|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
|Cheyenne Mallo, Assistant Ceramics Studio Manager
Cheyenne Mallo holds a BFA in printmaking and ceramics from the University of Wisconsin – River Falls. After completing an internship at Highpoint Center for Printmaking in 2010, she made the move to the Hudson Valley to join the WSW team as a Studio Intern. These days, Cheyenne can be found around WSW firing kilns, managing and teaching ceramics classes, and doing construction on the building expansion project. When she is not in the ceramics studio, you might find her out exploring in the Catskill Mountains, which influence much of her own art. cheyenne(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.
|Kathryn Scudier, Digital Content Manager
Though proudly from the Rust Belt, Kathryn recently moved from Central Ohio to join WSW. She holds a degree in Art History and Studio Art from Wittenberg University, with a concentration in hand-built ceramics. Kathryn spent a year working in community partnerships and exhibitions in the art museum world before deciding to bring her career farther east. In her downtime she can be found hiding out with book or planning her next creative project. kathryn(at)wsworkshop.org
| Susan Chute, Archivist
|C.R. Cooper, Nonprofit Management Intern
C.R. Cooper is a Chicago native and studied studio art and writing at the University of Iowa. She lived in Iowa City for the past 5 years taking shape as a maker through experimentation in printmaking, book arts, sculpture, teaching, curation, and engaging her local art communities (Shout to Public Space One and the IC Press Co-op!!!). She spends her free time reading and embroidering pieces of trash. info(at)wsworkshop.org
|Megan Borseth, Studio Intern
Megan Borseth was born and raised in Waterloo, Iowa and attended the University of Northern Iowa. In 2016, she earned her degree in Studio Art with a concentration in Printmaking and a minor in Graphic Technology. During her time at UNI, Megan volunteered and ran an art therapy program for children at a local Autism Center, and was heavily involved in UNI Printmaker’s Society, a student run organization that plans and hosts collaborative community events and fundraisers. She is interested in social justice advocacy, and through her artwork, questions and addresses the byproducts of patriarchal culture.
|Adreena Cook, Studio Intern
Adreena Cook is a human woman from the Midwest. She attended Kansas State University for a BFA with a concentration in Printmaking. In 2016 she graduated with an MFA from the University of Florida with a concentration in Painting, Drawing and Printmaking. Adreena likes working long hours in the studio & spending time with cats and sometimes other humans. Adreena likes water but has trouble staying hydrated in tropical climates. Adreena dreams of being gainfully employed.
|Mel Doiron, Ceramics Intern
Mel Doiron is a potter based in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Primarily using hand-building techniques, Mel uses slabs to create utilitarian pots. Mel is currently working towards a BFA with a major in Ceramics at NSCAD University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. In the past, she has worked as an assistant in various studios around Nova Scotia, most recently as Joan Bruneau’s assistant at Nova Terra Cotta Pottery, and as a studio assistant and clay mixer at NSCAD University.
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.
Steven Andersen, Vice President, Content and Client Strategy at Infinite Global, Beacon, NY Steven Andersen is Vice President for Content and Client Strategy at the international communications firm Infinite Global Consulting, where he leads several PR account teams and heads the firm’s Content Center. From 2010 to 2013 Steven served Vice President of the Women’s Studio Workshop’s Board of Directors, helping shape the organization’s strategy and communications goals, as well as advising on media outreach and content creation. He also served on the WSW’s development committee, focusing on institutional fundraising as well as events and awareness-building efforts. In 2016 he rejoined the board to support networking and development efforts in New York City.
Nan Bress Ferri, Ethnographic Researcher, Docnography, High Falls, NY
Nan Bress owns a corporate ethnographic research and documentary production company. She conducts design research on consumers’ unmet needs for automotive, high tech, pharmaceutical, and consumer packaged goods clients. Her research videos help engineers design new products/experiences and inform brand strategies for companies like GM, Merck, Microsoft, Ikea, and Hershey. She has a background in television production working for Fox News Channel, A & E, Lifetime, and on documentaries for PBS. She has both book arts and museum experience, including the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Walker Art Center, the Minnesota Center for the Book in Minneapolis and the Center for Book Arts in New York City. She co-owns “The Den of Marbletown,” a Teddy Bear Museum and Steiff Giftshop, featuring her mother’s large collection of toys and dolls. Nan holds degrees from Stanford, University of Chicago, and Swarthmore College.
Heige Kim, Artist and Gallerist, Accord NY Heige came to the Hudson Valley as part of the new wave of Brooklyn transplants. Her past experience working in galleries in NYC led her to open Roos Arts in Rosendale, the regions most prestigious gallery, featuring wide ranging contemporary work. She closed the gallery in 2015 and became the Program Manager for WSW’s au•gust art festival. Heige is now working as a full time artist.
Amanda Newman-Godfrey, Professor of Art Education, Moore College of Art, Philadelphia, PA Amanda has a BA in Fine Arts from Haverford College and a minor in History of Art from Bryn Mawr College; a Masters of Arts in Art Education with K-12 Arts Certification from the Teachers College Columbia University (TC CU), where she currently is a Doctoral Candidate in Art and Art Education. Newman-Godfrey has full-time and adjunct teaching experience at TC CU and experience with Clinical Supervision in K-12 Arts and she was an art teacher for 11 years at the Children’s Center of Monmouth County where she worked with 300 students annually ages 3 through 21 years. Newman-Godfrey presents at national and state art education conferences and is a member of the National Art Education Association, Art Educators of New Jersey, New York City Art Teachers Association and Council on Exceptional Children. Newman-Godfrey is a photographer and has had solo and group exhibitions in New Jersey and New York.
Kerry McCarthy, Program Director, Thriving Communities at The New York Community Trust, NY, NY and Rosendale, NY. 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.
Lisa Robb, Executive Director, Center for Art Education, New York, NY
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.
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.
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.