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
lauren-v-walling-staff-photo-web 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, 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
julia  Julia HickeyDevelopment 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 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
rachel 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
nita 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
staff-ruth-mckinney-burkett 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-staff-photo-web 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 spend her days engaging young minds with thoughtful and creative art projects! tara(at)wsworkshop.org
woody 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.
headshot Chelsea CampbellDigital 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
 schute  Susan Chute, Archivist
susan(at)wsworkshop.org
Mary Gordon, Studio Intern
Mary lives in Manhattan, KS, where she received Bachelors of Fine Arts in Printmaking and Painting from Kansas State University. In 2014 She joined Women’s Studio Workshop as a summer intern, preparing meals for SAI instructors and students, and helping develop the ArtFarm. In her own work, Mary fuses rescued scraps and fragments of prints through collage
to represent eggs, everyday interactions, and overlooked happenings.
liz Elizabeth Melnyczuk, Studio Intern
Elizabeth was born on Long Island, NY in 1993. She received her BFA in Printmaking from the State University of New York at New Paltz in 2015. Her work is grounded in longing for place and a wistful ambivalence towards home. Elizabeth is drawn to the coalescence of print processes and the relationships between different media such as ceramic objects, handmade paper, and artists’ books. Her favorite process is lithography, although she is eager to formally learn about book making and letterpress printing in the future.
kieran Kieran Riley Abbott, Non-Profit Management Intern
Kieran Riley Abbott, born and raised in Minneapolis, is a 2014 graduate of the University of Minnesota with a BFA in Printmaking. Recently she participated in the Jerome Emerging Printmakers Residency at Highpoint Center for Printmaking. She has previously interned in the letterpress studio at the Minnesota Center for Book Arts. Kieran’s work, loosely based in screenprinting, is a result of her fascination with astronomical maps, optical illusions, diagrams, and cabinets of curiosity, among other things. info(at)wsworkshop.org
 allora Allora McCullough, Ceramics Intern
Allora received her BBA in Economics and Finance from McKendree University and an MFA in Ceramics from the State University of New York in New Paltz. She has worked with such artists as Carolee Schneemann, Kathy Erteman, and Jerilyn Virden. Allora was recently included in exhibits at Greenpoint Gallery in Brooklyn, Hunter College in New York City, and SUNY Plaza in Albany. She uses ceramic materials and mixed media to create narratives about overcoming challenges and difficulties in life. Ultimately, she is searching for a physical representation of the human soul. This elusive concept keeps her research focused around psychology, consciousness theory, and world religions.

Board of Directors

Ellen Alexander, WSW Board President, Accord, NY
Ellen Alexander’s career in the financial service industry spans 20 years. She has held key positions at American Express, Citibank and MasterCard, responsible for strategic planning and profitability. Ellen has served on the Board of Directors for the American Institute of Wine and Food with Julia Child and Robert Mondavi. She volunteered at the Museum of Modern Art in NYC until moving full time to Stone Ridge, NY. She lives with her husband David, a jewelry designer, and their dog Sparky.

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 FerriEthnographic 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.

Rich Forbes, WSW Board Secretary, Attorney, Newburgh, NY
Rich Forbes is an attorney specializing in real estate with a practice in Newburgh, NY. Rich also is on the faculty at Marist College in Poughkeepsie where he teaches business law.Communication.

Anat Shiftan, Associate Professor of Ceramics at SUNY New PaltzNew 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.

Suzanne Stokes, Associate Professor of Art, SUNY New Paltz, Bloomington, NY
Before coming to SUNY, Suzanne was the Outreach Director and a faculty member for K-12 Art Programs at MassArt in Boston, MA. Suzanne is the creator and artistic director of Cave Dogs, a collaborative performance group that brings together visual artists, musicians, dancers, storytellers, and writers in the spirit of experimental inter-disciplinary collaboration. The performances consist of innovative, large-scale shadow projections cast onto a scrim from sculptures, props, and the human body, which move in concert with projected video imagery, spoken narrative, and an original soundtrack. Suzanne also independently shows her work in galleries, as installations, sound pieces and prints and at film festivals and cyber venues. Suzanne received her MFA from SUNY New Paltz and her BFA from Kent State University, OH.

Emeritus Board

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.