Faculty

Kassem Amoudi

Kassem is an award-winning artist with an extensive exhibition record both nationally and internationally. He received his MFA at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia, PA. He has been a painting instructor there since 2000. He also leads courses at the Main Line Art Center, the Wayne Art Center, Perkins Center for the Arts and is a faculty member of the artist in residence at the MFA program of Vermont College – Union Institute & University.

Mr. Amoudi received his undergraduate degree from Helwan University in Cairo, Egypt. He is a member of The Philadelphia Tri-State Artists’ Equity Association.

Joan Becker

Joan Becker is a artist who uses water medias, gouache or watercolor, to paint large, colorful, sometimes humorous, depictions of people, still lifes and nature. She paints people in situations such siting on stoops, walking in the park, contemplating nature and their lives. As a counterpoint Joan is currently painting large watercolors of local plants often considered weeds. Joan says these weeds are most like people in their struggle to survive difficult conditions – drought, hot and cold weather, and displacement – depicting them makes their existence meaningful.

Joan is a graduate of both Moore College of Art and Design, BS in Education, and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. Currently, she shows her paintings at Gross McCleaf Gallery in Center City, Philadelphia. Her next one-woman show is in November, 2013. She won the Woodmere Art Museum’s, Founder’s Prize several year’s ago.

Martha Conklin

Martha Conklin received a BA from Sarah Lawrence College with a concentration in Painting and Art History. Upon graduating, she continued her studies at The Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts . At the same time, Martha began a teaching career at various Friends Schools in Philadelphia.

She joined the Education Department at Woodmere Art Museum in 2007 teaching children’s classes in the museum’s studio as well as in the Public Schools in conjunction with Woodmere’s Outreach Programs.

Martha has exhibited in juried shows at the Abington Art Center, The A.I.R. Gallery in NY, the Woodmere Art Museum and the Philadelphia Sketch Club. She received the Philadelphia Sketch Club’s First Award in 2001. Martha works in oil paint and mixed media on metal, canvas and wood panels. Her work has been focused on the people and places in her life that speak to the conditions and sensations of loss versus contentment. A new series of paintings has dealt with perceiving natural forms as if evolving into textiles.

Paul DuSold

Paul DuSold is a graduate of the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine art. He has painted portraits for Pennsylvania Hospital, The Federal reserve bank of Philadelphia, Thomas Jefferson University as well as many other institutions as well as private commissions. He is represented by Gross McCleaf gallery in Philadelphia. Website: pauldusold.com

Linda Freedman

Linda Freedman is a painter with a BFA from Kent State University, and has studied at PAFA. She has taught painting and drawing for over 25 years, 13 of them at Woodmere. She has won awards for her paintings and ceramics, which have been featured in multiple exhibitions. Her works are included in numerous private collections.

Frances Galante

Frances Galante is a representational painter who received her BFA from Tyler School of Art and certificate from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. Her paintings can be found in several area collections including Woodmere Art Museum, The Glenmede Trust Company and the law firm of Stradley Ronon Stevens and Young. Her work has been reviewed by Edward Sozanski in The Philadelphia Inquirer, by Diana Cercone in Art Matters and by Peter Trippi in Fine Art Connoisseur, and she has won various awards in juried shows including First Award at the Philadelphia Sketch Club, the Award for Outstanding Achievement at the Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts and Sciences, and the Edith Emerson Prize at Woodmere Art Museum. Frances is represented by Artists House Gallery in Philadelphia and she teaches painting at Woodmere using the subjects she herself explores – still life, figure and landscape, and working from life as well as from photographs. Website: francesgalante.com

Bill Kelly

A photographer, artist, and educator, Bill Kelly has called Philadelphia home for over a decade. He has taught at the Art Institute of Philadelphia as well as a number of cultural institutions including Penn State’s continuing education department, the Woodmere Art Museum, and the Abington Art Center where he served as Department Head. Bill holds an AST from Art Institute of Philadelphia and a MFA from Goddard College.

He maintains a freelance photography business providing digital production services as well as event coverage and documentation for craftsmen, artists, and other local businesses. He has participated in numerous local exhibits, including a commission with the Philadelphia Water Department as part of the Green Cities, Clean Water program.

Stefanie Lieberman

Stefanie Lieberman is an award winning landscape and animal painter and graduate of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. She enjoys wide gallery representation throughout the United States and has been featured in such publications as American Art Collector, Atlanta Style & Design and was chosen for the Cover Art for the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association.

Her works are among many private and public collections including the Rome Council of the arts, Rome, GA, the Museum of American Art in Delaware, Crozier Chester Medical Center, PA, the Buckhead Club, Atlanta, GA and was commissioned by the American Kennel Club Museum, NYC, NY. Ms. Lieberman lives in Philadelphia, PA where she also teaches painting both privately and institutionally. Website: stefanielieberman.com

Jim McFarlane

James McFarlane is a signature member of the American Watercolor Society, the Philadelphia Water Color Society and the Pennsylvania Watercolor Society. He has served on the Board of Directors and as president for both the Philadelphia Water Color Society and the Greater Norristown Art League.

His paintings have been honored with numerous awards in local, regional and national shows. In October of 2002 he received the Best of Show Award from the Philadelphia Water Color Society in their 102nd International Annual Exhibition. In 2003 McFarlane was again awarded the Best of Show Award in the PWCS 103rd International Exhibition at the American College in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania.

McFarlane’s paintings are represented in numerous private and corporate collections, including The Blue Cross, Subaru, ARA, and Spring-House Estates Corporations, The Pew Collection, The Clark Ladner Firm and the Montgomery County, PA Bar Association.

Laura Pritchard

Laura Pritchard’s signature style is colorful and luxuriously detailed. Her skill in batik, her iteration of the ancient Indonesian medium, where she paints on stretched silk using French dyes and a molten wax resist, results in idiosyncratic, contemporary portraits.

Ms. Pritchard has exhibited in the United States and abroad and won many awards. She has also received awards for graphic design and illustration from The Illustrators Club, NYC, Print Magazine, National Geographic Society and others. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from the College of Fine Arts, Ohio University and studied in Copenhagen, Denmark, and Salzburg, Austria, as well. She has taught art and art history to children of all ages and adults. She is represented by Rosenfeld Gallery.

Carlo Russo

Carlo Russo (b. 1976) is based in Philadelphia PA, where he maintains his studio and teaches oil painting. He is a graduate of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (2004) where he won several awards for his work. He was also a fellow at the Hudson River School for Landscape in 2008.

He has exhibited his paintings in Philadelphia, principally at the F.A.N. Gallery, where he has done 5 solo exhibitions. He also exhibits regularly at the Anderson Gallery in St. Simons Island, GA and has shown his work in galleries in NYC, Long Island NY, Laguna Beach, CA and Santa Fe, New Mexico. While known mainly for his still life paintings he works in the figurative and landscape genres also. His paintings appear in private collections in the US, Canada , Europe and Asia. Website: carlorusso.com

John Serpentelli

John Serpentelli, founder of Animation Stewdio, directed nearly short 100 films, collaborating with kids, for networks such as Nickelodeon, HBO, Noggin and PBS. Serpentelli’s films have been reviewed in Variety, The New York Times, Animation Magazine and interviewed for the book “Your Career in Animation.” His independent films have won awards in festivals including The American Motion Picture Society, UNICA Festival (Warsaw) and the New York Expo of Short Film. Serpentelli currently teaches at the University of the Arts and Woodmere Art Museum. Website: 2headedsnake.com

Kathran Siegel

In the 1980′s I began designing furniture grounded upon my studies in the Fine Arts while at Bennington College. This started as an act of rebellion against the aesthetic dogma of Clement Greenberg, a frequent visitor and influence upon the art faculty during my time there.

Soon I began to carve objects, mimicking those everyday items that might be found around furniture in the home, such as shoes, gloves, flowers, coffee cups, plates, napkins, fruit and the like. These I grouped into small installations, or still life. The suggestion of a lose narrative, created through the grouping of these carved objects, appealed to me then and still does now.

A number of my still-life works are in museum and other public collections. The Michener Museum commissioned me to design a gallery bench that sits on their floor for weary visitors. Other major works are in private collections, both in the United States and in Europe. Website: kathransiegel.com

Andrea Snyder

BFA, cum laude Tyler School of Art, MFA program New York University with additional studies at Wharton, University of the Arts, and Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Andrea is a prize winning printmaking and collage artist who has exhibited in the U.S. and Great Britain. She teaches art classes at various art centers and Universities, and conducts private local classes. She was also, senior craft and gift buyer for the Smithsonian, sales director for the University of Pennsylvania Museum, and Merchandise Manager for Art & Artifact catalog.

Howard Watson

Howard Watson paints popular Philadelphia scenes. He received his formal art training at the Pennsylvania State University, Temple University’s Tyler School of Fine Art, and the University of the Arts (formerly the Museum School of Art).

Howard Watson has been the “Artist in Residence” at the White House during the Carter Administration and more recently has provided art for President Bill Clinton. He has been made an Honorary Member of the Allied Artists of America (AAA) and the Philadelphia Watercolor Society (PWC). He has been an active member of the American Watercolor Society (AWS) since 1962, and the Philadelphia Watercolor Society since 1958, where he served as President for 10 years. Mr. Watson currently serves as Archivist for the Philadelphia Watercolor Society. Website: hnwatson.com