FBAC Board Members 2022-2024

Sara Friedman - President and Co-Founder

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.

Suzanne Grobbel - Vice President

Suzanne Grobbel is an artist from Loudoun County, Virginia. Largely self-taught as a printmaker, she has a professional background in nonprofit development. Her prints have been featured locally and internationally in collections and gallery shows.

Johnny Carrera - Secretary and Co-Founder

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.

Lisa Sheirer 

Lisa Sheirer is a digital printmaker, photographer, designer, typographer, and art educator who works with pixels, paper, clay, glass, metal and wood. She is program manager and professor of computer graphics & photography at Frederick Community College.

Sheirer has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in painting and printmaking from West Virginia University and a Master of Fine Arts degree in sculpture from University of Notre Dame. 

Lisa’s creative career has spanned 40 years, She has produced large ceramic & glass murals for Baltimore Washington International Airport commissioned by the Maryland Department of Transportation and a glass mural installed in the Western MD Health System lobby in Cumberland, Maryland. She has designed and produced one of a kind books for national associations and individuals. Sheirer has exhibited her work in numerous solo shows from Chicago to Washington DC.

Lisa Sheirer is represented by NOMA Gallery in Frederick, MD.

Lee Newman - Treasurer

Lee Newman is a painter and printmaker. He received his Masters of Fine Arts degree from American University in DC and continued his studies at the Academy of Fine Art in Vienna as a Fulbright Scholar. A dedicated educator, he founded the Washington Studio School with Joseph Kossow in 1984 and has been a visiting artist at a number of colleges and art schools.

His work has been exhibited in various galleries and museums and is included in the permanent collection of the National Gallery of Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the California Palace of the Legion of Honor and the Print Collection of the Library of Congress.

Scip Barnhart

Scip Barnhart, born in 1946, lives in Washington DC. and teaches Drawing, Printmaking and Art of the Book at Georgetown University and also is the Resident Printmaker at American University. He is director and Masterprinter for Union Printmakers Atelier and Capitol Letter Press Studio. He previously taught for GWU, The Corcoran, VCU and The National Gallery of Art.Last show of prints and drawings was at the Atlantic Gallery in NYC 2016. Work in collections of The National Gallery, Library of Congress, Phillips Collection, Georgetown University.

Martha Kearsley

Martha Kearsley is a bookbinder and letterpress printer in Portland, Maine. She trained as a bookbinder at North Bennet Street School and expanded her skill set on the job, and through mentorship, as a contract conservator at Harvard University’s Weissman Preservation Center. She owns and operates Strong Arm Bindery, which specializes in the design and production of well-made and useful stationery. Martha is currently an instructor in the full-time Bookbinding Program at North Bennet Street School in Boston, where she teaches best practices in the repair and conservation of paper and books. 

Val Lucas

Val Lucas is a printer and educator in Monkton, MD. She graduated with a concentration in Printmaking and Art History from the Maryland Institute College of Art, and began collecting printing equipment. Val started Bowerbox Press in 2008, her private imprint creating woodcut and letterpress prints and artists’ books. She runs private and community workshops in printing and bookbinding, and teaches Letterpress and Bookbinding at Towson University. She is a past president and active member of the Chesapeake Chapter of the American Printing History Association, and a member of the Charm City Craft Mafia in Baltimore. 

Andrea McCluskey

Andrea McCluskey is a Maryland based artist. She studied Art History at Bucknell University and Printmaking at Montgomery Community College under Barbara Kerne. She was a member of Maryland Printmakers. Andrea is a member of the NOMA gallery in Frederick and her work is featured in several collections, including the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C. She teaches Design and Printmaking at Hood College in Frederick, MD.