The King (detail) by Stefanie Rocknak, 2008. Basswood, life-size

Hartwick’s Rocknak Tapped to Teach Courses at Peters Valley and Haystack

January 21, 2013

Hartwick College Associate Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Cognitive Science Program Dr. Stefanie Rocknak has been selected to teach a woodworking course at the Peters Valley Craft Center in the summer of 2013.

According to their website, "Peters Valley Craft Center is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit corporation, founded in 1970 in partnership with the National Park Service to promote and encourage education and excellence in craft." Their summer workshops are the center of their education programs, with over 125 workshops to be offered for adults in 2013, featuring "the most talented instructors from all over the country."

Rocknak's upcoming workshop at Peters Valley is presented for those who want to learn how to animate facial expressions in wood. Students in the course will construct a number of high relief sketches of faces/heads on Basswood boards, with traditional and experimental carving and finishing techniques to be explored. To learn more about Rocknak's upcoming woodworking course at Peters Valley, visit

Last year, Rocknak was also elected to teach a woodworking workshop at the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts. Haystack is an internationally recognized school, offering intensive workshops in a variety of craft media including clay, glass, metals, paper, blacksmithing, weaving, woodworking and more.

"I had a group of very talented and dedicated students, some were in the shop from 8am to 10pm at night," said Rocknak. "The energy was absolutely terrific; my students were not afraid to challenge themselves, and me!"

According to their website, "The unique experience to be found at Haystack is owed to the combination of internationally-renowned instructors, intensive and focused studio time, the exploration of other art forms including music, poetry and dance, a diverse student body, and an award-winning campus. For more than fifty years, the school has created international workshops, conferences, and symposia, innovative sessions for high school students and local residents, a visiting artist program, scholarship opportunities, and more. Haystack continues to evolve with the interests and ideas of those who visit here." To learn more about her woodworking course taught at Haystack in the summer of 2012, visit

Rocknak's woodwork has been nationally and internationally exhibited. Venues include the Smithsonian, the windows of Saks 5th Ave in NYC, the Tampa Museum of Art, and the South Street Seaport Museum. Her work has been featured in multiple publications, including Arts and Antiques and Craft Arts International. Pieces can also be found in the Mariner's Museum, on the Hudson River Sloop, the Clearwater, and in private collections across the United States. Awards include the Grand Prize in the "Margo Harris Hammerschlag Biennial Sculpture Award" and the 167K commission to design and produce a sculpture for Edgar Allan Poe Square in Boston, Massachusetts.

For additional information, visit or contact Rocknak at 607-431-4391 or

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Hartwick College is a private liberal arts and sciences college of 1,500 students, located in Oneonta, NY, in the northern foothills of the Catskill Mountains. Hartwick's expansive curriculum emphasizes a uniquely experiential approach to the liberal arts. Through personalized teaching, collaborative research, a unique January Term, a wide range of internships, and vast study-abroad opportunities, Hartwick ensures that students are prepared for the world ahead. A Three-Year Bachelor's Degree Program and strong financial aid and scholarship offerings keep a Hartwick education affordable.

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