Saturday

Just published: Conference 9 Summary Report



Save the date for Conference 10

June 3-5, 2016


Tuesday

Conference 9 Highlights

I won't have news about Conference 10 for a couple of months, so I'm leaving up a few posts from the just-finished Conference 9. It's always good to revisit info about the keynote, panels, and presenters.

See you in September!

--Joanne
Joanne Mattera, Founder/director, The International Encaustic Conference


Sunday

Keynote: Pavel Zoubok on Collage, Culture & the Art World

Owner of the Chelsea gallery that bears his name, Pavel Zoubok is a warm and intelligent gallerist with a dedication to collage and its various forms.  

"Wax certainly lends itself to collage," Pavel has noted in conversation. While several of the gallery artists incorporate wax or encaustic in their practice--including Judy Pfaff and Donna Sharrett--it is the collage form in general that Pavel will address. We think you will relate, as so many of you work with gathering, assembling and layering, often with materials that go beyond wax.  We cannot imagine anyone more suited to address the topic than the man with a brilliant eye for the marvelous melange.


Pavel surrounded by his artists' work

"Perhaps no art form expresses the character of the twentieth century and the contemporary moment with greater clarity and immediacy than collage."



Judy Pfaff mixed-media installation at the gallery now through November 15
Image from the gallery website; photo by Bodycomb Studio, NYC


Donna Sharrett, Praise You, 2003-05, mixed media on wax-covered box, 18 x 18 inches
Image from the gallery website


Here's how Pavel describes his gallery's program: 

"Since 1997, Pavel ZoubokGallery has specialized in collage, assemblage and mixed-media Installation. From the outset, the gallery’s program has presented modern and contemporary works in an effort to create a cohesive art historical context for collage and its related forms, spanning most of the major art movements of the postwar period. While the primary market has always been a driving force of our program, represented by a diverse group of gallery artists, we maintain an inventory of works by important proponents of the medium, including Hannelore Baron, Joe Brainard, Joseph Cornell, Al Hansen, Ray Johnson, Jiri Kolar, Mimmo Rotella, Anne Ryan, Jacques Villeglé and David Wojnarowicz. 

"Since the gallery’s 2004 relocation to the heart of Chelsea, we make a regular practice of publishing exhibition catalogues collaborating with numerous scholars and critics including Alexander Andersen-Spivy, Dan Cameron, Edward Gomez, Robert Hobbs, Charlotta Kotik, Carlo McCormick, Robert Rosenblum and Dickran Tashjian.  Our audience continues to broaden and we continue to develop relationships with institutions.  Museum associations have included Wadsworth Atheneum of Art, Brooklyn Museum, Katonah Museum of Art, New Britain Museum of American Art, Newark Museum, Norton Museum of Art, and others. In addition to our stated focus, we have also maintained a tangential but related interest in Surrealism, establishing an inventory of works by artists such as Max Ernst, Yves Tanguy, Roberto Matta, George Hugnet, Kay Sage and Stella Snead. In 2009, Pavel Zoubok Gallery was made a member of the ADAA (Art Dealer's Association of America)."  

Friday

Saturday Morning Panel

Professional Practices: The Big Picture!

Our Saturday Morning Conference Panel this year is big: Six panelists. We have a big panel because our topic is big: all the issues you need to know to develop and/or refine your visibility as an artist. Some of the topics we'll address: the artist/dealer relationship (and what's going on in a dealer's mind about your request to show work), everything you need to know about juried shows, getting on a curator or editor’s radar and following through, dealing with critical feedback, understanding referrals and courtesies. In short, we demystify the art world and help you understand how to create a professional presence--as well as being what Chuck Close calls  "a good art world citizen." We'll have three hours (minus a break and a stretch), and that the time will go by like that! 
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Our panelsts come with significant educational and professional achievements, a testament to the deep well of talent within our own ranks. 



Miles Conrad is the founding director of the Conrad WildeGallery. Since 2005 his gallery has hosted innovative multimedia programs in TucsonArizona, and at international art fairs in MiamiNew York City, and Los Angeles. Inclusion in his Annual Encaustic Invitational has been a milestone for many members of this community. Miles teaches and lectures on professional practices and gives individual career consultations to artists, which he describes as “a grad school style crit meets motivational coach meets accountability/ support group.” Miles holds an MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute. Read an interview with him which appeared recently in the Tucson-based Sonoran Arts Network


Fanne Fernow was born in Buffalo, moving to Massachusetts and then to Santa Cruz, California. After profound experiences working as a journalist, AIDS activist and teacher, she moved to Santa Cruz to pursue life as a full-time artist. She has studied world religions and ethics at Episcopal Divinity School and Harvard University, and art at Hamilton College, Clinton, New York; Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, Massachusetts; and the San Francisco Art Institute. Fanne has shown her work all over the United States and been published in numerous publications, print and digital.With her study of ethics and her involvement in the encaustic community, Fanne is uniquely suited to address some of the difficult growing pains we've experienced in the group dynamic.



Wendy Haas is a private art dealer, curator and Exhibitor Relations Manager for SOFA Chicago art fair. As former owner of Cervini Haas Gallery in Scottsdale, Arizona, Wendy represented artists working in a wide range of media including painting, printmaking, clay, fiber and glass, and curated a series of exhibitions in conjunction with the publishing of Joanne Mattera’s book The Art of Encaustic Painting. As a new resident of Chicago, she is getting to know the Chicago art scene with an eye toward mentoring emerging and mid-career artists. In addition to renewing her own studio practice, Wendy is curating the exhibition 21st Century Fiber at Peters Valley Gallery, Layton, New Jersey, to open August 2015.




Timothy McDowell received his MFA from the University of Arizona in 1981. Since then he has been a professor of printmaking and drawing at Connecticut College in New LondonConnecticut.  Over the years, he has concentrated on several mediums. For the last 20 he has worked primarily in encaustic as well as oils, producing paintings, prints and works on paper. His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally with representation in the U.S. and Canada. Collections include The Metropolitan Museum of Art Print and Drawing Collection, The University of Iowa Museum of Art, The New Mexico Museum of Art, the Tucson Museum of Art and others. Tim was a panelist at Conference 1 in 2007, when the topic was Encaustic: State of the Art.



Jane Allen Nodine is Assistant Chair of Fine Arts and Communication Studies at the University of South Carolina Upstate where she is Professor of Art and director of the Curtis R. Harley Gallery. Recognized with numerous awards, Jane received an NEA/SECCA Southeastern Seven IV Fellowship from the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art and two South Carolina Arts Commission Artist Fellowships. In 2012 she received the Award for Outstanding Artistic Achievement by the Southeastern College Art Conference, and in 2002 she was awarded a Belle W. Baruch Visiting Scholar Fellowship to Hobcaw Barony Plantation in Georgetown, S.C. Jane’s work is included in numerous collections. Her career spans several decades, and in 1999 she was selected by the South Carolina State Museum and the South Carolina Arts Commission as one of the One Hundred Most Significant Artists in South Carolina During the 20th Century. 


Carol Pelletier is the Chair of Fine Arts and Professor of Art at Endicott College, Beverly, Massachusetts. Carol has worked on multiple invitational and curatorial projects, including Organic to Geometric: Investigations in Surface and Structure at Endicott College. She has exhibited in over 50 solo and group shows nationwide, including the Attleboro Art Museum, the Huntington Museum of Art, the Oglebay Institute, Berea College,  and Marietta College. She has received three National Endowment for the Arts Grants, a Mellon Foundation grant, and is a Salzburg Fellow. Her work has been in multiple catalogue exhibitions and publications including New American Paintings. She is represented by the River Gallery in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and Cynthia Winings Gallery in Blue Hill, Maine.

Joanne Mattera will moderate. A gallery-represented artist, author, art blogger and occasional curator, Joanne has maintained a studio practice since 1970. She holds a BFA in Painting from Massachusetts College of Art and an MA in Visual Art from Goddard College. Joanne is the founder/director of The International Encaustic Conference.

Tuesday

Sunday Afternoon Panel

It is no secret that the popularity of encaustic has increased at a rapid rate over the last decade. Art centers, schools, independent workshops, books, DVD’s and YouTube videos are disseminating vast quantities of information about the medium to a growing number of interested students and professional artists.  Who makes up this teaching and learning community? What kinds of lessons are being taught? What is the significance for the future of encaustic and its practitioners? 

These and other questions will be explored in our 2015 panel on Standards and Practices in Teaching Encaustic. We’ll combine the information that’s been collected during previous conference sessions with recent studies that poll arts educators from a range of sources to provide you with a look at the current state of encaustic instruction. Join us for an open dialogue after we share the latest findings on encaustic education today. 

Milisa Galazzi's artwork highlights human relationships punctuated by physical distance or separation by time, and she is best known for her large scale installations, works on paper, and conceptual paintings. Milisa holds an MA with Honors from the Rhode Island School of Design, where she researched the educational effectiveness of community-based art education settings, and her findings are published by Harvard University Graduate School of Education, Project Zero Press, 1999; in addition, she holds a BA from Brown University, where she studied Studio Art with minors in Women’s Studies and Cultural Anthropology—all of which directly inform the content of her art making. Milisa works full time in her studio in Providence and on Cape Cod in the summer months.

Sara Mast is a widely exhibited artist whose paintings are included in over 30 public and private collections in the United States and abroad. Her work is included in Joanne Mattera’s book, The Art of Encaustic Painting. Recent exhibitions include Soundings, a collaborative exhibition at the Ucross Foundation in ClearmontWyoming;  As Above, So Below, a solo exhibition at Rosenfeld Gallery in Philadelphia; and Repertoire, a group exhibition at Zolla/Lieberman Gallery in Chicago. Currently, she is working on a collaborative project with physicists entitled Black (W)hole, an art installation that was was recently selected for inclusion in R & F's Encaustic Works: A Curated Exhibition in Print, curated by Michelle Stuart. Sara lives and works in BozemanMontana, and co-chairs the Drawing & Painting department at Montana State University.

Cherie Mittenthal has her MFA from the State University of New York at Purchase and her BFA from the Hartford Art School at the University of Hartford. She is the Executive Director of Truro Center for the Arts at Castle Hill since 2002. Cherie serves on the board of Campus Provincetown, Provincetown Cultural Council, and partners with Highlands Center Inc. for the only Wood-Fired Kiln on Cape Cod. Cherie’s paintings and work on paper are redolent of the meeting of sky, sand and sea, and sometimes animals, from crows to pigs and sheep. In her studio practice she works in pigment sticks, mixed media, and encaustic. Her work is represented by Kobalt Gallery in Provincetown. She is the co-producer of the International Encaustic Conference in Provincetown.

TobySisson earned her M.F.A. from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, and is an Assistant Professor of Studio Art and Director of the Schiltkamp Gallery at Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts. In addition to her individual works in painting and printmaking, Toby’s areas of specialization include collaborative public art and community-based service learning. She has been the recipient of numerous awards and grants for her studio practice as well as excellence in teaching. Among her academic research projects, she studies the development of dialogic critique methods for students and professional artists. She currently lives and works in Providence, Rhode Island

Friday

About Our Presenters

The Encaustic Conference is so much more than one person. As we do each year, we have gathered an extraordinary array of presenters whose qualifications as artists and instructors are unmatched. Our presenters are degreed professors at the college/university level or experienced entrepreneurial teachers with large followings of dedicated students; many are "artist hypnenates," adding paintmaker, gallerist, curator, author, or art blogger to their practice. They show regularly, nationally and internationally, at museums and galleries. Many are gallery represented. All bring to their teaching years of studio practice and a deep understanding of encaustic in contemporary art.
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Dan Addington is an artist, curator, and owner of Addington Gallery in Chicago. He has been working with wax since 1989 and exhibiting encaustic work professionally since 1992. His figurative mixed-media paintings have been featured in group and solo shows across the United Stated and are in numerous public and private collections. Dan's work incorporates materials such as fabric, oil, wax, tar, gold leaf and various printed matter. The accumulation and layering of these materials echoes his interest in history and the relationships between the stratification of cultures and the layering of memory.
Binnie Birstein is a painter known for her complex layering of images, energy lines and grids. Originally from New York City, Binnie has shown throughout the country, extensively in the Northeast, in many prestigious exhibitions, including the two museum incarnations of Swept Away: Translucence, Transparence, Transcendence In Contemporary Encaustic. Her work was included in R & F’s 2012 Encaustic Works, and will be included in Organic to Geometric: Investigations in Structure & Surface in 2015 at Endicott College, Beverly, Mass. A faculty member at Creative Arts Workshop as well as an instructor at the Center for Contemporary Printmaking. Binnie also offers private instruction from her studio in Norwalk, Connecticut.
Pamela Blum makes sculptures covered with encaustic paint. She has exhibited her work throughout the United States and in France. Her BA degree in studio art and art history is from the University of Pennsylvania, her MFA in Interrelated Media from Massachusetts College of Art and Design. She has just retired from 33 years of college-level teaching. In one of her specialties, color theory, she has a taught many students how colors push one another around like naughty children on a playground. Color theory is one of her specialties.
David A. Clark teaches encaustic printmaking across the United States, most recently at Idyllwild School for the Arts, Wax Works West, R&F Handmade Paints, and the Palm Springs Art Museum. His work is part of the permanent collections of the Hunterdon Art Museum, the Process Museum and many public and private collections, and his encaustic print work will soon be featured in the upcoming book, Encaustic, from Schiffer Publishing.
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Cat Crotchett is a professor in the Frostic School of Art at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo. Her studio work focuses on encaustic painting characterized by layers of information; interweaving patterns painted in vibrant colors and textured surfaces. She has an extensive exhibition record including international and national solo exhibitions and invitational and juried shows. Cat is currently producing a body of work that combines the use of Indonesian batik tools and motifs, and encaustic painting.
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Dorothy Cochran is an accomplished printmaker who continues to push the boundaries of how to create works on paper.  With long time experience as an artist, educator and curator, she has developed innovative ways to work and layer wax substrates, creating prints of luminous quality. She holds an MFA from Columbia University, currently teaches at The Montclair Art Museum and conducts workshops throughout the United States. Her works are represented in museums, corporate and private collections and exhibited widely. 
A photographer and painter, Elena De La Ville has shown at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sofia Imber in Caracas, Venezuela; the A Gallery on Martha’s Vineyard; and Selby Gallery in Sarasota, Florida. In 2011, she curated the exhibit, Wow: Women and Wax, at the Art Center Sarasota, which showcased the work of 10 well-known women artists from around the country. Her work is in the collection of the Museo de Arte Contemporaneo, Sofia Imber in Caracas; the Museo Acarigua, Araure, Venezuela, and many other private collections. Elena has photographed, taught and lived in many places, including London, Spain, France and in Boston. She resides in Sarasota, where she is on the faculty at Ringling College of Art and Design.
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Patricia Dusman, an award winning artist originally from New York City and now residing in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, studied printmaking and photography at Bard College. After a successful 20-year career in pharmaceutical research, she returned to pursue art making full time. She is currently focusing her work on encaustic painting and exploring working with wax in mixed media. She is also interested in safety issues within her encaustic painting practice. Her work can be found in private collections in the U.S.
Karen Freedman is a Pennsylvania artist recognized for her abstract geometric paintings that explore optical illusion and depth through the use of luminous encaustic paints. Karen began her formal training studying jewelry design at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia. She went on to build a successful graphic design business followed by her immersion in the fine arts. Karen has exhibited at venues that include Hunterdon Art Museum, the Cape Cod Museum of Art,  The State Museum of Pennsylvania, Art Center Sarasota, Castle Gallery at the College of New Rochelle, and the George Segal Gallery, Montclair State University. Her work is featured in Encaustic With a Textile Sensibility by Daniella Woolf and Encaustic Art (Art of the Century) by Jennifer Margell.
Richard Frumess has been manufacturing encaustic commercially since 1982. In 1988 he founded R&F Handmade Paints. For the last several years he has been developing a series of comprehensive tests on the properties of encaustic paint – its lightfastness, adhesiveness, aging, and characteristics of raw materials. Many of these tests have never been carried out on a systematic basis until now. Richard has been working in collaboration with industry experts, conservators, and materials scientists.
Milisa Galazzi's artwork highlights human relationships punctuated by physical distance or separation by time and she is best known for her large scale installations, works on paper, and conceptual paintings. Milisa holds an MA with Honors from the Rhode Island School of Design, were she researched the educational effectiveness of community-based art education settings, and her findings are published by Harvard University Graduate School of Education, Project Zero Press, 1999; in addition, she holds a BA from Brown University, where she studied Studio Art with minors in Women’s Studies and Cultural Anthropology—all of which directly inform the content of her art making. Milisa works full time in her studio in Providence and on Cape Cod in the summer months.
Lorraine Glessner holds an MFA in Fibers from Tyler School of Art, Temple University, where she is currently an Assistant Professor in the Fibers and Material Studies Department, and a BS in Textile Design from Philadelphia University. Recent awards include two artist fellowship grants in crafts  from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, as well as the Yvonne Kelly memorial award for mixed media from Abington Art Center. Her work is included in the recently released, Encaustic Works: Nuance, curated by Michelle Stuart and published by R&F Paints. She is represented by Kenise Barnes Fine Art, Larchmont, New York, and James Gallery, PittsburghLorraine lectures, teaches, and exhibits her work nationally and maintains a studio in Philadelphia.
Lynette Haggard holds a BFA in painting from Philadelphia College of Art. Her work been shown in over 70 exhibitions, and is included in the permanent collection of the New Britain Museum of Art as well as in private collections in the U.S. and abroad. She maintains her art practice in the Boston area, and has been a regular presenter at the conference since 2009. 
Ruth Hiller has been pushing the boundaries with encaustic since 2008. Geometry, nature and industrialization are key elements in her abstract paintings. Her work has been exhibited in galleries across the country and in 2014, she was the recipient of a month-long artist residency at The Golden Foundation. Ruth splits her time between Boulder, Colorado, and New York City.
Jeff Hirst is a San Francisco Bay Area-based artist who has been exhibiting his work since 1987 and has shown extensively across the United States and Europe. His work has been shown at The Minneapolis Institute of Arts, the McKinney Contemporary in Dallas, Butters Gallery in Portland, Oregon, and Arte Internazionale in Matera, Italy. Jeff teaches workshops at his Oakland printshop and at national venues.
Deborah Kapoor is best known for her unconventional, mixed media works and sculptural wall installations. Her work will be featured in the forthcoming book Encaustic by Ashley Rooney, with foreword by Kim Bernard. In 2013, she launched an extensive program of art classes in encaustic at Bellevue College in Bellevue, Washington. Deborah is represented by Conrad Wilde Gallery in Tucson, Arizona, and at ArtXchange Gallery in Seattle’s Pioneer Square. She earned her MFA from the University of Delaware and her BFA from the University of North Texas. Her home and studio are in Seattle.
Judy Klich captures beauty in her paintings by showing close-up details and scenery often missed by our busy lifestyles.  Her work juxtaposes nature with geometry and displays the connection between the two.  It reflects her need for balance in life by contrasting elements and creating harmony at the same time.  Judy is represented by Paul LeQuire and Company and Shimai Art and Pottery, both in Nashville; River Gallery, Chattanooga; and Lark and Key Gallery, Charlotte. She paints and teaches workshops at River Art Studio in Nashville, Tennessee.
Susan Lasch Krevitt builds two- and three-dimensional tactile abstractions. Her work explores structure, connection, strength and vulnerability, transforming cast off materials, most often textiles and encaustic. Susan’s work has been exhibited internationally in galleries and museums for over 30 years. In 2012 she won the Juror’s Award at the Seventh International Encaustic Conference. Susan received her BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and currently resides in Southern California.
Alexandre Masino's practice has been devoted to encaustic painting for the past 15 years. He is known for his painterly approach, both in painting and monotype, using representation in dialogue with a subtle and expressive use of the medium. His works have been presented in more then 50 solo and group exhibitions in public and commercial galleries across Canada, the United States and Europe. Alexandre regularly presents at the Conference and has also exhibited and taught at R&F Handmade Paints. You may follow his writings and news on his blog
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Sara Mast is a widely exhibited artist whose paintings are included in over 30 public and private collections in the United States and abroad. Her work is included in Joanne Mattera’s book, The Art of Encaustic Painting. Recent exhibitions include a collaborative exhibition at the Ucross Foundation in ClearmontWyoming; a solo exhibition at Rosenfeld Gallery in Philadelphia; and a group exhibition at Zolla/Lieberman Gallery in Chicago. Currently, she is working on a collaborative project with physicists entitled Black (W)hole, an art installation that was was recently included in  Encaustic Works: Nuance, curated by Michelle Stuart and published by R&F Handmade Paints. Sara lives and works in BozemanMontana, and co-chairs the Drawing & Painting department at Montana State University.
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A newly elected member of American Abstract Artists, Joanne Mattera is a gallery-represented painter who has shown widely since 1975. Her work is in the collections of the New Britain Museum of American Art, Connecticut; Montclair Art Museum, New Jersey; the U.S. State Department; and collections internationally. Her work is included in Geoform, an online curatorial project featuring geometric abstraction. She is the author of The Art of Encaustic Painting and the ongoing Joanne Mattera Art Blog. Joanne is a consulting editor to ProWax Journal and the founder/director of this Conference.
Timothy McDowell received his MFA from the University of Arizona in 1981. Since then he has been a professor of printmaking and drawing at Connecticut College in New London, Connecticut
Over the years, he has concentrated on several mediums. For the last 20 he has worked primarily in encaustic as well as oils, producing paintings, prints and works on paper. His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally with representation in the U.S. and Canada. Collections include The Metropolitan Museum of Art Print and Drawing Collection, The University of Iowa Museum of Art, The New Mexico Museum of Art, the Tucson Museum of Art and others.
Raé  Miller is a mixed media artist living in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. Her recent work addresses the illusion of time and place and the fallibility of a memory not anchored by "home". She was the recipient of a Scholarship Grant for the Seventh International Encaustic Conference, and a featured artist in the book Art in San Miguel by Al Tirado. She is at work on an exhibit of encaustic paintings on paper for Museo de la Ciudad in Queretaro, Mexico. In 2010, she opened Raé Miller Studio/Gallery in Fabrica La Aurora, a former textile mill turned arts center. She teaches 20 workshops per year in her studio. Raé’s work is in private collections in the United States, the Caribbean, Mexico, Canada, Europe and Dubai.
Cherie Mittenthal has her MFA from the State University of New York at Purchase and her BFA from the Hartford Art School at the University of Hartford. She is the Executive Director of Truro Center for the Arts at Castle Hill since 2002. Cherie serves on the board of Campus Provincetown, Provincetown Cultural Council, and partners with Highlands Center Inc. for the only Wood-Fired Kiln on Cape Cod. Cherie’s paintings and work on paper are redolent of the meeting of sky, sand and sea, and sometimes animals from crows, to pigs and sheep. In her studio practice she works in pigment sticks, mixed media and encaustic. Her work is represented by Kobalt Gallery in Provincetown. She is the co-producer of the International Encaustic Conference in Provincetown.
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Wayne Montecalvo is an artist whose range of works include mixed-media prints, paintings, sculpture, video and collaborative performance. Wayne received a BFA in Sculpture from the School of Visual Arts. Honors include residencies at the Frans Masereel Center in Belgium, the Vermont Studio Center, Women’s Studio Workshop and the John Michael Kohler Arts in Industry Program..
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Laura Moriarty makes prints, sculptural paintings and installations that resonate with the geologic. Laura’s honors include two grants from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation and participation in numerous artist residencies, including The Frans Masereel Center in Belgium, and the Ucross Foundation in Wyoming. She was the exhibition and workshop director at R&F Handmade Paints from 2003-2013. Recent exhibition venues include OK Harris Works of Art and IPCNY, both in New York City, The Handwerker Gallery at Ithaca College, and The Jyväskylä Art Museum in Finland. She is the author of Table of Contents, an artist’s book published in 2012.
Carol Pelletier is the Chair of Fine Arts and Professor of Art at Endicott College, Beverly, Mass.  Her previous posts have included Chair of Visual Arts at West Virginia Wesleyan College and Visual Arts Master Teacher at the Governors School for the Arts at Marshall University. Carol has worked on multiple artist’s invitational and curatorial projects including Organic to Geometric: Investigations in Surface and Structure at Endicott College. She has exhibited in over 50 solo and group shows nationwide, including  the Attleboro Art Museum and the Huntington Museum of Art. She has received three National Endowment for the Arts Grants, a Mellon Foundation grant, and is a Salzburg Fellow. Her work has been in multiple catalogue exhibitions and publications including the New American Paintings. She is represented by the River Gallery in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and Cynthia Winings Gallery in Blue Hill, Maine.
Sherrie Posternak chooses whatever medium or technique is most appropriate to express her ideas—encaustic, photography, printmaking, video, collage, assemblage, mosaic, paper, fiber, metals, wood, ceramic, glass.  Sherrie began her encaustic practice 10 years ago and has had solo and group shows in the U.S. and Mexico. She has taught workshops in beginning, intermediate and advanced encaustic processes. She self-published a catalogue on the topic of her art installation, A Memorial for El Tomate. Images of Sherrie’s work are in the gallery section of Contemporary Paper and Encaustic by Catherine Nash.
Lisa Pressman is represented by Causey Contemporary in New York City, and has a solo show planned there for November 2015. She also will be exhibiting at R&F Handmade Paints, Kingston, New York; Butters Gallery, Portland, Oregon; and Telluride Gallery of Fine Art I Colorado.  In 2014, she exhibited her work in Mapping a Place, a solo show, at Susan Eley Fine Arts, New York City. Lisa has an MFA from Bard College. She lives and works in West Orange, New Jersey, and currently  teaches painting locally, nationally and internationally.
Paula Roland's extensive exhibition and teaching dates to the early 1980s and spans the United States and abroad. Awards and commissions include ones from the National Endowment for the Arts and U.S. Department of State, American Embassies in Johannesburg, South Africa, and Kampala, Uganda. Paula was recently featured in Surface Design News, Artist’s Magazine, and The Santa Fean. Her works and processes are included in several books and media, including Joanne Mattera’s The Art of Encaustic Painting. Paula’s DVD, Encaustic Monotypes: Painterly Prints With Heat and Wax, has sold over 1000 copies.  
Joan Stuart Ross is an established artist and teacher in the Pacific Northwest. Joan was born in Boston and educated at Boston Latin School, Connecticut College, Yale, and Universities of Iowa and Washington. Recent exhibitions: International Women's Art Festival, Seoul, Korea; Kent Centennial Gallery and Moses Lake Museum, Washington; and solo show at RiverSea Gallery, Astoria, Oregon. Residencies include: Pilchuck, Centrum and Espy Foundations, Balestrand Kunstlag, and Playa. Joan is a founding board member of Seattle Print Arts and partner of BallardWorks, artists’ workspace building in Seattle. She maintains her studios there and in Nahcotta, Washington.
Toby Sisson earned her MFA from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, and is an Assistant Professor of Studio Art and Director of the Schiltkamp Gallery at Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts. In addition to her individual works in painting and printmaking, Toby’s areas of specialization include collaborative public art and community-based service learning. She has been the recipient of numerous awards and grants for her studio practice as well as excellence in teaching. Among her academic research projects, she studies the development of dialogic critique methods for students and professional artists. She currently lives and works in Providence, Rhode Island.
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Tracy Spadafora is a painter who teaches studio art classes at colleges and museums in the Boston / Worcester area, and in her studio in Westborough, Mass.  She has given workshops and demonstrations in the technique of encaustic at locations throughout the northeast for the past 17 years. Tracy’s artwork has been exhibited across the U.S. and is included in the collections of Harvard University, the Danforth Museum, and Bank of America.  Her work has also been included in numerous publications, and most recently in the May 2014 issue of Artist’s Magazine.
Pat Spainhour is a contemporary painter-printmaker, currently teaching AP Art History at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. She earned a BFA degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and has 34 years of experience teaching studio art and art history. Pat studied encaustic painting with Tremain Smith in 2006 and Paula Roland in 2009. Her art is held in several collections and exhibited internationally.
Deborah Winiarski teaches a mixed-media class and the encaustic workshops at The Art Students League of New York in Manhattan. Her work has been exhibited at Denise Bibro Fine Art—in 2014, Waxing—and at Kouros Gallery, both in New York City, and at various venues across the United States, including Far and Wide, The 6th Annual Woodstock Regional at the Woodstock Artists Association and Museum. She was a resident artist at The Studios of Key West. Deborah is Featured Artworks Editor for ProWax Journal, a quarterly online publication for professional artists working in the medium of encaustic.  Her work is represented by Broadhurst Gallery, Pinehurst, North Carolina
Gregory Wright creates aquatic, cosmic, and microscopic fantasy worlds in his paintings that incorporate mixed media embellishments with encaustic. He is an exuberant presenter and instructor who brings his enthusiasm and innovative techniques to this year’s Conference presentations and workshops. Gregory exhibits nationally. In September 2015, Essence of Reaction at Galatea Fine Art, Boston, will signify his third solo exhibition at the gallery. Gregory exhibited in Swept Away: Translucence, Transparence, Transcendence in Contemporary Encaustic at the Hunterdon Museum in Clinton, New Jersey.  He was part of R& F Handmade Paints Visiting Artist Series, where he taught and had a solo exhibition in the gallery in August 2013. He was one of the selected artists in Encaustic Works 2012, juried by Joanne Mattera.
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Nancy Youdelman has been exhibiting her artwork since 1971. She has the distinction of having been part of the very first feminist art class that was taught by Judy Chicago in 1970 at California State University, Fresno. She continued her participation in the Feminist Art Program (1971-1973) at California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, where she participated in the internationally acclaimed project, Womanhouse (1972), receiving her BFA from CalArts in 1973 and her MFA with an emphasis in sculpture from UCLA in 1976.  Nancy has had a varied and interesting career: She worked as an artistic consultant on the 1975 Rolling Stones concert in Los Angeles, was a founding member of both Grandview Gallery at the historic Woman’s Building in Los Angeles and Double X, a feminist collective, and was a university art instructor for 20 years. Her extensive exhibition record includes many national exhibitions, including a recent solo exhibition and teaching residency at Pennsylvania State University. She has been the recipient of grants from the Pollock/Krasner and the Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundations.

Saturday

The Juried Show

Updated 5.13.15

Congratulations to the artists accepted for the Minimal/Maximal show, juried by Mike Carroll, to be held in the gallery at Truro Center for the Arts at Castle Hill--with the award winners' work at Carroll's Schoolhouse Gallery in Provincetown. 



Juror's award: Karen Freedman, Ruche 0352.22
 

And congratulations to all the artists selected  for this year's show:

Susanne Arnold 
Francesca Azzara 
Judith Barrie
Dawna Bemis 
Deb Blair 
David A. Clark 
Dorothy Cochran 
Helen Dannelly 
Karen Freedman (Juror's award)
Milisa Galazzi (Director's award)
Lorraine Glessner 
Lynette Haggard 
Elizabeth Harris
Marilyn Hayes 
Ruth Hiller
Jeff Juhlin 
Susan Lasch Krevitt 
Rosemarie Langtry
Patricia Malarcher
Rae Miller
Wayne Montecalvo
Laura Moriarty (Castle Hill award)
Karen Nielsen-Fried 
Jane Allen Nodine 
Stephanie Roberts-Camello 
Joan Stuart Ross 
Hilary Shank-Kuhl 
Toby Sisson 
Norman Soskel 
Dietlind Vander Schaaf 
Linda Virio 
Pamela W Wallace 
Lisa Zukowski





 Director's award: Milisa Galazzi,  Loose Ends 1 and 2



Castle Hill award: Laura Moriarty, Hangover



About the Juror
Owner of the Schoolhouse Gallery in Provincetown, and an artist himself, Mike Carroll runs one of the most beautiful galleries in town. Mike is a longtime supporter of the Conference. You may remember that he was a panelist at Conference 7, when the topic was the groundbreaking Raising the Bar: Encaustic in Our Practice.

About selection announcement
Selected artists were notified by Castle Hill in early May. Those whose work was not selected were not notified. The listing of accepted artists, posted here on this page and on the Encaustic Conference Facebook page served not only to notify those artists whose work was accepted but to act as a de facto notice of decline for the other entrants. While there are very few "rules" in the art world, one of them is that if you don't see your name listed, you haven't gotten in. A different juror at a different time will select an entirely different group of artists. That's why we bring in a different gallerist each year.

Awards
As we do every year, we have selected three artists for three equal awards: Juror's, Castle Hill, and Director's. The award carries with it a comp entry to the following year's Conference. This year, we've got a little something extra: All three awardees will have their work installed at the Schoolhouse Gallery. The artists' work is shown on this page.

Receptions
There will be an opening at Castle Hill on Thursday, June 4, and a closing on June 11, both 4:00-6:00 pm. Schoolhouse Gallery will be open on Friday evening for Provincetown's festive gallery stroll, and throughout the week. Castle Hill will be closed during the Conference itself, Friday-Sunday.

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A little history about the Juried Show

Joanne and Cherie taking in the show at Conference 8, Subliminal, juried by Dan Addington.
Photo: Cape Cod Times


Our juried shows have a history of wonderful jurors and some great connections and opportunities for conferees. This information comes from A Brief History of the Encaustic Conference blogsite.

2007: Our first juror was Zola Solamente, director of Arden Gallery. We called the show Hot Stuff. I don't think we had awards that year, as our intent was simply to show the range of expression in encaustic. Nevertheless, Zola was so taken with Kim Bernard's sculptural work that she brought Kim into the gallery, where she remains a gallery artist.
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2008:  Laura Moriarty was our second juror, for a show we called On the Edge. Director of the Gallery at R&F, and a sculptor whose own work pushes boundaries, Laura was eminently qualified to select work for a show that exhorted entrants to push their work farther than they'd pushed it before. Susanne Arnold received the Juror's Award; Lorraine Glessner, the Conference Award (selected by Shana Dumont); and Shelley Gilchrist, the Director's award.

2009: Nicholas Capasso, then a curator at the DeCordova Museum in Lincon, Mass., was our juror. The theme he suggested was Beauty and its Opposites. Gregory Wright received the Conference Award (selected by Shana Dumont), Elena De La Ville the Director's. Since Capasso was unable to attend the opening, he declined to select a winner from slides, and so we held a People's Choice Award instead, which went to local artist Robin Luciano Beatty.

2010: Joseph Carroll. owner/director of Carroll and Sons in Boston, juried the show we called Flow and Control. Breaking with the convention of previous Conference exhibitions, Carroll opted to select fewer artists and show more work by each of them.  The artists in the show were  Jill Skupin BurkholderDavid A. ClarkShelley GilchristKen GoldRuth HillerNancy LoweKelly SteinkeMichelle ThraneLaura Tyler, and Robin Van Hoozer. An unexpected perk for both the artists and the Conference is that Lynette Haggard interviewed the juror and all the artists in her blog (click on the names). Thank you, Lynette

Awards that year went to Shelley Gilchrist, Ruth Hiller and Karen Freedman, recipients of the Juror's, Conference, and Director's awards respectively. As part of her award, Ruth received a solo show at the college where the Conference had been held. Shelley remains the only two-time recipient of Conference awards. Freedman's selection came from the BEst Foot Forward show, an unjuried exhibition in which all conferees were invited to hang a artwork on the wall.

2011: This marked the year we moved to Provincetown. Francine D'Olimpio, owner/director of Kobalt Gallery in Provincetown was our juror, installing the show in her own gallery. We called the exhibition Beeline and encouraged conferees to be inspired in an apian way. Marybeth Rothman, Anne Cavanaugh, and Christine Kyle received the Juror's, Castle Hill, and Director's awards, respectively.

The following year, I curated Ruth Hiller and Christine Kyle, along with Laura Moriarty, Nancy Natale and Lynda Ray into a show, Improbable Topographies, at the Rice/Polak Gallery. (And though we were largely unaware of it at the time, Michael Giaquinto, curator at the Cape Cod Museum of Art, began to take notice of who was showing where. The long list of artists he compiled would be refined, over time, into the 31-artist exhibition, Swept Away, which opened at the CCMoA in May 2013. Catalogue viewable here.)

2012: For our themed show, Confluence: Water and Light, we asked conferees to think about the extraordinary environment of Provincetown, situated as it is on a tiny spit of land in the middle of Massachusetts Bay. Francine D'Olimpio was our juror again, and this time the show was in her second gallery, which opened its doors to Commercial Street. Award recipients were Nancy Natale, Patricia Malarcher and David A. Clark, for Juror's, Castle Hill, and Director's awards.

2013: Shawn Hill was the juror for Seven, the appropriately titled show for our seventh Conference year. A Boston-based critic, and an artist himself, Shawn was thoroughly familiar with encaustic. This was the year we moved the juried show to Castle Hill in Truro. Though the exhibition is closed while the Conference is on (since everyone is art the Conference), we have both an Opening and a Closing, a wonderful opportunity to enjoy the work, and fellow conferees, at either end of a packed week. Susan Lasch Krevitt and Wayne Montecalvo received the Juror's and Castle Hill award; Lynda Ray received the Director's award.

Work by Susan Lasch Krevitt, among others, was noticed by Carol Pelletier, who curated Organic to Geometric: Investigations in Structure and Surface, which took place in the Heftler Gallery at Endicott College in Beverly, Mass., February-March, 2015. (Catalogue viewable here.)

2014: Last year our theme was Subliminal, and we asked conferees to submit works that looked beneath the surface, whether physically or metaphysically. Chicago-based artist Dan Addington, owner of the Addington Gallery in the city's River North gallery district, was our juror. Juror's award went to Karen Nielsen-Fried, Castle Hill award to Sara Mast, and Director's Award to Karen Frazer.

Nielsen-Fried is currently in a group exhibition at Addington Gallery in Chicago. Ruth Hiller's work caught the eye of gallerist Kenise Barnes, our Keynote speaker, and she is now represented by Barnes's eponymous Larchmont, New York, gallery.

Thursday

Conference Curatorial Exhibition

We are pleased to announce that The Incisive Line, curated by Debra Claffey, will take place in Gallery X on the Castle Hill campus. "There’s something about a well-drawn and hand-made line that is incisive and knowing. It conveys a lifetime of observation, understanding, and awareness that communicates directly to our souls," wrote Debra in her proposal. The Incisive Line includes the work of Elizabeth Harris, Lisa Pressman, Amy Weill and Debra Claffey herself.

Amy Weil, Untitled 1, 2014, encaustic on panel, 16 x 16 inches


Debra continues: "The Incisive Line looks at the work of four artists who use line as a formal element in their work in an organic manner.  I was looking for works that celebrated the drawn line, the organic, loose, wavering, and telling line made by the hand. My work uses the line to describe contours of living plants. Amy Weil uses the inscribed line to 'reflect the natural world. In Elizabeth Harris’ words, she uses the incised line to create 'associations to language, science, and spirituality,'  Lisa Pressman’s wide lines in the Decipher Series act to 'evoke a visceral response.'” There will be a catalog.

The exhibition will open concurrently with the juried show, Minimal/Maximal, on Thursday, June 4, and close the following week, on Thursday, the 11th after evening festivities.

Here's a peek:



Lisa Pressman, Decipher 5, left, and Decipher 10, both 2015, encaustic, 10 x 10 inches

Debra Claffey, Dark Matter, 2015; oil, graphite, pigment stick on paper, 30 x 22 inches


Elizabeth Harris, Entanglement 2, 2014; encaustic, textile, graphite on panel, 30 x 40 inches