Hannah was born and raised in western Pennsylvania. After earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Slippery Rock University, she was employed at the Brockway Center for Arts and Technology for four years. Working at a non-profit art center, Hannah found a passion for building relationships with students that starts with art but extends beyond the confines of an art studio. The process of exposing students to new techniques forms a full circle experience of who inspires whom and is a driving force in her creative process. She hopes to continue building these symbiotic relationships at the Armory Art Center as an artist in residence. By using the intimacy of clay and the slow meticulous process of handbuilding, she is free to find focus and mental clarity to transform disorganized and chaotic thoughts into cohesion. Ranging from unfired sculpture to functional pottery, Hannah utilizes the intimacy of clay as a coping mechanism.
John Lark is a representational painter who creates oil paintings that depict interactions between figures and environments. In 2012 he received an MFA from the New York Academy of Art. His interest in art dates back to his childhood years in Michigan, where he frequently visited the Detroit Institute of Art and the Cranbrook Art Museum. It was there he developed a connection with, and enthusiasm for, abstract expressionism, minimalism and pop art. Lark graduated with a BFA, Cum Laude, in 2005 from University of Michigan School of Art and Design where his concentration was in figure painting and printmaking. He later studied abroad in Florence, Italy where his appreciation for Renaissance and Baroque periods blossomed. After graduation, Lark moved to New York City and took a post-baccalaureate semester at Columbia University. He realized his primary interests lay in representational painting and began graduate studies at the New York Academy of Art where he developed the style for which he is known today. Lark has participated in a number of group and solo exhibitions with New York galleries including the Ethan Cohen Gallery, the Untitled Space Gallery and the Van Der Plas Galley. Lark will be the 2022/2023 Artist in Residence at the Armory Art Center in West Palm Beach, Florida.
Maria Camera-Smith is a metalsmith, enamelist, and jeweler whose work focuses on humankind’s relationship with its environment. Her jewelry, functional hollowware, and large wearables are made with contemporary metalsmithing techniques alongside precious materials and enamel. Camera-Smith is the current Artist in Residence in Jewelry & Metalsmithing at the Armory Art Center in West Palm Beach, FL. She earned her MFA in Jewelry, Metals, and Enameling from Kent State University, OH in 2021 and a BFA in Metalsmithing from Slippery Rock University, PA in 2015. Camera-Smith has also worked as an A level bench jeweler for Signet Jewelers. Her work has been exhibited nationally and is in private and public collections including the Brockway Center for Arts and Technology in Brockway, PA. Camera-Smith is a member of the Allegheny Metals Collective (AMC) and Society of North American Goldsmiths (SNAG).
Tony Baker received his BFA in Ceramics at California State University Long Beach in 2018, and his MFA In Ceramics at Alfred University in 2022. His work is in several prestigious private collections, and he has a solo exhibition at the Torrance Art Museum in the fall of 2023.
Tony grew up in a very poor neighborhood in Sacramento, California, alongside the freeway littered with heroin needles and crack vials. As Tony travelled from lower to middle class parts of town to attend school, he experienced noticeable cultural dislocation. He never felt as though he fully belonged clearly too either cultural subset. As a result, he was an observer, living between cultures. In this culturally and ethnically mixed world, people found a common, shared identity more as a matter of shared class position.
Experiences in these formative years grew a desire to make work that can be a voice for the people who do not have one, the people who are struggling to survive in this world and can relate with this story of living a life with little control over circumstance. Tony uses the things he has witnessed both as a kid and as a young adult, where self-survival is everything, and the struggle he endured, as inspiration.