Listee Features — Art

Victoria Beard


Prior to embarking upon her professional path, Victoria F. Beard earned a Bachelor of Arts in speech and theater from the Houston Baptist University in 1980. She subsequently began her career as an actor with Management and Industrial Training Films in 1981. While active in this position, she graduated from the University of Houston with a Master of Arts in theater in 1982. Deciding to become a theater teacher to inspire and create future patrons of the arts, Ms. Beard applied her knowledge from her stellar education to create a superb career in acting and teaching the arts. From 1982 to 1983, Ms. Beard served as an acting teacher at Kinder High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in

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Shirley A. Schrank is renowned as a retired nurse and visual artist with a career spanning more than 50 years. She began her career in nursing as part of a federal nurse training program instituted after World War II, earning a degree in nursing at the University of Rochester in 1954. Ms. Schrank concluded her academic efforts at the University of Rochester, obtaining a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 1960 and a Master of Science in nursing education in 1961. From 1954 to 1956, Ms. Schrank worked as a staff nurse in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Rochester, where she was subsequently active as a team leader of the Department of Medicine from 1956 to 1960.

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Jacquelyn Cattaneo


Initially planning on becoming a musician, Jacquelyn K. Cattaneo has worked as a portrait artist, teacher of portraiture and southwestern landscapes in Gallup, New Mexico, since 1972. She was also an exchange artist for the Soviet women’s committee of the USSR Women Artists and an artists’ delegate in Prague, Vienna and Budapest, Hungary, among numerous other cities. Ms. Cattaneo previously served on the formation committee of the Multi-Modal/Multi-Cultural Center for Gallup, and coordinated the Octavia Fellin Performing Arts Wing dedication at the Gallup Public Library and the art project renovation at the Works Progress Administration of McKinley County, New Mexico. Prior to the start of her professional career, Ms. Cattaneo pursued a formal education, completing coursework at Texas Woman’s University

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An acclaimed educator, Pamela A. Brandt works as the Art Department curriculum chairperson for Hartford Joint 1 School District, where she also served as the applied and fine arts curriculum chair in 2015. Previously, she contributed to the school district as a special education art teacher in 1984. Likewise, Ms. Brandt retains her professional affiliation with the Wisconsin and National Education Associations, the Hartford Elementary Education Association, the Wisconsin and American Art Therapy Associations, the Wisconsin and National Art Education Associations, and the Wisconsin Association of Mid-Level Educators. Ms. Brandt became involved in her profession because she was always fascinated with working in the Girls Scouts within the special needs groups. She decided that she wanted to be an art

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Meri Goyette


With the intent to bolster her community’s impact and reputation as a whole, Meri R. Goyette ventured into the arts after receiving a degree from Lasell Junior College in 1946. For years, she has been a dedicated art patron, striving to highlight and uplift the arts and artists. She also co-founded the Nashua International Sculpture Symposium, where sculptures are donated to the city of Nashua, New Hampshire, for public display, and is a founding member of the international Women’s Review Board. For her professional achievements, Ms. Goyette has been recognized throughout her career. To wit, she has been named Citizen of the Year, Remarkable Woman and Woman of the Year. She received awards as the Best Humanitarian from the Greater

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An expert in Native American studies, human rights law and religious studies, Mary L. Pfeiffer got involved in her profession because she simply loved to learn, which she believes has kept her alive. She was always interested in the United Nations because her husband was a U.S. Navy pilot and they lived in Europe for three years. Additionally, she was always interested in the presidents of the United States. When she was invited to go to law school, that interest was directed specifically into human rights. Ms. Pfeiffer is fascinated by how people think about the world and the whole idea of not just protecting humans, but the earth as well. Retiring in 2018, Ms. Pfeiffer began her professional career

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Heidi Loewen


Heidi Loewen has found much success as a distinguished curator, gallerist and sculptor with decades of experience in the New York visual arts landscape. She attributes her success to her parents, who encouraged her to approach the world with kindness and to follow a path that made her happy. She initially pursued an education at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York, graduating in 1978 with a Bachelor of Science in fine art, studio art, art history and languages. During her enrollment at Skidmore College, Ms. Loewen studied abroad at Sorbonne University in Paris. From 1979 to 1986, Ms. Loewen worked as the business manager of the prestigious Sotheby’s Art Auction House in New York. She subsequently departed Sotheby to

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Linda Nearon


Linda Nearon painted strictly plein air for many years, before deciding to move her easel indoors. Working in her studio has allowed her the time and freedom to experiment with other techniques. She is a professional artist, having painted florals, landscapes, cityscapes, seascapes and portraits. However, florals are what Ms. Nearon feels she does best. Ms. Nearon is a signature member of the National Oil Acrylic Painters of America and a member of the Oil Painters of America. She has studied art under renowned artists such as James Wu. She has also taken workshops from Ted Gershner, Kathryn Stats and John Hughes. Additionally, Ms. Nearon has won many art awards over the years, most notably the Merit Award in the

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Sara Bertka


Possessing a natural talent for art, Sara Bertka’s high school, Bluffton High School in Ohio, had a well-developed art program that exposed her to many different options, forms and mediums of art. She started off on the path of fine arts, but she began to desire to make art a career after graduating in 2016. That was when Ms. Bertka found a school for graphic and digital design, pursuing a formal education at the School of Advertising Art, now known as the Modern College of Design, in Kettering, Ohio, where she graduated as valedictorian and attained an Associate of Arts in 2018. Prior to earning a degree, Ms. Bertka was a contact graphic designer for BMoore Connected in Bluffton and

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Wendy Weiner


Now retired, Wendy L. Weiner excelled as a teacher with Milwaukee Public Schools for 25 years until 2012. Working in a primarily poverty-stricken community, she dedicated her life to the children of the inner city by not only providing them with an effective education, but also with a safe and loving environment. Additionally, Ms. Weiner established her own business in 1990 as the owner of W.L.W. Presentations. Ms. Weiner became involved in her profession because at first, she did not know she would be an educator, but she did know from the experiences she had as a student that she wanted to make a better educational system for children. Although she did not have the best educational experience with the

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