Instructors

Drawing Instructor | Tunji Adeniyi-Jones


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Tunji Adeniyi-Jones is a Brooklyn based artist. He received his BFA in Fine Art from Oxford University (2014) and his MFA in Painting/printmaking from The Yale School of Art (2017). Born in London to Nigerian parents, Tunji’s work explores the history and mythology of ancient West Africa, through the lens of European art history. This cultural duality is at the core of his practice. Through painting, sculpture, and printmaking Tunji attempts to articulate the contemporary aesthetic of the African diaspora.

Tunji has had solo exhibitions in London and New York, and is currently represented by Nicelle Beauchene Gallery

Website: https://www.tunjiadeniyi-jones.com

Gallery: https://nicellebeauchene.

Instagram: @tunjiaj

Nightfall Oil on canvas 2018
Nightfall, Oil on canvas 2018

 

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Red Ancestor, Oil on canvas 2018

 

Contemporary Art Issues Instructor | Evan Bellantone


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Evan Bellantone is an interdisciplinary artist living in New York City. He received a BA from Bard College and an MFA from Hunter College, where he studied painting, conceptual art, and curatorial studies. He is a master printmaker, and has exhibited prints in the International Print Center New York in Manhattan and the Cooler Gallery in Brooklyn. He has taught printmaking at the Lower East Side Printshop and the Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop, as well as teaching Art Issues at CUSAI. 

Instagram: @Evanbellantone

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Ariccia, triptych (2016), woodblock monoprints, 50.5" x 124"

 

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Tunnel Vision (2018), painting in 2 parts, acrylic on canvas with mahogany, 72" x 82"

 

Drawing Instructor | Sam Chun


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Sam Chun is a New York City based artist living and working in the Chinatown area of Downtown Manhattan. He was born and raised in New Jersey to Korean immigrant parents and later moved to NYC to attend The Cooper Union School of Art to then graduate with a BFA. Since graduating, he has taught in The Cooper Union Outreach Pre-College Program as well as continued his practice making artwork. He recently exhibited work in a group show with Beverly's NYC at Material Art Fair in Mexico City, Mexico. 

Instagram @yung_coug

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Ghost of Christmas Past, 2019, Stainless steel & embroidered patch

 

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This is the Rhythm of the Night, 2019, Digital video

 

Drawing Instructor | Carla Edwards


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Carla Edwards (b. Illinois), lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. She received an MFA from Rhode Island School of Design and a BFA from The School of The Art Institute of Chicago. She is a recipient of the Socrates Emerging Artist Fellowship, Smack Mellon Artist in Residence Fellowship and was awarded Lighthouse Works Public Art Commission 2018. She has been an artist in residence at The Fountainhead in Miami, Smack Mellon, NY., The Whitney Museums Independent Study Program, and Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. Her work examines popular iconography and Americana vernacular through sculpture, performance, drawing, and video. She has exhibited nationally and internationally most notably at the Studio Museum in Harlem, Artist Space, Regina Rex, Jenkins Johnson Gallery, New York, Socrates Sculpture Park in Queens, Nuit Blanche, Toronto, Volta5, Basel Switzerland, The DC Commission of the Arts and Humanities, District of Colombia, Redline Arts, Denver, Charlie James Gallery, Los Angeles.

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Writing Instructor | Erica Fabri


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Erica Miriam Fabri is the author of Dialect of a Skirt, a collection of poetry published by Hanging Loose Press (2010). She is a writer and performer. Her work has been published in numerous literary journals and magazines and she has worked on projects as a writer, editor and performance director for The New York Knicks, HBO and Nickelodeon Television. She currently teaches Performance Poetry and Literature at Pace University, Poetry Writing at Cooper Union School of the Arts (via CUSAI), and Writing for Magazines at Columbia University for the Columbia Scholastic Press. She is also a Freelance Photographer, a New Yorker, and a Mama. ericafabri.com

Instagram: @ericamiriamfabri

 

Contemporary Art Issues Instructor | Jonathan Paul Gillette


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Jonathan Paul Gillette is a New York- based painter. He retired after teaching Art Theory and Design for 10 years. Jonathan holds an MFA in painting from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and an MS in Psychology from Lipscomb University in Nashville.  He was awarded a Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant in 2017. 

Instagram: @jonathanpaulgillette

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home, 38x44in, oil on canvas. 2018

 

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jesus returning, 38x44in, oil on canvas. 2018

 

Animation Instructor | Cindy Ji Hye Kim


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Cindy Ji Hye Kim (b. 1990, South Korea) lives and works in Bronx, NY. Her work has been featured in solo presentations at Cooper Cole, Toronto; Interstate Projects, NY; Helena Anrather, NY; and YYZ Artists’ Outlet, Toronto. She has shown in group exhibitions at UncleBrother, Gavin Brown's Enterprise, NY; Foxy Production, NY; DC Moore, NY; Thierry Goldberg, NY; and the Abrons Art Center, NY. She received a B.F.A. from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2013 and a M.F.A. from the Yale University School of Art in 2016.

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The Sow is Mine at Cooper Cole Gallery 

 

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TICK at Helena Anrather

 

Drawing Intensive Instructor | Anne-Marie McIntyre


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Anne-Marie McIntyre is an artist and art educator. She received her BFA from The Cooper Union and her MFA from Tyler School of Art in ceramics and glass. She maintains a studio in Dobbs Ferry NY focusing on ceramics and drawing, creating new ways for them to interact. Most recently she has been in a variety of group shows Including Trestle Gallery’s Introductions 2017 and Planthouse Gallery’s Victory Garden.

This past fall she helped to facilitate ICI’s “Do it” project with students at Fordham High School for the Arts. “Do it” is a compendium of hundreds of artist’s instructions gathered over the past 20 years by Hans Ulrich Obrist. Artist’s instructions are followed and activated in museums and schools around the world as part of this ongoing conceptual project. Independent Curators International "Do It".

You can see her work at studio339.com

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Ink and gouache on paper with ceramic element 2018, 18" x 24"

 

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Walnut ink and gouache on paper with ceramic element 2018, 18" x 24"

 

Drawing Intensive Instructor | Andrew Ross


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Andrew Ross. Ross (b. 1989, Miami) creates visual propositions for everyday daydreamers in the contemporary world. Culling aesthetic evidence of popular sentiment and dissents, Ross elucidates possible end points and combinations of conspiracy theories, historical events, and mythology. Ross develops idiosyncratic production processes in casting, assemblage, and digital manipulation; through research, his conceptual materials are deconstructed and recombined, teasing out threads of possibility from the familiar and the strange.

Ross’s work has been exhibited at the Greene Naftali, Drawing Center, the Studio Museum in Harlem, Center for the Humanities, and Artists Space. Recent solo exhibitions include Holes at False Flag, (New York); Iceman Returns at American Medium (New York); and Chassis at Clima Gallery (Milan). His work has been featured in Artforum, the New York Times, Flash Art, Mousse, Art in America, and the Brooklyn Rail.

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Holes, Solo exhibition at False Flag, Long Island City, NY, April through May 2017 

 

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Chassis, Solo exhibition at Clima, Milan, Italy, June through September 2017

 

Digital Photography Instructor | Alex Strada


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Alex Strada is an artist and educator based in New York City. Her work has been shown widely at venues including the Socrates Sculpture Park, Anthology Film Archives, Museum of Moving Image, Goethe-Institut, Jewish Museum, National Museum of Iceland in Reykjavik, MuseumsQuartier in Vienna, Kaunas Biennial in Lithuania, and on the screens of Times Square with Time Square Arts' Midnight Moment. Strada was a fellow in the Art & Law Program, the Institute for Investigative Living at A-Z West, and the Socrates Sculpture Park Emerging Artist Fellowship. Her work has been written about in Artsy, Vice, and The New Yorker. Strada received a B.A. from Bates College in 2010 and an M.F.A. in Visual Art from Columbia University in 2016. She is a 2018-2019 studio fellow in the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program.

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Times Square with Times Square Arts Midnight Moment

 

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Times Square with Times Square Arts Midnight Moment

 

Graphic Design Instructor | Tida Tep


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Tida Tep is an independent designer and art director based in New York City. She studied graphic design at Virginia Commonwealth University and typeface design at Cooper Union’s Type@Cooper. She specializes in identity systems, art direction, web design, type design, packaging, and books for commercial and cultural projects. Throughout her career she has worked with a wide range of clients including the MoMA, New York Times, Apple and Google Creative Lab. 

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Visual identity system for social media app, Beme. 

 

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Illustrated icons for MoMA’s Department of Education and layout design for MoMA’s summer concert series

 

Contemporary Art Issues Instructor | Yulia Tikhonova


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Yulia Tikhonova is a curator and educator currently based in Boca Raton FL, where she teaches Art History at Florida Atlantic University. She is the founder of Creative Diasporas, a nonprofit organization that supports and promotes the vital contributions immigrant artists make to American culture. She is known for exhibitions that further the goals of cultural equity. During the last decade, she curated widely across the boroughs of New York City in gallery spaces and public venues. Tikhonova’s curatorial and teaching practice derives from the global perspective that she acquired during her long migratory journey from Russia, to Poland, South East Asia, New Zealand, and finally to the U.S., where she has made her home—in New York City—for most of the past 15 years. Tikhonova graduated from the Center forCuratorial Studies at Bard College.

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