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
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 arceniomartincampos.com.
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, maryfreedmanfineart.blogspot.com.
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 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 briankelleyart.com.
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, jorenlindholm.com.
MELVIN NESBITT JR.
Melvin Nesbitt Jr. is a DC-based visual artist specializing in mixed media collage. Inspired by the celebratory imagery of painter Ernie Barnes, Melvin centers children in his visual narratives of everyday American life. Layering paper materials over drawings and paintings to emphasize the complex nature of such themes as community, poverty, and race, Nesbitt recreates the settings of his childhood in a low-income South Carolina neighborhood. Combining self-taught skills with traditional fine art instruction from Washington Studio School, Melvin has developed a unique style of visual storytelling that invokes nostalgia and the inherent joy and enthusiasm of youth. He is a DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities FY21 Artist Fellow and Art Bank grantee. To learn more about Melvin, visit, melvinsart.com.
Lee Newman is a painter and printmaker from Frederick, Maryland. He received his BFA and MFA from American University before continuing his studies as a Fulbright Scholar in Vienna, Austria. A committed educator, he and Joseph Kossow founded the Washington Studio School in 1985. He is currently on the faculty of the Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart in Bethesda and the Delaplaine Art Center in Frederick, Maryland. Newman’s prints and paintings are in a number of private and public collections across the country. These collections include the National Gallery of Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The California Palace of the Legion of Honor and The Library of Congress. Grants and awards include: Maryland State Art Council Award, Assilah Forum Foundation residency (Morocco), New Hampshire State Art Award, Kreeger Painting Award and the Elizabeth van Swinderen Painting Award.
Jill Phillips currently serves as the Head of Faculty and Artistic Director at Washington Studio School. She has been teaching drawing and painting classes to adults and teens at the school since 2004, and has had the privilege of being a student, atelier member, and Board member at the school as well. She has taught in museums, schools and privately for more than 30 years. Phillips’ undergraduate degree is from Washington University in St. Louis where she was in the School of Art, studying under Barry Schactman, Bill Kohn, Arthur Osver, and others. She spent 12 years building a graphic design business in Denver and DC before returning to graduate painting classes at George Washington University and the Certificate Program at Washington Studio School. Her paintings and works on paper are held in private collections nationally and have been shown in solo and group shows in DC and nationally, including Artists Inn Residence Gallery, Courtyard Gallery, Dimock Gallery, Dumbarton Concert Gallery and Washington Studio School.
Paul Pietsch is a painter based in Washington, DC who received his MFA and a Graduate Certificate in Arts Management from American University. His studio practice incorporates perceptual work from life, conceptually driven use of online mapping tools, and memory; and imagination-generated portraits and landscapes. His interest in mapping sense of place is the unifying theme of his work. By day, Pietsch is the Research Manager at the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies, where he conducts qualitative research to benefit artists, arts organizations and arts communities around the country. He has taught studio art at Prince George’s Community College in Maryland, served on the board of directors of Art Enables and on the Artist Advisory Council of the Washington Project for the Arts; and runs figure model sessions at Hillyer Art Space and the Washington Drawing Center. To learn more about Paul, visit paulpietsch.com.
Katie Pumphrey is an artist living and working in Baltimore, Maryland. Her work explores the tension between movement and stillness. With turbulent brushstrokes on paper and canvas, and the suggestion of imagery or reference of space, her work examines themes of confrontation, reflex, territory, and instinct. Pumphrey has a BFA in Painting from the Maryland Institute College of Art. She has participated in artist residencies at the Creative Alliance in Baltimore, Studios of Key West and Vermont Studio Center. Pumphrey is also a long distance, open water swimmer who swam the English Channel in 2015. This aspect of her life often influences and drives her work. She is also a member of the District of Columbia Arts Center's Artists Collective program, Sparkplug, and is represented by Susan Calloway Fine Arts in Washington, DC and Harrison Gallery in Key West, Florida. To learn more about Katie visit, katiepumphrey.com.
Erin Raedeke received her BFA from Indiana University in 2000 and her MFA from American University in 2009. She has had solo exhibitions in New York, Baltimore and Philadelphia, and has participated in numerous group shows, including the BP Portrait Award exhibit at the National Portrait Gallery in London. Raedeke was a recipient of the Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award in 2013 and 2016, and is a member of the painting collectives Perceptual Painters and Zeuxis. She has given numerous artist lectures at universities and colleges in California, Illinois, Arkansas, Maine and Virginia. To learn more about Erin visit, erinraedeke.com.
Carol Rubin received her BA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, BA, and studied at the Corcoran School of Art, Washington, DC. She obtained the Washington Studio School, Certificate of Achievement, and was a Resident artist at the Vermont Studio Center. Carol exhibits at the Studio Gallery, Washington, DC and has exhibited in juried shows nationally. Awards received includes work for ArtnDeed. Her work is held in private collections internationally. Rubin works in oil using vivid colors, strong compositions and aggressive brushwork. To learn more about Carol visit, carolrubin.com.
Jon-Joseph Russo received his BFA, Sculpture, from SUNY Alfred University. He lived and exhibited in juried group exhibits in Brooklyn, NY, and worked as a carpenter. Russo then completed a Master of Landscape Architecture at Cornell University, integrating sculpture, drawing and construction skills. He also studied at the Cornell Architecture Rome Program, 1990. He apprenticed with DC sculptor Ray Kaskey for two years, as well as running his landscape architecture practice, designing/building gardens and furniture in stone. His artwork encompasses the power of expression in the human form through symbolic and narrative themes. Russo’s sculpture and painting has been exhibited locally in Target Gallery & Athenaeum Gallery, Alexandria, VA, and in Washington, DC at Hillyer Art Space, Pope John Paul II Center Museum, Project Space DC Arts Commission, and a solo sculpture exhibit at the Arts Club. He has exhibited nationally, and has work held in private collections in S.Korea, Mexico, New York, Washington, DC metro area. Commissions include a Madonna and Child at the Basilica of the National Shrine, DC. Russo has taught at WSS for 10 years, at GW/Corcoran School of Art, and teaches stone carving, clay head portraiture at Washington Waldorf High School. To learn more about Russo visit studiorussollc.com.