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Assistant Professor C-745L 718-482-5690 email@example.com www.jessicaboehman.com Dr. Jessica Boehman graduated summa cum laude with her B.A. in Studio Art and Art History from McDaniel College in 1999. She received her M.A. from Penn State and her Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in 2009, both in the History of Art. She was a Fulbright scholar to Italy in 2006-2007.
Associate Professor C-745N 718-349-4074 firstname.lastname@example.org www.dahliaelsayed.com/
Professor Elsayed teaches studio courses in Drawing, Painting, and Intro to Art. She attended Bergen Community College before graduating from Barnard College, and then earned her MFA from Columbia University. In her work, Dahlia combines text and image to make paintings, installation and books, employing visual narratives to chart an internal and external experience of place, connecting the ephemeral to the concrete. The work pulls from conceptual art, comics, cartography and landscape painting, and uses image and language to continuously modify each other. Her work has been shown at galleries and art institutions throughout the United States and internationally, including the 12th Cairo Biennale, Guggenheim Museum, BravinLee Programs, and solo exhibitions at Aljira Center for Contemporary Art and the New Jersey State Museum. She has received awards from the Joan Mitchell Foundation, the Edward Albee Foundation, Headlands Center for the Arts, and The NJ State Council on the Arts.
Lecturer M223 718-482-5709 email@example.com Arianne M. Fernandez graduated with an Associate’s of Science in Fine Arts from LaGuardia Community College. Arianne also holds both a Bachelor's of Arts in Art History (with a concentration in Fine Arts), where she graduated summa cum laude with highest honors in Art History and an M.A. in Art History (with a concentration in Modern Art) from Queens College, CUNY. Arianne has been teaching Introduction to the Visual Arts, Art History Survey I & II, 20th Century Art and Art and Society, at LaGuardia Community College since 2008. Arianne has contributed to various essays for the Godwin Ternbach Museum in Queens College, including those in the exhibition catalogue, “SCHOLARS, EXPLORERS, PRIESTS: How the Renaissance Gave Us the Modern World” -G T M, Queens College, CUNY, February 2 - March 27, 2010.
Associate Professor C-745BB 718-482-6189 firstname.lastname@example.org lagcc-cuny.digication.com/hugo.fernandez/Welcome/published
Hugo Fernandez was born in Miami, Florida, in 1962, the son of Cuban exiles. He began taking photographs in the early 1980’s, graduating from Miami Dade Community College in 1985 with an Associates degree in Communication and in 1989 from Florida International University with a Bachelors degree in Fine Art in Photography. In 1993 he graduated from the Yale School of Art with a Masters degree in Fine Art Photography. In 2014 he will celebrate 20 years at LaGuardia Community College, as he works towards tenure; he is currently an Assistant Professor. In New York he has continued working in photography with the panorama format, which he began working with at Yale. He has also been working on a long-term project documenting the stories and life of his father. He is married and lives in Fort Greene Brooklyn, New York. He has a 14 year-old daughter from a previous marriage.
Lecturer C-745TT 718-482-708 email@example.com Fern Luskin is the author of “Unchaste Veneration in Titian’s Worship of Venus,” in New Studies on Old Masters: Essays in Renaissance Art in Honour of Colin Eisler, John Garton and Diane Wolfthal, eds., Toronto Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies, 2011 and of the book review of Anthony Colantuono’s Titian, Colonna and the Renaissance Science of Procreation: Equicola's Seasons of Desire, published in caa.reviews in 2012. She has also presented papers at all the major Renaissance conferences and given gallery talks at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Her discovery that a row house on West 29th St. was an Underground Railroad Station, and her campaign to preserve it, has been the subject of documentaries (National Geographic’s “Civil Warriors; Free at Last,” Secrets of New York) as well as articles and broadcasts (The New York Times, Daily News, WSJ, Huffington Post, Washington Post, NBC, ABC, NY1, WCBS, WNYC/WQXR, etc.). She has, in addition, received various preservation awards.
Associate Professor C-745V 718-349-4072 firstname.lastname@example.org aririchter.com Ari Richter was born in Tampa, FL in 1983. He received a BFA from Florida State University and a MFA from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Richter is a multi-disciplinary artist whose work explores material narratives, collaborative practice and performance. Recent projects include staging an art show for dogs at the University of Texas at Dallas, curating a comedy performance series for Arts in Bushwick, producing a how-to web video series for the Museum of Contemporary Art in L.A., lecturing in a tent during the Celebrate Brooklyn! music festival, installing a modern day wunderkammer at Flux Factory, dancing Gangnam Style for Ai Weiwei, becoming a German citizen and becoming an uncle. Ari Richter lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.
Professor C-745JJ 718-482-5903 email@example.com Michael Rodriguez has been exhibiting his work since 1984 starting as an active member of the influential Artifacts Artist Group in Miami Florida. He graduated with an MFA from Brooklyn College in 1992 and attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in the same year. He has exhibited with Feature Inc. NY, Galerie G-Module, Paris, White Columns, NY and numerous other galleries and museums internationally. Michael Rodriguez has won a Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant, Pollock Krasner Foundation Grant as well as a grant from the New York Foundation for the Arts. His work is in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art, NY as well as numerous private collections.
Associate Professor/Fine Arts Program Coordinator C-745Y 718-482-5664 firstname.lastname@example.org arthursimms.com/home.html Arthur Simms was born in Kingston, Jamaica in 1961. He emigrated to Brooklyn, New York in 1969. He received his Masters Degree in Fine Arts in 1993 and Bachelor of Arts in 1987 from Brooklyn College. Numerous awards have included the Rome Prize Fellowship, Academy Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, Creative Capital Grant, Guggenheim Fellowship, Louis Comfort Tiffany Award, Residency from the Irish Museum of Modern Art in Dublin, New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship, Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Residency Fellowship, Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant and Pollock-Krasner Grant. He has exhibited nationally and internationally, including representing the country of Jamaica in the 49th Venice Biennial in 2001. Other venues have included Musée International des Arts Modestes, The Irish Museum of Modern Art, Brooklyn Museum, Neuberger Museum, American Academy of Arts and Letters, MOMA P.S.1, American Academy in Rome, and the Queens Museum.
Adjunct Assistant Professor C-745 718-482-5690 www.emilbakalli.com
Emil Bakalli was born in Elbasani-Skampa, Albania. He is an artist living and working in New York City. Bakalli received his B.A. in Fine Arts and Philosophy from Hunter College, CUNY, in 2006. He received his M.F.A. from Parsons The New School For Design in 2009. At Parsons, Bakalli majored in Fine Arts. Meanwhile, at the New School For Social Research, he studied extensively in the M.A. program of Philosophy. Therefore, Bakalli’s expertise, experience-practice is greatly related to Fine Arts and Philosophy, alike.Bakalli regularly exhibits his work both nationally and internationally. This has included exhibitions at Tirana National Gallery, Albania; the Dimotikon National Gallery, Athens, Greece; European Culture Center, Italy; PULSE Art Fair, Chelsea, New York; and The Kitchen Gallery, Chelsea, New York. Bakalli has been published and has received various honors/awards such as those in: Tricycle Magazine; Direct Art Magazine, Manifest International-Painting, Poughkeepsie Journal, Art in Vogue and Creative Genius-Masters-of-Today.www.emilbakalli.com
Adjunct Assistant Professor C-745 718-482-5690 email@example.com mattblackwellstudio.com Matt Blackwell received his BFA from the Portland School of Art, Maine, participated in the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, and received his MFA from the University of North Carolina, Greensboro, NC. Blackwell received a Purchase Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters (2006) and his work was included in the 2013 Maine Biennial. Fellowship residencies include Yadoo; Sculpture Space in Utica, NY; Vermont Studio Center; Triangle Arts Association and Art Lot in Red Hook Brooklyn. Blackwell is represented by the Edward Thorp Gallery, New York where he has had five solo and has been included in numerous group exhibitions. In addition to a solo exhibition at Pierogi Gallery, Brooklyn, Blackwell’s work has been exhibited at Studio 10 and Parker’s Box in Brooklyn, Hartwick College (Oneota, NY) Savannah College of Art and Design ( Atlanta GA) and numerous group shows in New York City and Maine.
Adjunct Assistant Professor C-745 718-482-5690 firstname.lastname@example.org lilichin.org
Lili Chin is an artist based in Brooklyn, NY. She attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture and holds an MFA from the University of California, San Diego. In 2013, she was an Artist in Residence at the Swatch Art Peace Hotel in Shanghai. She spent her summer in a cabin in the Catskill mountains at the Platte Clove Artist Residency. In 2012 she was a resident at the Weir Art Farm and produced a site-specific installation on a Nature Preserve. Her films and installations have been exhibited at numerous venues including All Thing Projects in New York, the New York Underground Film Festival, Anthology Film Archives, Millennium and more. Her work has been shown internationally in Los Angeles, San Diego, Austin TX, San Francisco, Edinburgh, Equador, Beijing, Shanghai, Mexico City, New York and more. She is currently an Adjunct Professor at Central Connecticut State University and LaGuardia Community College.
Adjunct Associate Professor M223 718-482-6037 email@example.com Cris Cristofaro has been teaching Sculpture, 3-D Design, and Introduction to Design, at LaGuardia for the past 27 years. He is also the director of the LaGuardia Gallery of Fine Arts, and is responsible for the exhibitions of artwork throughout the college including the Atrium Gallery Showcases, and the 4th and 5th Floor E building galleries. He has an extensive exhibition record, and his work is represented in the Queens Museum, and many other public and private collections, and is a two-time winner of the Adolph & Ester Gottlieb foundation grant.
Adjunct Assistant Professor C-745 718-482-5690 firstname.lastname@example.org Jeff Frederick is an artist and writer who lives and works in New York City. He received his MFA in Painting and Drawing from Brooklyn College (CUNY). He has taught at LaGuardia Community College since Spring 2012.
Adjunct Assistant Professor C-745 718-482-5690 email@example.com www.joanharmon.com Joan Harmon is a sculptor and installation artist who earned her MFA from Rutgers University and her BFA from the Californis College of Art. Harmon uses a variety of media from cast cement, fired clay, wax and mixed media and incorporates sound and light in her sculptural installations. Her work explores psychological journeys created by merging architecture, landscape and references to the human body. Joam has taught at various Universities and has been teaching at La Guardia since 2001. She exhibits nationally and internationally and is President of the Phoenix Gallery in Chelsea, NY.
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C-745 718-482-5690 firstname.lastname@example.org Professor Jefferson’s background is Visual-Culture: combining the Anthropology of Art and Video-Ethnography. She originally began teaching art at CUNY while earning her first Masters (1975). Mentored by Conceptual Artist Robert Morris, Kris began doing performance art and installations using video as her medium of choice. Initial graduate work concluded, Kris traveled the world for years as an ethnographic art dealer often returning to CUNY as a guest-lecturer before again contracting to teach – this time at La Guardia. As educator, curator and documentarian, Kris grounds her knowledge of visual cultures in a global and intercultural context. She is an international art dealer, curator and consultant who has helped build major public and private collections in the Americas and abroad. As a conceptual artist, Kris sources original and re-purposed video (2nd Masters 1999) to explore, dissect, and cross-reference culturally specific aesthetics. Her work is in public and private collections throughout the world.
Adjunct Assistant Professor C-745 718-482-5690 JJerard@lagcc.cuny.edu www.jerardstudio.com Sculptor/Painter, Designer/Fabricator: Owner Jerard Studio Inc., Custom Design and Fabrication For Theater, Interior Design, Print and Film Industries. Problem solving for the Arts.Selected Exhibitions: Fountain Gallery, Portland Ore, Seattle Arts Commission, Mermaid Show, Coney Island, Brooklyn, NY, Hallwalls Gallery Buffalo, NY, Rotunda Gallery, Brooklyn NY, Cooper Union Gallery, NY ,NY.
Adjunct Assistant Professor C-745 718-482-5690 email@example.com http://www.autonomousorganization.org Trained at the Rhode Island School of Design and Goldsmiths College, Elysa Lozano’s art practice emulates a not-for-profit, called Autonomous Organization, which has produced proposals for Socialist colonies in a high-rise building in Houston, Texas, re-branded an exhibition space in London as a construction site, and created a web archive of project space survival strategies.
Adjunct Assistant Professor C-745 718-482-5690 firstname.lastname@example.org http://dinapizzarello.com
Dina Pizzarello is a Brooklyn born oil painter. She received her BA in Illustration from the School of Visual Arts. In 2008 she took first place at the Emaar Art Symposium in Dubai. Pizzarello completed her Masters in Education and Special Education at Touro College in 2012 and is currently working on her diploma project for her MFA at the New York Academy of Art.
Adjunct Assistant Professor C-745 718-482-5690 email@example.com Judy Richardson is a sculptor living and working in Brooklyn. She spent many years sculpting and painting scenery for the San Francisco Opera and all kinds of rock n¹ roll shows before she came to New York in 1990. Judy makes her own versions of functional objects out of lots of different recycled materials that address political and emotional situations. She is the recipient of the Roswell Artist in Residence grant, the Vermont Studio Fellowship, the C-Scape Dune Shack Residency, and the Pollock Krasner Foundation Grant. She shows her work in New York, New Jersey, North Carolina, California, and New Mexico.
Adjunct Assistant Professor C-745 718-482-5690 firstname.lastname@example.org Debra Salomon has a BFA in painting from Kent State University. She followed up her undergraduate training at the New York Studio School of Painting, Drawing and Sculpture, where she studied with Phillip Guston, George McNeil, and Mercedes Madder, among others. She has shown her figurative abstract work in many group shows, and maintains a studio in Gowanus, Brooklyn. Along with teaching art and design, Debra works as a designer and has practiced graphic, exhibition and interior design with a painter's eye for two dimensional space and color.
Adjunct Associate Professor C-745 718-482-5690 email@example.com www.marksaltz.com/ Mark Saltz is a Painter who lives and works in New York City. His Paintings, Drawings, and Prints may be found in Museum, Academic and Public Cooperate Collections throughout the United States and Europe. He is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Grant for Painting, A Mid –Atlantic States Grant for Painting and a Pollack/Krasner Foundation grant for Painting. His Graphic work is published and represented by VanDeb Editions, NYC, and his Paintings and Works on Paper by JHB Gallery. NYC Mark Saltz is both an Adjunct Assistant Professor at LaGuardia Community College, and a part time teaching professor in The School of Design Strategies and Department of Art, Media and Technology at Parsons School of Design/New School, NYC. He is a graduate of Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY and Goddard College Independent Study Graduate Program, Westbury, Vt.
Adjunct Assistant Professor C-745 718-482-5690 firstname.lastname@example.org mikeschuwerk.info/ Michael Schuwerk was born in Chicago, raised in Houston and currently lives in New York. He received an MFA from Hunter College and a BA with Honors in History from the University of Chicago. In 2010 he attended The Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. Recent exhibitions and screenings include: the 92Y Tribeca, 255 Canal, Gallatin Galleries, 3rd Ward, Chashama, Zora and Tompkins Projects in New York; Champion Contemporary in Austin; Director’s Lounge in Berlin; and Citta’ al Muro in Trento.
Adjunct Assistant Professor C-745 718-482-5690 email@example.com Michelle Segre is a sculptor who has exhibited her work widely since the mid-1990's. She has had solo shows at the University Art Museum at SUNY Albany, the Derek Eller Gallery in New York, the Daniel Weinberg Gallery in Los Angeles, Murray Guy Gallery, NY, and the Susan Inglett Gallery in NY. Selected group shows include the American Academy of Arts and Letters, NY; the P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center in NY; the Aldrich Museum in Ridgefield, CT; the Tang Teaching Museum in Saratoga Springs, NY; the Kemper Museum in Kansas City; and the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art in Colorado, amongst others. Segre has taught at both New York University and the Cooper Union School of Art. She is currently an adjunct professor at the School of Visual Arts MFA Program in New York. Segre is represented by the Derek Eller Gallery in New York, where she lives.
Adjunct Assistant Professor C-745 718-482-5690 firstname.lastname@example.org www.ryouens.com
Rachel Youens, originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, graduated from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago with a BFA in 1980 and an MFA from Brooklyn College, CUNY in 1993. She has exhibited in numerous galleries in the NY metropolitan area, including Sideshow Gallery, Valentine Gallery, Open Source, and Long Island University. Youens has attended artist residencies at the Fundación Valparaiso and Ragdale Foundation and has been a guest lecturer at Montclair State University. She has written art criticism for The Brooklyn Rail’s artscene section (1999-2005), artcritical, Cover Magazine, NY Arts Magazine, and NowChelsea. She received a Pollock-Krasner Grant in 2005, a PSC CUNY grant in 2008, and a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2008-09. She currently teaches at LaGuardia Community College and at the Parsons School of Design
Adjunct Assistant Professor C-745 718-482-5690 email@example.com http://www.brianzegeer.com Brian Zegeer makes stop-motion animations, enacting physical changes to an environment in order to unearth the network of stories arising from the site’s particular history or the politics associated with its use. Zegeer received his MFA from the University of Pennsylvania, and attended Skowhegan School of Sculpture and Painting in 2010. He has recently exhibited at the Queens Museum of Art, The Delaware Art Museum. Louis V. ESP, Regina Rex, Thompkins Projects, Elga Wimmer Gallery, and Stephan Stoyanov Gallery.
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M-223G 718-482-5709 firstname.lastname@example.org After graduating from LaGuardia Community College with an A.A., and The City College with a B.F.A., I began freelancing in comic books: Pacific Presents #4:The Shell Game; Blackthorne Publishing:Star Flight Squadron #3; Harris Comics:Q-Unit; Demon Boy Comic Book: Issues 1 and 2. During a brief period I became involved with creating astronomy paintings utilizing a self-taught method, bordering on realistic,semi-abstract, and abstract concepts. These paintings have been shown in various juried exhibitions in Soho and Tribeca, including a solo exhibition at 55 Mercer Gallery. Some of these paintings are on display around the college. Currently, I relive classic tv shows, old movies, and the 1964 Worlds Fair as futile attempts to avoid impending reality. This ongoing conflict, fortunately, inspires creativity utilized to write and illustrate contemporary fantasy scenarios.
Chief College Laboratory Technician M223 718-482-5709 email@example.com Gary received his Associates Degree from La Guardia Community College and his Bachelors Degree in Fine Arts from Queens College. His studies in studio art evolved into a passion for both analog and digital photography. He has now been working with photography for over 35 years and has exhibited photographs at numerous galleries and museums, including the Paul Klapper Library, Queens Museum, The Greater Astoria Historical Society, and Saint Peter’s Church in the Citicorp Building. In collaboration with the Greater Astoria Historical Society Mr. Vollo recently had the book “Then & Now, Long Island City” published by Arcadia Publishing. The book consists of vintage photographs of Long Island City taken 80, 90 (and in some cases over 100 years ago) juxtaposed with images taken by Gary in the past several years. Mr. Vollo has taught beginning, advanced and digital photography, and is currently teaching computer art courses here at the college.