Janet Hulstrand, Co-director and Co-founder, is a writer, editor, writing coach, and teacher. Her editorial clients have included Caroline Kennedy, Andrew Young, and Paul Robeson, Jr. , and she has published articles and essays in Smithsonian and the Christian Science Monitor. She writes frequently for Bonjour Paris, France Revisited, France Today, International Educator, and for her blog, Writing from the Heart, Reading for the Road. She created and has taught “Paris: A Literary Adventure,” for City University of New York study abroad programs every summer since 1997, as well as literature classes in Florence, Havana, and Honolulu. She also teaches at Politics & Prose bookstore in Washington, D.C., and Writing from the Heart workshop/retreats in Essoyes, "our" beautiful little village in the Champagne region of France. She is coauthor of Moving On: A Practical Guide to Downsizing the Family Home, and is currently working on A Long Way from Iowa: Living the Dream Deferred, a literary memoir. She divides her time between France and the United States.
Stephen Rueckert, Co-director and Co-founder, is a contemporary sculptor/artist and a teacher with expertise in communicating the fundamental skills of drawing, painting, sculpture, and design through observation, exploration, and interdisciplinary study. Highly skilled in working with beginning and advanced students of all ages, he has advanced knowledge of artistic anatomy and perspective, sculpture and painting, and contemporary art history, and is adept at working with a wide variety of materials and techniques, spanning traditional and non-traditional media as well as emerging technologies. He studied sculpture, drawing, and painting at the Rhode Island School of Design, the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris, the Art Students League, and the New York Academy, and his drawings are in the permanent collections of New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art and The Brooklyn Museum of Art.
His work has been featured in publications such as Art Forum, the New York Times, the Washington Post, Public Art Review, and The New Scientist. His sculptural installation, The Standard Model (abandoned), which explores the crossroads of science and art, linking current scientific models of the universe with his own deeply personal artistic vision, gained international recognition both in the art world and the scientific community. It was followed by a commission from the New York Public Art Fund to create On-On-On, an installation exploring the surface and "gadgetry" of science, at MetroTech Center in Brooklyn.
In 2002, in response to the events of September 11, 2001, Rueckert created Voices of 911, exhibited at the United States Mission to the United Nations, sponsored by Art In Embassies, a U.S. State Department program.
In 2006, he was awarded a Mid-Atlantic Arts Fellowship and received a Millay Foundation Artist Residency.
You can view his work at: evetstrekceur.com