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Biographies

Gregory John Landrey, Director of Academic Affairs for Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library

Gregory has a long history of direct involvement in education, study, conservation, and training as it relates to period furniture.Currently he is the Director of Academic Affairs for Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library.Gregory has worked at Winterthur since 1979 in various positions related to furniture conservation and academic affairs.

Just a small sampling of his accomplishments include: publication of articles for  Antiques and Fine Art and the proceedings of the Winterthur Furniture Forum, 2013; served in the role of Conservator-in-Residence, The Palace Museum, Beijing, China. September–December 2014. CV

Steve Lash, 2010 Cartouche Recipient, Past President of SAPFM, Co-Founder of SAPFM .

Steven Lash is the co-founder and past-president of the Society of American Period Furniture Makers. He has been reproducing eighteenth and early nineteenth century period furniture as an avocation for over forty-five years. Steve lectures frequently on the design and construction of his period pieces, and his work has been featured in numerous journals including Fine Woodworking Magazine, Fine Woodworking’s Design Book Three and Four, Woodwork Magazine, Home Furniture, The Bulletin of the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors, and American Period Furniture.

In 2006, three of Steve’s pieces were selected for exhibition in Contemporary Classics, Selections from the Society of American Period Furniture Makers at the Telfair Museum of Art, Savannah, Georgia. Steve’s reproduction of Benjamin Franklin’s glass armonica was played at the 2011 Glass Music Festival that was held at Williamsburg, and at the March, 2012 opening of the SAPFM's Traditions of Craft exhibition at the Connecticut Historical Society. In 2000, Steve won the National Watch and Clock Collector's Craftsmanship Award, and in 2010 Steve was awarded the SAPFM's Cartouche Award for lifetime achievement.

When Steve is not building period furniture, he practices orthodontics full time at West Bloomfield, Michigan. He is an Adjunct Clinical Professor of Orthodontics at the University of Michigan, where he teaches Craniofacial Orthodontics, and is on the Board of Directors of the Fortress Insurance Company. He is a past President of the Associates of the American Wing at the Detroit Institute of Arts.

Alf Sharp – 2008 Cartouche Recipient. 

Alf continues to be a very active member and has spoken at several mid-year events for SAPFM.  

Alf Sharp enrolled as student at Vanderbilt's School of Law, but quickly realized this was not what he wanted to do. Casting around for a while, he lit on woodworking and found his life's passion. Now, as a custom furniture maker, he creates one or two museum quality pieces of furniture at a time in a small shop in Woodbury, TN. His work appears in museums and historic homes throughout the South, and has been featured in numerous major periodicals and books. Sharp is the past president of The Furniture Society and vice president of the Tennessee Association of Craft Artists. He teaches history of furniture at O'More College of Design in Franklin, TN.

Gary Sullivan- has done restoration and now runs an antique business.

Gary R. Sullivan has passionately pursued the world of antiques since the age of 10 and now is a nationally recognized authority on early American clocks with over 30 years experience in the antiques business. As president of his Sharon, Massachusetts-based business, Gary R. Sullivan Antiques Inc., he specializes in American antique furniture from the Queen Anne through Classical periods, with particular emphasis on important American clocks.

David deMuzio - former senior conservator of Furniture and Woodwork at Philadelphia Museum of Art. 

David worked at the PMA as conservator/Senior Conservator for 25 years.  He has a degree in architecture and is a graduate of the Smithsonian Program in Conservation.  Currently David manages a private foundation overseeing multiple properties along with their building and decorative art collections.

Al Breed, 2012 recipient of the Cartouche Award from the Society of American Period Furniture Makers

Al began his career in woodworking as a teenager poking through flea markets for old furniture to take home and repair. A few decades later he was reproducing the Nicholas Brown Desk and Bookcase for the Brown family, when they sold the iconic Newport secretary for $12.1 million.  Al Breed started his furniture making career at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston at the age of 19 and has gone on to make reproductions for collectors and museums. In addition to commission work, Al regularly lectures on furniture connoisseurship and demonstrates early furniture making and carving techniques. Recent work includes a Rococo looking glass, a Salem Federal carved tall post bed and a pair of McIntyre shield back chairs, as well as an article on Boston turret-top tea tables with Brock Jobe. Al lives in South Berwick, Maine and works across the river in Rollinsford, NH. 

Ronald E. Young, 2016 recipient of the Cartouche Award from the Society of American Period Furniture Makers

Ronnie is a long time furniture maker starting in college in the 1960’s and is still very active in the craft having built several hundred pieces of period furniture during that time. He enjoys all aspects of furniture making from harvesting and cutting timber to making inlays. Federal furniture has been his area of concentration in recent years while still maintaining a devotion to the period furniture made in his native Tennessee. He has exhibited his work in several galleries and shows and was awarded the People’s Choice Award the last two years in a row at the East Tennessee Master Woodworkers Show in Knoxville, TN.

He is Chairman of the Editorial Committee for the SAPFM Journal and has written several articles for SAPFM publications as well as Fine Woodworking and Woodworkers Journal. Teaching classes to other woodworking guilds and SAPFM chapters has become another way to share knowledge with fellow furniture makers. He has taken classes on furniture construction techniques and finishing at Highland Hardware in Atlanta from Sam Maloof, Philip Lowe, and Bob Flexner, as well as attending seminars on 18th century woodworking at Colonial Williamsburg.  Through his membership in SAPFM, he has been able in recent years to study under Mickey Callahan, Phil Lowe, Jeff Headly, Allen Breed, and Steve Latta. 

Ronnie is a retired engineer having spent over thirty years in the Nuclear Power industry with the Tennessee Valley Authority. Since retirement he is a full time furniture builder at his shop located in Chattanooga, Tn. 

Ben Colman, Curator of American Art at Detroit Institute of Art.
 
Colman, a native of Albany, New York, has a bachelor’s degree in art history from Yale University, where he later served as the Marcia Brady Tucker Curatorial Fellow in the Department of American Decorative Arts at the Yale University Art Gallery. During his time at the gallery he worked with curator Patricia Kane on a landmark study of furniture making in colonial Rhode Island that identified hundreds of previously unknown artisans and documented thousands of pieces of historic furniture in public and private collections around the country. This project culminated in an internet database called the Rhode Island Furniture Archive.
 
Colman earned a master of arts degree through the Winterthur Program in American Material Culture at the University of Delaware. His research there looked at the histories of seventeenth-century relics in Plymouth, Massachusetts, as a means of examining the ways communities use antique objects to record and narrate their past..
 
At the Florence Griswold Museum, Colman worked with a collection of American art spanning the colonial period to the present day that is best known for its Impressionist paintings. He curated exhibitions of American furniture (“Thistles and Crowns: The Painted Chests of the Connecticut Shore,” 2014), folk art (“Art of the Everyman: American Folk Art from the Fenimore Art Museum,” 2014), modernism (“Harry Holtzman and American Abstraction,” 2013), Impressionist painting (“Lyme Artists Abroad,” 2014), marine painting (“All the Sea Knows: Marine Art from the Museum of the City of New York,” 2015), studio craft (“Kari Russell-Pool: Self-Portraits in Glass,” 2014) and contemporary art (“Animal/Vegetable/Mineral,” 2013; “Peter Halley: Big Paintings,” 2015). He is the author of numerous exhibition catalogues and articles on the history of American art and decorative arts.