Any artists listed have been associated with Open Wabi, either by attending a residency or aiding in its evolution.
Chas. Foster lives in Wheaton, Maryland. He earned his MFA from Maryland Institute College of Art in 2012, and teaches in the International Baccalaureate Program at Springbrook High School. He has exhibited in Baltimore, New York, Tucson, Salvador da Bahia (Brasil), and wherever a tire hangs suspended, yearning for the earth’s core.
Jason Andrew Bowles
Artist & Director
He is interested in the transience of materials and the transience of our own existence, hence his interest in Wabi Sabi. He is also very interested in the act of problem-solving by making creative and resourceful use of whatever materials are at hand (regardless of their original purpose,) therefore, found materials and objects become part […]
Miguel A. Navarro was born in Los Angeles, California. He received his BFA from University of California at Santa Cruz and is currently completing a low-residency MFA program at Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore Maryland. Miguel works in sculpture, video, installation and performance. He has exhibited at The Plastic Factory in Los Angeles […]
Emily Harris is a Queens-based artist and a current MFA Candidate at Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore. She has exhibited her work in venues in New York; Ai Gallery and Bridge Art Fair, Chicago, IL;and internationally at 2B Gallery in Budapest, Hungary; Galeria Z in Bratislava, Slovakia, The Museum of Arts & Crafts Itami, Itami-shi, Japan and […]
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 […]
Bart was born in Dublin, Ireland (1975.) He graduated from the National College of Art and Design in 2000. Today he lives in Baltimore, Maryland, and has shown work in Washington DC, Philadelphia, Annapolis and Baltimore as well as Ireland and Northern Ireland. Bart is adjunct professor of drawing and two dimensional design at Anne Arundel Community College […]
Boyd, a Harvard graduate with 36 years experience in art education, studied numerous successful art teaching models including Andover Academy, Wellesley College, and Black Mountain College.
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 […]
Artist & Director
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
Katrina Bello ’17
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 […]
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 […]
Nicole Shaver ’17
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 […]
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, […]