Teacher Type: Printmaking

Mark Cohen

Mark Cohen is an award-winning graphic designer, marketing communications executive, teacher, painter, and printmaker. His subject matter utilizes contemporary and past iconic figures from all walks of life, including politics, popular culture, entertainment, and war and peace. Most of his paintings are strikingly large scale, monochromatic works. They have energy, impact, and size. They exhibit a sparse and concise pictorial composition that combines abstract expressionism and pop art in their execution. In these works, viewers can investigate issues of anti-Semitism, genocide, and bigotry. By using art to examine these issues, he hopes to remind viewers that we live in a world of continuing hateful biases that result in senseless killings around the world and that we should end hatred and promote understanding toward all people.

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Mark Cohen

Otto Rutt

Otto Rutt is a US Marine Corps fighter pilot turned painter and printmaker. He completed his MFA at Florida Atlantic University in 2020. Bolder is better in Rutt’s overarching aesthetic. Abstraction is strategically deployed as uniquely equipped to capture multiple meanings simultaneously and expressively. His dramatic art is heightened by large scale, strident colors, physical expression, and strong materials. Significant themes – life and death, passion and tragedy – are pulled from literature and personal experience.  As Rutt states, “I am inspired by dramatic scenes from literature. New worlds are painted in my mind that I then work to express dynamically through my art.” In one series, Rutt completed a series of fifteen paintings inspired by transcendence in Hamlet. These works bristle with raw emotion which is communicated through vibrant color and aggressive applications of paint or ink, reflecting physical and spiritual turmoil. His education includes degrees from the University of Chicago (’94) and Harvard (’82).

Otto Rutt

Rosa Valladares

I began my journey as an artist since I found my passion for it when I started studying art at the National School of Art in Lima, Peru. There, I earned my BA in Printmaking and Drawing, where I graduated with a Silver Medal award. I also earned a BA in Arts at the San Marcos National University (UNMSM). Coming from a traditional school the depiction of social aspects of life was very common. I started working with those subjects and further develop an interest for the role of women in a society. Later, I taught lithography for five years in the same school. and spent one year teaching a collagraph workshop. My passion for art continued over the years, and concepts of women’s psyche and their experiences in my work were stronger. I pursued a Master printer workshop program at Tamarind Institute in New Mexico.  And later on, in 2002, I earned a Master degree in Fine Arts at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. I was granted with a full scholarship during my studies at University of Pennsylvania (2000-2002). And a Fellowship from Penland School of Arts and Crafts, NC in 2000.  Also I received a grant in 2009 from AAUW (American Association of University Women). When living in Maryland, I was also trained as a teacher. I taught 15-18 years old and College level, in order to cultivate the same enthusiasm to create and appreciate art. I have three solo exhibitions, at Northern Virginia Community College, VA and the Peruvian Embassy in Washington, DC and at Borkas Gallery in Lima, Peru.  My latest exhibitions are at Montpellier Art Center, Main gallery, PG County MD (2017), Calvert Artist’s Guild.  Calvert County MD (2013) and AnnaMarie Garden, Calvert County, MD (2011.) Sarasota, Florida is my new residency and I love living near to the sea which has been my companion since my youth.

Rosa Valladares