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Art + Education

Art+Education faculty teach many of the required courses for the program. In addition, faculty from other schools at NYU work with students as part of their elective coursework.


Dipti Desai – Associate Professor and Director of the Art + Education Program 

Dipti will be on sabbatical for the 2019-20 academic year. 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. She is the co-author of  "History as Art, Art as History: Contemporary Art and Social Studies Education" published by Routledge.

Pronouns: She/Her
Office: Room 611, Barney Building
Office phone: 212-998-9022

Jessica Hamlin – Assistant Clinical Professor, Co-Director of the Art + Education program 

Jessica has served as a program adjunct and administrator since 2007. She also served as the Director of Educational Initiatives for ART21 for 14 years and has worked in a range of cultural organizations, schools, and in city government in New York and Boston. 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. Her current research interests focus on whiteness in educational spaces and the relationship between contemporary art and contemporary education.

Pronouns: She/Her
Office: Room 608, Barney Building
Office phone: 212-998-5110

Courses: Race, Education and the Politics of Visual Representation; Critical Pedagogy, Artists and the Public Sphere, Student Teaching in Art Ed Seminar: Elementary, Student Teaching Secondary Supervisor, Research and Final Project in Art Education

Vivianne Njoku – Program Collaborator and Adjunct

Pronouns: She/Her
Office: Room 611, Barney Building
Office phone: 212-998-9022

Meghan Wilcox – Art+Education Graduate Advisor

Pronouns: She/Her
Office: 3rd floor, Barney Building 
Office phone: 212.998.5753


Lincoln Capco
Pronouns: He/Him
Filmmaker, Media Educator 

Luce Capco Lincoln is a trans, non-binary, queer Filipino filmmaker, media educator and organizer committed to using media to fight for social justice. Originally from Gainesville, FL, currently living in Brooklyn, Luce worked as Program Director at Global Action Project, where media is used as tool to build leadership, relationships and political power for Trans, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Queer and Immigrant youth of color in New York City. In addition, over the last decade he has taken hours and hours of video footage of meetings, rallies and actions in attempt to document radical Queer movement history supporting organizations such as Southerners On New Ground and Audre Lorde Project. In his spare time, Luce likes to make documentaries, experience art and dance with friends.

Course: Interdisciplinary Studio

Avram Finkelstein
Pronouns: He/Him
Artist, Writer, Activist - Brooklyn, NY 

Avram Finkelstein is a founding member of the Silence=Death and Gran Fury collectives. His work has shown at MoMA, the Whitney Museum, the Metropolitan Museum, and The Shed, and is in the permanent collections of MoMA, The Whitney Museum, The New Museum, and the Victoria and Albert Museum. He is featured in the artist oral history project of the Smithsonian’s Archives of American Art, and his book for UC Press, After Silence: A History of AIDS Through its Images was nominated for the Lambda Literary Award in LGBTQ Nonfiction, and an International Center Of Photography 2018 Infinity Award in Critical Writing And Research. He has spoken at Harvard, Yale, Columbia, and Princeton, been resident artist at Pioneer Works and the Hemispheric Institute Of Performance and Politics, a finalist for the Creative Capital/Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant, and, with Gran Fury, given an honorary doctorate from Massachusetts College of Art.

Course: What is Social Practice Art?

Joe Fusaro
Pronouns: He/Him
Visual Arts Chair, Nyack Public Schools, New York; Senior Education Advisor, Art21

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. Since 2008 Fusaro has served as the Senior Education Advisor for Art21, producers of the Peabody Award-winning series, Art in the Twenty-First Century on PBS. 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, the University of Georgia, and Bard College. Recent exhibitions of his work include solo shows at 287 Spring Gallery in SoHo, New York City, the Garner Arts Center in New York, and most recently at Cotuit Center for the Arts in Massachusetts.

Course: Social Justice Education and Contemporary Art: Secondary Teaching

Amin Husain
Pronouns: He/Him
Palestinian-American Lawyer, Visual Artist, and Activist

Amin Husain’s interests focus on resistance and liberation, movement generated theory and practice. His research and teaching interests span debt and financialization, globalization and political economy, social movements and cultures of resistance, race, class and ethnicity in the media, and postcolonial theory. He is a founding member of Global Ultra Luxury Faction (G.U.L.F.), direct action wing of Gulf Labor Coalition; a member of Gulf Labor Coalition, a self-organized group of artists, writers, architects, curators, and other cultural workers trying to ensure worker’s rights are protected when art, labor and global capital intersect; a founding member and managing editor of Tidal: Occupy Theory, Occupy Strategy, a printed theory and strategy magazine of the Occupy movement; a founding member of MTL, a collective that combines aesthetics, research and organizing in its practice; and founding member of NYC Solidarity with Palestine.

Course: Art and Ideas: Art as a Practice of Freedom

Elizabeth Koch
Pronouns: She/Her
Teacher, PS 3

Elizabeth Koch has been teaching at public school 3 in Manhattan since 2005. During this time she has developed curriculum, led professional development workshops, and helped create/orchestrate collaborative multi-age community arts experiences. 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 artwork 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."

Courses: Special Education: Disabilities Studies and Contemporary Art; Integrative Arts in Childhood; Assessment and Instructional Strategies for Students with Mild/Moderate Disabilities

Nick Kozak
Pronouns: He/Him
Artist Educator, Manhattan/Hunter Science High School

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

Course: Student Teaching in Art Education Seminar: Secondary

Sophia Mak
Pronouns: They/Them
Visual/Performing Artist

Sophia Mak is an interdisciplinary artist, performer, and educator based in Brooklyn, NY.  Their creative practice is rooted in the body as a site of knowledge and infinite awakenings, in which they investigate gender, sexuality, race, intergenerational trauma, and family/ancestry, drawing from their own life experiences. Sophia has been invited to perform at museums, galleries, unconventional spaces across the US, and venues, including La Mama, MoMA PS1, and the Baltimore Museum of Art.

Course: Interdisciplinary Studio

Vivianne Njoku
Pronouns: she/her
Artist/ Educator/ Instigator

For the bulk of her career as an educator, Ms. Njoku instructed youth in video production and conceptual, social justice-based multi-media art. She has collaborated with a number of non-profit organizations, and in her capacity as a public school teacher she taught film and media at the International High School at Union Square (serving recently arrived immigrant youth) and Frank Sinatra School for the Arts. 

In addition to her youth work, Ms. Njoku has led workshops internationally, focusing on ways that youth workers can use art as a means of discussing issues of anti-oppression both in and out of classrooms. The common thread in Ms. Njoku’s past and present work is providing youth with the tools to empower themselves to become mindful and engaged humans who strive for a just, equitable society.  Ms. Njoku holds a Masters Degree in Art Education from New York University and is licensed through the state of New York as a Visual Arts Instructor for all grades.

Courses: Social Justice Education and Contemporary Art: Elementary Teaching; Student Teaching Elementary Fieldwork Supervisor

Hugo Rojas
Pronouns: He/Him
Artist, Teacher, Filmmaker, Freelance Artist Educator

Hugo Rojas is a Mexican Media and Arts educator, and multimedia artist. He has a B.A. in International Relations from Mexican University and a M.A. in Media Studies from The New School. Education has been a passion of Rojas’s for over nine years having taught Spanish Language, Photography and video production in Mexico, Brazil, and throughout greater New York City. Currently, he has teaching residencies in Manhattan and Brooklyn for videography, 2D art and multimedia. When Rojas is not teaching he explores public space through his art intervention while biking all boroughs, especially Brooklyn where he is based.

Course: Media Literacy and Visual Culture: Teaching Art in a Digital Age


Adjunct faculty have mailboxes in the main office on the 3rd floor. Please note: most adjuncts do not hold regular office hours. You can reach out to them via email to set up an appointment.


Affiliated NYU Faculty

Marlene McCarty
Art and Art Professions, Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development

Steven Duncombe
Gallatin and Media Culture and Communication, Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development

Nick Mirzoeff 
Media Culture and Communication, Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development

Marita Sturken
Media Culture and Communication, Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development

Karen Finley
Tisch School of the Arts, Department of Art and Politics

Kathy Engel
Tisch School of the Arts, Chair for Art and Public Policy Department

Pato Herbert
Tisch School of the Arts, Department of Art and Politics

Diana Taylor 
Tisch School of the Arts, Department of Performance Studies