Faculty

We have a dedicated faculty of professional artists who emphasize a collaborative learning environment across a wide range of disciplines. Our goal is to guide our students to develop their artistic vision and to become enlightened citizens of our world or simply to enjoy the process of creativity.

 

Maurizio Pellegrin

All Media

Pellegrin was born in Venice, Italy. An artist of international reputation, he is also a revered arts educator who holds a Master’s Degree in Art History, Ca’ Foscari University in Venice. He studied sculpture and painting at the Academy of Fine Arts of Venice, where he also holds the equivalent of the American MFA in Studio Art.
 Pellegrin directed the Venice Program Master of Art at New York University and taught Phenomenology of the Arts and Advanced Studio at Teachers College, Columbia University. In addition, he has taught Modern Design and Architecture at Rhode Island School of Design, he was Director of the School and Creative Director at the National Academy Museum and School, where he later became the Dean of the school. Pellegrin is also Chief Executive of Cultural Affairs at two ancient Venetian institutions, I.R.E. and Fondazione Venezia, Venice.
As an artist, he has had more than 150 solo and 400 group exhibitions in major museums and galleries, including the Museum of Modern Art, New York; San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art; Corcoran Gallery of Art, (Washington D.C); Museum of Contemporary Art, (Cleveland, Ohio); Fort Wayne Museum of Art, (Indiana); Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, (Arizona); Peggy Guggenheim Collection, (Venice, Italy); and the Ca’ Pesaro International Gallery of Modern Art, (Venice, Italy).
He is currently the Executive Director of the New York School of the Arts.

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Peter Bonner

Painting

Bonner was born in Australia and he has since studied extensively in Melbourne and New York, and in 2010 he completed a research degree pursuing his interest in perception and the primitive. To this end he spent considerable time in the deserts in central Australia to understand the working methods of Australian Aboriginal Artists. Since then, Peter has lived in and worked in Brooklyn and developed a personal visual language that is both metaphoric and experiential in its evocation of memory and narrative. He has taught Drawing, Painting and Conceptual Thinking at numerous institutions and in a number of countries over the past 13 years. His work has been exhibited extensively both here and abroad, most recently at the John Davis Gallery in Hudson NY.

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Bennett Vadnais

Painting, Watercolor

Bennett Vadnais grew up in Washington State. He began pursuing art seriously in his early teens and trained in the classical tradition at such schools as, the Bougie Studio, MN, the Water Street Atelier, NY, and the Art Students League of New York. His work has earned him various awards, including the first scholarship given by the American Society of Classical Realism and a merit scholarship from the Art Students League. In 2003, he was the recipient of both the Edward McDowell and the Xavier Gonzalez travel grants. These grants allowed Vadnais the opportunity to study independently in Europe for nearly two years. Vadnais has shown work with Anderson Fine Art Gallery, St. Simons Island, GA, Atlanta Art Gallery, Atlanta, GA, Century Gallery, Alexandria, VA, Hirschl & Adler Modern, New York, NY, John Pence Gallery, San Francisco, KB Gallery, New York, NY. Currently he is exhibiting with Galerie l’oeil du prince, Paris, France and the George Billis Gallery, New York, NY.

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Gabriela Dellosso

Painting, Drawing

Dellosso received her BFA from the School of Visual Arts. Her work is part of several museum collections and has been exhibited at the Allentown Art Museum, the Arnot Art Museum, the New Britain Museum of American Art Museum, the Butler Institute of American Art, the Katonah Museum of Art, the Springfield Art Museum, the Trenton City Museum, and the Westmont Museum of Art. She has had solo exhibitions at the Butler Institute of American Art and the Harmon-Meek Gallery in Naples, Florida where her work is represented.

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Elizabeth O'Reilly

Watercolor

O’Reilly received her B.Ed from The National University of Ireland and an MFA from Brooklyn College. She has participated in residencies at the Ballinglen Foundation, Ireland, the Ucross Foundation, Wyoming, the Ragdale Foundation, Illinois, and has received numerous awards, including a Pollock Krasner 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 at the New School for Social Research, Brooklyn College and Pratt University. Her work has been reviewed extensively in Art in America, The New York Sun and Art News, among others. 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 Tennessee. 

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Cathy Choi

Painting

Choi received her MFA from American University in Washington, DC. Choi is represented by Margaret Thatcher Projects, NY and Amy Simon Fine Art, CT. Her works have been exhibited nationally and internationally at the Hunterdon Art Museum, Clinton, NJ, UMASS Herter Gallery, Amherst, MA, D.U.M.B.O. Arts Center, Brooklyn NY, and Galerie Karrer, Zurich, CH. She was a painting instructor for the National Academy School, NY for numerous years. Choi’s previous career in graphic design and her work has been recognized with awards from AIGA (1993, 1994) Art Director’s Club of Philadelphia (1994) and I.D. Magazine (1993, 1994).

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Taka Maruno

Printmaking

Maruno graduated from Kuwasawa Design School in Tokyo. As an architect, he worked for world famous firms including Riki Watanabe, Shiro Kuramata, Shigeru Uchida, Aldo Rossi, and Akira Watanabe in Tokyo. As an artist, he studied under Beth Lipman at Urban Glass in Brooklyn as well as George Nama, Kathy Caraccio and Vincent Baldassano at the National Academy. He is a member of the Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop.  Maruno has recieved numerous awards including the Col. Michael Jacobs Prize and the Ralph Wailer Exhibition Award, and he has shown his works at the University of Richmond Museum and at galleries in US, Australia, the Netherlands, Turkey and Japan.

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Nadia Martinez

Sculpture, Mixed Media

Martinez is a Connecticut-based, Honduran multimedia artist. Nadia started her studies in architecture in Honduras. She studied sculpture, painting, printmaking and mixed media at the National Academy of Fine Arts in New York. She holds the equivalent of the American BFA. Nadia has exhibited her work nationally and internationally in individual and group exhibitions at Zorya Fine Art, Greenwich, CT; 4uattro Pareti Galleria, Napoli, Italy; Art Basel week, Miami, FL; Stamford Art Association, Stamford, CT; Salon Supercable de Jovenes XVI con FIA, Caracas, Venezuela;  ArtLima, Lima, Peru; Pinta Art Fair, NY; the National Academy Museum, NY; Macy Art Gallery at Columbia University, NY; Printmaking Council of New Jersey, Branchburg, NJ; Arts West Gallery, Elon University, Elon, NC; Museo del Juguete Antiguo, DF, Mexico, among others. She was an artist in residence at Museum of Arts and Design, NY. Her work is part of selected collections as the Art Bank Program of the US Department of State in Washington D.C., and other private collections in the United States, France, Peru, and Venezuela.

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Henry Finkelstein

Painting, Drawing

Finkelstein studied at the Cooper Union with Rueben Kadish and Nicolas Marsicano and at the Yale School of Art with Lester Johnson.  He has taught at the Hartford Art School, the College of William and Mary, Pratt Institute, the New York Studio School, and the Washington DC Studio School. In 1983 he received a Fulbright Fellowship for Painting in Italy. Since then he has received numerous awards, including a French government grant and the Julius Hallgarten Prize at the National Academy. Finkelstein has had solo exhibitions at the Kraushaar Gallery; the Simon Gallery, Morristown, NJ; the Valley House Gallery, Dallas, TX, and the Between the Muse Gallery, Rockland, ME. His work has also been exhibited at the Tibor de Nagy Gallery, the Ingber Gallery, the Portland Museum of Art, as well as the National Academy Museum.

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Yuka Imata

Drawing

Imata earned her B.F.A. at Massachusetts College of Art and Design followed by Art Students League of New York winning the Xavier Gonzales and Ethel Edwards Grant to study in Spain. She has received awards from the Salmagundi and Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Clubs and was featured in American Artist and Plein Air Magazines. Her work has shown throughout the U.S. at the Chelsea Art Museum, National Arts Club, Cork Gallery at Lincoln Center, and overseas in Florence, Tokyo, Yokohama and at the Museum of Kyoto. Her recent portrait commission includes Montefiore Hospital, Bronx, NY, Fife n’ Drum Restaurant, Kent, CT and numbers of private commissions. She is represented at The Good Gallery, CT.

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Ingo Appel

Sculpture

Appel was born in Hamburg, Germany. A Sculptor, artist, and educator, his formative years in the 3-D visual arts and philosophy were strongly directed by his father, artist, and craftsman who was influenced by the Bauhaus Movement. Ingo received his BA from SUNY New Paltz and went on to study at Parsons, Columbia University, TC, ASL, and The National Academy of Design, under Antonio Antonios and Barney Hodes; Where Mr. Appel was on the Faculty and Head of the Sculpture Department. Cited by William Zimmer Regional Art Critic Of the New York Times for his work on 911, cited in collaboration with Richard Graham and Stevens Institute on the Concert of Thorns. Mr. Appel was again cited by the New York Times, for his contribution to the Arts, Architecture and Historic Preservation in relation to cross gender and cross racial imperatives. Through Villa Lewaro he co-produced and co-directed the show Sculpture and Beauty at City Center, Hammerstein Ballroom. In addition, he was recognized and honored by the National Sculpture Society where his work was shown at the prestigious Brookgreen Gardens Pawleys Island, SC. His current sculpture project is "The Angels' Door."

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Kathryn Cameron

Paper

Cameron is a New York artist and she is a graduate of Kutztown University with a Bachelor of Arts in Television Production. She studied sculpture, painting, and printmaking at The National Academy Museum and School in New York and is a graduate of the Arts Intensive Program.  She also studied sculpture and painting at the School of Visual Arts and the New York Academy of Arts, papermaking at Carriage House Paper in Brooklyn.  She is certified in Interior Design by the New York School of Interior Design in New York.  Her work explores the fragility of the mind, body, and spirit, through the use of a variety of materials: papers, steel, pigments, and wool are the sources for an organized world of poetry and sound which are elegant and measured. Kathryn Cameron has exhibited nationally and Internationally through solo and group exhibitions in galleries.museums and Centers for the Arts. She created several site-specific indoor and outdoor works in the USA. Europe and New Zealand.  Her work is included in private and public collections in the United States, Europe, and New Zealand.

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Karen Lindsay

Printmaking, Photography

Lindsay received her M.A. from the University of California at Berkeley, studied at the International Center of Photography and the School of Visual Arts, as well as abroad in France, Germany, and Japan.  Lindsay’s series of documentary art films was broadcast on public television and shown at the New York, Toronto, Chicago, and Berlin Film festivals. She has taught photography and art workshops at the International Center of Photography, among other schools.

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Kathy Caraccio

Printmaking

Caraccio is a master printer, artist, curator and professor. Caraccio has a BFA from Herbert Lehman College. She was trained in etching color print with Maria Samosa (El Museo del Barrio, NYC, 1972-3), in viscosity printing with Arun Bose and Krishna Reddy (NYC, 1972-3), papermaking by Zarina Hashmi (NYC, 1979), and in Hanga (Japanese water based woodblock printing) with Sensei Toshi Yoshida (Nagano – Japan, 1984). In 1977, Kathy started the K. Caraccio Printing Studio in NYC. She is a member of the Rutgers Archives for Printmaking Studios. Her work is in the collection of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Library of Congress, The Portland Art Museum, The Achenbach Foundation for the Graphic Arts, the Fine Arts Museum of California, the New York Public Library (42nd St.), and The Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum. 

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Martha Bloom

Mixed Media

Bloom attended Green Mountain College in Vermont, the Art Institute of Boston, the Bob Blackburn Printmaking Workshop and The Art Students League from 1972-79. At The Art Students League she won the McDowell Traveling scholarship, several merit scholarships and a Certificate of Completion in Fine Arts Graphics in 1974.  Her teaching career spans thirty years as an instructor for young people at the Art Students League; the Silvermine School of Art, New Canaan, CT; and the National Academy. Bloom has also taught many outreach programs for art centers and museums around the country. Her own work in mixed mediums, including her photographs, has been widely collected and exhibited at Midtown Payson Gallery and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, to name a few.

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Michiyo Fukushima

Watercolor

Fukushima received her first recognition as one of the winners when she submitted her 51"x64" inch oil painting to National High-school competition by Mr. Yasuji Asaba's encouragement, who suggested her to be his pupil during her high-school years. Although she loved painting and drawing she took a path to be a photographer and worked for magazines for few years after graduating two-year college in Tokyo.  While enjoying photography, she felt it wasn't really fulfilling her passion for creation and decided to study abroad to get back to art again and to broaden life experience.  Her encounter with watercolor was rather by accident as it was the only class available at that time of registration. It didn't take much time that she found herself falling love with the medium.  She is represented by Fischbach gallery and her works have been successfully exhibited in Osaka, Tokyo (Both with Takashimaya) New York and Miami. She is teaching regularly at the New York Academy of Art and Art Students League for workshops.  Her works have been featured in numerous magazines, art books, and newspapers such as Internation herald tribuneAmerican Artist, and Splash series.

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Eric Michelson

Painting, Drawing

After receiving his Bachelor’s degree from Stony Brook University, Michelson moved to New York where he continued his studies at the Art Students League with Robert Beverly Hale, Ted Seth Jacobs and Robert Phillip-three men who have had a profound impact and influence on his own paintings as well as his teaching methodology. He presently lives and maintains a studio in New York City. His work ranges from large mythological compositions to portraits and the occasional still life.

Kristy Gordon

Painting

Gordon’s paintings hang in over 500 public and private collections worldwide including the Government of Ontario Art Collection. She has been a full-time, professional painter since 2004, exhibiting her work internationally and earning numerous awards including the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant (2010, 2013, 2015), an Exceptional Merit Award from the Portrait Society of America (2014), and was a finalist for the Kingston Prize for Canadian portraiture (2008, 2013). She holds a master of fine arts degree in painting from the New York Academy of Art, a bachelor of fine arts degree in drawing and painting from the Ontario College of Art and Design (Toronto), and a diploma in animation from Algonquin college (Ottawa). Gordon has nine years of experience teaching and conducting painting workshops, lectures and classes throughout North America. 

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Borinquen Gallo

Sculpture, Mixed Media

Gallo is a Bronx-based artist born in Rome, Italy, whose work delves into themes of beauty, community and purpose through sculpture and large installations. Previous group exhibition venues include The National Academy Museum, the Bronx Museum of the Arts, the Queens Museum, Columbia University and The Cooper Union. Gallo received her BFA in Painting and Sculpture from The Cooper Union for The Advancement of Science and Art and her MFA in Painting from Hunter College. She has received numerous distinctions including the Sol Shaviro Award (2015), the Marion Netter Fellowship (2010) and the Doris Liebowitz Art Educator Award (2009). She has completed residencies at The Vermont Studio Center,The Cooper Union and The Bronx Museum of the Arts. In addition, she has worked on curatorial projects with BAM, Fisher and the Pratt Institute. Gallo is currently Visiting Assistant Professor of Art and Design Education at Pratt Institute in New York. 

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Edmond Rochat

Painting

Rochat studied painting, drawing, and sculpture at duCret School of Art, The Art Students League of New York, and Janus Collaborative School of Art. He supplemented his studies as a lab assistant for advanced artistic anatomy offered by Janus Collaborative School of Art and hosted by Drexel University School of Medicine. Rochat received the Mary Elizabeth Scholarship from the New Jersey Society of Arts and letters, The Dr. Furman Fink Award for portraiture and is a recipient of the Stobart Foundation fund. He was also awarded a grant from the John F. and Anne Lee Stacey Scholarship Fund, which he used to study Greek and Renaissance sculpture at the Slater Memorial museum. His works have appeared in the Persimmon Hill Journal and published in The Visual Language of Drawing: Lessons on the Art of Seeing. He has taught at The Art Students League of New York and
maintains a studio in the Bronx New York.

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Jenny Carolin

Painting, Drawing

Jenny Carolin received her MFA in Painting from Syracuse University and her BFA from the Columbus College of Art and Design. Honors include a residency grant at the Stonehouse Foundation, the Jerome Solomon Foundation Grant, and the Posey Foundation Grant. Carolin’s strong technical training in the traditions of painting and drawing are paired a performance art practice and self­-deprecating humor which focuses on characters acting out questions of identity and gender roles. Carolin is a co­founder of the Mudhouse Residency in Agios Ioannis, Crete, and the Director of Educational Programming at Shoestring Press.

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Filippo Fossati

Professional Practice

Filippo Fossati is a writer and an art-dealer born in Turin, Italy. Coming from a family of artists, art historians and art dealers, he started working in the artworld at a very young age.  He started his first publishing enterprise Il Quadrante in 1983 and opened his own gallery in Turin in 1988.  He has been the director of a number of galleries and founder of art magazines such as Mostre e Musei, Contemporanea, Impresa per l’Arte, Ground Art and Culture, Inside. Since 1996 he has been the co-owner of Esso Gallery in New York, and has organized more than three hundred exhibitions in private and public spaces worldwide, working with artists of great renown. Among other activities, Mr. Fossati currently manages artist’s archives and studios and he is an advisor to many international private collections.

 

Michele Liebler

Painting

Liebler received her B.F.A. from Purchase College in painting and drawing and her M.F.A. from Brooklyn College. She studied with Mary Beth McKenzie. She has exhibited in such venues as Parrish Art Museum, Arnot Art Museum, National Academy Museum, Butler Institute of American Art and private collections internationally. She received numerous awards including Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant, GIP Grant, Horlick Painting Award, and Arnot Art Museum Award for Painting. She is represented by First Street Gallery in NYC.

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Davide Cantoni

Painting

Cantoni was born in Italy, Cantoni completed his BA Fine Art at the Slade School in London where he was awarded a Boise travel scholarship in 1988 for an exchange year at the Hochschule Der Kunst in Berlin. Attended the Royal College of Art and received an MA (RCA) in Painting in 1993. His work has been shown extensively in Europe and the USA as well as Asia, and is included in many public and private collections, MOMA and OSRAM collections amongst others.  Cantoni’s artistic practice has over the years has focused on the way our society presents images and how they are consumed, Cantoni’s particular interest is in relation to news imagery published in the New York Times. He has lived and worked in NYC for the last 20 years.

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Jenny Carolin

Drawing

Jenny Carolin received her Masters in Fine Arts with a concentration in Painting from Syracuse University in 2009, and her Bachelors in Fine Arts from the Columbus College of Art and Design in 2005. Her numerous exhibitions include the Edward Hopper Museum in Nyack, NY, the Sarah Silberman Gallery at Montgomery College in Rockville, MD, the Everson Museum of Art in Syracuse, NY and the Tempe Art Center, in Tempe, AZ.  Her awards include the Posey Foundation Award and the Jerome Solomon Foundation Grant. 

Carolin has over ten years experience instructing classes in drawing and painting. She has taught Figure Drawing, Foundation Drawing and Drawing and Painting for Non-Art Majors for the College of Visual and Performing Arts at Syracuse University. Currently she is the Director of Operations at Shoestring Studio, where she leads courses in figure drawing and oil painting.  She is also a founding member of the Mudhouse Artist Residency program in Crete, and it’s sister program, the Athena Standards Residency in Athens, Greece. 

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Ben Dierckx

Sculpture

Born in 1971 in Antwerp, Ben Dierckx is a Belgian artist. After attending the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in his hometown, he studied Cultural Science and Philosophy of Art at the Free University of Brussels, and graduated at the Higher Institute of Fine Arts (HISK) in Flanders in 2002.

He subsequently migrated to Madrid, Spain, where he developed his practice in electronic arts. Here he produces a series of interactive installations in which he explores the idea of interdependency and consciousness of perception. In 2006 he won the Caja Madrid “Generación” prize.

In 2007 Dierckx moved to New York City, where he has been resident at the International Studio and Curatorial Program in Brooklyn in 2009 and Flux Factory in Queens in 2010. Ben Dierckx has exhibited in Belgium, Spain, Hungary, Mexico and the USA. He has curated shows in Mexico City, NYC and Taipei where he actively participates in the cultural dialog.

Weixian Jiang

Sculpture

Weixian Jiang holds an MFA from New York Studio School, Sculpture Section and a BA from Tianjin Academy of Arts, Tianjin China.

The elemental sculptures of Weixian Jiang transform stark industrial material such as bronze, cement, or ceramic into forms reminiscent of their organic origins of ore, sediment, and clay – breathing new life to a nearly forgotten past state of nature.  Jiang's works are firmly rooted in the harmony between material and process.  The artist uses traditional and modern techniques such as hand forged iron, found objects, welding, weaving, “snow casting”, a technique achieved by pouring molten wax or plaster in a deep layer of snow, and “water casting”, using water instead of snow -- all to create haunting, organic forms.
To Weixian Jiang, this form of sculpture is the most primary form of creation.  He takes a bit from nature.  He takes a bit from industry.  These worlds come together in his hands, as a process of pure manufacturing.

Kamilla Talbot

Watercolor

Talbot studied at The Rhode Island School of Design and the New York Studio School. Solo shows include Trygve Lie Gallery, NY; Charles P. Sifton Gallery, Brooklyn, NY; Bruno Marina Gallery, Brooklyn, NY; and at the Johannes Larsen Museum, Kerteminde, Denmark (2017). She has exhibited her oils and watercolors in numerous group shows in the US and in Europe. Artist residencies include a fully-funded residency at the Vermont Studio Center, as well as grants to paint in Maine, Italy, Newfoundland, and Iceland. In 2013 she was awarded a full fellowship to the Austevoll/Marstein Fyr residency in Norway. She lives and works in Brooklyn and the Catskills. She teaches or has taught at the National Academy School; Brooklyn Botanic Garden; New York Studio School; The Art Students League; as well as privately.

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Weiqing Yuan

Sculpture, Watercolor

Yuan received his BFA from the Jingdezhen Academy of Arts in Jiangxi, China. He has also received a three-year certificate of study at the National Academy School, where he won a travel scholarship. He studied sculpture at the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing and then became Vice-Chair of the Sculpture Department and Professor of Drawing and Sculpture at the Shandong Art Institute.  In the US he has taught pastel workshops at the Suburban Art League, and watercolor and pastel workshops at the National Academy. In addition to exhibiting his work in China, he has exhibited with the Pastel Society of America, Audubon Artists of America, the American Artists Professional League, and the Salmagundi Club. Mr. Yuan has received numerous awards, including the Daler-Rowney Prize for Watercolor, the Frank Webb Award for Aqueous Media, and the Ralph Weiler Memorial Prize.

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