Instructor Biography: Sfona Pelah
Sfona Pelah is a recognized San Diego-based printmaker of many years standing. She has a Masters of Fine Art (MFA) from the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), majoring in Printmaking with a minor in Photography. Sfona has over 30 years experience of teaching printmaking at undergraduate and continuing education levels as well as privately, combining her own blend of innovative one-to-one teaching methods with guided workshops. She consistently receives highly positive reviews by her students past and present, many of whom have become accomplished and recognized printmakers in their own right. Sfona’s artwork extends the rich, traditional methods from the ancient art of Printmaking to include her own unique application of digital techniques to the printmaking medium. Her work has been exhibited in numerous shows, including amongst others a one-woman show entitled "Looking Forward to the Past" at the prestigious Simayspace Gallery in San Diego; the annual group show "7 Printmakers" in Balboa Park for the past 17 year; and the prestigious juried Miniatures Show, originating at the Pratt Graphic Center (NYC), and currently at the Center for Contemporary Printmaking in Norwalk, CT. Her work is held in numerous private and public collections, including a Purchase Award by the Wallace Memorial Library at RIT, and has been the recipient of a number of prizes, most recently the Hoffman Trust Award at the Sony-sponsored Digital Exhibition at the San Diego Art Institute. Her artwork has also appeared in prestigious publications, including the front cover of Nature Magazine, the most prestigious and highly circulated scientific weekly, as well as the front cover of the quarterly ACM Transactions on Applied Perception.