“Sometimes, you feel like you’re all alone in the world. That there are other people there, but either they don’t listen to you, or you just feel like they can’t understand you, what you’re feeling, or what you’ve been through. That’s what motivates and inspires me to make art, since art is the universal language.

-Daniel, ArtWorks Alum

Meet the Artists

  • ArtWorks Artist In Residence - MICHAEL ALBERT

    Michael recently joined the ArtWorks team as a Teaching Artist and started his program at Brooklyn Hospital this past fall. Michael also did a recent workshop at The Children’s Hospital at Montefiore for Sickle Cell Day. All art materials are collected by Michael, a process which has evolved over the years, where he turns used-consumer-packaging into his own original fine art. Michael’s first book was released in April 29, 2008 and is entitled “An Artist’s America.” Michael continues to create new art regularly and runs collage workshops at schools & art institutions. He can also be found staging his traveling Modern Pop Art Show at a variety of venues.

    Click below to learn more about Michael!




  • ArtWorks Artist In Residence - BROOKE BORG

    An artist and arts educator, Brooke specializes in community based art working with at-risk urban youth and children with varying degrees of learning obstacles. Her workshops act as a teaching tool for broader themes of identity and community and focus on developing the conceptual ideas behind the visual work as much as the artistic techniques. The workshops also often involve a creative writing component that goes hand-in-hand with the visual components. Brooke has been an Artist in Residence at Rusk Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine at NYU Langone Medical Center, Initiative for Women with Disabilities, Incarnation Children’s Center, and The Henry Viscardi School. Please visit www.brookeborg.com to see more of Brooke’s work.

  • ArtWorks Artist In Residence - MAURICE (REESE) CARR

    As a professional drummer and producer, Reese has been with ArtWorks since 2011, bringing his expertise and energy to our participants, and has been a Teaching Artist at Rusk Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine at NYU Langone Medical Center, Initiative for Women with Disabilities, Goryeb Children’s Hospital at Morristown Memorial Hospital, St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital, Children’s Specialized Hospital at Mountainside, and Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital at Hackensack University Medical Center

  • ArtWorks Artist In Residence - JESSICA CHU

    Jessica is an artist who recently graduated with a B.F.A from Cornell University. Born in Wuhan, China and raised in the suburbs of New Jersey where she was involved in the creative practices of drawing, painting, and music. She is interested in ideas of home, relationship, and identity—how home is built and changed, and the distances that are created between people and places. Her work is often process-driven, using common materials like discarded objects and used clothing, which are then woven together so that their original histories meld together to take on new narratives. Jessica is currently at the Brooklyn Hospital as an ArtWorks Teaching Artist, and is also apprenticing in the Laser Painting Program under ArtWorks Teaching Artist Deborah Dawson.
    Please visit the following link to view Jessica’s work: http://www.jessicabchu.com/

  • ArtWorks Artist In Residence - DEBORAH DAWSON

    eborah comes from a creative background that includes fine arts, dance, and film art direction. She helped develop the Laser Painting Program and has been passionately working as a laser painting facilitator for the past 3 years within the NYC District 75 school system. The Laser Painting Program is designed to work with individuals who have limited mobility and limited means of communication while having the cognitive ability to make decisions. Large, acrylic expressionistic paintings on canvas are created by these Young Artists through Deborah’s tracking with a laser—affixed to a headband or glove. Whether verbal or not, communication skills are established with the painters and they make all decisions—the size of the brush, color choices, brush stroke, and when a painting is completed. Deborah recently established a relationship with MIT media lab, who is collaborating with her on laser technology. Deborah is excited to meet new laser painters as an ArtWorks Teaching Artist.

     See the program in action: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ns_tBCgenO4.

  • ArtWorks Artist In Residence - CHRIS DUDICK

    Emmy winning animator for “Socially Conscious Cartoons” and Founder of Small Factory Productions, Chris identifies as an illustrator, cartoonist, graphic designer, animator, writer, and editor. And taking from this great body of expertise, Chris offers a number of workshops for ArtWorks participants including computer animation, claymation, and cartooning. Chris has been an ArtWorks artist since 2012 and has been an Artist in Residence at Bellevue Hospital Center, The Children’s Hospital at Montefiore, Harlem Clinic, Initiative for Women with Disabilities, Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital at Hackensack University Medical Center, and St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital.

    Please visit

    www.mysmallfactory.com to learn more about Chris and his work through Small Factory Productions.

  • ArtWorks Artist In Residence - ROBYN ELLENBOGEN


    Robyn attended the School of Visual Arts (BFA), Pratt Institute (Graduate Studies in Industrial Design) and Hunter College (M.F.A.) She is a visual artist and educator whose work encompasses metal point, egg tempera, artist books, textiles, interactive installations and animation. Her work has been featured at a number of established institutions including the Guggenheim Museum and the MDI Biological Laboratories. Robyn has been with ArtWorks since 2010, an experience that has largely inspired Robyn’s professional work and belief in the power of the arts. She has been a Teaching Artist at St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital, Bristol Myers Squibb Children’s Hospital at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, and Saint Peter’s University Hospital

    To see more of Robyn’s work, visit her website below: http://robynellenbogen.com/