Instructor of Drawing and Painting.
Anna Wakitsch received her BA in Art Theory and Practice from Northwestern University, and in 2004 began her study of painting and drawing with artist Anthony Ryder. In 2006 she moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico, where she began working as Mr. Ryder’s teaching assistant at Andreeva Portrait Academy. She then taught as his assistant instructor in painting and drawing at The Ryder Studio from its opening in 2007 until she returned to the Chicago area in 2011, where she now lives and works. Anna was awarded a scholarship to attend the 2011 Portrait Society of America conference, and in 2012 received a travel grant to study the Dutch masters in the Netherlands. She has been a finalist in the Art Renewal Center's 2011-2012 and 2013-2014 Salon Competitions. She has participated in group shows across the country, and currently exhibits at Haynes Galleries in Nashville, TN and Thomaston, ME.