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 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.

Charlotte Mauler Hayes

Director of Education and Instructor

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.​​

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

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. 

Karen Hanmer

 

Karen Hanmer’s artist-made books are physical manifestations of personal essays intertwining history, culture, politics, science and technology. She utilizes both traditional and contemporary book structures, and the work is often playful in content or format. Hanmer’s work is included in more than 200 collections ranging from The British Library and the Library of Congress to Stanford University and Graceland. She has served on the editorial board of The Bonefolder, as Exhibitions Chair for the Guild of Book Workers, and as frequent exhibition curator and juror. She offers workshops and private instruction focusing on a solid foundation in traditional binding skills.

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.

Shannon Kerner

 

Shannon Kerner is a bookbinder, book conservator and artist. She is currently working as a Senior Book Conservator at the National Archives and Records Administration. She previously worked as the Conservation Manager at the Bridgeport National Bindery. She has a private book making and conservation practice working from her home studio. She practices a number of different art mediums including a wide variety of bindings, from design bindings to art books, paper folding, and 3-D mediums such as ceramics, textile weaving, and wood. She graduated from the North Bennet Street School and Fordham University. She lives in Maryland. 

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. 

Photo credit: Justin Tsucalas of BmoreArt Magazine

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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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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Egan Barnitt

Egan Barnitt is a student at Georgetown University studying Global Health and Studio Art. Her work includes years of multimedia journaling and book-making, typography, at-home printmaking, graphite and charcoal realism, and hand poke tattooing. Egan most enjoys the interaction between written word and visual art as a means of honoring the little moments of personhood, but her passion also lies in community cultivation, and in encouraging art to thrive in safe, supportive spaces.