Our extraordinary educators are also practicing artists. Get to know them and their work.
Nancy Agati graduated with a B.F.A. in painting and printmaking from Alfred University School of Art and Design and earned a master’s degree from The University of The Arts. Ms. Agati has exhibited her work throughout Philadelphia and nationally. She has had solo exhibitions at Pentimenti Gallery, Philadelphia; Hillyer Art Space, Washington D.C.; Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts, Harrisburg; The Crane Arts Building, Philadelphia; Abington Art Center, Jenkintown, PA; and ARC Gallery and Educational Foundation, Chicago, IL. Exhibitions have explored a variety of mediums, including video, sculpture, site-specific installation, and public art projects. She has conducted several community carve events, one of which resulted in the construction of an outdoor sculpture at the Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art on Staten Island, NY.
Ms. Agati is a recipient of a Windows of Opportunity Award from the Leeway Foundation. In 2004, she was granted an Artist in Residence at the Santa Fe Art Institute, Santa Fe, NM. During the summer of 2012, she worked as an artist in residence at Lo Studio dei Nipoti in Calabria, Italy. As a Hemera Foundation, 2014 Tending Space Fellow, Ms. Agati has investigated the intersection of mindfulness meditation as it relates to her art making process.
Main Line native Zoë Blatt teaches the multimedia component of Visual Art Foundations, Visual Communication in a Digital World, 2D Art: Principles of Design, Video & Animation, and Digital Photography. She is also the faculty adviser to the Haligoluk (yearbook) and Newton’s Notebook, (math journal). Mrs. Blatt completed her BFA in Fine Arts and Art History at the University of Pennsylvania and The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. She received a master's in education from Harvard University, where she focused on applying educational neuroscience research to visual arts curriculum design for adolescents. In her courses at Haverford, Mrs. Blatt emphasizes a deep understanding of the visual language alongside the development of the creative process, project management skills, and metacognitive thinking. Her passion is collaborating with colleagues to integrate hands on and tech-based making across academic disciplines.
Mrs. Blatt maintains a studio practice in South Philadelphia. You can see some of her artwork at www.zoeblatt.com. Mrs. Blatt loves to travel, garden, and spend time knitting with her cats, Ollie and Charlotte.
Glimpse III, Purple and Yellow, Glimpse IV; Purple and Yellow; oil on panel; 6"x6" each
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.
Mr. Ressler is a graduate of Tyler School of Art, Temple University, earning his B.F. A. in sculpture and ceramics. Before coming to teach at Haverford Mr. Ressler spent two years teaching at his alma mater, Manheim Central High School, in Lancaster. Growing up in a family of carpenters and cabinet makers, Mr. Ressler has brought those skills to bear in the making of his artwork and in his classroom teaching. Mr. Ressler has been responsible for the development of the Haverford Art Department’s new courses dealing with three-dimensional design and industrial design introducing students to C.A.D. software and the use of laser cutters and 3-D Printers.
You can see more of his work on Instagram @rgregorydesign.
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.