Gustavo Plascencia leads the NWSA Visual Arts Division as Dean

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Dean Plascencia press release photo.New World School of the Arts has selected exhibiting professional artist and educator O. Gustavo Plascencia as Dean of Visual Arts to lead the high school and college visual arts programs. “Mr. Plascencia joins NWSA in a moment where creativity is key more than ever. He will support our students and faculty to be able to be creative and productive in this challenging time by being a creative and resourceful administrator, leading in truly unprecedented times. Through his artistry and administrative skill I know Gustavo will be an asset to our school and cultural community,” said Dr. Jeffrey Hodgson, Provost of New World School of the Arts. “I encourage the arts community and our alumni to get to know him and welcome him to South Florida and NWSA. ”
“New World School of the Arts is an inspiring and unique institution with faculty who in addition to be being excellent educators are culture makers with a very active roles in the community,” said Plascencia. “It is clear that NWSA is a student-centered institution that has nourished lasting partnerships with alumni and has a visible presence in the community. I am honored to have the opportunity to join this incredible school.”
O. Gustavo Plascencia is a visual artist and educator whose creative work documents local ecosystems and practices walking methodologies to create a record of his surroundings. Plascencia attended the Escuela de Artes Plásticas “Ruben Herrera” in Saltillo, Coahuila Mexico before immigrating to the USA. His work has been shown nationally and internationally including: Instituto Fotográfico de Medellin, The International Center of Bethlehem, The Polytechnic University of Valencia, and Academia de Bellas Artes San Carlos. Most recently he presented his creative research at the International Conference on The Arts in Society, Lisbon, Portugal (2019), the 33rd Annual Interdisciplinary Conference in Humanities (2018), Southeast College Art Conference (2018), and in 2018 he led the Walking Practices: The Body As Vehicle and Destination workshop at the International Community of Artist Scholars in San Francisco, CA. He holds an MFA in Photography/New Media from the University of Colorado, Boulder and a BFA in Fine Arts/Photography from the University of Texas at Arlington. He has held multiple teaching positions in the USA and most recently he was the Assistant Chair & Graduate Coordinator, Department of Studio Arts at the University of North Texas in Denton, TX. Prior to that role Plascencia was the Director of MFA Programs at Memphis College of Art.
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About NWSA: Created in by the Florida Legislature as a center of excellence in the visual and performing arts, New World School of the Arts 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 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 art & technology, drawing, graphic design, painting, photography and sculpture.
Information about the NWSA Visual Arts program is available by calling 305-237-3620 or visiting