- Fashion Director, Product Developer and Buyer at JC Penney
- Fashion Director at JCrew
- Women’s Department Manager at Lord & Taylor
Melissa is an artist who creates abstract paintings and sculptures. She holds a Business Administration AA, a Fine Arts BFA and is a 2020 Art Market Studies MA Candidate. She was the curator for Torche Galerie in Belmar NJ from 2012-2015. She is a three-time Community Development Block Grant recipient from the City of Yonkers, where she is director and curator for the not for profit arts organization and gallery, US+U. In addition, she manages an artist residency and an education program onsite.
Making art is a personal process-it can be fun, playful, meditative, serious, intuitive, contemplative and so on. You have to experiment, make things you love and things you don’t like. Both are supposed to happen and will. It’s part of figuring out your personal aesthetic/finding your creative voice.
I believe one of the most important things to acknowledge as a teacher is that everyone interprets & processes information differently. I enjoy taking the time to get to know each student, it enables me to make teaching choices that speak to the students I have in that particular class.
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Kiril Hristov is an artist and illustrator whose work has been featured in galleries around the world. He was born in Sofia, Bulgaria and developed an interest in film and art at an early age. He was accepted to The National School of Fine Arts, where he completed rigorous training and improved his technique. He continued his education at the Academy of Fine Arts. Since then, Hristov takes part in shows and individual exhibitions in Bulgaria, Greece, Algeria, Austria, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Germany, Russia, and the United States. He has a Ph.D. in Fine Art.
Kiril Teaches the following FIT Precollege Classes:
HAR 016 Creating the Fashion Figure
My goal is to help my students think creatively and experiment with a variety of styles and methodologies that help them discover their artistic selves. I want my students to be inspired by art history and artistic traditions, as well as by nature and contemporary events. My students search for connections between music, theatre, cinema, literature, architecture, and other mediums of expression. My teaching method is based on the classical principles of drawing as well as contemporary trends.
I believe that it is important to nurture students as individuals by showing them a variety of techniques. I help my students channel their talent and passion into an artistic product that demonstrates a rich art vocabulary.
Multiple demonstrations, repetitions, and collaborations are essential to my teaching practice. I always make sure that my students are informed about what is going on around them in the artistic, political, and social sense so that they are conscious of the outside world that they bring into their work.
Industry Experience/Recent Exhibitions:
Exhibition: Train Station for two- Fashion Illustration, Norwalk CT 2018
Solo Show: “Temporal Static” 151 Gallery, San Francisco 2017
Solo Show: “Selection of Drawings” Felt Factory, San Fransisco
“Work in Progress”, Sofia, Bulgaria 2016
Solo Show: Art 36 Gallery, Sofia, Bulgaria 2015
Solo Show: “Run Away,” Norwalk, Connecticut 2014
Artwork by Kiril Hristov:
Caroline has over 10 years of industry experience in Fashion Design and Costume Design. She is a graduate of FIT. Her work as a designer and creative consultant has allowed her to travel to places such as China and Europe.
Caroline Berti Teaches the following FIT Precollege Classes:
HSX 098: Wearable Technology: Fashion Meets Function
Experimentation and learning are one and the same, and they both happen when you are creating. Each person has their own unique way of seeing things; as a professor, I try to provide students with the tools and foundation to bring that perspective to life through experimenting and being creative.
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