Adriana Farmiga

Assistant Dean & Adjunct Professor

Adriana Farmiga A’96, was named assistant dean in 2017. She has taught at the School of Art since 2011. As well as teaching, Farmiga is a working artist. She got her MFA from Bard College in 2004, and has shown in group and solo exhibitions in the United States and abroad.  Her work has been reviewed in the New York Times and Artforum among other publications, and ranges from conceptual still life to video and mixed media sculpture.

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