Instructor Spotlight: Seth Hiler

       Seth Ruggles Hiler is influenced by geography and the communities of his surroundings.  He creates and records connections to people and place through painting.  Seth received a BFA from Syracuse University in 2002 and an MFA from the New York Academy of Art in 2005.   He applies the combination of passion for connection and expertise in figurative painting in the classrooms of FIT’s Pre-College Program and Bard College’s High School Early College in Newark, NJ.  

Website: www.sethruggleshiler.com
 
Seth Hiler Teaches:
HSX 022 Portraits for Portfolios
Teaching Philosophy:
My approach to teaching is directly aligned with that of my art practice.  Passion, discipline and community engagement are essential in both.  Teachers must share the clear concepts of their subject matter, while at the same time creating a community in which their students can express their own ideas using their newfound knowledge.
Selected Recent Exhibitions:
2017
“The Transcendence of Us,” Brooklyn Fire Proof’s ‘Gallery 104,’ Brooklyn, NY
“Art at the Abbey,” The Great Hall Gallery, Brooklyn, NY – group show, curated by Seth Ruggles Hiler
2016
“Artists Emerged: NJ Emerging Artists Series New Works,” Monmouth Museum, Lincroft, NJ
“Season of Creativity,” Palette Art Studio, Woodbridge, CT
“Personality Test, Contemporary Portraiture,” Mikhail Zakin Gallery, Demarest, NJ
2015 

“X Contemporary Exhibition,” Art Basel, Miami, FL
“Transitions,” ANNEX Arts Space, Williamsburg, NY – Solo Exhibition
“KUNSTKAMMER,” Parenthesis Art Space, Brooklyn, NY
Artwork by Seth Hiler
 

Instructor Spotlight: Stacy Mehrfar

Born and raised in NY, Stacy lived in Sydney, Australia from 2008-2016.  During that time she taught photography at several Arts Universities where she lectured on Documentary Photography, taught workshops on on-location lighting, and assisted students in building portfolios and executing graduation exhibitions. Previous to her move to Sydney, Stacy taught Continuing Education classes at the Makor Steinhart Center, and was also an active teaching assistant at the International Center of Photography, in New York and southern France. Stacy has also given several lectures on her artwork at Universities and arts organizations in both the US and Australia.
Website: www.stacymehrfar.com

Stacy Mehrfar teaches:
HSX 112: Documentary Photography

Teaching Philosophy:
Photography is about discovery. We throw questions out into the world and take photographs to try to find answers. Students should have the freedom to discover through mistakes and experimentation. Most of all I want students to take pleasure in that process after all my own greatest discoveries have come from the unexpected.  Through class projects and group discussion, we learn to grow together as a community, pushing one another to greater heights.

Industry Experience/Recent Exhibitions:
Stacy exhibited her photographs and video installations in the United States, Australia, Poland, and Germany, at institutions including the International Center of Photography and ClampArt in New York, Edmund Pearce in Melbourne, the Australian Centre of Photography and the State Library of New South Wales in Sydney.

GRANTS:
Australian Post Graduate Award, Arts New South Wales Grant, the National Association for the Visual Arts Grant, the Camera Club of New York Darkroom Residency, the Makor Artist Residency at 92nd St Y, Moran Arts Foundation, Head On Portrait Prize, Photo District News, Photobook Melbourne, and Center for Photography at Woodstock.

AWARDS:
Moran Arts Foundation, Head On Portrait Prize, Photo District News, Photobook Melbourne, and Center for Photography at Woodstock.

Stacy’s first photobook, Tall Poppy Syndrome, was published by Decode Books, Seattle, 2012.

CURRENT EXHIBITIONS:
ICP Museum Projection exhibition, 100 Days (2017)
“In Search of Lost Time,” exhibition at the ICP School (Oct 2017).

 

Instructor Spotlight: Maria Luisa Tamara DeSantis

Maria Luisa Tamara DeSantis was born in Barranquilla-Colombia and moved to NY as a teenager. She graduated FIT with a BA in Fine Arts and a minor in Art History. Art and education are Maria Luisa’s true passions as an artist. Diverse in her choice of mediums for her own work, she currently focuses on found objects and yarn, creating pieces full of color and life. No matter the medium, in her process she enjoys playing with layers, color, composition, and harmony and sees her pieces as paintings even when by definition they are not.
Website: www.marialuisatamara.com

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Maria Luisa Tamara teaches:

JSX 035: Color Theory and Application
JSX 037 Middle School Sculpture
JSX 038 Multiple Media Workshop

 

Teaching Philosophy:

I believe teaching is a two-way street, as well as a source of inspiration and fulfillment for me, and a way to provide the same to my students. By showing students work by artists they might have never heard of, places and concepts they have not been exposed to before, I want to spark enthusiasm for new techniques and unusual ways to mix mediums.  

Recent Exhibitions:
2015
YONKERS ART EXHIBITION, Yonkers, NY
GREENPOINT GALLERY, Brooklyn, NY
2014
INSIDE OUT – torche’ galerie, Belmar, NJ
2013
NICE TO MEET YOU, – Materilas for the Arts Gallery, LIC, Queens, NY
2013
KALEIDOSCOPE IN CONDITION, BFA Thesis Exhibition, New York, NY
2010
“40′ x 19′ x 11′” – At M55 GALLERY, LIC, Queens, NY
2009
JUNIOR ART SHOW – At FIT Great Hall   New York, NY
FINE ARTS VS ILLUSTRATION – At 2/20 GALLERY   New York, NY
FIFTY UNSPOKEN WORDS – At M55 GALLERY, LIC, Queens, NY
2008
ART IN THE CENTRAL MARKET, Florence, Italy
First and second place in the arts and design competition
THE ANNEX, CAE   New York, NY
2006
ARTS COLLECTIVE – At 2/20 GALLERY   New York, NY

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Instructor Spotlight: Stephen Cucci


Stephen J. Cucci is an FIT alum and the CEO/Creative Director of STITCHbySJC Designs, a visual merchandising and design freelance company. STITCHbySJC works with specialty brands on revamping and revitalizing the creative direction for today’s changing marketplace, staging/production/styling for TV/film/editorial and leading international lectures and training workshops on related topics.

 

Stephen Cucci Teaches:
HSX 120: The Fabulous World of Fashion Forecasting

Teaching Philosophy:
I believe that the fashion industry is constantly evolving as new opportunities present themselves as a result of emerging technologies. I teach my students to be open and flexible and not box themselves in, but to always leave one side open for growth.

Industry Experience:
SPORTSWEAR INTERNATIONAL
LIMITED BRAND
GIORGIO ARMANI (ARMANI EXCHANGE)
BCBG MAXAZRIA GROUP

Awards:
“Best at Show” for the design and Merchandising of trade booths at MAGIC in Las Vegas.

Styling Work for Inked Magazine:

Introducing Precollege Blogger: Kayla

Hey, everyone! My name is Kayla Cariffe and I’m a 16-year-old book nerd, makeup addict, and theater aficionado. I’m currently going into my senior year (how did that happen? Honestly I’m still six years old) in high school. I love to participate in school activities like plays, chorus, mock trial (which is pretty cool because you get to act out a fake court case with a real judge and everything!), and speech and debate. On the off chance I’m not stuck at school until 10 o’clock (a rather common occurrence, shockingly), you can find me at home, curled up with a nice book, like Harry Potter for the millionth time, or bingeing on tv shows (my current show being How I Met Your Mother with my mom).

I am from Staten Island, New York and this tends to affect my personal view about a lot of things. For example, drivers on this island are the absolute worst but our pizza is the absolute best!

This summer, I am taking part in the Cosmetics and Fragrance Marketing Precollege Class as well as the Short Film Basics Class. I am really excited to take part in these classes because of how interesting they sound. I am also quite interested to see how well I survive traveling into the city every day by myself (because as previously mentioned, I am more of a six-year-old than a sixteen-year-old).

I am also curious to experience a college campus in a way that makes me feel as if I were a college student and not just some high school student going to an open house. I am really excited to start blogging because I love to write, I love pretending I’m like famous bloggers, and interesting things always seem to happen to me so I’m excited to share my good/bad/plain weird experiences with all of you. I don’t really know where I want to go to college for sure, but I am strongly leaning towards FIT and in the future, I hope to be an honors student and to make it into the Cosmetics and Fragrance Marketing Program.

That’s all I have for now. Stay tuned for more posts about my experiences at FIT, my progress in my classes, tips and tricks for current and future Precollege students, and much more!

Don’t Forget To Be Awesome!

-Kayla