|ABOUT | FACULTY|
STUDIO ESCALIER was founded in 2001, by the artists Timothy Stotz, Anthony Ryder and Nicole Michelle Tully, in Argenton-Chateau, France.
In addition to our original Intensive Courses in Argenton-Chateau and our Paris drawing programs, Studio Escalier also offers shorter Special Programs, and occasionally invites very select visiting faculty to offer short residencies and other courses.
|Timothy STOTZ|| – Director and Head of Faculty
Tutor in Painting and Drawing
is the founder, head of faculty, and director of Studio Escalier. He has taught at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, at the Seattle Academy of Fine Arts, and privately. His work is included in public and private collections across the United States & Europe.
He has been the recipient of many distinguished grants, fellowships and exhibition prizes for his painting. They include an extended Fulbright-Hays Grant for Painting to Madrid, Spain, where he was sponsored by the painter Antonio Lopez Garcia to study the works of Velazquez and Goya; a Vermont Studio Center fellowship, where he worked with the painter Gregory Gillespie; two grants for classical painting from the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation, Montreal, Canada; and a Stacey Foundation Award for Painting (1999).
Mr Stotz (b. 1969, USA) received his MFA degree in Painting from the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, where he studied under painter Andrew Forge, N.A. and artist Nigel Rolfe. He went to graduate school at the New York Academy of Art (1995-97) and studied privately under the painter Ted Seth Jacobs in France (1993-2001).
Timothy Stotz holds a BA degree cum laude in Fine Arts from Randolph-Macon College in Virginia, where he was encouraged by Duane Keiser to study painting under Ray Berry.
Additionally, Mr Stotz was one of eight original members of the Jacob Collins Studio (1995-97) and was one of eleven founding members of the Water Street Atelier (1997), both in Brooklyn, NY.
|Nicole Michelle TULLY||– Founding Faculty
Tutor in Painting and Drawing
is full-time faculty and co-founder of Studio Escalier.
Ms. Tully has shown her work in galleries in the United States and Europe, including Iliad Antik (NYC), the Sherry French Gallery (NYC), Klaudia Marr Fine Art (Santa Fe, NM) and the John Pence Gallery (San Francisco). Her work has entered several distinguished private collections in the US and Europe, including the collection of Margot Gordon and HRH the Prince of Wales.
She received her MFA degree in Painting from the Graduate School of Figurative Art – New York Academy of Art. She went to art school in New York City at the Art Students League and National Academy of Design, and in France at the Ecole Albert Defois under Ted Seth Jacobs (1996-2001). She holds a BA degree magna cum laude in Art History from New York University.
Nicole Michelle Tully (b. 1972, Germany) was one of eight original members of the Jacob Collins Studio (1994-97) and was one of eleven founding members of the Water Street Atelier (1997-98), both in Brooklyn, NY.
Ms Tully has been the recipient of grants, fellowships and exhibition prizes from the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation, the New York Academy of Art, the Prince of Wales Fellowship, the National Academy of Design, the Circulo de Bellas Artes in Madrid, Spain, the Leslie T. and Frances U. Posey Foundation and the Stacey Foundation of Oklahoma City.
In 2012, Ms. Tully’s work was selected by ACOPAL (the America China Oil Painters Art League) to be included in the first major exhibition of contemporary American realist painting in China. The ACOPAL exhibition debuted at the National Arts Club in New York City in 2012, and will travel to several major musuems in China in 2013.
|M. Tobias HALL|| – Faculty
Tutor in Painting and Drawing
Tobias Hall is a gifted draftsman and illustrator, and an astute painter in oils.
He has taught drawing and painting as an instructor and an assistant instructor at Studio Escalier (2011 – present), at the Ryder Studio School, and privately.
Mr Hall was the 2009 recipient of the John F. and Anna Lee Stacey Foundation Award for Painting. He has been awarded two Waterway Fellowships by Studio Escalier (2007, 2009) for artistic excellence.
Tobias Hall (b. 1981 USA) received his BA magna cum laude in Fine Arts (Animation) from Arizona State University.
He studied drawing and painting at the Ryder Studio in Santa Fe, NM, at the Andreeva Portrait Academy, and in various Studio Escalier Intensive courses and programs in Argenton-Chateau and Paris — including daily drawing at the Musee du Louvre and the Musee d’Orsay, and painting master copies in oil independently at the Louvre.
|David BAIRD|| – Visiting Faculty
Tutor in Drawing and Painting
David Baird (b. 1986, USA) is an exceptional oil painter and draftsman, primarily focused on figurative work. He teaches classes both in the US and Europe, and is currently assistant faculty at Studio Escalier in France.
In 2005, he began his training with Anthony Ryder at the Ryder Studio School in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and subsequently received instruction from notable artists such as Michael Grimaldi, Dan Thompson, and Ted Seth Jacobs. From 2012 – 2015 he attended classes and was studio manager at Studio Escalier.
Mr. Baird’s drawings and paintings are collected privately in the U.S. and Europe.
|Krista SCHOENING|| – Visiting Faculty
Tutor in Painting and Drawing
Krista M. Schoening (b. 1980) is a painter, draftsman and printmaker. She excels in still-life painting, portraiture, and intaglio printmaking (etching, engraving, drypoint, etc).
Ms. Schoening has exhibited in both commercial and public galleries, including the Henry Art Gallery in Seattle, WA; the Bedford Gallery in Walnut Creek, CA; the Grand Rapids Art Museum; and, internationally, at the 2011 Annual Exhibition of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters, in London.
In 2015, her monumental flower painting Karma Dahlia II was voted into the top 25 2-D works at ArtPrize, one of the most highly attended art exhibitions in the world.
Schoening is represented by Haynes Galleries, with locations in Maine and Tennessee. Her work has been mentioned in the Detroit Free Press, The Seattle Times, the Huffington Post, and Hyperallergic, and was featured in the recently published Art of Vanitas by Rodney O’dell Davis. Her work is in private collections in the United States and Europe.
She received her MFA in Painting and Drawing at the University of Washington in Seattle, WA. She has taught drawing and color theory at the University of Washington, where she was awarded the Parnassus Award for Teaching with Excellence. She received a Top Scholar Fellowship from the University of Washington in the autumn of 2015, and is currently pursuing a second master’s degree in art history, with a focus on Renaissance and Baroque Italian painting.
Ms. Schoening additionally studied painting and drawing at Studio Escalier (Argenton-Chateau and Paris) and at the Ryder Studio School in Santa Fe, NM, where she worked as a studio and administrative assistant to Anthony Ryder (2008-2010). At Studio Escalier, Schoening is a former work-study scholar (2007), Waterway Fellowship winner (2009), studio manager (2010) and now visiting faculty.
She received her BA magna cum laude from the University of Notre Dame (2002) in anthropology and Spanish. She pursued post-graduate studies in anthropology at Cornell University, before taking up painting as a career.
|Tony RYDER|| – Founding Faculty
Visiting Tutor in Painting and Drawing
is represented by Andreeva Fine Art in Santa Fe, NM, and Jenkins-Johnson Gallery in San Francisico. He has exhibited his work widely in the United States, and is represented in many private collections in the United States and Europe.
Mr Ryder is the author of one of the most respected and best-selling treatises on contemporary classical drawing, The Artist’s Complete Guide to Figure Drawing, and is widely regarded as one of the most gifted and influential draftsmen of our times. He has received exhibition prizes and fellowships from the Salmagundi Club and Art Students League in NYC, and from the La Napoule Foundation (France).
Mr Ryder (b. 1957, USA) is the founder of the Ryder Studio School in Santa Fe, NM, and the co-founder of Studio Escalier in France. Since 1988, he has taught at the New York Academy of Art, the Art Students League in NYC, the Seattle Academy of Fine Arts, and across the United States in a variety of private schools and organizations.
He graduated from Phillips Exeter Academy, and went to art school at the Rhode Island School of Design. He studied at the Art Students League (NYC) with Ted Seth Jacobs for six years (1984-1990).
|Ted Seth JACOBS||– Critic Emeritus|
Ted Seth Jacobs (b. 1927) is a renowned draftsman, painter, and art teacher, with more than 60 years of professional practice behind him. He is the author of two authoritative books on the arts, Light for the Artist (1986) and Drawing with an Open Mind (1985). His magnum opus, A Dictionary of Human Form, was published in 2010.
Ted Jacobs served as a senior critic in our 2006-07 Intensive programs, but has since retired from all teaching at Studio Escalier.
Mr Jacobs has taught at the Art Students League (as early as 1946), the New York Academy of Art (as founding faculty) and the Fashion Institute of Technology. He is the founder of the Ecole Albert Defois (1987-2010), a private art school near Vihiers, France (Maine et Loire), and has lectured at Studio Incamminati (2004), as well as the BACAA in San Francisco (2008, 2009).
During his career, Ted Jacobs has had more than sixty one-man exhibitions, in New York City, Boston, Washington DC, Biarritz and elsewhere. He has received countless notable commissions in all genres: portrait, mural, landscape, and still-life, and received numerous awards and prizes for his work, including the John F and Anna Lee Stacey Foundation Award for Painting (1952).
He is also esteemed for his influence on three generations of artists, draftsmen, and art teachers in NYC, including: Andrew Reiss, Jerry Weiss, Leo Neufeld, Anthony Ryder, Will Cotton, Jacob Collins, Michael Grimaldi, and the founding faculty of Studio Escalier, among many others.
Ted Jacobs’ richly decorated studio-residence in Les Cerqueux sous Passavant, France is listed on the national registry of museums, and houses much of his work from 1985 onwards.
|Rita NATAROVA|| – 2007 Visiting Faculty
Tutor in Painting and Drawing
Rita Natarova was born in 1980 in Moscow, Russia, and immigrated to the United States of America in 1992.
She has been the recipient of many prestigious awards, fellowships and exhibition prizes for her painting, including an Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant for Painting (2005); the Charles Addams Memorial Prize for Excellence from the University of Pennsylvania (2005); a Jacob K. Javits Fellowship (2002); and a Fulbright-Hays Grant for Painting to Italy (2002), to study the works of Piero de la Francesca and Masaccio.
Ms Natarova has taught at the Maryland Institute College of Art, Brooklyn College, and the Gage Academy of Fine Arts in Seattle. She has lectured at the International School of Painting, Drawing, and Sculpture (Montecastello di Vibio, Italy), the Studio Art Centers International (Florence) and the Jerusalem Studio School in Israel.
She received her BFA in Painting from Maryland Institute College of Art, in Baltimore, MD. She studied painting at the Jerusalem Studio School under Israel Hershberg, and at Brooklyn College under Lennart Anderson. She holds her MFA in Painting from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA.
The artist lives and works in New York City.