Artist Bios

Michael Crossett

Michael Crossett is a mixed media artist and designer living in Washington, DC. He received a BS in Advertising and Marketing at George Mason University in 1997 and from 2007 to 2010 he studied at the Corcoran School of Art in Washington, DC, focusing on printmaking, bookmaking and graphic design.

            He worked most recently as the Creative Director for Jones Lang Lasalle (JLL) in Washington, DC. There, he led a team of designers to develop brands for large commercial real estate developments in the Mid-Atlantic. He also worked in marketing and design for Clements International, an international insurance company. His many roles in marketing and design have developed a unique perspective that Michael brings to all of his projects.

            His experience living and traveling abroad has created a life-long fascination with urban life, different cultures and contemporary design. Michael creates vibrant, layered compositions using digital photography and screen printing. He is now beginning to experiment with 3D elements incorporating laser cut objects, concrete and metal into his work.

            The son of a military family, Michael spent his childhood in Japan, Hawaii and a host of US cities. He settled 20 years ago in Washington, DC, where he lives and works today.

Pierre Davis

             Pierre Davis is a visual and sound artist. He was born in England to Guyanese immigrants, who once again immigrated to the United States when Pierre was five. Exposure to multiple cultures led to an appreciation of the overlying similarities between disparate communities. Pierre’s work comes from viewing this cultural uniformity. It  strives for a direct connection with Nature, which we often perceive ourselves disconnected from.  

Pierre attended school at George Mason University and received a BA in Anthropology.  Years later as a GMU library employee, he began his formal visual arts education. His initial sculptural studies led to investigations of form through woodworking. 

Pam Eichner

           Pam Eichner is a native Californian now based in Washington, DC. Her art work has been strongly influenced by her years in Hawaii, Japan, and on the West Coast. Pam’s imagery has always focused on movement. Her earliest paintings and drawings were inspired by volcanoes and flamenco dancers. When Pam moved to Japan, she fell in love with fibrous washi paper. She began pulling off the filaments of these transparent sheets of tissue paper to accent her two and three-dimensional pieces. Using this texture became an essential component of her artwork.  Upon moving back to the United States, Pam discovered the dyed netting used to package produce. That texture became an additional inspiration for her abstract mixed media artwork. Next, she began making digital drawings with netting lines and wave patterns to create a tactile sense of motion in a 21st-century medium. Currently, Pam makes collages, large and small, along with prints of her digital artwork on archival paper and aluminum.

Cassidy Garbutt

      Cassidy Garbutt is a visual artist who lives and works in Sarasota, FL. She holds a Master of Arts in Communication from Marquette University, a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in painting from San Francisco Art Institute, and a Master of Fine Arts from The George Washington University. Cassidy’s practice functions as a hybrid between painting, photography, and sculpture. Her current work lives in the space between action and intention where consideration is given both to the concept of the work and the physical gestures that occur in the making. Her commitment to the visual arts is demonstrated by her background in undergraduate teaching, healthcare art consulting and art school admissions.

Zofie King

      Born in Poland and raised in Germany, Zofie King came to the US in 1998. After gradu- ating with a psychology degree in 2002, she studied interdisciplinary craft at Towson University. For six years she worked in interior design while taking classes at MICA and the Corcoran, and devoted herself to her studio art practice in 2012. Currently, King is a sculptor working primarily with found objects, both conceptually and visually. She has had solo shows at the NVCC Margaret W. Fisher Art Gallery, DC Arts Center, Mount St. Mary’s University Gallery, IA & A at Hillyer, and numerous group shows. She was part of the Sparkplug Collective from 2017-2019 and is currently a member of the Washington Sculptor's Group. 

Yaroslav Koporulin

        Yaroslav Koporulin is originally from Moscow, Russia. In 1996, right after completing his studies at the Moscow State Academic Art Institute named after V. I. Surikov, he actively began to participate in the local Moscow Art Scene by collaborating with important local galleries such as Yakut, Aidan and XL. His work was shown in Moscow’s most prestigious exhibition spaces such as the Central Exhibition Hall Manege and the Central House of Artists. 

      After moving to the United States in 2002 he continued his education and in 2005 received his second BFA degree in Digital Media Design from the Corcoran College of Art and Design. In 2011 Koporulin was nominated by Washington DC notorious figurative artist Manon Cleary for his solo show at the Hillyer Art Space in Dupont Circle. Since then he has participated in numerous exhibitions in Washington DC and the metropolitan area. In 2017 Koporulin received his MFA degree from American University. Yaroslav lives and works in Washington DC.

Joan Snitzer 

             Joan Snitzer is an American artist, educator, and mentor to numerous groups of emerging artists. Snitzer’s artwork focuses on painting as a method of visual communication and the democratization of social and personal beliefs. Her works have been exhibited at The Museum of Modern Art, PS1 MoMA, The Bronx Museum of the Arts, David Nolan Gallery, 2B Gallery in Budapest, The Museum of Arts and Crafts in Japan, and the Galeria Ajolote Contemporaneo in Mexico, in addition to many others in the U.S. and abroad.  Her works are included in many notable public and private collections, including Bank of America, Goldman Sachs, Prudential Life Insurance Company, and I.B.M. and other venues worldwide. Snitzer remains committed to the non-profit world and has implemented many programs for developing and under-represented artists. In 1980 she created and directed the A.I.M. program at the Bronx Museum, a museum exhibition and seminar program designed to aid artists in their developing careers, now in its 40th year. Snitzer is an affiliate of A.I.R. Gallery, the oldest running women’s art collective and exhibition space in the United States. Snitzer currently holds the position of Co-Chair & Director of the Visual Arts, Department of Art History at Barnard College/Columbia University.

Monica Stroik

      Since graduating in 2013 with an MFA from the Mt. Royal School of Art at the Maryland Institute College of Art, Stroik has participated in residencies at the School of Visual Arts in New York, Studio Art Centers International in Florence Italy, The Torpedo Factory in Alexandria, VA, and as a resident studio artist at the Arlington Arts Center. Stroik has exhibited in the DC metropolitan area including Artisphere, Glen Echo Stone Tower Gallery, Glenview Mansion, Hillyer Art Space, GRACE, and the Arlington Arts Center. She was featured in New American Paintings and commissioned for work by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities. Her work with multimedia technology has been featured in live performance at Kennedy Center for the Arts and in venues throughout the region. She currently has a studio at the Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton, VA.

Steve Wanna

      Steve Wanna is a multi-disciplinary sound and visual artist whose work includes music, sound design for dance collaborations, sculpture, installation, photography, and works for mixed media. Born and raised in Lebanon, he immigrated to the United States with his family as a teenager, eventually receiving a doctorate in Music Composition from the University of Maryland in 2004. Wanna’s work has been presented at home and abroad. His most recent project was a solo show titled ‘Time Still Moving’ at the Angie Newman Johnson Gallery at Episcopal High School in Alexandria, Virginia. In addition to the month-long gallery exhibition, the artist also presented a video installation titled ‘Liminal Incarnations’ during a concert on campus by the National Symphony Orchestra Chamber Players that coincided with the exhibition’s opening reception. The installation transformed the concert hall using multiple layer of sheer fabric to create an ethereal, shifting space that complimented the music. Wanna’s visual work has been presented at numerous venues and galleries including Touchstone Gallery, IA&A at Hillyer, The Athenaeum, DC Arts Center, and Fisher Gallery. He has been reviewed in publications such as The Washington Post and East City Arts. In 2019 he was the recipient of a two-year fellowship from the Touchstone Gallery.

Speaker Bios

Vyta Baselice

      Vyta Baselice is a Ph.D. candidate in American Studies at the George Washington University, where she is completing a dissertation on the cultural and social history of concrete, titled “The Gospel of Concrete: American Infrastructure and Global Power.” Her research is centered on twentieth-century architecture and urbanism, with a particular focus on the manufacture and dissemination of construction materials and their effects upon built, social, and natural environments. She has received support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the American Council of Learned Societies, the National Science Foundation, the National Academies of Sciences, the Hagley Museum and Library, and the Society of Architectural Historians. She serves on the boards of several national professional organizations, including the Society of Architectural Historians and the Vernacular Architecture Forum; in 2020, she began her tenure as president of the SAH Latrobe chapter of Washington, DC. Prior to entering the PhD program, she earned her master’s degree in architectural history from University College London and a bachelor's in studio arts/architecture from Wesleyan University.

Andrea Dietz

      Andrea Dietz is an architect, designer, and educator. She is an Assistant Professor of Exhibition Design at GWU’s Corcoran School of the Arts & Design. She has worked in architecture research and exhibition design with Bestor Architecture, Chu + Gooding Architects, and independently. She has a background in cross-border exhibition and event production with Estudio Teddy Cruz. She taught foundation architecture studios with Cal Poly Pomona and was a longtime associate of Woodbury School of Architecture, where she coordinated a multi-million dollar federal grant, led graduate program curriculum development, oversaw digital fabrication facility improvements and operations, and delivered coursework in research methodologies and theory. She is a former board member of and Vice-President of Development for the Los Angeles Forum for Architecture and Urban Design and a current advisory board member for the Escuela Libre de Arquitectura in Tijuana, Mexico.

Deane Madsen

      Deane Madsen is an architectural photographer and writer who lives and works in Washington, DC. He is the former associate design editor of Architect Magazine, and the founder of Brutalist DC, an online appreciation group for lovers of local concrete buildings

 

James Miille

A fine art photographer himself, James Miille brings the visual artist’s perspective to Superfine! Art Fair as its managing partner and co-founder. James has spent years observing and responding to art market trends for his own art practice and has also spoken to over 600 artists on the phone since 2015, learning about their top challenges and goals for their art careers. James really knows how to start an art business from experience: he’s built a sales funnel and optimized website for his artwork that’s brought in over 200 collectors over the past 5 years.

 

Nancy Nesvet

      Nancy Nesvet is a Curator, Arts Writer and Artist based in Bethesda, Maryland. As National Arts Writer/ Correspondent for Artscope Magazine, she has covered International and Domestic Arts Fairs, Biennales/Biennials and Triennials from Basel and Venice to New York, Cleveland and DC and regularly reviews gallery exhibitions and conducts artist interviews for publication.  Her Business of Art column is widely read and trusted; her views on the future of art enthusiastically embraced by her readers. She also has written for Harper’s Bazaar Arabia and essays in catalogues for her own curated exhibits, and for Roya Khadjavi Projects in New York. 

 

With a BA in art history, MFA in studio art and theory, and educated at the environmental design program at Parsons School of Design,  she has taught Curation as a visiting lecturer at University of Massachusetts/Lowell, painting and drawing at Brandeis University and taught MFA students in a six week alumni teaching residency at Maine College of Art, as well as  privately teaching painting in Maryland.  Nancy was chosen twice for funded residencies at Vermont Studio Center and at Pearson Legacy Gallery in Deer Isle, Maine. 

 

Nancy is the Head Curator at the Palestine Museum US in Connecticut where she oversees programming for weekly artists’ talks online, a film program and speakers who employ art and creativity to make a better world.  In this position, she is most interested in art that promotes social justice for all. 

 

She shows her environmental painting and photography at Zenith Gallery in DC and at Light Street Gallery, Baltimore, believing that we must honor and care for Mother Earth as well as each other.   

Claudia Russell 

      Claudia Russell has been dedicated to the craft of making buildings.  She graduated from the University of Virginia, the Catholic University and Columbia University all in architecture and design which has been both her passion and profession.  Her studies took her abroad with a traveling fellowship to India and additional travel around the world studying vernacular architecture.  Her work experience includes embassies with the US State Department; notable buildings such as the Hynes Convention Center for Kallmann, McKinnell and Wood in Boston; and a large complex in Singapore for Tsao and McKown out of New York.  For the last 20 years she worked at Shalom Baranes Associates here in DC and had the good fortune to be the project architect for the Apartments at CityCenterDC, some of the residences at City Market at O and affordable housing for Channing Phillips Homes among other projects.  She has been pleased to have played a part in DC’s revitalization.  She has taught architectural design and found joy in studying drawing and painting.  She is currently working on local social justice issues as she embarks on the next chapter of life's odyssey.

Kristian Smith

James Stewart

      James is a Visitor Guide at the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center, where he discusses the art and architecture of the U.S. Capitol with visitors. He has a BA in Art History and History from the University of Mary Washington and a MA in Art History from The George Washington University. 

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