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)
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 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)
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)
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)
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)
Ruth Mckinney-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)
Tara Hagan, Art-in-Education Program Coordinator 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)
 heige-kim-staff-photo 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. 
Rachel Myers, Operations Manager 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)
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 lizz(at)
ellen-prosko-staff-photo Ellen Prosko, Studio Intern
Ellen Prosko is a recent graduate from the Bachelor of Fine Arts program at the University of Alberta where she specialized in printmaking. Her work is inspired by a combination of home and memory, both past and present, and the attribution of specific memories to corresponding physical objects. Ellen is driven to continue exploring these relationships by using a combination of book binding and printmaking. Her preferred methods include copper plate etching and silkscreen. She has plans to pursue a Master’s degree in Book Arts within the next couple of years.
 danielle-lacasse-staff-photo Danielle LaCasse, Studio Intern
Danielle LaCasse was born in Portland, Maine in 1992. She received her BFA from the Art Institute of Boston in 2014 with a major in Illustration and a focus in Printmaking. Her current work relies heavily on the mediums of Intaglio, Lithography, and hand stitching. Her body of work has been created through the process of making a set of visual metaphors to represent events that have happened in her own life or to members of her family and her personal reaction to those events. The final presentation of this work will often find itself in two-dimensional, installation, or book form. Find Danielle’s work online at
 photo-staff Katie Bosley, Chili Bowl Intern
Katie Bosley is from Clearwater, FL and graduated with her BFA in Ceramics from the University of Florida in December 2014. Her ceramic vessels combine double walled forms with elaborate carved designs and eyelet cut outs. She keeps her practice fresh by constructing forms that push the limits of both the material and her abilities. When she’s not in studio, Katie loves to travel, cozy up with a good book, or spend time with friends.
 photo-staff 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