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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Instructor Spotlight: Pacifico Silano

Pacifico Silano is a lens-based artist whose work is an exploration of print culture, the circulation of imagery and LGBTQ identity. Born in Brooklyn, NY, he received his MFA in Photography from the School of Visual Arts. His work has been exhibited in group shows, including at the Bronx Museum; Tacoma Art Museum; Oude Kerk, Amsterdam; and ClampArt, New York City. He has had solo shows at ClampArt, New York City and Baxter ST@CCNY.

Reviews of his work have appeared in The New Yorker, Artforum, Newsweek and The New York Times. He is a winner of the Individual Photographer’s Fellowship from the Aaron Siskind Foundation and a Finalist for the Aperture Foundation Portfolio Prize. He was chosen as an Artist in Residence at Light Work in Syracuse, NY, granted a Workspace Residency at Baxter Street CCNY and was a Key Holder Resident at the Lower East Side Printshop. He is a 2016 fellow in Photography with the New York Foundation for the Arts.

Pacifico Silano teaches:
HPH 169: Fundamentals of Digital Photography & Photoshop

Teaching Philosophy:
I always encourage my students to identify what it is they are most passionate about and challenge them to find ways to put that into their art. When you care about what you are photographing, people will notice.

Industry Experience/Recent Exhibitions:

Solo Exhibitions
John John, Rubber-Factory, New York, NY.
Arrangements, Rubber-Factory @ VOLTA, New York, NY.
Tearsheets, Baxter St. CCNY, New York, NY.
Against Nature, ClampArt, New York, NY.

Group Exhibitions
PHOTO LONDON, somerset House, London, UK.
New Voices: Recent Acquisitions from the Light work collection, Light Work, Syracuse, NY.
Sun Screen, Lower East Side Printshop, New York, NY.
Night Fever, Future Tenant, Pittsburgh, Pa.
High Summer, Foley Gallery, New York, NY.
Art AIDS America, The Bronx Museum of The Arts, Bronx, NY.

Lower East Side Print Shop, Key Holder Residency
New York Foundation of The Arts, Fellowship in Photography
Lightwork Artist-in-Residence, Syracuse, NY.
Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, Alumni Microgrant Recipient
Baxter Street, CCNY Workspace Residency, New York, NY.
Aperture Portfolio Prize – Finalist/Runner Up.
The Bronx Museum of The Arts, Artist in The Marketplace Program.
Aaron Siskind Foundation, Individual Photographer’s Fellowship

Selected Bibliography
“volta ny 2017: building true relationships through art,” Artsy
Vince Aletti, “Goings on About Town: Art,” The New Yorker
Holland Cotter, “Art of the AIDS Years: What Took Museums So Long?” New York Times
Juliana Halpert, “Critics’ Pick, Pacifico Silano,” ART FORUM

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Instructor Spotlight: Alexa Nosal

Alexa Nosal is a graphic designer and fine artist working in the New York area. She began her career as an Art Director in the area of fashion then joined Martin Solomon, Co. where she worked until 2006. She continues her graphic career working on independent projects. Over the years, she has not only developed a diverse body of internationally recognized work, but has presented seminaries to national and international design professionals.


Peru by Alexa Nosal

Prof. Nosal teaches:

HAD150: Magazine Design
HAD156: ABC’S of Designing with Text

Teaching Philosophy:
I believe the classroom is an environment in which to explore creativity. The class is structured around visual presentations, hands-on projects, and critique suggestions. Once subject fundamentals are established, students apply their own unique design visions to project development. Students are encouraged to ask questions and contribute ideas. This shared input expands design possibilities making the whole learning process, from concept to final visual, an exciting experience.

Industry Experience:
Barneys New York, Canon, Chanel Cosmetics, Hyundai Automobiles, Oil of Olay, Pfizer, Piaget, Schott Glass

Seminars and Presentations:

  • Grandestypos, Sponsored by the Instituto Superior Comunicacion Visual, Rosario, Argentina
  • Seminar: University of San Luis Potosi, Mexico
  • Los Secretos del Diseño Grafico Exitoso, Santo Domingo
  • II Encuentro Internacional de Enseñanza del Deseño, Sponsored by the Instituto Superior Deseño Industial, La Habana, Cuba
  • Diseño Gráfico Y Tipografia / Aguas De La Cañada, Instituto Superior de Diseño, Cordoba, Argintina.
  • Judge for the TDC35 Call For Entry, design competition

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Instructor Spotlight: Daniel Silverstain

Daniel Silverstain, a former musician and record artist from Israel, discovered his passion for design on a trip to India where he practiced in knitting, screen-printing, and jewelry making. Daniel began his design career in Israel 2007, serving as the Visual Merchandise Director for the Israeli branch of popular label KEDS. In 2009 Daniel moved to New York in order to complete his studies at the Fashion Institute of Technology. While still an undergraduate, Daniel was selected to collaborate with the Danish-based fashion label Muuse, a fashion group that partners with emerging young designers from around the world to produce their collections and sell them to the public. Early in his career, Daniel worked with the design teams of renowned fashion brands such as 3.1 Philip Lim, Calvin Klein Collection, and Elie Tahari.

Prof. Daniel Silverstain teaches:
HAR 016 Creating the Fashion Figure     
HSX 084 Designing a Fashion Mini-Collection
JSX 013 Fashion Art: Faces and Figures 

Teaching Philosophy:
Fashion should be fun and inspiring. I believe working and doing what you love makes you feel like you are not working at all – I would love my students to experience just that. I like encouraging my students to feel inspired and create what they truly love. My job is to give each student the tools and skills that will enable them to achieve their dreams.
Industry Experience:
  • New York Fashion Week / Paris Fashion Week / Creative Director at KEDS / Designer at Calvin Klein Collection / Designer at Phillip Lim / Genart Fresh Faces Winner / Vogue Italia and Muuse Most Promising Designer.
  • In 2013, Daniel was recognized by the CFDA “for his outstanding achievement in Womenswear Design”, and awarded a member of the CFDA+.
  • Daniel has dressed top international artists such as Solange, Halsey, Michelle Monoghan, and Lady Gaga, was selected by Refinery 29 as one of the “8 new designers to bet on in 2015”, and Chosen by Marie Claire as one of the “Best Emerging Designers for 2016”.
  • Most Recently, Daniel was selected to participate in the 20th Anniversary of GEN ART – Fresh Faces during New York Fashion Week, and was awarded by leading industry professionals as the winner of the Incubator Award with Gen Art.