Citation of Excellence
New Jersey State Council on the Arts


Francine Affourtit
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 Venice Printmaking Studio in Italy, The Experiemental Printmaking Institute in Lafayette College, 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, and Temple Gallery in Rome, Italy.

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.

Eric Avery
Eric Avery
 earned his B.A. from the University of Arizona in 1970, and his M.D. from the University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, in 1974. Following the completion of medical school, Avery began his psychiatric residency at the New York State Psychiatric Institute in New York City which he completed in 1979.  Avery has held numerous solo exhibitions in the United States and his prints are housed in collections including those of the Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA; The Library of Congress, Washington, DC; ARS Medical Collection, The Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA; The Boston Museum of Art, Boston, MA; the National Library of Medicine, Bethesda, MD; and The Cushing/Whitney Medical Library, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT. In England, his work is included in The Welcome Trust Library for the History and Understanding of Medicine.

Kathy Caraccio
Kathy Caraccio is a collage artist and master printer. In her Printing Studio in NYC she has collaborated with and editioned for over two hundred artists, such as Louise Nevelson, Robert Kipniss, Emma Amos, Sol LeWitt, and Jackie Battenfield. She has taught printmaking at Columbia University, the National Academy of Fine Art, NYU, Pratt Institute, FIT, the Lower East Side Printshop, Parsons and Women’s Studio Workshop.

Liz Chalfin
Liz Chalfin is founder and director of Zea Mays Printmaking and a practicing printmaker.  Zea Mays Printmaking is one of the country’s premier green studios and educational resources.  Chalfin oversees the studio’s research program and conducts workshop on safer etching at studios around the world.  Her own prints, drawings and artists’ books are exhibited in the U.S. and internationally (Ireland, England, India, Cuba).   Her work is in numerous permanent collections including the Art Museum at Bowdoin College, Smith College Museum of Art, the Portland Museum of Art, the De Cordova Museum and Sculpture Park, The Hood Museum, The University of the Arts (Philadelphia), Yale University, Museo Internacional de Gravura (Portugal),  San Alejandro Academy of Fine Arts (Havana) and the Boston Public Library.

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.

Elke Claus
Elke Claus holds a BFA from Rutgers University and an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Both degrees have a concentration in printmaking. Elke has extended her research abroad in Germany at printshops in Berlin (Kunstlerhaus Bethanien) and Trier (Academie der Bildene Kunst). Her artwork has been shown in eight solo shows in the Chicago area. Her experience includes teaching college/adult courses at Columbia College, The School of the Art Institute, Lill Street Art Center, and The Hyde Park Art Center. Elke’s artwork can be seen at Morpho Gallery in Chicago or online at

Jenn Consoli
 is a multidisciplinary artist and printmaker working in silkscreen, photo, video, and performance. She received a BFA from Rowan University and has studied at Dieu Donne Papermill and Penland School of Crafts.  She previously served as Studio Manager at The Printmaking Center of New Jersey.  Currently she serves as printmaking technician at Parsons the New School for Design.

Bob Craig
is am artist and printmaker living in Easton, PA. He has shown extensively through out the U.S. and has taught printmaking privately and previously at the Printmaking Center of NJ. Bob’s work is in the permanent collections of The Anne Steel Marsh Print Collection, Hunterdon Museum, and The Alexander Johnson Library at Rutgers University. His book, “Block Printing Techniques for Wood and Linoleum,” published in 2011, by Stackpole Books, has garnered positive feedback.

Nancy Diessner
‘s artwork emerges from her background in painting, printmaking, drawing, photography, and digital image manipulation. Incorporating all these media, her photopolymer intaglio prints explore the mysterious and complex connection between humans and animals, at the same time expressing our human longing for and isolation from the “other.” After 17 years as a college professor, she left full-time teaching to gain a better balance between teaching and studio time, and to open Dog’s Eye Print Studio, where she makes photopolymer plates for artists and editions prints. She is also a member and studio monitor at Zea Mays Printmaking. She shows bi-annually at Bromfield Gallery in Boston, where she is an artist member, and has served on the Executive Board Member of Boston Printmakers. She received her BA in painting, printmaking, and drawing from Bennington College and her MFA in painting and sculpture from Hunter College in New York City.

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 New Jersey 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.

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Sandra C. Fernández is an Ecuadorean-American artist. After earning a Master of Art in Photography and Printmaking at University of Wisconsin in Madison, she studied Intaglio at the “Taller Tres en Raya” in Madrid, Spain. Upon her return to the US she earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in Printmaking and Artist’s Books, at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has taught courses in Photography, Non-Silver Processes, Artist’s Books and Book Design at Illinois State University, Illinois Wesleyan University and the State University of New York at Buffalo. She is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of Texas at Austin, teaching courses including Intaglio, Relief Printmaking and Artist’s Books. She is also the Director of the Guest Artists in Printmaking Program (GAPP) at the University of Texas at Austin.

Eileen Foti
Eileen M. Foti is an Assistant Professor at Montclair State University. She was the Master Printer and Print Studio Manager of the Brodsky Center For Innovative Editions at Rutgers University from 1989 to 2004, and the Interim Education Director at Tamarind Institute from 1998-99. Her work is included in the collections of the Universiti Sains Malaysia; Museum of Fine Art, Croatia: Moussem Assilah, Morocco; the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; the Huntington Museum, West Virginia; and the Jersey City and Hunterdon Museums in New Jersey. She has received fellowships from the NJ State Council on the Arts and the MidAtlantic Arts Foundation, She has had artist residencies in Morocco, South Africa, Botswana, Thailand, Croatia, Russia, and throughout the Caribbean. She is on the Board of Advisors for the Artist Proof Studio in Johannesburg, and was an advisor to Crow’s Shadow Institute on the Umatilla Reservation in Oregon. She has served on the Board of Directors at the Printmaking Center of NJ.

Sheila Goloborotko engages in a restless, relentless material practice that allows singular ideas to emerge in the guise of numerous artistic actions like characters that reappear in novellas over time, or seeds that are blown ashore and thrive in diverse climates. Artist and master printmaker, Goloborotko has exhibited installations, works on paper, sculpture, videos, and interactive projects in more than 140 exhibitions in museums and galleries on three continents, and yet has remained firmly committed to community. Her printshops in Red Hook Brooklyn and in rural Pennsylvania are sites of print activism, empowering first-time printmakers with hands-on workshops and developing the visions of mid-career artists with portfolio production and instruction.
An experienced academic who thinks outside the box, Goloborotko is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor of Printmaking at SUNY New Paltz. She is also the founder and director of Goloborotko’s Studio’s since 1989, a center for production and diffusion of printmaking whose principal goal is to encourage the voice and vision of individual artists in a nurturing environment that supports the creation of works that push the boundaries of printmaking.

Talleen Hacikyan received her BA in Fine Arts and Fine Arts Education from Université du Québec à Montréal. Awards include First prize at the Loto-Québec printmaking Competition and Prix Pierre Henry, awarded by Pratt & Whitney Canada. She has exhibited in numerous solo and group exhibitions in Canada and internationally. Her works are included in major private and public collections. She has been a member of Atelier Circulaire printmaking studio, in Montreal, since 1985.

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; 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.


Devin Kovach installation
Devin Kovach is an artist and printmaker currently living in Philadelphia, PA. He holds an MFA from the Tyler School of Art and a BFA from the University of New Mexico. His artwork involves print media, photography, and installation, and explores the ways we experience and understand architectural space. The hand-drawn combines with the mechanical, reality mixes with invention, while light animates, describes, and confuses space. Is seeing believing? How does one encounter and understand a place? These topics commingle as he approaches his work using gentle dislocations to provoke noticing.
His work has been exhibited in the US and Italy, and he has participated in residency programs at Anderson Ranch in Colorado, the KALA Art Institute in California, and most recently, the Printmaking Center of New Jersey. Alongside his artistic practice, Kovach is an arts educator, and currently teaches at The College of New Jersey.


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.

Catherine LeCleire currently teaches Silkscreen and Painting Processes at Pratt Institute and Book Arts at Montclair State University, Montclair, New Jersey. She has shown nationally and internationally and her work is in several major collections; such as the Baku Museum of Art, Azerbaijan; Hunterdon Museum of Art, New Jersey; Lafayette College, Pennsylvania; and William Paterson University, New Jersey and the Huntington Museum of Art in Huntington, West Virginia.

Mark Ludak teaches photography at Monmouth University in West Long Branch, New Jersey. He has taught previously at Hunter College and San Francisco State University. Mark specializes in wide-format photographic printmaking, digital photography and color management. In addition to working as an educator Mark maintains a studio practice and has received commissions from Apple, Amnesty International, Environmental Defense Fund, Ford Foundation and the Solebury Land Conservancy among others. He is currently working on a project regarding Environmental Justice. Mark holds an MFA in Photography from Hunter College.


Kathleen Lang Metaxas initiated her formal training as an artist after raising a family and a long career in real estate and mortgage financing. Her formal art training drew her to printmaking, papermaking and book arts – all hand-on processes that produce results not possible through other media. She has received awards at juried exhibitions. Kathy recently taught book arts at Grounds for Sculpture in Hamilton, NJ.

MaryAnn L. Miller, M.Ed. MFA is the Resident Book Artist at the Experimental Printmaking Institute, Lafayette College. Her work is in the National Museum of Women in the Arts and other special collections. She is a poet and writer on the arts. Miller’s debut book of poems, Locus Mentis, has been published by PS Books. She is the founder of Lucia Press publishing artist’s books pairing poets and artists in hand-bound editions.

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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.


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.

rosalyn richards

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.

Justin Sanz, is an artist and arts educator currently living and working in New York City. He has conducted printmaking workshops through out New York and even as far as the P.A.P. in the Philippines, Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina, and The Truro Center for the Arts in Cape Cod. Sanz has also exstensively exhibited his work nationally as well as internationally and has work in many private and public collections including the Spencer Museum of Art, The New York Public Library, and the Library of Congress. He currently works as the Workshop Manager of the Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop.


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.

Sarah Schmerler has worked as an art critic and journalist in New York City for 14 years. Her writing has appeared in newspapers like The New York Post and The New York Times, weekly publications including TimeOut New York and The Village Voice, and monthly and bi-monthly publications such as Art in America, ArtNews, Photograph, and Art & Auction. Sarah has taught Writing for Artists at The New School, and art history at Pratt Institute’s School of Professional Studies and Medgar Evers College, CUNY, Brooklyn. Sarah is the Curator of a virtual exhibition space called 45Projects, and has curated for a number of non-profit art sites around the City.

Annelies van Dommelen is a Lambertville-based artist, and recipient of multiple fellowships from the NJ Council on the Arts and a grant from Adolph & Ester Gottlieb. She has studied at Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and Hussian School of Art in Philadelphia, and at Montclair State University, as well as numerous private institutions. Annelies’ oil paintings and artist books have been exhibited at the Hunterdon Museum of Art, and numerous other galleries and museums. She is a member of the
Philadelphia Print Club, Drawing Center in NYC, and Philadelphia Watercolor Club.

April Vollmer
April Vollmer is an artist who specializes in Japanese woodblock printmaking. She has had solo shows at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden Steinhardt Gallery, AIR Gallery, The Phillips Museum of Art, Silicon Gallery, and at the Faculty of Fine Arts in Belgrade, Serbia. Residency awards include the MacDowell Colony, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and the Anderson Ranch Arts Center. She has taught workshops at the Lower East Side Printshop since 1998, and at many printshops across the U.S. April has traveled to Japan twice, first in 2004 to work with the Nagasawa Art Park Program, and again in 2011 as a Board Member of the First International Mokuhanga Conference. She received an MFA from Hunter College.

Bruce Waldman
Bruce Waldman exhibits extensively in New York City and beyond. He has been teaching at the School of Visual Arts since 1978, is a member of Board of Governors for the Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop, and a Director of The New York Society of Etchers. His prints are in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, The Library of Congress, Washington DC, The Royal Collection, London, The Hackley Museum of Art in Michigan, The Housatonic Museum of Art in Connecticut, The Franklin Mint Collection in Pennsylvania, The Museum of American Illustration in New York City, and The New York Transit Museum. He is represented by The Old Printshop gallery, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art Mezzanine Gallery in New York City.

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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.

Dan Welden in studio
Dan Welden, teacher, painter, author and master printmaker, is the originator of Solarplate printmaking. He is the Co-Author with Pauline Muir of “Printmaking in the Sun” published by Watson Guptill in 2001, the comprehensive manual of Solarplate art and technology. As a teacher, Dan continues to inspire students around the world in workshops where he demonstrates how to create with Solarplates and print in both intaglio and relief. His 10 year, month-long summer workshops in Florence, Italy, were attended by students and professionals from around the world. As a university professor, he has taught drawing, painting and printmaking courses at SUNY Stony Brook, Suffolk Community College, Long Island University Southampton, and Central Connecticut State University. His demonstrations and keynote addresses to the New York State, Pennsylvania, and National Art Teachers Associations Conferences, Southern Graphics Council and Mid America Print Council Conferences inspire teachers, students and artists. Making prints using the safer and greener methods of Solarplate etching without the use of acids or other dangerous chemicals has placed Dan Welden in the forefront of pioneering alternative techniques. Dan is past president of the Society of American Graphic Artists, and has shown his work in more than 75 one-person exhibits in the U.S., Europe, China, Australia, New Zealand and Peru and over 500 Group exhibitions worldwide. As master printmaker/ owner at Hampton Editions, Ltd. in Sag Harbor, Long Island, he has collaborated with artists Robert Dash, Willem and Elaine de Kooning, Jimmy Ernst, James Brooks, Dan Flavin, Esteban Vicente, William King, Ibram Lassaw, Kurt Vonnegut, Alfonso Ossorio, Jane Freilicher, David Salle, Eric Fischl, Lynda Benglis and many others. His grants and awards include a Vogelstein Grant for the film “Printmaking in the Sun”; a QE II Arts Council Grant for residency in New Zealand; two time residency at the Guanlan International Printmaking Base, China; Frans Masereel Rijkscentrum residency in Kasterlee, Belgium among others.