Inside the Artist’s Studio with Kristen T. Woodward

Lucky foot (except for the rabbit)

A native of Rochester NY, I’m delighted to have the opportunity to exhibit my work at Main Street Arts. On display in the current Flora and Fauna exhibition are 16  encaustic paintings on wooden panels. The imagery involves abstracted animal forms, often referencing parables and children’s games.

Donkey Games

A small installation in the show also features a full scale deer target and small paintings on Black Forest carved antler plaques.

 painting on antler plaque

Painting on Black Forest carved antler plaque

While on a trip to Germany as a visiting artist last fall I encountered these plaques which included antlers from Roe deer. I found them beautiful and fascinating, and thought they would make provocative supports for small paintings that explored landscape and our sensory relationship to the natural world.

Can you guess whose lips served as a model?

All things are possible, 14x17, mixed media on wood

All things are possible, 14×17, mixed media on wood

As a Professor of Art at Albright College in Reading, PA I teach a wide variety of painting and printmaking processes, but of late I have been personally attracted to the encaustic medium (download my encaustic recipe).

wax in solid form

wax in solid form

This image shows the refined beeswax from an art supply store (it comes yellow or white) next to an unmodified block from a local beekeeper. The local brown block contains a good bit of slub gum, an impurity (bee poop).

encaustic cans on a hot plate

encaustic cans

This last image shows a skillet filled up with a bunch of small mixed colors. I have another skillet for just white and soy wax, which is used for cleaning some of the wax out of the brushes.

I’m also actively writing short reviews for
You can see my artist2artist page here.

Stop by Main Street Arts to see Kristen’s work in our current exhibition, Flora and Fauna. The exhibition is up through Friday, February 12. Take a look at our previous Inside the Artist’s Studio blog post by watercolor artist E.L. Ryan.

Prospectus: The Human Figure



A call for traditional, stylized, and abstracted representations of the human figure. The goal of this exhibition is to present a cross section of figurative artwork currently being done across the country. Open to artists working in all media. This exhibition is open to all U.S. residents at least 18 years of age.

$1,000 in Cash Awards

Jonathan Binstock, director of Memorial Art Gallery in Rochester, NY

Important Dates
Submission Deadline: March 21, 2016
Notification: The week of April 11, 2016
Exhibition Dates: May 21–July 1, 2016
Opening Reception: Saturday, May 21, 4-7pm

Entry Fee
$25 for entry of up to 3 images.
$5 for each additional entry. Once entry is submitted, fees are non-refundable regardless of acceptance into the exhibition.

All entries must be submitted electronically to Judging will be done entirely from JPEGs. No other formats will be accepted. JPEGs must be 72 dpi, and 1200 pixels in largest direction. Maximum file size for any individual image is 3 MB.

JPEG images MUST BE labeled LAST Name_FIRST Name_The number that corresponds with that work’s placement in the Entry Email (1, 2, 3, etc.), for example: smith_jane_1.jpg, smith_jane_2.jpg, smith_jane_3.jpg

Image List/Information
Include the following in the body of your email in this order:
- Your Name
- Address
- Phone
- File Name (for each submission)
- Title, Medium, Size, Year  (for each submission)

Please title your email as follows, “YourFirstName YourLastName, Juried Show Submission”.

Artwork will be insured against loss, damage, or theft while on gallery premises. Artists should insure work during shipping to and from the gallery.

Artists will pay shipping to and from gallery, pay close attention to shipping dates after notification of acceptance.

All sales will be handled by gallery staff at Main Street Arts. The gallery retains 40% commission on all sales, please price your work accordingly.

Selected work
All entries must be of original design and personal execution. No reproductions. 2 Dimensional artwork must be ready to hang. Work on paper is to be suitable framed. Acceptable display of 3D work may be floor based, pedestal based, or wall mounted.

Entry must be able to fit through our front door, which measures 90″ x 39″. Artwork which differs greatly from submission images will not be accepted.

If the artwork is framed, the size given for works should be the framed size. Height must be given before width regardless of whether the work is a vertical or a horizontal. Entry information must be provided in full. Failure to follow instructions may result in the nullification of your entry.

Your payment will serve as your acceptance of the terms and conditions stated in this prospectus.

STEP 1: Submit Images and information by email to

STEP 2: Pay entry fee via PayPal (click here to view the PayPal button on our submission page)

Submission Checklist
_  Payment via PayPal
_  Images attached to email
_  Files named properly
_  Name and contact info in body of email
_  Image list included in body of email: File Name, Title, Media, Size, Year

About our Juror
 Jonathan P. Binstock is the Mary W. and Donald R. Clark Director of the Memorial Art Gallery, University of Rochester. He was formerly Senior Vice President for Modern and Contemporary Art in the Art Advisory & Finance group of Citi Private Bank. At Citi he worked with clients and their families in the US and abroad to build personal art collections, and assessed the quality and value of $1+ billion worth of artworks in the Bank’s art lending program. He joined Citi after more than a decade of curatorial work in museums. An expert in art of the post-WWII era, prior to Citi he was Curator of Contemporary Art at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, and Assistant Curator at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia.

Dr. Binstock earned a Master’s degree and PhD in art history from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and has taught art history at the University of Michigan and the University of Pennsylvania. He lectures regularly in graduate seminars on art and cultural criticism at Columbia University. In July 2015 Dr. Binstock completed a residency at the Getty Leadership Institute at Claremont Graduate University.

Dr. Binstock is the author and/or curator of, among other books and exhibitions, Dan Steinhilber: Marlin Underground (2012); Sam Gilliam: A Retrospective (2005); Atomic Time: Pure Science and Seduction (2003), which featured art by Jim Sanborn; the 47th (2002) and 48th (2005) Corcoran Biennials; Andy Warhol: Social Observer (2000); two exhibitions devoted to the late and influential artist Jeremy Blake (2000 and 2007); and, most recently, Meleko Mokgosi: Pax Kaffraria, published by the Hammer Museum, UCLA (2014). He is a peer reviewer for the US General Services Administration Percent-for-Art Art in Architecture Program, a scholarly consultant for the Visual Art Gallery of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, a member of the Association of Art Museum Directors, and of the Board of Trustees of the American Federation of Arts.