Presenter & Instructor Bios

 15-057 Corina Alvarezdelugo

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.

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.

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.

Michael David has been exhibiting with the Bill Lowe Gallery since his first workings in representational art in 1999, including the comprehensive exhibit "Compassion" held in Atlanta during 2006. David has exhibited widely throughout the United States for 30 years, and has been the subject of much historical and curatorial acclaim. His work is included in the permanent public collections of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Guggenheim Museum in New York, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, among several prominent private collections.

Critically-acclaimed New York artist Michael David built his early career on abstraction, a stylistic tendency he continues to explore, but since 1999 he has also successfully experimented with representational painting and traditional photography.

 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.

Milisa Galazzi is best known for her human scale installations, works on paper, and her conceptual/abstract oil paintings. Her work often highlights human relationships - particularly when these connections are punctuated by physical distance or separation by time. Through subtle visual layering, Galazzi acknowledges the passage of time as well as celebrates the power of human connections over generations. Galazzi exhibits nationally in solo and group shows in both galleries and museums. Her work is held in private and public collections such as Women and Infants Hospital and The Women's Medicine Collaborative in Providence, Rhode Island. Recently, the Galazzi was honored by the international paint manufacturing company, R&F, as Artist of the Month. Galazzi presents talks at national and international conferences such as the International Encaustic Conference in 2013 and 2014 and the National Art Education Association Conference in New York City in 2012. Her artwork has been featured and reviewed in FiberArts and ArtScope magazines as well as in books such as, "Authentic Visual Voices: Contemporary Paper & Encaustic" and "Paper + Wax, Techniques in Handmade Paper and Encaustic” and soon to be published, "Cape Cod Contemporary Artist: Abstraction." Galazzi was “boat schooled” while she and her family traveled and lived aboard their 31 foot trimaran sail boat hand built by her father. She received an MA with Honors from Rhode Island School of Design where she extensively researched the evaluation and assessment of the educational effectiveness of community-based art education settings and her research is published by Harvard University Graduate School of Education, Project Zero Press. In addition, she holds a BA from Brown University in Studio Art with minors in Women’s Studies and Cultural Anthropology as well as a degree from Phillips Academy, Andover, and - all of which directly informs the content of her art making. She works full time in her studio in Providence, Rhode Island, and on Cape Cod in the summer months.

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.

AJ Grossman is a small business owner by day and painter by night. By using social media, AJ, was able to make her small business financially successful by leveraging the power of social media. AJ invested many hours and dollars to learn the ins and outs of social media from such industry experts as Sue B. Zimmerman (The Instagram Expert), Dean Street Society, Amy Schmittaur and many more. But she found that most of the information was not specific enough for the fine artist. By using her own website and social media as the test subject, she is still discovering the advantages of social media to help the artist in their business. AJ also maintains the Facebook group of Art.Post.Promote that has 140 members within 2 months of launch

Karen Freedman is a Pennsylvania artist recognized for her abstract geometric paintings that explore optical illusion, perception and depth through the interaction of color. She began her formal training studying jewelry design at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia. Ms. Freedman then went on to build a successful graphic design business followed by her immersion in the fine arts.

Freedman has exhibited both locally and nationally at venues that include Hunterdon Art Museum in Clinton, NJ, The Gallery at R&F in Kingston, NY, the Cape Cod Museum of Art, The Gallery at Penn State Great Valley, The State Museum of Pennsylvania, Art Center Sarasota, Kimball Art Center, Castle Gallery at the College of New Rochelle, and the George Segal Gallery, Montclair State University. Her work is featured in the publication Encaustic With a Textile Sensibility by Daniella Woolf and the recently published book Encaustic Art in the Twenty-First Century from Schiffer Publishing.

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.

Alexandre Masino's practice has been devoted to encaustic painting for more than 15 years. His work has been presented in more than fifty solo and group exhibitions in galleries and art centers across Canada, the United States and Europe. He his known for his painterly approach, both in painting and monotype, using representation in dialogue with a subtle and expressive use of encaustic. His work is included in curated shows and publications on a regular bases. Alexandre has been teaching and exhibiting at the Conference since the first year. He also teaches master classes at R&F Handmade Paints and Concordia University in Montreal. Working as an external advisor in research and development for Kama Pigments, he contributed to the refinement of their various products of encaustic paint. Alexandre Masino’s works can be found in various public and private collections throughout North America and Europe. He is represented by the galleries de Bellefeuille (Montreal), Christine Klassen (Calgary), Concept Art (Pittsburgh), and St-Laurent & Hill (Ottawa).

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.

Sara Mast received her MFA in Drawing and Painting at Queens College, NY, NY and her Bachelors in Art and Psychology from Cornell College, Mt. Vernon, IA (magna cum laude). Other art studies include a yearlong study abroad at Centro d’Lorenzo Medici, Florence, Italy; the University of Iowa MA program; The Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Skowhegan, ME; The Art Students League, NY, NY; and the New York Studio School, NY, NY.

Patricia Miranda is an artist, educator, and curator, using interdisciplinary projects to make connections between art, science, history and culture. She is founder of MAPSpace, a gallery and project space in Port Chester, NY, where she implemented a collaborative workspace residency program. She has been Visiting Artist at Vermont Studio Center, the Heckscher Museum, and University of Utah, and been awarded residencies at I-Park, Weir Farm, Julio Valdez Printmaking Studio, and Vermont Studio Center. She has received grants from ArtsWestchester/New York State Council on the Arts, and an NEA grant working with homeless youth. Miranda is Practitiioner-in-Residence in the BFA program at Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts of the University of New Haven, and served as director and curator of the Gallery at Concordia College-NY from 2008-12. She has curated exhibitions on the intersections of art, science, history, culture, and the environment. Miranda develops education programs for K-12, museums, and institutions, including Franklin Furnace, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the American Museum of Natural History, and the Smithsonian Institution. She has exhibited at Wave Hill, Bronx, NY; the Cape Museum of Fine Art, Cape Cod MA; the Belvedere Museum, Vienna Austria; Metaphor Contemporary Art, Brooklyn, NY; and Kenise Barnes Fine Art, Larchmont, NY.

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.

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.

Dale O. Roberts was born in Waterville, New York in 1959. Roberts is a painter, working primarily in the encaustic medium for over 30 years with a significant portion of work carried out in gouache, graphite and a variety of other techniques. His work explores the painterly possibilities of representation with regard to urban landscape, still life and rural landscape. Roberts graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in painting and drawing from Tyler School of Art in 1982. He has had numerous solo shows at the Rosenfeld gallery in Philadelphia PA, and is also represented by the following galleries: Blue Heron in Wellfleet MA, Marshall Lakae Gallery in Scottsdale AZ, and the 1261 Gallery in Denver CO. He has paintings in many public and private collections including Rutgers University Museum, Community College of Philadelphia Museum, The Wharton School of business, and Vanguard investment Group. Roberts currently lives and works in Norristown PA. Future representation in Philadelphia will be at Gross McCleaf Gallery.

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. 

Dietlind Vander Schaaf holds an MFA from the University of San Francisco and an MA from the University of Southern Maine. Her work has been described in terms of it’s focus on “showcasing the wax itself, encasing objects as if they were ancient artifacts” (Orlando Sentinel) and as the transformation of “disparate materials into elegantly simple compositions of pattern and grace” (Artscope). She has exhibited her paintings nationally and was recently featured in Maine Home + Design magazine’s “One to Watch” profile on standout artists in Maine.  The recipient of a Maine Arts Commission Artist Project Grant; the Juror’s Award in association with the 10th Annual International Encaustic Conference; the Award of Excellence from Encaustic Art Institute; an Emerging Artist Grant from International Encaustic Artists; and a Pace House residency from Maine College of Art, Vander Schaaf currently serves as president elect of New England WAX.  She teaches workshops throughout New England.

Pat Spainhour is a contemporary painter-printmaker, having recently retired from teaching at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. She earned a BFA degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and has 36 years of experience teaching studio art and art history. Pat studied encaustic painting with Tremain Smith in 2006 and Paula Roland in 2009. Pat Spainhour was recently presented with the Inovation Award at the Fire on the Mountain gallery show for a collaborative sculpture combining her encaustic work on paper and an iron support created by her husband, Paul Spainhour.

Toby Sisson earned her M.F.A. from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, and is Associate Professor and Director of the Studio Art Program at Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts. In addition to drawing, painting and printmaking, Sisson’s areas of specialization include community‐based service learning and collaborative public art projects. She has been the
recipient of numerous honors for teaching as well as grants and fellowships for her studio practice. Her current research focuses on the development of dialogic critique methods for visual artists and creative pedagogy for non- artists. Sisson’s home and studio are located in Providence, Rhode Island and she exhibits her work internationally.

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.  

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