|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
|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). Lauren joined the staff in 2014 and is involved in all aspects of fundraising, development, and strategic advancement. lauren(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
| Julia Hickey, Development Associate & Grant Writer
Julia Hickey grew up in Cooperstown, NY, also known as America’s most perfect village. She received her bachelor’s degree in Creative Writing at SUNY New Paltz in 2012. Since then, she’s been drifting around the United States in pursuit of various impulsive adventures. She fell into grant writing while working with a small nonprofit in New Mexico, and continued writing grants in Nashville. Now, Julia spends her time reporting on WSW’s fabulous programs and honing her nonprofit management skills. If she’s not at WSW, she is probably snuggling with her dog, writing poetry, cooking, or eating. julia(at)wsworkshop.org
|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
|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 Non-Profit Management Internship with WSW, Rachel joined the staff as Operations Manager to oversee daily office activity, manage certain donor and alumnae relations, administer WSW’s database, plan event fundraisers, lead WSW’s marketing team in print and digital campaigns, and work on anything else that comes her way, which can range from investigating tech issues to editing artists’ books. rachel(at)wsworkshop.org
|Anita Wetzel, Alumnae Relations 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, Spain and Costa Rica. Partially retired, Anita is enjoying doing outreach to WSW’s extensive and diverse alumnae and having the opportunity to work in her own studio again. anita(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 for WSW’s Chili Bowl Internship. She has stayed connected with WSW by teaching in ceramics and the Art-in-Education program. In 2013, she became our Art-in-Ed Coordinator. Now, she spends her days engaging young minds with thoughtful and creative art projects! tara(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 tweaking, Woody has been here to do it.
|Chelsea Campbell, Digital Content Manager
Though native to Philadelphia, Rochester is where Chelsea calls home after she moved there to attend University of Rochester. After graduating in 2015 with a double major in Studio Art, English and a minor in Film, Chelsea joined WSW. She’s looking forward to having conversations with, writing about, and just hanging out with artists and their amazing work. When Chelsea’s not in the office, you’ll find her getting far too invested in another TV show or playing card games. chelsea(at)wsworkshop.org
| Susan Chute, Archivist
|Chloe Horsma, Non-profit Management Intern
Chloe Horsma was born and raised in Sacramento, California. She earned her Bachelors of Art in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and Creative Writing at Mills College, where she also studied print and bookmaking. She has worked as a research assistant with Amnesty International’s Women’s Rights group and been awarded a number of institutional honors in writing and community service. Chloe is most drawn to improvisational printing and experimentations with color and wood type, and her recent work has sought to represent the unknowable and emphasize multiplicity in studying social justice. She is also passionate about creating art which evokes a physical sensation or experience, and is excited to dive into the wild world of handmade paper. info(at)wsworkshop.org
|Molly Berkson, Studio Intern
Molly Berkson graduated from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago with a Bachelor in Fine Arts in 2015. In Chicago, she collaborated with a queer art collective called 3rd Language which published quarterly artist publications, distributed zines and small press print works by queer artists and writers, and curated exhibitions and events. She also interned with a community book binding project called North Branch Projects, and Seeds InService, a paper making collaborative.
|Sarah Rose Lejeune, Studio Intern
Sarah Rose Lejeune is an artist most recently engaged in a residency at The Dirt Palace in Providence, RI, and as a hand papermaking instructor at Dieu Donné in NY, NY. She is currently collaborating with artist Joan Hall on an edition for Hand Papermaking’s twelfth portfolio project. Sarah Rose graduated with High Honors in Studio Art from Oberlin College in May of 2015. In the past she has held employment as an artist assistant, book preservation technician, and print shop monitor. Her work has been included in many independent publications such as Vellum, Hanging Loose, and The Plum Creek Review. She has exhibited throughout Oberlin, at the Morgan Paper Conservatory in Cleveland, the ROY G BIV Gallery in Columbus, OH, the Williamsburg Art and Historical Center, Local Project in Long Island City, OffLINE at CENTRAL BOOKING at 21 Ludlow in New York City, the Armstrong Atlantic State University Fine Arts Gallery, and the Lewis Art Gallery at Millsaps College.
|Kate Farrell, Summer Intern
Kate Farrell is from Roanoke, Virginia. She recently headed north to live in various intentional communities, and is grateful to have joined the efforts of Haley House in Boston, the Good Shepherd Volunteers in NYC, and Camphill Village in Copake, NY. Her artistic work includes prints, books, drawings, and handmade paper. She is fascinated with the anthropological concept of liminality, the potent space or condition between definitions in which transformations can occur. She aims to create movement and fluidity between narrowness and openness in her images on paper. Kate graduated with distinction from the University of Virginia in 2014 with degrees in Studio Art and Religious Studies.
Board of Directors
Jennifer Naylor, WSW President, New Paltz A technology strategist with a broad background in B2B collaboration technologies, product innovation and refinement and growth strategy, Jennifer Naylor has consulted on a range of strategic areas from governance to business development to product innovation and launch. A trusted advisor to many executives, she has worked on a broad range of projects, lending an unorthodox approach to business development, risk management and growth. Trained in an empowerment framework, she has also developed and led mold-breaking workshops on innovation, team building and strategic visioning, experiences that bring teams together around ideas, culture and leadership.
A two-time Fulbright scholar to Egypt, Jennifer earned a PhD from New York University. She has an undergraduate degree from Colby College, Waterville, Me. where she graduated cum laude with distinction and received a Thomas J. Watson Fellowship for research in the Mediterranean. She likes global politics, feminism and localism; plus, she thinks that adding “art” to STEM means we’d get technology that would improve lives not derail Monday mornings. She tweets @jtnaylor.
Katiellen Madden, WSW Vice President, Special Educator (retired), High Falls, NY
Katiellen Madden has returned to the board after a 10 year hiatus. She recently retired from the public school system as a special educator. Presently she tutors and consults parents of challenged learners and has returned to her passion of “making art” using the WSW studios. She resides in High Falls with her husband, Vincent, enjoying their gardens and visits with grandchildren.
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.
Lisa Robb, New York, New York
Lisa Robb is a seasoned arts administrator and field leader and a great appreciator of visual art, nature, artists and woman. This work experience and these interests are what she cites as the compelling reasons to join the Board in 2016. She has held positions over 35 years at commercial galleries, artists’ studios, Modern Photography Magazine, Friends of Photography/Ansel Adams Center, Bronx Museum of the Arts, and Pelham Art Center. Most recently, from 2011 – 2016, she served as Executive Director of the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency managing grant and regrant programs serving 2,000+ non-profit organizations and artists. In 2016 she joined The Center for Arts Education, a non profit which serves students, educators/school staff, parents, the public and decision and policy makers with direct services and advocacy to ensure a quality arts education learning is provided to all NYC’s 1.1 million public school students. In school, she studied photography at NYU and she has also completed many professional trainings around leadership, capital planning and arts and cultural services. Lisa now lives in Pelham, NY. She grew up in Asheville NC, she has also lived in Mass, Conn, Calif.
Kerry McCarthy, Program Director, Thriving Communities at The New York Community Trust, Kerry’s grantmaking focuses on arts and historic preservation. Before joining The Trust in 2009, Kerry ran a consulting company serving nonprofit arts groups—including Women’s Studio Workshop. Her experience in museum and performing arts administration includes organizations as varied as the Queens Museum of Art and Jim Henson Productions. She has curated exhibitions for the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center and Atlanta’s Center for Puppetry Arts. Kerry holds an M.A. in Folk Art Studies from New York University and B.A. from Sewanee: The University of the South. She is a graduate of Coro’s Leadership New York Program, former co-chair of New York City’s Dance Funders Group and of New York Grantmakers in the Arts. Currently, she is a board member of Grantmakers in the Arts, and a member of the New York City Department of Education’s arts education committee.
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.
Susan Siegrist, Graphic Designer, High Falls, NY
Susan has recently retired from her job as Director of Creative Services at The New York Botanical Garden, and prior to that she worked as Senior Graphic Designer at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. Currently she spends her time designing newsletters and invitations for the Workshop as well as learning to throw pots in the ceramic studio.
Susan Spencer-Crowe, Artist and Adjunct Professor at Queens College, Kingston, NY
Susan has been the recipient of two Artist Fellowship awards in sculpture from the New York Foundation for the Arts and in 2001 she was named the Lily Auchincloss Foundation Sculpture Fellow. Before moving to the Hudson Valley, she worked as an arts professional and grants writer for many major art institutions, including the New Museum of Contemporary Art, The Drawing Center, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Jewish Museum.
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.