UCAE Board Members
Board Member Biographies
Dr. Judith M. Burton is Professor and Director of Art & Art Education at Columbia University Teachers College. Before that she was Chair of Art Education at Boston University and taught at the Massachusetts College of Art. Burton received her Ed. D. from Harvard University in 1980. Her research focuses on the artistic-aesthetic development of children, adolescents and young adults and the implications this has for teaching and learning and the culture in general. In 1995 she co-founded the Center for Research in Arts Education at Teachers College, and in 1996 founded the Heritage School – a comprehensive high school featuring the arts – located in Harlem, NYC. Her book Conversations in Art: The Dialectics of Teaching and Learning co-edited with Dr. Mary Hafeli was published in 2012. She is author of numerous articles and chapters and currently has two books in process of publication: She received the Manuel Barkan Award for excellence in research writing, the Lowenfeld Award for lifetime achievement in art education from NAEA and the Ziegfeld Award for services to international art education from INSEA. Dr, Burton is a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts in Great Britain, a Distinguished Fellow of the NAEA, and serves as Distinguished Visiting Professor at the Central Academy of Fine Arts Beijing, and the South China Normal University, Guangzhou. She was awarded an honorary doctorate from the Beaconhouse University, Lahore, Pakistan. She is a trustee of the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, MD, USA and a former trustee of the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Maine, USA. She is the NAEA Eisner Lifetime Achievement honoree for 2015, in recognition of her services to the profession both nationally and globally. Her chapter Crossings and Displacements: The Artist and the Teacher, Reweaving the Future is included in the AERA Handbook on Research and Teaching 2016.
Sylvia K. Corwin is a tireless advocate for exemplary art and craft education. During 35 years as high school art supervisor. art teacher and NYU Supervisor of art student teachers she was honored with awards from NAEA (Eastern Region Secondary Art Teacher, National Retired Art Educator), UCAE (Lifetime Service), NYSATA, NYCATA, Mayor Ed Koch, Bronx Borough Presidents, Freedom Foundation, School Art League, Bronx Museum of Arts, American Federation of Art. Corwin is Developer/Demonstrator of ESEA/NYSBOE funded Reading Improvement Through Art (RITA). Corwin is cited in Who’s Who in American /art and in Collins, G. & Sandell, R, Women in Art and Education.
She holds degrees from The Cooper Union School of Art, Brooklyn College/SUNY and New York University. Was a member of National Endowment for the Arts Research Center/NYU, was NYS DeveloperDemonstrator of the federally funded Reading Improvement Through Art(RITA)edited UCAEA’s quarterly newsletter.
Wan Ling Fahrer is a New York City based artist and art educator with an MA in Art History from CUNY Hunter College and a BFA in both Fine Arts and Art Education from the School of Visual Arts. She is currently on the faculty at the School of Visual Arts and an adjunct professor at Hunter College. In addition, she is a museum educator at the Museum of Modern Art and has previously taught at cultural institutions throughout New York City including the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New Museum, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Drawing Center and the Keith Haring Foundation in School, Family, Adult and Academic, Community and Access programs. Further, Wan Ling is a New York State certified art teacher at PS 183 elementary school, currently on childcare leave. She organizes and curates community and student exhibitions at Sotheby’s, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and Weill Cornell New York Presbyterian Hospital. Wan Ling is a multimedia artist working in sculpture, drawing, needlework and temporal installations that often invites viewer interaction and addresses issues of femininity, diaspora, the Chinese culture and the American-Chinese identity. She has been exhibited throughout New York and internationally in Asia. Wan Ling lives with her husband and two young children in Manhattan.
Hayley Ferber has worked in the field of art education for the past 10 years. With a BS in Studio Art from New York University and an MAT in Art & Design Education from the Rhode Island School of Design, her background and artistic practices are extensive and varied. Hayley began painting at the age of 8 and was extremely inspired by her private art teacher, June Jermyn whose footsteps she eventually followed into art education. She has worked in public and charter elementary schools and is currently employed at Little Missionary’s Day Nursery, a progressive non-profit nursery school in the East Village where she holds multiple roles as assistant to the director, art teacher and head of after school. In her personal artistic work Hayley creates mixed media collages combining painting, drawing, digital photography, printmaking and embroidery.
Dr. Elaine Foster, Professor of Art Emeritus, New Jersey City University; Department of Art Chairperson. Graduate, School of the Worcester Art Museum; BA Clark University; MA Clark in conjunction with Harvard University; Ed D in Art Education, Teachers College, Columbia University. Post graduate study in Japan, Parsons School of Design; Mexico, Instituto d’Allende; New Jersey, Peters Valley Craft Center; New York, Kulick-Strak Academy.
Past Presidencies, University Council for Art Education, The American Association of University Professors, Auburn Teachers Association. Supervisor of Art, Auburn Public Schools, grades 1-12; art teacher Worcester Art Museum. Who’s Who in American Inventors. Design and Utility patent, Tie Brooch design, United States Patent Office. Served on Teachers College Alumni Council; Clark University Board, development; Pen and Brush Board. Lecturer, author, exhibitor, art book and art film editor. President, Elaine Foster Jewelry company. Who’s Who of American Women, etc.
Chris Kaczmarek is a New York based artist and educator whose work spans both experimental and traditional sculptural practices, including installation, performance, video, built circuits and solar-powered objects. His work is often interactive and designed to guide the viewer towards a deeper contemplation about technology and the inhabited environment. Other works include sound scores and set design for the stage, and hand made electronic instruments.
His work has been exhibited at national and international galleries and festivals such as Art Souterrain in Montreal, Canada; the Trinity College Science Gallery, Dublin Ireland; the New York Hall of Science, Queens NY; Real Art Ways, Hartford CT; the Henry Street Abrons Art Center, New York NY; the Springfield Museum of Art, Springfield OH; the Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus OH; and the Page-Walker Arts Center, Cary NC. Additionally, he has received several grants, awards, and fellowships, including two New York State Council on the Arts grants, and served as a Fellowship Artist for Arts Westchester in Westchester county NY.
Chris Kaczmarek received an MFA in Visual Art and an MA in Modern and Contemporary Art History, Theory and Criticism from Purchase College SUNY and is currently an Assistant Professor of Interdisciplinary Arts, and Program Coordinator of the Visual Arts at Montclair State University.
Rick Lasher was elected an NAEA Distinguished Fellow and was introduced, along with four other elected to the “Class of ’06” Fellows, by Dr. Pearl Greenberg, Fellows President. at the Chicago ’06 convention. She was elected “Chair” of the Fellows and ended her three year term in New Orleans in 2015.
The Art Educator of New Jersey awarded Rick Lasher the organization’s highest honor, The “Distinguished Achievement Award” for long term dedication to the visual art profession, to AENJ goals, for exemplary leadership and teaching and recognition award as Distinguished Fellow and Past President. She is retired from Moore College of Art & Design as Supervisor of Student Teacher and from the River Edge, New Jersey Schools.
She served as Director of the Getty Center for Education in the Arts sponsored “Hands & Minds Institute” co-sponsored by AENJ and NAEA for ten years. Included were students from the Philippines, France, Brazil and throughout the US.who were interested in DBAE, a new paradigm in art education.
As AENJ state president from 1976-1977 and 1978, Rick led the state “with wisdom, humor and experience”. She also served as Newsletter Editor and Convention Chair. The AENJ Executive Board named an award in her honor: The RICK LASHER Professional Growth Grant which provides members with monies to attend NAEA conventions.
She is a former NAEA Executive Board member, serving as a Division Director, a member of the Professional Materials Committee and served as a Chair and member of several NAEA Nominations Committee. She is the recipient of five New Jersey Governor’s Awards, and national awards including NAEA Distinguished Achievement Within the Profession Award, Eastern Region Educator of the Year, Elementary Educator of the Year, Marion Quin Dix State Leadership Awards and is the chair and author/editor of the Hands & Minds Curriculum Armature and an author of New Jersey Goals & Standards K-12. Rick Lasher was a Trustee of the National Art Education Foundation for eight years. She was a member of the New Jersey Department of Education first Panel who wrote the original Arts Education Standards.
The NAEA Distinguished Fellows number about 90 of a total NAEA membership of 18,000
Sherry Mayo E.d.D.C.T.,M.F.A. graduated from Boston College, NYU, and Teachers College Columbia University. She is the Director of the Center for the Digital Arts of Westchester Community College. Her areas of specialty include: arts technology integration in higher education and combining both traditional and digital materials in studio practice. Recent exhibitions include: “STEAM” Arts Exchange of Arts Westchester, White Plains, New York, “Faculty/Selects” Westchester Community College, Fine Arts Gallery and “Dina Hermman and Sherry Mayo” LOOK Gallery, Mahopac, NY.
Recent publications include: A Model for a Collective Aesthetic Consciousness, Mura, G. (Ed.), Analyzing, Art, Culture, and Design in the Digital Age, Hershey, PA: IGI Global, 1 Notions of Empathy, Aesthetic Consciousness, and Implications for Education. In White, B. & Costantino, T. (Eds.). Aesthetics, Empathy, and Education, Lang Publishing, The Prelude to the Millennium: The Backstory of Digital Aesthetics,” The Journal of Aesthetic Education and “Implications for Art Education in the Third Millennium: Art Technology Integration,” Art Education Journal. For more info please see www.smayo.net.
Saul Ostrow is an independent critic, and curator, the Art Editor at Large for Bomb Magazine. He has also served as Co-Editor of Lusitania Press (1996-2004) and as the Editor of the book series Critical Voices in Art, Theory and Culture (1996- 2006) published by Routledge, London. In 2010, he founded the not-for-profit Critical Practices Inc. (criticalpractices.org) to promote critical discourse and practices. As a curator he has organized over 70 exhibitions in the US and abroad. His writings have appeared in art magazines, journals, catalogues, and books in the USA and Europe.
Karen Rosner works in the Office of Arts and Special Projects as Coordinator of Visual Arts. She supervises citywide initiatives that include professional development series for visual arts teachers, the annual citywide art exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, PS Art. Karen creates resources for visual arts, literacy and social studies teachers focusing on integrating art appreciation into these curriculum areas, and on enriching the museum-school connection.
She recently supervised the development and redesign of the 3rd edition of the Blueprint for Teaching and Learning in Visual Arts and its accompanying posters.
Karen develops and conducts citywide museum-based professional development series for administrators and visual arts teachers K-12. The goals of these programs are building collaborative communities of learners, enriching the arts curriculum through museum-based learning, and fostering cross-curriculum collaboration of teachers of visual arts, language arts, and social studies.
Karen has a Masters degree in Art History from Hunter College, has taken courses in Art History at the Graduate Center, and is an adjunct professor at Fordham University. She also is a volunteer at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Judith S. Schwartz, Ph. D., Professor, New York University, and Head of Sculpture: Craft Media Area teaching studio courses in undergrad and graduate area sculpture and mixed media. She is a curator and author of national and international exhibitions and articles on contemporary ceramics, and author of Confrontational Ceramics, A & C Black, London and University of Pennsylvania Press, 2008. Elected North American representative to the Council of the International Academy of Ceramics in 2012, and is now Vice President, elected 2014, Chair of notable conferences held at NYU: “Case for Clay in Secondary Education” and “Criticism in Crafts Arts: Crossings, Alignments, and Territories”, as well as the Educational consultant to Lenox China Company; Board of Directors for the Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts (Past President), Studio Potter Magazine, The Joseph Schein International Museum of Ceramic Art, at Alfred University (Advisory Committee), The Museum of Ceramic Art, New York, NY (Current Board President) , K12 Ceramic Art Foundation, The Clay Art Center, Port Chester New York, Board of Trustees, Arts Westchester and the University Council for Art Education (Past President). Juror and consultant to numerous national and international exhibitions – the Ceramic Biennial in Icheon, Korea, European Biennale, Bornholm, Denmark, and The Figure Competition at the Westerwald Museum in Germany. Curator of All Fired Up for the Westchester Arts Council which featured her exhibition, Confrontational Ceramics and most recently curator of InCiteful Clay which is currently touring the USA. She is an honorary member of NCECA, a J. D. Rockefeller III grantee and received the Everson Museum’s award for excellence in art education, Fulbright Senior Specialist to the National School of Art and Design, Dublin, and educator of the year award Renwick Museum of Art, Washington, DC.
Dr. Rose Viggiano is Chair of the Masters of Art in Teaching (MAT) Department at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. Dr. Viggiano earned her Doctorate in Art Education in 2001 from Teachers College at Columbia University, and she has been chair of the MAT department at SVA since 2003. Prior to earning her doctorate, she received a BFA in sculpture from Philadelphia College of Art and a Masters of Art degree in Printmaking from SUNY Albany.
Dr. Viggiano has been exhibiting her artwork domestically and internationally since 1976 and continues her practice today. She has lectured and presented her research in art education across the US and in Chile. Her work as chair of the MAT Department has included the development of exchange programs with Chilean Universities as well as creating a partnership with the High School of Art & Design in Manhattan.
Andrew Willgress is an art educator and visual artist. He is currently a visual arts/art criticism teacher and the arts Chair at Gotham Professional Arts Academy, an art focused college preparatory public high school in Bed-Stuy. Willgress is a founding teacher of Gotham, established in 2007, and guided the development of the arts program, visual art curriculum and organizational structure. Prior to Gotham Academy, he accumulated extensive experience with art organizations in teaching and directorial roles. He began his teaching career as a professional outdoor educator. Willgress has a MAT in Art Education from SVA, and a BFA in Studio Art from the University of Colorado, Boulder.