Board of Directors
Stuart Pearl, President, joined the AAWR board in 2013. He is a lifelong Clevelander who loves to promote our city’s growth and transformation. The Innerbelt Bridge Project, our urban skyline and the Emerald Necklace all present opportunities for telling stories through the art of photography. His goal is to create images that have lasting impact. Stuart does this by carefully framing and timing his compositions to create an engaging narrative between photograph and viewer. He strives to gain access to unique sites around Cleveland that tell the story of the city beginning at its core. Stuart then shares these stories through his blog, print exhibits, and community engagement. Stuart is an Archived Artist.
Cris Drugan, Vice President is the principle of Emerald Art Services, LLC and has been an accredited member of the International Society of Appraisers since 1999. He was accepted in 2013 as an overseas Member of the Institute of professional Auctioneers and Valuers in Ireland. Cris has been a General Manager, Art restoration Consultant and technical Director for a national art restoration company for over 19 years. He is also a member of the Society of Wine Educators, The Ohio Preservation Council, The American Historical Print Collectors Society, the International Mezzotint Society and the Int’l Assoc. of Silver Art Collectors. Cris serves as Chair of Development.
Dave Joranko, Treasurer, CPA, started with the AAWR in 2011 and is an international tax advisor with Ernst & Young LLP. He has over 25 years of experience in accounting firms advising a variety of large and mid-size U.S. multinational corporations. He graduated from Duke University with a B.A. in Business Administration/English and received a J.D. from Ohio State University College of Law. Dave is the son of Archived Artist Ron Joranko.
Lee Heinen, Secretary, has been a member of the AAWR since 2000. She serves on the AAWR’s Peer Review & Nominating Committee, and is an Archived Artist. She maintains a studio and gallery in Cleveland’s Little Italy, where her work is well known. She graduated with a B.A. from Rutgers and her work has been included in numerous corporate collections including Ameritech, B.F. Goodrich, Cleveland Clinic, SUMMA, and University Hospitals. She credits her travels to Mexico and other places abroad as a source of inspiration for her work.
Herbert Ascherman, Jr., Honorary Director, began his service on the AAWR’s board in 2009. A fourth-generation Clevelander, he is considered by many as one of this nation’s foremost living portrait photographers. Herb has been creating fine art and professional portraiture for more than 35 years specializing in black and white and the resurgent art of platinum photography. Internationally recognized for his photographs of people in creative, commercial, and social settings, Herb’s work has been exhibited and commercially published throughout the U.S., Europe, Japan, and India. He has taught for over 30 years (including at the Cleveland Institute of Art), appeared on many television and radio programs, and authored three books on portraiture as well as numerous articles and essays.
Phillip Bautista, Board Member is a lawyer and partner at Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP, practicing in the areas of intellectual property and litigation. Phil advises both individuals and institutional clients on the management, protection, and licensing of their intellectual property. Phil also has significant first-chair experience litigating business cases throughout the United States and before federal and state courts and arbitrators, focusing on cases that involve trademarks, copyright, patents, and trade secrets. Phil also has extensive experience in litigation involving commercial, product liability, engineering, and construction matters.
Michael Bowen, Board Member, is a Juris Doctorate graduate of Cleveland – Marshall College of Law, Cleveland State University , Cleveland Ohio. While in college he was on the Dean’s List, The Dean’s Advisory Council and Vice president of the Black Students’ Association. He also holds a BA from Miami University, Oxford Ohio. His past work experience includes: Field Director for the Arts and Culture Action Committee, Cleveland, Ohio, Executive Assistant to the Mayor City of Lakewood, Lakewood, Ohio, Campaign Manager for successful reelection of Cleveland’s Mayor Jackson. He is currently employed by Calfee, Halter & Griswold LLP., as an associate in the firms Government Relations, Legislation and Litigation practice groups, where he advises clients ranging from small, closely held businesses to large public corporations and public entities.
Stephen J. Bucchieri, Board Member, Stephen Bucchieri graduated with a degree in architecture from Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Institute of technology (now Carnegie – Mellon University) and he is the 1991 recipient of a Cleveland Arts Prize. Since the establishment of Bucchieri Architects in 1967, Stephen has produced subtle and sophisticated modern work through a design process that draws inspiration from minimalist principles, materials that reflect inherent dualities of the site and ways in which space responds to daylight. His residential and commercial buildings have won many awards and his Addison Library and Hawley House were included in Ohio Perspectives: Architectural, Graphic and Industrial Design, an exhibition mounted in The Akron Art Museum and the Riffe Gallery in Columbus, Ohio
Ryn Clarke, Board Member, A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Ryn is a visual artist, photographer and educator. She embraces both her iPhone and digital SLR cameras and considers it a gift to be able to share what she has learned. Most of her photographic work represents some aspect of the beauty in Nature. In an attempt to interpret the natural world in different ways, she tries to see things in ways not ordinarily perceived. Besides leading iPhone workshops around the country, Ryn also experiments with different photographic techniques, including photopolymer gravure, encaustic & hand-colored photographic prints. She has been a board member of the Cleveland Museum of Arts’ affiliate group, Friends of Photography, and past president, on the board of The Artists Archives of the Western Reserve, a Zone Photography Representative for Zone X for the Garden Club of America. She holds a fine art degree from Marymount University and has exhibited nationally & internationally. Her work is held by private, corporate & medical collections throughout the United States.
Suzan Kraus, Board Member, A move to Texas in 1998 started Suzan pursuing her dream of becoming an artist leaving floral & garden design far behind in her native Ohio. While in Houston she attended the Glassell School of Art, studied privately with various prominent Houston artists & took Chinese brush painting instruction at Rice University. During this time in Houston, her work shown extensively throughout the southwest. Upon returning to Ohio her work has been juried into a number of prestigious places such as The Butler Museum of American Art, The Erie Museum, and the Hoyt Institute of Fine Art. Most recently she has become a member of the Artists Archives of the Western Reserve, where she is chairwoman the Peer Review and also an Archived Artist.
Vincent Monnier, Board Member, MD, has been a board member since 2011 and his wife Adele Marihatt is an Archived Artist at the AAWR. Vincent obtained his medical degree and diploma in Chemistry from the University of Basel, Switzerland. From 1977-82, he did postdoctoral research on the advanced Maillard reaction in vivo with Anthony Cerami, Ph.D. at Rockefeller University (New York, NY). In 1982, he joined the Institute of Pathology where he did his residency in Clinical Pathology (1982-85). His research focuses on the structure and significance of protein modification by advanced Maillard reaction and oxidation products in aging and age-related diseases, including diabetes, cataract, and end stage renal disease. Currently, he is Professor of Pathology and Biochemistry at Case Western Reserve University. Vincent serves as the Chair of the Nominating Committee.
Jocelyn Ruf, Board Member is retired and a former Senior Executive and Line of Business Manager of Key Bank. A community activist and supporter of the arts through collection of prints and decorative arts, she is also a Member of the Print Club, Member of Women’s Council of the Cleveland Museum of Art, and a Donors Circle Member of the Cleveland Museum of Art. Jocelyn is also a Board Member of the Intown Club, Member of the Finance Council and Sustainer Council, Junior League of Cleveland, Inc., and Member of the UH Seidman Cancer Center Leadership Council. She is a past Chair of the Board of Directors of the Positive Education Program (PEP) and former Treasurer and President of the Board of Directors of Moreland Courts Condominium Association.
John Sargent III, Board Member, joined the AAWR board in 2013. National institutions such as The Supreme Court of the United States have collected John A Sargent III’s paintings. His work has been exhibited in the Ohio Governor’s Mansion. He has completed many private and public commissions: The Ronald McDonald House, and the Lillian and Betty Ratner School among them. He has had his work published on the cover of nationally distributed Reviews and had the privilege of having a small work in the 2013 Venice Biennale. John regularly works with galleries in Ohio, New York, and Florida and participates in numerous national juried shows. His work can be found in corporate and private collections around the United Sates including; Progressive Insurance, The Cleveland Clinic, The Weatherhead School of Management, Pfizer, as well as collections internationally. John serves as Chair of the Exhibition Committee.
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