- Written by Karen Edelmann
OAC President Dr. Jill Kiefer is a teaching artist and art historian. The arts and teaching are her passions! Jill is the Dean of the Cultural Art History and Fine Arts distance learning graduate programs offered by Warnborough College--and is the Director of What About Art?--an organization devoted to bringing Art to Everyone. Jill has developed and implemented a number of comprehensive academic and lifelong learning programs in Art History, Fine Arts, Film Studies, and the Humanities. She has taught at several prestigious institutions in the USA and abroad. Jill currently teaches for the Village of Ossining at the Cedar Lane Arts Center, the Larchmont-Mamaroneck Center for Continuing Education, and the Scarsdale Adult School. She also presents special programs on numerous topics at institutions all over Westchester. Jill is a member of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi—the oldest and most selective academic honor society dedicated to the recognition and promotion of academic excellence in all fields of higher education. She also directs CArtsCon (Canterbury Arts Conference) (www.cartscon.com ) an international arts event held in the U.K. each summer—featuring presenters from all over the world
Jill is also a painter and writer. She works primarily in oils and alternative media, and creates both abstract and representational works, often embodying influences of art history. She writes numerous non-fiction pieces on art historical topics, and will publish her first novel later this year.
Jill has an impressive and extensive background. To learn more about her, please visit her website (www.whataboutart.org)
Elsa Rubenstein enjoys working in various media including acrylics, oils and pastels. A former publicist and business writer, she currently serves as the OAC's publicity director. Elsa has been a member of the OAC since 2009. She lives in Briarcliff Manor with her husband, Bob.
Keith Gordon has worked with clay since his teens, beginning with assisting his mother, a professional potter in the D.C. area. Keith makes sculptural, decorative and functional ceramic art in his Ossining NY home studio. He also teaches ceramics to adults at the Cedar Lane Arts Center which he manages for the Ossining Recreation & Parks program. In addition, he is an officer of the Ossining Arts Council and the Hudson River Potters. Keith favors organic forms which fully express the tri-dimensional potential of clay, and fires in oxidation, reduction and raku kilns. Some of his work can be viewed on his website: http://CageyCreations.Weebly.com
Mark worked in the prepress industry before starting his own Digital Fine Art Printmaking business, Sarazen Editions, in 1997. Sarazen Editions was one of the first companies to use inkjet technology to produce archival prints.
After moving to Ossining from Chicago, he attended his first meeting of the Ossining Arts Council in 2009 and within four months had become its new President.
Mark served as OAC President through January 31, 2018