HS 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
Assistant to Dean
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Liliana Popkin
Division Secretary
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Full Time High School Faculty

Jenny Gifford
Figure Drawing, AP Drawing, Portfolio
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Jenny Gifford earned her MFA from Pratt Institute of Art and Design in 1992 and her BA from The College of William and Mary in 1988 both in Painting and Printmaking. She has been Nationally Board Certified since 2004 and has taught for 25 years. She was a 2001 SURDNA Fellow and was the On-Site Coordinator at the Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Foundation Summer Seminar for 13 years. From '04-'05 she was the Assistant Director of Admissions at Maine College of Art and from '05-'06 was a Regional Admissions Representative at Maryland Institute College of Art. She has shown her drawings and prints nationally and published an article in "Art in Print." She is the current President of the Dade Art Educators Association 2017-19.

Juana Meneses
3D Design, AP Drawing, Portfolio
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Juana Meneses (born in Caracas, Venezuela and spent her formative years in Bogotá, Colombia). Meneses is an interdisciplinary artist, cultural producer, and curator currently living in Miami, FL. She received her BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and an MFA from The California Institute of the Arts in 2006. Her multimedia installations include drawing, painting and photographs and explore identity construction, surveillance systems, and cultural transplantation, as well as notions surrounding portability and mobility. Important exhibitions include: Public Art Commission in the Los Angeles International Airport by the Los Angeles Cultural Department, Los Angeles, CA; Sam Lee Gallery, Los Angeles, CA; Barnsdall Art Park, Los Angeles, CA; Carol Jazzar Gallery, Miami, FL; Sincronia, Bogota, Colombia; 40m2 Gallery, Madrid, Spain; Art Center South Florida, Miami, FL; Fort Lauderdale Museum of Art, Fort Lauderdale, FL. She has been published in the LA Times, New American Paintings, and Miami Herald as well having been awarded a Durfee Foundation Grant, A Cannonball Wavemaker grant, and a Tigertail Access grant. She is also cofounded of Portable Editions a micro publishing operation in 2013.


High School Faculty

Hans Evers, Visiting Artist
Sculpture
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Hans Evers (born in Curaçao and raised in The Hague, Netherlands) brings over 30 years of experience in art education at the high school and college level to New World. Hans taught art, design and art theory at the undergraduate and graduate levels in New England for 8 years before going into art college admissions. He was Associate Dean of Undergraduate Admissions for the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, USA Liaison for CENTRO diseño-cine-televisión in Mexico City and Head of Admissions, Marketing and Communication at the Willem de Kooning Akademie in Rotterdam. From 2007-2013, he was Director of College Advising and AP 3D Sculpture teacher at Design and Architecture Senior High School in Miami. He is president and founder of the International Portfolio Review Forum (p-review), which organizes and hosts portfolio review forums in different parts of the world and portfolio development institutes for Asian students in the USA. Hans received his MFA in Sculpture from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and his MA in Art History from Tufts University. He is an avid sailor and races beach catamarans.

Reinier Gamboa, Visting Artist
Painting
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Reinier Gamboa was born in Camaguey, Cuba in 1984. He attended the New World School of the Arts and received his BFA from the Art Center College of Design, Pasadena (on a full Presidential Scholarship from 2002 to 2006). Gamboa's work has been featured at venues in Miami, Santa Monica, Pasadena and St. Louis, including benefit exhibitions at Locust Projects (Miami) and Nucleus Gallery (Alhambra, CA). Accolades include a First Place prize in the 2012 Figure Now Art Contest at Fontbonne University (St. Louis) and winning Best of Show in the 2002 Down River Juried Printmaking Exhibition.

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.

Don Lambert, Instructor
Design, 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).

Justin Long, Adjunct Professor
Sculpture
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Justin H. Long received his MFA from the California Institute of the Arts and his BFA from Florida International University. In 2010, Long participated in a residency at Fonderie Darling in Montreal and has recently exhibited in New York, Copenhagen, Los Angeles, Philadelphia and Miami. His comedic video, In Search of Miercoles, won the Optic Nerve XII competition at the Museum of Contemporary Art in North Miami, where it is part of the permanent collection. Long lives and works in Miami, FL.

Maria Martínez-Cañas, Assistant 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 Martínez-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
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.

Louise Romeo, Adjunct Professor
Drawing, AP Studio Art
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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.

Yasmine Samimy, Visiting Artist
Design
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Yasmine Samimy was born in France and raised in New York and Miami. She holds a BFA in Graphic Design with a minor in photography from the Miami Ad School and a BA in Communications Arts/Public Relations from The American University in Washington D.C. Yasmine worked as a senior Designer at Tom Graboski Associates, and in 2000, she established her own design studio, s2d2 Creative. She works on a multi-level platform creating entire brand identity systems from start-up companies to larger corporations. She has worked with corporations in the U.S. and Hispanic markets such as; Discovery, Latin America, DHL, Hewlett Packard, New World Symphony and Jewish Museum of Florida–FIU. She served as Co-President of AIGA, (American Institute of Graphic Arts) Miami Chapter.

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.

Carol Todaro, Adjunct Professor
Bookmaking
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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.

Support Staff

Decil Hedlund
Sculpture Technician
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Olga Urrea
Library Technician
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Student Assistant
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Facilities

Photo Lab   305-237-3592
New World Gallery   305-237-3250