives and paints in New York.

A current lecture schedule can be found at: & a website of his artwork is located at:

Painting of Assisi by Thomas Germano Photo of Thomas Germano

Thomas Germano. Assisi, 2006, Oil on panel, 24" x 46".


Alex Taylor -
2015 - Present
Alexander Taylor is an artist currently living in Louisville, Kentucky. Mr. Taylor moved to Louisville from the Boston area. Before that, he lived in New York City and New Haven, Connecticut. Mr. Taylor is originally from San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, where he grew up in a family of artists and designers. Through high school and college he returned to San Miguel on summer and winter breaks, studying art and music at the Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes. After graduating from Arizona State University with a BFA degree in graphic design, Mr. Taylor lived in Mexico City and worked as a graphic designer. In 1986, he attended the Yale Summer Program in Graphic Design, in Brissago, Switzerland. Alexander Taylor graduated from Yale University in 1989 with a MFA degree in graphic design.

After graduate school, Mr. Taylor worked as a graphic designer and instructor in New York City and New England. Working as a freelance designer with a flexible schedule allowed him to teach design at both the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth and Parsons The New School for Design in New York.

After graduate school, Mr. Taylor worked as a graphic designer and instructor in New York City and New England. Working as a freelance designer with a flexible schedule allowed him to teach design at both the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth and Parsons The New School for Design in New York.

Alex Taylor Painting The Wall in Lucca 2014 Alex Taylor Visiting Instructor
Alex Taylor. The Wall in Lucca, 2014 .Oil on Canvas.


Joel R. Johnson - June, 2014

Joel R. Johnson has a B.F.A. and an M.F.A. in painting and has exhibited in many national shows including the American Watercolor Society in New York City, Watercolor USA, Springfield Art Museum, the Transparent Watercolor Society, Watercolor West, the Taos National Exhibition, Taos New Mexico, and the Hudson River Valley, Old Lyme Conn. His work has been shown regionally in the Florida Watercolor Society and has received awards in Art By the Sea and Art Under the Oaks. His work has been included in fine art galleries in Santa Fe, Colorado, Washington state, Montana, Wyoming, and currently Melbourne and Vero Beach.

Watercolor painting of gondola in Venice Joel R Johnson working in his studio
Joel R. Johnson. In the Shadows.  Watercolor on Paper.

Val Nelson - 2012
An award-winning visual artist and sought-after instructor, Val was educated at Emily Carr University of Art and Design and in workshops with Florence-trained Paul Chizik and Lee Makalak.Short-listed for the Royal Bank painting prize, her work is in many private and corporate collections such as the Canada Council Art Bank, and she is included in Carte Blanche Vol. 2: Painting, a book on the current state of painting in Canada. Val is represented by commercial galleries in Vancouver, Toronto, and Montreal.

Val Nelson and Painting
Val Nelson. Applying Sunscreen in the War Gallery of 1812.  2010. Oil on Canvas on Wood,  72" x 108".


If you are a fine artist or art educator with an M.A. in Art Education or M.F.A. in Painting or Drawing, experience teaching
at the college level and have a following of 2 or more students, you may be interested in applying for the Studio Borgo
Visiting Instructor Program. Please send us an email at to apply. To ensure that applicants are
fully compatible with Studio Borgo, please browse the rest of our website to learn about our program.

2017 Schedule

July 24 - July 28 Instructor Thomas Germano

*More weeks may be added. Inquire or check our website for updates.


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