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:

Instructor Spotlight: Renee Azoulay

Successful, multi-disciplined, marketing/communications Professional with 30 years of experience across industries. Renee is a talented, high energy professional that combines a sharp strategic focus with a passion for what she does.

In addition to teaching at FIT, she heads up a boutique marketing/training agency, Diamond Edge Network. Previously at leading marketing/promotion companies, she brought in, developed and managed promotional campaigns for companies including the NBA, The U.S. Postal Service, Spalding, Revlon and MTV Networks (Nickelodeon).

After earning her Bachelor of Science from Cornell University, Renee spent ten years in consumer research at the pharmaceutical company Bristol-Myers Squibb s and the advertising agency BBDO.

Website: www.getthediamondedge.com

Prof. Azoulay teaches:
HAC 066 Digital and Interactive Marketing: Who’s Watching You?

Teaching Philosophy:

My teaching philosophy is a “hands-on” approach to learning. I believe in my students’ ability to learn, but also to suggest, comment, question and most importantly contribute their ideas. My goal is to empower students and have them “absorb” the information rather than memorize it. With that in mind, my focus in class is to guide thinking and learning while at the same time encouraging active participation. I tend to create a relaxed environment with laughing and jokes so that we have fun too!

On Precollege Programs:

What a brilliant idea to explore a future career or interest now. Why wait! I think taking a Precollege course can jump-start a lifelong journey of success. Since enthusiasm is the main driver of my teaching style, I am delighted to bring this passion to high school students and spark interest for their future.

Industry Experience:

  • Head of Diamond Edge Network
  • As a motivational speaker, Renee has presented for leading organizations that include The NY Emmys, American Women in Radio & Television, Columbia University, the Professional Insurance Marketing Association, The Brand Activation Association (BAA, formerly the PMA), the eMarketing Association, the NY Builders Show, and the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce.
  • Promotional campaigns for NBA, The U.S. Postal Service, Spalding, Revlon and MTV Networks (Nickelodeon)

Instructor Spotlight: Richard Elmer

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Richard Elmer began teaching at FIT in 2002. He teaches in both the lower and upper divisions and also serves as Admissions Chairperson for the Illustration Department. He studied illustration and graduated from School of Visual Arts in NYC where he has lived and worked as a professional illustrator for over 35 years. He spent his early years freelancing in publishing and marketing while honing his illustration skills. His strong conceptual style garnered work in major corporate, publishing and advertising markets.

Websites: richardelmerart.com; Folioplanet.com

Prof. Elmer teaches:
HIL 160 Illustration Rendering Techniques

Work by Prof. Elmer

Teaching Philosophy:
We build our skills one painting at a time, so every effort plays a role in improving the next work. We must respect our efforts even if the outcome is not what we intended. Creating art can be broken down into a process but it is not a science. Science follows formulas, which produce the same outcome every time. Artist, employ patience and persistence to develop skills to rely on. Refine your craft to bringing your vision to life.

On Precollege Programs:
As Chair of Admissions for the Illustration Department I have seen the benefits of the Precollage Programs first hand. I review a lot of work from all over NY State, neighboring states, even other countries. I can say without a doubt that these programs offer a significant leg-up on the standard portfolios I see. Artwork often conveys a broader sense of awareness and sensibility in subject matter, media, even the presentation of the work.

Industry Experience/Recent Exhibitions:
Robert Wood Johnson Annual Report Paintings, Strathmore Paper, Concept Artist, PSP Sports/Nike, Nestlee and Becks. Time Life / Books for Young Readers. Head Creative/VortechX Technologies. RX Illustration Award of Excellence.

Works by Prof. Elmer: