Staff Bios

I am about 80% coffee with a splash of sriracha sauce. That actually sounds repulsive, but I swear you won't make a sour facial expression when I welcome you into the gallery with open sloth arms...moreso a five finger wave. I'm currently a junior BFA studio arts major concentrating in art education en route to, hopefully, a career in art therapy. For the time being, I am studying to teach adolescents in becoming miniature Pollocks, Basquiats, 'insert artist's name here'. It's my second semester as a gallery assistant, and so far it's been an awesome ride and learning experience with the SUAG crew. I'm looking forward to see what the gallery has in store for all you curious zoomass critters out there.

I’m a Junior Art History major and Studio Art minor who has been working for the gallery since freshman year.  I am primarily in charge of the gallery’s figure drawing sessions held in the Studio Arts Building.  Working for the gallery is both personally and academically enriching for me.  Upon graduation I plan to receive my masters and find work in the field of art.

Sarah Choi

Gallery Assitant

BFA Studio Art ’14

Alyssa Arietta

Gallery Assistant

Art History ’14

I’m a double major in Art History and Studio Arts with a concentration in sculpture.  I joined the Student Union Art Gallery staff in January 2013 and have already learned a lot from the experience.  My favorite part is getting to work with a lot of talented artists and staff members.  Free coffee and snacks at gallery receptions is also a plus.

Catie Heitz

Gallery Assistant

BFA Studio Art ’14

Calder Alexander

Gallery Assistant

Landscape Architecture ’14

Calder Alexander is a new Gallery Assistant at the Student Union Art Gallery. He is currently pursuing a degree in landscape architecture and hopes to gain some professional experience through working at the gallery. He also enjoys playing music, surfing, skateboarding and is looking forward to his first semester at the gallery

As Graduate Student Director of the Student Union Art Gallery, Theresa has reenergized the gallery with brilliant exhibitions from contemporary visiting artists and UMass students. Theresa began directing the gallery after holding two art instructor positions and after managing the Art Center at the George Walter Vincent Smith Museum in Springfield. Theresa is a candidate for the MFA 2013. As an undergraduate Theresa earned two BAs, from Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley: one in Art History and one in Studio arts, both with high honors. Theresa was the Andrew W. Mellon Curatorial Assistant at the Mount Holyoke College Art Museum from 2009-10.  Visit  to see Theresa’s artwork.

Theresa Antonellis

Gallery Director

MFA Studio Art ’13

I am a junior at the University of Massachusetts studying civil engineering. I work at the gallery as the Assistant Director of PR. I find working at the gallery a breathe of fresh air away from the fast paced lifestyle of engineering. I have enjoyed working with all the staff at the gallery for the past two years and look forward to continuing my work here next year.

Valerie North

Gallery Assistant

Class of  ’14

I’m a senior studying Studio Arts with a concentration in photography with a minor in Art History. This is only my second semester working with the gallery, but I’ve really enjoyed installing the exhibitions, photographing the receptions, and helping Alyssa run the figure drawing sessions. My plans for post-graduate life involve not living in a cardboard box.

Bryan Meegan

Gallery Assistant

BFA Studio Art ’13

Vasili Luzanau

Assistant to Director in Exhibitions

BFA Natural Resource Conservation '15

As a non-Studio Art major who is involved with visual art, I have really enjoyed working in the gallery. It has been a space where I can be connected and involved with art. I love working with our team of assistants to help artists decide on how to display their work and installing it in order to be exhibited. I have been working in the gallery since my first semester of freshman year, and it has been a great experience interacting with all the artists, student, faculty and staff who walk through the gallery doors. 


My name is Sade Luwoye. I am a junior Electrical Engineer major with a minor in Math. I am the president of the National Society Engineers (NSBE) and the treasurer of the Black Mass Communications Project (BMCP). My hobbies are playing the piano and traveling around the globe.

Sade Luwoye

Gallery Assistant

Class of ’14