Glen Kessler is the Founder and Director of The Compass Atelier as well as a Gamblin Dedicated Workshop Instructor. He has taught at the university and community level for over 20 years. He has a BFA from MICA and an MFA from New York Academy of Art. His artwork is internationally collected and awarded. For more visit www.GlenKessler.com
Copy of 'Madame Moitessier' by Ingres
24x20 oil 2007
Copy of 'Doge Andrea Gritti' by Titian
12x9 oil 2007
Copy of 'Prefect Raphael Raggi' by vanDyck
24x20 oil 2007
Copy of 'Self Portrait' by Rembrandt
24x20 oil 2007
Copy of 'Repentant Magdelena' by De La Tour
24x20 oil 2007
20x24 pastel pencil 2005
18x24 conte 2004
Modern World 26
30x48 oil 2013
Modern World 29
30x40 oil 2013
Modern World 24
8x10 oil 2013
Modern World 9
24x36 oil 2012
Modern World 14
36x48 oil 2012
Modern World 15
24x36 oil 2012
Modern World 7
11x15 pastel 2012
Modern World 8
15x22 pastel 2013
Alyssa Monks is blurring the line between abstraction and realism by layering different spaces and moments in her paintings. She flipped background and foreground using semi-transparent filters of glass, vinyl, steam, and water over shallow spaces in her 10-year long water series. Today, she is imposing a transparent landscape of infinite space over evocative subjects.
The tension in her paintings is sustained by the composition and also by the surface quality itself. Each brushstroke is thickly applied oil paint, like a fossil recording every gesture and decision, expressing the energetic and empathic experience of the handmade object. “I strive to create a moment in a painting where the viewer can see or feel themselves, identify with the subject, even be the subject, connect with it as though it is about them, personally.”
Alyssa’s work is represented by Forum Gallery in New York City. She lives and paints in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Her latest solo exhibition “Resolution” was in March and April of 2016 at Forum Gallery. Monks's paintings have been the subject of numerous solo and group exhibitions including "Intimacy" at the Kunst Museum in Ahlen, Germany and "Reconfiguring the Body in American Art, 1820–2009" at the National Academy Museum of Fine Arts, New York. Her work is represented in public and private collections, including the Savannah College of Arts, the Somerset Art Association, Fullerton College, the Seavest Collection and the collections of Eric Fischl, Howard Tullman, Gerrity Lansing, Danielle Steele, Alec Baldwin, and Luciano Benetton. In 2015, Alyssa gave a talk at the TEDx even at Indiana University discussing her recent work, which is featured on TED.com. Recently, she was named the 16th most influential women artist alive today by Graphic Design Degree Hub.
Born 1977 in New Jersey, Alyssa began oil painting as a child. She studied at The New School in New York and Montclair State University and earned her B.A. from Boston College in 1999. During this time she studied painting at Lorenzo de’ Medici in Florence. She went on to earn her M.F.A from the New York Academy of Art, Graduate School of Figurative Art in 2001. She completed an artist in residency at Fullerton College in 2006 and has lectured and taught at universities and institutions nationwide. She continues to offer workshops and lectures regularly.
Alyssa has been awarded the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant for Painting three times and serves as a member of the New York Academy of Art's Board of Trustees.
Steven Assael (born 1957) is an American painter recognized nationally as one of the leading representational figurative artists of his generation. His portrayal of the human image is empathic, ennobling, and psychologically penetrating. Assael's figure compositions synthesize the characteristics of the past masters with a selective eye for the present, suffusing elements of naturalism and romanticism to blend contemporary techniques with those of the past.
Cindy Procious, born in 1965, is a contemporary American Realist painter. Recognized for her highly detailed paintings executed in the time-honored techniques of the Old Masters, her work is crafted with elaborate under paintings and then built upon with layers of glazes and color – the final effect is both intricate and delicate. With a keen eye for color, composition and light, her paintings are a blend of a devout appreciation for artistic tradition and a contemporary aesthetic sensibility.
A member of the American Society of Portrait Artists & Oil Painters of America, and the mother of three, Procious is married to Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist Clay Bennett. Along with their menagerie of rescued animals, they recently relocated their studio and home to Chattanooga, TN.
Duane Keiser studied painting under Raymond Berry at Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, Virginia andLennart Anderson at Brooklyn College in NYC. His "A Painting a Day" blog has been written about in numerous publications, including USA Today, The New York Times and The Huffington Post. Using a makeshift easel made from a cigar box, he makes a postcard-sized painting each day and posts them to his blog where collectors can bid on them via eBay. The project is ongoing and can be seen here. He is also known for his "painted animations." A modern take on the still life, these videos combine traditional painting, animation, and time-lapse.
He has exhibited at Fischbach Gallery, Allan Stone Gallery and, most recently, the New York Academy of Art. His work resides in several corporate collections and hundreds of private collections worldwide, including the Gregory Peterson Collection.
New York Academy of Art, Graduate Program in Figurative Art, New York, NY, Masters of Fine Art cum laude, May 2007.
Awarded two merit scholarships in 2005 and 2006.
Awarded a one-week workshop with noted British painter Jenny Saville.
Art Students League, New York, New York., 1995-2001
Bologna University, Bologna, Italy, Superior School for Anatomical/Surgical Drawing, degree in Anatomical/Surgical Drawing, with honors, 1982.
State Institute of Art, Bologna, Italy, Diploma in Art, 1973-1978.
· Coordinator of the Drawing and Figure Anatomy Program at the University of the Arts, 2014- ongoing
· University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA, Full Time Visiting Professor 2011-2012; 2012-2013; 2013-2014.
· Interactive on line instructional video “Figure Anatomy for Artists” with “Craftsy” 2013, ongoing.
· University of the Arts, Senior Artist Lecturer in Figure Anatomy, 2006-2011
· New York Academy of Art, New York, NY.
· Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.
· Drew University, Caspersen Graduate School, Madison, New Jersey
· Bloomfield College, Bloomfield, NJ 2003-2015.
· Workshops at The New York Academy of Art, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, the Studio Incamminati, the Princeton Academy of Art and the Townsend Atelier
Elody Crimi is an award-winning photographer and instructor, specializing in landscape and fine art photography. Davanti Photo, her studio at Artists and Makers 2 in Rockville, MD, offers both photographic services and workshops for the digital camera, as well as Photoshop, HDR, Smartphone photography and private instruction. She is also the Photo Curator in the Archives Dept. at Washington National Cathedral, and the co-author of Jewels of Light, the guide to the stained-glass windows at the Cathedral. She has a BA in Art from Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois and received her certificate in Professional Photography from the Washington School of Photography. In addition, she was with Science Applications International Corp. (SAIC) for 37 years in the Creative Services Division in various managerial and financial roles.