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Annapolis, Continuing Education and Fine Arts
Fine Arts Instructors
D. H. Banker is a sculptor living in Annapolis. She has a BA with honors from George Washington University. She teaches sculpture at Glenelg Country School. Her work can be seen at DeMatteis Gallery in Annapolis. She is the recipient of Anne Arundel County's 2004 Annie Award for Excellence as an arts educator.
Ken Cosgrove, a New England native, trained at Ringling School of Art and Design where he earned a BFA studying classical painting with Morris Mitchell and Loran Wilford. His early years as an abstract painter were influenced by the structural simplicity of the works of contemporary painters such as Robert Motherwell and Franz Klien. In more recent years he is strongly influenced by the New York Ashcan School painters of the early 20th century, Robert Henri, George Bellows and Thomas Eakins, among others.
In addition to fine arts, Ken has also explored his craft through graphic design and illustration. Clients have included The White House, Apple Computers, The National Air and Space Museum and The National Holocaust Memorial Museum, among others. He is currently an Artist-in-Residence at Maryland HAll for the Creative Arts. His work has been awarded at both local and national levels.
Jean Brinton Jaecks is a plein air landscape painter. She received her MFA from George Washington University and a BFA from Maryland Institute College of Art. She has also studied at the Cape Cod School of Art with Henry Hensche. Jaecks was the 2008, recipient of the Rochefort-en-Terre Artist Residency in Brittany, France. Her paintings have exhibited at the Rocherfort-en-Terre Museum Brittany, France, Corcoran Museum of Art, the National Arts Club, NYC Boathouse Central Park, the National Adirondack Exhibit of American Watercolors, the McKissick Museum, Columbia, SC and the Heritage Museum, Talladega, Alabama.
John Jensen is a full-time studio potter in Annapolis and has been teaching pottery classes for the past twenty years. His pottery has sold nationally through catalog sales and locally at his studio. His 40 year career as an artist includes continuing work with figurative sculpture, painting, and drawing. He earned a BS from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge.
Laura Oliver is the award- winning author of The Story Within, New Insights and Inspiration for Writers (Penguin Group,) which was included in the “Top Ten Terrific Writing Books of the Year” by The Writer Magazine. She has taught fiction and essay writing at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and currently teaches for The Writer’s Center. Her work has appeared in national publications including The Washington Post, Country Living Magazine, Glimmer Train Stories, Portland Magazine, The Writer Magazine as well as Baltimore Review, Charleston Magazine and Annapolis Lifestyle. A recipient of the Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award in Fiction, Oliver has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize among other distinctions. Oliver has an MFA from Bennington College and has completed writing seminars at the University of Iowa as well. www.thestorywithin.com
Lynn Schwartz, who received her BA from Columbia University and her MA from The City College of New York, also is a graduate of the professional New York City acting school, The Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre. Her plays and staged readings have been performed in Atlanta and New York City, including the Bruno Walter Auditorium at Lincoln Center. Her short stories have been published in literary journals, and she was the founder and curator of the Temple Bar Literary Reading Series in New York City. She is the recipient of an Individual Artist Award in Fiction from the Maryland State Arts Council. She currently profiles celebrity chefs for an online magazine, writes lifestyle pieces for area publications and has formed Writer’s Wordhouse, which offers writing teleseminars and live events.