Instructor Spotlight: Jennifer Bentivegna

Jennifer Bentivegna began teaching at FIT  in 2014 in the Fashion Business Management department.  She teaches both lower and upper division courses in the subject matter relating to Product Development, Merchandising, and Team Development. Jennifer is an alumna of FIT graduating with her B.S in Fashion Merchandising Management. She spent her career in various roles at Giorgio Armani (Armani Exchange) in the Merchandising department as well as E-commerce. Jennifer is currently enrolled in a masters degree program at SUNY Empire where she plans to graduate with a Masters In Learning and Emerging Technologies.
Prof. Bentivegna teaches:
Teaching Philosophy:
I believe in sharing my knowledge of the industry with my students. I want them to understand that the only constant in this industry is change and it is my role as an instructor to prepare you for those constant changes. Teamwork, passion, and drive are the recipe for success in fashion and it is my goal to bring all three of those to the classroom every day.
Industry Experience:
  • Director Men’s Merchandising Armani Exchange
  • Director Buying/Planning
  • Armani


Instructor Spotlight: Michele Liebler

Michele Liebler began teaching in 2002. She has years of experience teaching courses and workshops at the National Academy Museum & School, Art Students League, teaching assistant; Brooklyn College, Founder and Art Instructor at Artspot, among other places around New York City. She received her BFA in painting and drawing from SUNY Purchase and her Master in Fine Arts from Brooklyn College. Michele Liebler spent her early years working in publishing for Penguin Books and Harper Collins as a graphic designer to support herself as a fine artist. Over the years she has had several solo exhibitions and group shows in New York City. She is a native New Yorker and continues to work in her studio in Brooklyn to produce works of art for her upcoming exhibitions.

Michele Liebler teaches:
HSX 018: Pop Art Painting

Teaching Philosophy:
I tell students that it is important to develop their own visual language. Allow yourself time to experiment with different mediums and techniques to find your own style. Be disciplined, paint every day and let your enthusiasm show through your work. I always share my professional experience with my students to help them grow as artists.

Industry Experience/Recent Exhibitions:
Michele Liebler has exhibited in such venues as Parrish Art Museum, Arnot Art Museum, National Academy Museum, Butler Institute of American Art and private collections internationally. She received numerous awards including Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant, GIP Grant, Horlick Painting Award, and Arnot Art Museum Award for Painting. She is represented by First Street Gallery in New York City.


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Instructor Spotlight: Jeanne Levinson

Jeanne Levinson graduated from U Mass., Dartmouth, B.S. in Textile Design and Fashion. She has worked as Freelance Textile Designer in Home Furnishings
from 1980 to 2004.  Her clients throughout the years included: Schumacher, Waverly and Brunschwig & Fils. Prof. Levinson taught at FIT as an adjunct professor in Textile/Surface/Fabric Styling Dept. since 2003 and at the Art Institute NYC since 2004.
She has exhibited watercolors, pencil drawings, and collages.

Prof. Levinson teaches:
HFS 182 Develop an Eye for Styling

Teaching Philosophy:

When I teach I expect my students to show up and try; to look at an assignment as an idea that will be expressed with paper, photos and fabrics. How can you do that? What are you trying to say? I encourage them to approach it in a variety of ways.

Industry Experience:
  • Fashion Institute of Technology, Textile/Surface Design, Fabric Styling, Precollege
  • Art Institute NYC

Worked for:

  • Schumacher
  • Waverly
  • Brunschwig & Fils.

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Instructor Spotlight: Morgan Wisniewski

Morgan Wisniewski is a filmmaker and educator currently based in Brooklyn, NY. She earned her Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in film production with a concentration in documentary film from SUNY Purchase College. She began teaching throughout college and has since taught elementary through high school level students. She started off making her films independently and, in the past few years, begun writing her first full length feature film Charter475.

Morgan Wisniewski teaches:

To me, education is one of the best road trips you will ever be on. Though there may be bumps in the road and detours along the way, the destination is always worth it. Besides, those bumps and detours are always more fun. And always remember; you are never alone on this journey. Never be afraid to admit you do not know something or that you are confused. I am always here to help!

Industry Experience:

  • Media Co-ordinator for New Hope Academy Charter School
  • Executive Producer, WXGB Fun Finance Radio & TV – Awarded Greenburgh Best Of list for 2016, by Paul Feiner, Greenburgh Town Supervisor
  • Film Producer – Xposure Foundation inc.
  • Director – Independent Filmmaker

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Instructor Spotlight: Kim Nelson

Kim Nelson is an award-winning jewelry designer and CAD model maker. He has worked for top jewelry houses across the country for twenty-five years. Kim started teaching at the Fashion Institute of Technology in 2000, has been full-time faculty since 2013, and is currently the chair of the Jewelry Design Department.  He teaches jewelry design courses, using both traditional and digital media, as well as 3D CAD modeling.

Prof. Nelson teaches:
HJD 033: Jewelry Design and Model Making with CAD

Teaching Philosophy:
I try to provide a positive learning experience first and foremost. Also, while I believe that building skills is important, I feel that increasing understanding is even more critical.

Industry Experience:
In-house designer for Carvin French and  Stuller
Design contractor for Stuller
President of freelance design and CAD modeling firm, Maquette, Inc.

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