Contributing Artists to

Annie Abdalla is an interdisciplinary artist and educator living on the Atlantic Ocean in Nova Scotia. Her work is characterized by extended investigations of beguiling shapes or objects or movements – like going steady for a long time. She has been successively obsessed with shoes, chairs, and most recently eggs. She has an MFA from Goddard College where she is currently on faculty in the Individualized BA Studies Program.

Deborah Baldizar is a sculptor who strives to convey her lived emotions and experiences in three dimensional form. The works begin in clay, a pliable material that conforms to her vision and end in handmade paper, a soft, vulnerable yet rigid, surprisingly strong material that captures the essence of fleeting thoughts and hidden emotions. She shows her work locally and regionally, most recently in Greenwich, CT as part of a show called "Rock Paper Scissors." Deborah lives in Rhode Island with her husband and two small sons.

Sue Batchelder is a teaching artist living in New Hampshire.  Her recent career has involved teaching studio art and digital media to elementary, middle and high school students as well as to her teaching colleagues.  She currently works primarily in sculpture and mixed media, and gets great satisfaction from the challenge of choosing and aligning an artistic message, medium and audience. Sue particularly appreciates Art/Word’s inclusion of text in artworks, because text has always been an inherent part of her artistic process. Sue earned an MFA in Interdisciplinary Art at Goddard College in Plainfield, VT. 

Lynn Blake is forging an ardent mission to build a bridge from apparel design to fine art. In addition to being a professor of design at Lasell College, she maintains a sustained artistic practice which uses clothing as a powerful tool of communication. Her work challenges viewers to consider cultural expectations versus emotional well being and weaves together themes of frustration of containment and discovery of voice.
Lynn has exhibited all over New England, most recently at the Provincetown Association & Art Museum and the Boston Public Library.
Lynn is a “charter” member of Art/Word. She holds degrees from the Fashion Institute of Technology, Massachusetts College of Art, and an MFA in Interdisciplinary Art from Goddard College in Vermont.

Jackie Brill
A member of Artword since it's inception (Thanks, Steve!) Jackie Brill began her art career at age 9 by drawing palomino horse heads for neighborhood children.  She has been involved in creating art and graphics in some form ever since.  A Boston based freelance artist, she has worked for Advertising Agencies and Publishing Companies, and also worked full-time as an art director at Staywell Publishing for many years before taking time off to raise her son, Calvin. Currently assistant teaching computer graphics, she is concentrating on design and illustration on the computer using the Adobe Creative suite. Attracted and also somewhat distracted by shiny things, she is also exploring water-based oils by painting "portraits" of her rhinestone pin collection. Her work can be seen on her studio site:

Ken Calhoun is an interactive designer, visual storyteller and fiction writer. He served as a creative director, designer and writer/director in various organizations before coming to Lasell, working with Fortune 500, music and hospitality industry clients. His creative work includes documentary filmmaking, interactive narrative and loop-based music composition. His short fiction has appeared in a number of publications, such as Tin House, The Paris Review and Fence. In 2011, his story "Nightblooming" was awarded a PEN/O.Henry Prize.

Jill Carey
Art is the primary tool I use for self-expression. I consider this ability a gift and means for communication. I am most inspired by organic forms with a particular focus on landscapes and human figures. The intent of my work is to provide a lens for the viewer to see the natural world as a spiritual journey.

Emely DelSanto
When I was a kid, my goal was to become an author and an artist.
Today, while I might not exactly be churning out novels or illustrating comics, my life still revolves around words, images, and the interaction of the two. It’s that interaction that I’ve grown to appreciate even more as I work with it: The dual message between the literal meaning of the text and the subjective expression of the visuals.

Maritza Farrell was born on the island of Puerto Rico.  As an artist I was influenced by writers, poets, the beauty of the landscape, the deep color of the ocean and natural surroundings.  In the early years of my artistic career, I worked in graphic art, where I developed my own style and ways of expression.  For me this was the time for experimentation with different mediums: woodcut, lithography, linoleum, colograph, monotype, etching an many others.  Even my past art reflects the development of my work today.
In my work you can see that the matter is almost always the family.  The dream world influenced me and became part of my creativity and inspiration.  I use different mediums to evoke different emotions.  The images and objects become part of my dreamlike world where sometimes various images interplay with each other.  My work evokes emotions of happiness, of childhood memories, and surreal feeling of depth.
Also, different elements sometimes evoke the relationship of myself to nature and life.  Today you can seehow beauty of nature has become a source for abstract images of my work.

Stephen C. Fischer
I am an interdisciplinary artist.  I identify more directly with my creative process than I do with a particular art technique, artifact, or medium.  In my work I involve imagery, words, sound, and movement.  I use whatever materials best support my intentions.  The joy that I experience in learning, teaching, storytelling and collaboration moves me to engage with art that encourages creative community. My art practices include drawing, painting, illustration, photography, digital imagery, graphic design, theatrical set design and construction, performance art, puppetry, videography, and art education. Currently, in my home studio and as a graphic arts professor at Lasell, I am fully engaged with all of these disciplines.

Drew Gundlach's life in art began at a very early age. It has led him through a myriad of experiences and ultimately shaped who he is today. During the course of his journey of self-discovery, he has garnered a continuous growth of knowledge and practice, which exposed him to a wide range of styles, influences, and mediums.
Currently he is the Senior Graphic Designer at Franklin Sports Inc. in Stoughton, MA, where he is involved in the design of product and packaging graphics for a wide range of sporting goods and toys. He has also been instrumental in the development of a design department for Franklin Sports Asia Ltd. which is based in China. While with Franklin, Drew has worked with many outside clients, such as Major League Baseball, Marvel Comics, Disney, Hasbro, Target, and Wal-Mart.
On top of his full-time design position, Drew is also working as an adjunct professor at Lasell College. Drew is excited to have the opportunity to be back at his alma mater, sharing his knowledge and experience in the design industry to provide his students with a "real world experience" inside the classroom

Mary W. Hart
I am an adjunct professor, teaching Calligraphy and Graphic Design, i have been in love with writing and letters since my introduction to the art of hand lettering at Carnegie Mellon University 37 years ago.
I continue to work as a graphic designer, taking on pro bono projects which I can fit in around teaching, am active in my local art association and also the international calligraphic community; I exhibit my work locally and regionally. I continue to use texts and lettering in my collage and paintings with varying degrees of legibility...and still do straight out calligraphic transcriptions...but what interests me most is the place where the words are part of the composition and contribute texture and meaning without becoming signage.

Emmanuelle Le Gal is a fine artist and graphic designer. She attended Massachusetts College of Art in Boston. Originally from Brittany, France, she's been living in the US for over twenty years. In 1997 she started a partnership with her husband and Dreamworld Productions (a recording studio) became Dreamworld Productions and Design. Since then she has worked as the artistic director of the company.
Art has always been a big part of Emmanuelle's life and her work reflects her love for nature and the outdoors. Preferring to work with textures, she has enjoyed creating mixed media pieces and collages. She takes pleasure in the experimentation and the discoveries of working at the layering of her thoughts and ideas as well as the gathering of materials.
Currently residing in Lynn, MA, she now works part-time. If you don't find her painting or working at her computer, it means she's probably chasing after her two boys.

Margo Lemieux has been an artist since the first grade when she got into trouble with her teacher for "decorating" her workbook. In high school she was awarded a scholarship to attend the Saturday program at the Museum of Fine Arts.
After earning a degree in fine arts in painting from Boston University, she worked as a graphic designer, tee-shirt artist, newspaper correspondent, children's book author and illustrator, and other interesting things.
Currently she is a professor of art at Lasell College, Newton. Previously, she taught at the Attleboro Museum and Rhode Island School of Design.
Besides printmaking, she paints in oil, watercolor, and acrylic, and has a strong interest in handmade books. Her article, "Contour meets Gesture," appeared in the May 2002 issue of American Artist Magazine. She is a fitness instructor at the Hockomock YMCA.
She holds a M.Ed. degree in Integrated Arts Curriculum from Curry College and an MFA in Printmaking from UMass Dartmouth.

Kayla McKenna graduated from Lasell College in 2009 with a bachelor’s degree in Graphic Design and a minor in Fine Art. Most of her work tends to revolve around digital art, print work, and typography because of her career. When it comes to personal pieces, she prefers to work with watercolors, Photoshop, or a number of different mediums to create mixed media collages. Aside from working in Somerville as a designer, she is a full time nanny, cross country / track coach, and working on a lot of freelancing and side art projectson a regular basis.

Felicia Desimini (Menard) is an interdisciplinary artist, instructor, and art writer, who focuses on issues of identity and memory. Committed to ART-- art/research/teaching -- she has been instrumental in the development of a grand unifying principle of art criticism and art history through arts-based research. She has taught at various colleges and universities in the New England Area. This is her first collaboration with Tim Robinson, a conceptual artist from Keene, NH..

Janice Perry has toured internationally with solo stage work since 1981. She has received multiple fellowships for new performance, teaching, and collaboration from the William Fulbright Commission and the US Department of State, the Vermont Arts Council and the NEA, and others. Her work has been adapted for radio, television and print in the USA and Europe (NPR, PBS, BBC 2, Channel 4, BBC 3), and her short films have been screened at international film festivals, as well as academic and cultural institutions in the USA and Europe. Perry's multi-media installation, "Being Derrida," was a semi-finalist in the USA National Portrait Gallery/ Smithsonian Institution's 2009 Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition. She's taught Performance Studies courses at universities in the USA and abroad. Perry has worked with many trans-disciplinary collaborative groups in the USA, UK, and Europe, and initiated several international simultaneous performances over the past 10 years.

Josh Randall is a graphic artist and illustrator, and lately, teacher. His most recent on-staff position comprised nine years as Senior Graphic Designer for John Hancock Financial Services, Boston. He currently resides in Connecticut, where he maintains a home-office design consultancy. His eternally under-construction web site may be found at

Donni Richman
I am an artist, graphic designer and principle in my own design firm – DRDG or Donni Richman Design Graphics. I live in Waltham, Massachusetts. I have been a member of ART/Word since 1981.

rachael a. m rollson
i am a collage artist, photographer, filmmaker, and writer. i focus on identity roles (race, class, & gender) generally in subcultures. i have been described as a Luddite, a punk rock hippie, and a lemon meringue pie. i graduated Goddard College, Plainfield, VT with an MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts in 2006 and a visual narrative entitled “War Pigs”. i am a feature writer for Clockworks Magazine, Panel to Panel Magazine and a 6 year volunteer artist for Christmas cards for the Framingham, MA Family Shelter. i have been a workshop facilitator for State hospital residents, troubled and untroubled teens, anti-violence groups, and a State HIV department. In 2010, i was awarded a grant to The Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, VT, where i worked on my second visual narrative novel “Maggot”. Currently i live outside Portland, Maine with my two soulmates (alright three if you count the cat, and i think i do): my poet/ musician spouse and my new crazy baby. Please see more of me at Love & Anger:

Jinny Sagorin is an artist and singer, living in Newton, Massachusetts. Born in Durban, South Africa, Jinny graduated from the University of Cape Town, with degrees in Art and English Literature, and Graphic Design (Michaelis School of Fine Art, University of Cape Town.) She received her BA Honours summa cum laude from the University of South Africa and was awarded the 2000 Senate Gold Medal for top student. Jinny has worked as a singer, actor, artist, photographer, television presenter and writer. She uses her photography and watercolor paintings to create mixed media works, and her hand-made greeting cards are sold in stores around Boston and Cape Cod, under the label of jinzart: art from the heart.

Annee Spileos Scott
I have been creating multi-media installations with sociopolitical themes for more than thirty years. In 1998, both of my parents became ill and passed away. It was then that I began to research my mother’s ancestral heritage as an Ionian Greek who hails from Asia Minor. Two major installations were created during the following years and exhibited at the Fuller Museum of Art and the DeCordova Museum respectively. I returned to this theme in the summer of 2009 and have been immersed in creating a current installation. The new project contains several wall works; the most recent piece is included in this exhibition. Upon completion of this collage, I wrote a poem in Haiku in conjunction with the Art/Word exhibition. I feel as though the poetry transformed the piece into an entity of its own. My work has been exhibited most notably at the DeCordova Museum, the ICA Boston, the List Visual Arts Center at M.I.T. and the A.I.R. Gallery in New York, with solo exhibitions both at the Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University and Boston University. I hold a B.F.A. in Painting and an M.F.A. in Studio for Interrelated Media, both from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. I have been an Adjunct Professor of Studio Art at Lasell College for almost twenty years and have engaged the students in projects which are often times inspired by the sociopolitical subject matters of my own work.

Peter Watson
Peter is a photographer, painter, theatrical set designer and teacher.