HMS has always had a strong and unified community, and we recognize that due to COVID we have found ourselves a bit at sea. By necessity, we are fragmented into smaller circles, and disconnected from the larger community at a time when that sense of belonging and knowing one another would be a balm for our weary hearts. We’d like to dedicate a few Feature pieces to different parts of the HMS community, so that even though we might not be able to mingle and become acquainted on the playground at drop-off, or at our traditional events, we can begin to learn more about the other like-minded folks who have decided to make HMS a part of their lives.

The High Meadow experience – our approach to education and to life in general – is rooted in the arts. The founding members of our school believed that creative expression is the vehicle through which children process their understanding of the world, their feelings, and their own burgeoning identity.

In tough times, it’s vital we support and celebrate one another. This week, we’d like to introduce some of the incredible visual artists who add color and vibrancy to our little corner of the universe!  There are a slew of artists throughout our community who are not featured here – including families, staff, and alumni – but please know we love and feel deep gratitude for all of you.


Amy Park
Amy received a BFA and an MFA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and also studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Ox-Bow Summer Art School. She was a recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts funded residency at the Center for Contemporary Printmaking in 2017-18, a Sharpe-Walentas Space Program Award in 2007-2008, and an Artist-In-Residence at the Serenbe Institute in 2017 and 2012.

Amy’s work has been exhibited widely in the US and her work is in numerous permanent collections including those of the Elmhurst Art Museum, College of DuPage, New York Presbyterian Hospital, The Cleveland Clinic, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, and Drawing Center’s Artist Archive at the Museum of Modern Art. She lives and works in New York City and Ulster County with her family, artist Paul Villinski and their 10-year-old son Lark, a 5th grader at HMS. She also teaches upper school art electives at HMS!
In October, Amy was asked by the LA Times to comment on working with Ed Ruscha’s artist book, “Every Building on the Sunset Strip”, for an article written about his latest collaboration with the Getty. The newspaper included one of her watercolor paintings in the piece, Cruising the Sunset Strip with Ed Ruscha.


Ken Landauer
30 years of art and woodwork led Ken to found Fn Furniture.  He designs and develops each piece with our earth in mind. He seeks to use 99% of each standard sheet of plywood to make furniture, so the parts nest together like a puzzle to create minimal waste. This began when Ken was inspired by the ingenuity, resourcefulness, and values of the Occupy Movement. Ken was featured in Upstate Diary in 2019, and in Architectural Digest in 2018.  Ken’s daughter, Alma, is in 6th grade at HMS this year.


Jason Mones

Jason earned a BFA at the Rhode Island School of Design and went on to obtain an MFA at Yale’s Graduate School of Arts in Painting. He has taught painting, drawing, and printmaking at various colleges nearby, including Montclair University and UConn. Jason has also exhibited his work both in and around NYC. Jason’s daughter, Vivien, is in 2nd grade at HMS.


Seth Rubin
Seth David Rubin, was born in 1968 in Portugal and he started making pictures at age 11. He graduated from Bard College, and received a Masters in Fine Arts from Yale. Seth describes his most recent work like this:

Each photograph from my series Pieces is a single exposure, not manipulated digitally in an unreal way. Through my manually optical technique in which I build glass assemblages on site, I am able to make multi-perspective views of a person or place. This process enables me to work in a way that is closer to a painter’s process where my imagination and emotion shape what I see.

Seth’s work has been shown at Gallery Kayafas in Boston, Yancey Richardson in New York City, Altman Siegel in San Francisco, and The Photographer’s Gallery in London. His work is in museum collections of The Addison Gallery of American Art and The Worcester Museum of Art.

Seth currently works as a freelance photographer, teaches photography at Ulster Community College, and also teaches upper school art electives at HMS. He resides in Stone Ridge, with his artist wife Roberta and his two High Meadow Boys August (now at Rondout) and Waverly (currently in 5th grade).

Incidentally, there is a profile of Seth in the most recent issue (Nov. 6th) of our local BlueStone Press!

Jon J. Muth
Jon J Muth has been a High Meadow parent for 11 years. He is a writer and a painter and has won an Eisner Award in Comics and a Caldecott Honor in Children’s Books. A TV series based on his iconic character “Stillwater” debuts on Apple TV + on December 4. Watch a preview here!

Paul Villinski
Paul Villinski was born in York, Maine in 1960 and received a BFA from the Cooper Union, New York, in 1984. With a lifelong concern for environmental issues, he frequently re-purposes discarded materials of all sorts, to surprising and poetic ends. In his work, he wishes to, “create images and experiences that allow viewers to “identify”; to feel our commonality, to know that they are not alone”. He lives and works in New York City and the Catskills with his partner, painter Amy Park, and their son Lark, who is in Fifth Grade at High Meadow.

Stefan Saffer
Stefen’s art practice is a continuing attempt to make use of art in society. He is the co-founder of ArtPod, the co-director of ArtPort Kingston, a founding member of The Public Works Groups, and a member of Kuenstlerbund (Association of German Artists). He is also the former director of the Artist in Residency Program at the Woodstock Byrdcliff Guild and a current faculty member at the School of Visual Arts in the MFA Art Practice program. Stefan also worked as Teaching Artist at High Meadow between 2016 – 2020, guiding upper school students in a variety of different approaches to creative and personal expression. Stefan and his wife Laurie DeChiara, also an artist, are parents to Tess (7th grade) and Paulotta (Class of 2020).

Michelle Rosenberg
Michelle is the mother of Momo (PreK) and Rosa (3rd grade). She is an architect and artist who works with many different mediums. Her past projects include creating musical intercoms by embedding whistles into walls and assembling “free alphabets” out of litter for secretive free speech.  She currently makes delicate sculptures with used brooms that the New Yorker Magazine says “subvert half a dozen art-historical genres”. Michelle invites you to visit her website, which has not been updated since she gave birth to her first child. We certainly pass no judgment there!

Julianne Swartz
Julianne Swartz creates immersive, multi-sensory installations, as well as sculptures and photographs. Her work synthesizes light, air, and sound into ephemeral and participatory experiences. Exhibition venues include: the Tate Liverpool Museum, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the New Museum, the Jewish Museum, New York, MoMA PS1, the Indianapolis Museum of Art, the Israel Museum, the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, and the Art Gallery of Western Australia among others. She currently teaches Studio Arts at Bard College. Her daughter Alma is in 6th grade at High Meadow.

In the Northeast, her work is currently exhibited at MASS MoCA and the Institute of Contemporary Art At the Maine College of Art.