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

Luisa Maria Basnuevo, Adjunct Professor
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.

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.

Sinisa Kukec, Adjunct Professor
Sculpture
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Croatian born artist Sinisa Kukec received his Diploma of Fine Arts from the University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada and his MFA from Alfred University, New York in 2001. Solo exhibitions of his work have been held at venues in South Korea, the Netherlands and in Philadelphia, Aspen and Miami. in 2013 Kukec’s work was featured at Miami Beach Art Basel with Spinello Projects. Kukec has been featured in group exhibitions as part of the Museum of Contemporary Art’s (North Miami) Optic Nerve XII, at the Orlando Museum of art in Florida, the Columbus Museum of Art in Georgia and the Auckland Museum of Art in New Zealand. Kukec lives and works Miami.

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. SECTION IV. MANAGEMENT DOCUMENTS PORTFOLIO E. FACULTY AND STAFF - FULL-TIME FACULTY

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.

Richard Romeo, Adjunct Professor
Drawing
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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.

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.

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.

Juan Travieso, Adjunct Professor
Drawing, AP Studio Art
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Juan Travieso (born Havana, Cuba 1987), is an artist based in Miami. Juan Travieso is a graduate of New World School of the Arts in Miami Florida, Art Center College of Design in Pasadena California, and received Masters of Fine Arts from the Museum School in Boston in 2013. His work explores notions of impermanence and decay through a combined language of pop, realism, and abstraction. Figures, be them humans or animals, are broken up into spaces and forms much like 3d models, speaking to both their temporality and transition into the digital age. He has had numerous exhibitions in New York, Miami, Boston, LA, as well as internationally. His work is included in multiple collections throughout the United States and other parts of the world.

Adrienne von Lattes, Adjunct Professor
AP Art History
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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

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