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.
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 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 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 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
Calligrapher and book artist, Meg Kennedy explores the nuance of words through style, color, shape, and size. Her academic training and professional career as a writer and love for book arts combine in creating artworks where the meaning of text is revealed through form and design. Her process uses lettering as drawing and words as images.
For inspiration, she is drawn to “small” nature—the seed, the shell, the feather, the nest—as opposed to landscape. Her works probe the challenges of communication, the power of secrets, the parallels between natural and artificial, and the losses that come from progress.
Bucks County artist, Maggie Leiby is an award winning oil painter, dividing her time between plein air painting and studio work. “The beauty of the landscape has always stirred my soul.” In my paintings I attempt to capture the spiritual force emanating from the land.” Maggie has a BA in Studio Art from Kennesaw State University in Georgia and has studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Studio Incaminati, Barnstone Studio, and the Woodmere Museum School. Leiby is a member of Oil Painters of America, the Philadelphia Sketch Club, The New Hope Art League, Doylestown Art League, Artsbridge, Rockport Art Association, and French Creek Art Colony Plein Air Painters, and the By Oak Farm Plein Air Painters. The artist’s paintings are in collections throughout the United States and Europe. Gallery representation is through Patricia Hutton Galleries in Doylestown, The Upstairs Gallery in Lahaska, Pa., and the Art at Valley Lake Gallery in Horsham, Pa.
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
Lesa Chittenden Lim
Award-winning artist Lesa Chittenden Lim uses her creative spirit to compose images that reflect the profound beauty of nature and our earth. Lim teaches at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and has studios in Philadelphia and northern Michigan. A recipient of many distinguished awards, her work appears in the collections of University of Michigan Ross School, Dow Chemical and Woodmere Art Museum as well as numerous private collections. She regularly exhibits in Philadelphia and Michigan. Lim received her certificate from PAFA. For more information visit her website.
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.
Amy Novak has exhibited her work at Abington Art Center, Samuel Fleisher Art Memorial, Muse Gallery, Moravian College, Cheltenham Art Center and other institutions throughout the United States. For many years, she was the Color Selector for Willet Stained Glass Studios and is the recipient of a Leeway Foundation Window of Opportunity Award. Amy Novak has taught at Tyler School of Art, Temple University, University of the Arts, Denison University, OH, Indiana University, IN and at Abington Art Center and Chester Springs Studio. She received her M.F.A. Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana and a B.F.A. Tyler School of Art, Temple University.
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.
Clarissa Shanahan is a fine and decorative artist. She has been an adjunct faculty member of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts since 2000, teaching varied subjects such as Medieval manuscript illumination, encaustic painting, symbolism of color, and film-related painting classes. Clarissa is represented by Artists’ House Gallery and Carol Schwartz Gallery in Philadelphia, and has exhibited her work in shows around the country. Her work is included in numerous private collections.
Originally from New York, Clarissa studied painting at the New York Academy of Art, The Art Students League , and the Isabel O’Neal Studio on full scholarship. She holds a BFA from University of Pennsylvania and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and is a Bread Scholar, a merit based full scholarship from UPenn, the first Pafa/UPenn student ever to be awarded.
As a past member of the Society of Gilders, she has extensive studies and professional experience in decorative arts. In 1993, she received a full scholarship and invitation from Friends of Vielles Maisons Francaises to restore a 19th-century horse carriage in Buxy, France. After extensive studies and professional experience in decorative arts, with private clients as well as commercial projects for American Express, Oscar de la Renta, Bendels, Fendi, Planet Hollywood, Saks and Lord & Taylor, Clarissa spent almost twenty years in the film industry as a scenic artist, producing sets for over 40 film and television productions. In addition, she produced both original and reproduction paintings for numerous productions, including the Lee Krasner paintings for the film Pollock. Her credits include Julie Taymor’s The Tempest, Salt, Summer of Sam, Angels in America and Boardwalk Empire. She is a longtime member of the United Scenic Artists 829.
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