Featured Artists

For an immersive dining experience, these regional artists will be designing banquet tables with their work. Many of their unique art objects will be featured in a silent auction. Learn more about these nine artists featured at An Artists’ Affair.

Juan Carlos Caballero-Perez

Juan Carlos Caballero-Perez
Shown: Necklace, (detail) Sterling Silver, fine silver enamel, copper stainless steel pins.
Bio: Juan Carlos Caballero-Perez is a metal artist and educator from Mexico City, Mexico. Carlos has been a Professor in the Metals Program at Rochester Institute of Technology since 2001. A New York State Foundation of the Arts Fellow and Craft Alliance of New York State Career Development Grant Recipient, Carlos teaches, gives demonstrations and lectures nationally and internationally.


Robin Cass & Bill Klingensmith

Robin Cass
Shown: CURIOUS GROWTHS, (detail) 2015
Bio: Robin Cass is an artist and educator living in Rochester, New York. She is a professor in the Glass Program at the Rochester Institute of Technology, where she has been a faculty member since 1998. She is currently serving as Interim Dean of the College of Imaging Arts and Sciences. Cass also served on the board of directors of the Glass Art Society from 2004 through 2010.

Cass earned her BFA at the Rhode Island School of Design and her MFA from Alfred University. She has been invited to teach glassblowing and exhibit her sculptural work internationally and has received fellowships and grants from Wheaton Arts, the New York Foundation for the Arts, and the Glass & Ceramic Center of Seto, Japan. In addition to teaching at RIT, Cass has lead workshops at Pilchuck Glass School, Haystack, The Studio at Corning Museum of Glass and elsewhere.

Robin’s work is included in a number of public and private collections including those of the Museum of American Glass in New Jersey, Tacoma Museum of Glass in Washington State, and Tittot Museum in Taipei, Taiwan. She has also been featured in several books including: “Masters of Blown Glass”, edited by Susan Rossi-Wilcox, “Breaking Ground: Art/Craft in Upstate New York”, by Barbara Lovenheim, and “25 Years of New Glass Review” edited by Tina Oldknow.
Bill Klingensmith
Bio: Klingensmith is Principal Creative Optimist for the design studio MYDARNDEST in Rochester, New York. He earned a BFA in painting from Youngstown State University, and an MFA in painting and digital media from the University of North Carolina, Greensboro. In 2007, after seven years in academia and a term as president of the AIGA Upstate New York chapter, Bill decided to focus full-time on his own branding and typographic concept studio. His primary work is speaking and building brands for small businesses and creative individuals. Along with collaborating with this wife, Robin Cass, Klingensmith recently began exhibiting print-based and three-dimensional typographic art. The work uses the brevity of language to communicate messages through artist form.


Shawn Dunwoody

Shawn Dunwoody
Shown: Found objects, mixed media
Bio: I consider myself a multi-disciplinary creative force for change. My experience as a Director, Producer, Designer, Maker, Influencer, Developer, and Artist give me the opportunity to establish cutting edge, creative design in a variety of forms.

My practice in creative implementation and innovative planning focuses on urban interventions and community forms of urban development.

I believe in contextual knowledge, an original approach, and imagination as the basis for crafting new forms of appropriation of space, common producing, and creative development.
In everything I do I bring a “stay creative” thinking to the table and aim to integrate the needs of the people, the possibilities of technology, and the genius of great experiences. I understand that creativity inspires and plays on our curiosity. This inspiration makes people want to hear more, learn more, and engage more.


Andrea Gill

Andrea Gill
Bio: Andrea Gill is a Professor of Ceramic Art at Alfred University’s School of Art and Design. Born in Newark, New Jersey in 1948, Gill studied at the Rhode Island School of Design, (BFA, Painting, 1971); Kansas City Art Institute and Alfred University (MFA, Ceramic Art, 1976). A recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Tiffany Foundation, Gill’s work is in the collections of the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art and the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian Institute and many other public and private collections. Gill is represented by the Harvey Meadows Gallery, Aspen, CO. She recently became a fellow of the American Craft Council, and received The Peter Voulkos Fellowship, Archie Bray Foundation, in 2012.


John Gill

John Gill
Bio: John Gill is a Professor of Ceramic Art at the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University. He has degrees from the Kansas City Art Institute (BFA, 1973) and The New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University (MFA, 1975). He is a member of the International Academy of Ceramics and Gill has presented lectures and workshops in the US and internationally for over thirty years. He presented the keynote address at the 7th Gyneonggi International Ceramic Biennale in Korea. In 2014, he was elected as a Fellow of the American Crafts Council. Professor Gill is represented by Harvey Meadows Gallery, Aspen, CO, and Kraushaar Gallery, New York City. His work is held in the permanent collections of numerous art museums including the Brooklyn Museum, New York; the Victoria and Albert Museum, London; Newark Museum, New Jersey and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

“It’s really kind of exciting,” Gill says. Teaching students in China with colleague Wayne Higby? “It’s been kind of an exciting program,” he says. Working with a student in the studio, listening to music, and putting together slabs of clay quickly, improvisationally? “That was really kind of exciting,” he says. Seeing a platter of his resting on a Renaissance credenza at gallerist Grace Borgenicht’s home, underneath a Matisse? “Very exciting,” he says.


Leonard Urso

Lenard Urso
Bio: Leonard Urso was born in 1953 and grew up in Rome, New York. His pursuit of art began when he was a young man and eventually led him to study at the State University of New Paltz. After graduating with a Master of Fine Arts Degree, Leonard began his professional career as a designer and silversmith for Oneida Ltd. Silversmiths. Currently, Leonard holds an endowed chair as the Ann Mowris Mulligan Distinguished Professor in the School for American Crafts at Rochester Institute of Technology.

The Leonard Urso art studio is located in Rochester, New York where Leonard is actively involved in creating large and small scale sculptures, paintings. Leonard’s art is exhibited nationally and internationally. His art works are represented in several museums and both corporate and private collections. Several of these include Gyeongnam Art Museum of South Korea, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Memorial Art Gallery of Rochester, Shanghai University of China, Kanazawa University of Japan, The New York Times, Bucknell University, The Times Mirror Company, Humana Inc., Bausch & Lomb World Headquarters, Colgate University, Rochester Institute of Technology, Garth Fagen Dance, Sybron Corporation, and The Washington Post.


Robin Whiteman

Robin Whiteman
Bio: Robin discovered her love of clay at Memorial Art Gallery’s Creative Workshop when she was 12 years old. Along with a love of music and the theater, clay continued to dominate the high school years and eventually led her to RIT’s School of American Crafts Ceramics department where she graduated with high honors. Family, art, music, and a passion for mentoring young clay lovers has been the focus of the past 20 plus years. Her work is shown nationally, most recently during Miami Art week this December and can be found at Exhibit A in Corning, NY and Michele Varian in Soho, NY. Robin is currently preparing for a solo show at Thompson Giroux Gallery in the Hudson area this fall.


Sabra Wood/Cat Clay

Sabra Wood
photo of Sabra by Mark Chamberlin for CITY Newspaper
Shown: Surrender Soviet Shark Subs, 2018
Bio: Cat Clay was founded by the Dalai Kitten, and is currently owned by Beckett Wood, a gorgeous calico. Sabra Wood is her mediocre servant and sole employee. We have been making pots since 2001, when Sabra developed organic brain disease & left corporate America for a new adventure.

Cat Clay makes both pottery and sculpture. Our picture pots tell stories, with images we design and fire onto our own pottery and vintage china. Our images are often sweetly seditious. And several feature cats, honoring our founder, Clifton.