April 6, 2012

“The Art of Teaching:” An Exhibition by Educators of the Arts

“Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel”

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Adrienne Abseck

SUNY Empire State College’s Metropolitan Center will present “The Art of Teaching,” a mixed-media exhibition by Empire State College graduates and faculty members at the Fashion Institute of Technology. 

The opening reception is Thursday, May 3, 5:30-7:30 p.m., at the Livingston Gallery, 177 Livingston St., sixth floor, in downtown Brooklyn. Raul Manzano, college faculty mentor, is the curator of the exhibition, which will be on display from May 3 through Aug. 30, Monday through Thursday, 1- 5 p.m. by appointment by calling 718-907-5740. Admission is free.

“Teaching is one of the most rewarding professions,” said Manzano. “Knowledge and skills are the educator’s tools to influence a student for a lifetime. At Empire State College, we strive to pass on to new generations this longstanding tradition. The artists selected for this show are educators themselves who have contributed to the formation of new professionals by sharing their experiences.”  

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Dennis Lee

 Among the artists whose work is represented in the exhibition are:

  • Adrienne Abseck, a photographer and painter whose contemporary portraitures and genre paintings, reminiscent of the 17th and 18th centuries, juxtapose past and present. As a faculty member at the Fashion Institute of Technology, she taught photography and styling for many years.
  • Dennis Lee, a faculty member in the textile/surface design department teaching wall-covering design courses. His original designs and paintings in this exhibition showcase his love for this centuries-old decorative art of wallpaper. As a special addition, he has had the artwork reproduced and hand printed into wall covering for this show.
  • Rena Sussman Silverman, adjunct associate professor at FIT, is in her 27th year of teaching Textile and Surface Design and Fabric Styling. Her paisley collection honors and memorializes the fight for survival of friends and loved ones.
  • Amanda Whitfield, a costume and fashion designer who has taught at home and abroad. On display are costumes she created for the Brooklyn College Theater Department production of  “Rough Magic” by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, directed by faculty Rose Bonczek, head of the B.F.A. acting program at Brooklyn College.

"For more than a decade, Empire State College has been the ‘go to’ venue for working professors of the Fashion Institute of Technology to complete their bachelor’s degree,” says Empire State College associate professor and artist Betty Wilde-Biasiny. “Already established in their respective fields, or sometimes wanting to broaden their own knowledge base, Empire State College has had the privilege to guide these working professionals into the ‘art’ of degree program planning and to creatively and rigorously achieve their bachelor's degrees.  It also is a pleasure to cultivate this strong team of alumni who continue their relationships to both FIT and Empire State College.”

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Rena Sussman Silverman

About SUNY EmpireState College

SUNY Empire State College was established in 1971 to offer adult learners the opportunity to earn associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the State University of New York. Students learn through independent studies, online courses, seminars and residencies. Learners also may earn credit for prior college-level learning from work and life experience. The college serves more than 20,000 students worldwide at 35 locations around the state and online. Its 63,000 alumni are active in their communities as entrepreneurs, politicians, business professionals, artists, nonprofit agency employees, teachers, veterans and active military, union members and more. For additional information, visit www.esc.edu.

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