Faculty Bios

Faculty Bios

Dan Addington is an artist, curator, and owner of Addington Gallery in Chicago. He has been working with wax since 1989 and exhibiting encaustic work professionally since 1992. His figurative mixed-media paintings have been featured in group and solo shows across the United Stated and are in numerous public and private collections. Dan's work incorporates materials such as fabric, oil, wax, tar, gold leaf and various printed matter. The accumulation and layering of these materials echoes his interest in history and the relationships between the stratification of cultures and the layering of memory.

Corina Alvarezdelugo was born in Valencia, Venezuela. After formal training with Venezuelan painter and sculptor Luis Alvarez de Lugo, she studied at Choate Rosemary Hall, Wallingford, and earned her BFA with Honors and Distinction from Albertus Magnus College, New Haven. Working with different materials and techniques in mixed media painting and sculpture, her work has been shown in galleries and museums in South America, the Caribbean, and in the USA, including the prestigious Salmagundi Club in New York City. She has won awards from major organizations in Connecticut and New York, being the most recent an Artist-in residency at the Vermont Studio Center with a Merit-based Grant, and a featured segment on Spotlight on the Arts on the TV Magazine, All Things Connecticut aired this year on CPTV. Her work is in private collections worldwide.

Binnie Birstein is a painter known for her complex layering of images, energy lines and grids. Originally from New York City, Binnie has shown throughout the country, extensively in the Northeast, in many prestigious exhibitions, including the two museum incarnations of Swept Away: Translucence, Transparence, Transcendence In Contemporary Encaustic. Her work was included in R & F’s 2012 Encaustic Works, and will be included in Organic to Geometric: Investigations in Structure & Surface in 2015 at Endicott College, Beverly, Mass. A faculty member at Creative Arts Workshop as well as an instructor at the Center for Contemporary Printmaking. Binnie also offers private instruction from her studio in Norwalk, Connecticut.

David A Clark teaches encaustic printmaking across the United States, most recently at Idyllwild School for the Arts, Wax Works West, R&F Handmade Paints, and the Palm Springs Art Museum. His work is part of the permanent collections of the Hunterdon Art Museum, the Process Museum and many public and private collections, and his encaustic print work will soon be featured in the upcoming book, Encaustic, from Schiffer Publishing.

Cat Crotchett is a professor in the Frostic School of Art at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo. Her studio work focuses on encaustic painting characterized by layers of information; interweaving patterns painted in vibrant colors and textured surfaces. She has an extensive exhibition record including international and national solo exhibitions and invitational and juried shows. Cat is currently producing a body of work that combines the use of Indonesian batik tools and motifs, and encaustic painting.

Dorothy Cochran is an accomplished printmaker who continues to push the boundaries of how to create works on paper.  With long time experience as an artist, educator and curator, she has developed innovative ways to work and layer wax substrates, creating prints of luminous quality. She holds an MFA from Columbia University, currently teaches at The Montclair Art Museum and conducts workshops throughout the United States. Her works are represented in museums, corporate and private collections and exhibited widely.

Elena De La Ville is an adjunct faculty at Ringling College of Art & Design, teaches at Wildacres Retreat, Art Center Sarasota and teaches a 3 day intensive encaustic workshop at Ringling. She has recently joined SARTQ, an artist collective in Sarasota, FL and has spent the last 2 months working on a full room installation at the LonBoat Key Center for the Arts. She has been a presenter at 7 Encaustic Conferences. Her practice encompasses photography, textile design, metals and encaustic. She has shown internationally and is part of the collection of the Museo de Arte Contemporaneo, and Museo Acarigua, Araure, Venezuela.

Richard Frumess has been manufacturing encaustic commercially since 1982. In 1988 he founded R&F Handmade Paints. For the last several years he has been developing a series of comprehensive tests on the properties of encaustic paint – its lightfastness, adhesiveness, aging, and characteristics of raw materials. Many of these tests have never been carried out on a systematic basis until now. Richard has been working in collaboration with industry experts, conservators, and materials scientists.

Fanne Fernow:  After doing what was expected of her, Fanne Fernow moved to Santa Cruz, California, to un-invent herself and pursue a life as a painter.  She has studied art at Hamilton and Mount Holyoke colleges and San Francisco Art Institute.  She has shown her work all over the United States and has been published in numerous publications.

Lorraine Glessner holds an MFA in Fibers from Tyler School of Art, Temple University, where she is currently an Assistant Professor in the Fibers and Material Studies Department, and a BS in Textile Design from Philadelphia University. Recent awards include two artist fellowship grants in craftsfrom the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, as well as the Yvonne Kelly memorial award for mixed media from Abington Art Center. Her work is included in the recently released, Encaustic Works: Nuance, curated by Michelle Stuart and published by R&F Paints. She is represented by Kenise Barnes Fine Art, Larchmont, New York, and James Gallery, Pittsburgh. Lorraine lectures, teaches, and exhibits her work nationally and maintains a studio in Philadelphia.

Jeff Hirst is a San Francisco Bay Area-based artist who has been exhibiting his work since 1987 and has shown extensively across the United States and Europe. His work has been shown at The Minneapolis Institute of Arts, the McKinney Contemporary in Dallas, Butters Gallery in Portland, Oregon, and Arte Internazionale in Matera, Italy. Jeff teaches workshops at his Oakland printshop and at national venues.

Susan Lasch Krevitt builds two- and three-dimensional tactile abstractions. Her work explores structure, connection, strength and vulnerability, transforming cast off materials, most often textiles and encaustic. Susan’s work has been exhibited internationally in galleries and museums for over 30 years. In 2012 she won the Juror’s Award at the Seventh International Encaustic Conference. Susan received her BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and currently resides in Southern California.

As an instructor at R&F Kelly McGrath has been teaching and participating in encaustic based workshops for the past four years. She has been developing and executing a sculpturally based curriculum for R&F’s workshop program, which is showing a growing popularity. As part of the development of this subject matter she has been doing numerous experiments and samples for combining different ratios of waxes and using wax with other media. Having run a sculpturally based workshop Post Conference for both conference 6 & 7 she has a much clearer understanding of what is successful for this subject matter and what is not. It seems clear that a more streamlined approach to focus on the mold making and allow for more work time is what will make this class a continued success.

A newly elected member of American Abstract Artists, Joanne Mattera is a gallery-represented painter who has shown widely since 1975. Her work is in the collections of the New Britain Museum of American Art, Connecticut; Montclair Art Museum, New Jersey; the U.S. State Department; and collections internationally. Her work is included in Geoform, an online curatorial project featuring geometric abstraction. She is the author of The Art of Encaustic Painting and the ongoing Joanne Mattera Art Blog. Joanne is a consulting editor to ProWax Journal and the founder/director of this Conference.

Raé  Miller is a mixed media artist living in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. Her recent work addresses the illusion of time and place and the fallibility of a memory not anchored by "home". She was the recipient of a Scholarship Grant for the Seventh International Encaustic Conference, and a featured artist in the book Art in San Miguel by Al Tirado. She is at work on an exhibit of encaustic paintings on paper for Museo de la Ciudad in Queretaro, Mexico. In 2010, she opened Raé Miller Studio/Gallery in Fabrica La Aurora, a former textile mill turned arts center. She teaches 20 workshops per year in her studio. Raé’s work is in private collections in the United States, the Caribbean, Mexico, Canada, Europe and Dubai.

Cherie Mittenthal has her MFA from the State University of New York at Purchase and her BFA from the Hartford Art School at the University of Hartford. She is the Executive Director of Truro Center for the Arts at Castle Hill since 2002. Cherie serves on the board of Campus Provincetown, Provincetown Cultural Council, and partners with Highlands Center Inc. for the only Wood-Fired Kiln on Cape Cod. Cherie’s paintings and work on paper are redolent of the meeting of sky, sand and sea, and sometimes animals from crows, to pigs and sheep. In her studio practice she works in pigment sticks, mixed media and encaustic. Her work is represented by Kobalt Gallery in Provincetown. She is the co-producer of the International Encaustic Conference in Provincetown.

Laura Moriarty makes prints, sculptural paintings and installations that resonate with the geologic. Laura’s honors include two grants from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation and participation in numerous artist residencies, including The Frans Masereel Center in Belgium, and the Ucross Foundation in Wyoming. She was the exhibition and workshop director at R&F Handmade Paints from 2003-2013. Recent exhibition venues include OK Harris Works of Art and IPCNY, both in New York City, The Handwerker Gallery at Ithaca College, and The Jyväskylä Art Museum in Finland. She is the author of Table of Contents, an artist’s book published in 2012.

Lora Murphy  began her art studies in Ireland, where she received a Bachelors in European Painting. She then went on to train as a painter at a traditional Atelier School in Florence, Italy .  This was later followed by a Masters in Art Therapy and Jungian Psychology. Her practice was transformed in 2006, when she discovered Encaustic, and she now paints almost exclusively in that medium, focusing on Portraiture and Figurative work. She lives in Denmark and exhibits and teaches in  Europe and USA.

Catherine Nash is a visual artist and long time resident of Tucson, Arizona, who freely mixes media in her work to express her ideas. Having published four educational DVDs on the art of papermaking, Nash completed the writing of an e-book entitled Authentic Visual Voices. She is greatly honored by receiving the peer nominated and juried Lumies Artist 2015 award for Southern Arizona by the Tucson/Pima Arts Council. In 2015, she exhibited a retrospective of artist books at the Durango Center for the Arts in Colorado. Her work was invited into the International Biennial for Paper & Fibre Art and is currently traveling from the U.K to France and Taiwan and back to Switzerland.

Nancy Natale began working with encaustic more than 10 years ago after experimenting with many mediums, styles, and forms. Eventually she made encaustic her own by using it with found objects such as parts of books, recycled rubber, treated metal, and cut-up paintings. Her enjoyment of the rich experience of painted marks and passages with the addition of collaged elements and found objects lets her work with several mediums to achieve the desired results. Nancy has received a number of grants, including a Pollock Krasner grant, and in 2012 a grant from the Artists' Resource Trust. She has participated in all of the annual Encaustic Conferences and one of her works was acquired by the Cape Cod Museum of Art in Dennis, Massachusetts. Nancy is the Featured Articles Editor for ProWax Journal and her work is represented by Arden Gallery in Boston.

Sherrie Posternak chooses whatever medium or technique is most appropriate to express her ideas—encaustic, photography, printmaking, video, collage, assemblage, mosaic, paper, fiber, metals, wood, ceramic, glass.  Sherrie began her encaustic practice 10 years ago and has had solo and group shows in the U.S. and Mexico. She has taught workshops in beginning, intermediate and advanced encaustic processes. She self-published a catalogue on the topic of her art installation, A Memorial for El Tomate. Images of Sherrie’s work are in the gallery section of Contemporary Paper and Encaustic by Catherine Nash.

Lisa Pressman is represented by Causey Contemporary in New York City, and has a solo show planned there for November 2015. She also will be exhibiting at R&F Handmade Paints, Kingston, New York; Butters Gallery, Portland, Oregon; and Telluride Gallery of Fine Art I Colorado.  In 2014, she exhibited her work in Mapping a Place, a solo show, at Susan Eley Fine Arts, New York City. Lisa has an MFA from Bard College. She lives and works in West Orange, New Jersey, and currently  teaches painting locally, nationally and internationally.

Paula Roland's extensive exhibition and teaching dates to the early 1980s and spans the United States and abroad. Awards and commissions include ones from the National Endowment for the Arts and U.S. Department of State, American Embassies in Johannesburg, South Africa, and Kampala, Uganda. Paula was recently featured in Surface Design News, Artist’s Magazine, and The Santa Fean. Her works and processes are included in several books and media, including Joanne Mattera’s The Art of Encaustic Painting. Paula’s DVD, Encaustic Monotypes: Painterly Prints With Heat and Wax, has sold over 1000 copies. 

Deborah Winiarski  teaches a mixed-media class and the encaustic workshops at The Art Students League of New York in Manhattan.  In 2015, Ms. Winiarski curated the exhibition, CASTING SHADOWS – Work in Dimension and Relief, at Julie Heller East Gallery in Provincetown, Massachusetts, as part of Conference 9’s Curatorial Program.  Deborah Winiarski is Featured Artworks Editor for ‘ProWax Journal,’ a quarterly online publication for professional artists working in the medium of encaustic.  She also moderates ‘ProWax Forum,’ an online discussion group where questions regarding encaustic materials, technique, and vision are answered.  Her work is currently represented by Denise Bibro Fine Art, New York City, Broadhurst Gallery, Pinehurst, North Carolina, and Elizabeth Clement Fine Art, Boston, Massachusetts, and New York City.  

Lisa Zukowski  works in multiple media. She received her degree in painting and printmaking from Brooklyn College, where she served as printer for the Brooklyn College Press. Zukowski currently lives and works in the Hudson Valley of New York.  Lisa’s work has been exhibited in the United States and Europe, and is in several private collections. She balances her studio time by teaching Gelatin Printmaking workshops and conducting an annual art holiday in Italy.