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Mr. Fink was born and raised in Mexico City, Mexico. He received his B.F.A. in 1989 from Pan American University in Edinburg, Texas, where he won the Student Art Show in 1988. Mr. Fink returned to Mexico City in 1990 to set up a studio where he practiced and taught art for five years. He participated in many solo and group exhibits in galleries and museums in Mexico City during this time, including the Museum of Modern Art and the Carrillo Gil Brothers Museum. He returned to the United States in 1995 after being voted into the Clay Studio Resident program in Philadelphia. After five years, two solo shows, and numerous group exhibits, Mr. Fink was awarded the Future Faculty Award from Tyler School of Art to pursue a master's degree in ceramics. After achieving his M.F.A. in 2002, Mr. Fink started teaching art in the Lower School at Haverford. He also coaches varsity tennis and 6th grade soccer at Haverford.
Art Department Chair
Mr. Fox joined Haverford in 1981 and has taught Middle and Upper school drawing and painting classes, ceramics, woodworking, multimedia, and even the first theater classes.
He believes the study of visual art is at the core of the traditional disciplines. He has worked to create a curriculum focused on developing human perception, fostering a fluency in the visual language of signs and symbols, and gaining a proficiency with the creative process. Mr. Fox combines his experience of working with the creative process as an artist and teacher with recent research in the fields of neuroscience and cognitive psychology to develop more effective teaching and learning practices across all disciplines.
As an artist, Mr. Fox is primarily a painter, with paintings in public and private collections in the U.S. and Europe. Some of his paintings can be seen at chrisfox.org.
Mr. Fox earned his B.F.A. (painting) from Tyler School of Art, Temple University, where he also studied printmaking, ceramics, sculpture, and glass blowing. He earned his M.A. (studio art/painting) from New York University where he also studied film and video. Mr. Fox studied in Italy during both his undergraduate and graduate schooling.
Mr. Fox is married to Joan (a former Haverford School art teacher) and has two daughters, Lucia and Adriana. He lives in Philadelphia with an entirely useless cat named Roscoe.
Burdened by Assumptions, oil on canvas, 48" x 68"
Mr. Pankratz received his B.F.A. and B.S. from the Pennsylvania State University. In 2008, he received his M.F.A. from the University of the Arts. Mr. Pankratz is currently represented by Bridgette Mayer Gallery in Philadelphia. He is also a founding member of Tiger Strikes Asteroid Gallery, a Philadelphia-based collectivized gallery. Mr. Pankratz’s work has been included in exhibitions both locally and internationally, including Rome, London, and Lausanne, Switzerland. Recently, his work has been accepted into the permanent collection of Temple University’s Fox School of Business. Mr. Pankratz joined Haverford as a Teaching Artist in 2008, and currently teaches art and multimedia.
Baby Baby; It's A Wild World, water based medium on canvas, 60" x 48" each
Mr. Raeder learned the discipline of studio ceramics while double majoring at Alfred University graduating in 2008 with degrees in art and philosophy. Following a year as a post-baccalaureate student at Penn State, he traveled to the Netherlands as a Fulbright Scholar to research the trajectories of contemporary European design. After two years studying at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam, he began a series of international residencies and exhibitions in Denmark, China, Korea, and Russia. In 2013, Mr. Raeder returned to the states to attend School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where he earned an M.F.A. He has taught nationally and internationally at the university level and is edited to now work with the young artists at The Haverford School. He maintains his active studio practice as a resident artist at Clay Studio in Philadelphia.
Mrs. Waring graduated from Rhode Island School of Design in 1985 with a B.F.A. in illustration. She worked for a number of years as a freelance illustrator and showed her own art at various venues. Currently, Mrs. Waring is an active artist who is writing and illustrating a children's book and showing regularly at the Bridgette Mayer Gallery in Philadelphia. She has been teaching art at Haverford since 1996.