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


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

Instructor Spotlight: Eric Ramirez


Prof. Eric Ramirez is the Chairperson and  Assistant Professor in the Textile Surface Design Department. He is a graduate of the TSD Major at the Fashion Instituite of Technology with an AAS and BFA Degree.  He designs in various areas of the textile and related fields, especially textiles prints for fashion apparel and home furnishings, such as: children’s, woman’s wear and menswear, bed sheet, upholstery fabrics, dinnerware, tabletop, bathroom products. During the semester he teaches several courses from basic color and drawing to the graduating capstone courses. Prof. Ramirez continues as well to work on his fine art paintings.

Prof. Ramirez teaches:

HTS176 55A  From Museum Inspiration to Textile Design  


Teaching Philosophy:
I believe that each student has a special creative gift that needs to be nurtured and developed. Through instruction, guidance and hands on practice this creative gift can be strengthen. At one point there is a comfort level when they have achieved a break through with their creativity. Then only can the limitless possibilities of what can be achieved for the future be within the reach of the student.




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I really think the opportunity to study in New York City at FIT in a college atmosphere is so rewarding. Being on a campus that is full of a variety of different fields of study is just awesome. During my class I especially like to see the creative ability and to hear the diferent points of view about designing from the students during discussions and critiques. I have always felt that in all the Precollege programs you will experience something that will make a major impact on you, for the rest of your life.

Artwork featured in the post by Prof. Eric Ramirez


Instructor Spotlight: Bing Hu

DSC_0245Prof. Hu is from the city of Shanghai in the People’s Republic of China. She graduated from the Shanghai Teachers college in 1983, just three years after Chairman Mao’s death and China’s Culture Revolution ended. In 1986 she came to the United States, where she received a merit scholarship at the Art Students League of New York and later obtained her MFA from the State University of New York at Purchase in 1995.



Teaching Philosophy:
I believe professional education is very important. Learning at a young age is necessary. Young people are like the morning sunlight; the future of whole world belongs to them. Our mission is to provide the best art education and to elevate study energy and power. This power will keep the lights shining for generations.

Flatiron Installation

On Precollege Students:
They are young and energetic. They are like sponges; they can easily absorb information.

Advice for young students:
If you really love art, just do it.  FIT pre-college program was designed to help and to elevate your professional foundation level. I like motivated and flexible students, who are here to learn. I love teaching and working with young kids.




2012            “Shattered Debris, Sheer Transformation” at Flatiron Prow Art Space curate by Cheryl McGinnis Project

2009             “Breaking Lines” Cheryl McGinnis Gallery. NYC

1998             “Scattered Petals, Fallen Leaves, Shards of Glass: The Work of Bing Hu”, Brooklyn Museum of Art, NY

1996             “Open House Exhibition”, 111 Fourth Avenue, NY

1995             “Bing Hu Recent Works”. Chinese American Arts Council, Gallery 456, NY


2000            The Pollock-Krasner Foundation, Inc.

1997             The Joan Mitchell Foundation, Inc.

1996             Commissioned to investigate sites in New York City and propose a temporary public art project by the Public Art Fund

1996             The Pollock-Krasner Foundation, Inc.

1993-1995   Awards MFA Scholarship, SUNY Purchase

1989-1990   Merit Scholarship, Art Student League

1989             Nessa Cohen Memorial Foundation, New York

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