In this mixed-media class, there are no fixed rules or “shoulds” in the creative process. As art-making is an individual and unique endeavor, the starting point for instruction will be each individual student’s visual preferences and materials. In one-on-one conversations, students will be guided toward making those clear choices that will gain focus and clarity of expression in their work. Materials, best practices, technical and archival issues relevant to created works will also be discussed. Class discussions and demonstrations will take place when appropriate.
Deborah Winiarski’s work has been included in exhibitions at in New York City and venues across the United States—including Denise Bibro Fine Art, NYC; Kouros Gallery, NYC; Heather James Fine Art, Palm Springs, California, and Jackson Hole, Wyoming; and Julie Heller East Gallery and A Gallery, both in Provincetown, Massachusetts. Most recently, in 2015, Ms. Winiarski curated the exhibition, CASTING SHADOWS—Work in Dimension and Relief, at Julie Heller East Gallery, Provincetown, Massachusetts. A catalog of the same name accompanied the exhibition. Also in 2015, the artist and her work were included in the books Embracing Encaustic: Mixing Media and Art Students League of New York on Painting: Lessons and Meditations on Mediums, Styles, and Methods.
In addition to her regular mixed-media class, Deborah Winiarski has been teaching the encaustic workshops at the Art Students League of New York since 2009. In 2014, Ms. Winiarski was invited as artist-in-residence at The Studios of Key West in Key West, Florida. Additionally, for the past several years she has been a presenter and workshop instructor at The International Encaustic Conference held annually in Provincetown, Massachusetts. Ms. Winiarski also holds the position of featured artworks editor for ProWax Journal, a quarterly online publication for professional artists working in the medium of encaustic, and moderates ProWax Forum, an online discussion group where questions regarding encaustic materials, technique, and vision are answered.
Deborah Winiarski studied at the Art Students League of New York. She also studied abroad at Studio Giambo and Accademia D’Arte in Florence, Italy. Ms. Winiarski holds a master’s degree from Queens College, New York City. Ms. Winiarski is currently affiliated with Denise Bibro Fine Art, Inc., New York City; Broadhurst Gallery, Pinehurst, North Carolina; and Elizabeth Clement Fine Art, Boston, Massachusetts.