Born on an island in 1986, Aleah Chapin’s work with figurative realism unfolds from a childhood spent in the woods of the Pacific Northwest, surrounded by ideas ranging from Buddhism and Celtic mythology to feminism and fairy stories. With friends and family as her models, Chapin’s work is both diaristic and personal. Her paintings boldly address body image in our current culture and the wildness of the natural environment while also exploring universal human narratives about what it is to inhabit a body in this world.

Chapin received her BFA from Cornish College of the Arts in 2009 and her MFA from the New York Academy of Art in 2012. She has attended residencies at the Leipzig International Art Programme in Germany and the McDowell Colony in New Hampshire. Recent exhibitions have included the 2016 Invitational Exhibition of Visual Arts, American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York; Aging Pride, Belvedere Museum, Vienna, Austria, and a solo show, Within Wilds at Flowers Gallery, London. She has been a recipient of the Willard L. Metcalf Award in Art from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, The Elizabeth Greenshields Grant, and won the BP Portrait Award at the National Portrait Gallery in London in 2012.

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Aleah Chapin is our guest instructor for week 3 of the Orvieto workshops July 15 to July 19, 2019. 


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). She serves as the Director of Admissions at New York Academy of Art. Hemmer currently lives and paints in New York.


Katie Hemmer will lead the optional weekend landscape workshop on Saturday, July 6 and Sunday, July 7th.  Pre-registration is not required.