Christine Aaron is a mixed-media artist whose work investigates themes of memory, time, and the fragility of human connection. She graduated with a degree in Education from Cornell University, and a Masters in Social Work from Hunter College. Her experience as a practicing social worker informs the content in her work and directly guides the selection of materials and techniques, which includes encaustic, paper, wood, printmaking, drilling, burning, and installation.. Her work has been exhibited at Kenise Barnes Fine Art, Larchmont, New York; James Gallery, Pittsburgh; Westchester Community College and Iona College, both in Westchester County, N.Y, the Center for Contemporary Printmaking and Silvermine Guild of Artists, Connecticut; and the Hunterdon Art Museum, New Jersey. Aaron received a grant last year which enabled her to complete The Memory Project, a community based project that collected over 350 handwritten and audio recorded memories which were used to create an installation and a catalog documenting the work. She lives and works in Westchester County outside of New York City.
Kim Bernard shows her sculpture, installations and encaustic works nationally and has been invited to participate in many exhibits, some of which include the Portland Museum of Art, Currier Museum of Art, Fuller Craft Museum, Colby College Museum of Art, Art Complex Museum and UNH Museum of Art. Her work has been reviewed in the Boston Globe, Art News and featured in Art New England. Bernard is the recipient of the Piscataqua Region Artist Advancement Grant, a NEFA grant, several Maine Arts Commission Grants and was an artist-in-residence in the Physics Department at Harvard University in 2015-16 and the artist-in-residence at the University of New England in 2016-17. She received her BFA from Parsons in 1987, her MFA from Mass Art in 2010 and currently teaches at the Maine College of Art. Bernard gives presentations, lectures and offers workshops nationally as a visiting artist.
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. In 2011, she received an Artist Entrepreneurial Grant from the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts. Claffey’s work has won several awards, including the Second Place Award at the Monotype Guild of New England’s Fifth National Monotype Exhibition in May 2018. Claffey writes a blog, Making Something Out of Nothing. She has curated five exhibitions, the most recent being The Space Between Shadow and Light for the Eleventh International Encaustic Conference in Provincetown, Massachusetts in June 2017. Claffey is a Past-President of New England Wax, and Past President of the NH Chapter of the Women’s Caucus for Art. Raised in Connecticut, educated in Massachusetts, she now lives and works in New Boston, New Hampshire.
Dorothy Cochran is an accomplished printmaker who continually pushes the boundaries of how to create works on paper. With extensive experience as an artist, educator and curator, she has developed innovative ways to work and layer 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 US, including Maui, Hawaii, Manhattan Graphics Center, NYC and The International Encaustic Conference in Provincetown. Her works are represented in museums, corporate and private collections and exhibited widely.
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.
Helene Farrar has taught and worked in the visual arts for twenty years while actively exhibiting in commercial, nonprofit and university galleries in New England, New York, Pennsylvania, Italy, and England. Farrar has a BA in Studio Art from the University of Maine and a Masters of Fine Art Degree in Interdisciplinary Arts from Goddard College in Vermont. Hélène currently owns and operates her own private art school in Manchester, Maine out of her “Farmhouse” studio. Farrar was most recently featured in a solo exhibition “What We Carry” at the University of Maine at Farmington's Emery Art Center. Farrar holds a professional certificate as an art educator and is represented by the Archipelago Fine Arts in Rockland, the Cynthia Winings Gallery in Blue Hill, and the Center for Maine Craft in West Gardiner . Her teaching practice has lead her to non-profits across the state of Maine, as well as, workshops on Monhegan and in Tuscany. She has been on the faculties at both the University of Maine and Thomas College. Most recently, she taught encaustic painting at the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts. She is also a teaching artist for the Farnsworth Art Museum.
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.
Lorraine Glessner’s love of surface, pattern, markmaking and image has led her to combine disparate materials and processes in her work. Lorraine is an Assistant Professor at Tyler School of Art, a workshop instructor and an award-winning artist. She has a diverse art background with skills that include painting, sculpture, photography, digital imaging and much more. Lorraine brings to her teaching a strong interdisciplinary approach, mixed with a balance of concept, process, experimentation and discovery.
Born and raised in Sonoma County, CA, Jen Greely earned Bachelors degrees in Economics and Italian from UC Davis and a Masters degree in Demography from the University of Pennsylvania. Her professional experience ranges from government research in banking regulation, teaching internationally on the collection and graphical representation of data, and researching religious populations while on faculty at Georgetown University in Washington, DC.
In 2004, Greely left the academic realm to focus on her family and she now lives in Westport, CT where she is pursuing her passion for the visual arts. Greely began studying classical painting methods in 2014, working in watercolor, inks, and encaustic. In 2017 she expanded her studies to printmaking, studying with Chicago-based artist Jeffrey Hirst on merging the two disciplines by layering silkscreen printing into her encaustic paintings. Her newest work transforms hand drawings into repetitive forms in detailed and unique carborundum silk aquatint monotypes.
Jeffrey Hirst has exhibited his work throughout the United States since the 1987. His work has been showcased at national and international venues including the Minneapolis Institute of Art; The Holter Museum, Helena, Montana; McLean Project for the Art, McLean, VA; Addington Gallery, Chicago, IL; McKinney Contemporary, Dallas, TX and Palazzo Dell’ Annunziata, Matera, Italy. He has been a visiting artist at universities around the United States conducting encaustic painting and printmaking workshops and has taught encaustic painting classes at North Country Studio Workshop in VT, Center for Contemporary Printmaking in CT, Ah Haa School of Art in CO, Truro Center for the Arts in MA and in the fall of 2018 at Ballinglen Arts Foundation in Ireland. Hirst also is the owner of Jeffrey Hirst Studios, a Printmaking/Painting studio in Chicago specializing in Intaglio, Screenprinting, and Experimental Approaches towards combining printmaking and encaustic. Hirst received his MFA from Louisiana State University and BFA from the University of Minnesota. He is a recipient of grants including a City of Chicago Individual Artist Grant, a Minnesota State Arts Board grant and a fellowship residency to the Ballinglen Arts Foundation in Ireland. Hirst is represented by Addington Gallery in Chicago, Brandt-Roberts Galleries in Columbus, OH and Water Street Gallery in Douglas, MI and his work is in numerous public and private collections.
Deborah Kapoor is a Seattle-based artist who creates dimensional, haptic, mixed-media paintings, prints and sculpture about the distilled poetry within cultural markers. She has exhibited recently at Tacoma Art Museum, Square Foot Art Basel Miami, Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art, Trenton City Museum, Seattle City Hall, and at universities and commercial galleries. She is excited to be doing a residency with Michael David at David Schweitzer Contemporary in Brooklyn in September, 2018.
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.
Originally from Chicago, Susan Lasch Krevitt now resides in Southern California and New Orleans. She earned her BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago majoring in Material Studies. Susan builds free standing and wall hung sculptural paintings exploring themes of structure, connection and transformation. Her work has been exhibited internationally and across the U.S. including Organic to Geometric: Investigations in Structure & Surfacein 2018 at the Provincetown Art Association & Museum and in 2015 at Endicott College’s Heftler Gallery and Depth Perception in 2016 at the Cape Cod Museum of Art. In 2014 she participated in the Conference Curatorial Program, co-curating Material Consequences with Nancy Natale at Gallery X. Susan received the Juror’s Award in 2013 for her work in Seven, the Castle Hill Gallery show juried by Shawn Hill.
Founder and director emerita of the International Encaustic Conference, Joanne Mattera is a widely exhibited painter who embraces writing in her practice. She is the author of the first commercially published book on encaustic in half a century, The Art of Encaustic Painting: Contemporary Expression in the Ancient Medium of Pigmented Wax (Watson-Guptill, 2001), numerous essays and articles on art, and until recently was editor in chief of ProWax Journal. She is working on her memoir, Vita: A Queer, Italian-American, Art Memoir, to be published by Well-Fed Artist Press.
Kelly McGrath is the former workshop coordinator for R&F Handmade paints. She is currently a full-time graduate student and educator, teaching painting, sculpture and mixed media classes. She has been researching, designing and teaching workshops since 2009. With regularly scheduled classes through R&F Kelly has also taught through organizations such as Truro Center for the Arts at Castle Hill, Women's Studio Workshop, Hudson Valley Museum of Contemporary Art, Loomis Chaffee Academy with additional demonstrations throughout the northeast.This past year she has shown at Katonah Art Center in NY, the NAEA National Gallery in VA, the Lace Mill Gallery in NY and a special online show with Trestle Gallery, NY. She maintains a studio and residence in the Hudson Valley of New York.
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 13th 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.
Laura Moriarty makes process-driven sculptural paintings and monotypes with encaustic, 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 full-time studio practice in Rosendale, New York and teaches workshops at R&F Handmade Paints and as a visiting artist in the U.S. and abroad. Before taking up encaustic, Laura received training in hand papermaking and printmaking. Her work is exhibited extensively throughout the United States and abroad and is included in many public and private collections. Among her honors are a Grants from the Adolph & Esther Gottlieb Foundation and the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, as well as many artist residencies and fellowships.
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.
While living in Japan from 1985 to 1989, Lauren Pearlman learned how to make paper and a passion was born. Lauren founded Paper Connecton International, LLC in 1995, Although Paper Connection has mainly been recognized as a leading source of “washi” (Japanese paper), Paper Connection is now also known for its large collection of specialty papers from many other remote places in the world, such as: China, India, Korea, Mexico, Nepal, and The Philippines. As of 2002, Lauren maintains a double-residency in both Japan and Rhode Island; thus she has easy access to many of the papermakers. Lauren makes her rounds on the lecture circuit to discuss the the major changes that have occurred in the handmade paper world that she has witnessed first hand, as well as the past, present, and future of hand papermaking. Through import, distribution, and education, Lauren and her staff, remain committed to the preservation of traditional hand papermaking, the papermakers themselves, and ensuring there will be good quality paper in the market for future generations.
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.”
Jodi Reeb lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and has been a full-time artist and teacher for 20 years. She has taught printmaking, acrylic and encaustic painting as well as book arts. Her artwork has been shown nationally receiving numerous awards and is in many private and corporate collections nationally such as Target Corporation, United HealthCare Group, Hilton Hotel Minneapolis and Wells Fargo Mortgage. She received a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design where she instructed printmaking in the Continuing Studies program for over 9 years. She also has been teaching acrylic and encaustic painting workshops for the past 6 years at the Minnetonka Center for Art and in her studio. Jodi creates her mixed-media paintings and sculptures in her studio at the Traffic Zone Center for Visual Art in Minneapolis, but travels to the countryside to receive her inspiration, combining contrasting landscapes and environments in her work.
Lia Rothstein has BA and MFA degrees from Boston University. She has been a professional photographer for over 40 years, has taught digital photography and imaging in colleges and art centers throughout New England, and has also worked as a photographic specialist for Dartmouth College. Lia was awarded artist residencies at the Vermont Studio Center and the Baer Art Center in Hofsos, Iceland. From 2009 through August 2012 Rothstein directed the award-winning PHOTOSTOP Gallery in White River Junction, VT. She has exhibited her photographic and mixed media work in galleries and museums across the US and her work is in numerous private and public collections, including the Polaroid Permanent International Exhibition Photography Collection, and the collections of John Hancock and the Radisson Group. Rothstein’s encaustic and cold wax paintings are featured in the book, “Cold Wax Medium: Techniques, Concepts and Conversations” by Rebecca Crowell and Jerry McLaughlin, now in its second edition. She has been teaching workshops in cold wax painting in northern New England and in the fall of 2018 her encaustic and photographic work was featured in Art Maze Magazine, published in London and distributed worldwide.
Visual artist and educator, Patricia Russotti is an Associate Professor in the School of Photographic Arts and Sciences, College of Art and Design 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.
Pat Spainhour is a contemporary artist and art educator. She recently retired from teaching AP Art History at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. Pat also serves as a docent at Reynolda House Museum of American Art in Winston-Salem, NC. Pat has a BFA degree, with concentrations in design and art education from the University of North Carolina Greensboro, with graduate studies at Wake Forest University. Pat Spainhour studied encaustic painting at Penland School of Crafts and was awarded a North Carolina Arts Council Regional Artist Grant, used to attend Paula Roland’s Advanced Encaustic Workshop. Assisting Paula Roland, Pat taught an encaustic monotype workshop at Cullowhee Mountain Arts. Pat Spainhour is a certified instructor in encaustic painting, encaustic monotypes, and Evans Cold Wax Paint.
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.
As a painter, Janise Yntema has worked in encaustic for over 20 years. She is a graduate of Parsons School of Design and an alumna member of AIR Gallery in NYC. Recent Solo Exhibitions include: Galerie Marie Demange, Bruxelles, 2016, Nancy Dryfoos Gallery at Kean College, Union, New Jersey 2015, Cadogan Contemporary, London UK 2015, Libre Choix Bruxelles 2014, Galerie Josine Bokhoven, Amsterdam 2012 Recent Group exhibitions include: Elizabeth Dow, East Hampton NY 2016, Galerie Judy Straten, The Netherlands, 2014, School Voor Filosofie, Amsterdam, 2012. Her works are included in public and private collections throughout the United States and Europe. Yntema lives and works in Brussels, Belgium. A forthcoming book on her life and work is scheduled for publication by Galerie Marie Demange next year.