Stacy DeBartolo

SAA Program Manager

M.A. Art History and Non-Profit Management, Tufts University, Medford, MA.

Stacy is the Finance and Operations Manager for the Arts at MIT and the Program Manager for the Student Art Association.

Prior to joining the Office of the Arts, she was the Senior Administrator for Lemelson-MIT Program and the Education Director of the New Art Center in Newton.

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Stacy DeBartolo

20 Ames Street, MIT Building E15-205

Office hours E15-205: Monday-Friday 9am-5pm
Office hours W20-424: By appointment

Darrell Finnegan. SAA Ceramics Studio Manager, Ceramic Technical Instructor.

Darrell Finnegan

Ceramics Studio Manager, Ceramic Technical Instructor

Darrell is a graduate of Interlochen Arts Academy, Interlochen, Michigan and holds a BFA from Massachusetts College of art in Boston, MA. Prior to MIT Darrell was staff and a resident artist of the Ceramics Program, Office of the Arts at Harvard. He has been guiding MIT students to value technique and to troubleshoot numerous aspects of the creative process since 1997. Darrell was awarded the ‘Outstanding Teacher Achievement Award’ from Boston Center for Adult Education and was the recipient of the 2014 MIT Excellence Award , ‘Serving the Client’ presented by Provost Martin Schmidt.

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Darrell Finnegan

84 Massachusetts Avenue, MIT Building W20-431 (fourth floor)

Office hours: Tuesdays and Fridays, 12:00 – 4:00 pm

Justin Playl, SAA and START Studio Maker in Residence.

Justin Playl

Justin Playl is a sculptor from Ohio, specializing in kinetic and interactive sculpture with large home-made mechanical parts. Though Justin primarily works with wood, rubber, and metal, he is happy to build anything out of any material. And, as someone who is keenly interested in science and engineering, he is always looking for ways to combine developing technologies with more traditional art media. Click here to visit his website (link will open in a new tab).

In the past, Justin has taught drawing, kinetic sculpture, and foundry arts, primarily at the University of Wisconsin- Madison. He also has years of experience organizing and installing art exhibitions in galleries and sculpture parks around the Midwest.

Currently Justin works as a moldmaker and bronze foundryman, but by night, he is the START Studio/SAA Maker-in-Residence.

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Justin Playl

84 Massachusetts Avenue, MIT Building W20-429 (fourth floor)

Jason Pastorello. SAA Ceramic Technical Instructor.

Jason Pastorello

Ceramic Technical Instructor

Jason Pastorello is a ceramic based artist currently teaching at MIT/SAA. Graduating in 2004 with a BFA from Lesley College of Art and Design Jason went on to work out of Harvard’s ceramic program as an artist, teaching assistant and instructor, while also teaching at the New Art Center in Newton.

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Jason Pastorello

84 Massachusetts Avenue, MIT Building W20-431 (fourth floor)

Office hours: By appointment

Nicole Tariverdian. SAA 2D and Photography Technical Instructor.

Nicole Tariverdian

2D and Photography Technical Instructor

Nicole is one of the SAA’s 2D instructors. She teaches drawing, painting (beginner and intermediate) as well as analog black and white photography. As a new media artist, educator, and experience designer / researcher, she finds MIT’s diverse student body inspiring and a catalyst in creating an inspiring and collaborative studio environment! Her personal work intersects the spaces between traditional fine art, experience design and technology. Nicole earned a BFA from Cornell University (painting and photography) and an MFA from Massachusetts Collage of Art and Design in Dynamic Media.

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Nicole Tariverdian

84 Massachusetts Avenue, MIT Building W20-424 (fourth floor)

Office hours: By appointment