About the Editors:
Leslie Fandrich is a multidisciplinary artist with a background in photography and graphic design, currently creating works in collage. Fandrich was born in Canada in 1975, moved to the United States at the age of 23 and became an American Citizen in 2014. She earned a Degree in Visual Arts with a major in Photographic Arts from The Alberta College of Art and Design in Calgary, Alberta in 1997 and went on to work as a graphic designer in Minneapolis and New York City for prominent advertising agencies and design firms such as Fallon McElligott, Duffy Design, Roger Black's Interactive Bureau, VSA Partners and MNovak Design. In 2004 she began working at Columbia University as Lead Designer for Undergraduate Websites.
Following 10 years of graphic design work in New York City, Fandrich moved to the rural area of Warwick, New York and began a freelance practice in design, photography and writing that enabled her to stay involved with her young family and raise her two boys. She was a successful blogger for five years and very involved in the blogging community, attending a number of conferences including BlogHer, Mom 2.0 Summit, ALT Summit and Camp Mighty.
Leslie Fandrich began her career as an artist in 2012 exploring photography, painting and drawing. Now, integrating her experience and aesthetic preferences from design, photography and art, she has reached a new level of expression and understanding about the stories she tells through her work.
Steven Specht earned a Ph.D. in Psychobiology from Binghamton University and is Professor of Psychology at Utica College where he has taught a course entitled "Psychology & The Visual Arts", a seminar in creativity and a studio collage course. He has also taught at Cornell University, Lebanon Valley College, SUNY, Oswego and Binghamton University. He serves on the Board of Directors for Sculpture Space in Utica, NY and is a member of the Eastern Psychological Association, The Southern Humanities Council and the Association for Psychological Science. Specht has published numerous research articles in journals including Journal of Neuroscience, Perceptual and Motor Skills, and Empirical Studies of the Arts.
Steven Specht is a Signature Member of the National Collage Society. He has exhibited his artwork regularly in the annual juried exhibits of the National Collage Society (winning the 'Excellence in Collage' award in 2012), and has shown his work in New York City (Climate Gallery) and Paris, France (17th Annual Salon of Contemporary Collage). In 2011 he was selected as one of only ten collage artists internationally to participate in 'The Power of N' project (New Zealand). He has had solo shows at the The Other Side (Utica, NY), Arkell Museum (Canajoharie, NY), The Mohawk Valley Community Arts Center (Little Falls, NY) and The Black Gryphon (Elizabethtown, PA). His collages have recently been featured on the cover of the science journal “Learning and Memory” and on “The Girl with the JAKE Tattoo”, a book by award-winning poet Gary Leising.
Jonathan Talbot's works have been exhibited at The National Academy and the Museum of Modern Art in New York, have represented the U.S. overseas in exhibitions sponsored by the State Department and the Smithsonian Institution, and are included in museum collections in U.S. and Europe. Talbot's works include oils, watercolors, etchings, collages, and multi-dimensional collage-constructions. Among the public collections holding Talbot works are The Newark Museum, The Smith College Museum, The Everhart Museum, The Byer Museum, The Free Library of Philadelphia, The San Francisco Academy of Art, Fairleigh Dickinson University, The Provincetown Historical Society, and the Toronto Central Library.
Talbot is the author of "Collage: A New Approach," "Acrylic Image Transfer - A Handbook for Artists," and "The Artist's Marketing and Action Plan Workbook." Talbot's works are the subject of "The Collages of Jonathan Talbot" by Professor Deborah K. Snider of Southern Utah University.