Artists’ Biographies

Arboleda, Susan
Boca Raton, FL


Susan Arboleda, who speaks English and Spanish, graduated in 2006 with a BA in Fine Arts, Graphic Design; and a BA in Art History from Florida Atlantic University (Boca Raton). She also studied abroad at the university’s facilities in Florence, Italy. She has participated in student exhibitions at FAU’s Ritter Art Gallery.

Chiarlone, Rosemarie
Miami Beach, FL


Rosemarie Chiarlone was born in Philadelphia and attended the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and Florida International University (Miami). 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, FL); Florida International University (Miami); 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, 2003, and 2004 Florida Artists’ Book Prize, and an Access Grant from Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and Tigertail Productions (Miami, FL).

Website: www.stormart.org

Dunleavy, Kathleen A.
Plantation, FL


Inspired by Thoreau’s Walden at 14, I have kept a journal for most of my life. I am a native of Massachusetts. I moved to Florida in 1989 after living for 6 years in the United States Virgin Islands. Having worked as a teacher and librarian, I felt it was time to make
my own book.

Figueredo, Pedro Angel
Miami Beach, FL


Figueredo was born in Bayamo, Cuba, and grew up in New York City, where he attended Columbia College and earned a B.A. in architecture. In 1995, he moved to Miami Beach and attended the University of South Florida where he earned an MA in Library and Information Science. He has curated several exhibitions at the libraries of The New-York Historical Society, The Wolfsonian-FIU, the University of Miami Library and St. Thomas University. This is his first artists’ book. He is currently a librarian at St. Thomas University, Miami.

Johnson, Linda K.
Ft. Lauderdale, FL


Linda K. Johnson graduated from the University of Houston with a BA in graphic communication and from the Virginia Commonwealth University with an MA in visual communication. She teaches graphic design and book arts at Florida Atlantic University (Boca Raton) as an Associate Professor in the Schmidt College of Arts and Letters. She has participated in numerous exhibitions in Canada, Australia, Lithuania, and the U.S. She received the 1999 Florida Artists’ Book Prize. As a graphic designer and artist the focus of her creative research is in the design of alternative book structures. She see her work as taking content and finding the form, materials, and visual references that best communicate the idea of the book. She specializes in making of small editions using a variety of printing methods including letterpress, silkscreen, inkjet and laser printers. Her bookworks are in numerous collections including the National Museum of Women in the Arts; Yale University; Women’s Studio Workshop of Rosendale, NY; UCLA; The Sackner Archive of Concrete and Visual Poetry; and the Bienes Center for the Literary Arts.

Maloney, Charlotte
Coconut Creek, FL


Charlotte Maloney is an accomplished artist with thirty years of experience working as a commercial, fine artist, and teacher. She has achieved a level of expertise in many media such as watercolor, acrylics, sculpture, and enamel. Her art career began in New York City where she received professional training at the School of Visual Arts studying with Richard Pousette-Dart. She continued her education and received an MA from Florida Atlantic University. Her latest body of work is 3D paper folding and watercolors. She is member of the Boca Museum Artist Guild and the Florida Watercolor Society, and teaches art at Palm Beach Community College and Florida Atlantic University (Boca Raton).

Website: www.charlottemaloney.com

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 1996, 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 5 th Kochi International Print Triennial, Tosi-Wasi Museum of Paper, Kochi, Japan, and others. He also published four volumes of poetry. Meza was the recipient of the 2000 Florida Artists’ Book Prize.

Patterson, Brenda Joyce
Lakeland, FL


Brenda Joyce Patterson is a writer who lives in Lakeland, FL. She has a BA in psychology from USF and is currently pursuing a Masters in Library Science at the University of South Florida.

Shuster, Tennille Davis
Oakland Park, FL


Tennille Shuster was formally trained as a graphic designer at James Madison University in Virginia, where she studied and practiced to obtain a solid foundation of design, as well as fine art skills. Bookmaking serves as a satisfying combination of her artistic abilities, wherein she is able to draw on a variety of skills – as any given book requires. She finds it liberating to flow through the process of creating a book, and considers form and content to be dependent on one another in order to construct a book as a cohesive communication tool. During her career as a graphic designer and illustrator, she has been honored with Communicator and ADDY awards, among others, and is an active member of the American Institute for Graphic Arts. She has exhibited artwork in various galleries and museums throughout the country, including Bright Hill Press in New York, and has commissioned works in homes throughout South Florida. She is currently earning a Master of Fine Arts degree from Florida Atlantic University (Boca Raton).

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Benitez, Margarita
Miami, FL


M. Benitez received a B.S. in Media Arts & Animation from the Art Institute of Ft. Lauderdale, in 2000, and a BFA from Florida International University in 2005. She has exhibited work at FIU’s Frost Art Museum, Art Basel, Miami (unaffiliated), and had screenings of her work at the Festival Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin.

Website:
www.pixel-foundry.com/maggie


Cortada, Xavier
Miami, FL


Cortada, who was born in Albany, New York and grew up in Miami, has exhibited in museums, galleries and cultural venues around the world. He has created art for the White House, the World Bank, the Miami Art Museum, the Miami-Dade Juvenile Courthouse, and the Miami Children’s Museum. He is well-know for his collaborative public art. Major projects include International AIDS Conference murals in Switzerland and South Africa, peace murals in Northern Ireland and Cyprus, and child welfare murals in Bolivia and Panama. Corporations such as Nike, Heineken, and Hershey’s have commissioned his art. Publishers such as McDougal and Random House have featured his art in school textbooks. Cortada holds degrees from the University of Miami, College of Arts and Sciences, Graduate School of Business, and School of Law.

Website: www.cortada.com


Eckart, Gloria
Plantation, FL


Gloria Eckart is from Illinois and currently lives in Plantation, FL. She has a BA in English Literature with a minor in Secondary Education. When she moved to Plantation, her interest in calligraphy was piqued by a new neighbor who was a member of the South Florida Calligraphy Guild and who taught Basic Italic at Ft. Lauderdale High School. Since she became involved with the Guild, she has held positions as treasurer, workshop chairman, and vice-president. She has exhibited work in the Smithsonian’s Graceful Envelope competition and has received two “honorable mentions” from the bi-annual Mata & Arthur Jaffe Collection (Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton) calligraphy prize in 2001 and 2003. Her work was also chosen in 2003 for the Miami Dade College exhibition: Turning Pages: Celebrating South Florida Artists-made Books.


Francis, Ke
Orlando, FL


Ke Francis joined the University of Central Florida faculty in 1996 and also serves as Chair of the Art Department. Mr. Francis has an enviable international reputation, based on his aggressive multimedia productions as a printmaker, painter, ceramicist, bookmaker, installation artist and writer. In 1979, in Tupelo, Mississippi, Mr. Francis founded Hoopsnake Press, which has published 75 editions. At UCF, he continues to manage and publish limited edition art books and multimedia prints for the press, while he also oversees the productions of the University's Flying Horse Press. Some of Mr. Francis' recent invitational exhibition activities include Breaking Barriers, National Museum of American Crafts, NY, current; An American Renaissance, curated by Dr. Maria Louisa Borras, 1996 Olympic games, Atlanta, tours Europe; Bounty from the Block; 100 Years of American Colored Woodcuts, Elvehjern Museum, Madison, Wisconsin, 1993; Crossing Over/Changing Places, sponsored by USIA, tours eastern and western Europe 1991-96; and The Blues Aesthetic; Black Culture and Modernism, Washington Project for the Arts, Washington, D. C., 1989, toured to New York, Los Angeles, and Houston.

Mr. Francis has been honored with more than 25 one-man exhibitions and his works are included in many public collections including the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, The National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; J. P. Getty Museum and Library, Los Angeles; High Museum, Atlanta; Library of Congress and Smithsonian Institution; Grants and fellowships which he has received were awarded by: The Rockefeller Foundation (1990), The Polaroid Foundation (1990), Individual Artist's Grant, Mississippi Arts Commission (1988); Award for the Visual Arts, Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters (1997); Susan B. Herron Literary and Visual Arts Fellowship awarded by the Mississippi Arts Commission and the N. E. A. (1993); and the Southern Arts Federation Fellowship in Sculpture (1987).


Marcano, Marie
Miami Beach, FL

Marie Marcano was born in Caracas, Venezuela, and lives in Miami Beach, Florida. She has an MFA from Miami International University of Art & Design; a BFA from the Corcoran College of Art & Design (Washington, D.C.); and has also studied in Caracas, Venezuela, and Rome, Italy. She has exhibited at numerous foreign and US galleries, including the Jaffe Atrium Book Arts Gallery at Florida Atlantic University (Boca Raton), 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.

Website: www.mariemarcano.com


Nickless, Lea
Miami, FL

A painter, bookmaker, and photographer, Lea Nickless has also worked in museum and arts administration at Vizcaya, the Wolfsonian-FIU, and Miami-Dade Art in Public Places for the past twenty years. Most recently she worked with students from the New World School of the Arts and Miami Dade College to curate an exhibition, The Game of War. She has also curated several exhibitions including Turning Pages: Celebrating South Florida Artist-Made Books. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally and in 2005 she had an exhibition titled Sacred Grove: Interpreting our Nature.

Website: www.leanickless.com


Trivedi, Kiran
Miami Lakes, FL

Kiran Trivedi was born in Bangalore, India, on June 9, 1978. While still just months old, he flew halfway around the world with his family to move to the United States of America. His father became an enlisted member of the U.S. Air Force, now retired after 20 years of service. A U.S. citizen almost his whole life, his love for the United States was greatly increased by a military upbringing. Growing up in America would allow him to pursue his interest in art starting at a young age. He became interested in the books arts while studying Computer Animation at Florida Atlantic University (Boca Raton), where he took a Handmade Books class in the summer before graduating with a BFA in December 2005.

Broadfoot, Linda L.
Atlantic Beach, FL


Linda Broadfoot has a BA in Art History from the University of North Florida (Jacksonville). In 2004 and 2005, she received Artist Enhancement Grants from the Florida Arts Council; and in 2004, was the recipient of a Fellowship Grant from the Women’s Studio Workshop (Rosendale, NY). Her work has been exhibited at numerous Florida and other U.S. art institutions.

Cruz, Alina
Miami, FL


Alina Cruz was born in Havana, Cuba and moved to Miami in 1960 where she resides with her husband and two young sons. She is self-employed as a graphic designer. She has exhibited at various national and international institutions and her books are in the collections of: Museum of Modern Art (NY); Bienes Center for the Literary Arts (Ft. Lauderdale); and Florida International University Library (Miami).

Website: www.alinacurz.com


Esteves, Karen
Boca Raton, FL


Karen Esteves has a BFA in Printmaking and an MFA in Graphic Arts from Florida Atlantic University
(Boca Raton, FL). She has taught graphic design classes at Barry University (Miami); Florida Atlantic University (Boca Raton); and Lynn University (Boca Raton, FL). Since 2002, she has been Director of Studio728, the student gallery for the Florida Atlantic University, Broward Campus.


Gould, Susan Prize
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 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.


Kremer, Leila Leder
Miami Beach, FL


Leila Leder Kremer (b. Argentina) studied fashion design and art history at the University of Design and Architecture (Buenos Aires, Argentina). Currently she is working on photography and a series of artists’ books. Recently she received an Artist Access Grant through Tigertail Productions and Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs. In 2005, she won a Merit Award in the 54 th Annual All Florida Juried Competition at the Boca Raton Museum of Art. In 2004, she received the Best Black and White Photograph Award at the American Institute of Architecture photography competition.


Maxwell, Kimberley
Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Kimberley Maxwell received a BFA and an MFA from Florida Atlantic University (Boca Raton, FL) and is an Arts & Humanities Instructor at the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale. She has received the South Florida Cultural Consortium Fellowship for Visual and Media Artists and the Women in the Visual Arts Scholarship (Boca Raton, FL). She has exhibited at the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale and numerous other South Florida galleries.


Niederhausen, Hanne
Boca Raton, FL

Hanne Niederhausen has a BFA from Florida Atlantic University (Boca Raton) and an 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.

Website: www.niederhausen.net/hanne


Shapiro, Mimi
Lancaster, PA
(formerly Ft. Lauderdale, FL)


Mimi Shapiro studied at the Fashion Institute of Technology (NYC); Parsons School of Design (NYC); the Museum School of Fine Arts (Houston, TX); School of Visual Arts (NYC); and Drew University (NJ). She has participated in numerous exhibitions in Florida and around the world and her bookworks are in many public and private collections in Florida and the US, including the Bienes Center for the Literary Arts (Ft. Lauderdale, FL).

Website: www.mimiartz.com


Virgin, Thomas Brian
Miami, FL


Tom Virgin has a BFA from Florida Atlantic University (Boca Raton), 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.

Website: www.tomvirgin.com


Roth, Suzanne
Lakeland, FL

Suzanne Roth has degrees from SUCB (Buffalo, NY); California State University (Northridge, CA) and the Rochester Institute of Technology and has had numerous Florida solo and group exhibitions. Her artworks are in many collections, including the Bienes Center for the Literary Arts; City of Tampa, Art in Public Places Collections; and many private collections.


Wischer, Wendy
Miami, FL


Wendy Wischer received a BFA from the University of Wisconsin, Madison in 1993, and an MFA from Florida State University (Tallahassee) in 1995. She has had numerous solo exhibitions including, Diana Lowenstein Fine Arts (Miami); Project Room at The Soap Factory (Minneapolis, MN); and has participated in numerous group exhibitions including, National Museum of Women in the Arts (Washington, DC); Art Basel Miami Beach, and many others. She has received many awards and fellowships, including, in 2005, an Individual Artist Fellowship from the State of Florida, Division of Cultural Affairs.

Website: www.wendywischer.com

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