shopify analytics ecommerce
tracking
BLACK POND STUDIO

BIOS OF TEACHING ARTISTS

DENNIS CONGDON holds a BFA in painting from RISD and an MFA from Yale. In 1983 he won the Prix de Rome and became a Fellow at the American Academy in Rome.  He has taught painting and drawing at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the Tyler School of Art, and has been on the faculty at RISD since 1984. In 2003 he received a Guggenheim Foundation fellowship and in 2010 RISD’s John R. Frazier Award for Excellence in Teaching.
Congdon’s work has been exhibited widely. Since 2013 he has had three solo shows in New York City: at the CUE Foundation in 2013, (curated by Stanley Whitney,); at the Horton Gallery in 2014 ; and “Congeries” at Zieher Smith and Horton Gallery in 2015. In 2015 his large work “Hummocks” was included in the James and Audrey Foster Prize Exhibition at the ICA Boston, (curated by kijidome.)

ELIZABETH GEIGER majored in painting and mathematics at the University of Virginia, and continued her art studies at the New York Studio School and Vermont Studio Center. Geiger has won a fellowship from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, been featured in American Artist magazine, and has shown regularly throughout the eastern United States.  Her work can be seen in the Sheltering Arms Hospital in Richmond, the Augusta Medical Center in Fishersville, VA as well as the Clay Center Museum of Art in Charleston, WV.
Known for her still life paintings, she has recently also focused her painting practice on landscape.  Along with her regular teaching at the Beverley Street Studio School in Staunton, VA,  she has been a visiting artist at the College of William & Mary, the Kentucky School of Art & Design,  Washington & Lee University, the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and Mount Gretna School of Art in Pennsylvania. 
ElIzabeth Geiger regularly shows her work at Gross McCleaf Gallery in Philadelphia, PA.
 
CATHERINE KEHOE earned her BFA in painting from Massachusetts College of Art and Design and her MFA in painting from the School of Visual Arts, Boston University.
Kehoe has received the following awards: Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellowship, Ballinglen Foundation Fellowship, Lillian Orlowsky and William Freed Foundation Grant; Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant; Berkshire Taconic Artist’s Resource Trust Grant; Massachusetts Cultural Council Finalist Grant; Blanche E. Colman Award; St. Botolph Club Foundation Grant, and the Sam and Adele Golden Foundation for the Arts Award. 
Kehoe is represented by Howard Yezerski Gallery, Boston.
She has been a visiting artist at Swarthmore College, Johns Hopkins University, University of Washington, Salve Regina University, Rhode Island College, Colby College, Hendrix College, George Mason University, College of William and Mary, University of Arkansas at Fort Smith and Indiana University.
Kehoe teaches painting and drawing at Massachusetts College of Art and Design. She has also taught painting workshops at Art New England, Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Armory Art Center in West Palm Beach, Florida, the Washington Art Association, Washington Studio School, Cullowhee Mountain Arts, Harvard Medical School, and Black Pond Studio.

SUSAN LICHTMAN is the Charles Bloom Professor of the Arts of Design at Brandeis University where she teaches painting and drawing. She received her undergraduate degree from Brown University and earned an MFA in Painting from Yale University School of Art. A recipient of awards from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation, she was the Frances Niederer Artist-in-Residence at Hollins University in 2017. She has given workshops and been a visiting critic at painting programs throughout the US and Europe.
Lichtman has recently had solo exhibitions at Steven Harvey Fine Arts Projects in New York, at Gross McCleaf gallery in Philadelphia and the Wilson Museum of Hollins University in Roanoke, VA.  She lives in Rehoboth, Massachusetts.

LUCY MacGILLIS grew up in Pittsfield, Massachusetts; she then left the States to paint in Italy upon graduating from the University of Pennsylvania in 2000. With grants from UPenn, she studied at
Nick Carone’s International School of Art in Montecastello di Vibio and began a series of still lifes and landscapes there. She restored an old farmhouse in Umbria which is now her studio and the home where she lives with her son Vito and companion Piero. Together they prepare canvases from scratch with raw linen and rabbit skin glue. 
MacGillis paints from observation, mixing her own paint from raw earth pigments and linseed oil. She has shown her work in Rome at the Galleria Ca'd'Oro and the U.S. Embassy, in Umbria at the Museo del Laterizio e delle Terracotte, and Galleria l'Unu in Todi, in Austria at the Galerie Lendl Haus der Kunst, in France at the Espace Cultarel des Tanneries of Normandy.  In the United States her paintings and drawings are shown at Bee in the Lion in New York City, the Hoadley Gallery in Lenox, Ma, Blue Heron in Wellfleet, and at Selby Fleetwood in Santa Fe. She also teaches painting seminars in Stockbridge, Massachusetts at IS183, the Armory Art Center in Palm Beach, at the Kunstfabrik in Hannover, Germany, Kunstfabrik Wien in Vienna  and privately in Italy.
 
AMY MAHNICK grew up in the suburbs of Detroit and lives and works in Brooklyn.  She received her BFA in sculpture from Michigan State University, and her MFA in painting from The New York Academy of Art.  After graduating from the Academy she continued studying painting with Harvey Dinnerstein at the Art Students’ League.  She is currently an adjunct instructor of painting at Adelphi University, and a freelance decorative painter.
Her work has been exhibited in the United States and South Korea, most notably with Flowers Gallery, NY; Nancy Margolis Gallery, NY; Richard Heller Gallery, Los Angeles; Girls’ Club, Ft. Lauderdale; and the Hangaram Art Museum in Seoul.  This past summer she was a visiting artist at the Mount Gretna School of Painting, and one of eleven women interviewed for the short documentary film “Women Painting” produced by Girls’ Club founder and collector Francie Bishop Good.  In the Fall of 2018 she will have a solo exhibition in the Project Room of the Painting Center in NYC.  This will be her second workshop at Black Pond Studio.  

NANCY McCARTHY is a painter who works both from imagination and observation. Exhibitions include: “Veils,” There Gallery, NYC; “Beyond Texture,” Truro Center for the Arts, Truro, MA;  “The Unstilllife,” Guest artist, Zeuxis,University of Arkansas, Fort Smith, AK; “A Cat May Look,” Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA; solo exhibition, Fitchburg University; "Color Works," Truro Center for Arts, Truro, MA; Manifest Drawing and Painting Center, Cincinnati, OH; Simmons College, Boston; Gutman Library, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA; and Bowery Gallery, NY. Awards include: a residency at the Inside Out Museum in Beijing China, a St. Botolph Foundation Award, Artist's Grant, Vermont Studio Center and a Ragdale Foundation Fellowship. She has served as a mentor in both MassArt's and Lesley University's low residency MFA Programs and has taught painting, drawing and color courses at Massachusetts College of Art and Design since 2005. In 2018 she was a visiting artist at the Beijing Royal Academy in Beijing, China.
 
JANICE NOWINSKI was born and raised in Brooklyn and Rockaway Park. She received her MFA in Painting from Yale University. She has exhibited at American Academy of Arts and Letters, National Academy Museum,  American University Museum, John Davis Gallery, Zurcher Gallery, Leigh Morse Fine Arts, Steven Harvey Fine Arts Projects, Kent Fine Arts, Lohin Geduld and Schweitzer Contemporary. Currently she has a one person exhibition at John Davis Gallery in Hudson, NY.
She is the recipient of a purchase prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. 
Her work has been featured and reviewed in the Hudson Review , New Criterion, Hyperallergic , Huffington Post and American Artist.
Nowinski lives and paints in Brooklyn, New York.

ELIZABETH O'REILLY received her B.Ed from The National University of Ireland, and an MFA from Brooklyn College, New York. She has participated in residencies at the Ballinglen Foundation, Ireland, the Ucross Foundation, Wyoming, the Ragdale Foundation, Illinois.  She has received numerous awards, including a Pollock Krasner Foundation grant, a Charles G. Shaw award for painting and The Peter S. Reed Foundation grant. A documentary on her work, Ealaiontóir Thar Sáile (An Artist Abroad) was shown on network TV in Ireland.  O’Reilly shows at The George Billis Gallery in Chelsea, New York.  O’Reilly has taught extensively at colleges in New York City, including the New School for Social Research, Brooklyn College and Pratt University. She is currently teaching at The New York School of the Arts, as well as workshops at Art New England, and out of her studio in Brooklyn.  O’Reilly taught watercolor and collage for several years at The National Academy of Fine Art. Her work has been reviewed in Art in America, The New York Sun and Art News, among others. Ms. O’Reilly’s work is found in many corporate and public collections, both in the US and internationally including the State Department, Washington D.C: the State Collection Ireland, and the Memphis Brooks Museum in Memphis TN.  Her work is included in Painted Landscapes: Contemporary Views by Lauren Della Monica.
 
JENNIFER POCHINSKI grew up in Kailua Hawaii, and received a BFA in painting from the University of Hawaii. She spent subsequent years in Europe and living on the West Coast. 
She is a figurative painter and on painting she says:
'It has taken me a long time to figure out how to handle paint. I moved to California from Greece about 8 years ago.At that time  I was seduced by the sensuousness of paint. But I spent a number of frustrating years feeling stuck and felt I could not progress. My marks always had a rapid gestural quality and I wanted to bring the element of time into my work, but always reached an obstacle within.
 A couple years ago I started to work exclusively on paper, cardboard or panel. It was completely liberating. The weight of hundreds of years of painting was lifted off my shoulders. These smoother surfaces (versus canvas)  can only take so much paint before it starts to come off as you apply it. I experimented with less heavy layers, it was a joy to create flesh - coming at it from a new angle. I worked on more isolated imagery, and simpler forms. I discovered that I react to what I am painting versus perceive it. It has lead me to be more playful in content and take risks. My work now is really about isolating, breaking things up and putting them back together.’

GWEN STRAHLE has been teaching drawing at the Rhode Island School of Design since 1984, and instigated the Drawing Marathon there in 2004.  She shows her paintings with Zeuxis, an association of still-life painters.  Her work has been exhibited in galleries and museums across the country.  She is the recipient of awards from the Connecticut Artist Fellowship, the Guggenheim Fellowship, the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the Ingram Merrill Foundation.  She holds a BA from Rhode Island College and an MFA from the Yale School of Art.  In fall of 2018, she was in an exhibit at Art at Kings Oaks, in Newtown, PA

HARRY STOOSHINOFF was born in Kamsack, Saskatchewan, Canada. His love of visual art developed in early teenage years, later leading to a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Saskatchewan (1979) and a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Calgary (1981). After several moves and a Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Toronto (1989), Harry secured employment teaching art at Trinity College School in Port Hope, Ontario where he remained for 26 years before retiring in 2015.
During his teaching career and to this day, he produced a prolific body of work dealing primarily with landscape imagery. In 2006 he began marketing artwork online, a method he favours since it allows direct, immediate contact with clients.
These days Harry can be found walking and documenting the always changing spectacular landscape of the Oak Ridges Moraine.