Jessica Pinsky, Executive Director
Jessica grew up in Akron, Ohio and moved to Cleveland in 2011 after receiving a BFA in Studio Art from New York University in 2006 and an MFA in painting from Boston University in 2009. In graduate school she began cutting her paintings into strips and using the stretchers as a tapestry frame and weaving the paintings back together. As a lifetime sewer and knitter the jump to weaving seemed obvious and after the acquisition of her first loom in Boston she was hooked. As technical Specialist and Adjunct Faculty in CIA’s Fiber department her love of all things fiber grew and evolved daily. She is thrilled to be setting roots in Cleveland and as resident and business owner in the Waterloo Arts District.
“It has been a great priviledge and honor to bring a new life to the fiber department at CIA and to open Praxis in a city with such welcoming community, kindness, talent and creativity. Thank you to every single person I have met along this journey and to every person who has created art using this precious equipment over the years and so are woven into the rich history of textiles in our region.” www.jessicapinsky.com
Annmarie Suglio, Gallery Director
Annmarie Suglio currently lives and works in Cleveland, Ohio. She is graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Art earning her Bachelor in Fine Arts degrees in Fiber + Material Studies and Sculpture in 2015. Suglio has shown work at Zygote Press Inc. in Cleveland, Forum Artspace at the 78th Studios in Cleveland, and at the Reinberger Gallery at Cleveland Institute of Art. This past year, Annmarie was Administrative Assistant for FRONT International, Cleveland’s first art triennial in Cleveland. She is currently an Admissions Counselor for CIA, Gallery Director at Praxis Fiber Workshop, a non-profit organization designed to revitalize the field of Fiber art in the Cleveland area, and curator of The Sunroom, exhibiting artists who explore and experiment in a domestic space.
Anna Routson, Studio Manager
Anna Routson was born and raised in central Pennsylvania. She originally came to Ohio to pursue a fashion degree at Kent State University. While at Kent State, she discovered weaving and fell in with creating cloth. She received a BA in Textile Arts. Though her work is mostly woven, she enjoys helping people pursue all aspects of fiber work.
Greg Hatch, Praxis Fellow
With background in art history and a passion for personal narrative ritual, Gregory Hatch is a fiber and performance artist who explores how pattern, texture, and material sit within our memory (individual and collective). Born and raised in Akron, Ohio and currently living in Cleveland his work is continuously informed by the blue collar culture and focus on production culture. In the past his work as taken the form of public workshops and interactive performances and has recently evolved to ritualistic performances and object creation. Through out his practice fiber and textile have been consistently important to the meaning and intent of the work.
Laura Yurko, Intern
Laura Yurko is a Cleveland-based fine artist who primarily works with textiles and painting. She earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts at the Cleveland Institute of Art in 2017 and has since become the new fellow at Praxis Fiber Workshop. Yurko’s work has been exhibited in the Cleveland area since 2015, with the most recent solo exhibition being her BFA show, “Allusive Eudamonia.” In her previous solo show, “Ensnare, Drift” Yurko crafted a series of suits for a collaborative performance at Praxis Fiber Workshop in 2016. Yurko continues her artistic practice by producing work in reaction to the wide variety of techniques freshly acquired while at Praxis.
Rebecca Cross, Instructor
A resident of Oberlin, Ohio, Rebecca Cross was born in Texas and raised in Japan and Alaska, and still considers herself a Pacific Northwesterner. She is married to the composer, and her artistic collaborator, Randolph Coleman, with whom she has a daughter and son.
A recipient of the Textile Society of America New Professional Award in 2010, artist Rebecca Cross exhibits her work nationally and internationally. Formally trained as a bel canto singer at the Oberlin Conservatory, in Oberlin, Ohio, where she now lives, she has performed contemporary art music in a range of venues. The worlds of music and literature continue to fascinate and inform her visual art. Cross has collaborated extensively with the Double Edge Dance Company, Kora Radella and Ross Feller, artistic directors, at the Cleveland Public Theatre, the Cleveland Ingenuity Festival, at Roulette in NYC in 2013 and at 10 times 6, Uferstudios, Berlin in 2015.
She received her MFA in Textiles from the Kent State University School of Art, where she now teaches Surface Design and Professional Practices. Solo exhibitions include those at the Cleveland Sculpture Center, the Morgan Paper Conservatory; group and invitational exhibits at the Zanesville Museum of Art, FAVA Gallery, Mansfield Museum of Art, Malone University in Akron, and William Busta Gallery, Cleveland. In 2009-2010, Cross participated in artist residencies at the Hungarian Multicultural Center in Budapest, Hungary, at the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, Vermont, and at Zygote Press and the Morgan Paper Conservatory, both in Cleveland. In 2009, Cross was an American representative in Paris, France, in the ENSAD exhibit, under the aegis of the World Shibori Network. Cross recently co-juried the 2014 Form Not Function National Quilt Exhibition at the Carnegie Center for Art in New Albany, Indiana. www.rebeccastextiles.com
Trey D. Gehring is a textile artist originally from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He moved to Ohio to pursue his interest in textile art. He is a self-proclaimed textile geek and loves learning new techniques. Weaving is one of his biggest passions and he is always excited to introduce people to the magic that is woven cloth. He received his MFA in Textile Arts at Kent State University where he teaches an undergraduate course on fabric printing and repeat pattern design. www.treydgehring.com
Sandy Shelenberger, Instructor
Sandy Shelenberger is a fiberartist and designer from Conneaut, Ohio. Her artwork has been widely exhibited and published in several books, most recently in the prestigious Fiberart International 2013. Sandy has worked in textiles for many years and uses several methods of designing and creating imagery on fabric. She received a Juror’s Award of Merit in Quilt National ’05. Sandy has continued her exploration of techniques using other media as well. She has studied encaustic since 2009, and has become enamored with the process. Sandy received the $1,000 Challenge Award of Excellence with her encaustic piece Textures 2 in Ohio Designer Craftsmen’s “Best of 2014” Juried Art Exhibit in Columbus, OH. Sandy teaches art and surface design techniques. She hosts a Women’s Art Retreat twice yearly (Spring and Fall) that explores using encaustic techniques. Sandy holds an annual Open Studio Event on national “Make-a-Difference” Day that features local artisans and benefits the Ashtabula County Humane Society. She enjoys sharing her knowledge and passion. Sandy’s vision is to empower others through art and the creative process.
She is a member and has served on the board of Textile Art Alliance, an affiliate group of the Cleveland Museum of Art. Sandy also is a member of Art Quilt Network, Surface Design Association, Erie Art Museum and the Northwestern Pennsylvania Artists Association. www.sandyshelenberger.com