Jenny Carolin received her Masters in Fine Arts with a concentration in Painting from Syracuse University, and her Bachelors in Fine Arts from the Columbus College of Art and Design. A background in ballet and the desire to find movement and expression in two dimensional work led her to expand her practice to include performance, video and installation. She has taught Figure Drawing, Foundation Drawing and Drawing and Painting for Non-Art Majors for the College of Visual and Performing Arts at Syracuse University. Currently she is the Director of Shoestring Studio and a Co-Founder of the Mudhouse Artist Residency program in Crete. Honors include the Jerome Solomon Grant and the Posey Foundation Grant.  


Jason Das is an interdisciplinary artist and storyteller. He has taught for Urban Sketchers, Sketchbook Skool, Moleskine, Future of Storytelling, and Abrons Art Center. He believes that everybody can and should make things themselves (art or otherwise) and it’s even better if we can make and learn things together. He is the former President of Urban Sketchers. 


Jess Worby is a cartoonist, illustrator, visual artist, and teacher at schools like St. John's University. He specializes in teaching the creation of visual narratives that establish a unique personal voice. His work has been honored by Society of Illustrators, American Illustration, and Best American Comics, and featured on sites such as Huffington Post, Buzzfeed, and Wired. Clients include The New York Times, McSweeney's, Koyama Press, and The Brooklyn Rail.


Phil Rabovsky was born in the frigid capital of a crumbling empire in January of 1987. At the age of four, he moved to Upstate New York with his family, where he grew up in the small towns around the Finger Lakes. After graduating from Columbia University in 2009 with a degree in Art, Philosophy, and Linguistics, Phil took a brief hiatus in Budapest before resettling to Brooklyn to start a career as a painter. He is a member of Shoestring Press in Crown Heights, where he exhibits, teaches, and collaborates with other artists. Influenced by John Berger, Joseph Kosuth, Judith Butler, and other names that start with J, Phil's paintings poke at the intersection between bodies, language, power, and the art tradition. Combining a love of language with a passion for old master painting, his work teases out the hidden meanings that have accumulated around the human body.

Yuri Leonov, Instructor

Yuri Leonov has always been interested in the relationship between nature’s course and the constant attempts by human beings to influence it. Frequently, his work attempts to link its conceptual content with its formal qualities, usually through surface treatment, dictated by the specific demands of the subject matter. The symbolism contained within Leonovʼs work tends to pull from art historical references ranging from ancient mythology to architecture.

John Krauss, Instructor 

John Krauss is a programmer and civic hacker with a longstanding interest in combining digital art and public data to advocate for social change.  He studied architecture at Columbia, but learned in school that he was more interested in mapping the scars of redlining than designing new buildings.  Since then, he's written scripts to extract from PDF and publicize NYC vehicle collision data and counts of rent stabilized buildings, among other data sets.  He is now Carto's data curator.


Alexis Neider is a painter and print-maker.  Her work uses domestic forms to address patterns over time.  Alexis has exhibited widely across NYC including at Local Project, A.I.R. Gallery, Clemente Soto Velez Center, Centotto Galleria, Steuben Gallery, Pratt Institute, Cuchifritos Gallery, Brian Morris Gallery, and Spacewomb.  She has exhibited internationally in Budapest at Villa Barabás Galeria and in Spain at Can Serrat.   She has attended residencies at Can Serrat, A.I.R. Budapest, Fowler Dune Shack Residency, and Catwalk Artist residency.  She lives in and creates work in Brooklyn, NY.