Listee Features — Art

ANITA JEAN WILDERMUTH

Driven by her love of art, Anita Jean Wildermuth decided to teach and share her passion with the younger generations. She was inspired by her elementary school art teacher, Lawrence Urbscheit, and her father. Both encouraged her to pursue art professionally. To help her achieve her goal, Ms. Wildermuth earned a Bachelor of Arts from Luther College and a Master of Arts in teaching from Rockford College. She also became a certified teacher in the state of Wisconsin. Degrees in hand, Ms. Wildermuth set out to make her mark. Her first professional position was art teacher at Dodgeville Public Schools, followed by art teacher at Viroqua Public Schools and Beloit School District. She retired in 1998. Her favorite part of

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CORINNE SAMIOS

Growing up with artistic parents, Corinne Samios was almost destined to end up in a creative field. She had always had an eye for color and design, so when her aunt recommended she apply for a job as a colorist with old Deerfield Fabrics, she decided to give it a shot. Ms. Samios didn’t think she would get it since she was still studying interior design and architecture at the Traphagen School of Fashion and the Art Student League at the time, but she persevered. Ms. Samios came out of the interview process on top, and ended up starting her first professional position in 1957 at the young age of 19. From that point forward, Ms. Samios worked hard to

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MARY FRENCH SWEET

Passionate about art for as long as she can remember, Mary French Sweet is proud of her continued contributions to the field. She has notably been an exhibitor in a group shows at the Albuquerque Museum and The Gallery Store since 2004, the Dartmouth Street Gallery since 2002, and the Weyrich Gallery since 1985. Ms. Sweet is also represented in the permanent collection, “Arts Thrive,” in the Albuquerque Museum, as well as in the permanent collections of the La Posada Hotel, the Carlsbad Art Museum, and the First National Bank of Albuquerque. Some other exhibitions include “The Spirits of Two Deserts” at the Museum of Fine Arts in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, “East Meets West” at the Donkey Mill Art Center in

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BARBARA L. LOBRON

In pursuit of her passions, Barbara L. Lobron dedicated much of her life to her career. She started as a reporter and writer for the Camden Courier-Post right out of college, and really fell in love with the industry. Ms. Lobron worked hard to solidify her place after that. Her efforts led to her advancement through roles like editorial assistant of Medical Insight Magazine, managing editor of Camera 35 Magazine, associate editor for U.S. Camera/Camera 35 Magazine Annual, account executive for Bozell & Jacobs, and freelance editor for Word Woman, as well as to her growing interest in photography. Ms. Lobron’s next positions, copy editor of Camera Arts Magazine, editorial coordinator of Popular Photography Magazine, and associate editor of Sony

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Judith Marlane

JUDITH MARLANE

Very self-driven, Judith Marlane has always wanted to excel. She attended the High School of Performing Arts as a dance major, and threw herself into her studies. Dr. Marlane would leave the house very early so she had time to practice before school, learn from masters of the craft like Robert Joffrey during the day, and take extra classes at Carnegie Hall of Lessons at night. All of her dance, theater, and music training combined into an exciting and fruitful career in the performing arts. One of Dr. Marlane’s first professional position was producer, writer, and broadcaster for Channel 13, WNET, in New York. Her aptitude quickly caught the attention of her peers, propelling her to roles like president of

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SHERRY LIPIEC

From the time she was a little kid, Sherry Lipiec has loved art and education. Her father was a teacher, and he inspired her and her brothers to be studious and well-behaved. One of her favorite subjects in school was art; she won her first art award in kindergarten, and continued on from there. When it came time to choose a career, Ms. Lipiec decided to pick something that incorporated both of her passions: art education. She obtained a Bachelor of Science in the subject from Western Michigan University in 1967, and she never looked back. Ms. Lipiec’s first position in her field was seventh-ninth grade art teacher at Kelly Junior High in Michigan. She then moved through roles like

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KATE AMEND

Renowned amongst her peers, Kate Amend has thrived as a film editor in Los Angeles since 1982. Her first feature was “Metamorphosis: Man Into Woman,” during which she had the opportunity to work with the great Johanna Demetrakas, a filmmaker. The experience taught her a lot, and propelled her to projects like “Legends,” “Asylum,” “Skinheads, USA,” “Spread the Word,” and “Arrested Development: In The House.” Ms. Amend put her heart and soul into every film she worked on and, soon enough, word of her excellence began to spread. She became highly sought-after, and was called upon to participate in a wide variety of editing endeavors. Some of these include “Tobacco Blues,” “Some Nudity Required,” “Pandemic: Facing AIDS,” “Crazy Wisdom,” “Birth

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CAROLYN GROSSÉ GAWARECKI

Renowned watercolorist Carolyn Grossé Gawarecki is proud of the mark she has left on others. Her dream of pursuing art began in high school, when a teacher noticed her talent. Ms. Grossé Gawarecki was excited by the idea, so she earned a Bachelor of Arts in education from Douglass College of Rutgers University and completed graduate coursework at the University of Colorado and at the University of California, Berkeley. This propelled her to her first professional positions, teacher at Highland Park High School and first woman exhibits artist for the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History. Ms. Grossé Gawarecki’s work earned her much acclaim, so much so that she decided to step out on her own as an independent watercolor workshops

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SUZANNE FOLDS MCCULLAGH

Retiring in 2014 after 40 rich and successful years as a curator of prints and drawings at the Art Institute of Chicago,  Suzanne Folds McCullagh  was appointed Director of the Gray Collection Trust in 2016. She loved the privilege and stimulation of working with the legendary Richard Gray until his demise in May 2018. In her role as Director, she works with the remarkable collection of more than 150 works of art on paper acquired by Richard and his wife, Mary L. Gray, over the past 50 years. Dr. McCullagh arranged an exhibition of the Grays’ collection, including paintings and sculpture, at the Art Institute in 2010. Since that time, she has helped them acquire an additional 36 works on paper,

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JANE H. CARROLL

Creative and passionate, Jane Carroll has loved art for as long as she can remember.  She started in the field as an author and artist at Winston Derek Publishers in Tennessee, and is now thriving as the owner of Jane Carroll Fine Art and as an artist, poet, and author at Lulu Press at Barnes and Noble. Ms. Carroll’s art has been featured in group shows like Avondale Art in the Afternoon, the Georgia Artists Invitational at the Atlanta Art Gallery, and the Telfare Museum Savannah, and in one-woman shows at venues like the Revis Lewis Gallery and the Ariel Gallery. Furthermore, she has authored “Artist Orchard,” “Dayspring,” “Grace,” “Intimate Moments,” and “Carriage of Hate,” and is represented in the

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