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.