Staff


Ann Kalmbach, Women's Studio Workshop's Executive Director Ann KalmbachExecutive 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, Women's Studio Workshop's creative director 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
staff-anita-wetzel, Women's Studio Workshop's  Director of Development 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 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
Woody Woodruff, 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 PetroneStudio 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 Mckinnery-burkett, Women's Studio Workshop's ceramics studio manager Ruth McKinney BurketCeramics 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
Lizz Thabet Lizz ThabetDigital 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
2014 Rachel Myers Rachel Myers, Art Administration Intern
Rachel Myers is a Buffalo native and 2013 graduate of SUNY Geneseo, where she earned her bachelor’s in English Literature. As a knowledge-hungry twentysomething, Rachel’s greatest desire is to learn and continue growing. Her multi-media work focuses increasingly on the differences in human perspective with regards to interaction and objectivity, while her work in ceramics emphasizes form and utility. When she is not hard at work, Rachel can be found buried in prose, hiking mountainsides, or exploring the many weird flavor complexes of food.
2014-Alyssa-Bucci Alyssa Bucci, Studio Intern
Alyssa graduated from The Ohio State University in December 2013, where she received her B.F.A. in printmaking, with a minor in design. Growing up in Columbus, she was exposed to the arts at an early age and spent most of her post-grad days in Columbus working at Glass Axis, a non-profit glass studio, and interning at Igloo Letterpress. Her work is heavily influenced by the printmaking process and has recently started its journey into the third dimension. Beyond all things art, she is currently discovering the world outside of academia and obsessing over foxes.
2014-Mei-Chan Mei Fung Elizabeth Chan, Studio Intern
Mei Fung Elizabeth Chan (Studio Intern) grew up in south of China-Hong Kong. In 2012 she transferred to Bridgewater State University in Massachusetts to study printmaking, papermaking, and bookbinding. She received her Bachelor of Arts with a concentration in Fine Arts in Spring 2014. Studying abroad allows her to reconsider problems that are prevalent in China, but don’t exist in America. Her works focus on social and political problems in Hong Kong. Currently she is working on a suite of prints by combining both western intaglio and eastern woodblock printmaking techniques.