continued Steen was a Fulbright-Hays Scholar for a study tour of the textiles and apparel of India in 2007. Her background includes experience with national department stores, specialty stores and freelance custom apparel design. She is an active member of International Textile Apparel Association, and Educators for Socially Responsible Apparel Businesses.
Steen earned her Master of Science degree at SUNY Oswego in vocational education with focus on fashion program curriculum development. She received a bachelor or science degree in clothing design and textiles from Cornell University and an associate in science degree in retail management.
Professor Anita Welych is a Syracuse-born artist of Colombian heritage who teaches art at Cazenovia College. She spent this past semester researching and drawing extinct and critically endangered birds of North America in order to create a series of birdhouses adapted to each bird. She was a co-founder and co-director of the Syracuse alternative gallery Altered Space from 1990-1996, where most exhibits focused on social or political themes.
For many years she has collaborated with Rochester artist Yolanda Daliz, producing work with a Latina focus related to home and women’s roles there and in society. Welych creates narratives exploring aspects of everyday life. Her work combines painting, drawing and nontraditional materials like hair, makeup, fingernails and vintage linens in artist’s books, collages and installations.
Welych earned a bachelor of fine arts degree in painting and natural sciences at Cornell University, and studied in London. She studied painting and lithography at the Universidad Nacional in Bogotá, Colombia, under a Fulbright Grant. She completed her master of fine arts degree in painting at Syracuse University and was awarded a Fulbright Teaching Grant to Colombia in 1995.