DirectorsCow House Studios was established and is directed by artists, Frank Abruzzese and Rosie O’Gorman. They are responsible for the day to day management of the studios, including programme scheduling and curriculum development. Rosie and Frank are also the primary teachers for the workshops and courses.
Rosie O’Gorman received her BA in Art and Design Education from the National College of Art and Design (NCAD) in Dublin. She was awarded two national Irish awards: the Larkin Memorial Award for her teaching and the Taylor Award for her painting. With the support of a Fulbright Scholarship, she studied at the San Francisco Art Institute (SFAI), where she received her Master of Fine Arts. Rosie acquired extensive teaching experience at both NCAD and SFAI, including teaching in the Centre for Continuing Education at NCAD between 2004 and 2009. She strives to meaningfully engage students with an individual approach to art making. Rosie’s work includes drawing, painting, installation and sculpture, and can be viewed here. Recent exhibitions include Practice Makes Penance; a solo exhibition at the Wexford Arts Centre, and Interchanges at Farmleigh Gallery, Dublin.
Frank Abruzzese, originally from Philadelphia, obtained his Bachelors Degree in Moving Image Arts from the College of Santa Fe, New Mexico, and his Master of Fine Arts from the San Francisco Art Institute (SFAI). He received the Emerging Photographer of the Year award from San Francisco Magazine. As a photographer, Frank exhibits his artwork internationally in galleries and universities. He worked as a camp counsellor, photography instructor, and initiated the education program at one of Philadelphia's premier camera stores. Frank also gained valuable teaching experience at SFAI where he developed an interest in a multidisciplinary, ideas-based approach to working with students. Visit Frank’s website here.