Applause! Applause!

Ross faculty, staff, students, and alumni achieve many accomplishments throughout the year, both on and off campus. In celebration of their efforts, we share these accomplishments through a recurring column, Applause! Applause! Below are some of the endeavors undertaken by members of the Ross School community. Congratulations to everyone!

The work of Chris Engel, director of community programs, is currently in a group show titled Ready, Set, Go, which is on display through June 14 at Kramoris Gallery in Sag Harbor. (PHOTO ABOVE)

Dean of Visual Arts Jennifer Cross and Visual Arts instructor Jon Mulhern have work featured in an exhibition of Long Island painters at Peter Marcelle Project, a gallery in Southampton. The show will be on display through June 10 and includes the work of Willem de Kooning, Eric Fischl, and Larry Rivers, among others. On June 9, the gallery will host a reception and fundraiser to benefit Fighting Chance, a free cancer counseling center.

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English instructor Shelby Raebeck is releasing his first novel, Sparrow Beach. It is described as being about the dark cloud of excess that threatens to consume Long Island’s East End, and about the patchwork of characters who live beneath it, those who adapt, finding new paths amidst the changing landscape, and those who refuse to. A book release party will be held on Thursday, June 14, at 5:30pm, at Canio's Bookstore in Sag Harbor.

Visual Arts teacher Ned Smyth’s artwork will be featured in two upcoming exhibitions. His work is currently featured in Beautiful Strangers: Artists Discover the Garden at Berkshire Botanical Garden in Stockbridge, MA. It will be on display through Monday, October 8. Beginning Friday, June 8, his work will be included in Summer, an exhibition of 34 pieces by seven artists that explore the connection between humans and nature. It will be on view at Peter Freeman Gallery in New York City through Friday, July 27.

Congratulations to Greer C. ’21 for her performance in the synchronized swimming Region B Championships in Pennsylvania. She won both the solo and figure events for her age group, qualifying for the USA Synchronized Swimming Junior Olympics in June!


Assistant Director of Student Life Greg Drossel will retire this spring, completing more than 20 years of service to Ross School. To read more about Greg’s contributions to the Ross community, see this piece students wrote about him in 2017.

Ross Art History teacher Therese Lichtenstein curated the exhibition Image Building: How Photography Transforms Architecture, which opened at the Parrish Art Museum March 17. The exhibition is a comprehensive survey that explores the dynamic relationship between architecture, photography, and the viewer. It is accompanied by a catalog published by Prestel Press. The show was reviewed in a number of publications, including Art Forum, World Architecture, The Architect’s Newspaper, 27east, Metropolis magazine, and Hamptons Art Hub. It remains on view at the Parrish through June 17.

Sam Yarabek, English and philosophy teacher, is currently performing in Hampton Theatre Company’s production of Don’t Dress for Dinner. Performances will continue through June 10, and tickets are available through

Larissa Gaias ’07 completed her doctoral studies at Arizona State University in May 2018, at which time she received the Outstanding Graduate Student Award from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. In August, she will commence a postdoctoral position at the University of Washington in Seattle.


 Chrissie Schlesinger recently completed the “Radcliffe ’68 Community Mural,” an artistic project she led in honor of her class’s 50th anniversary of their graduation from Harvard University’s Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. The institution’s Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America will acquire the mural.

The work of English instructor Joseph Kugelmass was recently published in the online publication SpliceToday. Read his latest pieces, which covered the Yanny vs. Laurel auditory phenomenon and the band Sleep.

Naya D. ’21, Kehan F. ’19, Carina F. ’20, Feiyao Han ’19, Paloma L. ’19, Angel Wu ’19, and Dong X. ’20 were awarded student prizes for their submissions to the 11th Annual LongHouse Student Annual.