Sawtooth School Hires Two New Program Directors

Sawtooth School for Visual Art recently hired two new program directors: C. Stephen Hurst as Director of Photography and Josie Vogel as Director of Woodworking.

Executive Director Amy Jordan says, “Steven and Josie bring such a wealth of experience as both artists and educators. We are thrilled to welcome these two incredible artists to Winston-Salem and to the Sawtooth community.”

Pictured: Stephen Hurst

Stephen Hurst recently moved to Winston-Salem from New York City where he spent many years as a professional photographer and instructor at the International School of Photography. Hurst is a self-taught photographer who emphasizes connection, anticipation, and communication through his process; some of Hurst’s photography clients have included the Disney Family Foundation, Nike, and Columbia Business School. Hurst holds a B.F.A. in Cinema Studies from New York University Tisch School of the Arts. Learn more about his work at

Hurst notes, “Photography is extremely important to me and I look forward to working with Sawtooth’s incredible instructors to grow, foster, and support new creative voices within this community.”

Pictured: Josie Vogel

Josie Vogel is an artist, woodworker, and educator living and working in central North Carolina. While obtaining a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in sculpture at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, she fell in love with woodworking and continues to develop her arts practice out of her ever-growing woodshop. Vogel brings a unique range of experience from working in fabrication, education, the nonprofit sector, and hospitality. Learn more about her work at

Vogel adds, “I hope to facilitate an environment of curiosity and creativity in the wood department, and to support the instructors and students who make Sawtooth such a phenomenal place to create.”

More information about Sawtooth’s photography and woodworking programs can be found at