|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!).
|Kristen Fleming, Admin Intern
Kristen is a Michigan native who, in the Spring of 2012, graduated from a small private college with a BFA in studio art. A painter by nature, her art centers around perceptions of female identity in contemporary society. Dead set on continuing to be an active presence in the arts community, she discovered the world of arts management. With a background in gallery work and English, she looks forward to learning the ins and outs of an arts organization as the arts administration intern at WSW.
|Emily Gui, Studio Intern
Emily grew up in Concord, Massachusetts. She received her B.A. in studio arts from Bard College in May 2012. At Bard, Emily focused herself in printmaking and painting. She created an installation of experimental prints using cyanotype, silkscreen, and etching for her senior thesis exhibition. Since graduating she has made her home in the Hudson Valley.
|Paige Simpson, Studio Intern
Paige Simpson is from the Monadnock region of southern New Hampshire. She is a 2012 Magna Cum Laude graduate of Keene State College, receiving a B.F.A. degree. Her academic focus was in printmaking; although she enjoys dabbling in all creative endeavors. She is currently contending with a novice quilting project. Simpson is interested in the categorization of objects and materials based on gender. She is excited to learn about and become part of the Women’s Studio Workshop community!
|Britny Wainwright, Studio Intern
Britny graduated with a BFA from Alfred University with an emphasis in Ceramics and a minor in Art Education in 2012. She is interested in how the functional ceramic object is an intimate and individual experience yet can also be a way for communities to come together, like the Chili Bowl Festival. She has explored this in her own ceramic work and through curating collective shows. With a background in painting, she expands the surface of her work through decorative patterning derived from textile designs. The dialogue between form and surface influences and informs the work’s personality.