Ms. Mitchell began her career as director of development at the Hudson River Sloop Clearwater in Poughkeepsie in the early 90’s, organizing concerts and special events. She went on to work at the Bardavon Opera House in membership, and the Roosevelt Institute in Hyde Park, where she served as director of development during the campaign to build the Wallace Visitors Center. She has previously served as executive director at the Hudson River Maritime Museum, in Kingston, N.Y., at Museum Village, in Orange County, and at the Arts Council of Rockland County. She is also a practicing artisan, most recently serving as artist fellow in textiles and surface design at Peters Valley Craft Center in the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area in 2016 and 2017. She spent a year working in the rural Peruvian Andes with six women’s textile cooperatives serving the international fair trade market. Mitchell has a BA from Boston University, an MA in Comparative Literature from Columbia University, and she recently earned an AAS in Textile Design from FIT. She lives in the city of Poughkeepsie.
Studio Program Manager/Ceramic Studio Technician
Jessica Murphy grew up in Northern New Jersey, but has lived in the Mid-Hudson Valley since 2013. She has a BS in Environmental Science from Allegheny College, and an MFA in Ceramics from the State University of New York at New Paltz. She has taught at Women's Studio Workshop, SUNY New Paltz, Dutchess Community College, and Art Centro.
Printmaking & Textiles Studio Technician
Erina is a printmaker and textile designer. She works in her small home studio creating functional wares and goods, and currently teaches at the Textile Arts Center in NYC, and PUF Studios. Erina received her BFA in Studio Arts at Appalachian State University and moved to the Hudson Valley area in 2016.
Clay Works Studio Technician
Sarah is a ceramic artist specializing in decorative wall tile. Her current work is based in emulating a calming, beautiful moment for viewers. Sarah received national recognition through an emerging artist award from the National Council on Education of the Ceramic Arts in 2019 and received her MFA at the State University of New York at New Paltz and BFA from Alfred University. She has worked for KleinReid, Kala Stein Design, ModCraft Tile and the Hudson Valley Additive Manufacturing Center. She has taught ceramics and computer aided design. She works at the FKCW and in her studio in Fishkill, NY.