MGC Board of Directors
Ruth Moscovitch originally studied printmaking in Chicago under Bruno and Hedi Bak. She was a founding member of the Chicago Printmakers Workshop and a member of the Chicago Printmakers Collaborative. For many years, she set aside art while raising a family and working as a lawyer in the public and private sectors. In 2005, she moved to the New York metro area, where she joined the Manhattan Graphics Center and also became a labor arbitrator. Ruth joined the Board of MGC in time to help plan the move to West 40th Street. She has served as President, Co-President, Secretary and head of MGC’s grants committee since the move. She has had solo shows in Chicago and Manhattan and has participated in group shows through MGC in New York as well as Prague, Australia and Haifa. She has also participated in group shows at the New York Society of Etchers, Chicago Printmakers Collaborative, Siren’s Song Gallery, Spring Studio, and the Art Studio and the Artist Framer, both in New Jersey.
Ruth uses traditional printmaking techniques such as intaglio etching, linocut and Japanese woodblock. Her current work focuses on Manhattan bridges and streetscapes, but she has also used collograph and monotype to create abstract constructions of shape and depth. Currently Ruth studies oil painting with Liz Marrafino at the Manhattan JCC and portrait painting in acrylics at the Spring Studio. Her work can be seen at her website:
Claire Gilliam was born in England and has lived in the United States since 1999, recently becoming an American Citizen in 2017. In 1997, she graduated from Sheffield Hallam University in the UK with a BA(hons) in Fine Art and completed the Professional Certificate in Photography at Rockport College, Maine in 2000. She has studied with photographers such as Arno Minkkinen and John Goodman, as well as master gelatin silver printer, Chuck Kelton and master printmaker, Vijay Kumar. She is an assistant for photographer, Barbara Mensch.
Her work has been shown in Europe and the USA and is held in several private and public collections, including The ICP Library Print Collection and the Goethe Institute. In 2014 and 2015, several of her works were included in a touring exhibition entitled “Embody:The Gender Issue” throughout several cities across India and Sri Lanka. She makes her home and studio in Warwick, NY with her husband, Eugene Lynch and two English Springer Spaniels.
Claire discovered Manhattan Graphics Center in 2014 after deciding to try etching again. (She'd done some printmaking during hee degree but hadn’t been in a printshop since, so she was beyond rusty!) She joined Vijay Kumar’s class, embarking upon a slow, challenging but exciting journey that has been vital in the evolution of her work. Going to the studio is the highlight of her week where she is free to experiment, take risks and learn from a great community of supportive and creatively-minded people
Co Vice President
Jeanne Betancourt became a member of MGC in 2012. She was attracted to MGC because of the impressive congenial atmosphere, bright space, presses, and array of classes. She joined the board in 2017 as a way to give back to an organization that has helped her in her art practice.
Her oil paintings of fruits and vegetables illustrated Farm Stand Fresh – a cookbook written by Manuela Soares.
Jeanne has exhibited her art in group shows in New England, New York City, and the East End of Long Island. She has had solo exhibits at The South Street Gallery in Greenport, New York; and at Entrée Health and Manhattan Graphics Center in Manhattan.
Jeanne is also the author of more than 70 novels for children and young adults, among them the popular series – Pony Pals – published by Scholastic, as well as award-winning scripts for ABC Afterschool Specials.
Her printmaking includes intaglio, Japanese woodblock, and monotype. Jeanne’s current series of intaglio prints are based on plein aire drawings and paintings.
Co Vice President
Kristie Valentine is a visual artist based in Brooklyn, N.Y. She has a BFA in Illustration from Rhode Island School of Design and an MFA from Brooklyn College. Her work was exhibited at the Manhattan Graphics Center in February 2016. Kristie teaches art to elementary students at The Cathedral School of St. John the Divine in Manhattan and offers private lessons and art workshops for adults.
She has been a member of the Manhattan Graphics Center for almost 20 years.
Frederick Mershimer was born in Sharon, Pennsylvania and majored in painting and drawing at Carnegie-Mellon University from 1976 to 1980. He moved to New York in 1983 where he was introduced to mezzotint process, which has been his primary means of expression. Mershimer further developed his talents in graphics and fine art printmaking through studies at the New School, Pratt Graphic Center and Manhattan Graphic Center. In 2007, Stone and Press Gallery published a catalogue raisonné titled Frederick Mershimer: Mezzotints 1984-2006. The book covers his entire oeuvre during those years. In 2009 the U.S. Government granted him a patent for a machine he developed to prepare mezzotint plates.
Collections, including, the Brooklyn Museum of Art, the Cleveland Museum of Art, Detroit Institute of Art, the Museum of the City of New York, The National Museum of American Art/Smithsonian, the New Orleans Museum of Art, and the Whitney Museum of American Art.
Richard Turnbull is Professor in the History of Art department. He received his M.A. and Ph.D. in art history from the Institute of Fine Arts, NYU, where he majored in Islamic art and architecture and minored in modern art. He also earned a B.A. in history from Cornell University. He has received fellowships from the Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) program, the Institute of Turkish Studies, the American Research Institute in Turkey and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. His most recent published articles are on Islamic mosques and fortifications and the photographer Luke Smalley. An article on the wall paintings of the Muradiye tomb complex in Bursa, Turkey was published in 2006 in a festschrift for Dr. Priscilla Soucek of the Institute for Fine Arts.
Before entering graduate school, Dr. Turnbull wrote pop music criticism for The Village Voice, Praxis, and The Cornell Daily Sun (among others), and worked as a graphic designer. He also lectures and teaches regularly at the Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art and has lectured as well on the Queen Mary 2 and other cruise ships. He teaches at Columbia University in the summer. Dr. Turnbull is also a practicing photographer and printmaker and whenever possible brings his fine art and travel experience to bear in the classroom. He has lived in Turkey and traveled extensively in the Islamic world and participated in the joint NYU-Harvard excavation at Aphrodisias in southwestern Turkey.
Before coming to FIT Dr. Turnbull taught at City College, the College of Staten Island and the College of New Rochelle. During that time he also published an article on the vicissitudes of adjunct life and teaching in the anthology, Ghosts in the Classroom.
For most of my professional life I sustained my need to create in a variety of positions: writer, journalist, activist, and for over 20 years, as a developer of educational equity and diversity programs at an international think tank. I managed a national center which built strong networks among social justice and education and work as it used various media to build strong support for equity. I loved it but as I considered new directions, I wanted a new adventure and returned full-time to my love of visual art. I am a painter, pastelist, and printmaker, working both in my own studio and at Manhattan Graphics Center in New York’s garment district.
My search for new ways to express my deep wonder at the implausibility of creation that first brought me to Manhattan Graphics which is now my artistic home. I came through MGC’s door about six years ago.. As a beginning printmaker, I was looking for a new space to learn more about the many aspects of fine art printmaking, I visited MGC with a friend and was warmly welcomed by the monitor. We wandered around and met several printmakers, one of whom said, “you’ll love it here, the teachers are fantastic.” She was right. I’ve learned so much, had so many opportunities to grow and have met so many wonderful people. MGC is a special place where artists so willing help one another, offer ideas, and support each other. The collective philosophy and willingness to experiment energize and challenge all of us to grow and develop as artists.
I believe in giving back for all I gotten from MGC. Serving on the board is a very concrete way to offer my organizational development, media relations, and fund-raising skills. I’ve learned ho hard the board works, how committed each board member is to MGC, its members and its future. It is helping me deepen my understanding of the strengths and weakness of our organization and of the different ways we can build a strong sustainable future. Being on the board gives one a real opportunity to create the environment and space that welcomes everyone and gives voice to each artist. That’s awesome.
Arlene Farenci has brought her direct style of painting to her printmaking. She chooses techniques that best lend itself to her spontaneous and painterly style, such as monoprinting and most recently Mokulito .
Mokulito is a printmaking technique based on the characteristics of lithography and woodblock printing. The organic and ever-changing characteristics of the wood opens up new possibilities with each print and Arlene isn’t afraid of pushing the limits. She trusts her instincts as she goes about printing, and she trusts that the medium will reveal interesting results. Having developed her own visual vocabulary, her marks are like miniature calligraphic icons that dance along the surface of the paper that have their own dialogue that lets the viewer listen in.
Arlene became a member of MGC in 2008 and has been serving on the board for the past few years.
Luanda Lozano earned a BFA degree in Illustration at Parsons The New School of Design in New York and developed her love for prints at the Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop with the Peruvian artist Claudio Juarez.
Her prints are part of several prestigious collections, among them: Kanagawa Museum Print Collection in Japan; Museo Nacional del Grabado, Argentina; Varna Museum, Bulgaria; Montclair Art Museum, New Jersey (Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop Portfolio 2000); Library of Congress, USA (Robert Blackburn Print Collection); The Smithsonian American Art Museum (DYPG portfolio Manifestaciones); National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts and Florean Museum in Maramures, Romania.
Luanda was part of the teaching staff at the Bronx River Art Center for almost a decade, where she taught drawing and printmaking. Other places where she has taught include: Center for Contemporary Prints in Norwalk, Connecticut; Pelham Art Center in New York, Escuela de Bellas Artes in Ponce, Puerto Rico, Museum for African Art, New York and Artist Proof Studio in South Africa.
She was one of the five artists selected by the New York Print Club for their annual Artist Showcase in 2016.
Luanda had collaborated with Tellus Art, an international art organization based in Sweden which main purpose is to organize art workshops for needed children in places like India.
Kathleen Caraccio is an artist and sole proprietor of K.Caraccio Printing Studio and Gallery. Founded by her in 1977 and dedicated to collaborating with artists and providing a place where ideas can be explored. She provides Master Printer and platemaking services to many artists including: Romare Bearden, Louise Nevelson, Emma Amos, Mel Bochner, Sean Scully and Sol LeWitt. She uses traditional and non-traditional approaches to printmaking and most recently is focused on promoting Green Studio practices. The Caraccio printmaking studio is home to a collection of 6000 fine art prints and handmade books. Kathy has taught printmaking at NYU, Columbia University, Parsons/New School, Pratt and currently at the New York School of the Arts. Kathy’s prints and collages have shown internationally and are in the collection of the Achenbach Foundation for the Graphic Arts, Metropolitan Museum, Oakland Museum of Art, Portland Art Museum, Philadelphia Museum of Art, The museum of Prints and Printmaking, Albany and the Zimmerli Museum and the Library of Congress.
Joan Greenfield is an artist with a decades-long career in the publishing industry. She runs a small graphic design business, specializing in print (books, book covers, media packaging) and web work. She also has a hand in commercial real estate in New York as a property owner and landlord.
Joan has pursued painting and printmaking since graduating from college. She has been an artist-member of MGC since 1988.