Any artists listed have been associated with Open Wabi, either by attending a residency or aiding in its evolution.


Amanda Heidel

Amanda Heidel is a New York based artist. She grew up in New Jersey and received her BA in Advertising and PR, later continuing her education in Graphic Design. She is a current MFA student at SUNY New Paltz studying Sculpture. Her art practice merges art and life and explores the intersection of community, performance, […]


Nicole Shaver

Nicole Shaver was born and raised in Port Washington, Wisconsin where she skipped stones and watched fisherman gut salmon as a child. She received her BFA from The University of Wisconsin-Madison and MFA from The University of Iowa. Her practice involves ideas of place and belonging using geographical sites as a metaphorical compass in order […]


Sarah Novio

Sarah Novio (b. 1989) is an artist based in Woodbridge, New Jersey. She was born in Brooklyn and raised in Long Island, NY. She moved to Tampa, FL to receive her BFA at the University of Tampa. Shortly after, she moved back to New York to complete her MFA at the New York Academy of […]


Katrina Bello

Katrina Bello (b. 1973) is a visual artist and curator who is from Davao City, Philippines. Her works have been shaped by experiences of natural environments; and topics on memory, landscape, time, ecology and geology are the subtext of her work which takes form in drawings, paintings, installation, photography, and video. Her work has been […]


Edward Steffanni

Edward Steffanni is an artist from Dayton, Ohio. He has received multiple awards and has been featured in exhibitions nationally. In his practice, he exploits imagery and materiality to explore religious themes as well as matters of identity and emptiness. He engages with these themes through painting, drawing, and sculpture.


Luke McCusker

Luke McCusker earned his Bachelor of Arts in Fine Art from Mount Vernon Nazarene University in 2017. His works in painting, sculpture, and film are concerned with self-understanding, self-examination, and non-conceptual forms of shared knowing; they are one part of a broader search that includes a study of philosophy, theology, and the arts, and a […]


Elizabeth Tolson

Elizabeth Tolson is an Expanded Media Artist and Educator whose work explores the boundaries of art, technology, and feminism. Through an alchemy of artistic skills honed during life and scholastic experiences, she brings important social issues front and center and generates real discussion. Challenging group norms through over-representation of societies gender flaws, she draws the […]

Good News

We’re moving Don’s Studio

A long-time friend and colleague Don Boyd was one of the original artists to work at Open Wabi. He shared a studio at Open Wabi for many years with Jason Andrew Bowles and the late Crispin Webb. Boyd, a Harvard graduate with 36 years experience in art education, studied numerous successful art teaching models including Andover […]


Jason M. Stewart

Jason M. Stewart is a New Jersey based interdisciplinary artist with a focus on installation, painting, and sculpture. Jason received his BFA from Rowan University and his MFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2015. Jason’s practice inhabits multiple modalities, creating works that address notions of “place” as articulated by the various voices […]


Justin Sorensen

Justin Sorensen (b. 1986) is an artist based in Central Ohio. He grew up in Northwestern Pennsylvania and received his BFA from Kutztown University in Kutztown, PA. He did graduate work at Bucknell University in Lewisburg, PA, before moving on to complete his MFA at the Rhode Island School of Design. His work has been […]


Hiroshi Kumagai

It took Hiroshi almost 10 years of working with paint to realize that he is not a painter and he doesn’t enjoy the medium at all. It was matter of time for him to realize that he is most attracted to slick surface quality and bright primary colors which he was surrounded by during his […]


Tom Cline

I remember watching my dad prepare traps for trap-lines when I was a kid. The traps were beautiful, boiled in a mixture of walnuts and wax, they became something more than traps for catching animals, so we could sell the furs. The traps became something of great beauty and value, not only because the walnut […]

Artist & Director

Tricia Bowles

Tricia Bowles has a B.A. in Fine Art and 15 years of experience in visual communication. She is currently a Creative Director at Mount Vernon Nazarene University. She is interested in the beauty of imperfection and in the blurring of the lines between art and life.


Crispin Webb

Born on December 12, 1977, in Charleston, West Virginia, Crispin attended Mount Vernon Nazarene University. Later, Crispin was accepted as a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) candidate at Bard College in The Milton Avery School of Painting and Sculpture, one of the premier art schools in the nation. Crispin was one of 11 students accepted […]


John Donnelly

The “Chasing Faroe Series”, my latest exhibition, are oil painted works on paper, wood and wool, which speak to the pursuit of the transient nature of a place or an event in life. They document the memory of travel, or the imagining of a new destination on the line that divides the heavens and earth […]