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 science.
lynn@artworkshopintl.com  
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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.
edithir@artworkshopintl.com   www.edithisaacrose.com
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Bea Kreloff co founder of Art Workshop International, is a painter, teacher, and former head of the art department, Fieldston School, New York. She’s 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. Kreloff has conducted art workshops in the U.S. and overseas since 1979. She has been a director of Art Workshop International for 31 years.
bk@artworkshopintl.com   www.hirshhorn.si.edu/search-results/?edan_search_value=Beatrice%20Kreloff
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Charles Kreloff 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.
charles@artworkshopintl.com   www.charleskreloffdesign.com
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Faculty
Cynthia Zarin 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 is a Resident Writer for the New York City based company, BalletCollective, and her work appeared in “Best American Travel Writing,” “Best American Essays,” and is widely anthologized.
 
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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.
 
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Mairéad Byrne emigrated from Ireland to the United States in 1994. Her poetry collections include You Have to Laugh: New and Selected Poems (Barrow Street 2013), The Best of (What’s Left of) Heaven (Publishing Genius 2010), Talk Poetry (Miami University Press 2007), SOS Poetry (/ubu Editions 2007), Nelson & The Huruburu Bird (Wild Honey Press 2003), and most recently Famosa na sua cabeça (Famous in Your Head), translated and edited by Dirceu Villa (Dobra Editorial 2015). Her collaborations with visual artists include three books with Irish artists, and Jennifer’s Family, with photojournalist Louisa Marie Summer (Amsterdam: Schilt 2012). She earned a PhD in Theory and Cultural Studies from Purdue University (2001) and works as a Professor of Poetry + Poetics at Rhode Island School of Design in Providence; she also served as Chief Critic for the RISD European Honors Program in Rome (2013).
  www.risd.edu/academics/las/faculty/Mairéad-Byrne/
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Pippa Calland Chef Pippa’s extraordinary food, deep knowledge of culinary techniques and passion for her field is a result of years of work, study and dedication which she has shown in her restaurants, consulting, and many television appearances. The Indianapolis native attended the Institute of Culinary Education on a James Beard Foundation scholarship and then went on to study at the Italian Culinary Institute for Foreigners in Asti, Italy and at the Beringer School for American Chefs in Napa under Madeleine Kamman. Internships at two restaurants in Romagna, Italy, broadened her horizons and also laid the foundation for her own vibrant take on Italian food which restaurateur Pino Luongo described as “the closest thing to Tuscan soul food.” Longo hired her as the first American born executive chef to helm Le Madri, his New York City Tuscan restaurant where The New York Times dining critic Eric Asimov praised her “evolved-Italian approach that combined respect for Italian traditions with an international sensibility.” In 2002, John Mariani in Esquire magazine named her one of “Thirteen Chefs to Look Out For.”

After her time in New York, Pippa spent four years in south central Pennsylvania where she founded her own business, Chef For Hire, LLC. In 2009, Pippa became the second winner of Chopped in its inaugural season. Moving to Southern California in 2010 she became the executive chef of Villetta Brentwood where she created a menu featuring Southern Italian inspired cuisine, utilizing Southern California market ingredients. During this time, Pippa also consulted on the The Piccolo Chef Cookbook, featuring healthy recipes for kids and their families. She was named to the Academia Barilla pantheon of Master Chefs of Italian cuisine, as well as being invited to participate in ‘Nutritaly’ by the Italian consulate in Los Angeles as a contributor in the dialogue about the healthy aspects of Italian cuisine. In 2012 Pippa was featured on BBC America’s Chef Race and in 2013 was a finalist on Chef Wanted on the Food Network. Pippa returned to central Pennsylvania in 2012 where she continues to run Chef For Hire as well as opening Midst8 Taco Y Tortilla in 2013.

  chefpippacalland.com
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Michael Carroll was born in Memphis, grew up in northern Florida and lives in New York. He’s been a Peace Corps volunteer, a waiter, a janitor, a writer’s assistant and a college instructor. His work has appeared in Boulevard, Ontario Review, Southwest Review, The Yale Review, Open City and Animal Shelter, as well as in such anthologies as The New Penguin Book of Gay Short Stories (edited by David Leavitt and Mark Mitchell). He collaborated with Edmund White on the suspense story “Excavation” for Joyce Carol Oates’ New Jersey Noir. His interviews with Ann Beattie and Wells Tower were included in the recently revamped Chattahoochee Review, where his first story was published, and where he is New York Editor. His first collection, Little Reef and Other Stories, is published in June 2014 by the University of Wisconsin Press, and is the 2015 winner of the Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction awarded by the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
 
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Carlos Dews 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).
 
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Elizabeth Geoghegan 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.
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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.
rjhughes2@yahoo.com  
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Riad Miah 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 cooperate collections, nationally and internationally. In 2016 he will have 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.
  riadmiah.com
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William Pettit received his BA from the University of Pittsburgh and his MFA from Tyler School of Art. He has been teaching painting, drawing, and photography at The Umbra Institute in Perugia since 2001 and at John Cabot University since 1999. He recently specializes in medieval painting materials. He has worked at other universities, and is the founder of The Bottega, a workshop series focusing on fresco restoration. Primarily a painter, his artistic work deals with sound, and often involves music, video, photography, and sculpture. He has shown work in Philadelphia, Paris, Rome, Gubbio, Tuscania, Spoleto, Perugia, and Assisi. His book of poetry, Ghost Songs, was published in 2009. A long-time resident of the Sabina region of central Italy, Pettit shares his passion for local painting, olive oil, wine, and cuisine.
  www.thebottega.it
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S.J. Rozan 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. SJ speaks and lectures widely, teaching a weekly workshop in New York and others in Wisconsin, Florida and California.
SJRozan@gmail.com   www.sjrozan.com
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Richard Rudich is a studio artist working in New York, his native city. His work in painting and ceramic sculpture has been exhibited in galleries and museums in New York, Chicago, and London, and is included in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum. He has long been interested in the decorative arts as well and has done commissions for many architects and designers including Martha Stewart. For more than twenty-five years he has been teaching painting and drawing and printmaking at the Fieldston School where he also developed a program in architectural drawing and studio practice. Rudich was a consultant in designing a summer program in visual arts at the Jewish Museum in New York and taught painting there.
 
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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.
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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.
 
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Barbara Shoup 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.

  www.barbarashoup.com
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Edmund White has written some twenty-five books and edited several anthologies. He is perhaps best known for his biography of French writer Jean Genet, for which he won the National Book Critics Circle Award. He is also the author of a trilogy of autobiographical novels — A Boy’s Own Story, The Beautiful Room is Empty, and The Farewell Symphony. His novel, The Married Man, takes place in France, the United States and Morocco and deals with the intimate psychological repercussions of AIDS. He has written brief lives of Marcel Proust and Arthur Rimbaud and a book about unconventional Paris called The Flaneur. His most recent published works of fiction are Chaos, Hotel de Dream, and Jack Holmes and His Friend and a recent non-fiction book is City Boy, a memoir about New York in the 1970s. His memoir, Inside a Pearl: My Years in Paris, came out in 2014. In 2016 he published a novel, Our Young Man. He has been named the official author for the State of New York, is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, is an officer in the French Order of Arts and Letters, and a winner of the France-Amériques award and of the Mondello prize in Sicily. He teaches writing at Princeton and lives in New York City.
  www.edmundwhite.com
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