Distinguished Alumni

Graduates of the Program in Art and Art Education secure positions and start initiatives in schools, colleges and universities, museums, non-profits and NGOs, research firms, and state and federal arts and education agencies, among other settings. Wherever they go, they bring their commitment to promoting deep learning and meaningful art experiences for all learners.

Artist in Residence, Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine, NYC

Wyatt is an American representational sculptor who works primarily in cast bronze and is the sculptor-in-residence at the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine in New York City.

His father was William Stanley Wyatt, a painter and professor of fine arts at Columbia University and the City College of New York. Greg Wyatt graduated from Columbia College in 1971 with a B.A. in Art History and earned a master's degree in ceramic arts from Teachers College in 1974. 

(1953-     )

Known for his appropriation of paintings, sculptures, and performances by 20th-century masters such as Picasso, Warhol, Duchamp and Pollock. A central member of the appropriationist movement in 1980s New York, Bidlo associated with Philip Taaffe and Sherrie Levine.

(1921 - 2012)
National and International Art Educator
Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore

Hurwitz's career in art education spanned 50 years and included teaching at all levels, as well as serving as supervisor of art in the Miami-Dade County (Fla.) school system, the Newton (Mass.) Public Schools, and Chair of Art Education at the Maryland Institute College of Art. During his tenure in Massachusetts, he studied at Teachers College and earned his doctorate in art education from the Pennsylvania State University. Hurwitz was active in international art education and served as president of both the National Art Education Association (NAEA) and International Society for Education through Art (INSEA). Among his co-authored works are the classic texts Children and Their Art and Memory and Experience

Weaver and Educator, Kean College, New Jersey

A fine arts teacher for almost 30 years at Kean College, a Distinguished Fellow in the National Art Education Association, and the author of many books and technical papers on the crafts disciplines. Greenberg was one of the early founders of the New York–based University Council for Art Education.

(1908 - 1995)


McNeil attended Pratt Institute, the Art Students League and Teachers College.  He was one of the founding members of the American Abstract Artists group. McNeil was one of the few abstract artists whose work was selected for the New York World's Fair in 1939. During World War II, he served in the U.S. Navy.

Throughout his career as a painter, McNeil commanded a mastery technique, capable of creating paintings of rich texture, depth and color. In 1989, McNeil was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

(1913 - 1967)


Ad Reinhardt was an abstract painter active in New York from the1930s to the 1960s. He was part of the movement centered on the Betty Parsons Gallery that became known as Abstract Expressionism. He was also a founding member of the Artists Club. He wrote and lectured extensively on art and was a major influence on conceptual art, minimal art and monochrome painting. Most famous for his "black" or "ultimate" paintings, he claimed to be painting the "last paintings" that anyone can paint. He believed in a philosophy of art he called Art-as-Art and used his writing and satirical cartoons to advocate for abstract art and against what he described as "the disreputable practices of artists-as-artists." He attended Columbia University from 1931 to 1935 and took painting classes at Teachers College. 

(1914 - 2002)

Ed Rossbach was an innovative weaver, mastering ancient techniques using new and unorthodox materials, such as plastics and newspaper. He is considered by many to be the pre-eminent influence in the United States in the rise of basketry as a sculptural art form. Rossbach is also known for incorporating unconventional imagery, including pop culture references, in his work. He taught painting and textile design at the University of Washington and the University of California, Berkeley, and wrote books on fiber arts. He received his B.A. from the University of Washington, Seattle, his M.A. from Teachers College and M.F.A. from Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, Mich.

(1925 -      )
Ceramic Artist and Educator, Pennsylvania

Completed his graduate degree from Columbia University Teachers College in 1952. Taught ceramics at state colleges in Iowa and later New York; spent forty years in the Industrial Design Department and Crafts Department at Philadelphia College of Art (now The University of the Arts) in Philadelphia. Received honorary doctorates from both the Maine College of Art and University of the Arts, and awards from the College Art Association and the Pew Center for Arts and Heritage. Daley has been long associated with Haystack Mountain School of Crafts and is one of the foremost ceramic artists in the United States. 


Martin is considered one of the great painters of the Abstract Expressionist period and an iconic American artist. Her paintings of barely there colors and lines have led some critics to characterize her as a Minimalist, a categorization she rejected.

Martin attended Western Washington College of Education in Bellingham, Wash., then enrolled in the Teachers College at Columbia University in New York, earning both bachelor’s and master’s degrees.

Art Educator, Professor Emeritus of Cultural and Educational Policy
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Smith has been a significant voice in American art education for over three decades; he received his doctoral degree from Teachers College in 1954 and entered university teaching in 1959. He received the Manuel Barkan Memorial Award in 1971 and the National Art Educator Award for Career Achievement in 2000, both from the National Art Education Association. Among his edited and written books are Aesthetic Concepts and EducationCultural Literacy and Arts Education and Art Education: A Critical Necessity.

(1930 - 1994)
Dean of Education, Queens College, New York
Founder of the University Council in Art Education

The first dean of the School of Education at Queens College in New York and an authority on design in art education. Lidstone wrote numerous books and articles and was a contributing editor at School Arts Magazine. He provided leadership for the founding of the New York–based University Council on Art Education. Among his written works are the classic texts Design Activities for the Classroom and Working Big

(1934 -     )

American artist, educator and founder of El Museo del Barrio in New York City, he is a graduate of Art and Design High School of New York City and studied at Pratt Institute, where he received his B.F.A. and M.F.A. He completed his doctorate in fine arts in higher education at Teachers College. Ortiz's works are in the collections of the Pompidou Centre in Paris and the Ludwig Museum in Cologne, Germany, the Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Everson Museum in Syracuse, NY, the Chrysler Museum of Art in Virginia and the Menil Collection in Houston, Texas.

(1913 - 1970)

Studied at the National Academy of Design, Art Students League; B.S. and M.A. Teachers College, Columbia University. Professor at the Ohio State University. Barkan was one of the most influential art educators of the twentieth century; greatly influenced by John Dewey and Jerome Bruner, his work formed the intellectual basis for the development of Discipline Based Art Education. Among his written works are A Foundation for Art Education and Through Art to Creativity.

(1905 - 1987)
Director of the Education Department at MoMA

Studied at Teachers College Columbia University between 1920 and 1930. Head of the art department at the Fieldston Schools from 1926 to 1948 and taught at Columbia TC (1934-42), New York University (1965-72) and Southampton College (1969). He was a pioneer in art education and the director of the education department at the Museum of Modern Art for more than 30 years. Among his writings is the classic text Assemblage: A New Dimension in Creative Teaching in Action and Art for the Family.

(1922 -      )
Artist and Art Educator, New York University

Professor emeritus of New York University and former Chair of the Department of Art and Arts Professions, 1975-2005. Founder/director of the New York University studio art program in Venice, 1974-2006; and co-director of the International Center for Advanced Studies in Art.  She has had numerous one-person exhibitions and participated in more than 54 group shows, biennials and art fairs. Angiola took her Ed.D.  in Art Education in 1970 and taught in the Program from 1996-2006.  She is author of the classic text Art for Preadolescents

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