Faculty

Odile Yeramian

Odile Yeramian is a French self-taught artist. After a successful career in international marketing, she turned her focus to ceramics, taking interest in the versatility of the material. She explores unconventional surface treatment for functional and sculptural pieces. She is also experienced in welding, and often incorporates steel into her mixed-media work.

Odile Yeramian

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

Pamela Humphrey

Pam Humphrey has a masters degree in mechanical engineering and worked in the aerospace industry for over 20 years. She has worked with clay since 1991 and has taught all levels of ceramics. She currently works with porcelain that is wheel thrown, altered and carved which is then fired in reduction or soda atmospheres.

Pamela Humphrey

Pavel Ouporov

Russian-born Pavel Ouporov studied at the renowned Moscow Surikov State Academy Art Institute—one of Russia’s two institutions of higher arts education and part of the Russian Academy of Arts established in 1757 by Peter the Great. At the age of 11, Ouporov won admittance into the Moscow State Academy Art Lyceum, graduated at 18, and earned a Master of Fine Arts from the Moscow Surikov State Academy Art Institute.

Ouporov received national and international recognition, working with his partner until 2019. Museum exhibitions include the Library of Congress and Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC; Museum of Contemporary Art, Goldman Warehouse and Bass Museum, Miami; Historical Museum of the City of Vienna; World Financial Center, NY; Institute of Contemporary Art, Moscow; Passage de Retz, Paris; Boston Center for the Arts; Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art and Design, Kansas City; and the Frye Art Museum, Seattle. Their works are in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Harvard University Fogg Art Museum, the Library of Congress, New York Public Library, NY, and The State Russian Museum in St. Petersburg, among others. They are one of ten international artists featured in Gustav Klimt: The Ronald S. Lauder and Serge Sabarsky Collections monograph that explores Klimt’s influence among today’s leading contemporary artists. Their work has been reviewed extensively in many publications such as Art In America, ArtNews, The New York Times, The New Yorker, and featured on PBS and Public Affairs Television.  Awards include a NY Artist’s Fellowship, Mid-Atlantic Visual Arts Grant and a South Florida Cultural Consortium Fellowship for Visual and Media Artists. A comprehensive hard cover publication, As Above, So Below: Recent Work by Scherer & Ouporov, was released in conjunction with their solo exhibition at the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art at Auburn University. The artists’ paintings are represented by ACA Galleries in New York and Arden Gallery in Boston.  Their original prints are represented by the Mezzanine Gallery of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

Pavel Ouporov

Ralph Papa

Born and raised in New York City’s East Harlem, Ralph has been fascinated with drawing and painting since early childhood. He is primarily self-taught with a natural talent and passion for art. Later in his twenties, he studied art and architecture in New York at Queens College and CCNY and painted evenings during the mid 1960s at the Art Students League.

Ralph’s works range from studio paintings using real and imagined themes, to figurative, portraits and plein air painting. Beginning in the early 1980’s, he began regularly painting on-location in the Hudson Valley and Long Island Hamptons and later in Southeast Florida. He began teaching drawing, painting, and plein air workshops throughout Palm Beach County in 2003. Ralph is an art activist, Co-Founder of Plein Air Palm Beach and a Signature Member and Past President of the Artists Guild of the Boca Raton Museum of Art. Papa also has painted in France and Italy and has been instrumental in  Boynton Beach becoming a “Sister Cities” with Farindola in the Abruzzo Region of Italy.  Papa’s artworks are in public and private collections in the US, Canada and Europe and can be viewed online at his website at www.ralphpapa.com as well as at Papagallery Artists Association in Boca Raton and The Neighborhood Gallery in Boynton Beach.

Ralph Papa