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Survivors Art Foundation

Index of Regional Directors and Staff

Project Leader and Board President: Michael Herships, Ph.D.
New York
Graduated Cum Laude from Princeton University in 1966 with a B.S. in Aeronautical Engineering, and from Stanford University with a M.S. in Aeronautics & Astronautics. Dr. Herships has been working with computers and related engineering design equipment for the past 31 years. From 1968 through 1971 he worked at Grumman Aerospace Corporation, developing computer programs to calculate the fluid flow around the space shuttle during re-entry and low speed flight. He wrote the aerodynamic/heat transfer section of Grumman's space shuttle proposal. He also has a Ph.D. in clinical psychology and maintains a private practice on Long Island.

Mark Kramer
Leiden, NH, Holland
System Administrator
Mark Kramer was born in 1963, on the Isle of Korfu, in Greece. With an original background in Law, Mark, currently employed for Hewlett-Packard as netserver support agent, is owner, founder, and System Administrator of Asarian-host.org: a dedicated server for survivors, with its primary focus on providing anonymous access to the Internet. The organization offers free anonymous email accounts and website hosting along with design assistance to survivor's of sexual abuse. He is well-versed in Perl, HTML, UNIX, assembly language, and various other computer languages. He has committed himself to helping survivors with computer related issues to the maximum of his ability. Asarian-host.org currently hosts several sites, the least of which is not Survivors Art Foundation, for whom he is the System Administrator too. "Although I leave the executive matters in the more than capable hands of Candyce, I handles the technical, administrative side of the SAF, such as the creation of user-accounts and managing their mail-server, cgi-programming, mailing-lists, and the like." Creatively, being a naturalised Dutchman with a propensity towards English Literature, he primarily writes personalized poetry for fellow survivors: an activity which may not bring him fame and glory, but is not any less rewarding. Most satisfying poem for him so far was the one for "geode."

Marietta Dantonio-Fryer
Outreach Coordinator
Director of the Art Department and professor of Art at Cheyney University of Pennsylvania, Marietta Dantonio-Fryer is a survivor of childhood abuse. She graduated Kutztown University with her BS in Art Education, and continued her education at Marywood University where she received her MS in Education. After graduating she taught in the public schools of Pennsylvania, where she was also the district art coordinator. In 1982 she opened Dantonio Art Center, which she directed until it closed in 1998. During the 16-year history of DAC she worked with chapters of the National Art Honor Society and Junior National Art Honor Society, which created many murals that have been donated to various organizations over the years. Marietta has taught at Delaware State University and Springfield College. She is currently on the faculty at Wilmington College, where she teaches art and education classes. She also is working as an Art Therapist at Elwyn, Inc. in Media, PA, where she is creating a mural with the students in the Second Chances program. She has also co-created a Therapeutic Arts curriculum, with Joel Keener, that is being used by Ferris School for boys, a maximum security prison for boys from the ages of 8 to 19. Marietta was the Art Educator of the Year for the state of Deleware for 1998. She currently holds memberships in the American Art Therapist Association and National Art Educators Association. Her expertise is in working with survivors of trauma, physical and mental; these include at risk youth, incarcerated adults, persons with AIDS, senior citizens, survivors of sexual abuse, special needs and victims of cultural cleansing. She has also worked with the US Army, by traveling to various bases, to help soldiers find creative outlets for stress and separation anxiety.

Joel T. Keener
Outreach Technology Coordinator
Professor, Cheyney University of Pennsylvania and Wilmington College

Marcus Schubert
Marcus Schubert, a freelance photographer, sculptor and educator is currently principal curator for the American Visionary Art Museum, in Baltimore, Maryland. Recently he was awarded an inaugural senior residency at Tryon Center for Visual Art in Charlotte, North Carolina. He retains membership on the International Advisory Boards for both Raw Vision Magazine (U.K.) and the Survivor's Art Foundation of Long Island, New York. He is also a principal correspondent for the U.S. based Meta Museum - a global, collaborative league of artists, curators and educators.

A graduate of Media Studies at Ryerson Polytechnic University’s Department of Film and Photography (1976-1981), he is the recipient of numerous Canada Council for the Arts grants and awards for his work in landscape, architectural and portrait photography. Mr. Schubert, an active member of the Toronto Photographer’s Workshop since 1979, has held positions there on the board of executives and exhibitions committee, and has served as juror for the Ontario Arts Council. He resides in his birthplace (b.1955) of Toronto, Canada.

    Inaugural Senior Artist-in-Residence, Tryon Center for Visual Art, Charlotte, North Carolina.

    Principal Exhibitions
    High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA., New Orleans Museum of Fine Art, New Orleans, LA., Museum of Art & Design, University of N. Carolina, Raleigh, NC., Collection de l’Art Brut, Lausanne, Switzerland, Winthrop University Galleries, School of Visual and Performing Arts, Rock Hill, SC., Durham Arts Center, Durham, NC., Phyllis Kind Gallery, New York City, Spirit Square, Charlotte, NC., Emily Davis Gallery, University of Akron, OH., Yucatan Cultural Institute, Merida, Mexico, Aaron Packer Gallery, Chicago, Ill., Colleen Greco Gallery, Philadelphia, PA., Montebello Park Gallery, Suffern, NY., Center for Visual Arts, Newcastle, ON., Presentation House, Vancouver, BC., Toronto Venues: Italian Cultural Institute, Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto Photographer’s Workshop, Wuohela Galleries, Toronto Image Works, l’Alliance Française, Market Gallery.

    Noteworthy Publications
    Self-Made Worlds, Aperture, New York, Outsiders II: Visionary Environments by Marcus Schubert, Kyoto-Shoin, Japan, Raw Vision: The International Journal for Outsider Art, London, U.K., Inner Architecture as Outsider Art: The Photographs of Marcus Schubert, an essay by John MacGregor Ph.D., San Francisco, California.

    Lecture Engagements
    Museum of American Folk Art, New York City, Ontario College of Art, Toronto, ON., University of Akron, School of Art, Akron, OH., Tryon Center for Visual Art, Charlotte, NC., Winthrop University - School of Visual Art, Rock Hill, SC., Haliburton School of Fine Art - Sir Sanford Flemming College, Haliburton, ON., Three Arts Club, Chicago, Ill., Meta Museum, Black Mountain, SC., Eigensinn Art Park, Singhampton, ON.

    Teaching Engagements
    Ryerson Polytechnic University, Toronto, ON., Photography: Studio & Darkroom Techniques.
    Sir Sanford Flemming College/Haliburton School of Fine Arts, Haliburton, ON.., Wire Sculpture.
    Southampton School of Fine Art, Southampton, ON., Ferro-Cement Sculpture, Wire Sculpture.
    Meta Museum, Black Mountain, NC., Creative Biscotti, Styles of Sushi.
    Georgian Bay School of Art, Collingwood,ON., Beyond Basic Photography, Ferro-Cement Sculpture, Wire Sculpture. Tryon Center for Visual Art, Charlotte, NC., New Photographic Processes: The Giclée Print.

    The Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montreal, PQ., Canada Council Art Bank, Ottawa, ON., Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg, MA., Presentation House, Vancouver, BC., New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, LA.,Tryon Center for Visual Art, Charlotte, NC., Bibliotèque National, Paris, France, Musée des Beaux-Arts, Chartres, France, Musée de l’Art Brut, Lausanne, Switzerland, Outsiders Archive, London, U.K., Museo Zoologico della Specola, Florence, Italy, Istituto di Anatomia, Università di Bologna, Bologna, Italy, Museo Storico Nazionale delle Arte Sanitaria, Rome, Italy, Maogräflich Badische Verwaltung und Museen, Salem, Germany, Toronto Collections: Toronto Image Works, Toronto Photographer’s Workshop, Centre for Visual Resources, Ryerson Polytechnic University.

    Curatorial Projects
    “Breaking the Walls of Bias” - Survivor’s Art Foundation, Hofstra Musum, Long Island, NY.
    “Treasures of the Soul: Who is Rich?” - American Visionary Art Museum, Baltimore, Maryland.
    “Introit for a Third Millennium - The works of Paul Lowry” - Gallery 44, Toronto.
    “Offerings from the Dharmakaya” - l’Alliance Française, Toronto.
    “Landsites: Ryerson Alumni” - Harbourfront Photographer’s Gallery, Toronto.
    “Distant Lands, Imagined Worlds” - Centre for Visual Art, Newcastle, Ontario.

    Grants & Awards
    Millennium Arts Fund: 1999 - 2000
    Canada Arts Council: 1987, 1985, 1983, 1981, 1980
    Ontario Arts Council: 1989, 1986, 1983
    Photoperspectives Œ85 Purchase Award
    Ontario Society of Artists Juried Exhibition - Award of Excellence

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