meet our faculty

Faculty at WSS are practicing artists with diverse educational backgrounds. They are dedicated to sharing their knowledge and experience and committed to furthering students’ pursuit of study in the visual arts. Faculty challenge students, providing no easy formulas, but asking students to bring their greatest efforts to their endeavors. Instructors provide students with an arsenal of skills, while maintaining a sensitivity to each student’s individual artistic inclination. Faculty members listed below include current, recent past, and newly added teaching artists.

Current and recent past visiting artists include: Reem Bassous, Rachael Bohlander, Ken Kewley, Gage Opdenbrouw, Stuart Shils and Maggie Siner. 


Arcenio Martin Campos attended New Mexico State University for studio arts, the University of New Mexico for art history, and received a Certificate of Painting from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. He began drawing on his own as a child, and between schools acquired much of his fine art education from independent study and private instruction of the human figure. Campos began his teaching career conducting classes in cast drawing whilst still in New Mexico. He has given lectures on anatomy, figure drawing, and painting and has facilitated open figure drawing groups in both Albuquerque and Philadelphia. His work has received numerous awards and has been exhibited throughout the United States and abroad. Campos currently teaches at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Fleisher Art Memorial, Washington Studio School, and the Wayne Art Center. To learn more about Martin, visit



Mary Freedman typically works with a variety of drawing media concentrating mainly on still life, plant life, and the figure. Her approach is to attain an internalization of the subject, and when sketched attentively enough, she will be in a position to produce a work true to both the essence of the subject and her sentiment for it. She loves the poetry and strength a line can produce. Freedman received a BA in Art History from the Pennsylvania State University and later a Certificate of Achievement from Washington Studio School. Freedman joined the faculty of WSS in 2010 and is a member of the WSS Atelier. Freedman worked at the Smithsonian American Art Museum as Assistant Manager in the Department of Graphic Arts before her becoming a full-time artist. She has been a volunteer art instructor in the DC Community for 15 years in organizations that benefit at risk youth. Her work has been exhibited in a variety of group shows throughout the DC, Baltimore area including Artomatic, City of Takoma Park Center, Courtyard Gallery, International Gallery; and in a solo show at Washington Studio School. To learn more about Mary visit,



Joanne Kaufman is an artist living and working in DC. With her large-scale, abstract paintings and drawings, she is always hovering on a hyphen between process and product. Kaufman is a graduate of the WSS Certificate Program and serves on the scholarship committee of the Board of Directors. Her classes and workshops, Sources: What to Paint or Draw? and Learning from Klee, call on the theoretical and personal writings of artists and other luminaries to deepen the well from which students draw their inspiration.   



Brian Kelley Headshot, Cascades 2016-7.j

Brian Kelley lives in Alexandria, VA. He has an MFA in Painting from Indiana University and a BA from the College of William and Mary. He has exhibited nationally and lectured at several schools, including George Washington University, the College of William and Mary, George Mason University, Anne Arundel Community College, Prince George’s Community College, Northern Virginia Community College, and the Washington Studio School. Recent exhibition venues include Bowery Gallery (NYC), Blue Mountain Gallery (NYC) First Street Gallery (NYC), Muscarelle Museum of Art (VA), Williamsburg Contemporary Art Center (VA), Manassas Center for the Arts (VA), Linda Matney Gallery (VA),Del Ray Artisans (VA), Brentwood Arts Exchange (MD), Capitol Arts Network (MD), and HUB-BUB Showroom Gallery (SC). His portfolio includes painting, drawing, printmaking, and digital work. He currently serves as a member of the Alexandria Commission for the Arts and on the Washington Studio School's Board of Directors. To learn more about Brian, visit



Joren A. Lindholm is an artist, lecturer and educator whose painting focuses on perceptual abstraction and the kaleidoscopic juxtaposition of places and things. The son of a Tamil language professor, Lindholm lived in Hyde Park, Chicago and South India as a child. He went on to study with modernist landscape painter Lynette Lombard, and at the New York Studio School with influential teacher Mercedes Matter, both of whom helped him develop a breadth of skill in perceptual drawing and a rigor for spacial organization. In addition to his receiving an MFA from American University in 2004, he has been the recipient of the Milton Avery scholarship, the Beverly Creighton scholarship, and a Post Baccalaureate fellowship in art education from Knox College, Illinois. Lindholm currently lives and works in Washington, DC.; and exhibits in New York City as part of the Painting in New York Collective. To learn more about Joren visit,