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: 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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Congratulations, Gabe!

CONGRATULATIONS TO GABE PECHIA WHO WAS JUST ACCEPTED TO FIT THIS FALL FOR COMMUNICATION DESIGN !

Student: Gabe Pechia
Major: Communication Design

Courses taken in Precollege Programs include:
HSX 022 Portraits for Portfolios

Were you accepted to FIT this fall too? We’d love to feature you on the blog as well!
Email: David_Bryant@fitnyc.edu for more information

Congratulations Danielle!

CONGRATULATIONS TO danielle covington WHO WAS JUST ACCEPTED TO FIT THIS FALL FOR ILLUSTRATION!

Student: Danielle Covington
Major: Illustration

Courses taken in Precollege Programs include:
 Precollege High School Intern

Were you accepted to FIT this fall too? We’d love to feature you on the blog as well!
Email: David_Bryant@fitnyc.edu for more information

 

In The Halls: Rebecka

Student: Rebecka (16)  Cresskill, New Jersey
Program: Saturday Live
Precollege Course:
HFM 060: Ins and Outs of Fashion Merchandising 

Describe your personal style?
My style consists of different forms of grunge. Some days I dress more girly, and other days I dress more hardcore. 

Where do you go on your breaks from class?
On breaks from class, I love going to Starbucks! I also love going to local cafes in the Chelsea neighborhood.

What is your favorite thing about FIT?
FIT has so many career options and internship opporunities. I also love the lively art community here.

Who or what inspires you?
I’m inspired by Kurt Cobain, even though he’s dead. I love him!

What do you want to do after you graduate from college?
Work! I would love to travel the world, and let my life become consumed in fashion.

 

-Meghan