Parent/Artist – Artist/Parent Panel Discussion



a moderated panel discussion

2pm Saturday, November 16, 2013 at the Center for Photography at Woodstock

In conjunction with the exhibition Family Portrait, CPW will be presenting a moderated panel discussion exploring the balancing act between two creative practices – being an artist and being a parent.

The panelists come with a range of experiences and perspectives – a collaborative husband and wife artist team; a husband and wife with separate studio practices; an artist/mother married to a “civilian”; and a child of artists who has chosen to venture down the same career path. Moderated by an artist/new mother, the conversation will be a rich and open discussion of the particular challenges and joys artists face bridging work and family life.


The collaborative team behind the exhibition Family Portrait, Stephan Hillerbrand and Mary Magsamen live and work in Houston, TX with their two children. As Hillerbrand+Magsamen, they have presented their videos in prestigious international film and media festivals including SCOPE Basel and the Ann Arbor Film Festival. Their cinematic based installations have been seen internationally, and they have been awarded grants including from the Ohio Arts Council and a Carol Crow Fellowship from the Houston Center for Photography.  Hillerbrand+Magsamen have jointly completely residencies at the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and the Experimental Television Center.

Individually, Mary Magsamen has participated in the Longwood Cyber Residency Program and received a Finishing Fund from the Experimental Television Center. Stephan Hillerbrand is a National Endowment of the Arts and Art Matters Grant recipient, a MacDowell Colony Fellow, and was a two time Fulbright Fellow. By day, Mary is the Curator of the micro-cinema, the Aurora Picture Show and Stephan is an Associate Professor in the Photo/Digital Media Program at the University of Houston.

Portia Munson & Jared Handelsman
Portia received a B.F.A. from Cooper Union and a M.F.A. from Rutgers Mason Gross School of Art. She studied at the Skowhegan School of Sculpture and Painting, and has been a fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, The MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, Art Omi and received a studio from the Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Foundation. She has recently completed a permanent public art commission for the MTA, Arts for Transit in NY(2012). Munson’s work is represented by PPOW Gallery in NYC, and has been exhibited throughout the US and internationally.

Jared is a visual artist who works in a variety of media including video, photography and sculpture. He holds a BA from Vassar College, a MFA from Rutgers University and also attended Cranbrook Academy of Art. Handelsman has received fellowships from Yaddo, MacDowell, The Fine Arts Work Center Provincetown and Vassar College.

Jared & Portia live in Catskill, NY with their two children and an ongoing blueberry spiral living artwork at their home.

Keiko Sono
Keiko lives in Bearsville, NY with her husband and two children. She holds an M.A. in art from the New York University, is an adjunct instructor in art at Empire State College, and is the owner of Flick Book Studio, a stop-motion animation studio in Saugerties. She is currently serving as the Visiting Artist at SUNY Ulster. She has exhibited internationally, including a solo show in the project room of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Mito, Japan (2002), a solo show at Gallery Side 2 in Tokyo, and as a featured artist of Gallery Side 2 at Art Forum Berlin (1999). She is a recipient of a 2000 Pollock-Krasner Foundation fellowship.

Robin Richardson
Born in Paris in 1992, Robin has lived in the US since the age of nine. After cutting his teeth with Lego Steven Spielberg Movie Maker when he was ten, he began making hand drawn animations and short films when he was fourteen, and these films garnered a number of national and international awards. He will graduate from the SUNY Purchase Film Conservatory in 2014. When not at school, Robin lives with his parents, filmmaker Russell Richardson and poet Dorota Czerner, in Woodstock.


Lindsay Stern
CPW’s Education Coordinator since 2010, Lindsay received her BFA in photography at Alfred University and an MFA from the University of Michigan. She is a 2013 Ora Schneider Resident at Women’s Studio Workshop, and lives in Kingston, NY with her husband, photographer Tom DeLooza, and their infant son, Henry.

This event is free and open to the public. Donations are appreciated.