Teaching Art - Professional Certification


Full-Time Faculty

Dipti Desai
Associate Professor and Program Director
Email: dd25@nyu.edu

Dipti Desai is an Associate Professor and Director of the Graduate Art + Education Programs. Prior to coming to NYU, she taught art education at SUNY-New Paltz. Her teaching career involves two years in New Zealand, where she taught courses in Education at Victoria University in Wellington and extensive experience teaching students from diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds at the elementary and middle school level in the United States, India, and New Zealand. As a scholar and artist-educator she is committed to addressing the formative role of visual representation and its politics in order to effect social change. She has published widely in the areas of critical multiculturalism/critical race theory in art education, contemporary art as a pedagogical site, art and social justice. She is the co-editor of Social Justice and the Arts (2014) published by Taylor and Francis and her co-authored book History as Art, Art as History: Contemporary Art and Social Studies Education (2010) received an Honorable mention for Curriculum Practice Category by Division B of American Education and Research Association (AERA). She received the 2012 Ziegfield Service Award in Art Education and Specialist Fulbright Award in 2014.

Jessica Hamlin
Visiting Faculty
Email: jhamlin@nyu.edu

Jessica Hamlin is an educator interested in contemporary art as a site for critical discourse and the potential of artistic practices to inform new pedagogical possibilities in K-12 classrooms. Jessica previously served as the interim Director of the Art + Education program. Her teaching interests include: contemporary art and artistic activism, critical pedagogy, and the intersections of art and educational theory. Prior to joining NYU, Jessica served as the Director of Educational Initiatives for ART21, founding the ART21 Educators learning community and launching Creative Chemistries--a platform for timely trans-disciplinary exchange between artists and educators. Additional experience in a range of cultural organizations, schools, and in city government has included facilitating the education programs at the non-profit gallery Art In General, directing the community-based Saturday Art School at Pratt Institute, managing a comprehensive planning and assessment process for the Boston Mayor's Office of Cultural Affairs examining school and community-based arts programs, and overseeing a three-year initiative in the Boston Public Schools to support the arts in middle schools in partnership with local arts organizations. Jessica co-authored the book, Art as History, History as Art: Contemporary Art in the History Classroom (Routledge, 2009) and has published articles in School Arts and Art Education magazines as well as ART21 Magazine.

David Darts
Associate Professor 
Email: darts@nyu.edu

David Darts is Director of Global Studies and Chair Emeritus of Steinhardt's Art Department. His research focuses on the convergences between contemporary art and media, technology, education, and democracy. Darts' research and writings about contemporary art, education, emerging technologies and creative citizenship have been published in a number of top scholarly journals and books. Darts' PirateBox is a self-contained and mobile digital collaboration and file sharing system. Inspired by pirate radio and the free culture movement, PirateBox utilizes Free and Open Source software to create mobile wireless communication and file sharing networks where users can chat and anonymously exchange images, video, audio, documents, and other digital content. The project has been featured in over 200 international online and print publications, including New Scientist, Ars Technica, and Wired Italia.

Part-Time Faculty

Part-time faculty and adjuncts are highly visible artists and scholars on the cutting edge of the field. Many of them are full-time art teachers in K-12 schools across the city.

Priyanka Dasgupta

Priyanka Dasgupta is a visual artist and educator currently living in New York City. Priyanka's video installations have been featured at the Queens Museum, International Center of Photography, Jersey City Museum, Galleria di Piazza San Marco, the British Film Institute, Lalit Kala Akademi, and Seoul Art Space. Reviews of her work include the New York Times, the Times of India, Art India and Take on Art. Priyanka is the recipient of an NEA grant and has participated in the Transparent Studio residency at Bose Pacia, Aljira Emerge with Creative Capital and the AIM Program at the Bronx Museum, in New York. Prior to teaching at NYU and City College, she acquired extensive teaching experience as an Artist in Residence in New York City Public Schools. Priyanka has a Masters in Studio Art from New York University & the International Center of Photography, and a Bachelors in English Literature from St. Stephen’s College, Delhi. She is currently represented by Shrine Empire Gallery in New Delhi.

Joe Fusaro

Visual Arts Chair, Nyack Public Schools - Nyack, NY; Senior Education Adviser, ART21 - New York, NY

Joe Fusaro received his Masters Degree in Education from the City University of New York and his Bachelors Degree in Fine Arts from Hofstra University. He is an exhibiting artist, educator, and the Visual Arts Chair for the Nyack Public Schools since 2003. From 1990 through 2003 he was a teacher and staff developer in the New York City Public Schools. Fusaro has led numerous staff development workshops in contemporary art education for organizations and institutions such as the National Art Education Association, the Museum of Modern Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, the University of Michigan Museum of Art, the University of Florida and Bard College. Recent exhibitions of his work include solo shows at 287 Spring Gallery in SoHo, New York City, and the Garner Arts Center in New York.

Elizabeth Koch
Teacher, PS 3 - New York, NY

Elizabeth Koch has been teaching at public school 3 in Manhattan since 2005. During this time she has developed curruculum, led professional development workshops, and participated in an on-going inquiry team process. Her curriculum and professional development specialities include integration of curriculum (with a particular focus on the arts) centered around social inquiry. Elizabeth has been an adjunct professor in the Art Education, and Teaching and Learning departments at NYU since 2011. Her art work uses multi-media to create emotional landscapes on paper and fabric. She also coordinates and participates in a multi-artist experimental project called "The Flow."

Nick Kozak
Artist/Educator, Manhattan/Hunter Science High School - New York, NY

Nick Kozak was born in the USA. He is currently the Artist Educator Manhattan / Hunter Science, a public school in Manhattan, where he teaches Studio Art, Contemporary Art History, and general awesomeness. He currently lives in Brooklyn, NY with his wife, cat, and growing collection of comic books. More than often he makes food for people. Also, he makes art.

Rob McCallum
Art Teacher, Allen Stevenson School - New York, NY

Born in South Africa, Rob was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship in 1999 to study for a MA at Ohio State University. On returning to South Africa he became the Head of the Department of Fine Art at Johannesburg University. He was promoted to Dean of the Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture at the University of Johannesburg and was involved in the transformation of the institution away from Apartheid structures. In 2000 he returned to the US to pursue his doctorate focusing on "Identity in Jewelry Design in a Post Apartheid South Africa" at NYU, May 2007. He currently teaches at Allen-Stevenson School focusing on digital media, woodshop and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math). He is also co-director and board member of Arts Action Group a 501(c)(3), international community-based collective committed to facilitating arts initiatives with children and youth in conflict-affected environments.

Dillon Paul
Media Art Teacher, Flushing International High School - New York, NY

Dillon Paul is a New York based artist and art educator. She received her MFA in 2003 from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, where her background as a dancer transitioned into a performance art and media practice that is rooted in the body and its relationship to culture and politics. She moved to New York to study art education, and recevied her MA in 2008 from NYU. Now in her eighth year as Media Arts teacher at The Flushing International High School, she offers recently immigrated students the tools to express their personal experience, social and political ideas through technology based arts. As an Adjunct Professor in the Art Education program at NYU, she helps to prepare new teachers for teaching certification and working in urban schools. 

David Seligman
Visual Art Teacher, PS 205, Bensonhurst, New York

David Seligman is currently a visual art teacher at PS 205 in Bensonhurst. He has been teaching visual art to elementary age students for over six years, four of which he spent envisioning and scaling up new visual arts programs in elementary schools in District 2. Furthermore, David has researched art education training and curricula during school visits in the Netherlands. When not teaching David enjoys working on various art projects using traditional silver based photography and bookmaking.

Professional Staff

Julia Olson
Art Professions Graduate Adviser
Email: juliaolson@nyu.edu