Michael Grimaldi studied painting and drawing at the New York Studio School, the National Academy, the Art Students League of New York and performed independent studies in anatomy and dissection at the Facultad Medicina in Buenos Aires and Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia.


He has taught drawing, painting and anatomy for over twenty years at various institutions including the School of Visual Arts, National Academy, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, and the Art Students League of New York. Currently, Grimaldi is the Faculty Chair and Director of the Departments of Drawing and Anatomy at the New York Academy of Art.


He has lectured on the relationship of art and science at numerous institutions including the Leon and Norma Hess Center for Science and Medicine, The Morgan Library & Museum, Drexel University College of Medicine, and the Institute of Classical Architecture.

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Michael is our guest instructor for week 3 of the Orvieto workshops July 18 to July 22, 2022


Katie Hemmer was born in 1981. She earned an MFA from the New York Academy of Art and a BFA from Pratt Institute. Her work has been exhibited in US and international galleries, including Mark Miller Gallery (New York, NY), Cabinet d’art Contemporain (Cluny, France), Galerie Terrier (Trivy, France) and Eden Rock Gallery (St Barthelemy, FWI). She has been granted Artist-in Residence awards at Eden Rock (St Barthelemy, FWI) and Château de Ballaroy (Normandy, France).  Hemmer currently lives and paints in New York.

Katie Hemmer will lead the optional weekend landscape workshop on Sunday, July 10th.  Pre-registration is not required.


Kurt Kauper was born in Indianapolis, Indiana in 1966, and raised in a suburb of Boston, Massachusetts. He received his BFA from Boston University in 1988, and his MFA from UCLA in 1995. He has lived in New York City for the past 20 years. 


His figure paintings of historical and imagined people tend to leave expectations unfulfilled, and elide simple categorization. In contradistinction to his clear and precise articulations of form, Kauper’s content is characterized by indeterminacy, unintentionality, ambiguity, fluidity, destabilization, strangeness, amorality, uselessness, and neutrality.


Kauper has had solo shows at ACME Gallery in Los Angeles, Deitch Projects in New York City, and Almine Rech Gallery, New York. He has been included in numerous group exhibitions both in the United States and Europe, including venues such as the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, The Pompidou Center in Paris, the Kunsthalle Vienna, and the Stedelijk Museum in Gent. He has received numerous awards, including grants from the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation, the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation, and the Pollock Krasner Foundation. His work is included in the collections of The Museum of Modern Art, New York, The Armand Hammer Museum, The Oakland Museum of Art, the Weatherspoon Museum, the Yale University Art Gallery, and the Whitney Museum of American Art

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