Invited Artists

In 2020, more than 50 artists were invited to participate in the 21st Annual Will’s Creek Competition.  2021 invitees will be announced at the conclusion of the call for entry period in Summer 2021.

Stefani Allegretti
Pittsburgh, PA

Stefani Allegretti is an award-winning, contemporary American artist whose work explores aspects of nature as well as the connections between the natural world and the human body, connections in the environment and the human-to-human connection through the use of various technologies and media. Allegretti uses various mediums when creating work including mixed media, photography, digital imaging, graphic design and painting. Her work has been shown in numerous regional and national exhibitions throughout the United States.

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Ric Ambrose
Richmond, CA

Ric Ambrose’s panoramic drawings are a compilation of disparate images stitched together and interwoven much like reconstructing a memory. Using the most basic tools - graphite and an eraser - allows him to recreate a colorless yet colorful world that suggests a timeless sense of his life experiences. His works have been exhibited in museums and galleries across the country including in private and public collections.

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Pamela Anneser
Campton, NH

Pamela Anneser is a professor of art and design in New Hampshire. Her artwork reflects her love for nature. It is here that she finds the perfect line, the perfect shape, the perfect color. Pamela's mediums include design, photography and printmaking. Her work is a continuous exploration of method, process, format, and communication.

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David Avery
San Francisco, CA

David Avery is a practitioner of traditional black and white etching. His work has been noted in the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Boston Globe, and is included in many museum collections, including the New York Public Library, the Fogg Museum at Harvard University, the Library of Congress, and the Stanford University Library Special Collections. His work has been included in over 200 exhibits and has won numerous awards.

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Kelly Bell
Washington, DC

Kelly Bell is a photographer living in Washington, DC with her husband and 3-year-old daughter. Her work is focused on documenting the ups and downs of domestic life.

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Karen Albanese Campbell
Columbus, OH

Karen Albanese Campbell is an award winning artist working in printmaking, painting and art quilting. Campbell’s large scale print “Moment of Silence” is in the collection of the Columbus Museum of Art.  She has been awarded “best in show” in the Zanesville Art Museum’s “All Ohio Exhibit” in both fiber art and printmaking. Albanese Campbell has been exhibiting her work in group shows around the United States and has had solo exhibits in the Stow Munro Falls Public Library and the Groveport Municipal Hall Art Gallery.  Karen has a BFA from Boston University.

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Sophie Cannon
Golden, CO

Sophie Cannon is a senior BFA in Photography candidate at Maryland Institute College of Art. She uses abstraction, compositing, and collage to create an image that rests on the conflation between a real space and a psychological space, an outside world and an inside world.

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Karen Cohen
Washington, DC

Karen Cohen is a graduate of Germain School of Photography, NYC. Her photojournals in the Aquarian Weekly music magazine, called Starry Starry Night, were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame library archives in 2012. Cohen calls herself a "photoartist", exhibits her artwork in the DC metro area, has won many competition awards, and her work is in private collections around the United States.

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Veronica Day
Lititz, PA

Veronica Day makes photographs which investigate and embrace the juxtaposition of light with the voice of objects. She received her MFA from New York University in 1998 and was awarded a Guggenheim fellowship in Photography in 2000.

Forrest DeBlois
LaGrange, GA

Forrest DeBlois received an MFA in Studio Art in 2018 from the University of Central Florida. His work centers around ideas of empathy and interpersonal understanding and their intersection with the physical act of drawing from observation and imagination. He utilizes dreamlike, symbolic imagery to ask questions about family, strangers, and the unknown.

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Steven Dobbin
Mount Airy, MD

Steven Dobbin has been creating art for more than four decades. He received his Master’s of Fine Arts in sculpture from the University of Southern California and his Master’s of Education from George Washington University. He continues to pursue artistic endeavors in the Washington Metro Area while continuing his 30-year career as a special education teacher. His day-to-to work informs his creative expressions.

 Lawrice “Recie” Dolan
Manns Choice, PA

Lawrice “Recie” Dolan uses water media to create art stories, often in bold colors. She collages and layers materials, textures, images and symbols, working intuitively from chaos to order.  She is inspired by nature, beauty, and the feminine. 

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Mandela Echefu
LaVale, MD

Mandela Echefu is fairly new to photography. For the past three years, he has been shooting some of the less traveled corners of the Appalachian range and intimate street scenes during his travels. He has a heart for the outdoors and seeing more creativity in the world through a viewfinder.

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Nicholas Fedak II
Burbank, CA

Nicholas Fedak II has been one of L.A’s most active photographic/ time-based installation innovators since his first exhibition at the Los Angeles Photography Center. His work was included in the group Aperture Summer Show at Aperture Gallery in New York City and his most recent work, Adonis Soldier, won the $2,000.00 Purchase Award in the Exhibition Of Memory, Bone & Myth, at Eugene Meyers Gallery in Grand Forks, North Dakota.

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Wendy FetzerMazza
Tampa, FL

Wendy FetzerMazza uses primarily printmaking, watercolor and gouache to create her work, often combining all three. She prides herself on being a lifelong learner, continuing to hone her skills. Her main inspirations are the natural world and the concept of home.

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Jenny Freestone
Takoma Park, MD

Jenny Freestone works in the media of etching, drypoint, lithography, direct gravure and photogravure. She has pieces in both public and private collections, including at The Library of Congress, The Corcoran Gallery of Art, The National Museum of Women in the Arts, Georgetown University, and The World Bank. Since 2010 she has held seven solo exhibitions in the United States and participated in 50 national and international exhibitions.

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Arturo Garcia
Littleton, CO

Arturo Garcia’s work is influenced by the fauvist and impressionist movements. His love for color and his preferred technique of applying robust layers of oil paint on canvas using palette knives create a unique style that combines the figurative with the abstract.

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Mack Gingles
Hewitt, TX

Mack Gingles holds degrees in graphic design, studio art, and painting and drawing. After working as an art director and serving concurrently in the Navy Reserve, he committed himself fully to the study of art and to the life of the studio. Gingles joined the Baylor Art Department faculty in 2011. His work has been exhibited in numerous juried exhibitions around the world.

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Kay Gordon
Brooklyn, NY

Kay Gordon works in diverse media: lithography, etching, mixed media, drawing, installation, and sculpture. Her sculptures and installations include drawing - with wire, thread, shadow - on a variety of surfaces and in space.  Her recent work responds to the violence, and ensuing tragedy, of current political, religious, and natural and human-created events.

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Melissa Gryder
Arnold, MD

Melissa Gryder received her BFA in 1999 from Frostburg State University. She spent over a decade studying portraiture and color extensively in the traditions of The Cape School in Provincetown, MA.  She has been featured in national juried exhibitions and museum shows throughout the United States. Her works are included in collections in the United States, Japan and England.

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Leah Hamel
Birmingham, AL

Leah Hamel is a professional artist and art educator. Living in an urban setting while spending any free time in the woods has set the stage for the parallels she draws in her work between the man-made and natural world. She finds that cyclical processes are always present—in architecture, in nature, and also existing in who we are as humans both individually and through our relationships with others.

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Anne Harkness
Mooresville, NC

Anne Harkness seeks to capture a distinct point of view, often finding some unexpected beauty in views others might dismiss as ordinary. She focuses on the importance of line and shape in her work as a means of giving her compositions a strong foundation to reveal the many layers within each piece. She also looks for the surprises that come from spending time in a painting. These discoveries are her treasures and assures that she is always learning and seeking the ‘new-fresh’ for her work.

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Sharon Harper
Springfield, MO

Sharon Harper has exhibited her work in over 200 juried and invitational exhibitions nationally and internationally. Her work has been acquired by a variety of private and institutional collectors and she has been awarded numerous artist residencies throughout the United States.

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Susan Holloway
Rockville, MD

Susan Holloway is a narrative artist who specializes in the visualization of symbols, images, literary references, and mythology from a variety of sources and traditions. She creates tapestries using bold imagery and colors to tell human stories and illuminate complex ideas. Susan is a professionally trained graphic designer and art director. She enjoys traveling and experiencing different cultures that shape her artistic approaches and content.

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Jodi Hoover
Lutherville, MD

Jodi Hoover is an artist and librarian whose work explores storytelling as a (sometimes unreliable) way to explain the dangerous, beautiful world. Familiar and domestic designs, such as quilt patterns, bleed into fairy-tale landscapes created through the use of layered hand-cut collage work.

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Debra Howard
Omena, MI

Debra Howard paints with oils on gessoed boards. Her work is strong on design, patterns, and rhythms found in nature and uses a limited palette to produce luminous paintings.

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Jonathan Hubbell
Pueblo, CO

Jonathan Hubbell holds a BA in sociology from the University of Texas and enjoys a variety of topics and media in art. Sociological themes that inevitably bubble up are often given precedence as his subjects because of his strong belief that how we treat one another on our way to the stars will matter.

Joyce Jewell
Takoma Park, MD

Joyce Jewell received her AA from Montgomery College, BA from American University, and MFA in printmaking from George Washington University. Post-graduation, she studied at The Tamarind Institute of Lithography.  She taught printmaking for many years and designed printmaking facilities for two fine art buildings. Currently, she is exploring mixed media monotypes which incorporate drawn and photographic images developed on pronto lithographic plates.

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Gina Judy
Richmond, OH

Gina T. Judy, a retired art-educator of 30 years, holds a BA in Art Education from Bethany College (WV) and an MA in Art Education from Ohio University, Athens, OH.  She has exhibited extensively in the last six-years, having exhibited in 16 states and 29 shows that have had either a national or international screening.

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Elizabeth Klimek
Gaithersburg, MD

Elizabeth Klimek received her BFA from West Virginia University, and her MFA from the University of Tennessee- Knoxville, concentrating on printmaking and dance. She has shown nationally and internationally.

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Penny Knobel-Besa
Flintstone, MD

Penny Knobel-Besa is a fine arts photographer, playwright, and theatre director. She has been named Maryland Photographer of the Year, won numerous awards, and enjoyed being published in various literary journals. She enjoys all forms of photography—black & white, bold color, abstract, portraits, and street photography.

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Andrey Kozakov
Cincinnati, OH

Andrey Kozakov is a Ukrainian-American artist whose work investigates aspects of time, space, and memory. His architectural paintings explore real or imagined scenes, encompassing dynamic city views, modern buildings, industrial sites, and dream-like landscapes. His cabinets are life-sized, interactive sculptures that share the idea of discovery, and have their philosophical origins in the myths of Eastern Europe.


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Kevin Kutz
Bedford, PA

Kevin Kutz began oil painting at the age of eight, eventually studying at Carnegie Mellon University. He has exhibited extensively and his art can be found in many public and private collections throughout the United States.

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Janet Levy
Durham, NC

Janet Levy is an oil painter whose approach includes careful live observation and an emphasis on values and composition. She describes her artistic style as simplistic in design and emotional in content, the emotion expressed in selection of color and depiction of light.

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Leslee Lukosh
Portland, OR

Leslee Lukosh holds an MFA in printmaking and teaches preschool through 8th grade art. She creates art through collage, assemblage, poetry, and writing designed to uplift and heal, particularly for those experiencing the devastation of deep grief. Leslee finds the creation of art to be a healing expression of creativity and the idea of helping others through art is her mission and purpose.

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Sheryl Massaro
Frederick, MD

Sheryl Massaro is an oil painter, poet, and photographer. Her oils and photography have been exhibited in many galleries and museums nationally and are in several private collections. Her work, though often based on the recognizable, shares a deeper, "off to the side" look at life that goes beyond the purely representational. In 2018, she became a resident artist at Griffin Art Center in Frederick, Maryland.

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Sonya McAlister
Pine Mountain Club, CA

Sonya McAlister received her MFA from University of Florida in painting and drawing. She completed her undergraduate work at Ringling School of Art and Design and Mars Hill College. In her current work she creates paintings and drawings by responding intuitively to various landscape settings.

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Sharon Pierce McCullough
Biglerville, PA

Sharon Pierce McCullough is a visual artist engaged in a multidisciplinary practice that includes painting and sculpture.  An ecologically conscious artist, her work is constantly evolving through experimentation with recycled and natural materials.  Favored materials include plaster, cardboard, cement, sticks, stones, and found metal objects.  She thrives on the juxtaposition of incongruent materials, often working intuitively, while repurposing materials others discard giving them new life in her sculptures.

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AJ Morey
Timberville, VA

AJ Morey is a late-life photographer who began by documenting horse-human interactions in equine therapy. He is also interested in photography that interacts with social issues and celebrates the beauty of the everyday.  His work has been featured in regional and national shows.

Joe Morzuch
Starkville, MS

Joe Morzuch is an observational painter as well as an Assistant Professor at Mississippi State University where he teaches courses in foundations, painting, and drawing. In 2006, he received his MFA from Southern Illinois University Carbondale.  He has taught at the college level for the past 15 years and actively exhibits his work nationwide.

Caroline Peters
Pueblo, CO

Trained as a painter, Caroline Peters’ art also includes projects in drawing, video, Internet art, and performance. Her current work focuses on outmoded manifestations of Americana as well as the imprints of time recorded in her immediate surroundings. Subjects are pulled from the extreme poles of the American experience, from the counter-cultural to monuments of ​imperial power. She is a Professor of Contemporary Art Theory at Colorado State University-Pueblo.

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Robert Sands
Pittsburgh, PA

Robert Sands is a nationally recognized designer, art director, and painter. In addition to his work-related experience with new media design and imaging, he continues to communicate as a fine artist.

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Kristine Schneider
The Woodlands, TX

Kristine Schneider was born in Toledo, Ohio but grew up in The Woodlands, Texas, a suburb of Houston. Her fascination with what it means to be human led her to earn a BA in Anthropology from University of Houston and a Master’s in Public Administration from Sam Houston State University. After a decade-long career in social services, Kristine answered the call to make room in her life and commit to art full-time.

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Douglas Schwab
Cumberland, MD

Doug Schwab first picked up a camera, a Kodak Brownie Starmite, in the early 1960s, shooting 127 film in black & white.  His love for photography has continued from those early days of film and now into digital.  His shots are of scenery, landmarks, animals, and people.  Doug takes pictures everywhere, from his backyard in Western Maryland to the plains of the Serengeti, mountains of Rwanda, and cities of Europe.

Sally Sellers
Vancouver, WA

Sally Sellers has been making textiles since 1989. She uses whatever material fits the bill, be it silk, denim, velvet upholstery, hand-dyed cotton, repurposed clothing, or stained linens, embellishing her work with beads, pearls, discarded electronic components, and interesting items from the hardware store. Sellers has been juried into all the major textile competitions and her work has been featured in dozens of publication and is included in more than forty public collections.

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Sheri Sensabaugh
Frostburg, MD

Sheri Sensabaugh attended Ringling School of Art and went on to receive her BFA in painting from Arizona State University in 1978. Along with being a collector, financial supporter, and advocate for the arts, Sheri finds that creating art gives her the ability to bring a new voice to all her experiences in a loud, bold, fun and thoughtful way.

Mike Shaffer
Ijamsville, MD

Mike Shaffer operates out of his studio near Washington, DC where he is active in the arts community. A skilled craftsman and designer, he received degrees from the University of Maryland and Southern Illinois University. Shaffer has participated in more than 200 formal exhibitions in the U.S. and abroad. Drawn originally to abstract conceptualism, Shaffer designs and produces small works for interior settings as well as large-scale and outdoor sculptures and installations. He was born and raised in Cumberland, Maryland.

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Julia Solis
Detroit, MI

Julia Solis has been a photographer, event organizer and curator since the late 1990s and a writer all her life. Born and raised in Germany, she studied philosophy at UCLA before moving to New York, where she was increasingly drawn to the narratives offered by abandoned and subterranean urban spaces. Today she makes her home in Detroit, Michigan.

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Michael Hunter Thompson
Cumberland, MD

Michael Hunter Thompson is a photographer living in Cumberland, Maryland. He has a BA in graphic design from Frostburg State University. Thompson began experimenting with photography in 2011 using layering, texturing, and other manipulation techniques. His style has evolved, now mainly shooting at nightfall using a more cinematic approach. Thompson’s work has achieved acclaim at the local, state and national level.

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Carrie and Eric Tomberlin
Asheville, NC

Carrie Tomberlin is an artist and educator based in Asheville, North Carolina. She currently teaches photography and visual culture at the University of North Carolina Asheville where she serves as Gallery Director and Lecturer of Art. Prior to her career as an educator, she worked with several non-profit organizations including the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, DC. Eric Tomberlin has lived and worked as a freelance photographer, artist, and educator in California, New York, Texas, Washington, and India. Eric received his MFA in Studio Art from the University of Texas at Austin, and is currently an Associate Professor of Art at the University of North Carolina Asheville.

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Sandra Chen Weinstein
Lake Forest, CA

Sandra's passion is exploring portraits with single composition of human elements in natural state.  Her work explores cultural, social, political changes and connections to the human condition. Sandra has lived and worked in Washington DC, Japan, China, Taiwan, and Canada while working with foreign services. Upon returning to Southern California in late ‘90s, she worked in technology and finance before she became a full-time photographer in 2008. Sandra has received numerous distinguished awards and her work is in several private collections.

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Laura Sharp Wilson
Salt Lake City, UT

Laura Sharp Wilson is an educator, painter, sculptor, installation and public artist. She received a BFA in fine art from Carnegie Mellon University, served as an apprentice at the Fabric Workshop in Philadelphia, and completed her MFA at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is currently the Artist in Residence at the Huntsman Cancer Institute. Her work has been shown in exhibitions throughout the United States.

Laurence Young
Provincetown, MA

Laurence Young grew up in Newton, Massachusetts. He graduated with honors from the University of Hartford in 1974 with a Bachelor’s Degree of Fine Art. In 1979, Young earned his Master’s Degree in Art from Rhode Island School of Design. Working primarily in oils, Young divides his attention to a variety of subjects which range from the figure, the landscape, marinescape and more. He is a career artist of 30 years and has been collected privately and by public institutions.

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Yingqi Puffy Zhao
Bloomington, IN

Yingqi Puffy Zhao is a contemporary jeweler, educator, and GIA Accredited Jewelry Professional. She holds an MFA in studio srt with a concentration in metalsmithing and jewelry design from Indiana University Bloomington, and a BFA in crafts with a concentration in metals from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Zhao is a University of Illinois 2016 Bronze Tablet Scholar, and a 2017-2019 Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Alliance and Collaboratory Scholar. Her work has recently been published in books including Handouts from the 21st Century Part III, and magazines including 2019 Jewelry and Metalsmithing Survey.

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