Water Street Studios Staff
Water Street Studios is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization.
Mission: Batavia Artists Association at Water Street Studios was founded to advance art education and appreciation by developing the promotion of fine arts in Batavia and neighboring communities. As an integral part of our community, the Batavia Artists Association at Water Street Studios strives to create a personal and diverse venue for creativity, collaboration, expression and education.
Jill Kramer Goldstein
Jill received her MA in Art Education from the School of the Art
Institute of Chicago and her BFA in printmaking from Kent State
University. She has been teaching for over 15
years in both museum & community art settings and has facilitated programs for preschoolers to senior citizens. In 2009, she was chosen by the National Park Service
to act as artist in residence at Acadia National Park in Maine and her prints were used to promote the 3rd Annual Acadia Night Sky Festival. More recently, Jill facilitated an
international print exchange, titled "Un-Natural Disasters". The prints were exhibited in Canada, Mexico, Nicaragua and the United States. Her involvement in arts
administrative work has found place in both public schools, museum and various community art organizations. As a practicing artist, she is drawn to the democratic
nature of the print as a means to lend group voice to pertinent social and environmental issues. Her artistic practice reflects some of these issues via her focus on landscape &
environment, it's deterioration and idealization. Jill works from her home studio in Oak Park where she lives with her husband and two children. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Steven Lockwood - Gallery Director (WSS Founding Member)
Steven graduated from Northern Illinois University where he received a Bachelors Degree in Art for 3D studio. Not only is Lockwood the Gallery Director, but he is a founding board member of Water Street Studios. Outside of his gallery duties, Steven works as a professional sculptor. As a formalist artist, he works primarily with metal to create his geometric shapes. His work's artistic value is entirely determined by its form-the way it is made, its purely visual esthetic, and its medium. As an artist concerned mostly with form, the context for the work, including the reason for its creation, childhood memories, or life as an artist, is considered to be of secondary importance. Lockwood has recently finished a number of commission pieces including one for Redmoon Theater in Chicago. You can view Steven's work here: www.stevenlockwood.com. Email: Gallery@waterstreetstudios.com
School of Art
Cara Schuster - Registration Manager
Cara has a background in the field of Education. She first encountered Water Street Studios on a field trip with her son and immediately realized how unique and special it was. Her hope is to support the artists at WSS and to encourage the development of the arts in the surrounding communities through the activities that WSS provides. She feels it is a privilege to be at the heart of Batavia's creative community.
PrintLab Manager - Kim Fredricks
Kimberly Fredricks earned a fine art degree from Northern Illinois University in the spring of 2010. She specializes in hand pulled printmaking techniques and recently attended the 2011 Frogman's Print Workshop with the help of a grant from the Illinois Arts Council. She also attended Tom Huck's 2010 Woodcut Bootcamp. Kimberly lives in North Aurora and enjoys biking to Water Street Studios and to her job at The Olive Mill in Geneva. Her dream is to one day open up her own printshop to teach printmaking and support art in the community.