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 - General Manager and Education Director
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
Jim Kirkhoff - Director of Development and P.R.
Jim is a co-founder of Water Street Studios and graduate of Purdue University's School of Industrial Engineering. After working for 16 years in sales and project management, Jim joined the WSS team to help put together the community outreach program, memberships and develope the necessary documentation for the orginization to receive its 501c3 not-for-profit status.
Artistically, Jim works as a photographer, film-maker and musician. In 2013, his work showed at 33 Contemporary Gallery and Morpho Gallery in Chicago, eco*art*lab in Athens GA, E.M.P. Collective in Baltimore MD as well as at Water Street Studios in Batavia. His work is currently showing at the Bridgeport Art Center (as part of their annual Art Competition) and at the 313 Gallery in Jersey City, NJ.
You can view more of Jim's work at http://jimkirkhoff.carbonmade.com
Steven Lockwood - Gallery Director
Steven is a co-founder of Water Street Studios and 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
MaryBeth Steurer - Registration Manager
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.