Private Studio Artists
Studio 1C Chelsae is a screenprinter and illustrator from Washington, D.C. In 2012, she graduated with a BFA in Design & Illustration from the University of Michigan School of Art & Design. After experimenting with various mediums, she discovered her love for ink and balancing illustrative elements in design. She currently works as a product designer in D.C.
Studio 3A Michael is a painter who combines his personal history and memory with the history of painting and African American culture. Working in a mix of figuration and abstraction, he often cuts apart his paintings and reconstructs them into new narratives. At the core of his work is an investigation into memory and creating new truths. Raised in the South, Booker attended the University of Maryland and earned his MFA in Studio Art in 2012.
Studio 2F Clara Cornelius is designer and visual artist with a vibrant, bold, diverse style. As a designer, Clara has over 20 years of experience collaborating with cultural partners including: BAM, Nonesuch Records, Sundance Institute, Onassis USA, and New York City Center. As a visual artist she explores the interplay between photography, typography, patterns, and symbols, expressing a desire to see the world differently and discover magic in the ordinary and fleeting.
Studio 2E Chase DeForest's primary medium is leather. Her artworks explore themes of the west associated with cattle, the landscape and politics. She also designs and makes custom cowboy boots for individual clients.
Studio 2B Brian Dunn is a 2016 MFA graduate from the University of Oklahoma. He had previously attended the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts obtaining a certificate in 2012 and BFA in 2013.
Studio 2A Rachel Egen is a painter who works primarily in oils but also gouache, watercolor, charcoal, pastel, and ink. From New York, she has studied at the Art Students League and, in DC, the Washington Studio School. Her interests include figure studies, interiors, and plein air painting.
Studio 2B Melissa teaches courses in lithography in her spare time at Pyramid Atlantic, in addition to creating her own handmade prints that she exhibits and sells nationally and locally. Melissa graduated in 2004 with an MFA in Printmaking from Ohio University, and in 2001 with a BFA from Murray State University. From 2012-2016, she was the Director of Community Partnerships at The Arc Prince George’s County, an organization providing programming and support for differently-abled adults.
Studio 1C Megan is a quilt maker inspired by the traditional and Amish quilt designs she grew up with in Ohio. She works with modern fabrics and color combinations. Improvisational design and piecing are her most creative forms of expression and meditative practice. She teaches quilting at Three Little Birds Sewing Co. and is a member of the DC Modern Quilt Guild.
Studio 3B Imar is a self-taught artist based in Washington, DC. He works primarily in collage, mixed media and printmaking. Imar's portraits combine vintage black magazines, hate mail and historical documents as well as found objects, tissue paper and new materials. He imagines that people themselves are collages: amalgams of countless disparate fragments and inputs. He remixes his subjects in new and often Afro-futuristic ways, but always draws from (or challenges) a historical notion.
Studio 1A Annie Immediata is a conservation technician and artist. Originally from North Carolina she has a BFA in Studio Art and a BA in Art History from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her love of painting and drawing continues to inspire her growth in book arts. Her work in the studio is currently focused on expanding her understand of book arts and how her bindings are influenced by drawing and painting.
Studio 2H Fleming Jeffries' works on paper rely on drawing as a means to slow down the mind’s eye and opens bridges to the subconscious. A native of Washington DC, she received an MFA in Printmaking from Rhode Island School of Design, and a BFA in Printmaking and BA in Russian from the University of Alaska Anchorage, as well as the Printer Training Certificate from Tamarind Institute of Lithography in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Studio 2A Cynthia Farrell Johnson is a fan of vibrant colors. Her mixed media works have been inspired by the people she met and places where she lived during 25 years of globetrotting as a U.S. diplomat. In the past, Johnson has received an Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County Individual Artist/Scholar Grant and has been an Artist-in-Residence at Wesley Theological Seminary’s Luce Center for the Arts & Religion.
Studio 3D J'Nell is a serial image collector. The things she filters daily within in current culture, history, music and fashion are combined with her love for painting the human figure, and playing with pattern and light. She attended Adelphi University in New York on a visual arts talent scholarship and received her BFA in 2009. he now lives and works out of Hyattsville, Maryland currently working on her Queen Things project highlighting and honoring nominated women in the D.C. metro area.
Studio 2D Jane takes a simple approach to her creative work. An object attracts her attention. She picks it up. She designs a composition around it to express what about that object made her look at it, and to convey visual worth from the unexpected. She uses the design process to question and justify each decision she makes along the way. When she is successful with a composition, others see value in the ordinary and discarded as well.
Studio 1F Fine art photographer Janet received bachelor degrees in Studio Art and later Art Education from the University of Maryland. A mid-life career shift to teaching high school art reintroduced her to the practice of photography. er background in drawing and painting has influenced her approach to photography, as she prefers to incorporate hands-on methods into her work. She is currently working with 19th century processes as well as digital ones, and photogravure.
Studio 2F Sarah is an artist and educator based in the Washington D.C. area. She holds a MFA in printmaking as well as a MA in Art Education from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Primarily working in printmaking and book and paper arts, Sarah’s work is inspired by her multicultural upbringing in Thailand, Saudi Arabia and small town Montana. She currently works as a hand bookbinder at the Government Publishing Office.
Studio 3C John Ortiz draws his inspiration from a love of diverse art and design. Growing up in New York City, he was introduced to graffiti at a young age. His approach to the creative process, combined with a keen interest in abstract expressionism, is showcased in his mixed media art and printmaking. This style contains great movement and interaction between organic and geometric shapes. John Ortiz currently resides in the Washington, D.C area and works as a Commercial Artist.
Studio 3C Korey is a painter and printmaker. His visual structures, compositions and figures are inspired by the traditional expression and connection to the study of the African Diaspora and is also stylistically inspired by street art. He has exhibited work throughout the Washington metro area. He has received a BA in painting and printmaking from the University of Maryland College Park. He currently lives and works in Maryland.
Studio 1A Linda is a book artist, and enjoys teaching bookbinding to all levels of students and is passionate about all aspects of the book arts. She has been a book conservator since the mid 90s, as Capella Book Arts, and Book Binder in Residence at Pyramid Atlantic since 2003.
Studio 1B Gretchen is proud to have spent the last decade as artistic director of Pyramid Atlantic. She received her MFA in printmaking from Arizona State University, and has completed multiple artist residencies at Women's Studio Workshop, Columbia College Center for Book and Paper, and more. Her prints, installations and works on paper works have been exhibited in New York, Boston and Washington DC, and acquired by national and international collections.
Studio 2H Adi started at Pyramid as a Keyholder Resident and stayed on as a Screenprint Associate. She holds a BFA in printmaking and photography from SUNY Purchase, and a BA in art history and education from Brown University. When not making art or exploring DC playgrounds with her children, Adi is working on her Masters in Social Work degree.
Studio 2G Kim Thorpe received her BA in Studio Art from St. Mary's College of Maryland and her MFA in painting and printmaking from the Rhode Island School of Design. Inspired by landscape imagery and abstraction her paintings explore color, shape and line. She exhibits her work locally and nationally.
Studio 1E Jenny Walton holds a BFA in painting from Central Washington University and an MFA in Painting from American University and has shown her work nationally and internationally. She has been published in several catalogs and critical articles. Her work is held in several private collections. Walton currently lives and works in Washington, D.C.
Studio 1A Mary Elizabeth Watson is a book artist and conservation technician living and working in Washington, DC. An Alabama native, she earned her MFA in the Book Arts from The University of Alabama in 2014. Her work combines traditional bookmaking processes such as letterpress printing, hand bookbinding, and papermaking with contemporary technologies for image and typographic design. She produces artist's books, broadsides, and handbound books under the imprint Roygbiv Press.