Artists In Residence

Artists-in-residence at Women and Children's Hospital of Buffalo

Carlie Todoro-Rickus
Visual Artist

Carlie Todoro-Rickus is a visual artist working in light. She was privately schooled in the arts of acrylic and oil painting at an early age (8) and eventually discovered her love of working in the 3rd dimension. Her work is in a variety of mediums and is often centered on the harmonious marriage of dissimilar materials. She began experimenting with light in her sculptures as a student at the University at Buffalo, where she learned to light the kinetic sculptures of dance. Graduating in 1999 with a BFA in Visual Arts, she transitioned her art into lighting design. She has since designed for Configuration Dance Theatre, Subversive Theatre, Greater Buffalo Youth Ballet, Future Dance, LehrerDance, Danceability, and the fashion extravaganzas produced by Erin Habes, including Runways 1 & 2.0 and all four of the Elmwood Village Association Mass Appeal fashion shows. She has taught lighting design during the CFA summer technical workshops and also gives workshops at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festivals including a wellness talk for designers and technicians.

You can see her work this fall in the "Back to Buffalo 3" a Zodiaque Dance concert featuring choreographers who are former Zodiaque Company dancers and alumni lighting designers who have lit past Zodiaque Dance concerts. This concert is a benefit for the UB Center for the Arts Dance Residency Outreach Program that brings professional dance companies into area schools for workshops, demonstrations and performances. Often these companies also perform at the hospitals as part of the Arts in Healthcare Initiative. Next she will be co-designing two new pieces for LehrerDance premiering in October. You can also see her work at the November 18th Mass Appeal fashion show benefiting the Elmwood Village Association. As exciting as it is to light dance on the stage, Carlie's most exciting aha moments are in the hospital working with patient artists as they enter the flow state of creativity and impassioned new works are produced.

Leah Daniels Houghtaling
Visual Artist

Leah Daniels Houghtaling is a graduate of Buffalo State College (BS, Art Education). Ms. Houghtaling has experience as an art educator in area schools and in Tokyo, Japan. She is currently completing her MS, Ed. in Art Education, researching student engagement, interdisciplinary and holistic approaches to art education.

As a visual artist, Ms. Houghtaling ahs focused primarily on photography and mixed media. She is a member of the National Art Education Association (NAEA), and has a long history of coordinating art programming for summer camps and community service work as well. Ms. Houghtaling is extremely delighted to be collaborating with the Center for the Arts and Women & Children's Hospital of Buffalo.

Susan Reedy
Visual Artist

Susan Reedy is a practicing studio artist and SUNY graduate (MFA, Painting).  Most recently, her work has been exhibited  in "Strange Glue: Collage at 100" at the Thompson Gallery, Massachusetts, "Text", at 440 Gallery, Brooklyn, and "Visual Phrasing" at the Maloney Art Gallery in Morristown, New Jersey.     

Reedy's paintings have been exhibited in New York at OK Harris Gallery, Hewitt Gallery, Pleiades Gallery, and Gallery 84.  Solo and group exhibitions include the Amherst Museum, Castellani Art Museum, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Butler Institute of American Art, and Memorial Art Gallery. Her work is included in museum, private and corporate collections including Mobil Corporation, Memorial Art Gallery, and Hyatt 48 Lex.  Reedy's work may be seen online at The Drawing Center (Viewing Program), Museum Editions, and Pierogi Gallery (Flat Files).

Susan has been working as an Artist in Residence since the program's inception in 2008, and finds the work to be very rewarding and fulfilling.

Margo Davis

Margo Davis is stage, film, commercial, and voice actor with international credits.  Since returning to Buffalo, Margo has created characters on nearly every theatre stage in the area.  You may have also seen her portraying Sara Hinsen or Louise Bethune as part of the Forest Lawn Cemetery programs.  Among her film credits are Ron Howard's Night Shift, Woody Allen's Zelig, and Barry Levinson's The Natural.

Margo has over 400 diverse regional and national voice credits including everything from commercial announcers, Fisher-Price talking toys, to narrations and video game voices.  She studied acting with Sandy Dennis at H.B. Studio in NYC, and voice acting with Pat Fraley of LA.  Under the direction of Gregg Oppenheimer, Margo performs as Lucille Ball's Liz Cooper and Fanny Brice's Baby Snooks in live annual radio broadcasts of My Favorite Husband and Baby Snooks original scripts at the nationally acclaimed Lucyfest.

Holding advanced education degrees and New York State certifications in Theatre, Visual Art, English, and Gifted and Talented Education, Margo has decades of experience teaching the creative arts.   She currently teaches oral communication at SUNY Buffalo State College, and is a Supervisor of student teachers of Theatre for the SUNY system.

An article by Margo titled, "The Power of the Creative", about being an Arts in Healthcare artist-in-residence in a children's hospital, is published in Hektoen International Journal for Medical Humanities.

Rachael Katz has taught at University of Massachusetts Amherst, Summer Institute for the Gifted, and the Juniper Institute for Young Writers. She is the author of Any Berry You Like (iO Books, 2014). Her play, Undark, debuted at Sugar City in Buffalo in November, 2014. 

Susan Hodge Anner is a poet, playwright, and essayist whose work has been performed both locally and in New York, Pittsburgh, Indianapolis, and Washington, D.C. She is a Theatre Instructor at UB, a Writer in Residence with Just Buffalo Literary Center, a member of The Brainstormers Theatre Collective and author of the blog "What I know Right Now." She is also a certified special education teacher and has taught workshops in improving written and verbal communication skills with students with physical, intellectual, and emotional disabilities. 


Artists-in-residence at Roswell Park Cancer Institute  

Ann Frank
Visual Artist and Arts Educator

Ann Frank earned a BFA in technical theater design and production from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music in 1988. She has worked as a theatrical scenic artist and properties artisan for theaters in Ohio, Massachusetts, and New York. Ann also has extensive art education training from Buffalo State College, the Arscura School for Living Art in the Healing and Social Fields, and the High School Teacher Training program at the Center for Anthroposophy in New Hampshire.

Ann runs Art Works Studio in East Aurora where she offers classes, sees private students of all ages, and teaches off-site for various local educational and health organizations. In addition, she has served with Explore & More Children's Museum as their exhibits coordinator since 2004. At present, in her own art, Ann is working mainly in charcoal, pencil and watercolor.  

Barbara Murak
Visual Artist

Barbara Murak is a studio textile artist with over 35 years of experience. Barbara has exhibited her prize-winning work in juried and invitational exhibitions both nationally and internationally, with work in public and private collections in the US as well as in nine countries internationally.  Her work hangs in permanent collections including the Burchfield-Penney Art Center, The Textile Traces Collection, and Petro China.

Barbara's fiber work explores layering of fabrics with intensive hand or machine stitching. Her recent three-dimensional sculptural vessel forms involve the theme of fragility found in nature and in human relationships. Repetition of shape and line inform Barbara's work, and she takes pleasure in the meditative and relaxing qualities of stitching, a direction she extends to the patients she works with at Roswell.  She has also completed several large scale quilts with patients in waiting rooms that currently hang in the hospital.

Barbara's work has been featured in several textile and art therapy publications and she is a 20 year member of the Buffalo Society of Artists. 

Pragna Hathi Wood

Visual Artist

Pragna Hathi Wood is a graduate of the University at Buffalo (MA, Geography). Ms. Wood is a studio artist/painter and also a graduate of the Arscura School for Living Art in the Healing and Social Fields. Using predominantly her fingers, Ms. Wood works intuitively with color and movement using various media including watercolor, oil and acrylics. Currently, she is exploring colors and tension of "turning inside out" as expressed in an inner landscape. Active in various multicultural community settings, Ms. Wood is an art facilitator and conducts workshops with adults and children. An upcoming exhibition of her work can be seen at Studio Hart.

Shelley Hain 

Shelley Hain has earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Dance from the State University of New York at Buffalo, and holds a Master of Arts in Humanities from the University of Houston at Clear Lake City, Texas. Currently Ms. Hain is on the faculty at SUNY at Buffalo in the Theatre and Dance Department instructing classes in Jazz, Tap, Contemporary Modern technique and Creative Movement as well as instructing yoga classes in the Health and Physical Education Department at Niagara County Community College. Shelley has also been on staff with Wellness Education Services at UB focusing on stress reduction through massage and yoga. Shelley Hain is also proud to be on the faculty for the Dance Masters of America Teacher Training School and SHIP Program and conducting classes for the American College Dance Festival.  Besides her teaching responsibilities, Shelley has shared her dance knowledge with countless elementary and high school students as a teaching artist with the Western New York Institute for the Arts in Education. 

Shelley Hain's most recent choreography can be seen in Zodiaque Dance Company, SUNY at Buffalo. Other companies crediting her work are Buffalo Ballet Theatre, Dance Designs, Buffalo Dance Festival as well as musicals for the Alleyway Theatre, Buffalo Jewish Center, Elmwood Franklin School, Mount St. Joseph's Academy, In Good Company and Shakespeare in the Park. Shelley has performed with Floorplay Contemporary Dance Theatre, Nouvelle Dance Ensemble, Zodiaque Dance Company, and Dance Collective, Texas. Ms. Hain has also performed locally while studying with David deMarie, Tom Ralabate, Eugenia Smith, Geraldine Hoffman, and at Dance Masters of America conventions throughout the United States. Throughout her professional career, Shelley Hain has had the pleasure of teaching master classes, choreographing, performing, judging and adjudicating for many creative artists and dance companies locally and internationally.

Shelley Hain is a Licensed Massage Therapist with a private practice.  She also has facilitated the Body Lab focusing on massage for dance majors in the Theatre and Dance Dept. at UB.