thrive showcase

February 20 - March 20, 2016   {west and front galleries}

An exhibition of selected alumni from our Thrive Mentorship Programs ::

John Bodkin  |   Elisabeth Gambino  |  Heather Kirtland  |  Janet Maher  |  Steve Parke   |   Kathryn Shagas  |  Susan Wolfe Huppman  |  Kellee Wynne Conrad






Janet Maher works in many disciplines and has taught a wide range of courses since 1997 at Loyola University Maryland, Baltimore, where she is a tenured associate professor and directs the Studio Arts program. Her prints, drawings, bookworks, collages, assemblages and digital images are in many private and public collections. Her work has been shown in several states through national juried competitions and other opportunities. She has also researched and written two scholarly books. 



Kellee Wynne Conrad was brought up from a long line of artists in California. For years, Kellee worked in the design industry: being published, creating trade product, running workshops, until one day she found herself with the overwhelming desire to go back to her roots in fine art. Now settled in Maryland, Kellee is a painter and recent artist of the Thrive residency program at Jordan Faye Contemporary. Her work includes acrylic painting and mixed media. Conrad has work in numerous collections throughout the mid-Atlantic region and continues to exhibit her work and curate both in Baltimore and Annapolis. 





Heather Kirtland received her BFA in painting from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 1997. She was a recipient if the Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Grant, that same year. Heather participated as a resident artist at the Holt Center for the Arts from 1998 – 2000. The Make-A-Wish Foundation and Montessori school have commissioned her work, and she has taught painting through private tutoring and at The Painting Workshop. She shows her works throughout the Mid-Atlantic region and has exhibited in both Italy and Wales. 



Steve Parke is an award winning illustrator and photographer. His clients have included Warner Brothers, HBO, Discovery Channel, Arista Records, Houghton Mifflin, NBC and entertainers such as Prince, David Bowie, Bon Jovi, Bob Dylan and AC/DC. Steve was a Digital Artist, for a first of its kind Graphic Novel “I, Paparazzi” published by DC/Vertigo Comics. He followed with “In the Shadow of Edgar Allan Poe” the first ever all digitally photographed graphic novel which was nominated for best horror novel in 2005. He is also trying to corner the market on photographing contemporary bass players. His list so far includes Stanley Clarke, Victor Wooten, Marcus Miller, Larry Graham, Rhonda Smith and Paul Peterson. He is on the lookout for a few others if you can help. 



Susan Wolfe Huppman grew up in New Orleans in
a family with a long tradition of reverence for the arts. She began making art at a very early age and has always been a naturally gifted draftsman. She graduated from Princeton in 1983 with an A.B. in Art History/Visual Arts. She studied Critical Theory under poet and artist, David Shapiro, himself a student
of Meyer Shapiro. She studied painting under Sean Scully, Michael David, Harvey Quaytman and Heidi Gluck. She has taken numerous classes at MICA. Huppman now resides in Maryland with her husband on a farm and paints everyday.