John Slepian, exhibiting professional artist and educator selected as the new Dean of Visual Arts

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Jophn Slepian Dean of Visual Arts bio picture.New World School of the Arts has selected exhibiting professional artist and educator John Slepian as Dean of Visual Arts to lead the high school and college visual arts programs. "We are excited to welcome our new colleague, John Slepian, to the New World School of the Arts family where his artistic and administrative talents will support the important work of our talented young visual arts students and their faculty," said Dr. Jeffrey Hodgson, Provost of New World School of the Arts. "I encourage the arts community and our alumni to get to know John and welcome him to South Florida and NWSA."
 
"I'm thrilled to be joining NWSA. I have met fantastic NWSA students, staff and faculty, and seen some really amazing student artwork. I'm looking forward to working with everyone and becoming part of the community at NWSA and the art scene in Miami. I'm passionate about art and art education, and I'm excited to be bringing my experience as a multimedia artist, educator and administrator to the position of Dean of Visual Arts!"
 
Slepian's artwork has been shown nationally and internationally at venues including P.S.1/MoMA and Hunter College Art Galleries in New York, the Exploratorium in San Francisco, Axiom Gallery, Boston Cyberarts Gallery, and the Boston Center for the Arts in Boston, and the Re-New Digital Art Festival in Copenhagen, Denmark and 21st International Symposium on Electronic Art in Vancouver, Canada. Slepian exhibits with the Catharine Clark Gallery in San Francisco and exhibited with COLLISIONCollective in Boston. He was a resident in the P.S.1 National Studio Program in 2002-2003, and in 2005-2006 was awarded a New York Foundation for the Arts grant in Computer Arts. In 2014, he was awarded a Connecticut State Artist Fellowship for his work with Adele Myers and Dancers. Slepian graduated from New York University with a BFA in Film and Television and the San Francisco Art Institute with an MFA in New Genres. He was an Associate Professor of Art and Technology at Hampshire and Smith Colleges in Western Massachusetts and served as the Dean of the School for Interdisciplinary Arts and Dean of Academic Support and Advising at Hampshire College.  
 
About NWSA: Created in 1984 by the Florida Legislature as a center of excellence in the visual and performing arts, New World School of the Arts (NWSA) is an educational partnership of Miami-Dade County Public Schools, Miami Dade College and University of Florida. NWSA provides a comprehensive program of artistic, creative, and academic development through a curriculum that reflects our community and the rich multicultural state of Florida. Through its educational partners, NWSA confers the high school diploma, Associate of Arts degree, and Bachelor of Fine Arts and Bachelor of Music degrees in programs accredited by the National Association of Schools of Dance, Music, Theater and Art & Design. New World School of the Arts' rigorous eight-year curriculum and conservatory-style teaching has empowered students in the South Florida community and the nation to become leaders in the arts.
 
Providing access is one of New World School of the Arts most important missions. Blind to academic standing at the onset, NWSA’s acceptance policy is based solely on artistic talent. This allows students from all backgrounds, ethnicities and socioeconomic status to compete for their spot in the school’s coveted arts programs based on their individual talent. Once accepted, students are expected to achieve both academically and artistically. Earning respected national merit and leadership-based scholarships such as the Gates Millennium Scholarship, Posse Foundation Scholar, and Presidential Scholar in the Arts, NWSA students have demonstrated over the years that a rigorous arts curriculum not only helps foster their passion and create the next generation or artists, but it also helps students engage and achieve excellence in any academic discipline.
 
Through gifted, emerging artists, and unique programs, New World School of the Arts has become an educational and creative beacon of the arts. Trained by nationally renowned practicing artists, visual arts students are encouraged to develop a personal, artistic and aesthetic vision while mastering their own technical skills in traditional and new media. Areas of concentration for NWSA students seeking a four-year BFA college degree include drawing, digital media, graphic design, painting, photography and sculpture.
 
Information about the NWSA Visual Arts program is available by calling 305-237-3620 or visiting nwsa.mdc.edu.