Staff & Board
Hannah Frieser joined CPW’s staff as Executive Director in December 2015. She has curated and organized exhibitions with leading contemporary photographers such as Pipo Nguyen-duy, Angelika Rinnhofer, Alexander Gronsky and Shen Wei, as well as expanded exhibition projects for Barry Anderson, Adam Magyar and Suzanne Opton. Her essays have been featured in publications such as Contact Sheet, Exposure, Daylight, and Nueva Luz, and in monographs for Susan kae Grant, David Taylor, Ferit Kuyas and more.
Before coming to Woodstock, Hannah was Director of Light Work, a photographic arts organization and artist residency program in Syracuse, New York, for almost nine years and served in various positions for the Society of Photographic Education (SPE) for more than a decade. She also served as a Visual Arts panel member for the New York State Council on the Arts. Hannah has reviewed portfolios and juried exhibitions worldwide for FotoFest, Rhubarb Rhubarb, Photolucida, PhotoVisa, folioPORT and FotoTriennale.dk, among others, and is a frequent lecturer on photography and contemporary photographic practices.
Hannah co-chaired the 2010 SPE National Conference, “Facing Diversity: Leveling the Playing Field in the Photographic Arts,” with Miriam Romais, and was the chair of the Northeast and MidAtlantic SPE Regional Conference, “Photographers + Publishing” in 2011. Together with gallerist Charles Guice, she is currently developing the online initiative Converging Perspectives that will promote dialogue about contemporary photography, its practitioners and innovative exhibitions from an international perspective.
Jan Nagle joined the staff as CPW’s Program Manager in May of 2015. She works to implement CPW’s year-round program offerings, including exhibitions, artists workspace residencies, workshops, lectures, publication, fellowships, services for artists, and more.
A CPW Workshop intern in 1992, Jan returns to CPW with a wealth of experience in photographic education, art gallery and business management, and not-for-profit board leadership. Jan has held full-time faculty positions at The School of Art and Design at Alfred University and Kendall College of Art and Design, and currently teaches at SUNY New Paltz and Dutchess Community College.
Jan’s previous non-profit experience includes serving as workshop instructor and workshop coordinator at CEPA Gallery in Buffalo, NY, She was also CEPA’s resident regional artist in 2004, and received Best In Show at CEPA’s 2009 Member’s Exhibition, both honors resulting in solo exhibitions there in 2005 and 2010. She was a resident artist, filmmaking instructor, workshop coordinator, and served on the Board of Directors at Squeaky Wheel, Buffalo Media Resources. In addition she was Art Department Gallery Director at both SUNY Buffalo and Canisius College.
Jan is a nationally exhibited fine artist with works in several public and private collections, including Light Work and The Burchfield Penney Art Center. Jan’s multidisciplinary art practice includes photography, film/video, installation, and collage; her work is about place, and how it informs identity. She holds a BFA in Photography from SUNY New Paltz, and an MFA from SUNY Buffalo.
Katherine graduated from Oregon State University with a BA in Liberal Studies, concentrating on Contemporary Art History, Visual Arts and Communication. Her love of photography began at a young age and she has over 20 years of black-and-white darkroom experience. Katherine has worked as a freelance photographer and photo editor. Her work with artists and arts organizations have included serving as guide at SITE Santa Fe and working as studio assistant for photographer Kerry Skarbakka. Her photographic work begins with astute observation, love of people and travel which is reflected in the nuances of her street photography. Katherine’s most recent work is conceptually based on personal and interpersonal experiences. Katherine began at CPW in October 2015 as an Arts Administration intern; moving on to her current position February 2016.
Marketing & Strategic Development Advisor
Miriam Romais is a Brazilian-American arts professional, with 20+ years of experience in marketing, strategy and development. She is an advisor, leader, strategic alchemist, curator and photographer, pursuing an MBA at SUNY/Empire State College and living in Saratoga Springs, NY.
Romais has served as a panelist for the Visually Speaking series at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture; (Mis)representation: The Under Representation of Non-Whites and Women in the Arts at PhotoPlus Expo; and was co-chair to the Society for Photographic Education’s National Conference titled Facing Diversity: Leveling the Playing Field in the Photographic Arts. As a reviewer and workshop leader, she has worked with the Tang Museum/Skidmore College, FotoFest, Photoville, FotoWeek DC, PhotoNOLA, Center for Photography at Woodstock (CPW), NYS Council on the Arts, NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, Photolucida, Photoville, NoMAA and others. As a curator, Romais has created exhibitions for Aperture, Light Work, BRIC Arts Media, and dozens for En Foco, Inc.
Her work has been exhibited in museums and galleries throughout the U.S., such as El Museo del Barrio, Museum of the City of NY and the Smithsonian Institution, and published in Photo District News (Aug 2016), Taproot Magazine, and Americanos: Latino Life in the U.S. She is a recipient of Saratoga Arts’ 2016 Individual Artist Grant, with prior awards from the Puffin Foundation, Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, and residencies from Light Work, CPW, and Photo Resource Center.
Interim Digital Lab Manager
Michael Yalamas joined the staff as CPW’s Interim Digital Lab Manager in January 2018. In this role, Yalamas oversees CPW’s Digital Kitchen, assisting CPW’s Artists-in-Residence, workshop students and instructors, and members of the community in scanning, printing, and overall digital workflow.
CPW has been consulting with web designer/developer Sean Hovendick since 2011 regarding the future of our website. As principal and creative director, Sean and his team at Studio Fusion have been instrumental in the design and development of what CPW.org is today. His attention to detail, sound advice and tireless support has been extremely valuable to the staff at CPW.
Sean’s expertise draws from many of his unique experiences in life. He was a paratrooper in the US Army, he received a bachelor’s degree from Eastern New Mexico University with a concentration in broadcast communication, art and computer animation and earned an MFA in Computer Art from Syracuse University. In addition to managing his design firm, Studio Fusion, Sean Hovendick is also an exhibiting media artist and an Associate Professor serving as Director of the Graphic + Media Design program in the Department of Art + Design at Sage College of Albany. His procedural, time and image-based artworks explore the hidden forces of power, identity and social order within the mediated psyche. His work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally.
CPW would like to thank our recent interns: Alison, Emily, Leah, Michael and Christian. We are currently accepting applications for the 2018 internship program. Apply now!