Artists’ Biographies

Alezones, Isaias
Tamarac, FL 33321

Isaias Alezones was born in Caracas, Venezuela, and has lived in South Florida since 1978. He is a self-taught artist and has an AS degree in Computer Graphics from CompuTech Institute, is certified in professional photography from The New York Institute of Photography, and is currently seeking his BFA in studio art. He has exhibited at numerous South Florida institutions.

Brady, Jennifer
Clearwater, FL

Jen Brady was born and raised in Clearwater, Florida. She will receive her BFA in Printmaking from the Atlanta College of Art in May 2005. She intensely dislikes dill and rye.

Brandt, Barbara
Margate, FL

Barbara Brant studied at the Fashion Institute of Technology and received a BA in Art from the City University of New York, Queens College, NY. She has studied with world-renowned calligraphers from around the world and is a member of the South Florida Calligraphy Guild. Her works are in the National Postal Museum, Smithsonian Institution; City of Miami Beach, FL; and the Jaffe Collection, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL.

Chiarlone, Rosemarie
Miami Beach, FL

Rosemarie Chiarlone was born in Philadelphia and attended the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and Florida International University (Miami, FL). She has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions in the U.S. and abroad and her works are present in the following collections: The National Museum of Women in the Arts, Library and Research Center (Washington, D.C.); University of Miami, Otto B. Richter Library (Miami, FL); The Ruth & Marvin Sackner Archive of Concrete and Visual Poetry (Miami Beach, FL); Florida International University (Miami, FL); the Bienes Center for the Literary Arts, Broward County Libraries Division (Ft. Lauderdale, FL); and numerous others. She has received many awards and honors including the 2002 and 2003 Florida Artists’ Book Prize, and an Access Grant from Miami-Date County Department of Cultural Affairs and Tigertail Productions (Miami, FL).

Clark-Ryan, Lindsey
Miami, FL

Lindsey Clark-Ryan has a BFA with double majors in Printmaking and English from Washington University in St. Louis. She is the recipient of the 2004 Nancy Kranzberg Award for excellence in book design, and her work can be found in the Special Collections Department at Washington University Library.

Garcia, Veronica Scharf
Key Biscayne, FL

Veronica Scharf Garcia was born in Concepcion, Chile, received a BA in Fine Arts from Colorado College, and has studied at the Fine Arts Center, Colorado Springs, and the Atlantic Center for the Arts, New Smyrna, FL. She has exhibited at various South Florida art venues and in 2003 was Vice Chair, Art In Public Places Committee, Key Biscayne, FL.

Gould, Susan Price
Boynton Beach, FL

Susan Price Gould received a BA in Art and Art History from Hunter College and a Master’s degree from Pratt Institute, NYC, and has taken classes at the Museum of Modern Art (NYC). Her design work has appeared in the editorial pages of numerous national women’s magazines and has been accepted in juried exhibitions sponsored by many art organizations, including the Women in the Visual Arts (WITVA), and the Boca Museum Artists Guild.

Leder Kremer, Leila A.
Miami Beach, FL

Leila Leder Kremer studied at various art institutions in her native Buenos Aires, Argentina. She is currently a photographer and designer and is Executive Assistant at art/center southflorida, in Miami Beach.

McKinney, Thery
Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Thery McKinney is a multi-media artist and calligrapher. She graduated from Florida State University with a BA in Fine Arts. After having worked and taught in several art fields, she now specializes in the decorative book arts combining her many loves of painting, collage, calligraphy, and photography. She was the winner of the 2000 Florida Artists’ Book Prize.

Marcano, Marie
Surfside, FL

Marie Marcano was born in Caracas, Venezuela, and lives in Surfside, Florida. She has a BFA from The Corcoran College of Art and Design and is currently enrolled in the MFA program at the Miami International University of Art and Design. She has exhibited at numerous foreign and US galleries, including Jaffe Atrium Book Arts Gallery at Florida Atlantic University (Boca Raton, FL), the Corcoran Gallery of Art (Washington, D.C.), and the Bienes Center for the Literary Arts (Ft. Lauderdale, FL). She was awarded an Honorable Mention, 2003 Florida Artists’ Book Prize.

Meza, Alberto
Miami, FL

Alberto Meza, a native of Chile, holds The Frances Wolfson Endowed Teaching Chair of Excellence in Arts at Miami-Dade College and received the Carnegie/Case 2003 Florida Professor of the Year award. He has a degree in literature from the University of Chile, BA and MA degrees from Syracuse University, and an MFA from Northern Illinois University. Since 1966, Meza has been Professor of Fine Arts, Department of Arts and Philosophy, at the Kendall Campus of Miami-Dade College. Meza’s art has been shown internationally, including: The Cabo Frio International Print Biennial, Cabo Frio, Brazil; Decenta Gallery, Bandung, Indonesia; the 5th Kochi International Print Triennial, Tosi-Wasi Museum of Paper, Kochi, Japan, and others. He has also published four volumes of poetry. Meza was the recipient of the 2000 Florida Aritsts’ Book Prize.

Niederhausen, Hanne
Boca Raton, FL

Hanne Niederhausen has a BFA from Florida Atlantic University (Boca Raton, FL) and MA from the Paedagogische Hochschule (Karlsruhe, Germany) and is a member of the Florida Printmakers Society; American Print Alliance (Washington, D.C.); the Boca Museum of Art, The Artists Guild; and others. In 1999 and 2000, she was the recipient of the State of Florida Individual Artist Award; Honorable Mention and she has exhibited at numerous Florida galleries and institutions.

Parsons, Tara
Homosassa, FL

Tara Parsons received BAs in Fine Arts and Environmental Science from Bard College, Annandale, NY; and is a candidate for an MFA in Printmaking, at the Pratt Institute, NYC. She has also studied at the Vermont Studio Center, Ludlow, VT, and the Scuola Internazionale de Grafica, Venice, Italy. In 1994, she had a solo exhibit at the Proctor Arts Center, Annandale, NY

Powley, Tammy
Port St. Lucie, FL

Tammy Powley currently works part-time as a reference librarian and free-lance writer specializing in trade publications. She is also pursuing her Ph.D. in Text and Technology at the University of Central Florida.

Saccoccio, Rosanna
Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Rosanna Saccoccio resides in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, and has received various local public art commissions. In 1997, she received a South Florida Cultural Consortium Visual Artists Fellowship Award. She has shown works in Florida, California, and Europe and her art is in the following collections: The Brooklyn Museum; the Museum of Modern Art, NYC; Museum of Art, Ft. Lauderdale, FL; Ringling School of Art and Design, Sarasota, FL; and others.

Verrecchia, Lea Nickless
Coconut Grove, FL

Lea Nickless Verrecchia graduated from Scripps College (Claremont, CA) with a BA in Studio Arts. She has worked at Miami-Dade Art In Public Places; The Wolfsonian-FIU (Miami Beach, FL); and the Mitchell Wolfson, Jr. Collection (Miami, FL). In 1986, she received the China Adventure Program grant from The Durfee Foundation for a three-month study program in the People’s Republic of China, which focused on the textiles and costumes of one of China’s ethnic minorities. She is also the curator of the recent exhibition: Turning Pages: Celebrating South Florida Artist-Made Books for Miami-Dade College and also shown at; the Jaffe Collection, FAU (Boca Raton, FL); and the Bienes Center for the Literary Arts (Ft. Lauderdale, FL)

Virgin, Thomas Brian
Miami, FL

Tom Virgin has a BFA from Florida Atlantic University (Boca Raton, FL), and an MFA from the University of Miami. He is a confirmed UM Art Mafia (class of ’94), a life-long bibliophile, a working artist (represented in Miami by Leonard Tachmes Gallery), is an Adjunct Professor at Miami-Dade College, and a Miami Dade Public School Teacher (currently at Hialeah High School). He has had numerous group and solo exhibitions and received a Florida Artists’ Book Prize Honorable Mention in 2003.

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