Instructor Highlights: Anthony Capparelli

FIT’s instructors aren’t just a hit in the classroom, they also have projects of their own. Anthony Capparelli, is an FIT Adjunct Associate Professor in the Illustration Department. His exhibit, titled The Art of Sport, is a collection of paintings, oils, watercolors, and charcoals, with subjects ranging from The Garden itself, to many of the sports stars that  impacted the passionate and fiery sports world of New York City. The former Yankees’ shortstop Derek Jeter, as well as current New York Rangers Goalie Henrik Lundqvist make appearances. Below is a video of Professor Capparelli, discussing his art and the exhibit. His work is on display at Gallery FIT.

Museum hours: Tuesday–Friday, noon–8 pm; Saturday, 10 am–5 pm. Closed Sunday, Monday, and legal holidays.







Check out the Precollege class taught by Prof. Capparelli: HIL 163 Human Anatomy


In the Halls: Amanda

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Student: Amanda (17) from Garden City, Long Island

Program: Precollege, Saturday/Sunday Live

Pre-College Courses: Intermediate Sewing and Embroidery Design and  Fashion Design Portfolio III

Describe your personal style: Classy with a little bit of edge. I love “flow-y” clothes especially flare/bell-bottom jeans.

Where do you go on your breaks from class? On my lunch break I usually go to the museum exhibit or work in the library.

What is your favorite thing about FIT? The amount of inspiration around you and exposure to the industry.

Who or what inspires you? Everything around me is inspiring in some way. One of my favorite designers that inspires me is Christian Siriano.

What do you want to do after you graduate from college? I would love to begin my own business or partner with someone who loves evening wear as much as I do.

Instructor Spotlight: Max Goodman

Max Goodman
Prof. Goodman was born and raised in Philadelphia PA, and earned her BFA  with a double major in painting and jewelry/metals from the Tyler School of Art.  After graduation and inspired by a year studying in Rome, she moved to France and then Tuscany.  Finally landing in Brooklyn, she taught  at a number of community art studios, fabricated for big name designers and built her own art jewelry under the brand Moxy Metals.  In 2013 she launched her own studio for emerging jewelry designers called Happenstance Jewelry Studio, where she currently makes her work and hosts an intensive apprenticeship program.  In her other life she also rides horses professionally – themes of animals, natural forms, organic and alternative materials are signatures in her work.

Prof. Goodman teaches:
HJD 019  Jewelry Design Studio I

Teaching Philosophy:
In my studio everyone is an artist, everyone is equal.  Everyone is encouraged to express their own voice and vision.  However, as artists and craftspeople we are held to professional standards, and we are expected to produce exceptional work even when on a deadline.  My goal as an educator is to foster successful, skilled makers who are proud of each piece they produce, and prepared to move forward in their education or to launch a professional career in arts and design.  In learning to create and in producing great work students come to understand themselves more fully not only as makers but also as people.

On Precollege Programs:
This transitional period in many young peoples’ lives is when they first take tentative steps towards self identifying as an artist or designer.  Being there to watch this transformation and being the mentor that can offer growth and affirmation at this nascent stage is incredibly rewarding.
Industry Experience/Recent Exhibitions:
I have worked as a fabricator for many big brand designers, like Alexis Bittar.  In my personal design work I build almost exclusively on commission for private clients.  I am constantly impressed by my students whom I have helped to launch their own brands, such as Eva Marcus Jewelry, Laura Wass of WXYZ, Allie Schloss of AnnaLaya designs, Libby Klein of Libby BK and Candice Cox of CanDidArt, to name a few.


Timothy Treadwell Ring, Max Goodman


Orchid Pendant, Max Goodman


Magnolia Post Earrings, Max Goodman

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Wishbone Hinged Necklace, Max Goodman

Instructor Spotlight: Josef Zutelgte

1_Josef_Zutelgte_FIT copyProfessor Josef Zutelgte has been teaching in the Fine Arts Department at FIT since 2000, drawing, 3-D design and sculpture. He was born in Germany, attended the Westfaelische Wilhelms University and the Kunstakademie Muenster/Duesseldorf and received an MFA in 1983.  After moving to New York in 1986, he studied at The City College of New York and earned an MFA in Sculpture.  Zutelgte also collaborates with Phil Art Academy, preparing foreign students for U.S. undergraduate and graduate studies. Over the last several years, he has traveled to South Korea and China to coordinate intensive college preparation workshops. In the past, he has taught at Parsons and University of Pforzheim,Germany.

As a working artist, Josef Zutelgte has exhibited throughout the US and Europe, including the Corcoran Gallery, Washington DC, Jack Tilton Gallery  NYC, Roman Zenner Gallery, Germany, Konrad Moenter Gallery , Germany, Univerity of the Arts, Philadelphia, Hunter College, NYC , University of Hawaii.

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Sculpture by Prof. Josef Zutelgte

Awards include Triangle Foundation NYC (Residency), National Foundation of the Arts , Miami (Residency) , and  the Art Development Grant.


Prof. Josef Zutelgte Teaches:
HSX 021: Observational Drawing for Portfolios
HSX 022: Portraits for Portfolios 
HFA 148 55A Fine Arts Portfolio 

Teaching Philosophy:
In this age of globalization, digitalization, and climate change, the world (both natural and constructed) seems to change dramatically from one day to the next. It is my goal to help students hone their observational skills and encourage them to spend time looking at the world, question why things exist as they do, and propose alternatives in an ever-changing world.

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Sculpture by Prof. Josef Zutelgte

I view the classroom as a place for knowledge and inquiry, experimentation and discovery, failure and success. A successful art education allows and encourages the imagination to flourish. Through teaching, I have observed that as students develop their visual skills, they look more closely at their surroundings. As they find outlets for expression, they gain a deeper understanding of themselves—and this is the starting point for creatively engaging with our world. The creative process should be inviting, challenging, and fun. It is serious work, but we won’t find success if it doesn’t bring us pleasure.

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Sculpture by Prof. Josef Zutelgte

Advice for young students:An important aspect of learning is to “play.” Art invites and encourages play and, in the process, you learn to take risks, solve problems, and find alternative solutions—all important things you can apply to other life situations.

On Precollege Programs:
It is absolutely awesome to work with many young motivated students and it is a great opportunity  for students to find others with similar interests and desires.

Artwork by Prof. Zutelgte

Artwork by Prof. Zutelgte


Sculpture by Prof. Josef Zutelgte


Sculpture by Prof. Josef Zutelgte

Instructor Spotlight: Jully-Alma Taveras

Jully-Alma Taveras ​is an energetic, motivated and fashion obsessed NYC girl. Her
experience in the fashion industry started at 16 years old, interning for fur designer Adrianne Landau. Since then, Jully has earned degrees at FIT in Fashion Design and Fashion Merchandising Management. Jullyfor FITShe has worked in various different roles including luxury design, marketing, fashion show production, celebrity styling, merchandising and sales. Throughout all of these experiences, one thing has always remained constant – her love for fashion, product and relationship-building. Today, Jully works for Ralph Lauren as an Account Executive, lectures at FIT and works for the world leading trend forecasting Service WGSN/Stylesight.


Instructor Jully Taveras teaches:
HSX 120 Fabulous World of Fashion Forecasting

Teaching Philosophy:
My teaching philosophy starts with engagement. It’s very important for me to create an environment where asking questions comes very natural. My goal for my students is for each of them to inquire, research and develop in order to discover their dreams and then tactfully pursue those aspirations. I love to share my experiences and strive to help our next generation of fashion leaders carve their own paths to success!

On Precollege Programs:
I took my first Precollege class many moons ago, but I remember to this day who my professors were and how they helped me determine what my skill sets were and ways to improve them. The Precollege program at FIT provided me with tools to learn about careers, opportunities and industry professionals. It gave me a glimpse at the fashion world from the inside and helped me carve my own path to success. I encourage every young person to take Precollege courses – after all, I wouldn’t be where I am without being a part of this wonderful program myself!
 Fashion Design, Merchandising, Marketing and Sales:
-Adrienne Landau
-Bill Blass
-Ralph Lauren
-Laundry by Shelli Segal
-Jantzen Swimwear
-Perry Ellis International
-Leatherock Accessories
Fashion Styling:
-What Not to Wear with Stacy London and Clinton Kelly
-Time: Health Magazine
-Mercedes Benz NYFW