Visual Arts Faculty

Administration

Maggy Cuesta
Dean of Visual Arts
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Maggy Cuesta was born in Cuba and grew up in Texas, graduating from Texas Tech University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design. She moved to Houston, Texas where she worked professionally, before receiving her Masters Degree in Graphic Design from California Institute of the Arts [CalArts] in 1985. In 1988, Maggy relocated to Miami where she worked for a local design firm before establishing a partnership in The Image Designers Group. She worked both professionally and as Associate Professor Senior at New World School of the Arts, until 2005 when she was named Dean of Visual Arts. Maggy has served on the board and as President of the American Institute of Graphic Arts [AIGA]-Miami Chapter. In 2004, Maggy was given the AIGA Fellows Award, “a means of recognizing designers who have made a significant contribution to raising the standards of excellence in practice and conduct within the design community.” Maggy has been very involved in the AIGA both locally and nationally on collaborative exhibitions such as ¡propaganda! Cuban Political and Film Posters, Power of Typography, Paul Rand Exhibition and Sharing Dreams of Peace with the AIGA Cross Cultural Committee. Maggy serves the director of World Day of Design, and Across States Across Cultures. Her work has been published in Communication Arts, Print, Print Casebooks, AIGA, Graphis, Graphic Design USA, Texas Art Directors Club, Creativity Award, Typographers International Competition, and Hot Graphics USA.

Liliana Popkin
Division Secretary
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Full Time College Faculty

Donald Lambert, Full Time Professor
Sculpture
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Don Lambert is an artist and educator based in Miami, FL. He has developed a creative practice that includes object-making, and social practice. Lambert investigates migratory and fluid aspects of identity; labor is central to his work. Personal narrative, and history, are integral to his process. His training as a sculptor, and experience organizing humanitarian work has created a diverse body of work, which in addition to his studio practice, includes on-going projects in the Caribbean, and the Amazon basin. Lambert earned his MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and his BFA from the University of Cincinnati, DAAP. Notable exhibitions include the Miami Art Museum, the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, the Art & Culture Center of Hollywood (solo), and the Cincinnati Art Museum (solo).

Maria Martinez-Cañas, Full-Time Instructor
Photography
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Maria Martinez-Cañas was born in Havana, Cuba. She received a BFA in Photography from the Philadelphia College of Art and an MFA. in Photography from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. An artist who works with innovative, non-traditional photographic media, she has exhibited extensively in the United States and abroad, with 35 one-person exhibitions and over 250 group exhibitions. She is the recipient of a Civitella Ranieri Foundation Fellowship, Umbria, Italy; Cintas Fellowship; a National Endowment for the Arts award; and a Fulbright-Hays Grant, among others. Her works are included in the permanent collections of the Philadelphia Museum of Arts, Philadelphia; The Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art in San Francisco; The Center for Creative Photography in Tucson, Arizona; the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago and the National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC; among others. Her work is represented by the Julie Saul Gallery, New York; Frederic Snitzer Gallery, Miami; Schneider Gallery, Chicago; and De Santos Gallery, Houston. She lives and works in Miami since 1986. SECTION IV. MANAGEMENT DOCUMENTS PORTFOLIO E. FACULTY AND STAFF - FULL-TIME FACULTY

Rosario Martinez-Cañas, Associate Professor Senior
Graphic Design
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Rosario Martinez-Cañas was born in Havana, Cuba, and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico. She graduated from Loyola University with a BA in Communications she received her MFA in Graphic Design from Miami International University of Art and Design. In 1991, she founded The Image Designers Group, an award-winning graphic design studio. The studio's designs have been featured in several books among them Hot Graphics USA and Logo Lounge 3000 Animal & Mythology Logos Master Library. In 1999, while still working in her graphic design business, Rosario started teaching as an adjunct professor at New World School of the Arts where in 2006 she became full-time faculty in charge of the Graphic Design Department. Rosario served on the board of the American Institute of Graphic rts [AIGA] Miami Chapter for many years where she helped introduce the celebration of "World Day of Design" in the US. She currently supervises the NWSA AIGA’s student chapter, and for the past six years, she and her students have raised funds to attend design conferences throughout the world. She has also either supervised or curated several NWSA exhibitions and was instrumental in starting “Art for New Art,” NWSA permanent art collection of established artists to serve as both an inspiration and learning tool for students. Rosario has also conducted graphic design workshops as a visiting artist in several universities, including Universidad Autónoma de San Luis Potosí in Mexico.

Aramis O'Reilly, Associate Professor Senior
Drawing & Painting
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Aramis O’Reilly joined Miami Dade College in 1996 as an adjunct professor for the visual arts department at the New World School of the Arts. In 2002, he was hired as an assistant professor and has continued his career as an associate professor senior, teaching all levels of painting and drawing. As a practicing artist, his work has been shown in various national and international exhibitions and is included in numerous private and public collections, i.e., collections of The Cintas Foundation in NYC, The Ralli Museum in Marbella, Spain, President Jean Bertrand Aristide in, Port-au-Prince, Haiti, and the Miami International Airport Art Gallery. Besides his studio work, he has been involved in several large-scale public art projects. In 2012, commissioned by Miami-Dade Art in Public Places, he designed the courtyard floor for the NFL-Youth Education Center and the same year was commissioned by Florida State Art in Public Places to create “Pierina” for Florida International University's School of Nursing and Health Services. “I have had the great fortune of working alongside great faculty and inspiring students. These experiences have helped shape my own growth as an artist.” Professor O'Reilly received both his BFA and MFA in Painting from Florida International University.

Alisa Pitchenik-Charles, Professor
Art & Technology
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Alisa Pitchenik-Charles joined NWSA in 1998. She is responsible for developing the Art & Technology course curriculum, which integrates emerging trends and new forms of media including 2D, 3D animation, film, video, photography, digital media, and performance and installation art. She received her MFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York where she focused on New Media and Installation Art and her BFA from the University of Miami in Painting with a minor in Art History. Professor Pitchenik-Charles is one of Miami's active working artists, with work addressing issues of time and relationships through video, installation and new media. She exhibits and/or curates exhibitions extensively, including projects during Art Basel Miami Beach, and at SOHO Studios and ARTSEEN  in the Wynwood Arts District. Her curatorial pursuits extend into alternative exhibitions bridging art and technology. She also created SCREENINGS, an annual juried Miami event featuring first run films and videos. She has taught computer art courses to faculty and students in cultural exchange programs in Italy and Mexico. She received the Miami Dade College 2007 Congresswoman Carrie Meek Endowed Teaching Chair and was promoted to full professor in 2010. Pitchenik-Charles is a member of ACM Siggraph, an organization dedicated to the advancement of art, science, and technology.

Adjunct Faculty

Georgette Ballance
Graphic Design History
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Georgette Ballance is a visiting lecturer at several universities and the curator of numerous exhibitions, including A Paul Rand Retrospective, the Art of Ethiopia, and Leo Lionni Spoon River Anthology. She has taught in Zambia and Ethiopia and worked at the Institute of Ethiopian Studies in Addis Ababa and the Museum of African Art in Washingtron D.C. Before starting her own business as a design consultant, she was design director at Pace Editions in New York City. She taught design history as well as interdisciplinary collaborative seminars at The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art and was director of The Herb Lubalin Study Center for Design and Typography. Co-editor of Graphic Design History and Paul Rand: A Designer's Words, Ms. Ballance earned her MA in art history from American University and her MFA in graphic design from Yale University.

Luisa Maria Basnuevo
Drawing, Painting
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Luisa Maria Basnuevo was born in Cuba and came to the United States via Spain in 1972. She received a BFA from Florida International University and an MFA from Yale University School of Art in 1991. Her paintings have been exhibited in museums and galleries in the United States and abroad, including the Southeastern Center of Contemporary Art in Winston-Salem, North Carolina and the Musée de Luxembourg in Paris, France in 2008. That same year she participated in the inauguration of the new facility of the Frost Art Museum at Florida International University (FIU) with a solo exhibit of her paintings. In 2010, her work was published in “Puertas a la Imaginación”, a book about new Cuban literature with an exhibit at the Freedom Tower in Miami. Her work is included in public and corporate collections throughout Florida, including those of the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota, Polk Museum of Art in Lakeland and Miami Art Museum. For the past five years, Ms. Basnuevo has continued a personal research and interest in the pre-Romanesque architecture of Asturias, Spain and the region’s coastal landscape and pre-historic caves. She is the recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, Southeastern Arts Federation, South Florida Consortium, the Division of Cultural Affairs, Florida Department of State.

Carol K. Brown
Sculpture
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Carol K. Brown has exhibited extensively both nationally and internationally in over more than 30 solo exhibitions. Her work has been shown at the Beijing Biennial; the National Museum for Women in the Arts; the Whitney Museum of American Art; The Denver Art Museum, and The Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans. Her work is included in the collections of the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, The Herbert Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, The Frost Art Museum at FIU, The Miami Art Museum, The University of Colorado, Boulder, The Tampa Art Museum, The Jacksonville Art Museum, The University of Florida, Gainesville, The Polk Museum of Art, The Memphis Brooks Art Museum, The Arkansas Art Center Museum of Art, The Denver Art Museum, The City of Orlando, and both the State of Florida and Miami-Dade County’s Art in Public Places programs. A recipient of several state and national grants, Ms. Brown is has twice been awarded a National Endowment for the Arts Grant for an individual artist.

Tony Fernandez
Photography
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Antonio Fernandez received his PhD at Michigan State University, his M.A.T. at Oakland University in Rochester, MI, his MS at the Institute of Design, Art Institute of Chicago and a BA from the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida. He combines careers as an artist whose medium is photography and as an educator who trains teachers. In addition to teaching photography at New World School of the Arts, he is a Professor of Education at St. Thomas University.

Philip Ferretti
Art & Technology
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Phil Ferretti is a graduate of the School of Visual Arts, NYC (1993) where he was awarded the "Outstanding Achievement in Animation Award" at the 4th Annual SVA Dusty Animation & Film Festival; He graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Film and Animation. Upon graduation, Phil worked as a freelance animator for such clients as MTV (MTV’s Oddities), Curious Pictures and Magnet Pictures (Wheel of Fortune). The Disney Company had Philip designing and animating projects used for in house entertainment, education and presentations. In addition he was a Senior Animation Instructor, implementing, designing and instructing animation programs at the Disney Institute in Orlando and Disney Cruise Ships. In 2001, Phil joined The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale as Department Chairman for, at the time, the largest animation curriculum in the country. In 2009 Phil earned his M.F.A. in Computer Animation at The Ai Miami International University of Art and Design. Philip’s latest work includes Production Management, Art Director, Consultant and Advisor on 后羿射日: The Archer Houyi and the Suns, a short film that won The Silver Flamingo Award at the 2009 South Beach (Miami) International Animation Festival and was a Nominee in the Short Film Category at the 5th China International Cartoon Animation Festival (CICAF).

Carlos Gallostra
Drawing, Painting
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Carlos E. Gallostra was born and raised in Miami, Florida. He is a graduate alumnus of The New World School of the Arts, where he earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Electronic Media with Honors. He is also a graduate of The Pratt Institute of New York and holds two masters degrees, one in Fine Arts and the other in History of Art and Design. He worked extensively as a broadcast animator and graphic designer for local Fox affiliate, WSVN 7. As a painter, Mr. Gallostra has strived to bring to play a vast range of aspects into his work in recent years, which include 17th century Dutch and Spanish Baroque influences, anamorphic studies, and new form media in conjunction with traditional and non-traditional methodologies.

Mark Hanson
Art & Technology
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Mark Hanson received a BA in Art Education from the University of South Florida and a MS in Mathematics Education with a Computer Emphasis from Florida International University in 1987. He has developed hypermedia since the late 1980’s and web sites since the early 1990’s. As a founding faculty of New World School of the Arts, he has taught computer art, multimedia and web design for over 27 years.

Kathleen Hudspeth
Printmaking
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Kathleen Hudspeth is a Miami native with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Texas at Austin and a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Miami in Printmaking. Her work has been in numerous local and national venues, including the Fredric Snitzer Gallery, the Bass Museum of Art, and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Washington, D.C. Her critical writings have been published in Art Papers, The Sun Post abd The Next Few Hours. Recently, she was selected as one of 45 finalists for the Knight Foundation Arts Challenge for her idea to start a community print shop.

Humberto Lopez
Art & Technology
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Humberto Lopez was born in Havana, Cuba and raised in Miami, Florida. He is a graduate alumnus of The New World School of the Arts, where he earned his BFA in Drawing. He also received an MA in Art Education from FIU. Mr. Lopez has worked in the animation and illustration fields for many years and is the co-founder of Parrotfish Studio, an award-winning graphic design studio. The studio is currently working for local and international clients such as Zoo Miami, Discovery Networks and Disney Channel Latin America. In addition to NWSA, Mr. Lopez is currently an Adjunct Instructor at The School of Entertainment & Design Technology, Community Education North/ Kendall/Wolfson Campuses of Miami Dade College, and an Animation Instructor at The Miami Science Museum.

Annette Piskel
Packaging Design
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Annette M. Piskel, born, raised and schooled in Pennsylvania, holds her BFA (1979) in Communication Design from the College of Visual and Performing Arts at Kutztown University (PA) and an MFA (2012) in Visual Art with a concentration in Graphic Design from Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters at Florida Atlantic University. Ms. Piskel began her profession as a designer 30 years ago when she moved to Los Angeles in the early 80’s. She founded AMPdzine, a Florida based multi-disciplinary design firm grounded in design ideology with intuitive solutions helping a diverse clientele of individuals, companies and institutions to achieve and communicate their goals. A past president and member of the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) Miami Chapter. In 2006, Ms. Piskel received the AIGA Fellows Award, “a means of recognizing designers who have made a significant contribution to raising the standards of excellence in practice and conduct within the design community.”

Cristina Lei Rodriguez
Sculpture, Foundation
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Cristina Lei Rodriguez lives and works in Miami. Her work is exhibited widely internationally at institutions and private collections including Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art, Oslo; Serpentine Gallery, London; Miami Art Museum, Miami; de la Cruz Collection, Miami; The Rubell Family Collection; and 2nd Athens Biennale, Greece among others. She has had solo exhibitions at Fredric Snitzer Gallery, Miami; Team Gallery, New York; Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin, Miami/Paris; and Brand New Gallery, Milan. She received her BA from Middlebury College in Art and Political Science and has an MFA from California College of Art and Crafts. Her most recent exhibitions (2013) are RESTORE at the Brand New Gallery in Milan, Italy; and travelling exhibition "War Baby/ Love Child: Mixed Race Asian American Art" at the Wing Luke Asian Museum, Seattle, WA and at the DePaul Art Museum, Chicago, IL.

Louise Romeo
Drawing, Painting
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Louise Romeo was born in Enna, Italy, and holds two masters degrees, one in Curriculum and Instruction and the other in Fine Arts. She received her MFA from Pratt Institute in New York. Professor Romeo, former Dean of Visual Arts at New World School of the Arts, holds the distinction as one of the original founding faculty at NWSA. She was the recipient of the Frances Louise Wolfson Endowed Chair for artistic excellence and was selected by the National Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts as the NFAA, Distinguished Professor in the Arts, and received the “Arts” Professor Certificate of Excellence. She also received the Arts Educator recognition Award, the FAEA Higher Art Educator recognition Award, the FAEA Higher Art Educator Award and was selected as the “Outstanding Faculty of the Year” by Miami-Dade College. Professor Romeo has exhibited on a national and international level.

Richard Romeo
Illustration
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Mr. Romeo is a world-renowned illustrator whose works have been showcased in print major media for such prominent clients as American Express, Canada Dry, CBS, Ford, Hilton, IBM, among many others. His illustrations have won Addy Awards and have been featured in "American Artist Magazine", "Airbrush Action Magazine", "Airbrush Action Three" (Best New Airbrush Illustrations), "Graphic Artists Guild Directory", and "American Showcase". Mr. Romeo worked in NYC as a designer at Werbin and Morrill Design Studio and later as art director and designer for Clairol Inc. In Miami, Mr. Romeo established "The Romeo Studio" where he continues to create his designs and illustrations. His experience and expertise in both the fine arts and the illustrative and graphic design areas have contributed significantly to his ability to teach in both disciplines and has enabled him to train and prepare his students for success in the real world of art and design. He holds a BA in Communication Arts from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York as well as a BA in Fine Arts from Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Florida.

Fred Snitzer
Sculpture, Senior Project
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Fred Snitzer earned his MFA in sculpture from Pennsylvania State University and his BFA in sculpture from Philadelphia College of Art. As the Director of the Frederic Snitzer Gallery, he has set the standard for presenting cutting-edge art to the Miami Art Scene. In addition, he has lectured extensively, curated numerous exhibitions, and is on the selection committee for Art Basel. He has served on the board for the National Art Exhibition of the Mentally Ill and participated in many Art initiatives in the South Florida Community. Mr. Snitzer is the recipient of New Forms Florida: Grants for Artists Project and has received extensive media attention for his trendsetting exhibitions. SECTION IV.

Wanda Texon
Art History
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Wanda Texon is an arts professional with over 25 years experience in many facets of the visual arts: as a museum curator, gallery director, art dealer and professor of art history. Currently, Ms. Texon is the Associate Director for Curatorial Affairs at the MDC Museum of Art + Design as well as the Director for the MDC Galleries of Art+Design, where she oversees exhibitions at six campus galleries. In addition, Ms Texon is a professor of art history and humanities at various colleges in Miami including the New World School of the Arts, Miami Dade College and Barry University, where she teaches the survey classes, Early and Late 20th century Art and Art Criticism. Ms. Texon lived in Europe after graduating from Florida State University where she received a certificate of specialization in Museum Studies in Restoration and Renaissance Art from the Universita Internazionale dell’Arte in Florence. She received her MA in Art History from the Institute of Fine Arts (NYU) in New York City.

Carol Todaro
Bookmaking, Foundation
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Carol Todaro earned an MFA in drawing and printmaking from the University of South Florida. Her work is included in the permanent collections of the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, DC; the Jaffe Center for Book Arts, Florida Atlantic University; and The Library of Congress, Washington, DC. Recent exhibitions include The Book as Art, organized by the National Museum for Women in the Arts and traveling to other cities; "Four and Twenty Blackbirds" at Omniart, an Art Basel/Miami Beach event; and "Floating World", a solo installation of large-scale book works, presented in conjunction with Miami Book Fair International. In 2000, she was awarded an Individual Artist's Fellowship from the State of Florida. She has also conducted workshops in various book arts topics for Miami–Dade County Public Schools art teachers from 2007 through 2012.

Adrienne von Lattes
Art History, Business of Art
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Dr. Adrienne von Lates received her MA and PhD from Columbia University with a double major in Art History and Renaissance and Baroque Art History, and her BA in Art History from John Carroll University in Ohio. Dr. von Lates has been a faculty member at Columbia University, the University of California, San Diego, the University of Miami and Miami Dade College. As the curator of education at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) in North Miami from 2001 to 2009, she expanded the museum’s community programming and administered major grants from the NEA and the federal Department of Education. She has been Director of Education at the Bass Museum of Art since January of 2010, where she is implementing the IDEA@thebass program for elementary schools in Miami Beach, thanks to a grant from the Knight Foundation. Dr. von Lates has written articles on a variety of topics in the fields of Baroque and contemporary art.

Support Staff

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Sculpture Technician
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Library Monitor
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