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Lee Ann Sporn, Ph.D. is a Professor of Biology at Paul Smith's College, where she specializes in cell and molecular biology. Her work as a scientist has fueled her passion for biodiversity and its conservation. She teaches courses in genetics, biochemistry, toxicology and parasitology and her research interests include DNA detection of brook trout in streams, and monitoring the spread of Lyme disease in the North Country. She is a founding member of NorthWind Fine Arts, a cooperative art gallery located in Saranac Lake, New York and also serves as the Visual Arts Director at the Paul Smith's College VIC. As an artist, Lee Ann enjoys many media but currently enjoys rendering detailed images of the natural world in colored pencil on mylar.
Caroline Mastin Welsh is an art historian, curator of art, and Director Emerita of the Adirondack Museum. She is an honors graduate of the Kent School and Wellesley College (Art History). She was awarded a fellowship in museum studies at the Smithsonian Institution and a fellowship in museum leadership at the Getty Leadership Institute. Her work in the museum profession includes positions at the Smithsonian Institution, the New York State Historical Association, and the Albany Institute of History and Art in addition to the Adirondack Museum.
As Director of the Adirondack Museum she developed and led major exhibits and programs on Adirondack Rustic to celebrate the museum’s 50th anniversary; led the enhancement of the museum experience through a variety of initiatives to revitalize exhibits and programs; led the stewardship of museum resources to achieve long-term stability; and led museum preparations for achieving re-accreditation. As museum chief curator she produced many long-term and temporary history and art exhibits; led a host of collections projects including building a 25,000 SF Collections Storage and Study Center; managed museum operations; and oversaw the museum publications program. As curator of art she produced fourteen art exhibits, three art symposia that attracted a national audience, led three art collection assessments and the renovation of the art galleries and storage. As an art historian she has lectured and published widely on the subject of Adirondack art and artists. Her publications include Adirondack Prints andPrintmakers: The Call of the Wild, (1998), winner of the 1999 Ewell L. Newman Award, The View from Asgaard: Rockwell Kent's Adirondack Legacy with Scott R. Ferris (2000), In Search of a National Landscape: William Trost Richards and the Artists’ Adirondacks 1850 – 1870 with Linda S. Ferber (2002), Wild Exuberance: Harold Weston’s Adirondack Art, with Rebecca Foster (2005), and The Adirondack World of A.F.Tait (2011), in addition to articles.
Mrs. Welsh is a consultant to museums for exhibit development and collections management, an independent curator for art exhibits, as well as a national peer reviewer for the American Alliance of Museums. She serves or has served on regional committees and arts organizations in Pennsylvania and New York State as a trustee or advisor including the Friends of the William Penn Museum, the Lake Placid Winter Olympic Museum, the Lake Placid Center for the Arts, the Society for the Preservation of American Modernists, The Exhibition Alliance, the Hale Historical Research Center, the Trudeau Institute, and the Hamilton College Committee for the Visual Arts. Mrs. Welsh is a member of The Century Association in New York City and is listed in Who’s Who in America. Her professional memberships include or have included the American Alliance of Museums, the Museum Association of New York State, the College Art Association, ArtTable, the Association of Art Museum Curators, and the American Historical Print Collectors Society.