WILDACRES ART WORKSHOPS 2014   
Blue Ridge Mountains, North Carolina

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Week A: July 13-19, Sunday-Saturday
Week B:  July 20-26, Sunday-Saturday
Week C: October 20-26, Monday-Sunday

WILDACRES course listings and program information (pdf to download) 

WILDACRES 2014 ONLINE REGISTRATION 
We will begin processing registrations for all sessions on March 3rd.  
Registration confirmations will be sent by mail and may take several business days to process.

The Wildacres Experience:
Wildacres Art Workshops is an exceptional retreat experience for artistic immersion and creative camaraderie in the beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Open to adult students of all skill levels, these one-week workshops are designed to inspire the experienced artist to explore new methods and ideas, and acquaint the novice with methods and techniques in a selected discipline.  

Small class sizes ensure individual attention to your work and creative goals.  Throughout the week studios remain open to registered students offering extensive time to focus on you work, cultivate new ideas and skills.X

Students may enroll in the consecutive summer sessions A and B to thoroughly investigate one medium or try something new. The splendor of autumn colors and the warmth of crackling fires in the cool October evenings make the Fall session an irresistible artistic getaway.

A family member or friend is welcome to accompany you for the week and simply enjoy the retreat’s mountain setting and environs for the cost of lodging, meals and gratuity.  

Upon completion of a weeklong workshop, participants may be awarded Ringling College CEUs.

Ringling College of Art and Design Wildacres Art Workshops are funded in part through the generosity of the Wildacres Retreat Foundation and the Blumenthal Foundation.

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Your Week at a Glance
Wildacres Faculty Biographies

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SUMMER SESSION A:  JULY 13-19, 2014 (Sunday-Saturday)
ALL Classes meet Monday–Friday, 9:15 am-12:15 pm unless otherwise noted.

CLAY STUDIO
Annette Sidner/Seth Barendse
CE920A, Tuition: $415, plus $25 Studio Fee

In this fast-paced clay studio students learn building, throwing, glazing and firing skills while creatively pushing an idea beyond the expected.  Through the common challenge of creating anthropomorphic vessels, incorporating human-like qualities as subtle as an implied gesture or as direct as the human form, we will explore hand-building construction using coil, pinch, slab and extrusion methods, as well as wheel throwing.  These varied approaches offer many options for creating sculptural, architectural, narrative, nesting and transitional forms.  Students are encouraged to use as many building methods as desired. Using fire, paper, sawdust and even horse hair, the smoke of the raku firing process creates unexpected and unique finishing results that are an exhilarating conclusion to the processes of this workshop. Evening firing schedule will be assigned. 
All skill levels are welcome.  (Certificate Program Code: FR, FE)

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PERSPECTIVE DRAWING MINI-WORKSHOP**  
Tuesday afternoon only, 1:45-4:45 pm
Matteo Caloiaro
                                                               
DRW950A, Tuition: $55
        
Achieve a newfound sense of depth in your drawings and paintings. In this hands-on, step-by-step workshop we will cover basic perspective concepts and practical techniques including vanishing points and horizon lines, to learn how to represent three-dimensional images on a two-dimensional picture plane.  This is an excellent complement for all painters, printmakers, figure artists, mixed media artists, as well as anyone interested in the techniques of perspective drawing.  Beginner and experienced artists are welcome! (Certificate Program Code: FR, FE, GE, IE, PE)  **This workshop does not meet the full enrollment required for at least one person per lodging room.
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BEESWAX COLLAGE W/ MIXED MEDIA
Elena De La Ville
MM910A, Tuition: $395

Through personal experimentation using paint, collage and beeswax, create richly textured expressive images based on the fundamental principals of art combined with the exploration of the elements of chance and order. Beginners are encouraged to let their creativity bloom while finding their personal style; experienced artists are urged to take this opportunity to explore new directions in fresh and unexpected ways. A history of mixed media along with demonstrations and experimental techniques will be presented throughout the workshop. All skill levels are welcome in this fun, adventurous class. (Certificate Program Code: FE)
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PRINTMAKING AS INVENTION
Joseph Loccisano
PR955A, Tuition: $415, plus $15 Studio Fee

This adventurous workshop will present the range of possibilities available using monotype as a highly creative and flexible process.  To transform personal themes and ideas we will focus on exploring a combination of ways to work with materials and concepts that will move us away from conventional image making toward the more stimulating realm of non-conventional image making.  Daily demonstrations will include basic monotype techniques including ink mixing, additive + subtractive methods, stencils, working the “ghost” image, and understanding plate and paper registration. Other materials such as collage and drawing may be used to develop our understanding of space and form.  The workshop will be fast paced, and will equip us with many ways to push our ideas, with or without a printing press, once back in our own studios. Beginner through advanced skill levels welcome. (Certificate Program Code: FR, FE)
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PAINTING EN PLEIN AIR
Brook Olivares-Caloiaro
PT929A, Tuition: $395

Learn to see the landscape as a source for technical daring, and appreciate landscape painting for its exploration of color and form. Exceptional opportunities for atmosphere and narrative in the Blue Ridge landscape await you in this class. Painting will take place outdoors on the grounds of the retreat, with an optional offsite field trip (weather permitting).  Group and individual critiques will be on location and/or in studio if weather demands. Students enrolling in this course will be working outdoors and must be capable of independently traversing the landscape on foot with their supplies. Beginner through advanced skill levels welcome. (Certificate Program Code: FR, FE)
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STUDIO PAINTING & DRAWING
Matteo Caloiaro
PT940A, Tuition: $395
This representational painting and drawing course is designed to enhance the student's skills in observation and execution of convincing, three-dimensional forms on a two-dimensional surface. Emphasis will also be given to composition, color, atmosphere and the play of light on a subject within its environment. Both dry and wet media will be used.  Beginner through advanced skill levels welcome.  (Certificate Program Code: FR, FE)

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LANDSCAPE IN WATERCOLOR
Dwight Rose
WC921A, Tuition: $395

Discover how to harness the energy of pigment traveling on your paper to create colorful emotive paintings inspired by the splendor of the Blue Ridge Mountains vistas and the serenity of the retreat gardens and trails. Inspiring demonstrations and personal instruction on composition, the use of color, values and shadows inform the class.  Students new to watercolor begin a foundation of knowledge about the tools and techniques. Build confidence by learning about values, washes, glazes and brush strokes. Prior drawing experience is desirable. All skill levels are welcome.  Students enrolling in this course will be working outdoors and must be capable of independently traversing the landscape on foot with their supplies. (Certificate Program Code: FE)
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For those enrolling in both Sessions A & B, a $50 overnight lodging fee will be charged for Saturday, July 19, 2014.  Please note that meals are served through breakfast on Saturday, July 19, and do not resume again until dinner on Sunday evening, July 20.  Local restaurants are a 3-10 miles drive, and an on-premise kitchenette offers use of a refrigerator and microwave. 

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SUMMER SESSION B:  JULY 20-26, 2014 (Sunday-Saturday)
ALL Classes meet Monday-Friday, 9:15 am-12:15 pm unless otherwise noted.

CLAY STUDIO
Annette Sidner/Seth Barendse
CE920B, Tuition: $415, plus $25 Studio Fee

In this fast-paced clay studio students learn building, throwing, glazing and firing skills while creatively pushing an idea beyond the expected.  Through the common challenge of creating anthropomorphic vessels, incorporating human-like qualities as subtle as an implied gesture or as direct as the human form, we will explore hand-building construction using coil, pinch, slab and extrusion methods, as well as wheel throwing.  These varied approaches offer many options for creating sculptural, architectural, narrative, nesting and transitional forms.  Students are encouraged to use as many building methods as desired. Using fire, paper, sawdust and even horse hair, the smoke of the raku firing process creates unexpected and unique finishing results that are an exhilarating conclusion to the processes of this workshop. Evening firing schedule will be assigned. 
All skill levels are welcome.  (Certificate Program Code: FR, FE)

Register NOW

PERSPECTIVE DRAWING MINI-WORKSHOP**            
Tuesday afternoon only, 1:45-4:45 pm
Matteo Caloiaro                                                               
DRW950B, Tuition: $55        
Achieve a newfound sense of depth in your drawings and paintings. In this hands-on, step-by-step workshop we will cover basic perspective concepts and practical techniques including vanishing points and horizon lines, to learn how to represent three-dimensional images on a two-dimensional picture plane.  This is an excellent complement for all painters, printmakers, figure artists, mixed media artists, as well as anyone interested in the techniques of perspective drawing.  Beginner and experienced artists are welcome! (Certificate Program Code: FR, FE, GE, IE, PE)  **This workshop does not meet the full enrollment required for at least one person per lodging room.
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FIGURE WORKSHOP: DRAWING, PAINTING, COLLAGE AND RELIEF
Joseph Loccisano
MMF910B, Tuition: $425 (Model Fee included)
In this unique figure workshop we will take a fresh and creative approach by focusing on subjectivity – where the artist is encouraged to explore the subject from his or her own unique perspective. To accomplish this, the focus will be on exploring a combination of ways to work with the model that will steer us away from rendering, toward the more thrilling approach of composing and, closer to the excitement of reality.  We will initiate our investigation through drawing to simplify the form and move to painting with acrylic on paper to compare and relate color. Creating collages with cut color paper will then push color and form to inform further adjustments to our paintings. Relief sculptures will develop our understanding of space and form using corrugated cardboard, masking tape, and acrylic paint to make small-scale tableaus. We will then draw, paint, and collage from these tableaus and, finally, with our expanded sense of space and abstraction, we will go back to working directly from the model.  The workshop will be fast paced, and will outfit us with many ways to push our figurative work, with or without a live model, once back in our own studios. (Certificate Program Code: FR, FE)

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PAINTING WITH COLD WAX AND OILS

Elena De La Ville
MM915B: 
Tuition: $395

In this week long workshop artists explore abstract painting using cold wax medium, tube oils, pigment sticks, and layering with a variety of implements.  We will investigate new ways to create textures, color fields and mark making while focusing on developing a personal vocabulary emphasizing the process and its experimental nature. Participants will use an array of non-traditional tools and techniques to build layers and add depth.  Ample workshop time will be supplemented with periodic critiques, presentations and discussions. This workshop is well suited for those who have had some prior painting experience and beginners wanting to experiment with new techniques.   (Certificate Program Code: FE)
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BOOK ART WITH PRINTMAKING
Bridget Elmer
PR925B, Tuition: $415, plus $15 Studio Fee

Develop visual narrative and explore the book as an art form. Participants in this workshop will create a series of images, combining drawing, collage and relief printmaking processes. Resulting imagery will be bound into the book format, engaging one or more of the multiple book structures demonstrated throughout the workshop. Harmony between image, form and concept will be stressed. Through the course of the week, we will simultaneously strengthen both our craft and our concept as we learn a variety of binding structures and printmaking techniques, considering their potential applications. Each student will also be given the opportunity to work on a personally produced artist’s book with the aid of the instructor.  Beginner through advanced skill levels welcome. (Certificate Program Code: FR, FE)

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PAINTING EN PLEIN AIR
Brook Olivares-Caloiaro
PT929B, Tuition: $395

Learn to see the landscape as a source for technical daring, and appreciate landscape painting for its exploration of color and form. Exceptional opportunities for atmosphere and narrative in the Blue Ridge landscape await you in this class. Painting will take place outdoors on the grounds of the retreat, with an optional offsite field trip (weather permitting).  Group and individual critiques will be on location and/or in studio if weather demands. Students enrolling in this course will be working outdoors and must be capable of independently traversing the landscape on foot with their supplies. Beginner through advanced skill levels welcome. (Certificate Program Code: FR, FE)
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STUDIO PAINTING & DRAWING
Matteo Caloiaro
PT940B, Tuition: $395

Explore form and color in painting as you become familiar with the interrelated elements of value, surface, mark making, drawing and paint application. Risk-taking is encouraged as students work from the still life in this studio workshop.  Basic drawing concepts and thumbnails are essential to the course, which will include individual critiques. Acrylic paints are recommended because of their immediacy and the fact that they are safer than other paints. Beginner through advanced skill levels welcome.  (Certificate Program Code: FR, FE)
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For those enrolling in both Sessions A & B, a $50 overnight fee will be charged for Saturday, July 20,2013.  Please note that meals are served through breakfast on Saturday, July 20, and do not resume again until dinner on Sunday, July 21.  Local restaurants are a 10-30 minute drive, and an on-premises kitchenette offers use of a refrigerator and microwave.  

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FALL SESSION C: OCTOBER 20-26 (Monday-Sunday)
ALL Classes meet Tuesday-Saturday, 9:15 am - 12:15 PM unless otherwise noted.

CLAY STUDIO
Seth Barendse
CE920C, Tuition: $415, plus $25 Studio Fee

In this fast-paced clay studio students learn building, throwing, glazing and firing skills while creatively pushing an idea beyond the expected.  Through the common challenge of creating anthropomorphic vessels, incorporating human-like qualities as subtle as an implied gesture or as direct as the human form, we will explore hand-building construction using coil, pinch, slab and extrusion methods, as well as wheel throwing.  These varied approaches offer many options for creating sculptural, architectural, narrative, nesting and transitional forms.  Students are encouraged to use as many building methods as desired. Using fire, paper, sawdust and even horse hair, the smoke of the raku firing process creates unexpected and unique finishing results that are an exhilarating conclusion to the processes of this workshop. Evening firing schedule will be assigned. 
All skill levels are welcome.  (Certificate Program Code: FR, FE)

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PASSIONATE PASTELS
Michael White
PA910C, Tuition: $395 

Students will learn to draw the magic of light and shadow and move beyond the common stumbling points that subject matter often presents. Learn to use this soft medium clearly and precisely with no mystery about the techniques.  This energetic, friendly class is informed by demonstrations each day.  Methods of Impressionism, creating illusion of depth, and color design will be included.  Beginner through advanced skill levels welcome.  (Certificate Program Code: FE)

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PHOTOGRAPHIC STORYTELLING
Elena De La Ville
PH970C, Tuition: $395

Incorporate word & image, sequential imagery, photographic images and collage elements while producing an electronic book ready for print. Students will experiment in creating a visual story using new photographic images taken while on location and a review of previous photos you will bring with you. In-class discussion and instruction will focus on photocomposition, sequencing of images, and optimum image size. Students will create a unique and artistic visual storybook ready for publishing, using personal narratives, memories, or fiction.  Students use their own camera with batteries and chargers and, must bring a laptop/digital notebook with Photoshop installed (LE or any version) plus required software downloads completed prior to the session.  (Certificate Program Code: FE, PE)
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PRINTMAKING
Zach Fitchner
PR952C, Tuition $415, plus $15 Studio Fee

Explore traditional and non-traditional techniques using nontoxic printer’s ink and embossing, while printing with a press as well as printing by hand. Drawing, over-printing, stenciling and transfer techniques can be used alone or layered together to produce multiple plate limited editions. Students are encouraged to experiment with a range of materials and tools to develop their own personal creative approach to printmaking. No previous printmaking experience is required.  Some drawing and painting experience is helpful. Beginners through advanced skill levels are welcome.  (Certificate Program Code: FE, PE)
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STUDIO PAINTING & DRAWING
Lucy Barber
PT940C, Tuition: $395

This representational painting and drawing course is designed to enhance the student's skills in observation and execution of convincing, three-dimensional forms on a two-dimensional surface. Emphasis will also be given to composition, color, atmosphere and the play of light on a subject within its environment. Both dry and wet media will be used.  Beginner through advanced skill levels welcome.  (Certificate Program Code: FR, FE)

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COSTS, POLICIES and PROCEDURES

The workshops are adult oriented: students 15-18 years of age must be enrolled in a class and be accompanied by an adult.  Children under the age of 15 are not admissible to the program.

ACCOMMODATIONS are double-occupancy lodging with private baths.  Space is very limited.  Roommates are assigned according to gender or you are welcome to enroll a friend or spouse to enjoy the mountaintop with you.  All guests staying on site at the retreat, including companions not enrolled in class will be charged lodging, meals, and gratuity fees for each session. 

Special requests made at the time of registration will be accommodated if possible on a first-come, first-served, needs basis.   There are no elevators.  When registering, please indicate ground level if required. Specific room requests are considered when possible but cannot be guaranteed.  

Rooms provide two twin beds or a twin and a double bed, pillows, linens, a light blanket and a spread, a ceiling fan, and one set of towels per person. Towel change is mid-week.  There is minimal storage for clothing and personal belongings. Rooms are not air-conditioned but summer nights are comfortably cool; there is self-regulated heat when needed.  NO PETS are permitted at the retreat.

Negotiating the Grounds at Wildacres.  Be prepared for a certain amount of required walking for meals and classes. Participants must be able to negotiate some steps and/or inclines on paths to the dining hall, lodges, patio, canteen, auditorium, amphitheater, and some of the studios. Please note that Wildacres elevation is 3,300 feet.

MEALS
17 family-style meals are served in the Retreat dining hall.   Please indicate dietary restrictions when enrolling and every effort will be made to accommodate your needs. Throughout the week a wake-up bell rings at 7:30 AM. Breakfast is served at 8 AM.  All meals are announced with a bell rung 10 minutes before the dining hall opens.  Lunch is at 12:30 PM daily and dinner is at 6 PM, except for the first and last days of the program, when it is at 6:30 PM.  

*During the summer session weekend overnight the retreat meal service closes following Saturday morning breakfast and resumes at Sunday dinner. Participants enrolled in sessions A and B may enjoy local dining available within a 3-10 miles drive or a small kitchenette with refrigerator and microwave is available on site for self-service.  

COSTS:   
ALL attendees:
$150   Meals per person/per session
$140   Lodging per person/per session
$  15   Gratuity per person/per session                     

plus Workshop Tuition:
$395   Tuition for standard courses
$415   Tuition + $25 Studio Fees for Clay Studio
$415   Tuition + $15 Studio Fees for Printmaking
$415   Tuition + $15 Studio Fees for Printmaking as Invention
$415   Tuition + $15 Studio Fees for Book Art with Printmaking
$425   Tuition for classes with Model Fee
$  55   Tuition for special one-day Perspective Drawing Workshop* 

$  50   Overnight Lodging per person for participants enrolling in both
           Sessions A and B   *Refer to meals information above.

*Taken as an add-on workshop.  Those accompanying a registered student may also enroll in the Perspective Drawing Workshop.

TRANSFER POLICY
An administrative fee of $45 will be assessed for all transfers. Transfers from the Summer to Fall session are not permitted after June 1.

REFUND POLICY
Summer 2014: Cancellation in writing received prior to June 1, 100% refund minus a $50 cancellation fee. After June 1, refunds are not possible.
Fall 2014: Cancellation in writing received prior to September 1, 100% refund minus a $50 cancellation fee. After September 1, refunds are not possible.
ALL Sessions: You may substitute someone to attend in your place up to one week prior to the program start date.  At the time of substitution, the person filling your space must register with CSSP and pay a $45 administrative fee.

Ringling College will not refund the cost of any unused portion of your program. 

Ringling College and/or Wildacres Retreat reserve the right to require persons not complying with College and/or Retreat policies to leave the program with no refund.

LIABILITY
In the event a workshop is cancelled, the College’s liability is limited to the return of fees paid to us for that course and session. All students accept full responsibility for personal injury and/or personal losses during the program. Applications and payments are acknowledgement of the terms and conditions as outlined in this brochure. The College assumes no liability for travel expenses or nonrefundable airline tickets that cannot be used due to any workshops being cancelled or any misprints online or in the print catalog.

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YOUR WEEK AT WILDACRES 

WILDACRES RETREAT is located about an hour's drive north of Asheville, North Carolina, just off the Blue Ridge Parkway, three miles from the village of Little Switzerland.
JULY sessions begin on SUNDAY.
OCTOBER session begins on MONDAY.
Check-in is between 3 and 5 PM in the North Lodge.   Participants may settle into their rooms and stroll the grounds until dinner at 6:30 PM.
ORIENTATION is at 7:30 PM the evening of check-in.  Attendance is mandatory. 

  • Meet the Ringling College and Wildacres Retreat staffs
  • The Wildacres Story
  • Program Announcements
  • Faculty Introductions
  • Break out sessions with your instructor in your workshop studio.

Throughout the week a wake-up bell rings at 7:30 AM. Breakfast is served at 8 AM.  All meals are announced with a bell rung 10 minutes before the dining hall opens.  Lunch is at 12:30 PM daily and dinner is at 6 PM, except for the first and last days of the program, when it is at 6:30 PM.  Many people enjoy relaxing in rocking chairs on the patio or around the fireplace in the North Lodge after a creative day.

Faculty demonstrations in methods and materials will take place throughout the week inviting you to consider a spectrum of artistic approaches to enhance your creative exploration.  Take advantage of these opportunities to learn more about art topics and processes that may inspire your own work.

Friday’s Schedule in July // Saturday’s Schedule in October:  This final full day on the mountain has a unique schedule. ALL classes meet in the morning for critiques or completion of final work. Students and the faculty select work for the evening’s art exhibition. After lunch, instructors hang the show, and at 5 PM everyone gathers for a wine and cheese reception followed by dinner at 6:30 PM. 

On the final morning at breakfast, goodbyes are exchanged as everyone prepares to head back down the mountain. The week will be remembered as a wonderful time of sharing friendship and creative focus.

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WILDACRES 2014 FACULTY BIOS:

Lucy Barber has a BFA from Pratt Institute in Photography and an MFA from Brooklyn College of the City University of New York in Painting. She has taught at Pratt Institute, The College of William & Mary, Maine College of Art, Ringling College of Art and Design, Bowdoin College, Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts, Brooklyn College of the City University of New York, State University of New York at Farmingdale, Riverdale Country School, Bronx, NY, and International School of Painting, Drawing, and Sculpture, Montecastello, diVibio, Italy. Lucy is a member of Zeuxis, a collaborative of artists practicing still-life painting. She has exhibited nationally in numerous solo and group exhibitions, and also has exhibited in Italy and Greece. Barber’s work has been reviewed in The New York Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, and Art New England, among others. Her works are part of corporate and private collections, including the United States Department of State, General Electric Corporation, Lenox, Inc., and Pfizer Inc. www.lucybarber.com 

Seth Barendse received his BFA from Oregon College of Art and Craft. Working with mud for the past 15 years, his studies began under the instruction of Tuu Din Nguyen at Booker High School in Sarasota, FL where he later taught from 2001-2006 following his studies at State College of Florida (SCF, formerly Manatee Community College) under the instruction of Ted Camp and Annette Sidner.  He is currently the Studio Technician for SCF, Venice Campus, has taught for Ringling College Continuing Studies, and has assisted with the Clay Studios at Ringling College’s Wildacres Art Workshops since 2008.  Barendse is a highly skilled artisan throwing much of his clay work, and also incorporates mixed media in his pieces.  His work is exhibited in Florida, North Carolina, Colorado, and Oregon.

Matteo Caloiaro earned his BFA from Ringling College of Art and Design. Matteo is a successful painter and illustrator and is also a member of the Illustration faculty at Ringling College of Art and Design. His work is part of numerous private collections, and he is represented by M Gallery of Fine Arts in Sarasota, FL, and Kiley Court Gallery in Provincetown, MA. www.caloiaro.com 

Elena De La Ville mixes photography, digital, silver based and alternative processes, with wax, encaustic medium and pigments. She loves everything about wax. It is texture upon texture, it is softness and smell, it is built up in layers that hide and reveal at the same time.
Elena studied at the Escuela de Bellas Artes in Caracas, Venezuela, and then traveled to London to study Textile Design at Chelsea School of Art and Design. She has shown at Shaw Cramer Gallery and Dragonfly Gallery on Martha's Vineyard, Nelson Gallery, Lexington, VA, Florida Craftsmen Gallery, St. Petersburg, FL, Montserrat College of Art, Beverly, MA and Boca Raton Museum of Art and her work is in the collections of MUSEO de Arte Contemoraneo and  Museo Acarigua Araure. Her work is included in numerous private an public collections.
She has received: Honorable Mention at the 58th Annual All Florida Juried Competition and Exhibition, Boca Raton Museum of Art, Directors Award at the 3rd National Encaustic Conference, Montserrat College of Art in Beverly, MA, Honorable mention, EPHEMERA Show, The Arts Center, St Petersburg, FL , Ann Culvert Award for Creativity, All Island Art Show, Martha's Vineyard, MA and the Ruth Bogan Award All Island Art Show, MA. www.edelaville.com 

Bridget Elmer  Bridget is an artist, teacher, bookmaker and letterpress printer.  She received her MFA in Book Arts as well as a Masters in Library and Information Studies from the University of Alabama, where she was awarded a Windgate Fellowship and a Faculty Scholar Award.  She has taught in a variety of educational settings, including Asheville BookWorks, Colorado College, Florida State University, Ox-Bow, and the Penland School of Crafts.  In addition, she has over fifteen years of experience in arts administration and fund development.  Bridget is the Southeast Chapter Chair for the Guild of Book Workers and was recently invited to join the Board of Directors for the College Book Arts Association.  Her work is exhibited widely and can be found in collections across the country.

Zach Fitchner  B.F.A.. M.F.A.University of North Florida (Printmaking, Drawing, Painting); University of Arizona (Studio Art | Printmaking). Zach Fitchner is a printmaking artist best known for his woodcut prints. His current work is a conceptual platform known as the American Imagery Bank and is meant to serve as a single source for our national iconography. Inspired by currency and flags, he combines woodcuts and giclée to create work that symbolically breaks down the artist/viewer hierarchy and alludes to democracy within each artwork. Zach has shown in numerous galleries and museums nationally and internationally, and his prints are included in various public and private collections in the United States, Egypt, Slovakia, and Australia.  www.zachfitchner.com    

Joseph Loccisano is Manager of the Fine Art Gallery at Manatee Community College. He also teaches figure drawing, printmaking, and intercultural humanities. Loccisano holds a Master’s degree from the University of South Florida. Loccisano has taught figure drawing and figure painting for the Illustration Department at Ringling College of Art and Design; and Art & Culture at Nova Southeastern University. His artistic residencies include the Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop, and the Art Student’s League in New York City. He is Vice President of Internal Affairs for the Southern Graphics Council, and Vice City Director of the Sarasota Sister Cities Association (Treviso, Italy, delegation). For the past three years he has exhibited along with the printmakers of Sarasota Ink, and most recently participated in an exhibition at the Tampa Museum of Art. Loccisano continues to teach for Ringling’s Wildacres Artists’ Retreat as well as jury and lecture on art and art history. http://joeloccisano.carbonmade.com/ 

Brooke Olivares-Caloiaro earned a BFA, in Illustration from Ringling College of Art and Design. Olivares is a gallery painter represented by Kiley Court Gallery, Provincetown, MA, and Ghostprint Gallery, Richmond, VA. She has had works published and clients include CMYK, FORMAT Magazine, RISEN Magazine, North American Literary Review, Ringling PERSPECTIVE, The San Diego Reader, The Cimarron Review, and Recording Magazine.  Brooke is currently a memer of the Illustration Department faculty at Ringling College.  www.brookeolivares.com or www.brookeolivares.blogspot.com 

Dwight Rose received his BFA degree in Paintingfrom Ringling College of Art and Design. Over his 30-year career, Rose has won numerous awards and his work has been part of many collections including those of Exxon-Mobile, Qatar Petroleum, Qatar National Bank, Qatar General Tourism Authority, Suntrust Bank Florida, University of North Carolina Greensboro, Shelton Group of Companies (Charlotte NC), Peoples Employment Exchange (Sarasota FL), Kybele Hotel, (Istanbul Turkey), and Wake Forest University; and the personal collection of the first lady of Qatar, Her Highness Sheika Mozah Bint Nasser AL Misnad.  Rose has previously taught in both Ringling’s degree and community art programs, and VCU School of the Arts in Qatar.
Rose has traveled internationally and painted scenes from Jamaica, USA, India, Thailand, Russia, China, Qatar, Oman, Egypt, Jordan, Turkey, Morocco, Italy, and Greece. He currently resides and works with his wife Ruth Beals in Spartanburg South Carolina where he conducts workshops, exhibits and teaches watercolor painting at the Art School in the Chapman Cultural Center.  http://watercolorimpressions.artspan.com

Annette Sidner holds an MFA from University of South Florida and BFA from Eckerd College. She has served on the faculty of State College of Florida for the past 10 years, where she teaches sculpture, 3-D design and advanced ceramics courses, and has been a Ringling College of Art and Design Continuing Studies faculty for 5 years.   Sidner has served as a senior staff artist at the Sarasota Design Studio of Feld Productions, producers of all domestic and International units of the Walt Disney Ice Shows and the Ringling Brothers Circuses where she oversaw the design and construction of thirteen Disney on Ice productions.   Sidner’s sculptural clay pieces are conceived in her imagination and then skillfully presented in realistic figurative clay work.  Her work is exhibited at the Manatee Art Center, and annually at the SCF and Ringling College of Art and Design faculty exhibitions.

Michael James White graduated in 1985 from the first Illustration class at Ringling College of Art and Design. He started drawing at age 2 and was published by age 11. At 14 he completed his original comic book series and was painting murals for churches and creating courtroom sketches for newspapers. Since then, his clients have included Marvel Comics, Coca-Cola, Amoco Oil, Delta Airlines, Hyatt Hotel, The Ritz-Carlton, and Atlantis Resort. He has taught at Ringling College for 18 years, and says, “Growing up, I was always the teacher’s helper.  Now that I’ve become a teacher, I try to teach art the way I wish I had been taught.” www.michaelwhiteart.biz 

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