It is a pretty well known fact that artists aren't making much money for the hours we put into our work. We have to love what we do or we'd go back to what we did before because it no doubt was more lucrative than making art. The following is a list of what some of our members did before they started making art. Come see us in Studio 18 in the Torpedo Factory Art Center and see if you can relate the former (and sometimes current) jobs with the Art.
Zita Simitus--Chief Psychologist of the Army
Joanne Bast--taught zoology, biology, botany, human anatomy and physiology at the college level.
Carol Bodin--computer systems designer
Mickey Kunkle--mortgage loan officer
Jeanne Bohlen--physics major who ended up in a number of libraries--public, for profit business, non profit organizations.
Lynda Prioleau--still working as a meeting and conference planner
Cindy Grisdela--financial journalist
Eileeen Doughty--cartographer supervising a number of people some of whom were deaf so she had to learn sign language
Claudia Levy--reporter and editor at Washington Post
Betty Ladd--computer programmer (now office manager at architecture firm)
Ruth Blau--technical writer/editor
Merle Thompson--professor of English Literature
Clara Graves--freelance graphic designer
Roz Houseknecht--swim instructor both then and part-time now
Kay Collins--art teacher, business owner, sex education counselor, and lots more-- very varied jobs
Fran Spaeder--30+ years at the CIA in information technology
Larry Novak--systems engineer and software project manager--scientific and engineering applications
Anne Sanderoff-Walker--registered x-ray technologist and used CT scans when they were fairly new
Diane Mularz--currently employed as software systems engineer
Debra Lee--managed programs to integrate technology with business systems