|Ann Kalmbach, Executive Director and co-founder of WSW
Ann has an MFA from Rochester Institute of Technology and a BFA from SUNY New Paltz. Ann has produced a number of artists’ books with her long-time collaborator, Tatana Kellner, under the acronym KaKe Art. She has also been a resident artist at Visual Studies Workshop, University of Southern Maine, and the MacDowell Colony. As a co-founder of WSW, Ann has helped hundreds of artists print portfolio editions and artists’ books over the years. ann(at)wsworkshop.org
|Tatana Kellner, Artistic Director and co-founder of WSW
Tana holds an MFA from Rochester Institute of Technology and a BA from the University of Toledo. Tatana (Tana) has received numerous awards for her work including two New York Foundation for the Arts individual artists’ grants. She has been an artist-in-residence at the MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, Ragdale, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Banff Centre, Lightworks, the Millay Colony, ArtPark and Visual Studies Workshop. Her work can be viewed at tatanakellner.com. Tana oversees the artistic quality of all WSW programs, organizes all juries for competitive programs, and is responsible for marketing WSW’s artists’ books and portfolios. tana(at)wsworkshop.org
|Anita Wetzel, Development Director and co-founder of WSW
Anita holds a BFA in Painting from SUNY New Paltz. Anita has been artist-in-residence at Blue Mountain Lake Center for the Arts, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Weir Farm Trust, as well as at international residencies in France and Spain. As Development Director, Anita manages all governmental, corporate, and private sector grants. anita(at)wsworkshop.org
|Lauren V. Walling, Deputy Executive Director
Lauren is a practicing artist and has spent 15 years as an art educator. She earned an M.A. in Art Education at Teachers College Columbia University, an M.A.R. in Religious Studies and Art History at Yale Divinity School, and a B.A. at Wells College. In addition, she has studied at the School of Visual Arts, the Art Students League, the Glassell School of Art, and the Fashion Institute of Technology. Lauren is a member of both the Isamu Noguchi Think Tank for Museum and Art Educators in New York City and the Yale Alumni Non-Profit Alliance (YANA). Since 2011, Lauren has served on the Board of Directors at WSW and has recently joined the staff as Deputy Executive Director, where she will be involved in all aspects of fundraising, development, and strategic advancement. lauren(at)wsworkshop.org
|Robert “Woody” Woodruff, Maintenance Mogul
Woody has been the nuts and bolts behind WSW from the beginning. When a press needs repairing, a beater needs building, a roof needs replacing, a jig needs designing, a kiln needs rewiring, a slide rule needs figuring, or a motorcycle needs tweeking, Woody has been here to do it.
|Chris Petrone, Studio Manager
Chris has a BFA from SUNY Purchase in painting, drawing and printmaking. She supervises the day to day operation of the papermaking studio. As Studio Manager, Chris ensures the smooth operation of all of the printmaking studios. chris(at)wsworkshop.org
|Ruth McKinney Burket, Ceramics Studio Manager
Ruth received her MFA in ceramics at SUNY New Paltz where she teaches as an adjunct professor. Her work explores the link between art and community building and has found that clay is a great vessel for bringing people together. As clay studio manager she is kept busy maintaining the studio and supervising clay classes and events such as WSW’s annual Chili Bowl Fundraiser. She is always up for creative conversation over a cozy cup of tea (in hand made mugs of course!). ruth(at)wsworkshop.org
|Tara Hagen, Art-in-Education Program Coordinator
In 2011, Tara Hagen received a BFA from New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University. She worked as a teaching assistant at The Memorial Art Gallery before moving to Hudson Valley to become WSW’s Chili Bowl Intern. She has since continued to stay connect with WSW by teaching in ceramics and the art education program. In 2013, she became our Art in Education Coordinator. Now she spend her days engaging young minds with thoughtful and creative art projects! tara(at)wsworkshop.org
|Heige Kim, Program Director for au•gust art festival
Heige moved to Upstate from Brooklyn in 2007. She opened an art gallery in Rosendale called Roos Arts in 2009 to meet new artists and friends and to create a venue to share contemporary art with the community. Unexpectedly, Roos Arts had to close in April 2015. While the gallery is in transition, she received a perfect opportunity to help WSW create the first outdoor art festival in Rosendale along the Wallkill Valley Rail Trail. She is excited to bring a festival filled with thought provoking, engaging installations, video works, and performance art to share with everyone. heige(at)wsworkshop.org
|Rachel Myers, Operations Manager
Rachel Myers is a Buffalo native and 2013 graduate of SUNY Geneseo, where she earned her bachelor’s in English Literature. After finishing her Arts Admin internship with WSW, Rachel joined the staff as Operations Manager to oversee daily office activity, plan for event fundraisers, and continue building WSW’s digital network. Outside the office, Rachel can be found buried in prose, hiking mountainsides, or exploring the many weird flavor complexes of food. rachel(at)wsworkshop.org
|Lizz Thabet, Digital Content & Communications Manager
Born and raised in North Carolina, Lizz Thabet moved to New York to pursue a degree in photography and visual culture at Rochester Institute of Technology. After graduating in 2014, Lizz joined WSW to continue its growing blog and social media presence, where she’s looking forward to cultivating thoughtful conversations with artists about their work. When she’s not in the office, you’ll find her in the studio, head buried in some theoretical text, or brewing local coffee. To see Lizz’s work, visit lizzthabet.com. lizz(at)wsworkshop.org
|Emma Bilyeu, Studio Intern
Originally from Indiana, Emma Bilyeu transferred to Savannah College of Art and Design, Atlanta, in 2013 to finish her final two years of undergraduate studies. As a recent graduate she earned BFA in printmaking and a minor in book arts in May of 2015. Emma finds bookmaking and printmaking to be appropriate means for exploring her interest in the power of communication and shared knowledge. Emma has had the pleasure of assisting in the printing of limited edition etchings for artists Ingrid Calame and Michi Meko. She is pleased to be continuing her practice at Women’s Studio Workshop as a Studio Intern. Visit Emma at www.emmabilyeu.com.
|Mara Hyman, Studio Intern
Mara Hyman is originally from Baltimore, MD, and has spent the last 6 years in Richmond, VA where she earned a BFA in Painting and Printmaking with a Gender Studies minor from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2013. Mara’s work ranges from photocopied zines to letterpress, screen print, and intaglio. Her art practice is not limited to the studio, as she was an organizer for the Richmond Zine Fest, and has taught various art programs to both kids and adults in schools, studios, and jails. Mara also enjoys bikes, flowers, and freaks. See Mara’s work at cargocollective.com/marahyman.
|Paula Lycan, Summer Intern
Paula Lycan grew up in in sunny California and just received her bachelor’s degree in Art from UC Santa Cruz. Her photographic works explore femininity and the temporal nature of human emotions. She often uses alterative processes and her own home brew of light sensitive emulations to create photobased works. Whens she’s not in the studio she’s often exploring with her camera in hand, in the kitchen cooking up a storm, or drinking a cup of Joe and studying alternative photographic processes. Find Paula’s work online at www.paulalycan.com.
|Katie Wofford, Arts Administration Intern
Katie Wofford graduated from University of Maryland College Park in 2014, with degrees in art history and studio art, with an advanced concentration in printmaking. Her latest work has explored alternative methods of printmaking, with a particular interest in monoprints and mixed media work incorporating everything from digital imagery to vegetable oil and hair in her prints. Outside of her studio practice, Katie is often busy reading, visiting museums, and trying new recipes. Visit her website at www.katherinewofford.com.
Board of Directors
Ellen Alexander, WSW Board President, Accord, NY
Ellen Alexander’s career in the financial service industry spans 20 years. She has held key positions at American Express, Citibank and MasterCard, responsible for strategic planning and profitability. Ellen has served on the Board of Directors for the American Institute of Wine and Food with Julia Child and Robert Mondavi. She volunteered at the Museum of Modern Art in NYC until moving full time to Stone Ridge, NY. She lives with her husband David, a jewelry designer, and their dog Sparky.
Katiellen Madden, WSW Vice President, Special Education Teacher (retired), High Falls, NY
Katiellen Madden has returned to the board after a 10 year hiatus. She is a recently retired special education teacher in the Marlboro public school system where she worked for 20 years. Presently she tutors and consults parents of challenged learners and is returning to her passion of “making art” using the WSW studios. She resides in High Falls with her partner, Vincent.
Jennifer Alnwick, WSW Board Treasurer, Business Banking Relationship Manager, M&T Bank, Hyde Park, NY
Jennifer Alnwick is originally from Schenectady, NY. She arrived permanently in the Hudson Valley after receiving her BA and MBA from Marist College, in Poughkeepsie, NY, and currently lives in Hyde Park with her husband Brian, and 4 boys. Since 1997, Jennifer has been working in the field of finance, including auditing, lending and underwriting, management and operations at Credit Union’s and Banks in the area. In March, Jennifer accepted a position with M&T Bank, in Kingston, NY, as a Business Banking Relationship Manager, allowing her to continue to work with large companies in the Kingston area. Her diverse background in finance has given her unique opportunities to serve on boards and committees throughout her career, and is both honored and excited to serve on the board of the Women’s Studio Workshop.
Nan Bress Ferri, Ethnographic Researcher, Docnography, High Falls, NY
Nan runs The Den of Marbletown, a teddy bear museum and bed & breakfast, which features changing exhibitions of dioramas featuring her family’s Steiff bear collection. Nan holds degrees from Stanford, University of Chicago, and Swarthmore. She has worked for ten years as an ethnographic researcher. She has both book arts and museum experience, including working at the Minnesota Center for the Book in Minneapolis and the Center for Book Arts in New York City.
Rich Forbes, Attorney, Newburgh, NY
Rich Forbes is an attorney specializing in real estate with a practice in Newburgh, NY. Rich also is on the faculty at Marist College in Poughkeepsie where he teaches business law.
Rachelle Spero, Partner Brunswick Group, NYC and Cottekill, NY
Rachelle Spero works in digital and social media communications. She specializes in online reputation management with an emphasis on helping clients create integrated media strategies that generate awareness, build community, and establish thought leadership. Rachelle holds degrees in Journalism from Northwestern University. In addition to her work at Brunswick Group, Rachelle is an adjunct professor at NYU in the Masters of Science Degree program in Public Relations and Corporate Communication. Rachelle lives in New York City and Cottekill and is the owner of the CHRCH performance and exhibition site.
Susan Shaw, Environmental Engineer and Public Health Specialist (retired), Accord, NY
After over twenty years of friendship with Women’s Studio Workshop, Susan has not only become a member of the board, but a neighbor as well. She is excited to be a part of WSW’s current expansion project, as well as continuing her long standing support of our residency and internship programs.
Anat Shiftan, Associate Professor of Ceramics at SUNY New Paltz, New Paltz, NY
Anat is currently head of the Ceramics Program at SUNY New Paltz, where she has taught since 2003. Before coming to New Paltz, Anat earned a Masters of Fine Art Degree at Cranbrook Academy of Art & Design and an MA at Eastern Michigan University, worked for many years at Pewabic Pottery in Detroit, and was twice awarded the Michigan Grant for Individual Artists. Anat holds a BA from The Hebrew University and studied and taught at Bezalel Academy of Art & Design in Jerusalem.
Suzanne Stokes, Associate Professor of Art, SUNY New Paltz, Bloomington, NY
Before coming to SUNY, Suzanne was the Outreach Director and a faculty member for K-12 Art Programs at MassArt in Boston, MA. Suzanne is the creator and artistic director of Cave Dogs, a collaborative performance group that brings together visual artists, musicians, dancers, storytellers, and writers in the spirit of experimental inter-disciplinary collaboration. The performances consist of innovative, large-scale shadow projections cast onto a scrim from sculptures, props, and the human body, which move in concert with projected video imagery, spoken narrative, and an original soundtrack. Suzanne also independently shows her work in galleries, as installations, sound pieces and prints and at film festivals and cyber venues. Suzanne received her MFA from SUNY New Paltz and her BFA from Kent State University, OH.
Laurel Sweeney, Associate Broker, Prudential Nutshell Realty, Stone Ridge, NY
A top producing realtor in Ulster County, Laurel serves on the Ulster County Board of Realtors Board of Directors and is a previous UCBR Realtor Associate of the year. In addition to the WSW board, she also serves on the board of the Mohonk Preserve and chairs their governance and auction committees including Professional Standards. This community service, coupled with her involvement in the Rondout Valley Business Association, the Rondout Valley Growers Association, The Episcopal Church of Christ the King in Stone Ridge, and the Rondout Valley Food Pantry compliment the networking and marketing that has been a key factor in her real estate achievements. Laurel resides in Stone Ridge with her husband Tim.
Barbara Leoff Burge, WSW Founder, Artist, New Paltz, NY
Barbara is a founder of Women’s Studio Workshop. Her work is in university and museum collections, including Yale, Harvard, Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Museum of Modern Art. She’s a graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and is a practicing and teaching artist in New Paltz.
Kenneth Burge, Artist, Professor of Art, SUNY New Paltz (retired)
Kenneth Burge was Professor of Art at SUNY New Paltz until his retirement in 2003. He has served on WSW’s Board of directors since its inception. Former husband of WSW founder Barbara Leoff Burge and past instructor of founder Ann Kalmbach, Ken has provided continuity and historical perspective to WSW’s board. Ken graduated from George Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri, earned an MFA from The University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, and completed additional studies at Columbia Teachers College and Yale University. In addition to being a practicing artist, Ken is an involved political activist, whose perspective also informs his interest in the activities of WSW.