In September 2012, I started Window Studio to develop a series of "collaborative portraits" depicting the experiences, aspirations, and tensions in Bedford-Stuyvesant, the historically African-American working class neighborhood where I live. I am excited to develop what began as a community art project into a vibrant, inclusive art center for the whole neighborhood!
Anne LaFond grew up in New York City and earned a B.A. in Russian Language and Literature from Tufts University in 1984. In the 1990s, she lived in Jerusalem, Israel and studied at the Israel Museum’s program for artists and art educators. Anne received an MFA in painting and printmaking from the New York Academy of Art in 2011. Work from her series of paintings and prints Not Just the Daily News has been exhibited widely, particularly in alternative venues in Brooklyn accessible to people in their daily lives. In addition to devoting her time to Window Studio, she is a graphic designer and teacher. She prints at Manhattan Graphic Center.
Program Director and AIR Mentor
After three years of dedicated work in the studio, teaching Window Studio workshops on Saturdays, and spearheading the Art Hub events together with Danny McLean and Amber (AJ) Kellie, we are thrilled to have Leon as Window Studio's Program Director!
Facilities Maintenance and all-around Assistant
Since the day back in 2013 when he dropped off his resume and introduced himself, Will has been indispensable to the day-to-day running of Window Studio! Hailing interested passersby, making new kids feel welcome at the workshops, assisting on the door at the Art Hub events, keeping the space clean and maintained, dealing with all our building woes, always with enthusiasm and dedication – "Where there is Will, there's a way!"
Window Studio's programs offer opportunities for artists from the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood and beyond to be an integral part of the local arts community while developing their studio practice. I applaud every artist who exhibits the courage to fulfill their life’s mission and I am honored to facilitate their artistic realization at Window Studio.
Nicholas Rispoli is an artist who lives and works in New York City. He earned his MFA in sculpture from the New York Academy of Art and teaches sculpture at Pace University. As a visiting lecturer, Nicholas has worked with Manhattanville College, Parson’s New School/Altos de Chavon, Bedford Hills Women’s Correctional Facility and the Museum of Art and Design, among others. He has been on numerous art faculties, including The Harlem School of the Arts and the New York Academy of Art’s Continuing Education Department. In addition to teaching sculpture and working with Window Studio, Nicholas exhibits his work regionally and internationally and makes art in his Brooklyn-based studio.