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Art and Art Education

Program Director

  • Judith Burton

    Professor of Art Education
    Program Coordinator
    Office Location: Macy 445A
    Office Hours: Mon, Tue, Wed by appointment: arted@tc.edu
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    Judith Burton

    Dr. Judith M. Burton is Professor and Director of Art & Art Education at Columbia University Teachers College. Before that she was Chair of Art Education at Boston University and taught at the Massachusetts College of Art. Burton received her Ed. D. from Harvard University in 1980. Her research focuses on the artistic-aesthetic development of children, adolescents and young adults and the implications this has for teaching and learning and the culture in general. In 1995 she co-founded the Center for Research in Arts Education at Teachers College, and in 1996 founded the Heritage School – a comprehensive high school featuring the arts – located in Harlem, NYC. Her book Conversations in Art: The Dialectics of Teaching and Learning co-edited with Dr. Mary Hafeli was published in 2012. She is author of numerous articles and chapters and currently has two books in process of publication: She received the Manuel Barkan Award for excellence in research writing, the Lowenfeld Award for lifetime achievement in art education from NAEA and the Ziegfeld Award for services to international art education from INSEA. Dr, Burton is a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts in Great Britain, a Distinguished Fellow of the NAEA, and serves as Distinguished Visiting Professor at the Central Academy of Fine Arts Beijing, China. She was recently awarded an honorary doctorate from the Beaconhouse University, Lahore, Pakistan. She is a trustee of the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, MD, USA and a former trustee of the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Maine, USA.

Faculty

  • Mary Hafeli

    Professor of Art and Art Education
    Office Location: 444E Macy
    Office Hours: By appointment only.
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    Mary Hafeli

    Mary Hafeli (Ed.D., Ed. M., Teachers College, Columbia University; B.F.A., University of Michigan) previously served as Dean of the School of Fine and Performing Arts and Professor of Art Education at the State University of New York at New Paltz, and Graduate Director and Professor of Art Education at Maryland Institute College of Art. Her background as an art educator includes work with children, teens, and adults in schools, museums, community arts centers, and universities. Dr. Hafeli’s research examines the ideas, ways of thinking, decisions, and judgments that characterize the practices of visual and performing artists, both adults and children, as they produce creative work. Her research also investigates the teaching environments in which students' art works are created. Current projects include a study of youth and adult perspectives on “good” teaching, studio and literary forms and practices as methodologies for qualitative research, and an exploration of the qualities and communicative potential of art materials and processes, with implications for teaching. She received the National Art Education Association’s Mary Rouse Award, Manuel Barkan Award, and Marilyn Zurmuehlen Award, all for scholarly contributions to the field. Dr. Hafeli currently serves on the NAEA Research Commission, the Council for Policy Studies in Art Education, and the editorial board of Studies in Art Education. An active artist, her studio work has been shown in galleries and museums across the country.
  • Olga Hubard

    Associate Professor of Art Education
    Office Location: Macy 444D
    Office Hours: By appointment only.
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    Olga Hubard

    Olga Hubard is interested in the humanizing power of art and in how educators can help promote meaningful art experiences for all learners, particularly in museum settings. Her scholarship on this topic, which has been published in numerous academic journals, is informed by a long career in the field. After completing her MA in Art Education, Olga was a museum educator at the Museum of Modern Art for nearly a decade. Concurrently, she worked as a long-term teaching artist at a New York City public elementary school (through Studio in a School). Later on, Olga became Museum Coordinator at the Heritage School, a job that involved integrating experiences in New York City’s cultural institutions into all aspects of the high school curriculum. Prior to joining the faculty of Teachers College, Olga was Head of Education of the Noguchi Museum, where she envisioned, initiated, and oversaw all aspects of new school, family and teen programs. Olga continues to collaborate with art museums across the country, where she gives talks, conducts professional development, and consults on curriculum and program development. She has also taught and presented internationally in China, Japan, Qatar, Brazil, and Mexico. Olga holds doctoral and master’s degrees in art education from Teachers College, an MFA from the School of Visual Arts, and a BA in Art History from the Universidad Iberoamericana (Mexico). She maintains an active art practice.
  • Richard Jochum

    Associate Professor of Art & Education
    Office Location: Macy 444C
    Office Hours: Wednesday 2-4pm
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    Richard Jochum

    Richard Jochum has received his PhD in Philosophy from the University of Vienna (Austria) and an MFA in Sculpture and Media Art from the University of Applied Arts in Vienna (Austria) after having completed undergraduate and graduate studies in political sciences, literature, performance studies, and theology. Richard Jochum has been a media artist since the 1990s. His art work is based in a variety of media, including video, photography and installation, and has been exhibited internationally in more than 100 group and solo exhibitions. He is represented by Gallery Lindner (Austria) and Gallery Bundo (South-Korea), and is a studio member of the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts in New York City. Dr. Jochum has served as a Visiting Professor in the media design department of the University of Applied Sciences in Dornbirn (Austria), and as a Distinguished Visiting Scholar at the American University in Cairo (Egypt). He has lectured at numerous colleges and art schools in Europe, the Middle East, and the U.S. and has been a Visiting Scholar and Adjunct Professor at Teachers College, developing curricula and teaching courses in art and technology, social media, inter-media, visual culture, philosophies of art, curriculum design, and new media art education. Dr. Jochum’s scholarly interests include art-based research practices and higher education pedagogy, as well as new media and media art education. More information can be found on richardjochum.net

Lecturers

  • Iris Bildstein

    Lecturer
    Art and Art Education
    Office Location: Macy 444H
    Office Hours: By appointment only.
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    Iris Bildstein

    Iris Bildstein has received her Ed.M. and Ed.D. in Art and Art Education from Teachers College Columbia University. She holds a B.A. in studio art from Queens College, CUNY. During the nineties, Iris was the director and lead art teacher of a program through Asphalt Green, which provided art programming to underserved NYC public school children (K-12). After receiving her Ed.M. in 2002, she became the director of an alternative art teacher certification program for Studio in a School. Iris was named a recipient of the 2010-2011 General Research Fellowship at Teachers College for her dissertation research. In recent years Iris has taught in several graduate art education programs including Teachers College. Upon completion of her doctoral degree, Iris was appointed as a lecturer to Teachers College’s Art and Art Education program where she coordinates all of student teaching, in addition to teaching several courses. Her research looks at ways in which art teachers reflect upon their teacher education in light of the rigors of contemporary education. She has co-authored, Challenging Thinking: Possibilities and Potentials for Teaching and Learning in the Visual Arts with Dr. Judith Burton, which is slated for publishing. Iris is a member of Kappa Delta Pi and exhibits her paintings/ art work whenever possible.
  • Ami Kantawala

    Lecturer
    Office Location: 444I Macy
    Office Hours: By appointment only.
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    Ami Kantawala

    Dr. Ami Kantawala serves as an adjunct faculty member in the Art and Art Education Program at Teachers College, Columbia University, in New York. She teaches courses in research methods and history of art education in the Program. She also served as a full-time Lecturer and Program Manager in the Arts Administration Program at Teachers College from 2011-13. She completed her BFA in Painting and Metal craft at Sir J. J. School of Applied Art in Bombay, India, and went on to complete her Ed.M. and Ed.D. in Art Education at Teachers College. She completed an extensive training program in Leadership from HERS Wellesley Institute in 2012-13.

Adjuncts

  • Antonio Andrade Bessa

    Adjunct Assistant Professor
    Office Location: 444 Macy
    Office Hours: By appointment only.
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    Antonio Andrade Bessa

    Antonio Sergio Bessa, PhD, graduated from the Steinhardt School of Education—NYU. He is the Director of Curatorial and Educational Programs at The Bronx Museum of the Arts, which he joined in 2003. He is also an Adjunct Professor at Columbia University’s Teachers College, where he teaches Museum Education Issues. A distinguished scholar of concrete poetry, Bessa has organized several critically acclaimed exhibitions on themes related to text-based art, including Double Space (Apex Art, New York, 2000); Re: La Chinoise (Baumgartner Gallery, New York, 2002); Animating Fahlström, (BAWAG Foundation, Vienna, and the Institut d’Art Contemporain, Lyon, France, 2002); and How to Read (2005), and Paulo Bruscky: Art Is Our Last Hope (2013), both at The Bronx Museum of the Arts He also collaborated with Deborah Cullen at the 3rd Trienal Poli/Gráfica de San Juan Puerto Rico, in 2012. His essays on concrete poetry have been published in several anthologies, including Öyvind Fahlström (Gothenburg, Sweden: Ord & Bild, 1998), Architectures of Poetry (Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2004), The Sound of Poetry / The Poetry of Sound (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2009), Poetry Goes Visual (Bremen, Germany: Weserburg Museum, 2012), and Specters of Artaud (Madrid: Museo Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, 2012). In addition, Bessa’s essays and articles have been featured in several journals, including OEI (Stockholm, Sweden) and Cabinet and Zingmagazine (New York), and on websites including UBU and fahlstrom. He is the author of Öyvind Fahlström: The Art of Writing (Chicago: Northwestern University Press, 2009), and editor of Novas: Selected Writings of Haroldo de Campos (Chicago: Northwestern University Press, 2007) and Mary Ellen Solt: Toward a Theory of Concrete Poetry (Stockholm: OEI, 2010).
  • Sheyda Ardalan

    Adjunct Assistant Professor
    Office Location: Macy 444I
    Office Hours: By appointment only.
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    Sheyda Ardalan

    Dr. Ardalan teaches the fieldwork observation class. She is an Iranian artist and art educator who was born in London and has lived in Switzerland, Egypt, Turkey, Spain, Iran, England, and USA. She received her International Baccalaureate from Tehran International School and attended Pratt Institute in Brooklyn NY where she graduated with a BA in Illustration. Sheyda attended Teachers College, Columbia University and received her MA and EdD in Art & Art Education. Sheyda teaches Studio Art and Computer Art at Greenwich High School in Greenwich, CT and is an instructor of Art and Art Education at Teachers College. She has taken her high school students to Mexico and Spain and values the experience of travel. She paints with oils and her subjects vary from vivid landscapes to abstract, nonrepresentational experiences. Sheyda's dissertation explores the relationships of practical experiences of mentorship to artistic learning and argues for the importance of non-formal, professional learning that takes place outside schools.
  • Joy Moser

    Adjunct Associate Professor of Art Education
    Office Location: 444D Macy
    Office Hours: By appointment only.
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    Joy Moser

    Dr. Moser joined the faculty in the Fall 1992. She received her doctorate in Art Education from New York University where she also served on the faculty, first as an Assistant Professor of Art Education and later as Program Chair. Dr. Moser founded and ran a storefront program in the arts for young children; she has considerable experience working with the public schools and museums in New York City. In 1987, Dr. Moser retired from New York University and devoted herself to full time painting. She has several highly acclaimed exhibitions of her work in and around the city. Dr. Moser teaches advanced painting and Art in Visual Culture.
  • Kristine Puffer

    Adjunct Assistant Professor
    Office Location: 444I Macy
    Office Hours: By appointment only.
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    Kristine Puffer

    Kristine Puffer is an educator and researcher interested in veteran artists and the psychological processes of visual art making. She holds an Ed.D. and Ed.M. in Art Education from Teachers College Columbia University and a M.A. in Educational Psychology from New York University. Kristine worked in the education departments of many museums throughout New York including The Noguchi Museum, the Museum of Modern Art, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the Olana State Historic Site, and the National Academy Museum and School of Fine Arts where she served as Curator of Education. Kristine advised for School Programs at the de Young Fine Arts Museums in San Francisco, CA, and for the Spruill Center for the Arts in Atlanta, GA. During her eight years with Teachers College, Kristine worked for the Reading and Writing Project and for the Art Education Program as the INSTEP coordinator, a graduate instructor, and thesis advisor.
  • Lisa Jo Sagolla

    Adjunct Assistant Professor
    Office Location: Macy 444E
    Office Hours: By Appointment.
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    Lisa Jo Sagolla

    An arts educator, consultant, critic, choreographer, and historian, Lisa Jo Sagolla received her Ed.D. in Art and Art Education and her M.A. in Dance and Dance Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. She also earned a B.A. in Music Education from the College of William and Mary. Her first book, The Girl Who Fell Down: A Biography of Joan McCracken (Northeastern University Press), was a finalist for the Theatre Library Association’s George Freedley Memorial Award for best book in the area of theatre or live performance. Her second book, Rock ‘n’ Roll Dances of the 1950s (Greenwood Press/ABC-CLIO), is part of the social-history, reference book series “The American Dance Floor.” Sagolla has been the dance critic, dance and movement columnist, and a theatre critic for the entertainment-industry trade publication Back Stage, and a dance critic for The Kansas City Star. She has choreographed more than 75 productions for Off-Broadway, regional, summer stock, and university theatres and has taught for 30 years in K-12, studio, and college settings, including Columbia University, New York University, and Marymount Manhattan College. She has also served as an arts education assessment and curriculum development consultant for such institutions as the Lincoln Center Institute, New York City Ballet, Dance Theatre of Harlem, and Chicago Moving Company.

Instructors

  • Marta Cabral

    Instructor Of Art & Art Education, Art for Classroom Teachers
    Office Location: 400 Russl
    Office Hours: By appointment only.
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    Marta Cabral

    Marta Cabral has been professionally teaching in classrooms and other settings for over 16 years. Having taught in Early Childhood, Elementary Education, and Graduate School levels, her rich and wide experiences as an educator allow her to relate to professionals in diverse contexts and different grade levels. Her many experiences as an educator (in America, Europe, and Asia) include classroom teaching; coordinating early childhood programs in early childhood and in art, for infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and kindergartners; and consultancy and training for educators and art educators. At Columbia University’s Teachers College, Marta’s current experience in teaching and supervising future educators (both preK-12 art teachers, and general education early childhood teachers) provides her additional insights into professional development and possibilities of art integration in the core curriculum. Marta holds several degrees in education that have examined Early Childhood Education and Art Education, including Masters degrees in Art and Art Education, and in Educational Sciences. Some other academic degrees Marta holds include Elementary Education and Adult Education. She is currently undergoing doctoral studies at Columbia University’s Teachers College in the Interdisciplinary Studies Program, grounding herself and her work both in the Art and Art Education, and in the Early Childhood Education Programs. As an educator and a researcher, Marta regularly presents her work at national and international conferences, and has several publications in the field of education.
  • Tara Geer

    Office Location: 444I
    Office Hours: By appointment only.
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    Tara Geer

    Tara Geer got her BA from Columbia University with a double major in Art and Art History, graduating Magna Cum Laude & Phi Beta Kappa. She went back on a Teaching Fellowship for her MFA. Drawing is her primary and beloved medium. She has drawings in the collections of the Morgan Museum & Library, the Parrish Museum and the Harlem Children's Art Fund. She shows nationally in galleries, including Tibor de Nagy, The Drawing Center registry and the Four Seasons Hotel in Wyoming. Last year she had solo shows in LA at the Aran Cravey gallery, and in NY at Glenn Horowitz bookseller & gallery. There is a limited edition monograph published, Carrying Silence: Drawings by Tara Geer. She has been teaching drawing for 3 decades: in every borough of NYC, every age, in public and private school. Recently, besides drawing, she has been teaching classes out of her studio in Harlem, and in the Department of Visual Arts at Columbia and in Art & Art Education at Teachers College. She trains teachers and staff in Visual Thinking Strategies at the Brooklyn Museum, El Museo, St John the Divine, the Joan Mitchell Foundation among others. She has also worked at WNYC, the NY public radio station, writing and producing award-winning culture pieces for "Morning Edition," "Studio 360," Leonard Lopate and other national programs. She received the Loius Sudler Prize for excellence in the Arts and the Joan Sovern prize. She has a special interest in visual processing and cognition.
  • Mahbobe Ghods

    Instructor Of Art & Art Education, Printmaking
    Office Location: Macy 56/58
    Office Hours: Thursday 3pm - 4pm and 7pm - 8pm
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    Mahbobe Ghods

    Mahbobe Ghods holds an EdD in Art Education from Teachers College, Columbia University, an MFA and a BA from Lehman College. She teaches printmaking and new media courses and she has exhibited her work nationally and internationally. Dr. Ghods is the recipient of several fellowships, grants, and awards, and has presented her research at CAA, NAEA, and INSEA at the University of Heidelberg. Her research interest is learning and teaching in the arts, with special regards to media processes. Currently, she is teaching printmaking courses at Teachers College.
  • Sean Justice

    Instructor
    Office Location: Myers Media Art Studio, 51C Thorndike
    Office Hours: See schedule on http://mmas.pressible.org 212-678-3925
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    Sean Justice

    Sean Justice advises students and faculty on the use of digital technologies in education. His research looks at how teachers and schools learn to teach with computers. His teaching practice includes courses in digital fabrication, creative coding, web design, digital montage, photography and digital fine art printing. His art practice spans still and moving lens-based and lens-less pictures, interactive poetry, and jokes.
  • Andrea Kantrowitz

    Instructor Of Art & Art Education, Drawing
    Office Location: 400 Russl
    Office Hours: By appointment only.
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    Andrea Kantrowitz

    Andrea Kantrowitz is an artist, researcher and teacher, whose doctoral study investigated the cognitive dimensions of contemporary artists’ drawing practices. She holds a B.A in Art and Cognition from Harvard University and a MFA in Painting from Yale, teaches foundation drawing at Pratt Institute, and is an adjunct professor in the graduate program in art education at the College of New Rochelle. She has also worked for many years as a teaching artist in the New York City public schools, and has been involved in multiple local and national educational research projects. Her own art work has been exhibited nationally and is represented by Kenise Barnes Fine Art in Larchmont NY.
  • Linda Kourkoulis

    Instructor Of Art & Art Education, Printmaking
    Office Location: 444I Macy
    Office Hours: No office hours have been posted.
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    Linda Kourkoulis

    Ms. Kourkoulis is an instructor of Printmaking and Field Observations for the Art and Art Education Program at Teachers College and an art teacher at a NYCDOE public elementary school that hosts the ASD Nest Program for high functioning students with autism spectrum disorders. Her scholarly interests include creating art lessons with multi-modal and multimedia approaches and exploring what may be learned about children’s ability to think reflectively as a tool for self-discovery when engaged in critical appraisal of their art-making process. Ms. Kourkoulis is working on a comparative study of the network of influences that might shape the artistic expression and thinking of fifth grade students when engaged in the same unit of art study in their respective local environments in New York and Ghana. She will be returning to Ghana, Africa this summer to continue teaching art as part of her current research project. Ms. Kourkoulis’ silkscreen prints, lithographs and etchings, exhibited in the US and abroad, explore the resilience of nature and the continuum of time through land and seascape inspired iconic ‘maps’. Currently a doctoral student in the A&AE Program, Ms. Kourkoulis holds an Ed.M. from Teachers College and earned her BFA at the School of Visual Arts.
  • Eliza Lamb

    Instructor Of Art & Art Education, Photography for Educators
    Office Location: 444I Macy
    Office Hours: By appointment only.
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    Eliza Lamb

    Eliza Lamb is a fine art photographer with an extensive background in many facets of the art world, including curation, education, and administration. Her photographs have won numerous awards and accolades and have been featured in exhibitions and publications around the world. Eliza currently teaches Photography for Educators at Teachers College, and writes on current issues affecting artists for publications such as PDN, Don’t Take Pictures and the NAEA News. She is also currently serving as Vice President of the NAEA Public Policy and Arts Administration Special Interest Group.
  • Thomas Lollar

    Art and Art Education, Ceramics
    Office Location: Macy 59
    Office Hours: Mon. 3-4 or by appointment
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    Thomas Lollar

    Thomas Lollar has been at TC since 1988. Previously, Tom Lollar taught at the Parsons School of Design/New School for Social Research. He has exhibited extensively in the United States and his ceramic works are in the collections of the Museum of Arts and Design and the Cooper Hewitt/Smithsonian Institution. In 2004 and 2005 Tom Lollar was a Visiting Artist/Scholar at the American Academy in Rome where he researched ancient maps and Renaissance drawings of ancient objects. In 2004, Tom Lollar was commissioned by Dr. Judith Burton to create a large ceramic mural depicting aerial views of Teachers College/Columbia University for the lobby of Whittier Hall.
  • James Long

    Instructor Of Art & Art Education, Sculpture
    Office Location: 444B Macy
    Office Hours: By appointment only.
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    James Long

    James Long received his BFA from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania, his MFA from Bowling Green State University and his MA in Art Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. He had exhibited his work nationally and internationally. He was acknowledged by the James Renwick Association in Washington DC for his excellence in working with wood. He completed a residency at the Franconia Sculpture Park in Franconia, Minnesota as a Open Studio Artist and his work was used for the cover of the children’s book “Baltimore Counts”. In addition to teaching Introduction to Sculpture and Advanced Sculpture courses at Teachers College He has taught sculpture courses in continuing education at the University of Texas and the Maryland Institute College of Art. He has taught art classes for the Austin Museum of Art. He worked as an art educator for the Peace Corps in Ghana, West Africa and received an American India Foundation Teaching Fellowship, working in Central India with the organization Action Aid.
  • Cesar Reyes

    Instructor Of Art & Art Education, Ceramics
    Office Location: 444B Macy
    Office Hours: By appointment only.
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    Cesar Reyes

    Cesar Reyes graduated from Wheaton College ('97) and Teachers College, Columbia University ('01). He is currently head of the Art + Innovation Department at Taipei American School and has taught Ceramics at Teachers College for over a decade. His work in education emphasizes “high tech—high touch” practices including interactive, video, performance and installation art. His latest project is the “Art Garden”, a long-term student-run collaborative rooftop project experimenting with concepts of cultural landscapes, resilience, raw problem-solving and deliberate design. He has won numerous grants and has spoken about the project at conferences in Shanghai, Hong Kong, Manila, Taipei and Saudi Arabia. His artistic practice ranges from architectural ceramics to conceptual paintings on narrative film. He has shown primarily in New York and Taiwan. In addition, he has published articles in the Hong Kong art magazine Pipeline and advises on contemporary art throughout Asia.
  • Catherine Rosamond

    Instructor Of Art & Art Education, Painting
    Office Location: 444I Macy
    Office Hours: By appointment only.
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    Catherine Rosamond

    Cathy Rosamond is a doctoral candidate (ABD) in the Art & Art Education program at Teachers College. Her current research interests include inquiry stance of contemporary artists, and investigating different approaches to teaching art in higher education. At TC, Cathy teaches painting (Intro to Painting, Community Painting and Independent Study in painting) and she is one of the field supervisors in the M.A. student teaching program. She is also a Senior Museum Educator at the Museum of Arts and Design (MAD), an instructor in the Art Education Department at CUNY, Queens College, and an art consultant (painting studio) at AHRC New York League, which serves individuals with developmental disabilities. In the studio, Cathy works with mixed media. Her sculptures, renderings, installations and design work have been exhibited in several galleries in the U.S. since 1996. Her latest exploration in the studio is creating imaginary landscapes by applying multiple layers of hand-drawn renderings on digital images. Cathy posits that her latest process and the finished artwork fall somewhere between drawing/painting and digital photography, thus questioning, blurring and even erasing the line between hand-made artwork and digital fabrication.
  • Gerard Vezzuso

    Art and Art Education, Photography
    Office Location: Myers Media Art Studio, 51C Thorndike
    Office Hours: By appointment only.
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    Gerard Vezzuso

    Jerry Vezzuso is an educator at Teachers College, School of Visual Arts, The International Center of Photography, and NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. Recent group shows include The Museum at the School of Visual Arts, The School of the International Center of Photography, The Museum of the City of New York in 2000 & 2001, and New Century Artist Gallery in Chelsea. Recent collections include the Brooklyn Museum of Art and the Museum of the City of New York. Recent Publications include Double Take magazine (fall 2001); The Postcard Book, published by fotofolio. Mr. Vezzuso was also the recipient of the prestigious NYFA Artist Grant in 2004, and has curated numerous shows, including Emerging New Artists in 1999, 2000, and 2005. He was a panel member of the Society for Photographic Education “Creating Community” discussion in 1999. Mr. Vezzuso has published a number of his photographic books, including New American Haircuts, and his work has appeared in publications such as The New York Times, Vanity Fair, Manhattan Ink, Essence, and others. Jerry has also had much experience as a Master Printer for many leading fine art photographers including Nan Goldin, Philip Lorca diCorcia and Gregory Crewdson. Jerry’s recent work is currently in video.