Joshua Enck is a sculptor, designer, draftsman, and illustrator who teaches and maintains an active studio practice in Rochester, New York. He trained as an architect and a furniture designer, receiving his MFA in furniture design from the Rhode Island School of Design and his BSAS from the School of Architecture at the University of Illinois. He taught for ten years at RISD: drawing, three-dimensional design, technical drawing, woodworking, and metalworking. He has also taught woodworking at the Anderson Ranch Arts Center and drawing at the University of Illinois, Williams College, and the University of Rochester. Joshua has exhibited his work in solo shows at Simon Gallery, the University of Maine Museum of Art, and Space Gallery. The Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, the Society of Arts and Crafts in Boston, and the Center for Art in Wood in Philadelphia have honored his work. Joshua recently returned from five months in India as a Fulbright Nehru Scholar, researching traditional metalsmithing and teaching at the Sushant School of Design.
Karen Ernst is a Professor in the Art Department at PennWest/Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, teaching Woodworking/Furniture Design. She holds an MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and has over twenty years of woodworking and design experience. Her work has been exhibited across the US and is included in many private collections. Karen is currently the President of the Board of Trustees of The Furniture Society.
Deirdre Visser is Curator of The Arts at CIIS and publisher of CHROMA books. As an independent curator, educator, and publisher, she strives to promote pluralism in the arts, to support artists in the creation of new work, and to foster dynamic and critical dialogues within and across communities that propose integrative approaches to the urgent questions we collectively face. Her exhibitions, publications, and public programming with The Arts at CIIS have connected history to the present, ethically and strategically, to look for common themes and deepen our understanding of both past and present as we move into the future.
In addition, Deirdre harbors a not-so-secret love of the banjo, woodworking, and attended the College of the Redwoods Fine Furniture program in Fort Bragg, CA.