About the Artist

ARTIST STATEMENT

From the time I was a young child growing up in New York, making art has been my passion. As an elementary school student I remember  following my art teacher through the hallways until she steered her cart in to the art closet, which to my eyes was an awe-inspiring oasis.
Art for me is a spiritual and expressive search for meaning.   As I work I feel the inspiring presence of artists who have come before, from Giotto to Morandi to Romare Bearden, and a sense of communion with artist friends and collaborators.
I mine images from every period of history for ideas and inspiration, and include them in my work both directly and indirectly. I am fascinated by what happens when different artistic traditions meet and interact.

The flexibility of collage allows me to weave together found images with a wide variety of media.  I enjoy painting and drawing, but currently find myself particularly drawn to the age old craft of woodcut. Carving is so old school and meditative! For the past several years I have been exploring the possibilities of combining woodcut with collage, which allows for many variations on a theme.

At its core, my work invokes ideas of “home”, which for me conjures thoughts of family, community and spirituality.  I
work with images in the way a poet constructs a poem, often with an implied and open-ended narrative thread. While the work is rooted in autobiographical events, what interests me is the interior world of thoughts, feelings and dreams. I seek to create an emotional  world that invites contemplation and connection.

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

2014

SYSTEMS, A.P.E. Gallery, Northampton, MA

PRINT FAIR NORTH, Zea Mays, Northampton, MA

SELECTIONS FROM THE FLAT FILE, Sanford Gallery, Northampton, MA

BIG INK, Geissler Gallery, Greenfield, MA

2013

RED SEA, Jewish Community of Amherst Gallery, Amherst, MA

DIRECTION:HOME, Oxbow Gallery, Northampton, MA

BIG INK, Zea Mays, Northampton, MA

2011

CELESTIAL BODIES, Hosmer Gallery, Northampton, MA

SIX OF ONE, HALF A DOZEN OF THE OTHER, Augusta Savage Gallery,  Amherst, MA

2010

ROMARE BEARDEN AND FRIENDS, Great Neck Art Center, NY

100 ARTISTS FOR HAITI, Oxbow Gallery, Northampton, MA

STEAMROLLER PRINT PROJECT, Dynamite Space, Northampton, MA

2009

Solo shows:

THESE ROOMS, The Salon at the Academy, Northampton, MA

Cushman Café, Amhesrt, MA

2008

INTERMEDIA, Burnett Gallery, Amherst, MA

BOX GALLERY, Sea Cliff, NY

2007

SELF REFLECTION, Hosmer Gallery, Northampton, MA

SOME ASSEMBLY REQUIRED,  Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, Illinois

2006

FACULTY SHOW, Joseloff Gallery, University of Hartford, Hartfprd, CT

SIX ARTISTS/ONE CAUSE, Gallery at 19 Forbes, Northampton, MA

SWEET HARVEST: ARTS AND CULTURE FESTIVAL, National Yiddish Book Center, Amherst, MA

LEGACY OF  THE  LEVERETT LANDSCAPE, Barnes Gallery, Leverett, MA

2005

THREE ARTISTS, Gallery A3, Amherst, MA

SMALL WORKS,  Gallery A3, Amherst, MA

AUCTION, Gallery A3, Amherst, MA

FROM THE ARTISTS’ HAND, Burnett Gallery, Amherst, MA

2004

FIGURATIVELY SPEAKING, Nashawannuck Gallery and Guild Studio School Gallery, Easthampton

INVITATIONAL, Gallery A3, Amherst, MA

ARTISTS FOR PEACE,  Barnes Gallery, Leverett, MA

2003

Jewish Community of Amherst , Amherst, MA

Solo show

2002

ARTISTS FOR ANIMALS, Barnes Gallery, Leverett, MA

AWARDS AND HONORS

2009

ARTIST RESIDENCY AT SOARING GARDENS

Wyalusing, Pennsylvania

1989 – 1991

RESIDENCY IMPLEMENTATION GRANT, New York Foundation for the Arts, NY

1986

ARTS IN EDUCATION GRANT, New York State Council on the Arts, in association with  the Studio In A School Association

ARTS IN EDUCATION GRANT, National Endowment for the Arts, in association with the Studio In A School Association

1985

ARTISTS’ FELLOWSHIP, New York Foundation for the Arts:  Works on Paper

JUROR, Artist-in-Residence Program, New York Foundation for the Arts

1984

GRANT, NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS, in association with the Studio In  A School Association

1983

MIMES AND MINIATURES, Honorable Mention,  Brooklyn Arts and Culture Association

VISITING ARTIST/ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE PROGRAMS

2000

Visiting Lecturer, Jewish Early Childhood Education Conference, Miami, Florida

1997

Visiting Lecturer, Columbia Teachers College, NY

1996 – 1999

Visiting Artist, Cold Spring Harbor Schools

1995

New York Foundation for the Arts: Artist in Residence Grant

1989 – 1992

New York Foundation for the Arts:  Artist in Residence Grant

1989

Lincoln Center Institute/Museum of Modern Art

Teaching artist, Museum Education Program

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Current Position (since 2001)

ART EDUCATOR, Wildwood School, Amherst, MA

INStRUCTOR, Zea Mays Printmaking, Northampton, MA

2006-2007

ASSISTANT PROFESSOR, Drawing and Painting, Hartford Art School, University of Hartford, Hartford, CT

GUEST LECTURER,  Long Island University, Art Education Department

1995 to 2001

ART EDUCATOR, Goosehill Primary School, Cold Spring Harbor, NY

Taught studio classes, drafted district’s Elementary Art Curriculum,

initiated parent partnership program and portfolio program

1987 – 1995

ARTIST/ INSTRUCTOR, P.S. 321, Brooklyn, NY

Established studio program with teacher-training component

1986 – 1987

ASSISTANT PROGRAM DIRECTOR, Studio In A School Association, NY

Supervised 31 artists-in-residence studio sites, conducted staff

development  and teacher training workshops, created arts curriculum

materials for artists and teachers

1981 – 1985

ARTIST/ INSTRUCTOR, Studio In  A School Association, NY

1984 – 1986

INSTRUCTOR, Drawing and Painting, New York State Summer School for the Arts,

State University College, Fredonia, NY

1983

INSTRUCTOR, Drawing, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY

EDUCATION

Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, New York, MFA – 1983

University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Massachusetts, BFA  – 1978