Ayelet is a public art and social practice curator focused on art, education and wellness. She serves as a curatorial consultant at Residency Unlimited (RU), NYC and was the lead curator for IDEAS xLab - cultivating artists as agents of change. Ayelet curated “Re:Construction” public art projects for Alliance for Downtown NY; public video art in Times Square with ZAZ10 and projects with the International Artists’ Museum at the 51st & 52nd Venice Biennales. Recent publications include Then and Now - a Harlem Renaissance curriculum guide with the Wallach Gallery at Columbia; Natchez: Inclusion and Soaps in Concinnitas: The Journal of the Institute of Arts /University of Rio de Janeiro and Seeing the Unseen in Trends - The Texas Art Education Journal. Aldouby served as the president of the NAEA Community Art Caucus (CAC), instructs Community Arts - Field work, and is currently pursuing an Ed.D. in Art Education. Ayelet is also a yoga instructor, avid hiker and photographer.
Jaymes Dec is the Chair of Innovation and a technology teacher at the Marymount School of New York. After graduating from the Interactive Telecommunications Program at NYU, he served as the Program Manager at GreenFab, a National Science Foundation program for high school students from the South Bronx that taught science, technology, engineering, and math skills through classes on sustainable design and green technologies. Jaymes was named a “Teacher of the Future” by the National Association of Independent Schools and a Senior Fab Learn Fellow by Stanford University. He is the co-author of Make: Tech DIY: Easy Electronics Projects for Parents and Kids.
Aimee is currently pursuing an Ed.D.DCT in Art Education and holds an Ed.M. from Teachers College. She has a M.F.A. from SUNY New Paltz and a B.A. from Baldwin Wallace University. Aimee’s research interest involves examining the intersection of embodied learning and ceramics, and how the embodied practices of ceramics can be explored in higher education. Aimee is also interested in how the educational setting can influence art making practices and subsequent artworks. As an active artist and educator, she brings both her movement and artist practices to the classroom, where she challenges students to both experiment with the material and consider the role of the body as a tool. Aimee’s artistic individual works and installations are held in private collections and exhibited in galleries nationwide.
Dr. Gao is an established artist and passionate educator who has taught art and art education for twenty years. He obtained a Doctor of Education degree in art and art education from Teachers College, Columbia University, an MA from University for the Creative Arts (Britain), an MFA from Boston University College of Fine Arts, and a BA from Tsinghua University (China). In addition to his multidisciplinary art practice, Dr. Gao teaches painting courses in the Art and Art Education Program at Teachers College and gives lectures at art schools in China. Besides serving in different advisory committees, he presented at national and international conferences and conducted workshops in world-renowned institutions, such as The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and National Art and Art Education Association. His teaching passions include painting, drawing, photography, graphic design, digital art, visual culture, art theory, and art education. Many of his artworks are collected by internationally acclaimed American and Chinese institutions and are published in various art books and periodicals.
Mahbobe Ghods is an artist, printmaker, and researcher living and working in New York. Mahbobe works and teaches in all processes of printmaking and uses multiple processes in her art work. Her most recent works combines lithography, woodblock, collage, and etching.
Mahbobe holds an EdD in Art Education from Teachers College, an MFAand a BA from Lehman College. Mahbobe teaches printmaking at Teachers College, Columbia University.
She has presented her research nationally and internationally. Dr.Ghods is the recipient of several fellowships, grants, and awards. Shehas presented her research at CAA, NAEA, SIS and INSEA at theUniversity of Heidelberg. Her research interest is the transition andchange in the arts in advent of new media.
Mahbobe’s prints are exhibited nationally and internationally and are in many different collections. In 2021 Her work was named “the best workon paper” at the Guild Hall Museum in East Hampton, New York. She hasdone special edition books, artists books, published illustrated books
AUTUMNLIN has a passion for storytelling using fashion, art, and technology. She is a doctoral student at Columbia University, Teachers College (TC), where she explores personal/cultural narratives by combining textiles with technology (such as 3D printing/scanning, laser-cutting, e-textiles, digital embroidery, and AI). Before coming to TC, she spent 6+ years teaching fashion and technology at the university level. Her academic background includes a certificate in Creative Technologies (TC), a master's degree in Fashion Design (Drexel University), and a bachelor's degree in Textiles/Fibers (The University of the Arts).
In addition to her academic work, AUTUMNLIN runs an independent avant-garde fashion label. Her work has been featured in short films, music videos, theatre, television, and advertising for clients such as YKK USA, MAC Cosmetics, Rihanna, Cher, and Steve Aoki. Her work has walked the runways of Altaroma (Italy) and NY Fashion Week and been featured in Harper's Bazaar Vietnam and British Vogue editorials.
Hyunsoo Alice Kim is a multidisciplinary artist, designer, entrepreneur, curator, researcher and educator. Her works have been invited to numerous international exhibitions and conferences including the U.S., Japan, Korea, Hong Kong, Germany and France. She is also a recipient of Myers Art Prize, HGA Research Scholarship, and Ministry of Education Research Grant (South Korea). Her research interests include textiles, digital fabrication, sustainable maker education, holistic education and social justice. She is currently an Ed.D.CT candidate, a Thingspace fellow, and an adjunct instructor at Teachers College.
Hyunsoo holds a BFA in Textiles from Rhode Island School of Design and an MS in Textile Design from Philadelphia University. She also studied at Parsons School of Design (AAS Fashion Marketing) and Central Saint Martins (MA Textile Futures) in London, UK. Before coming to TC, she was an adjunct professor at Ewha Womans University and Seoul Women’s University for seven years.
Thomas W. Lollar is a master sculptor who creates works in ceramic, marble, and metal and reimagines architectural, geographical, and historical narratives. His broad range of subjects are rendered in both frontal bas-relief and aerial views. The unique surface colors with which the works are finished are the result of a unique combination of media that arises from applying copper, bronze, and platinum metallic paints and glazes.
Ashley Mask is an artist, art museum educator, and instructor who engages with a variety of museum audiences including K-12 teachers and students, university students, and people with disabilities. She currently works as a museum educator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and serves as a co-editor for Instructional Resources in the journal Art Education. Her doctoral research centered on novice art museum educators and their experiences upon entering the field. Prior to beginning her doctoral work, Ashley led the education departments at the Rubin Museum of Art in New York City and the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art in Boulder, Colorado. She has taught museum studies, museum education, photography, and leadership studies courses at several universities, and she has worked with a variety of community organizations and arts commissions as an evaluator, researcher, and organizer. She holds an EdD from the Art and Art Education program at Teachers College, an MSEd in Leadership in Museum Education from Bank Street College, an MFA in Photography from the University of Delaware, and a BFA in Sculpture and Photography from the University of Montevallo.
Nisha Nair is an art educator who is deeply interested in how meaningful art experiences can propel individual and social transformation, and in how teachers can promote such experiences for diverse learners. She is the Founder & Executive Director of ArtSparks Foundation, a nonprofit that uses visual art & design to foster 21st century learning and life skills in over 4000 children from underserved communities in India. ArtSparks also supports the development of teachers and local community women artists-facilitators. Prior to ArtSparks, Nisha served as program director at Studio in a School, where she oversaw all aspects of bringing quality visual arts programming to 78 NYC public schools. Her tenure in education also includes serving as facilitator, researcher, curriculum specialist, and teacher educator at the Harlem Children’s Zone, UNESCO, and Art21. Nisha is an award-winning designer recognized for her work for the Smithsonian, National Endowment for the Humanities, NASA, and more.
Erin Riley is the Mr. and Mrs. Alexander Jackson Director of the Engineering and Design Lab at Greenwich Academy, a preK-12 independent school for girls. Working in a hands-on studio/lab environment for 20 years has allowed Erin to mentor students at the intersection of art, design, and engineering. Erin is among the first cohort of Senior FabLearn Fellows at Teachers College where she writes on the topic of maker education, curriculum design, and STEAM. She holds an MFA from Maryland Institute College of Art and is the author of The Art of Digital Fabrication from CMK Press.
Bat-Ami Rivlin is a New York-based sculptor. She holds an MFA from Columbia University School of the Arts (2019), and a BFA from School of Visual Arts, New York (2016). Rivlin was most recently a NADA House Governor’s Island Residency Fellow (2020) and is currently an A.I.R. Gallery Fellow (2020-2021). Rivlin utilizes found and surplus objects to create installation and sculptural works that explore conceptual spaces between object ontology, material function, and bodily characteristics. Her work has been most recently included in venues such as A.I.R. Gallery, Brooklyn, NY (2021); Anonymous Gallery, New York (2021); Susan Inglett, New York (2021); Miriam Gallery, Brooklyn, NY (2021); Public Swim, New York (2020); New York Live Arts, New York (2020); PS122 Gallery, New York (2020); M 2 3, New York (2020); Fredric Snitzer Gallery, Miami (2019); and the Jewish Museum, New York (2019). Rivlin was the subject of a solo exhibition 'No Can Do' at M 2 3, New York (2021) and It All Trembles at NARS Foundation, Brooklyn, NY (2019). Rivlin is currently Head of Programming at the New York based nonprofit University Council of Art Education.
Carolina Rojas is a Colombian artist, designer, and educator who has lived and worked between Bogotá and New York. Her art and design education work spans 18 years. She served as an Associate Professor (undergraduate and master’s) for nine years in the School of Design at Universidad de Los Andes, Bogotá. Carolina is pursuing an Ed.D.CT. in Art and Art Education at Teachers College, where she teaches studio practice and is an Art Education Design Fellow. Carolina is a recipient of the Fulbright Doctoral Fellowship (2019). She previously earned an M.F.A. in Digital Arts from Pratt Institute, New York, and a Specialist Degree in Design and Television Production from Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Bogotá. Carolina has a B.A. with a focus on Electronic Media and Time Arts from Universidad de Los Andes, Bogotá. Carolina’s current art practice and research connect art, design, education, and the natural sciences. Her artwork ranges from analog and digital drawings to taxidermy, ceramics, sculptural assemblages, and installations. Her pedagogical and artistic productions have received recognition through collective and individual presentations and exhibitions. Currently, her work is part of Sketch Gallery. In addition, she has developed illustration, editorial, and graphic design projects for local and international agencies and institutions.
David Sheinkopf is a creative technologist with a background in education and arts administration. His skill set and body of work is diverse-- designing and building custom electronics for the world’s biggest brands, developing curriculum for students (from age 9 to 60), and creating public programming at the intersection of arts and technology. In 2015, Sheinkopf co-founded Smooth Technology, an experiential production studio that designs, builds and implements specialized technology solutions. There, he has been responsible for carrying projects from conception to completion for clients ranging from multinational corporations (Cisco Systems, Google) to pop stars (Taylor Swift, Mariah Carey). Previously, Sheinkopf established and directed the education and technology departments at Pioneer Works, a Brooklyn-based arts and science nonprofit. Over his six year tenure, he managed a wide-range of artists, courses, students, teachers and curricula. He also created public programming and events that still occur annually, including a 3D-printed boat race (The Red Hook Regatta), a hackathon (Hack Red Hook), creative technology conference (Software for Artists Day), and an education collaboration with Google (Art x Code). David has also spent over a decade in the classroom, teaching at The Churchill School in Manhattan. There, he developed a curriculum for teaching analog and digital electronics to high school students, preparing them for life in an increasingly computerized world. He continues to teach VR and Physical Computing at Teachers College, Columbia University.
When not teaching, building, or programming, you can find David fixing bicycles, composing music, or barbecuing for his friends and family.
Sharon Vatsky supervised school, youth, teacher, and family programs at the Guggenheim Museum for twenty years, leaving that position in 2021. From 1990 to 2000 she served as Curator of Education at the Queens Museum where she formulated programming for dozens of exhibitions of modern and contemporary art.
Vatsky teaches graduate courses in museum education at New York University and Teachers College, Columbia University, and has taught college level courses in drawing, design, art history, and arts education. She holds graduate degrees from the State University of New York at Albany and Hartford Art School, as well as an undergraduate degree from New York University. She is the author of Museum Gallery Experiences: A Handbook (Lanham, Md.: Rowman and Littlefield / American Alliance of Museums, 2018), and is working on a second book focusing on gallery and virtual museum teaching.
Erika Vogt is a sculptor who lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. Vogt’s sculptures have taken the form of installations and collaborative theatrical performances. She works materially across mediums including time. Past institutional solo exhibitions have included the New Museum in New York, the Hepworth Wakefield in West Yorkshire, and Triangle France in Marseille. Her work has been exhibited and screened at institutions including Musée d’Art moderne de la Ville de Paris, MIT’s List Visual Arts Center, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Hammer Museum, the Museum of Modern Art, the Centre Pompidou, and REDCAT. Theatrical commissions include The Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 2014 and Performa in New York City in 2015.
For over two decades, E.Y. Zipris has studied, worked in, lectured, and written about museums. Formerly the Director of Education at the Museum of the City of New York, E.Y. is thrilled to be back at Teachers College where she earned her EdM in Art Education and Museum Studies. In addition, E.Y. has an MA in Museum Anthropology from Columbia University. E.Y.'s course, Museum Experiences Across Disciplines, highlights education within cultural institutions as a means for transforming museum culture from the inside out. One of E.Y.’s proudest achievements is founding the Teaching Social Activism Conference at the Museum of the City of New York. She lives in the Upper West Side with her husband and daughter. Or as she likes to think of them, her built in museum buddies. E.Y. loves engaging with her students both in and out of the classroom and welcomes anyone with an interest in museology to be in touch!
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