helen schmidtHelen has worked at the River Gallery School for the past twenty years, where she is currently the Director of the Children’s Program. She also teaches sculpture, printmaking and adult studio classes. She studied painting, printmaking and sculpture at Lacoste School for the Arts in Lacoste France, and received her B.A. in printmaking and sociology from Sarah Lawrence College in 1989. She received her MFA in sculpture from Vermont College of Art in 1997. She is interested in the power art has to effect personal and social change, and before moving to Vermont worked as a housing advocate for homeless women in New York City. In Vermont she co-directed Expresso, and expressive arts program for at risk young women, and worked as a legal advocate for victims of domestic violence and taught art classes for incarcerated women. She has exhibited her work throughout New England, and has taught art at Hilltop Montessori, the Putney School and the Community College of Vermont.   www.helenmschimdt.com