Pamela Blum has exhibited her artwork throughout the United States and in France. Until it recently closed, John Davis Gallery represented her work. A professor emeritus, Pamela’s college teaching background includes drawing, 2D design, color theory, painting, sculpture, installation, and performance. She earned a BA degree in studio art and art history from the University of Pennsylvania and a MFA in sculptural installation from the Massachusetts College of Art & Design.
Karen Bright was Born Montreal, Canada. Her academic degrees include an MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art in Graphic Design, and a BFA with honors from the University of the Arts in Printmaking. Karen is a Professor in the Department of Art and Design at Monmouth University in West Long Branch, New Jersey.
After earning a BFA at C.W. Post College on Long Island, Kathy Cantwell moved to New York City like many artist hopefuls and found work in the music industry. After 25 years, she left NYC to raise their two adopted children there in rural New Jersey. In 2010, moving to Maplewood, NJ, just 30 minutes from Manhattan. These locations in central and northern New Jersey allowed her to become attuned to a new sense of openness light, and now the proximity to other artists and creative communities spurred her to explore new means of self-expression. A sort of recovering eccentric, Cantwell is currently in a process of looking for her “inner stripe.” Her latest work in encaustic has become well-known through a number of recent solo and group exhibitions, primarily in the New York-New Jersey area as well as Provincetown, Massachusetts. In 2016, she was invited to become a member of The Painting Center in Chelsea and to be represented by Adam Peck Gallery on Cape Cod.
Debra Claffey is a visual artist who uses encaustic, oil, and mixed media in her work.
She holds a BFA in Painting from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and Tufts University and an Associate's Degree in Horticultural Technology from the University of New Hampshire. Claffey recently received the Juror’s Award at the 2019 Anything But Flat exhibition at the 13th International Encaustic Conference. Claffey has curated three Conference exhibitions, the most recent being The Space Between Shadow and Light at Gallery X in June 2017. She is a founding member and a Past-President of New England Wax.
David A. Clark teaches encaustic printmaking across the United States and beyond, most recently teaching classes at Zijdelings in the Netherlands, R & F Handmade Paints, the Palm Springs Art Museum and Idyllwild Arts. His work has attracted national attention for its technical innovation and soulful content and has been shown at OTA Contemporary Santa Fe, the Hunterdon Art Museum, Conrad Wilde Gallery, the Process Museum, the Cape Cod Museum of Art, the Provincetown Art Association and Museum and the Palm Springs Art Museum.
Miles Conrad is a curator, educator, and a foremost practitioner in contemporary encaustic. He creates paintings, sculpture, and immersive environments exhibited nationally. Miles works from a studio granted by the Artist-In-Residence program at Process Museum in Tucson, Arizona. His work was featured in the 2017 Whitney Biennial in participation with the Occupy Museums Debt Fair Project. He received the Tucson Museum of Art, Contemporary Art Society ’Award of Excellence’ for his work in the Arizona Biennial 2011. Miles earned his BFA from CalArts in 1992 and his MFA from San Francisco Art Institute in 2009. For the past 13 years, Miles has presented comprehensive workshops nationally; teaching students innovative techniques in 3D encaustic. He received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Encaustic Artists Association in 2016. Miles is the founding director of Conrad Wilde Gallery. Renowned for having hosted innovative exhibitions in Tucson as well as at several international art fairs in Los Angeles, New York and Miami. He now operates MicroGallery in Tucson, AZ and serves as a private career consultant to artists nationwide.
Rebecca Crowell has been a professional artist for thirty years and is widely known for her innovative painting techniques involving cold wax medium and oils. She has taught these methods both in the US and internationally for the past ten years. Her abstract paintings are handled by fine art galleries in Chicago, Atlanta, Santa Fe, Telluride, and Dublin, Ireland and are found in hundreds of private, public, and corporate collections. Rebecca holds an MFA in Painting and lives with her husband in rural west-central Wisconsin.
Michael David has been exhibiting internationally sine 1981. First, with the Historical Sidney Janis, and then with M.Knodler & Co for over two decades. A Guggenheim Fellow his work is included in the permanent public collections of the, the Guggenheim Museum in New York, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, the Los Angeles County Museum of Arts, the Jewish Museum of NY, the Brooklyn Museum , the Denver Museum and the Museum Of Contemporary Art in Houston among others, Over the last decade David established the Fine Arts Workshop in Atlanta working with artists on an immersive one to one basis, David established, directed and curated two of the most successful galleries in Brooklyn— Life On Mars (no longer in existence) and his current curatorial project M.David &Co, while developing a mentoring and residency programs in NY, Dallas , Seattle and Truro at Castle Hill.
Alicia Forestall-Boehm is the Co-Founder of Chicago Social Media Marketers. An award-winning visual artist, she has over 20 years of experience with digital and traditional marketing. Chicago Social Media Marketers specialize in helping creative professionals, nonprofits and small businesses create and manage professional and effective social media campaigns. Professional speaking engagements include Current Strategies and Future Realities: Growing your Brand, Venture Hub, Chicago, Access Lab: Developing Your Social Media Presence and Online Branding, Chicago Cultural Center,Chicago, and Social Media for Artists, Chicago.
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.
Milisa Galazzi's artwork highlights human relationships punctuated by physical distance or separation by time and she is best known for her large scale installations, works on paper, and conceptual paintings. Galazzi holds an MA in Education with Honors from the Rhode Island School of Design where she extensively researched the educational effectiveness of community-based art education settings and her findings are published by Harvard University Graduate School of Education, Project Zero Press, 1999. In addition, Galazzi holds a BA from Brown University where she studied Studio Art with minors in Women’s Studies and Cultural Anthropology - all of which directly informs the content of her art making. Her artwork is reviewed in many books and magazine and is represented by Miller White Fine Arts gallery in Dennis, Mass. Galazzi works full time in her studio in Providence, Rhode Island, and on Cape Cod in the summer months.
Leslie Giuliani has an eclectic artistic background. Having graduated with a B.F.A. in drawing and painting, she continued her studies in esoteric art forms including fresco painting, Byzantine icon painting, gold leaf conservation, non-silver photographic processes, primitive rug hooking, digital embroidery and encaustic painting. Working at the Center for Contemporary Printmaking in Norwalk, CT, she has taught hybrid forms of printmaking focusing on its application in Encaustic painting. Currently, her work involves creating monotypes, embellishing them with Digital Embroidery and sewing the pieces together to form larger works. Ms. Giuliani is the recipient of a 2008 Artist Fellowship Grant from the Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism for Craft and is the author of several published articles on rug hooking and cyanotype photography. Her work was included in the Farnsworth Museum’s show, “Beyond Rugs” and her work is in the permanent art collections of the Housatonic Museum of Art and the state of Connecticut. She has worked with well-known artists on special projects including the architect, Richard Meier and the Argentinian artist Liliana Porter.
Stephanie Hargrave has been painting and working in clay since college, where she studied color theory, ceramics, sculpture, drawing and painting, as well as creative writing. She started a line of functional ceramics as a small business in 1997 after studying with Carol Gouthro, and has worked with metal, oil paint, watercolor and acrylics over the years, but her medium of choice is beeswax. She learned a great deal studying with Jef Gunn and Larry Caulkins at Pratt Fine Arts Center in Seattle, and later began co-teaching at Pratt (using wax as an element in sculptural collage) with Rickie Wolfe. She also teaches at NW Encaustic and out of her studio. Encaustic has been her focus for the last 18 years. It is the one medium that affords all the other materials she has worked in to overlap and inform one another.
Jeffrey Hirst has exhibited his work throughout the United States and Europe since 1990 and has his MFA from Louisiana State University and BFA from the University of Minnesota. His work has been showcased at national and international venues including the Minneapolis Institute of Art; The Holter Museum, Helen, Montana; Addington Gallery, Chicago, McKinney Contemporary, Dallas, McLean Project for the Art, McLean, VA, and Bienal do Douro, Portugal. Hirst has been a visiting artist at universities around the United States conducting painting and printmaking workshops and has taught workshops at NCSW-Bennington College in VT, Arrowmont School for the Arts in TN, Truro Center for the Arts in MA, Cullowhee Mountain Arts in NC, and has been an annual presenter at the International Encaustic Conference in MA. Hirst is the owner of Hirst Printmaking, a printmaking shop specializing in intaglio, hybrid processes, screenprinting, and experimental approaches towards combining printmaking and painting. In 2005, Hirst pioneered the process of combining silkscreen and encaustic painting and has conducted workshops on the process throughout the United States. Hirst is a recipient of the Minnesota State Arts Board grant, the DCASE City of Chicago Individual Artist grant and was awarded a fellowship residency at the Ballinglen Arts Foundation in County Mayo, Ireland. Hirst is represented by Addington Gallery in Chicago and Brandt-Roberts Galleries in Columbus, OH. His work is in numerous public and private collections including Arcstone Technologies, Grant Thornton International, Great River Energy, SAP America, and Southern Graphics Council.
Working most recently in Seattle and New York, Deborah Kapoor creates dimensional, haptic works — visually translating perceptual details of physical experience, the landscape of the body, and themes surrounding feminine embodiment. She has exhibited at M. David & Co. in Brooklyn, New York during Bushwick Open Studios, Tacoma Art Museum, Square Foot Art Basel Miami, Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art, Trenton City Museum, Crane Arts Center, Kimball Art Center, Seattle City Hall, and university and commercial galleries.
Joanna Kidney was born in Dublin, Ireland and currently lives in Co. Wicklow, Ireland. Her practice encompasses drawing, spatial drawing, encaustic painting and assemblage works. Utilizing a wide range of diverse materials and processes, her work reflects on the human experience and our place within the vastness of the universe. Recent Solo Exhibitions include Galway Arts Centre (2017), Mermaid Arts Centre, Co. Wicklow (2015), Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin (2013) and The Drawing Project, Co. Dublin (2012). She has exhibited widely in group shows in Ireland, France, Germany and the USA. She has been visiting lecturer and presenter in Universities in Ireland and Utah, USA. She is a founding member of Outpost Studios, Bray, Co. Wicklow (2014); a member of the artists collective The Tellurometer Project (with Helen G. Blake, Joanne Boyle, Raine Hozier Byrne, Rachel Fallon, Laura Kelly and Susan Montgomery) and a featured artist on The Drawing Suite. Her work can be seen in the collections of AIB, The Central Bank, Dublin, OPW, UCD and the Department of the Environment, Northern Ireland.
Susan Lasch Krevitt received her BFA from The School of The Art Institute of Chicago, where she majored in Sculpture and Material Studies. Lasch Krevitt uses textiles, rubber, cardboard and whatever it takes to build abstract, free standing and wall hung sculptural paintings Her process driven work explores themes of structure, connection and transformation informed by observations of the natural world. Her work has been exhibited in galleries and museums internationally and throughout the United States since 1985. In 2016 she had work at the Cape Cod Museum of Art and in 2018 the Provincetown Art Association and Museum.
In her almost five-decade career, Joanne Mattera has had 35 solo shows and participated in about 10 group shows annually, both national and international. Her most recent solo, From Dawn to Dusk, took place at Odetta Gallery in Manhattan in late 2019. Joanne’s curatorial projects include Textility in 2012 at the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, Summit; A Few Conversations About Color at DM Contemporary in Manhattan in 2015; and Depth Perception in 2017 at the Cape Cod Museum of Art, Dennis, Massachusetts, which she curated with Cherie Mittenthal. Joanne’s work is in the New Britain Museum of American Art, Connecticut; Montclair Art Museum, New Jersey; Connecticut College Print Department; University Collections at the University of Albany; the U.S. State Department, Washington, D.C.; and numerous institutional and private collections. Joanne is founder and director emerita of the International Encaustic Conference and author of The Art of Encaustic Painting: Contemporary Expression in the Ancient Medium of Pigmented Wax. Her memoir, Vita: Growing Up Italian, Coming Out, and Making a Life in Art, was published in 2019 by Well-Fed Artist Press in Manhattan.
Jerry McLaughlin has been a working visual artist for twenty years and has exhibited at galleries throughout the US. An expert in all things cold wax, he focuses his major energies on painting, teaching, and writing. Trained as a pediatric intensive care physician, he also holds a certificate in adult education from the University of Washington. Jerry is extremely passionate about teaching. His strength lies in identifying and addressing his students individual needs. Jerry also has an active artist mentoring practice. His strong, minimalist work is in collections around the world. Jerry and his husband, Mike, live in San Miguel de Allende with their dog Bert. (www.jerrymclaughlinart.com)
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, Director and Producer of the 14th International Encaustic Conference. She’s been working predominately in wax or encaustic paint while integrating tar, marble dust, pigment sticks, dry materials, graphite, collage and miscellaneous mediums. She 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’s the Executive Artistic Director of Truro Center for the Arts at Castle Hill since 2002. She serves on the board of Campus Provincetown, Provincetown Cultural Council, OCARC - the Outer Cape Artist Residency Coalition and is partners with Highlands Center & the National Seashore for the only Wood-Fired Kiln on Cape Cod. She won the 2019 Artist Fellowship award from the Arts Foundation of Cape Cod.
Wayne Montecalvo is a multi-disciplinary artist who holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the School of Visual Arts in New York City. He currently lives and maintains his studio in Rosendale, New York. Wayne’s work has been featured in solo and two-person exhibitions at The Hall of Awa Japanese Handmade Paper, Yamakawa, Tokushima, Japan; Muroff Kotler Visual Arts Gallery, SUNY Ulster, Stone Ridge, NY; and CHRCH Project Space, Cottekill, NY. Wayne’s awards and honors include the 2016 Awagami Artist-in-Residence Program in Japan; Two Full Fellowship Awards from the Vermont Studio Center; Two Residencies at the Frans Masereel Zentrum voor Grafiek, Kasterlee, Belgium and the John Michael Kohler Foundation Arts/Industry Artist-in-Residence, Sheboygan, WI. From 1998-2013 Wayne taught in the Art Department at the State University of New York, New Paltz campus. Additional teaching and related experience include R&F Handmade Paints, Pilchuck Glass School, the Printmaking Center at the College of Santa Fe, and Bard College.
Laura Moriarty makes process-driven sculptural paintings and works on paper, creating forms, colors, textures and patterns that result from the same processes that shape and reshape the earth. A lifelong resident of the Hudson River Valley, Laura maintains a studio in Rosendale, New York. Her work is exhibited extensively and included in many public and private collections, including the Progressive Art Collection and the Art Bank, a program of the US Department of State. Among her honors are Grants from the Adolph & Esther Gottlieb Foundation, the New York Foundation for the Arts, and the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, as well as many artist residencies and fellowships, including most recently, the Baer Art Foundation in Iceland. Laura teaches at R&F Handmade Paints and as a Visiting Artist in studios both in the U.S. and abroad.
Nancy Natale has participated in 11 previous International Encaustic Conferences as an exhibitor, presenter, teacher, and curator. She is a native of Boston, a graduate of Massachusetts College of Art & Design, and has been working as an artist for more than 30 years. She is represented by Arden Gallery in Boston. Natale has received a number of grants, including a Pollock Krasner grant. Her work is included in the collections of more than 25 large institutions such as Fidelity Investments, Boston Medical Center and Delta Airlines, as well as those of private collectors.
Sherrie Posternak takes advantage of all of her life’s passions—making and teaching art, travel, learning about other cultures, becoming fluent in the Spanish language, and building her new business designing accessories. Everything involves communication and the integration of the variety of life’s disciplines. Within the context of the arts, Sherrie chooses whatever medium or technique is most appropriate to express her ideas—encaustic, photography, ceramic, glass, fiber. She began her encaustic practice 11 years ago (www.sherrieposternak.com), and has had solo and group shows in the U.S. and Mexico. She teaches workshops in all phases of the encaustic practice, including specialty courses in transferred and embedded imagery and working with mixed media. 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 the E-book “Contemporary Paper and Encaustic” by Catherine Nash, and Volume I of Linda Robertson’s revised E-book “Embracing Encaustic.”
Lisa Pressman, an American abstract painter, was born in Elizabeth, New Jersey in 1958. She earned a BA in Art from Douglass College of Rutgers University and an MFA from Bard College. Recent exhibitions include Susan Eley Fine Arts in New York, NY; Addington Gallery in Chicago, IL; and Circa Gallery in Minneapolis. Others include: The Hunterdon Art Museum in Clinton NJ; The Cape Cod Museum of Fine Arts in Dennis, MA; and OTA Contemporary in Santa Fe, NM. In 2020 Lisa will be having a solo show at the Mulvane Art Museum in Topeka, KS. Her work has been exhibited extensively throughout the U.S. and abroad. Numerous private and public collections feature her paintings. In addition to teaching hundreds of independent workshops and private mentoring programs, Lisa’s credentials include: R&F Handmade Paints Core Teaching Artist and instructor for Gamblin Artists Colors. She is an annual presenter and educator at the International Encaustic Conference in Provincetown, MA. Her teaching goal is to cultivate the visual voice of each student in the mediums of encaustic, oil and cold wax throughout the U.S. and Europe.
Jodi Reeb has been a full-time artist and teacher in Minneapolis for over 20 years creating paintings and sculptures. She received a BFA in Printmaking at the Minneapolis College of Art & Design. Her work has been shown nationally and is in numerous private and corporate collections. She received the Minnesota Artist’s Initiative Grant in 2018, is a CORE Instructor for R&F Handmade Paints and teaches workshops in her studio and across the country.
Visual artist and educator, Patricia Russotti is an Associate Professor in the School of Photographic Arts and Sciences, College of Imaging Arts & Sciences at Rochester Institute of Technology. She is an active imaging artist producing a wide range of work for corporations, public service organizations, museums, individual artistic commissions, funded projects, and exhibitions. She develops and presents technical and creative corporate seminars, workshops, and training programs Internationally. Patti’s career has a breadth and depth of experience and skill in workflow, image making (analog, digital, alternative, and historic processes), the creative process, design, and education. She has been a regular presenter at national and international conferences.
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 as the transformation of “disparate objects into elegantly simple compositions of pattern and grace” (Artscope). She has exhibited nationally and was featured in Maine Home + Design magazine’s 2016 profile “One to Watch” on standout artists in Maine. Vander Schaaf has received grants from the Maine Arts Commission, a Tending Space Artist Fellowship from the Hemera Foundation, and the Juror’s Award in association with the 10th International Encaustic Conference. She currently serves as the president of New England Wax.