Nancy McTague-Stock has worked in various studios, both here and abroad, including in an old castle in the Champagne-Ardenne region of France last October. She received the Denis Diderot grant, which funded part of her stay, in a tiny village surrounded by green fields and forests. There, working in a small studio, she was inspired to work on small photographic pieces and works on paper instead of large paintings as she would back in her Connecticut studio.
Ken Collins is a professional photographer and artist in New York City. His work has appeared in numerous publications, including American Theater, New York Magazine, The New York Times, ARTnews, Newsweek, Orion, and Lenswork. Umbrage Books published his award-winning portrait series, In Their Company: Portraits of American Playwrights. His work has been shown at solo and group exhibitions and included in private and public collections. He teaches at the International Center of Photography in New York. He graduated with a BFA in Photography from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California.
Gordon Leverton is a self-taught Canadian artist who was awarded honorable mention at the 2014 Juried Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition. He received first place awards in the Junction Juried Art Exhibition and the Riverdale Art Walk in Toronto. His work is in corporate and private collections of Dr. Ivan Selin, founding chairman of the National Museum of American History; C.C.H. Pounder, actress; and the city of Toronto. He recently completed an ad campaign for FirstOntario Credit Union, in which his work was prominently featured in the bank’s thirty-four branches. Press coverage includes spots on CBC Nightly News and Global News at 6, as well as in the newspapers The Hamilton Spectator and The Globe and Mail. He lives in Hamilton, Ontario, with his wife and two children.
Thirty years ago, sculptor Margaret Swan converted a garage at her home into an artist studio. The five-hundred-square-foot garage, which is behind her Victorian house in a Boston suburb, boasts a high-peaked roof loft space. “It is not a source of inspiration, but a place for inspiration to take place,” says Swan.
More than twenty-five years ago, PD Packard bought a boarded-up brownstone in Brooklyn that had been vacant for a decade. Friends nicknamed it the Adam’s family house, but to her, the entire home was inspirational, allowing her to express her true love, color—contrasting sharply with the Federal brick colonial she grew up in the suburbs of Washington, DC, where all the walls were painted white.
Rebecca Giles is a still life painter who was born in Media, PA, but grew up in Europe and the Middle East. At the age of twelve, Rebecca discovered oil paints when she befriended an Uzbekistani artist living in her neighborhood in Turkey and began working next to him in his studio. Rebecca, eighteen, is a second-year student at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) in Philadelphia.
This fall, artist Rosalyn Driscoll said goodbye to her beautiful, downtown studio. For thirty years, she’d rented the 1,200-square-foot studio in a former factory in Easthampton, MA. But escalating rents, a need for more storage space, and a desire for a shorter commute pushed her to move into a newly built studio in an open field a hundred yards from her home in rural western Massachusetts. “The new studio provides spaciousness and freedom,” she says. “It offers grounding and a stable connection to so much I hold dear.”