Instructor Spotlight: Sara Petitt

Sara Petitt is an Assistant Professor in the department of Textile/Surface Design and the Coordinator of Fabric Styling in the School of Art and Design at the Fashion Institute of Technology. Professor Petitt has taught at FIT  for 12 years,  is a consultant for various fashion publications on trends forecasting, and received her BFA from Bennington College.

Professor Petitt teaches  HFS 180: Fabric Styling for Fashion for Precollege Programs at FIT.

 

Professor Petitt’s  Teaching Philosophy:

Each student has their own vision and aesthetic that they must discover and explore.  A successful student is in touch with their own individuality.  To express their idea, technical skill must be fostered and achieved.

On Precollege Programs:

The diversity of the student body, the energy and ideas students bring to the class, and their dedication and talent is what I enjoy most about teaching for Precollege Programs.

Our Saturday, Sunday, and Summer Live classes have been very well attended because we try to touch the individuality each student brings to the class.  The projects are fun and relate to current topics.

Most Recent  Exhibitions:

  • Gallery 307 Solo Exhibition of Photos from Cuba and India NYC

Awards:

  • Cotton Inc. Award for Design Excellence
  • Rosco Commendation for Design Excellence
  • Numerous Gallery Solo Shows in NYC
  • Guest 2011 on Chuck Scarborough Show NBC News

Cuban Cars, Sara Petitt

Indian Women, Sara Petitt

Cuban Laundry, Sara Petitt

Two Guys from Williams, AZ, Sara Petitt

Instructor Spotlight: Cornelia Hediger

HeadshotCornelia Hediger  has been teaching in the Photography Department of the School of Art and Design at the Fashion Institute of Technology since 2004.

Some of the courses Cornelia has taught through Precollege Programs include HPH 167: The Intermediate, Traditional Photographic Darkroom and HPH 169: Fundamentals of Digital Photography and Photoshop.

Cornelia received her BFA and MFA from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University.

Website: www.corneliahediger.com.

Professor Hediger’s Teaching Philosophy:

My philosophy in art, as well as in life, is to live by example. My passion for the subject, to create visual images through photography, is one I like to share in the classroom with my students.

On Precollege Programs:

To see high school students come into a college setting and develop a fondness for the subject is rewarding to me both as an artist and a teacher. I thoroughly enjoy being there with them at a rather critical time in their careers as students moving from high school into college. Teaching Precollege has been a great pleasure as I get to watch talent develop at a very early state.

Most Recent Solo Exhibitions:

  • 2011 View Point Gallery, Exit, Canada
  • 2011 Klompching Gallery, Doppelganger II, NY

Most Recent Group Exhibitions:

  • 2011 Schneider Gallery, ‘The Reality of Illusion”, Chicago, IL
  • 2011 Klompching Gallery, Exposed, Brooklyn, NY
  • 2009 Galerie Kunstagenten, On Portrait, Berlin, Germany
  • 2009 Lishui International Photography Festival, China

Awards:

  • 2010 PX3, Prix De La Photographie Paris, 3rd price. Category art photography other
  • 2009  PDN’S 30: 30 Emerging Photographers to watch

Selected Bibliography:

  • ARam, Kim, PHOTO+, Doppelganger, October, 2010, P54-P59 and P82-P83
  • Adam Levy, “The Puzzle of the Self”, Photo Technique, March/April, 2010, P23 – P28
  • Susan Bright, “Doppelgänger”, HotShoe Magazine, August/September, 2009, P20 – P29
  • An Olaerts, Snoecks 2010, P324 – P337
  • Abe’s Penny, Volume 1.8 (October) 2009
  • Visura Magazine, Issue II, April 2009
  • New York Magazine (Art Candy), September 17. 2008
  • Narte Espacio Movistar (Spanish online review), October 1, 2008
  • Lina Wang, “Doppelgänger”, Vision Magazine China, October 2008, P234-P239
  • Photography Quarterly Magazine #94, “Passionate Attitudes”, review, 2007. P34 – P41
  • Kathleen Murray, “Women explore art, life in photos”, review, Poughkeepsie Journal,
  • November 2006. P17
  • Jill Conner, “The very rich hours”, review, Contemporary, no 65. October 2004. P77

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Instructor Spotlight: James Patrick Reid

James Reid has been teaching in the Fine Arts Department of the School of Art and Design at the Fashion Institute of Technology as an Adjunct Professor since 1998. He has also taught at The Art Students League, the New York Academy of Art, The Savannah College of Art and Design, Union College and Indiana University.

Some of the courses James has taught through Precollege Programs include HFA 023: Basic Drawing, HFA 024: Basic Life Drawing, HFA 083: Portrait Painting for the Beginner, HFA 099: Experimental Media, HFA 100: Bridging Painting and Drawing, HFA 143: Architectural Rendering, and HFA 148: Fine Arts Portfolio.

James received his MFA in Painting from Indiana University.

Website: http://www.jamespatrickreid.com/

Professor Reid’s Teaching Philosophy:

To be an artist, any kind of artist, calls for a certain wakefulness of the spirit, the intellect, the heart and the senses. In my teaching I try to cultivate this wakefulness.

On Precollege Programs:

What do I enjoy about teaching for Precollege Programs? The students! — their enthusiasm, creativity and eagerness to learn. I love to share my knowledge and experience with them.

Most Recent Exhibitions:

  • 2010  THERESE A. MALONEY ART GALLERY, College of St. Elizabeth, Convent Station, New Jersey. Who We Are: Contemporary Portraits.
  • 2010 ANNUAL JURIED SHOW, FIRST STREET GALLERY NYC
  • 2010  THERESE A. MALONEY ART GALLERY, College of St. Elizabeth, Convent Station, New Jersey. New Classicism.

Selected Publications:

  • James Reid, True to Nature: The Metaphysics of Representation in Art, in American Arts Quarterly, Winter, 1998.
  • James Reid, Vital Form and Radiant Light: A Painter Explores the Photographs of Christopher Burkett, in Intimations of Paradise: the Photography of Christopher Burkett, Westwind Arts, 1999.
  • James Reid, Modern Art and Iconography, in Prosopon, April 2000.
  • James Reid, Modern Mystics: Kandinsky and Matisse, in Seen, volume 1, 2000.

 

"Central Park Near Children's Gate, August" oil on canvas 30" x 40", 2009, James Reid

Les Miserables, James Reid

Gabrielle at Age Two with Teddy Bea

"Gabrielle at Age Two with Teddy Bear" oil on canvas 44" x 22", 1997, James Reid

The Judgment of Paris

The Judgment of Paris oil on canvas 36"x28" 2011, James Reid

Instructor Spotlight: Dik Liu

Dik Liu is an Adjunct Instructor in the Fine Arts Department of the School of Art and Design at the Fashion Institute of Technology. He is a practicing artist and has taught at the college level for over 20 years.

Dik has taught HFA 023: Basic Drawing and HFA 148: Fine Arts Portfolio for Precollege Programs.

Dik received his MFA from Yale University.

Website: http://dikliu.com/


Professor Liu’s Teaching Philosophy:

I prepare my students with the fundamental, technical skills they need to excel in their art education. Just as important, I enable them to be at their best and to attain whatever it is that is their artistic goal.

On Precollege Programs:

Precollege students are generally enthusiastic, serious, and intellectually curious.

Most Recent Exhibition:

  • Eden Rock Gallery, St Barthélemy

Awards/Publications:

  • American Artist
  • Zing Magazine
  • 100 New York Painters

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32” x 30”, oil on canvas, Dik Liu

 

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18”X18”, oil on panel, Dik Liu

 

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30”X24” , oil on canvas, Dik Liu

 

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28”X36”, oil on canvas, Dik Liu

 

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24”X24”, oil on canvas, Dik Liu

 

Instructor Spotlight: Mark Kurdziel

Mark KurdzielMark Kurdziel has been an Adjunct Professor in the Fine Arts Department of the School of Art and Design at the Fashion Institute of Technology since 1992.

Some of the courses he has taught through Precollege Programs include HFA 023 Basic Drawing, HFA 024 Life Drawing and HFA 148 Fine Arts Portfolio.

A fine artist and a fine teacher!

Oh yeah, and guess where he received his BFA? That’s right – FIT!

 

Professor Kurdziel’s Teaching Philosophy:

I consider myself a math teacher. I try to teach the structure of pictorial design with the expressive, descriptive and poetic aspects of making art.

On Precollege Programs:

I enjoy showing students that there is more to making art then they could imagine. It is also very satisfying to improve a student’s drawing skills and to help them get into a college. Precollege students at FIT are often smart, talented and motivated and a pleasure to teach. Teaching high school students can be a nice change from teaching college students. It has been a pleasure teaching Precollege .

Most Recent Solo Exhibitions:

  • 2010  Place and Pattern, Walter Wickiser Gallery Inc, New York, NY
  • 2010  Mark Kurdziel, Puzz Gallery, Art Village, Seoul, South Korea

Most Recent Group Exhibitions:

  • 2010  Poetry and Motion, Able Fine Arts, New York, NY
  • 2010  Seoul Open Art Fair, South Korea
  • 2010  Bongsan Art Fair, South Korea
  • 2010  Daegu Art Fair, South Korea

Selected Publications:

  • 2010  Place and Pattern, Xu Xi
  • 2005  ARTnews review, Romancing Nature, Arlene McKanic, March
  • 2004  Catalog; Romancing Nature, essay written by Jonathan Goodman
  • 2004  Spiritual Realms, Opilent Dreams: Fantasy and Vision in Contemporary Figuration, David Cleveland
  • 2001  The Recent Paintings of Mark Kurdziel, Judd Tully
  • 1999  The Korai of Mark Kurdziel, Desmond Barry

Below are some images of Professor Kurdziel’s work found on his website, www.markkurdziel.com.


 

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