STAFF

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Johnny Carrera

Executive Director

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.

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Sara Friedman

Director of Finance and Procurement

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.

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Corrine Wilson
Director of Planning and Communications
Corrine.wilson@fredbookartscenter.org

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.

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Charlotte Mauler Hayes
Director of Education and Instructor
Charlottemaulerhayes@fredbookartscenter.org

Charlotte Mauler Hayes is a freelance photographer and graphic designer originally from North Carolina. She graduated from Warren Wilson College with concentration on book arts, printmaking and photography.  Her bookbinding and art is influenced by historic research of  european renaissance and medieval bookbinding forms while her photography and graphic design relies heavily on the use of computers and modern technology. She has received award recognition for her historic bookbinding and historic artwork through the regional chapter of an international historical society.​​

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Benjamin Friedman

Grants Officer

Benjamin Friedman is a mixed-media artist with a specialization in ceramics art. He grew up as a studio assistant to his parent, Sara A Friedman, and learnt printmaking and printing. Benjamin studied Studio Art at Adelphi College in New York, and has embraced the administration and creative side of the art world, especially grant writing. Benjamin lives in Frederick, MD.

INSTRUCTORS

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Photo credit: Justin Tsucalas of BmoreArt Magazine

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. 

Elissa Campbell

 

Elissa Campbell has been making books for the past 26 years and sells her work professionally under the business name of Blue Roof Designs. She studied Fine Arts at the University of Pennsylvania and earned her M.A. in Expressive Therapies with a concentration in Art Therapy from Lesley University. It was during her graduate studies that she was introduced to and fell in love with the book arts. She is a big believer in the power of using books for self-expression. Elissa is currently chair of the Book Arts Guild of Vermont, serves on the board of the Vermont Crafts Council, and is on the Vermont Arts Council's Teaching Artist Roster.

G.E. Gallas

 

G. E. Gallas is a writer and illustrator who specializes in historical-fiction graphic novels, self-publishing, and zines. She is best known for "The Poet and the Flea" about the 18th-century English poet-painter William Blake and "The Plague and Doctor Caim" about a 17th-century plague doctor (Cast Iron Books). Gallas is a graduate of New York University: Gallatin School of Individualized Study, where she created her own major: a cross-cultural study of storytelling within film, literature, graphic novels, etc. In all her endeavors, Gallas adapts this interdisciplinary approach, pursuing her diverse interests with in-depth research and imagination.

Alexandra Garcia

 

Alexandra Garcia is a Maryland based photographer, printmaker, and art teacher. She graduated from Shepherd University with her Bachelors degree in photography and her Masters Degree in Art Education. Her artwork is heavily influenced by nature and often focuses on the relationship between the cycle of life and the natural world.

Nic Heersema

 

A lifelong book lover and avid enthusiast of the book arts, Nic Heersema first became interested in understanding the structure and conservation of books while working at the Virginia Tech University library. This interest morphed into a passion for researching and recreating historical bookbinding methods which Nic pursues and teaches as part of an international historic arts society.

Lauren Koch

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. 

Rosa Leff

Between painting alongside her grandmother and watching her father build reproduction antique furniture, Rosa Leff grew up seeing no distinction between fine art and craft.  What mattered was that things were made by hand and done well.  It is with that in mind that she creates her hand cut paper pieces.  Each of Leff’s papercuts is cut by hand from a single sheet of paper using a knife.  Her cityscapes are based on photos she’s taken in her neighborhood and all over the world.  While Leff is best known for her ability to capture thin tangles of powerlines and intricate brickwork, she also enjoys experimenting with novel media such as paper plates and paper towels.  Leff delights in bringing a modern, urban perspective to a traditional folk medium. 

Leff serves on the board of The Guild of American Papercutters.  She has exhibited her work throughout the East Coast and in China.  She resides in Baltimore with her husband and chihuahuas, Chalupa and Refrito. 

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Jillian Abir MacMaster

Jillian Abir MacMaster (b. 1995, she/her) is a Palestinian-American photographic artist from Frederick, Maryland. She graduated from Shepherd University in Shepherdstown, West Virginia with a BFA in photography in 2017. She exhibits locally and regionally and is an advocate for the arts. Her work focuses on themes of strength, power, femininity, the LGBTQ+ experience, and the Arab-American experience.

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Lee Newman

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.

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Linda Rollins

 Linda’s passion for book binding started at John C. Campbell Folk School in North Carolina in the early 1990s.  An apprenticeship near her home in South Florida combined with study in Massachusetts led to the opening of her bindery, Capella Book Arts.  Linda moved her bindery to Silver Spring, Maryland, and joined Pyramid Atlantic Art Center as the Binder in Residence in 2002.

When Pyramid Atlantic moved to Hyattsville in 2016, she went with them as a studio holder and teacher.  Linda became a member of their board in 2021, continuing to teach bookbinding and box making to all levels of students.

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Shawn Sheehy

Shawn Sheehy has been teaching book arts courses and workshops on the national level since 2001. His broadsides and artist book editions have been collected by such institutions as Stanford, Carnegie Mellon, University of Chicago, Library of Congress, UCLA, and Harvard. Sheehy's trade pop-up books Welcome to the Neighborwood (2015) and Beyond the Sixth Extinction (2018) were published by Candlewick and both won numerous awards. He holds an MFA in the Book Arts from Columbia College Chicago.

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Maral Taheritari

Maral is an incredibly talented international artist whose work is clearly inspired by her studies of traditional carpet-making design. She works as a freelance international artist who currently resides in North Holland. Her passion to teach and share her art is inspiring and includes sharing stories of motivating children to be creative. Her goals are to continue her experience as an artist and to continue inspiring others to create. Her work is often a mix of elegant repeating patterns intertwined with nature inspired elements. She often partners with an historical focused illumination/calligraphy artist to create modern versions of pages from historic books. Her work has been seen in international galleries and displays including Iran, Hungary, and even as local as Virginia, USA.

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Catherine Cross Tsintzos

Catherine Cross Tsintzos is an Interdisciplinary/Multidisciplinary Artist with a focus on environmental and social issues, traditional fine craft and sustainability. She has a clear purpose in building and crossing bridges among the arts with a deep focus and balance between artistic practice, teaching, activism and invitation for participation. Catherine works with arts organizations, museums and universities including Rollins College/FL, Duke University Continuing Studies/NC, Louise Wells Cameron Art Museum/NC, Sawtooth School for Visual Art/NC, and Greenville Center for Creative Art/SC, Florence County Museum/SC currently. Her love for the element of surprise and process art have lead her to working with mediums that include clay, paper, printmaking, book and fiber arts, alternative photographic processes, natural plant dyes and earth pigments. 

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Stacy Wong

Creating has always been a part of Stacy's life. She is a lifelong collector, maker, creative, and inspired by all types and styles of art. Wood has been her preferred medium for creating because it is solid and its surfaces can be painted, stamped and printed upon yet the integrity of the natural wood is still there. She designs and creates goods which are modern, aesthetically pleasing, and functional. They are products which make you feel good about giving. She makes all of her products, one at a time in Manhattan Beach, California. 

INTERNS

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Cameron Dawson

Down to the structure of our DNA we are full of unique intricacies. As an artist I focus on portraying the intricacies of my own existence. I strive to create art that is true to my experience of the world. By creating a window into my life, I hope to inspire viewers to consider their own lives and all of the complexities that
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I will be creating an illustrated poetry book over the course of my internship at Frederick Book Arts. The poetry has been provided by published poet Emily Trdina; who partnered with me to develop specific imagery for each poem. I am bringing the poems and imagery together by creating the illustrations based on our shared ideas and producing the books that physically bind the poems with their respective images. 

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Eric Groff

Eric Groff grew up in a family of artists in Jefferson, Maryland. He first caught the printmaking bug in the art department of Frostburg State University, where he combined his traditional drawing skills and interest in storytelling with the strong contrast of linocut relief printing to develop illustrations that are rich in detail and fictional narrative. Eric earned his BFA in 2016 and continues to expand his portfolio in book illustration, sequential art, and woodworking. He is looking forward to the opportunities the new year will bring for the Frederick Book Arts Center and the downtown art scene.