Joseph Brickey was born in Utah to Wayne and Joanne Brickey and currently resides in Manhattan with his wife and five children. Since graduating with a BFA from Brigham Young University in 1998, he has spent over a decade of independent study, from the East Coast to the West Coast.  He has also furthered his development as an artist while living in Europe and Scandinavia. Having been an award-winning figurative painter for many years, he decided to pursue a study of sculpture at the New York Academy of Art.  Sculpture has now become central to his expression and purpose as an artist.

Kevin Christman, originally from Saint Cloud, Minnesota, later moved to Los Angeles and worked for Northrop Corporation and MacDonnell Douglas Aerospace as a research and development materials engineer before studying Fine Art at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. After apprenticing with various artists in Los Angeles and Santa Fe New Mexico, Kevin moved to Ashland Oregon where he now works from his studio in Talent. He is a member of the National Sculpture Society and has been working on public and private commission work for over twenty years.

Originally from Texas were he worked at a foundry, Jeremy Davis moved to Connecticut in 2001 in order to attend the Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts, where he earned a BA in Sculpture. While in school, he won an Award of Distinction at the National Arts Club 29th Annual Student Exhibition in New York City. Upon graduation in 2005, he was awarded Excellence in Sculpture by the Lyme Academy and received a fellowship at the Vermont Studio Center. Subsequently, Jeremy competed in the National Sculpture Society's 2005 National Figure Competition and won the Walter & Michael Lantz Prize, as well as the Roger T. Williams Prize for Excellence in Representational Sculpture and the Gloria Medal for Outstanding Body of Work. In June of 2009 Jeremy was named Runner-Up in the Art vs. Design Exhibition located at the New Museum, SoHo, New York, NY. Jeremy currently teaches life drawing, sculpture, mold-making, and casting at Lyme Academy College of Fine Art as well as other CT art schools.

Chad Fisher was born in Woodburn, New Jersey, and began his artistic training at the age of 18 at Syracuse University. Following his freshmen year he transferred to the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. After graduating from the Pennsylvania Academy in 2007, Chad continued his education at the Schuylkill Academy of Art, Barnstone Studios, Janus Collaborative School of Art and privately with Greg Wyatt, Stephen Perkins, and Gary Weisman. He has received private commissions since 2005.

Alex Heinke (b. 1977) grew up in Jefferson Oregon and had a fascination with science, nature, and art at a young age. He received a BFA in studio art from Carleton College in 1999, and an MFA in sculpture from the New York Academy of Art in 2002. Alex now lives and works in New Jersey and has been creating medical models, toys, statues and action figures for the last 10 years. He has worked for McFarlane Toys, Factory Entertainment, and NECA among others. He also teaches life sculpting at the American Woodcarving School.

Joshua Koffman lives and works in Philadelphia where he studied and presently teaches at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. A recipient of many distinguished awards including First Place in the Grand Central Academy’s Sculpture Competition, the National Sculpture Society’s Elisabeth Gordon Chandler Prize, and the Edmond Stewardson Competition Prize, his work appears in numerous public and private collections. In 2007, he and five colleagues co-founded The Philadelphia Traction Company, a collaborative workspace and art center in West Philadelphia, where Koffman continues to model, cast, and create.

Kelsy Landin (b. 1990) was led by her long time interest in fine art, and particularly drawing, to study and T.A. full time with Myron Barnstone for two years in 2006. Near the end of her time there she tried sculpting and instantly found a new passion. From then on she’s been on a dedicated quest to learn more about sculpture and the human form; which led her to study and apprentice with her other teachers Anthony Frudakis , Steve Perkins and Gary Weisman [ whom she is currently studying the foundry process with]. Her major sculptural inspiration comes from Michelangelo and the Greeks. She continues to be inspired by the potential of combining logic, mathematics, anatomy and bronze to create passionate ‘larger than life’ humans.

Marusia Nita is a Romanian sculptor, who studied Decorative Painting in High School and University, and later graduated from The Florence Academy of Art, Sculpture Department, program directed by sculptor Robert Bodem. Recently, she has been accepted in the Richard MacDonald studio, as a studio assistant and apprentice. "As a sculptor, I study the beauty of the human body, it's natural, spontaneous movement , it's form and liveliness. Working from nature, with life models, studying anatomy, looking beyond the appearance of the surface, makes me feel closer to my goal as a sculptor, which is to learn how to "breath life" into the human figures."

Prior to studying at GCA, Mark Porter has apprenticed and collaborated with many artists, on small to monumental pieces.  Mostly self-taught, Mark is now seriously pursuing a career as a sculptor.

Lori Shorin was born in New York and attended the renowned Florence Academy of Art in Italy, where she studied with Robert Bodem and other highly trained sculptors. Her experience living in Europe for four years and being immersed in its rich culture profoundly influences her current creations. It was in Florence where she realized her vision of creating multi-figure classical sculptures and has brought that vision with her back to the US. She is creating compositions influenced by her time in Italy and extensive travels in India. Lori earned her MFA at the University of Pennsylvania and currently teaches at the New Hampshire Institute of Art in New Hampshire, and at the School of Visual Art in New York. Lori exhibits in the US and Italy.

Abigail Tulis, born in 1992, began her training as a sculptor at age 15 with an apprenticeship to Cessna Decosimo.  An introduction to the classical arts was a major part of her homeschool curriculum. In mastering the figure, she hopes to build the foundation for her classical goals. She lives in New York City, where she has worked as an assistant for various sculptors and is studying figure sculpture and mold making at the Grand Central Academy.

Matt White never thought he'd be a sculptor, though he always enjoyed observing and making things.  Once he realized his affinity for the figure, he dedicated himself wholely to this pursuit.  He's been studying sculpture and drawing at the Art Students League of New York for seven years and part time at the Grand Central Academy for two.  Matt has recently had public exhibitions in Riverside Park in NYC and on the Greenpoint Sculpture Wall in Brooklyn.


The GCA and the advent of the annual Classical Figure Sculpture Competition are made possible with the generous support of the Morris and Alma Schapiro Fund.