In 2007, Krista Harris renovated her log cabin studio in Bayfield, Colorado. Her 16′ x 32′ studio could not accommodate her large acrylic paintings nor the materials she needed—she was in an experimental phase that suited her. “This was a great investment in myself and my work, giving me validation and freedom,” says Harris. To finance the renovation, she sold her car.
After graduating from the Rhode Island School of Design last year, Bo Kyung Kim was looking for a studio in Providence. She wanted a studio near her home or work since she didn’t have a car and winters in that area can be quite cold. None met these requirements, so she decided to set up a studio at home. She’s pleased that in her home-based studio, she can easily do the technique of layering and sealing using Hanji, traditional Korean paper. “Hanji appears most beautifully under sunlight,” said Kyung Kim. “Warmth and sunlight coming through a big window creates a peaceful moment for me to meditate, which leads to the biggest inspiration of my work.”
Francene J. Levinson, who was born in Brooklyn, is a digital artist based in Portland, OR. She has transformed modular, three-dimensional origami into fine art. She draws inspiration from nature, with series on birds, oceans, and plants. For fifteen years, she taught art in New York and Florida.
Amy Kanka Valadarsky is a photographer based in Even Yehuda, Israel. She was born in 1964 in Romania, where she spent the first eight years of her life before moving to Israel with her family. After graduating as a software engineer, she worked twenty-five years designing and implementing software solutions throughout the world. In 2014, she left the telecommunications industry, starting a new chapter as a fine art photographer.
Terri Witek’s most recent book is The Rape Kit (2018). She is also the author of Body Switch (2016); Exit Island (2012); The Shipwreck Dress (2008), a Florida Book Award winner; Carnal World (2006); Fools and Crows (2003); Courting Couples, a winner of the 2000 Center for Book Arts Contest; and Robert Lowell and Life Studies: Revising the Self (1993). A native of northern Ohio, she earned a PhD at Vanderbilt University, and now holds the Sullivan Chair in Creative Writing at Stetson University in central Florida. At Stetson she has received both the McEniry Award for Excellence in Teaching and the John Hague Award for Distinguished Teaching. She has worked with visual artists throughout her career, and her collaborations with Brazilian new media artist Cyriaco Lopes have been featured in galleries and site-specific projects in Seoul, Lisbon, Rio de Janeiro, New York City, and Los Angeles. Witek also teaches with Lopes in Stetson’s MFA of the Americas Expanded Field program. She is married to the comic-book scholar Joseph Witek.
For the past thirty years, Bette Ridgeway has worked full-time as an artist, painting colorful canvases in large and small studios. Most recently, she converted a 14′ x 14′, light-filled bedroom in her Santa Fe home into a working studio. She removed doors from a long closet and put in three large metal bookcases to store art supplies. This allows her to preserve floor space so that she can create paintings as long as 130 inches. For large commissions, she also has access to a big warehouse with a 13′ ceiling.
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.