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ILLUSTRATION MEMBERSHIPS

soiSociety of Illustrators - Juried member since 2015.
When I was a sophomore at the Rhode Island School of Design, our illustration class took a field trip to New York City. Our teachers brought us to the Society of Illustrators, to introduce us to the exhibition halls where so many illustrators have shown their work. I fell in love with the old building, lined with Leyendecker paintings. When I moved to Manhattan many years later, I often visited the SOI exhibitions, and took part in their figure drawing classes from time to time. But I wasn't ready to apply for membership. Today, I'm in New Jersey, working hard as a picture book author and illustrator–and have been elected to Illustration Membership! This is a dream come true. Many thanks to Lisa Falkenstern for her sponsorship and support.

aslnySociety of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators - Member since 2008. PAL member since 2016.
I am thrilled to be a Published And Listed (PAL) member of SCBWI after a long, long journey. My mother brought me to my first SCBWI conference while I was in high school, and I had the chance to meet Jane Yolen for the first time. She signed my sketchbook, and inspired me that with enough hard work, I too, could make books. Years later, I crossed paths with Jane Yolen at another SCBWI conference, and asked her to sign my copy of Owl Moon. She again wrote beautiful, inspiring words–which stayed with me through a rather lengthy slog of rejections. When I signed my first book with Viking in 2014, I sent her a note, and she replied with congratulations. SCBWI offers so much more than information. It is a community of mentors that I could not do without.

risdChildren's Book Illustrator's Group - Member since 2013. Co-President since 2015.
"CBIG, the Children’s Book Illustrators Group, is a New York City-based group of members are illustrators and author-illustrators who create high-quality work for children’s publishing and media. Anyone with a demonstrated interest in children’s book illustration may become a member, whether published or not."–From the web site: www.cbig-nyc.com

FINE ART MEMBERSHIPS

aslnyNew England Watercolor Society. - Signature member since 2014.
Signature membership requires acceptance into four New England Watercolor Society sponsored shows within ten years. My four accepted paintings were: "The Clammer" in the 2009 Regional Show, "The Parade" in the 2012 National Open Show, "Girl on the Rocks" in the 2013 Regional Show,and "Nonna" in the 2014 National Open Show. John Singer Sargent (1856-1925), was an honorary member of this society. As his work has influenced both my fine art painting and my illustration career, it is so exciting to have this thin thread of a connection with him.

aslnyNorth Shore Arts Association - Artist member from 2008–2016. Since I no longer live in Massachusetts, and have found it hard to enter shows from a distance, I let my dues lapse. But I truly love this organization and all the artists that are a part of it. This organization was my first big break into the art world, and I am grateful to all the artists that supported me from an early point in my career.
Artist membership requires acceptance of five paintings by a membership jury. My five accepted paintings were: "Starbucks," "Ye Olde Barber Shop," "Petco," "BJ's Wholesale Club"and "Tedford's" - all done in acrylic, in 2007.
In the first full year of membership, I won two awards the Beverly A. DeMont Memorial Award for "Wednesday" (sold) and the Hazel Morey Memorial Award for "Starbucks" (sold). In 2010, I participated on the jury for member shows. In 2011, I had a solo show in NSAA's Gordon Grant room.

aslnyArt Students League of New York - Artist member since 2011working on my life membership.
To become a member of the League, an artist must be enrolled for at least 210 class hours. The artist must be proposed by a current member, and seconded by two additional members. After that, the artist is voted in at the Members Business Meeting. My membership became active in 2011. I am a bit too far away to participate in classes there any longer, but I so enjoyed my time in Mary Beth McKenzie's class, that I continue to love and support the League. And just like the connection to John Singer Sargent through the New England Watercolor Society, the Art Students League was home to Georgia O'Keefe for many years. I used to love thinking that perhaps I was washing my brushes in the same sink that she might have used.

aslnyPhiladelphia Sketch Club - Artist member since 2013.
PSC Board approval is required for artist memberships. Since joining the club, my work has been juried into several shows for both fine art painting and illustrations. I love the laid back nature of this club, despite being the oldest continuing art club in the United States. N.C. Wyeth was a member of this club, which is so exciting to me.

aslnyAmerican Watercolor Society - Associate member since 2011.
Artist membership requires two acceptances in the annual exhibition. I have yet to get into one show. This year I tried with my best watercolor painting, "Moment Before Opening" – but did not make it. However, I saw those who were chosen, and they are giants in the art world. So for once, a rejection didn't make me feel bad. I felt sheepish to have even tried against such big names.

aslnyArt Council of Princeton - Member since 2013. Outreach Program Coordinator since 2016.
Currently I teach a variety of classes at the Arts Council of Princeton. I usually teach seasonal classes for adults and kids, from watercolor and drawing, to home school studies and Saturday Young Artists programs. I also teach weekly classes off-site at various schools and nursing homes. In 2016 I became the Outreach Program Coordinator as well, which means I help organize and maintain the off-site programs and our teachers that are involved in them. I also lead Arts Exchange, our weekly program for disadvantaged youth from ages 5-18 from Trenton's HomeFront. We provide a free, hot dinner with delicious food generously donated from Terra Momo and at cost from Olives, both in downtown Princeton, NJ. McCarter theater partners with Arts Exchange to give theatrical experience to the kids every other week during the school year. This program has been a wonderful addition to my teaching experience, and I have grown very fond of the HomeFront family.

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