The Museum’s studio artist program is open to visual artists working in all media. While taking advantage of large, well-lit studios, artists provide opportunities for school and public audiences to observe art in process.
Studio artist Tracy Ference was born and raised in Northwestern Pennsylvania. She earned a BS in Psychology from Penn State University and attended graduate school at Robert Morris College in Pittsbrugh, PA. Married shortly after college, she started a family with her husband and began moving around the country with his career. In 2003, while living in Texas, she took the opportunity to fullfill a life long dream to study art and has been painting and studying since. While not formally trained, she attended workshops with some of the best portrait artists in the country. Studying the works of the masters such as Rembrandt, John Singer Sargent, Anders Zorn and Nicolai Fechin are a continued source of knowledge and inspiration.
Her current projects include working on portrait commissions and exploring her new home through her paintings.
Val Lyle graduated Summa Cum Laude from Ringling College of Art and Design with her BFA , MFA from East Tennessee State University. After graduation Lyle moved to New York City where she exhibited and maintained an artist studio for eight years. She has received several National Endowment for the Arts/Tennessee Arts Commission grants and has had numerous solo exhibitions in museum, non-profit and alternative spaces. Lyle has numerous commissioned outdoor and public artworks. She is represented in museum, corporate and private collections.She has been a professor of college studio art (sculpture, ceramics, drawing, painting, and crafts) and lecturer for fourteen years.
Alan O’Neal has lived and worked in Virginia most of his life. O’Neal earned a BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University in 1971 majoring in painting and printmaking.
From 1997-2001 he studied in the transpersonal studies MA program at Atlantic University in Virginia Beach, Virginia, with a concentration in fine art.
O’Neal’s paintings have been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions including the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, the Anderson Gallery at VCU, the Marsh Gallery at the University of Richmond, and Plant Zero, Richmond, Virginia; University Gallery, Norfolk, Virginia; Second Street Gallery, McGuffey Arts Center, and Angelo Charlottesville, Virginia; Fine Art and Artists, Washington D.C.
Margaret Gregg got into the arts when she discovered a love in decorating for Christmas and parties as a child. Dance, liturgies, and festivals decorations followed. Gregg would design posters and publications related to the events. She then progressed into more interactive forms, such as film, video and theatre which were more focused on specific cultural, regional, and political themes.
Gregg studied at various learning centers with great people. She created a production line of hats and clothing in order to support herself. She believes that sharing a studio space at William King Museum of Art will continue to open more creative adventures on her path.