|Ann Kalmbach, Executive Director and co-founder of WSW
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.
|Tatana Kellner, Artistic Director and co-founder of WSW
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.
|Anita Wetzel, Development Director and co-founder of WSW
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.
|Robert “Woody” Woodruff , Maintainance Mogul
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
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.
|Sarah Burt, Director of Marketing
holds a BFA with Honors in Film/Video from The Rhode Island School of Design. She worked for many years in the motion picture industry before opening a gallery in Rosendale with her husband. She currently lives in Hurley and is very happy to wipe off the peanut butter and come down to WSW, where among other things, she serves as resident geek, expanding WSW’s presence, on-line & off, through the website, blog, online archive, Facebook, Flickr and whatever else she can think of.
|Sandra Brown, Office Manager
earned her B.A. in 2006 from Mills College, in Oakland California, where she studied English Literature and Book Arts. She is currently working on her Masters in Information Science at SUNY Albany while simultaneously keeping the flurry of office activity at WSW properly coordinated. Sandra likes to spend her spare time among bobbins and spools and her powder blue sewing machine is named Cordelia.
|Ruth McKinney Burket, Ceramics Studio Manager
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!).
|Janelle Sandefur, Admin Intern
Janelle graduated in the spring of 2012 from the University of Rochester, where she earned a B.A. in Studio Art. Originally from Syracuse, NY, Janelle has been a lover of the arts since a very young age. Her work is often small in scale, focusing on themes of human emotion, connections, and communication. Janelle greatly enjoys both drawing and painting, often mixing and layering the two in her work. She is looking forward to joining the WSW community and learning more about the world of arts administration.
|Emily Ritter, Studio Intern
Emily graduated from Wichita State University in the summer of 2012 with a BFA in printmaking. Her work explores the interactions between humans and animals, and the implications of these interactions. Her pieces are mainly print based, but she often incorporates other mediums. When she’s not working hard in the studios, she is usually studying the species that she uses in her work, or enjoying the local plants and wildlife.
|Liz Cunningham, Studio Intern
Liz grew up in Northern Virginia and received her BFA from Minneapolis College of Art & Design in 2012, where she studied Printmaking, Papermaking, and Bookmaking. Her work focuses on bringing everyday moment of beauty and stillness to light by replicating or capturing them as directly as possible. Currently she is working on a series of etchings, as well as experimenting with Japanese marbling. When she isn’t in the studio, you can find her nose in a book or digging in the dirt.
|Jessica Fong, Chili Bowl Intern
Jessica came to WSW all the way from California, where she recently graduated from the University of the Pacific. When she isn’t busy making Chili Bowls (by the end of her first week here she had already produced 150 bowls!), she hopes to have some studio time to herself to experiment with combining print and ceramic processes.