Bea Kreloff (1925-2016) Art Workshop International founder was a painter, teacher, and former head of the art department, Ethical Culture Fieldston School, Bronx, New York. She taught painting workshops, seminars, and lectured on art at Cooper Union, Marymount Manhattan College, Women's Caucus for Art, The New School University, The College Art Association, and numerous art groups. Her work is exhibited nationally and internationally and is in a number of private collections. She had been a director of Art Workshop International for 31 years.
Edith Isaac-Rose 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.
Charies Kreloff Art Workshop International director, has run his own design studio for over 20 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. email@example.com
Lynn Gernert 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Peter Bricklebank’s essay course for Art Workshop International is based on 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.
With AWI teacher Sarah Van Arsdale, he’ll be co-leading a creative writing workshop in Oaxaca, Mexico, in January, 2019; see writeinoaxaca.org for more information.
Ellen Eagle's portraits and figures are cited for their uncommon sensitivity and depth, both in physical texture and emotional insight. She joined Forum Gallery by invitation in 2002. She has had four solo exhibits and has shown in such venues as The National Academy Museum, The Butler Institute of American Art, Frye Art Museum, Arkansas Art Center, Albright Knox Gallery, New Jersey State Museum. In 2011-12, Ellen was invited to exhibit twenty pastel paintings in a two-person exhibit in China. The curator’s intent was to introduce pastel to the Chinese arts community. Ellen’s paintings and writings have been published widely, and she is the recipient of many awards and grants. Her book Pastel Painting Atelier is being carried by The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, and the National Gallery of Art. Ellen teaches the only class devoted exclusively to pastel at the Art Students League of New York.
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.
Arlene Hutton is best known for Letters to Sala and The Nibroc Trilogy, which includes Last Train to Nibroc (Drama League nomination for Best Play), See Rock City (Washington Post list “best theatre of 2018”), and Gulf View Drive (2018 Ovation Award for Best Production (Rubicon Theatre)). Her plays have been produced in London, Edinburgh, New York, Los Angeles, and across the U.S.She received a 2016 NYFA Fellowship and a Sloan Commission, and is a winner of the Macy’s New Play Prize, three-time winner of the Samuel French Short Play Festival and an eight-time finalist for the Heideman Ten-Minute Play award. A member of the Dramatists Guild and Ensemble Studio Theatre and an alumna of New Dramatists, she has held residencies at the Australian National Playwrights’ Conference, MacDowell Colony, New Harmony Project, VCCA, and Yaddo, and has taught playwriting at schools and conferences around the country. She has been a featured artist at the Last Frontier Theatre Conference in Valdez, Alaska, on the faculty of the Sewanee Writers’ Conference and taught at the Glen Workshop. Hutton taught at the College of Charleston from 2010-1014, where her students won regional and national awards at the Kennedy Center/ American College Theatre Festival. Based in New York City, she is working on commissions from the Big Bridge Theatre Consortium and the Educational Theatre Association. Hutton teaches all levels of playwriting at The Barrow Group. Her plays are published by Dramatists Play Service, Samuel French and Playscripts and appear in textbook and best play anthologies.
Sam Gruber (B.A. Medieval Studies from Princeton University, Ph.D. in art and archaeology from Columbia University) is an internationally recognized art and architectural historian, and historic preservationist. His specialties are medieval Italian art and architecture and the art and architecture of Judaism. Sam is a Fellow of the American Academy in Rome (Rome Prize in Art History), and has been a recipient of an NEH fellowship, and research grants from many foundations and institutions. He presently teaches Jewish Studies and Art History at Syracuse University (since 1994) and Cornell University (since 2017) and he has taught at Temple University (Rome); Columbia University; Colgate University, Binghamton University; and LeMoyne College. Sam is an expert on medieval and Renaissance Italian architecture and cities. His doctoral dissertation is “Medieval Todi: Studies in Architecture and Urbanism,” and he has published many articles on medieval Italian cities.
For 30 years Sam has also been a leader in the documentation and presentation of Jewish heritage worldwide. He was founding director of the Jewish Heritage Program of the World Monuments Fund and Research Director of the U.S. Commission for the Preservation of America’s Heritage Abroad, with projects in Italy and many countries in Central and Eastern Europe. He is presently working on a research project to document the roles and spaces of women in Italian Synagogues from the Middle Ages until today.
Alistair McCartney is the author of The Disintegrations: a Novel (University of Wisconsin Press, 2017). The story of a man obsessed with death, the novel blurs the line between fiction and nonfiction, story and eulogy, poetry and obituary. The Disintegrations won the Publishing Triangle’s 2018 Ferro-Grumley Award for LGBTQ Fiction and was named one of the best works of fiction of 2017 by The Seattle Times and Entropy Magazine. His first novel, The End of the World Book (University of Wisconsin Press, 2008) took Rimbaud’s method of systematic derangement and applied it to the form of the encyclopedia. TEOTWB was a finalist for the PEN USA Fiction Award 2009 and the Publishing Triangle’s Edmund White Debut Fiction Award 2009, and was in Seattle Times Best Ten Books of 2008. McCartney’s writing has also appeared in 3:AM, Fence, Animal Shelter (Semiotexte), Bloom, Lies/Isles, Gertrude, Crush Fanzine, 1913, James White Review, Scott Heim’s The First Time I Heard series, Karen Finley’s Aroused, and other journals and anthologies. Born in Perth, Western Australia, he lives in Venice, California. He teaches fiction in Antioch University Los Angeles’s MFA program, and is the head of their undergraduate Creative Writing concentration. He has presented at institutions throughout the country, including CUNY Grad Center, PEN Center USA, AWP, Teacher’s and Writer’s Collaborative New York, and UW Madison.
Sarah McCoubrey is primarily a landscape painter. She exhibits regularly in solo and group exhibitions in nationally recognized venues and is currently represented by the Locks Gallery in Philadelphia. McCoubrey received her MFA from the University of Pennsylvania and is a Professor in the College of Visual and Performing Arts at Syracuse University. She is the recipient of several grants, including two New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowships in Painting, two Ballinglen Arts Foundation Fellowships, a Millay Colony Milton Avery Foundation Fellowship, a MacDowell Colony Fellowship, a National Endowment for the Arts Grant Award, and a New York State Council on the Arts Grant.
S.J. Rozan is the author of sixteen novels and more than 75 short stories, and the editor of two anthologies. She has won multiple awards, including the Edgar, Shamus, Anthony, Nero, Macavity; Japanese Maltese Falcon; and the Private Eye Writers of America Life Achievement Award. She speaks and lectures widely, at such venues as the 92nd Street Y and the Center for Fiction, and has been a Master Artist at The Atlantic Center for the Arts and Writer-in-Residence at Singapore Management University. Her latest novel is Paper Son, due out July 2019.
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. Mr. Sanchez taught graduate courses in curating at Saint Thomas University. 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.
Jonathan Santlofer 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.
Barbara Shoup is the author of eight novels for adults and young adults, most recently An American Tune, and Looking for Jack Kerouac, and the co-author of Novel Ideas: Contemporary Authors Share the Creative Process. Her young adult novels, Wish You Were Here and Stranded in Harmony were selected as American Library Association Best Books for Young Adults. Vermeer’s Daughter was a School Library Journal Best Adult Book for Young Adults. She is the recipient of the PEN Phyllis Reynolds Naylor Working Writer Fellowship and fellowships from the Indiana Arts Commission. Currently the Executive Director of the Indiana Writers Center, she has taught writing for more than forty years.
Dinitia Smith has published four novels, most recently, The Honeymoon, a biographical novel about the 19th Century author, George Eliot. Her short fiction has been published in numerous journals. She was also, for eleven years, a cultural correspondent for The New York Times where she wrote about books and the world of literature. Dinitia has taught Creative Writing at Columbia University, Barnard College, New York University and many other places.
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Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan is the author of the international bestselling novel Sarong Party Girls as well as the food memoir A Tiger in the Kitchen, which has gotten praise from National Public Radio, The Washington Post and The Los Angeles Times among other publications. New York Magazine named it one of the "Top 25 Must-Read Food Memoirs of All Time." Tiger tells the story of a year that she spent traveling from the United States, her adopted country, to her native Singapore, so she could reconnect with her family and learn about her family history and cultural identity by learning how to cook in the kitchens of her grandmother and aunties. In addition to being the editor of Singapore Noir, an anthology of noir fiction set in Singapore, she was a staff writer at The Wall Street Journal, In Style magazine and The Baltimore Sun. Her stories have also appeared in The New York Times, The Paris Review, The Washington Post, Bon Appetit, Food & Wine and National Geographic among other places.
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. 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). Her work 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 with Art Workshop International (2016) and at the MFA in Writing Program at Bar-Ilan University in Israel. She also runs the Bloom reading series in New York City.
With AWI teacher Peter Bricklebank, she’ll be co-leading a creative writing workshop in Oaxaca, Mexico, in January, 2019; see writeinmexico.org for more information.