kirsten stingle

As a Georgia artist and a storyteller, Kirsten Stingle hopes her expressive hand-built porcelain figures encourage viewers to be curious, understanding and open to other points of view. Artist: Born in Washington D.C., Stingle grew up primarily in Northern Virginia. She earned a BFA in theater at Ohio University and a master’s degree in public…

spencer tinkham

A lifelong bird and nature lover, Spencer Tinkham creates meticulously detailed and expressive wildlife sculptures with contemporary colors, forms and textures. As others have said: There is nothing “wooden” about the Virginia sculptor’s work. Artist: A Virginia native, Tinkham grew up in Norfolk and graduated with a BS in economics from Baylor University in Waco,…

wm. austin norvell

Through a lost-wax casting process, South Carolina glass artist Wm. Austin Norvell transfers the insignificant objects he finds and collects into delicate crystal keepsakes. Artist: The Charleston native graduated from the College of Charleston with a degree in studio art and studied art and mold making for two years at the Richmond American International College in…

jason kimes

Mississippi artist Jason Kimes tediously welds as many as 18,000 pieces of weather-resistant steel together to make his large-scale, outdoor sculptures. Artist: Born in Panama City, Panama, Kimes moved as a baby to southern Mississippi, where he grew up. He earned a BFA in sculpture from the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg and an…

stephanie rosendorf

Atlanta ceramic artist Stephanie Rosendorf makes richly textured porcelain sculptures inspired by the natural world. Artist: Born and grew up in New Orleans. She graduated from the University of New Orleans. In late 2006, after Hurricane Katrina, she moved to Atlanta, where she worked in print and online publishing. In 2008, Rosendorf started taking ceramics…

marc maiorana

Using time-tested blacksmithing techniques and modern practices, Virginia-based metalsmith Marc Maiorana creates unique projects, such as ribbon-like steel benches, for clients across the country. Artist: Born in Greenfield, MA, Maiorana grew up in Montague, NJ, just down the road from the NY, NJ, PA Tri-state marker. Maiorana was introduced to metal working at a young age. His…

blackwing metals by lisa cimino

Whether it is black birds on sterling branches or dragonflies on bracelets, Baltimore designer Lisa Cimino creates unique jewelry interpretations of land, sea and sky. Artist: Born and raised in Baltimore, Cimino studied jewelry at Maryland Institute College of Art, where she experimented with a variety of jewelry making techniques. Ultimately, it was lost wax casting,…

brian thibodeaux

In his black and white figurative art, Louisiana native Brian Thibodeaux likes to paint on unusual surfaces. Current choices include cereal boxes and paper box lids. Artist: Thibodeaux was born and grew up in Rayne, a small town in south Louisiana. He began to draw as early as age five, and with the validation from…

jonathan imafidor

An eco-conscious artist, Atlanta-based sculptor Jonathan Imafidor uses scrap or found metal objects to build his large or larger-than-life animal and human works. Artist: Born in Nigeria, Imafidor grew up in a small rural community of Uneme Nekhua, exploring the wonders of his environment and creating art using natural materials. Imafidor received a BA in…

courtney n. ryan

Georgia artist Courtney N. Ryan envisions her ceramic sculptures as organic natural seed pods that travel from place to place in the natural world. Artist: Born in Fort Bragg, NC, in 1991 into a long line of Army service members. Her family moved soon after she was born to Fort Benning, GA, where her father was…