Instructor Spotlight: Michele Liebler

Michele Liebler is a highly experienced fine artist whose work has been featured in museums and private collections both nationally and internationally. She began teaching in 2002 and has years of experience teaching courses and workshops at the National Academy Museum & School, Art Students League, Brooklyn College, Artspot, and 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. Prof. 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. 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 the following FIT Precollege Classes:
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:

  • Exhibited in such venues as Parrish Art Museum, Arnot Art Museum, National Academy Museum, Butler Institute of American Art and private collections internationally.
  • Received numerous awards including Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant, GIP Grant, Horlick Painting Award, and Arnot Art Museum Award for Painting.
  • Represented by First Street Gallery in New York City.

Featured work by Michele Liebler:

Instructor Spotlight: Demetrio Belenky

Demetrio Belenky is a figurative artist and teacher. He is a graduate of FIT and obtained his MFA from the New York Academy of Art, after which he pursued his calling in education. He has taught at FIT, SUNY New Paltz, and Berkeley College. He enjoys a studio practice in Brooklyn, where he lives, works and teaches privately.


Instructor Belenky teaches the following FIT Precollege Classes:
JSX 031 Basic Drawing Skills
JSX 036 Life Drawing for Middle School

Teaching Philosophy:

I believe in the universality of art, and I communicate to my students its power, global influence, and multiculturalism. Art is the great unifier and the language of form and expression and I attempt to translate it into a fun yet educative environment. My goal is to ignite interest for drawing, a passion for painting, and an understanding of form and how to visualize it aesthetically. The students learn that

through art, we become more engaged in our world, history, and present. Our worldview gains sophistication and we grow more attentive to the details and the big picture.

Industry Experience:
Creative Director at NPO Open Way

Creative resources at David Yurman

Artwork by Demetrio Belenky: