Raya Bodnarchuk (1947-2021) was an essential part of the arts ecosystem in the DC area since Glen Echo Park was reborn by the National Park Service as a Center for the Arts in 1974. She became one of its first Artists in Residence and gave fourteen years working and teaching in that community. The daughter of two artists, she began sculpting animals from clay at the age of two. She graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design, taught at the Corcoran College of Art and Design in Washington, D.C, for 32 years, and used a chainsaw to make her sculptures until she was too weak from mesothelioma. She painted every day from 2013-2018. All 1,926 works became the Raya Bodnarchuk: This Is a True Picture of How It Was, exhibition presented by the Alper Initiative for Washington Art, at the American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center. The exhibition catalog is here– https://www.american.edu/cas/museum/2021/raya-bodnarchuk.cfm
Caroline Lacey is a lens-based story teller living in Washington, DC. She has a Master’s in New Media Photojournalism from Corcoran College of Art+Design at George Washington University. Lacey recently won the PDNedu competition for photojournalism, the NPPA Bob East Scholarship and her video took first place in team multimedia at the Northern Short Course. Her work has been published in The Washington Post, Smithsonian Magazine Online, NPR, Washington Magazine and PDN.