Bea Kreloff (1925-2016) Art Workshop International founder was a painter, teacher, and former head of the art department, Ethical Culture Fieldston School, Bronx, New York. She taught painting workshops, seminars, and lectured on art at Cooper Union, Marymount Manhattan College, Women's Caucus for Art, The New School University, The College Art Association, and numerous art groups. Her work is exhibited nationally and internationally and is in a number of private collections. She had been a director of Art Workshop International for 31 years.
Edith Isaac-Rose (1929-2018) co-founder of Art Workshop International; painter, teacher, and graduate of the Chicago Art Institute, B.A.E. She’s represented by Phyllis Kind Gallery in New York. Isaac-Rose has been a Visiting Artist, American Academy in Rome, 2003; and Vermont Studio Center Fellow, 2005. She’s exhibited in the U.S. at the Phyllis Kind Gallery and abroad, recently in China; taught at Ohio State, Columbia, Princeton Art Association, and in her studio. In addition, she has lectured and critiqued in various schools in the Northeast and conducted art workshops in the U.S. and abroad. Her work is in the Hirshhorn Museum and other important collections.
Charies Kreloff Art Workshop International director, has run his own design studio for over 20 years. A publications and book art director, his clients include Simon and Schuster, HarperCollins, Random House, Viking Penguin, Scholastic, and Conde Nast. Kreloff has taught graphic design and typography at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. He is also the co-author of the books Is Your Dog Gay?, Is Your Cat Gay?, and Pills for Cats. He is currently working on a screenplay. firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
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.
Ellen Eagle's portraits and figures are cited for their uncommon sensitivity and depth, both in physical texture and emotional insight. She joined Forum Gallery, NY, by invitation in 2002. She has had four solo exhibits and has shown in such venues as The National Academy Museum, The Butler Institute of American Art, Frye Art Museum, Arkansas Art Center, Albright Knox Gallery, New Jersey State Museum. In 2011-12, Ellen was invited to exhibit twenty pastel paintings in a two-person exhibit in China. The curator’s intent was to introduce pastel to the Chinese arts community. Ellen’s paintings and writings have been published widely, and she is the recipient of many awards and grants. Her book Pastel Painting Atelier is being carried by The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, and the National Gallery of Art. Ellen teaches the only class devoted exclusively to pastel at the Art Students League of New York, and gives workshops throughout the United States and abroad. She was recently named a Master Pastelist by the Pastel Society of America and awarded the Gold Medal in the 2019 Pastel Society of America’s Annual Enduring Brilliance! Exhibition.
Founder and Curator of the Every Woman Biennial, C. Finley is known for her elaborate paintings and intense use of color, monumental murals, multi-disciplinary collaborations, and her activism through urban art interventions, including her acclaimed Wallpapered Dumpsters. Initiating the Whitney Houston Biennial 2014, followed by the 2017 Whitney Houston Biennial: I’m Every Woman, Finley’s goal with the 2019 iteration is to expand the Biennial, starting with LA this year, and creating a model to be replicated worldwide in 2021. Finley has shown internationally with exhibitions at Galerie Ernst Hilger, Vienna; Superchief Gallery Los Angeles; Jenn Singer Gallery New York; Context/Art Miami; Scope Miami and New York; FDA Projects, Rome; High Energy Constructs and Salon Oblique, Los Angeles; and the Dumba Collective, New York. Finley received her BFA from the Pratt Institute, New York and her MFA from California State University, Long Beach. Her work has been featured in the The New York Times, La Repubblica, Dazed, Fast Company, Women’s Wear Daily, LALA, and more. She is based in New York City and Rome.
Sam Gruber (B.A. Medieval Studies from Princeton University, Ph.D. in art and archaeology from Columbia University) is an internationally recognized art and architectural historian, and historic preservationist. His specialties are medieval Italian art and architecture and the art and architecture of Judaism. Sam is a Fellow of the American Academy in Rome (Rome Prize in Art History), and has been a recipient of an NEH fellowship, and research grants from many foundations and institutions. He presently teaches Jewish Studies and Art History at Syracuse University (since 1994) and Cornell University (since 2017) and he has taught at Temple University (Rome); Columbia University; Colgate University, Binghamton University; and LeMoyne College. Sam is an expert on Medieval and Renaissance Italian architecture and cities. His doctoral dissertation is “Medieval Todi: Studies in Architecture and Urbanism,” and he has published many articles on medieval Italian cities.
For 30 years Sam has also been a leader in the documentation and presentation of Jewish heritage worldwide. He was founding director of the Jewish Heritage Program of the World Monuments Fund and Research Director of the U.S. Commission for the Preservation of America’s Heritage Abroad, with projects in Italy and many countries in Central and Eastern Europe. He is presently working on a research project to document the roles and spaces of women in Italian Synagogues from the Middle Ages to today.
John R. Gordon is the winner of the Publishing Triangle’s 2019 Ferro-Grumley Award for LGBTQ Fiction for Drapetomania, a 500-page novel set in the American antebellum South. Ten years in the writing, it is an epic tale of black freedom, uprising, and a radical representation of romantic love between black men in slavery times. Patrik-Ian Polk has called it “an all-out masterpiece”; Michael Eric Dyson has hailed it as “a dazzling work of imagination”; and Audre Lorde biographer Alexis De Veaux described it as “a riveting, masterful work”. It was favourably reviewed in the London Financial Times, which said it was “a damning indictment of America’s racist history...often deeply moving and gripping”.
Since 1993 Gordon has written and published seven novels exploring black gay lives, and the complex, subtle and troubling intersections of race, sexuality and class affecting them, beginning with the New London Writers award-winning Black Butterflies, which attracted praise from Alan Hollinghurst, and including Faggamuffin (2012, about the trials and tribulations of a gay yardie who flees to London from Jamaica) and the Lambda-nominated Souljah, (2015), centering on the experiences of a gay, androgynous African former child soldier refugee and his mother, (also a multi-award-winning short film (dir. Rikki Beadle-Blair, B3, 2009).)
Gordon script-edited and wrote episodes for the groundbreaking black gay American TV series, Patrik-Ian Polk’s Noah’s Arc (2005-6); and his co-written script for the spin-off feature film, Jumping the Broom, 2009, won a GLAAD award, among others. Through Patrik he met Bobby Blake, a former preacher and probably the most famous gay African-American pornstar of the 1990s, and went on to write Blake’s autobiography (My Life in Porn, 2008), an experiment in voice that in some ways went on to inform Drapetomania.
Gordon also created the HIV-themed graphic novella Yemi & Femi’s Fun Night Out (2015), about two gay British Nigerian youths searching for anti-HIV medication, and has written various short stories and several plays. With Rikki Beadle-Blair, in 2008 he founded, and is lead editor at, Team Angelica, an independent film and theatre production company and literary imprint based in London with a queer-of-colour focus, which has published award-winning writers such as Diriye Osman, Roz Kaveney and Chike Edozien. A long-time resident of Shepherds Bush, London, England, he dramaturges, mentors and otherwise does his best to inspire and encourage outsider writers and artists.
James Hindman is an award-winning playwright and actor. His plays have been produced in London, New York, Los Angeles and across the U.S. He’s performed on Broadway, appeared in several television shows and films, and is also co-owner of the theatrical licensing and producing company, Miracle or 2 Productions.
As a writer, his Off Broadway credits include: Popcorn Falls directed by two-time Tony Award Winner Christian Borle (Chosen ‘Top Twenty Theatrical Moments of 2018’), Pete 'N' Keely (Outer Critics Award nomination, two Drama Desk nominations), The Audience (Drama Desk nomination), A Christmas Survival Guide, Being Audrey (Transport Group, NEA Grant recipient), The Gorges Motel, One Christmas Eve At Evergreen Mall (NYFringe Festival) and his one man show, What Doesn’t Kill You.
His other works include Multiple Family Dwelling (New Jersey Rep.), The Bikinis (Long Wharf, Goodspeed Musicals), The Drama Department (Terrence McNally Award finalist), Heaven Help Us (Denver Center, Carbonell Award nom.) The Pin-Up Girls (Casa Manana Theatre). His plays are published by Dramatist Play Service, Samuel French, Stage Rights and Dramatic Publishing. Many of his short plays and monologues are published by Smith & Kraus and Applause Books. He has been a featured artist at the Last Frontier Theatre Conference, is a member of The Dramatist Guild of America and a substitute teacher for Playwriting at The Barrow Group.
As a performer: Film and Television: “The Report”, “Oceans 8”, Marvel’s “Iron Fist”, “The Americans”, recurring role on Steven Spielberg’s “Public Morals”, “Madam Secretary”, “Forever”, “Believe”, “Person of Interest”, “Hostages”, “House Of Cards”, “Henry’s Crime”, “The Sopranos”, "Law and Order, SVU, CI”, “Rescue Me” and “The Blacklist”. Broadway and tours: Mary Poppins, The Scarlet Pimpernel, 1776, City of Angels, A Grand Night for Singing, Once Upon a Mattress, Falsettos, Dancing at Lughnasa.
Robert J. Hughes is a former Wall Street Journal reporter, who specialized in cultural coverage, and is a novelist whose Late and Soon (Carroll & Graf) was praised by writers such as Adriana Trigiani and Edmund White for its beautiful prose and depth of characterization. He works as a writer on a variety of projects, from ghostwriting to playwriting, and lives between New York and Paris.
Arlene Hutton is best known for Letters to Sala, I Dream Before I Take the Stand and The Nibroc Trilogy, which includes Last Train to Nibroc (Drama League nomination for Best Play), See Rock City (Spirit of America Award), and Gulf View Drive (LA Weekly Theatre Award nomination and 2018 Ovation Award for Best Production). Translated into seven languages, her plays have been produced around the world, including Off- and Off-Off Broadway, in London and for the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, and are published by Dramatists Play Service, Samuel French and Playscripts. Recipient of a 2016 NYFA Fellowship and a Sloan Commission, Hutton is a three-time winner of the Samuel French Short Play Festival and an eight-time finalist for the Heideman Ten-Minute Play award. A member of the Dramatists Guild and Ensemble Studio Theatre and an alumna of New Dramatists, Hutton has held residencies at the Australian National Playwrights’ Conference, MacDowell Colony, New Harmony Project, VCCA, and Yaddo, and has taught playwriting at schools and conferences around the country. She has been a featured artist at the Last Frontier Theatre Conference in Valdez, Alaska and served on the faculties of the Sewanee Writers’ Conference and the Glen Workshop. Hutton taught at the College of Charleston from 2010-1014, where her students won regional and national awards at the Kennedy Center/ American College Theatre Festival. Based in New York City, she is working on The Three Sisters Brontë and The Shakers of Mount Lebanon Will Hold a Peace Conference This Month, commissioned by the Big Bridge Theatre Consortium. Hutton teaches all levels of playwriting at The Barrow Group.
Marijka Kostiw is Art Director and Associate to the Creative Director in the Scholastic Trade Book Division, working across several imprints. Since 1991, she has art directed and designed more than 500 books, which include picture books, chapter books, board books, beginning readers, and middle grade novels, both fiction and nonfiction. Books she designed have been awarded Caldecott Honors, Newbery Honors, Pura Belpre Medals and Honors, Coretta Scott King Medals and Honors, New York Times Best Illustrated Books, and Society of Illustrators Gold Medals. They have been New York Times bestsellers, and collectively received well over a 100 starred reviews. Picture books she designed have yearly been selected for the Society of Illustrators Original Art Show. Additional honors include the Ezra Jack Keats Award, the New-York Historical Society Award, 50 Books/50 Covers AIGA distinctions, and numerous medals from the New York Book Industry Guild at the Annual New York Book Show. She has spoken and judged for several chapters of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators conferences around the country. She is currently focusing primarily on designing and art directing picture books.
Marijka has worked with many award-winning and emerging artists (and authors) such as Pete Oswald, Brian Floca, Edwin Fotheringham, Pascal Lemaître, Brian Pinkney, Sean Qualls, Dan Santat, Kadir Nelson, Henry Cole, Ana Juan, Selina Alko, Ross Burach, Sonia Sánchez, Ana Ramírez González, Jim LaMarche, Chuck Groenink, Kenard Pak and many more. A lifelong New Yorker, Marijka lives with her partner, the artist Marc Tauss, in Red Hook, Brooklyn.
Elliot Kreloff is an award-winning designer and children’s book illustrator. His career as creative director for Scholastic Books, Disney Publishing Worldwide, MacMillan Publishing and his own studio, Design Five, has spanned over forty years. As an arts educator, he has taught at Parsons School of Design, New York Institute of Technology, Rutgers University and Fordham University. His books have been awarded Best Book of the Year by Child Magazine, and he has received numerous awards from various professional design organizations and publications including the Bookbinders Guild, Art Direction, Communication Arts and the Society of Illustrators. He is a graduate of Cooper Union and holds a master’s degree from Hunter College.
Tracy Mack is Vice President and Publisher at Scholastic Press, where she has worked for the past twenty-eight years. She edits picture books, middle-grade fiction, and narrative nonfiction for young readers, as well as, selectively, board books and beginning readers. Some of the most notable titles she has edited include Brian’s Selznick’s #1 New York Times bestsellers Wonderstruck and The Invention of Hugo Cabret, which won the 2008 Caldecott Medal and was adapted into Martin Scorsese’s Oscar-winning movie Hugo; Pam Muñoz Ryan’s Newbery Honor Book, Echo, and her Pura Belpre Award winners Esperanza Rising and The Dreamer, illustrated by Peter Sís; What To Do About Alice? by Barbara Kerley, illustrated by Edwin Fotheringham, a Sibert Honor Book and a Boston-Globe Horn Book Honor Book; and Black Cat by Christopher Myers, a Coretta Scott King Honor Book. Recent acclaimed picture books she has edited include Why Am I Me? by Paige Britt, illustrated by Sean Qualls and Selina Alko; Robinson by Peter Sís; The Little Red Fort by Brenda Maier, illustrated by Sonia Sánchez; The Very Impatient Caterpillar by Ross Burach; and Maybe Tomorrow? by Charlotte Agell, illustrated by Ana Ramírez González.
Tracy has also written two novels, Drawing Lessons and Birdland; as well as a middle-grade mystery series, Sherlock Holmes and the Baker Street Irregulars, co-authored with her husband, Michael Citrin; and a board book series, Les Petits Fairytales, under the pen name Trixie Belle. Tracy lives with her husband and their three children in western Massachusetts.
Alistair McCartney is the author of two experimental novels, The End of the World Book (2008) which was a finalist for the PEN USA Fiction Award 2009 and the Publishing Triangle's Edmund White Debut Fiction Award 2009, and The Disintegrations (2017), which won The Publishing Triangle’s Ferro-Grumley Award for LGBTQ Fiction. He is currently working on 2 new books of poetry and hybrid texts. In 2019 he was Art Workshop International's Artist in Residence. Originally from Australia, he lives in Los Angeles where he directs Antioch University LA's undergraduate creative writing concentration and teaches fiction in their MFA Program.
S.J. Rozan is the author of sixteen novels and more than 75 short stories, and the editor of two anthologies. She has won multiple awards for both novel and short story, including the Edgar, Shamus, Anthony, Nero, Macavity; Japanese Maltese Falcon; and the Private Eye Writers of America Life Achievement Award. She teaches and lectures widely, at such venues as NY's 92nd Street Y and Center for Fiction, and has been a Master Artist at The Atlantic Center for the Arts and Writer-in-Residence at Singapore Management University. Her most recent novel is Paper Son.
Jonathan Santlofer is an artist with more than 200 exhibitions worldwide. He has taught Drawing and Painting at Columbia University and the New School and has been a Visiting Artist at the Vermont Studio Center and the American Academy In Rome. He was a recipient of the Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture scholarship and has been awarded 2 National Endowment for the Arts Painting grants. He serves on the Board of Yaddo, the most prestigious art community in the US, where he has been a resident many times. His artwork is in such collections as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY, Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, Norton Simon Museum, CA, Newark Museum, NJ, Art Institute of Chicago, IL, as well as many private and corporate collections. Jonathan is also the author of 5 novels, four anthologies and several illustrated books. He teaches “The Illustrated Novel & Story” at Pratt Institute, NY.
Barbara Shoup is the author of eight novels for adults and young adults, most recently An American Tune, and Looking for Jack Kerouac, and the co-author of Novel Ideas: Contemporary Authors Share the Creative Process. Her young adult novels, Wish You Were Here and Stranded in Harmony were selected as American Library Association Best Books for Young Adults. Vermeer’s Daughter was a School Library Journal Best Adult Book for Young Adults. She is the recipient of the PEN Phyllis Reynolds Naylor Working Writer Fellowship and fellowships from the Indiana Arts Commission. Currently the Executive Director of the Indiana Writers Center, she has taught writing for more than forty years.
Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan is the author of the international bestselling novel Sarong Party Girls as well as the food memoir A Tiger in the Kitchen, which has gotten praise from National Public Radio, The Washington Post and The Los Angeles Times among other publications. New York Magazine named it one of the "Top 25 Must-Read Food Memoirs of All Time." Tiger tells the story of a year that she spent traveling from the United States, her adopted country, to her native Singapore, so she could reconnect with her family and learn about her family history and cultural identity by learning how to cook in the kitchens of her grandmother and aunties. In addition to being the editor of Singapore Noir, an anthology of noir fiction set in Singapore, she was a staff writer at The Wall Street Journal, In Style magazine and The Baltimore Sun. Her stories have also appeared in The New York Times, The Paris Review, The Washington Post, Bon Appetit, Food & Wine and National Geographic among other places.