Cindy MacMillan - Director

Ms. MacMillan, the Director in Boston is a practicing artist who divides her time between working in the studio and overseeing the academy operations. One of the first graduates of this program in Toronto she completed the rigorous program under the tutelage of Michael John Angel in 2002. She went on to earn a masters degree from the New York Academy of Art in 2007. Cindy has been a recipient of scholarships from the Art Renewal Center and the New York Academy of Art. Her work has won numerous awards and is collected internationally. Cindy is dedicated to providing students a quality art education in a demanding yet supportive environment that respects each student as an individual.

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Emanuela De Musis - Instructor

Born in Boston, Emanuela De Musis traveled to Italy in 2008 to study drawing in Florence and subsequently enrolled at the Academy of Realist Art Boston where she now teaches figure drawing and painting. She holds a BFA in Painting from Carnegie Mellon and is a graduate of Walnut Hill School for the Arts. 

In 2015, she was listed among Poets and Artists Magazine's 50 Memorable Painters. Her painting, Miss Rachel, was awarded the Gold Medal at the Guild of Boston Artists Regional Juried Exhibition and her painting, Fritter and Waste, was featured in International Artist Magazine. 

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Garrett Vitanza - Senior Instructor

Garrett first attended the Academy of Realist Art when he was sixteen, participating in The “Old Master Workshop” instructed by Fernando Freitas. Garrett grasped the basic skills of oil painting covered in the workshop and executed a self portrait which subsequently won first place in the National Congressional Art Competition in 2004. After graduating High School he moved to Toronto and studied for 3 years at the Academy of Realist Art. Since completing the program he has worked on several commissioned projects including murals. Garrett is currently working on a body of work that focuses on the figure and its relation to narrative and is continuing his education, pursuing a BFA at The School of The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.


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Julie Beck - Instructor
Assistant Director

Julie Beck was born and raised in Western Upstate New York. She attended Roger Williams University in Rhode Island where she graduated valedictorian with a Bachelors degree in Mathematics in 2002. Her move to Boston in 2010 was the catalyst for her to enroll at the Academy of Realist Art, Boston augmenting her previous 8 years of self study. Julie's work has catapulted to new levels and she is very vocal about the benefits that this unique formal training provides.

Julie is constantly researching, learning, and exploring the connections between ourselves, each other, and the world around us. She looks to science, culture, design, and human nature to fuel the concepts behind her work. These concepts range widely and include nostalgia, life and death, relationships, connectedness, identity, and more. Her work has won awards, such as the 2014 and 2016 Gold Medal at the Guild of Boston Artists and Best in Show for the 2016 Richeson Still life and Florals Show.

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Eric Johnson -  Assistant Instructor

Eric was our scholarship student for the 2014/2015 school year. He is progressing quickly through the program and in one year, completed most of our drawing portion of the program. More info on Eric soon...