Faculty

JENNIFER M. AWE, Ed.D.

Director, The Alpha Workshops Studio School

As Director and Chief Administrative Officer for the School, Dr. Awe has over fifteen years of experience as an educator, visual and performing arts leader, higher education administrator, designer, speaker and consultant to a variety of national and international organizations and industries. As a highly successful change agent, Jen’s passionate curiosity and continuous learning enable her to strategically lead organizations and individuals through comprehensive and clear visioning sessions, competition analysis and market research planning, project and organizational planning sequences, and regulatory compliance.

Awe (pronounced Ow-ee), a summa cum laude graduate of Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., received her doctorate in higher education in 2011 after receiving her master’s in education and bachelor’s in exercise physiology and biomechanics from the University of Wisconsin. She has worked at The Juilliard School (Dean of Student Affairs) in New York, NY, Ringling College of Art and Design (Associate Dean of Student) in Sarasota, FL, and as a private business and strategy consultant for creative arts organizations.

 

CAROL CANNON

Lead Instructor

Carol is a professional fine artist and writer with over 25 years of international contract work in decorative painting and restoration. She holds a Masters in Art Business from Sotheby’s Institute of Art, as well as a degree in Illustration from The School of Visual Arts and a degree in Creative Arts Therapy from The New School. Carol spent six years as the Interior Renovator for The Frick Collection, where she completed comprehensive restoration work throughout the Collection and Library buildings. In her fine art practice, Carol combines big ­brush painting with an awareness of The Five Elements. She is also an active legacy builder for an artist’s estate.

 

EDWARD FARRELL

Studio Project Manager & Adjunct Advanced Instructor

The head of the onsite Finishes & Fabrications Studio, Ed guides students and artisans alike through a varied array of projects, mediums, and techniques. A degree in studio art from Brown University launched a 30­ year career in the decorative arts, including an artistic & architectural assistantship to renowned artist Richard Haas and 17 years as a master artisan at The Alpha Workshops. Ed’s advanced class instruction encompasses scale drawing, color matching, gilding, 3­D carving, and the traditional art of Negoro Nuri. His distinguished designs and decorative work grace cultural institutions, restaurants, residences, hotels, educational facilities, and licensed products. A talented singer, musician, and culinary enthusiast, Ed also studies opera and cooking.

 

RUSSELL VAN PETERSON

Studio Project Manager & Adjunct Advanced Instructor

As head of Alpha’s offsite Finishes & Fabrication studio since 1996, Russell manages site-­specific design installations for large-­scale interior treatments and custom art commissions. His AWSS class offerings include mural composition & execution, historic faux finishes, and advanced Venetian plasterwork. During his tenure at Fiorucci as Assistant Art and Display Director, Russell created original murals, silk­screened displays, and handpainted store windows. Three decades’ experience as a freelance decorative artist for residential and commercial clients also included professional work for General Patina and Morningstar Studios, a custom wallpaper studio. Russell holds degrees in Fine Art from both Westminster College and The University of Utah and explores conceptual tensions surrounding lifecycle processes through mixed ­media pieces.

 

ERIK SAVAGE

Studio Project Manager & Adjunct Advanced Instructor

 

KENNETH WAMPLER

Founder | Executive Director & Adjunct Instructor

Ken founded The Alpha Workshops in 1995, after a decade working with the AIDS Resource Center helping to develop the nation’s first housing program for homeless people living with HIV/AIDS. In the ten years prior to that he was a decorative painter and worked with several interior design firms, including Parish ­Hadley, Georgina Fairholme, and Renny Saltzman. Ken also worked with fashion designer Mary McFadden, the New York Shakespeare Festival, and the Arena Stage in Washington, DC. The 1997 recipient of the Diego Lopez AIDS Service Award, NYC Chapter, National Association of Social Workers, Ken holds an M.S.W. from the Hunter College School of Social Work, an MA in acting and directing from the University of Pittsburgh, and a certificate in acting from The Drama Studio, London. As Executive Director, Ken helps to oversee all of Alpha’s operations, including training and employment, administration, funding, sales and marketing, business management, and board development.