is known for her intimate pastel portraits. Her work is represented by Forum Gallery, NY, which introduced her work in a solo exhibit in 2002. She has since had three solo exhibits and has been shown in many group exhibits throughout the United States in such venues as, among others, The National Academy Museum, NY.; Butler Institute of American Art, OH; Frye Art Museum, WA; Albright Knox Gallery, NY; Long Beach Museum, CA; New Jersey State Museum; and the Arkansas Art Center. In 2011-12, she exhibited twenty pastel paintings in a two-person traveling exhibit in China. Her co-exhibitor was the curator, whose purpose in inviting Ellen was to largely introduce the medium of pastel to the Chinese art community. The exhibit opened at the Lingnan Museum of Fine Art in Dongguan. She currently has a portrait in the 2nd Biennale Pastel Exhibit that is traveling throughout China in 2016-17. Ellen’s pastel works have garnered many awards and grants, including three Elizabeth Greenshields Grants, a Geraldine R. Dodge grant, and two residencies at the Vermont Studio Center. Her paintings have been the subject of many publications, and she has written extensively for books and artists periodicals. Her own book, Pastel Painting Atelier, was published by Watson-Guptill, NY, in 2013, and is carried by, among other cultural institutions, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY; Boston Museum of Fine Arts; National Gallery, Washington, D.C.; and National Portrait Gallery, London. Ellen teaches the only class devoted exclusively to pastel at the Art Students League of New York, and has given workshops throughout the United States, in Croatia, and China. Ellen is delighted to return to Assisi to give her fifth portraiture workshop with AWI.
Bea Kreloff Collection - Hirshhorn
Art Workshop International director, has run his own design studio for over 15 years. A publications and book art director, his clients include Simon and Schuster, HarperCollins, Random House, Viking Penguin, Scholastic, and Conde Nast. Kreloff has taught graphic design and typography at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. He is also the co-author of the books Is Your Dog Gay?, Is Your Cat Gay?, and Pills for Cats. He is currently working on a screenplay.
co-founder of Art Workshop International; painter, teacher, and graduate of the Chicago Art Institute, B.A.E. She’s represented by Phyllis Kind Gallery in New York. Isaac-Rose has been a Visiting Artist, American Academy in Rome, 2003; and Vermont Studio Center Fellow, 2005. She’s exhibited in the U.S. at the Phyllis Kind Gallery and abroad, recently in China; taught at Ohio State, Columbia, Princeton Art Association, and in her studio. In addition, she has lectured and critiqued in various schools in the Northeast and conducted art workshops in the U.S. and abroad. Her work is in the Hirshhorn Museum and other important collections.
Art Workshop International director, is the principal of Lynn Gernert Architects. For over 20 years, she has designed and overseen construction of projects ranging from highly detailed private commercial and residential projects to large-scale affordable housing and community centers. Prior to establishing her own firm, she was Senior Architect at the Pratt Center for Community Development in New York City. Gernert is an Adjunct Professor at NYC College of Technology, CUNY, where she teaches architectural design and building science.
Maria Adelaide Basile
Born in Rome, Italy, Maria Adelaide Basile received her Master in Contemporary Italian Literature from the University of Rome La Sapienza and her Ph.D in Medieval Italian Literature from Rutgers University in United States. She taught Italian language and literature at Rutgers University, at the College of Charleston and at John Cabot University in Rome. She read her papers at several conferences, and has published several essays on Dante, Nievo, Manzoni, and the filmmaker Gillo Pontecorvo. In addition, Dr Basile has worked as theater critic for several newspapers, and translated and introduced the poems of the French poet Alain Bosquet and the American poet Anne Carson. Her main areas of interest are the Middle Ages, Italian Theater, and Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century Italian literature. She is also a published poet. Dr Basile’s publications include an essay on the Italian writer Piero Sanavio Caterina Cornaro o del potere, published by Il Mulino and a collection of poems, Viaggi (Travels), Campanotto, November 2014.
’s essay course for Art Workshop International is based in the course he teaches at Sarah Lawrence College. He has published fiction in The American Voice, Carolina Quarterly, Mid-American Review, Kansas Quarterly, Confrontation, Fiction, and nonfiction in The New York Times Book Review, the American Book Review, and The Chicago Tribune. His chapter on writing essay and memoir appears in The Portable MFA (Writers Digest Books). He has received a New York Foundation for the Arts fellowship in fiction and been a panelist for the BRIO awards for the Bronx Council of the Arts. He has taught private writing workshops in NYC and in Oaxaca and Morelia (Mexico) and at New York University and elsewhere, including a year as Nonfiction Writer-in-Residence at Central Connecticut State University. He taught fiction and nonfiction at Bar-Ilan University in Israel in summer 2012 and taught at the Festival of Writers, Rensselaerville, New York in August 2013. He currently teaches in the online graduate program of National University as well as the Hudson Valley Writers' Center and the Writing Institute at Sarah Lawrence. He was a guest lecturer at the Northwest Institute of Literary Arts MFA program in January, 2016.
Born in Nacogdoches, Texas, Carlos Dews received his B.A. in Humanities from the University of Texas at Austin and an M.A. and Ph.D. in American Literature from the University of Minnesota. He taught American literature and creative writing at the University of West Florida from 1994-2003 and served as the Chair of the Department of English and Foreign Languages there from 2000-2002. Tenured and promoted to Associate Professor in 1999, Dews served as the Founding Director of the Carson McCullers Center for Writers and Musicians at Columbus State University in McCullers’s hometown of Columbus, Georgia, from 2001-2003. After completing an MFA in Fiction Writing at the New School University in New York in 2008, Dews relocated to Rome, Italy, where he is chair of the Department of English Language and Literature at John Cabot University and Director of the Institute for Creative Writing and Literary Translation. He was promoted to Full Professor at John Cabot University in 2014. Dews and SJ Rozan, under the pseudonym Sam Cabot, are the authors of Blood of the Lamb, a paranormal thriller set in Rome. Sam Cabot’s second thriller, Skin of the Wolf, was published in the summer of 2014. Dews's academic books include his edition of The Complete Novels of Carson McCullers (Library of America). "Illumination and Night Glare": The Unfinished Autobiography of Carson McCullers (University of Wisconsin). With Carolyn Leste Law, Dews edited Out in the South (Temple) and This Fine Place So Far From Home: Voices of Academics from the Working Class (Temple).
is known for her intimate pastel portraits. Her work is represented by Forum Gallery, NY, which introduced her work in a solo exhibit in 2002. She has since had three solo exhibits and has been shown in many group exhibits throughout the United States in such venues as, among others, The National Academy Museum, NY.; Butler Institute of American Art, OH; Frye Art Museum, WA; Albright Knox Gallery, NY; Long Beach Museum, CA; New Jersey State Museum; and the Arkansas Art Center. In 2011-12, she exhibited twenty pastel paintings in a two-person traveling exhibit in China. Her co-exhibitor was the curator, whose purpose in inviting Ellen was to largely introduce the medium of pastel to the Chinese art community. The exhibit opened at the Lingnan Museum of Fine Art in Dongguan. She currently has a portrait in the 2nd Biennale Pastel Exhibit that is traveling throughout China in 2016-17.
Ellen’s pastel works have garnered many awards and grants, including three Elizabeth Greenshields Grants, a Geraldine R. Dodge grant, and two residencies at the Vermont Studio Center. Her paintings have been the subject of many publications, and she has written extensively for books and artists periodicals. Her own book, Pastel Painting Atelier, was published by Watson-Guptill, NY, in 2013, and is carried by, among other cultural institutions, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY; Boston Museum of Fine Arts; National Gallery, Washington, D.C.; and National Portrait Gallery, London.
Ellen teaches the only class devoted exclusively to pastel at the Art Students League of New York, and has given workshops throughout the United States, in Croatia, and China. Ellen is delighted to return to Assisi to give her fifth portraiture workshop with AWI.
is the author of Natural Disasters: Stories and The Marco Chronicles: To Rome Without Love, an Amazon best-selling Kindle Single and a 2014 selection for The Best Travel Writing series. Geoghegan earned her MFA in Fiction Writing from The School of The Art Institute of Chicago and both her MA in Creative Writing and BA in English from The University of Colorado at Boulder. Her writing explores the intersection between geography, exile, and intimacy and she is currently at work on an untitled novel set in Southeast Asia. She lives in Rome, Italy on a dead-end street between a convent and a jail.
was born in Philadelphia and educated at Duke, Oxford, and the University of California at Irvine, where he received the Gellman Founder’s Award. He began his career as an actor, appearing in numerous Off-Broadway shows and playing Romeo for a Joseph Papp production of Romeo and Juliet. His first novel, Simple Prayers, was published in 1994. A national bestseller, it has been translated into ten foreign languages, and the film version, executive produced by Martin Scorcese, is in development. Benjamin’s Gift, his second novel, was published in 2000. Michael’s translation of Alessandro Baricco’s stage play Novecento opened the 2002 Edinburgh Festival and his screenplay adaptation of the best-selling novel Silk was released in 2007. Directed by Francois Girard (The Red Violin) and starring Keira Knightley and Alfred Molina, it was a Featured Selection at the Toronto Film Festival.
Michael has lived in New York, Paris, Venice, London, Amsterdam, and Moscow and currently resides in the foothills of the Sierra Nevadas in Northern California. He teaches writing and literature at Yuba College. His most recent novel, A Poet of the Invisible World, was published in 2015. It was a nominee for the Lambda Literary Award and the recipient of the 2016 Ferro-Grumley Award.
Robert J. Hughes
is a former Wall Street Journal reporter, who specialized in cultural coverage, and is a novelist whose Late and Soon (Carroll & Graf) was praised by writers such as Adriana Trigiani and Edmund White for its beautiful prose and depth of characterization. He works as a writer on a variety of projects, from ghostwriting to playwriting, and lives between New York and Paris.
An award winning painter and author of the classic artist’s guide, Problem Solving for Oil Painters (now in its 22th year of publication), Gregg Kreutz has been drawing and painting all his life. After graduating from NYU, he studied at the Art Student’s League of New York with Frank Mason, Robert Beverly Hale, and David A. Leffel. Gregg has won numerous awards, most recently the Merit Award at the 2005 National Portrait Society of America. Other awards include the Frank C. Wright, the Hudson Valley Art Association, 1986; the Medal of Merit (first prize in oils), Knickerbocker Artists; the Council of American Artists, Salmagundi Club, and the Grumbacher Award. He has had one man shows at Grand Central Galleries, The Fanny Garver Gallery, the Newport Art Association, and the Hilligoss Gallery in Chicago. Gregg is currently represented by Trailside Galleries, Quidley & Company, Hilligoss Gallery, Eleanor Ettinger Gallery in New York City. He teaches painting and drawing at the Art Student’s League and The Fechin Institute, New Mexico; The Scottsdale Artist’s School, The California Art Institute, and other workshops throughout the country. His videos are popular learning tools used by artists all over the world.
is an artist and educator who lives and works in New York City. His work has been exhibited in New York, New Jersey, Baltimore, Chicago, Budapest, and Brussels. His work has been apart of various project shows at the Baltimore Museum of Contemporary Art, Museum of Modern Art, and The Metropolitan Museum. He has been a professor of art at various colleges and universities including School of Visual Arts, New York Arts Program, Parsons The New School for Design, and The Ohio State University. He has participated in several artist residencies including the Vermont Studio Center, Skowhegan School for Painting and Sculpture in Maine, Hoger Instituut voor Schone Kunsten (HISK) in Antwerp, Belgium and is the recipient of grants and fellowships from the NY Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) in painting and Germination Europe (Germany). He has also been nominated/semi-finalist for the following: Louis Comfort Tiffany Award, Rema Hort-Mann Award, and the Basil H. Alkazzi Award for Excellence in Painting. Miah has presented artist talks on his work at Sarah Lawrence College, Dartmouth College, Virginia Commonwealth University, National Arts Club, Montclair State University, and Princeton University. His work is included in private, universities, and corporate collections, nationally and internationally. In 2016 he had a two-person show at Anderson Contemporary, and will be in a group exhibition that will feature works by Sol LeWitt and other artist titled Splotch at Lesley Heller Workspace. Riad Miah’s work is represented by Simon Gallery.
is a life-long New Yorker. Under her own name she's the author of eleven books in the Lydia Chin/Bill Smith detective series, and two standalone novels. She's also half the writing team of Sam Cabot, the other half being Art Workshop International instructor Carlos Dews. The latest Sam Cabot book, Skin of the Wolf, was released in 2014. S.J has also published fifty short stories. She edited the anthology Bronx Noir, which won a NAIBA Notable Book of the Year award, and co-edited the anthology Dark End of the Street. She's won the Edgar, Shamus, Anthony, Nero, and Macavity awards for best novel and the Edgar for best short story, and been honored with the Japanese Maltese Falcon Award. In 2016 she was honored with the Private Eye Writers of America Life Achievement Award. S.J. speaks and lectures widely, teaching a weekly workshop in New York and others in Wisconsin, Florida and California.
is Senior Lecturer in Film at Roehampton University, London teaching filmmaking and film theory to undergraduate students; and Visiting Lecturer, overseeing film production on the MA in International TV Production at Royal Holloway University, London. Her students’ films have won several awards, including the Royal Television Society Award for Undergraduate Factual. Previously Alexandra worked at the Arts Council of England, funding and managing the production of artists' film and video; and administering joint production schemes with BBC2 and Channel 4. She also worked for several years as an Consultant to the UK National Lottery on applications for film funding.
Alexandra is an independent documentary filmmaker, and spent many years working in the film and television industries as a freelance sound recordist and editor. She has a MA in English Literature from Edinburgh University, and an MA in Film Production from the Northern Film and Television School, England. Alexandra grew up in New York City and has lived for many years in both Edinburgh and London. Alexandra also regularly gives introductions to film screenings in London cinemas, and organizes undergraduate trips to international film festivals including Sheffield, Berlin, and Tribeca. She writes a popular blog, docexchange.wordpress.com
Justo J. Sánchez
an award-winning cultural journalist, has consulted for Sotheby's and important galleries in the US and abroad. Mr. Sanchez graduated from Harvard and studied art history at NYU's Institute of Fine Arts. He taught at the University of Florida's New World School of the Arts. His students have shown at the Whitney Biennial and are represented by serious international galleries. While teaching, he published humanities textbooks. He has been interviewed by The New York Times, NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw, NPR, BBC, CBC, among others, on cultural and sociopolitical matters. Mr. Sanchez is currently a lecturer in museums, art institutions, and, recently, at Art Palm Beach and Miami International Art Fair. He studied trecento art under Colin Eisler at NYU’s Institute of Fine Arts.
“Justo is a compelling and inspiring critic with a true passion for visual expression and its intersection with cultural politics.” —Carla Funk, Director, University Museums, Foosaner Museum of Art, formerly with the Metropolitan Museum’s The Cloisters.
“Justo Sanchez, objectively a great critic.” —Fernando de Szyszlo, modern art master, MoMA, Guggenheim, Museum of Fine Arts Houston, OAS Museum, professor at Cornell and Yale, books by Dore Ashton and Bruno Corá,
“Justo Sanchez's lectures and presentations at the Palm Beach International Fairs have been intellectually stimulating and informative to our collectors. He is an art history scholar and instills his passion to our audiences.” —Lee Ann Lester, Founder of Art Miami, Artpalmbeach, Palm Beach American International Fine Fair, Director Next Level Fairs.
“It is my considered opinion that Mr. Sanchez is truly an expert in the field of art history, capable of profound and insightful analyses in a very wide range of topics and periods.” —Roberto Borlenghi, President at Pan American Art Group Inc., Texas and Florida; President at Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Inc., PAAP Gallery.
“Justo Sanchez makes art history come alive! I had the distinct pleasure of having Justo as a professor during my studies at New World School of the Arts in Miami. His depth and breadth of the subject combined with a unique presentation style made all his lectures extremely engaging.” —Contemporary artist Julie Davidow (National Museum of Women in the Arts, Mass MOCA, PAMM, reviewed in Art Papers.)
is an artist with more than 200 exhibitions worldwide. He has taught Drawing and Painting at Columbia University and the New School and has been a Visiting Artist at the Vermont Studio Center and the American Academy In Rome. He was a recipient of the Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture scholarship and has been awarded 2 National Endowment for the Arts Painting grants. He serves on the Board of Yaddo, the most prestigious art community in the US, where he has been a resident many times. His artwork is in such collections as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY, Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, Norton Simon Museum, CA, Newark Museum, NJ, Art Institute of Chicago, IL, as well as many private and corporate collections. Jonathan is also the author of 5 novels, four anthologies and several illustrated books. He teaches “The Illustrated Novel & Story” at Pratt Institute, NY.
Elaine Sexton is a poet, critic, teacher, and micro-publisher. Her third collection of poetry, Prospect/Refuge, was published in 2015. Her work has appeared widely in anthologies, textbooks, and journals including American Poetry Review, Art in America, Oprah Magazine, Poetry and Plume. Formerly a senior editor at ARTnews, she teaches poetry and text & image workshops at the Sarah Lawrence College, New York University, Poets House, and various art and writing centers around the country. She is a member of the National Book Critics Circle, and the visual arts editor for Tupelo Quarterly.
is the author of eight novels, including five for young adults, and the co-author of Novel Ideas: Contemporary Authors Share the Creative Process. Her young adult novels have received numerous awards including ALA Best Books for Young Adults, Children’s Literature Choice List, International Reading Association Young Adults Choice List, Bulletin for the Center of the Book Blue Ribbon Book, ALA Best YA Books for Adults, and VOYA Perfect Tens. She received the 2006 PEN Phyllis Reynolds Naylor Working Writer Fellowship. Her most recent YA novel, Looking for Jack Kerouac, was published in 2014. In a recent interview, John Green said, “Barb Shoup has been an important YA writer for decades.”
Shoup has forty years of experience teaching aspiring writers of all ages, including twenty years of teaching high school writers. Currently, she is the Executive Director of the Indiana Writers Center
Sarah Van Arsdale
Award-winning author Sarah Van Arsdale’s fourth book is a collection of novellas titled In Case of Emergency, Break Glass, (April, 2016, Queen’s Ferry Press) and her next book, The Catamount, a long narrative poem, will come out in 2017 with Nomadic Press. Both are illustrated with her watercolors. Her novels are Grand Isle, (SUNY Press 2012), Blue, winner of the 2002 Peter Taylor Prize for the Novel, (University of Tennessee Press), and Toward Amnesia, (1996, Riverhead Books). She has been a finalist in national and international writing contests. She serves on the board of the Ferro-Grumley Award in LGBTQ Fiction, and teaches in the Antioch University MFA Program and at NYU. She has taught creative writing at the MFA in Writing Program at Bar-Ilan University in Israel, and she runs the Bloom reading series in New York City.
is the author of five books of poetry, including “The Watercourse” (Knopf) winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Poetry and “Orbit” (Knopf 2017), as well as five books for children and a book of essays, “An Enlarged Heart, A Personal History (Knopf). A long time contributor to The New Yorker, as well as to The New York Times, The Paris Review, and Little Star, her honors include fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. She teaches at Yale and is a Resident Writer for the New York City based company, BalletCollective. Her work has appeared in “Best American Travel Writing,” “Best American Essays,” and is widely anthologized.