Lynda Ladwig is a utilitarian potter and her studio is located in Lafayette, Colorado. She received her Bachelors of Environmental Design from the University of Colorado in 1978 and has been the owner of OPA Studio, an architectural design studio since 1984. She exhibits across the United States, most recently at the Smithsonian Craft Show and the Philadelphia Art Museum Craft Show and her work has been featured in Ceramics Monthly and American Craft Magazine.
Susan Shea is the Director of the Phoenix Gallery, balancing her time between both locations in Downtown Lawrence, and the Country Club Plaza in Kansas City. She also oversees the newly expanded fine arts gallery, the Phoenix Underground, which hosts monthly artist receptions and shows. The Phoenix Gallery proudly represents over 400 local, regional and national artists. The gallery has a diverse offering of ceramics, jewelry, blown glass, mixed media sculpture, as well as paintings, photography, and drawings. She is an active participant in the local arts scenes in Lawrence and KC, and has juried art venues & events throughout the region.
Joel Sager is co-owner and curator of Sager Braudis Gallery in the North Village Arts District of Columbia, Missouri, and a widely collected and renowned painter of landscapes, still life, and portraiture. A native of Missouri, Sager studied at William Jewell College, obtaining a BA in Studio Art in 2003. He went on to attend the Illustration Academy that same year, having held an apprenticeship with its founder, Mark English, that would heavily influence Sager’s work thereafter. His professional studio practice began in earnest with a move to Columbia in late 2003, and soon after was among the first represented artists of Perlow-Stevens Gallery.
Sager’s process utilizes a distinctive mixture of media, often incorporating tar with oil pigments, and using vintage paper ephemera as a collaged element or substrate. His subject matter comprises scenes, objects, and characters imbued with a sense of familiarity, humility, and memory. Sager’s work has been shown internationally from Hollywood, California to Yokohama, Japan, and can be found in numerous collections, both corporate and private.
In addition to his studio practice, Sager served as a curator at Perlow-Stevens Gallery from 2006 until 2013, at which time he purchased the gallery with friend and business partner, Scott Braudis, creating the eponymous Sager Braudis Gallery. At the helm, Sager has expanded the carefully curated list of contemporary artists represented by the gallery and founded the annual Masters Exhibit, for which historically significant, mid-twentieth-century masterworks are brought to Missouri each December for a unique hybrid of museum and gallery exhibition. Forthcoming for Sager Braudis Gallery is the groundbreaking Contemporary Cuban Art Exhibit in April 2018, featuring works by Cuban artists which have not previously been accessible in the U.S.
Seth Smith graduated from the University of Kansas in 2003 with a BFA in Painting and Printmaking.
After graduation, he began his art career. Being represented by numerous galleries over the past 15 years, he has established collectors both nationally and internationally. A notable corporate collector is the HR Block Collection in Kansas City. He also began showing and selling his art on the Art Fair circuit in 2013.
Along the same timeline, he was hired to manage/curate a local Kansas City gallery called The Rice Gallery of Fine Art. For over a decade he helped further the careers of dozens of regional, national, and international artists through exhibitions, as well as corporate and private art placements. He juried many local and national art events and competitions.
He was the Plaza Art Fair featured artist in 2016.