After teaching art in New York City public schools, K-HS, I began my life at Pratt Institute in 1979 and left in December 2014. As Chair of the Art and Design Education Department for over 30 years, I received grants for a number of funded programs for public schools and incarcerated adolescents. I also served as Director of Writing Across the Curriculum, was a founding member of the Initiative for Arts, Community, and Social Change and several other committees across the Institute’s schools and departments. After stepping down as chair, I continued as a professor in the Department from 2012 until December 2014.
While working at Pratt Institute, I lectured in the United States, Canada, and Great Britain; designed international programs in Lucca, Italy, Port Elizabeth, South Africa, and Amsterdam, the Netherlands; published articles; conducted staff development workshops; curated exhibitions; organized national panels and conferences; and advised a public television station, an architectural firm, and private foundations. I have also served on the Board of the Beginning with Children Charter School and received a Fulbright Specialist Award in 2010. In addition, I collaborated with PS 20, Brooklyn on a project that I initiated, and the Artist/Designer Teacher-in-Residence Program.
I have been an educational consultant for Studio-In-A-School, Achievement First Charter Schools, and the Mott Haven Academy Charter School. My consultations have increasingly been the result of recommendations by former Pratt students in a gratifying reversal of roles. From 2012 to the present, I organized and now co-teach art workshops for children based on the current exhibitions at the Scandinavia House in New York City.
My non-traditional approach to the profession is exemplified by the broad range of my interests, i.e., story, play, children’s picture books, self-taught artists, and the integration of design in art education, to name a few.