Current Faculty (Fall 2015-Summer 2016)
Francine K. Affourtit is a Philadelphia-based artist, educator, and arts organizer She received her BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and a MFA as a University Fellow from Tyler School of Art. Francine has taught workshops and courses in printmaking at several institutions, including Tyler School of Art, the Smart Museum at the University of Chicago, and the University of Texas in Austin. Francine has attended several residencies, including The Skopelos Foundation for the Arts in Greece, The Experiemental Printmaking Institute at Lafayette College, Kala Art Institute in Berkeley CA, and Second State Press in Philadelphia. Francine has exhibited her work both nationally and internationally, including the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington D.C., the International Print Center of New York, GENERATORprojects in Dundee Scotland, and WerkStadt in Berlin Germany.
Greta Anderson received her BFA from Rutgers University and her MFA from the University of Pennsylvania. Her work is included in collections at the Johnson & Johnson Corporation, Pfizer Corporation, Newark Public Library and Montclair Museum and has been seen in solo exhibitions and in numerous group shows in this country and abroad. She has been an instructor for the Printmaking Center for the past fifteen years. She has taught a wide variety of printmaking techniques, including papermaking, silk screening and book arts, in art centers and schools throughout New Jersey. Her experience includes working with special needs students from preschool to high school, as well as with college students.
Ewa Budka (b.Poland) received her MFA from the Department of Graphic Art and Design at the Academy of Fine Arts (Warsaw), graduating with Rector’s honors. Ewa’s work has been featured in numerous solo and group exhibitions in Warsaw and Krakow, as well as Paris, London, New York, Tokyo, Milwaukee and St Louis. Ewa’s research of the Japanese technique Mokulito has been awarded with scholarship programming to the USA multiple times. She travels around the world with Mokulito (a.k.a. Budkalito) lectures and demonstrations. She resides in New York City.
Adrian Chin received his MFA in Printmaking from Northern Illinois University and is an artist and printmaker focusing in intaglio and drawing. He draws inspiration from his background in science and art. His work explores the tension between the attractive and grotesque. Adrian has shown in several cities including Chicago, Philadelphia, New York, and Pittsburgh. He currently lives and works in New Jersey.
Jase Clark is a Pennsylvania-based artist working primarily in printmaking and mixed media. His work has been featured in both solo and group exhibitions nationally and internationally. Over the past 10 years Clark has worked at the Experimental Printmaking Institute (EPI) at Lafayette College as Master Printmaker and has collaborated with an exceptional roster of artists from the US and abroad. Clark has collaborated and produced editions with more then forty five artists including: Sam Gilliam, Faith Ringgold, William T. Williams, Chakaia Booker, Radcliffe Bailey, Willie Cole, and many more. In addition to his work as Master Printmaker, Clark also teaches introductory and intermediate printmaking and drawing courses at Lafayette College.
Dave DiMarchi is a multi-disciplinary printmaker and artist working in letterpress, papermaking, silkscreen and sculptural forms. He received his BFA in Printmaking and Books from the University of Delaware and has continued to teach and study across the New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania area. He maintains a small collaborative studio and art space in northern Eastern Pennsylanvia working closely with artists to master art-making techniques and instruction. He is also the owner or 9 in Hand Press, a pre-press graphic design studio concentrating on unique, hand-built graphics, typography and illustration.
Rachel E Heberling is currently working as the Studio Program Manager at The Printmaking Center of New Jersey. She has recently been a printmaking instructor and board member at Tiger Lily Press and assistant Client Manger and Prototype Specialist at Haney, Inc package design in Cincinnati, OH. She was also printer for artist Jay Bolotin and other local artists, as well as an editioning intern at Island Press, Washington University, St Louis. Rachel was graduate administrative associate for Ann Hamilton and Michael Mercil at The Ohio State University in Columbus, receiving an M.F.A. in printmaking, 2011; completed a teaching assistantship in printmaking at Bucknell University of Pennsylvania, 2009; and received a B.F.A. from Kutztown University of Pennsylvania, 2006.
Rachel’s work has been exhibited internationally in venues such as the King St Stephen Museum, Székesfehérvár, Hungary; The National Arts Club, NYC; Roy G Biv, Columbus, OH; Aisle Gallery, Cincinnati, OH; the Arts Club of Washington, DC; and The Corcoran Gallery Museum, DC. Her art is influenced by her former home of Bethel, Pennsylvania, which borders the mining regions of Schuylkill County, as much of her work portrays obsolete technology and abandoned industry.
Peter Kruty is a master printer with nearly thirty years experience, best known for his innovative printing of letterpress artists’ books for Robert Petersen, Lesley Dill, Frances Jetter, Shelagh Keeley, Mikhail Magaril, Tom Levine and others. He studied letterpress printing at the University of Alabama under Richard Gabriel Rummonds, the legendary proprietor of The Plain Wrapper Press in Verona, Italy. Upon graduation he moved to New York to work with Judith Solodkin at Solo Press, a fine art lithography studio that also specialized in artist’s prints and books. In 1991 he established Peter Kruty Editions in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Eleven years later Peter and his partner Sayre Gaydos moved the studio to their two-story commercial brownstone in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, where they raise their two children. The studio recently had the honor of printing an artist book for presentation to His Holiness Pope Frances. Peter has taught letterpress printing workshops throughout the United States, including at Columbia College in Chicago, Maryland Institute College of Art, the Minnesota Center for Book Arts, The University of Arkansas, The Center for Book Arts in New York, Pyramid Atlantic in Washington, DC and the Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina. This summer Peter and Sayre have been invited to teach a letterpress workshop at Tipoteca Italiana Fondazione in Cornuda, Italy.
Dorothy Kuehn began photographic studies in New York City, at The School of Visual Arts and continued studies at New School University. Starting her own business she specialized in architectural and corporate images. Later a deeper interest in portraiture led to the opening of Cameron Studio Photography, in Chatham, New Jersey, in 1991. As former science teacher, she combines her love of teaching and photography by leading classes in basic digital photography and printing through private tutoring and associations with the NJ Center for the Visual Arts, NJ Photography Forum and the NJ Digital Arts Group. Today Kuehn’s signature is the marriage of digital technique to the use of traditional artist’s materials.
Liz Mitchell is a multi-media artist who experiments with a broad range of materials and processes. She is an innovative collage and book artist, educator, and curator. She has exhibited her work throughout the United States and has lectured and provided workshops to major craft, art and educational institutions nationally. Her work is included in collections both in the United States and abroad.
Nancy Ori has been respected for over four decades as a corporate photographer and video producer for Ciba-Geigy Pharmaceuticals, Novartis Pharmaceuticals and New Jersey Media Center LLC in Berkeley Heights, NJ. A 30-year veteran of teaching, she conducts classes and workshops in the US, Europe, New Zealand, and Cuba, as well as tutoring privately. She was taught by Ansel Adams and them remained on the teaching staff for eight seasons at the Ansel Communications from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY.
She is currently teaching at the Montclair Museum, the Hunterdon Museum of Art, and Grounds for Sculpture, as well as teaches for an international photography tour company.
Ori’s work has been widely published and exhibited in museums and galleries throughout the United States and Europe since 1995. She has also been chosen to participate in many of New Jersey’s most celebrated exhibits including the Arts Annual, and received numerous grants and awards including the 2004 Woman of Excellence Award in Arts and Humanities from the Union County Freeholders.
In permanent art collections at: Novartis Corporation, East Hanover; Ilford Photo Corp., England,; Bergen Museum of Art and Science, Paramus; Noyes Museum, Oceanville; Newark Museum, Newark; Merrill Lynch, Princeton, NJ; Armand Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA; American Cyanamid Company, Princeton, NJ; and the Museum of Modern Art, NYC. Numerous International Private Collections.
Sara Parkel is a printmaker and book artist. Her work is included in several public and private collections from the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis to the National Art Library at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, among others. She has worked professionally as a letterpress printer and bookbinder, and has taught classes in bookbinding, book arts and letterpress printing. She is the proprietor of Filter Press and is one of the founding members of Booklyn Artists’ Alliance.
Ron Pokrasso has been an exhibiting artist and printmaker for more than 25 years. He received his MFA degree from Pratt Institute in 1975 and has had over 40 solo exhibitions and more than 150 group shows. His work is in public, private, and corporate collections throughout the U.S. and abroad and is represented by numerous galleries nationwide as well as being featured in several books. For 11 years Pokrasso owned and directed Graphics Workshop (gifted to The College of Santa Fe in 1993). He is an originator of the printmaking event “Monothon” and has been an ardent supporter of arts programs for youth. His teaching experience includes universities, museums, public schools and private workshops, as well as Artist Residencies in the U.S., Scotland, Ireland and Italy. In 2000 Ron Pokrasso received the Mayor’s Recognition Award For Visual Arts citing his artistic and educational contribution to the city of Santa Fe. Ron Pokrasso is married to MaryAnn Shaening. They have two children, Adam 30 and Ryan 28.
Christina Pumo is a New York City based artist working in photography, printmaking and sculpture. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, including IPCNY, NY, the Guild Hall Museum, NY and the Seoul Museum of Contemporary Art in Seoul, Korea. Additionally, Christina is the studio manager and head tech for artist Nicola López as well as the media manager and product development assistant for Akua Inks. She is also a partner at Paper Crown Press, an artist run publishing house which produces artist books and a limited edition quarterly publication, Carrier Pigeon Illustrated Fiction and Fine Art Magazine.
Rosalyn Richards received her BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and MFA from Yale University School of Art. Her work is represented in many museum and university gallery collections including the Art Institute of Chicago, the Hood Museum of Dartmouth College, Yale University Art Gallery, Minneapolis Institute of Art, the Ackland Art Museum of the University of North Carolina, Guangdong Museum of Contemporary Art in China, and Purdue University Galleries. She has held artist residencies in the United States including Virginia Center for Creative Arts and Ragdale in Illinois. She was a visiting artist and critic at Colby College, Cornell University, the University of Dallas, Tianjin Academy of Fine Arts in China, and the University of Nebraska in Lincoln. She taught printmaking at Dartmouth College and at Bucknell University from 1982-2014.
Leokadia Stanik is a New Jersey artist who considers herself a printmaker but continues to explore other media. She is an artist and educator who has taught more than 28 years and has created art her entire life. She received a MA in Art Education. She has had solo shows and has exhibited in state and local shows, winning awards for her art and her teaching. Leokadia has also had work exhibited in the Ceres Gallery in Soho, NYC and participated in the PCNJ international print exchange and the “Fish Tales” a PCNJ book arts project. The artist book is in the permanent collection of the Montclair Art Museum and the Newark Public Library. Leokadia also participated in the “World’s Largest Print”, helping PCNJ win a place in the Guinness Book Of World Records. She created a relief printed and trapunto quilted square as part of collaborative quilt that is in the collection of Miami University of Ohio. She also designed, and directed the painting of scenery for 14 musicals and plays. Her pen and ink drawing was selected by the Branchburg Women’s Club for use on a limited edition pewter ornament, and for use on fundraising note cards. Leokadia’s eleven pen and ink drawings were recently published to illustrate a children’s book, “A Children’s History of Our Lady of Lourdes Parish” written by Stephanie Stevens. She is an active member of the Printmaking Center of New Jersey and continues to coordinate the PCNJ Artist To Artist Network, called A2A. Leokadia Stanik’s work can be found in corporate and private collections across the country.
Evan Summer received a BS in Chemistry, then a BFA from the State University of New York at Buffalo in Printmaking and Painting, and went on to earn an MFA in Printmaking at Yale University. His artwork has been influenced by his background in science — from the use of uncommon materials in printmaking to mathematical perspective to depicting scientific specimens. He is a specialist in etching and collagraph, a form of printmaking that uses a collaged printing plate.
For many years he has exhibited his work in major competitions around the world, including competitive exhibitions in Krakow, Taipei, Beijing, Tokyo, Guanlan, China, Fredrikstad, Norway and numerous locations in the United States, Russia, Italy and Bulgaria. Evan Summer has had many solo exhibitions including the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, DC (1999-2000), the Reading Public Museum (Reading, PA in 2001 and 2005-06), the Scuola Internazionale di Grafica in Venice (2007) and the Guanlan International Print Workshop in Guanlan, China in 2010. His work is in numerous public collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, National Gallery of Art, Brooklyn Museum and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Evan Summer is currently Professor of Art at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania where he has taught printmaking since 1984. He received Kutztown University’s three most prestigious awards, the Chambliss Award for scholarship in 2008, the Wiesenberger Award for teaching in 2011 and the Sharadin Medal in 2012.
Madeline Tolins-Schlitt has been fascinated with the properties of abstract form and color to the exclusion of any other subject matter since 1977. She has worked on paper, exhibiting work consistently since then. As an ambitious art student Madeline attended a summer program for high school students at Cornell University. In that program she learned a variety of printmaking techniques. The work produced in that program provided her portfolio for college applications. Without that program and the range of media it provided, she would not have been admitted to the BFA program later completed at Cornell University. She would like to provide that opportunity to other college bound art students at the Printmaking Center of New Jersey.
Carol Wax’s paintings and works on paper are exhibited internationally, but she is best known for her mezzotint engravings and the book she authored, The Mezzotint: History and Technique (Abrams, 1990, 1996). Collections her prints are in include The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The National Museum of American Art, The Philadelphia Museum of Art, and The Brooklyn Museum of Art. Recognition for her mezzotints include two New York Foundation for the Arts Artist’s Fellowships, The American Academy of Arts and Letters Louise Nevelson Award for Printmaking, an Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation Individual Support Grant; and residencies at The MacDowell Colony and Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Foundation’s Space Program.