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.

Matthew Snitzer
Part-Time Staff
Assistant to the Dean
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Liliana Popkin
Division Secretary
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Full Time College Faculty

Donald Lambert, Instructor
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, Associate Professor
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.

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

Luisa Maria Basnuevo, Adjunct Professor
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, Adjunct Professor
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; and The Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans. Her work is included in the following museums and public collections: The Denver Art Museum; 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 City of Orlando; and both the State of Florida and Miami-Dade County’s Art in Public Places programs. Ms. Brown has twice been awarded a National Endowment for the Arts Grant for an individual artist.

Antonio Fernandez, Adjunct Professor
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 M.S. at the Institute of Design, Art Institute of Chicago and a Bachelor of Arts 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.

Carlos Gallostra, Adjunct Professor
Drawing
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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, Adjunct Professor
Art & Technology
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Mark Hanson, a native of Miami, 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 founding faculty of New World School of the Arts, he has taught computer art, multimedia, and web design for over 27 years.

Kathleen Hudspeth, Adjunct Professor
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, Adjunct Professor
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, Adjunct Professor
Packaging Design
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Annette Piskel is the principal founder, creative director, of AMPdzine, established in 1982, Los Angeles, CA to its present Florida based location of Ft Lauderdale. A multi-disciplinary graphic design firm that finds its own point of view, its own vision and style. Annette holds a B.F.A. in Design Communications from Kutztown University, Pennsylvania. A past president and member of the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) Miami Chapter. She was a recipient of the AIGA Fellows Award in 2006.

Richard Romeo, Adjunct Professor
Illustration
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Richard Romeo is a nationally known illustrator who has art directed, illustrated and designed in major corporations as well as in his own illustration and design studio. His interviews and award winning works have been published nationally and abroad. He has mastered and taught both traditional and digital media. Mr. Romeo holds two degrees, one in Fine Art and one in Communications Design and he is a graduate of Pratt Institute, New York.

Lauren Shapiro, Adjunct Professor
Ceramics
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Lauren is a ceramic artist born in South Florida, and holds an MFA in ceramics from the University of Miami. She has been a resident artist in China at the Sanbao Ceramic Art Institute at Jingdezhen, home of the world's finest porcelain. Shapiro's exhibition history includes the Lowe Museum of Art (Miami), the sculpture garden of the Whitespace Collection (Palm Beach), and Art Bastion (Miami). She has also exhibited during the annual Miami Art Fair week held every December with Miami Independent Thinkers gallery at Scope art fair, and Locust Projects at the New Art Dealer’s Alliance (NADA). Lauren’s work as been showcased in Art Basel Switzerland at Projectraum M54, with an independent exhibition project for contemporary art to cultivate artistic exchange between the different cities.

Fred Snitzer, Adjunct Professor
Sculpture, Senior Project
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Fred Snitzer earned his MFA from Pennsylvania State University and his BFA 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, curate numerous exhibitions, and is on the selection committee for Art Basel. Mr. Snitzer is the recipient of New Forms Florida: Grants for Artists Project and has received extensive media attention for his trendsetting exhibitions

Michael Szabo, Adjunct Professor
Art & Technology
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Michael Szabo has been a motion graphics artist in broadcast television for nine years and started teaching motion design techniques in 2015. He is is passionate about creating digital art, and spends time both teaching and learning a variety of design software applications. Before formally teaching he authored various online video training series and wrote The Cinema 4D R13 Cookbook, a comprehensive guide to using the popular 3D design software Cinema 4D. He is active in the design community Miami as the creator of Miami MoGraph, a meetup group of local visual artists offering networking and training. He graduated from the University of Florida in 2007.

Wanda Texon, Adjunct Professor
Art History
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Wanda Texon has worked professsionally in many facets of the visual arts: as a museum curator, gallery director, art dealer and professor of art history. Currently, Ms. Texon works for the Miami Dade College Gallery System. Ms. Texon lived in Europe after graduating from Florida State Univeristy 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 M.A. in Art History from the Institute of Fine Arts in New York City.

Support Staff

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Sculpture Technician
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Library Monitor
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Student Assistant

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Facilities

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