Johnny Carrera started publishing Artist's Books 1994 when he was 'auditing an MFA' at the University of Wisconsin. He also studied bookbinding at the North Bennet Street School. He enjoys teaching Book Arts to people of all ages and many of his interns and students are now pursuing successful careers in the book arts. Best known for Pictorial Webster's and his show with Tom Phillips at Mass Moca, Johnny is a member of the Society of Printers, the Wood Engraver's Network, and the Frederick Arts Council.
Director of Business
Sara Friedman is a Maryland based printmaker, printer, photographer and book artist. She studied Art History and Printmaking at Hood College, and Art and The Book (MA) at George Washington University/ Corcoran School of Arts and Design. Her work is featured in several collections, and both of her adult children live in Frederick, Maryland.
Director of Planning and Communications
Corrine Wilson is a Maryland based printmaker and photographer. She studied Communications and Media Studios at Goucher College and went on to work as a Consultant for Booz Allen Hamilton where she was an Emergency Response Planner for FEMA. Corrine is also a member of People of Print.
Director of Education and Communications
Sarah Matthews is a 2016 MA Art & the Book graduate from the Corcoran College of Arts and Design at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. Mrs. Matthews also received an MBA with a Marketing Concentration in 2005 and a BS in Sociology in 2000 from Bowie State University in Bowie, MD. Mrs. Matthews’ work has been exhibited in the US and is a part of the permanent collections of Yale’s Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, George Washington University’s Gelman Library, University of Puget Sound, and Samford University. Mary Ruth's Press is named after her paternal grandmother, Mary Ruth Bowens, who was an elder, singer, and poet. Her life's work is truly an inspiration to her granddaughter. Mrs. Matthews currently teaches printmaking and bookbinding as an Adjunct Faculty at Anne Arundel Community College and Howard Community College and as an Art Instructor at the Columbia Art Center and The Root Studio in Maryland.
Pam Heemskerk is an artist working in the mediums of photography, poetry, book arts and time-based media. She has deep roots in rural Maryland, and it is here in this southern landscape where most of her work is made. She has recently self-published a book of poetry titled Orchestra. She has created and bound many handmade artist books using her words and images. She recently received her MFA in Photography from Maine Media College in Rockport Maine and holds a MS in Counseling from University of Memphis. She has always been fascinated in where art, self-discovery and healing come together. Helping artists to access their creativity to create meaningful work, is a lifelong dream. She lives in Damascus, Maryland with her family.
Originally from the Appalachian foothills of Northwest Georgia, Lauren G. Koch graduated in 2016 from the University of West Georgia, with concentrations in sculpture, printmaking, and art history. She has most recently immersed herself in the DMV area, while pursuing her MFA (2020) at the University of Maryland. She is an interdisciplinary artist, in addition to a classically trained musician, who finds herself drawn more to songwriting and playing folk instruments. Having been steeped in the traditions and crafts of Northern Europe and Appalachia, her artwork serves as a conduit for fleeting personal and collective memories. As a nationally and internationally exhibiting artist, she has found herself attending artist residency and teaching workshops on mark making with ferrous metals and natural colorants, throughout the United States and Europe.
Kayleigh Montgomery is a Frederick, Maryland based artist and designer. She has studied fine art photography at The Corcoran College of Art + Design, and Graphic Design at Frederick Community College. Kayleigh is a Founding Member of the Mid Atlantic Analog Photographers, and has assisted John Carrera in his book arts studio.
Ann Neslen is a writer and artist from Salt Lake City, Utah and recently relocated to Frederick, Maryland. She studied English teaching at Utah State University and Book Arts at the University of Utah. Ann’s teaching background is in writing, bookbinding, and multimedia visual arts. She is passionate about sharing the art of bookbinding and enjoys combining multiple art forms. Ann’s artwork and writing have been featured in several publications and gallery shows.
Lynn Yockelson is a full-time public high school art teacher in Maryland. She earned a BFA from Pratt Institute in graphic design, and an MAEA from Maryland Institute College of Art. She holds National Board Teacher Certification. She is a member of the National Art Education Association, and the Creative Alliance of Baltimore.