Developing students' awareness of creative processes as well as their understanding of the relationships between art and society is the goal of Old Westbury's Visual Arts Department. At Old Westbury, students may earn a Bachelor of Arts degree is Visual Arts or a Bachelor of Science degree in Visual Arts: Electronic Media. To be accepted as a major in the department, students must submit a Declaration of Major form and a portfolio with previous work.
The Visual Arts Program focuses on a problem and project oriented course of study. Skills are developed as students need them; thus students feel free to use and even invent media related to expressive needs. Students do not have to postpone creation until they have mastered a whole set of techniques. Students are urged to blend technical education with creative projects.
In studios and dedicated computer laboratories located in the College's Campus Center, students engage in small class settings with professors whose art is recognized internationally and who have created - and continue to create - works that are exhibited in the finest galleries and museums of nearby New York City and across the globe.
Mac Adams, Professor
Sculpture, Photography, Computer Graphics
As an artist Mac Adams would say his area of research and investigation is the visual structure of the narrative. His work stretches from photography to sculpture to public art. Adams has gained an international reputation over the last 30 years for his innovative use of light and shade. His sculptures play elaborate games of shadow puppetry, and recent public projects have relied on the Earth's rotation to make fleeting figurative images out of the shadows they cast. His work is collected by dozens of institutions, from the Chase Manhattan Bank to London's Victoria and Albert Museum, and the Museum of Modern Art New York. As designer of public art in 1991, he designed the New York Korean War Memorial installed in Battery Park, New York City, which is the first major memorial in the United States dedicated to the Korean War. He also designed works for the Henry Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio as well as The Louis Pasteur University in Strasbourg, France. He received three major National Endowment for the Arts awards; Berlin Artist in Residence, D.A.A.D., and New York Fellowship for the Arts.
Chris Griffin, Professor
Painting, Drawing, Ceramics
Professor Christine Griffin's art work has ranged from paintings, to works of art that hang on the wall in a range of media, to large-scale sculpture and multi-media installations. A winner of the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching, her career blends art teaching and art practice. She had held more than 50 exhibitions in all parts of the U.S., and won several national grants and residencies. Professor Griffin has been invited to speak about her work to art students in colleges in the U.S. and Europe, to judge art shows, and to give workshops. Her work has been shown in prominent museums, including the Museum of Modern Art, and is part of many public and private collections. In addition to reviews, her work appears in the art book "Lines of Vision."
Tricia McLaughlin, Assistant Professor
Painting, Computer Graphics
Tricia McLaughlin earned her M.F.A. from Hunter College, City University of New York, after having also studied painting at Syracuse University. Her work has been exhibited in New York, Costa Rica and Chile. Several animations have been screened in International festivals in the United States and Canada as well as on the BBC in the United Kingdom. Most recently her work was on view as part of the AIM21 exhibition at the Bronx Museum of Art. Tricia co-curated the video program "Good Humor" aired on Channel Thirteen's MetroArts Program.
Catherine Bernard, Assistant Professor
Curator of Amelie A. Wallace Gallery
Catherine Bernard received her Ph.D. from the Sorbonne University in Paris. After she moved to the United States, she taught at various institutions such as: The School of Visual Arts; The Cooper Union and Long Island University. Her work as a curator includes exhibitions at the Neuberger Museum of Art and the Katonal Museum of Art. Her articles have been published in various magazines including: Parkett, NKA, Journal of Contemporary African Arts, and The Art Journal.
Ana Tiscornia, Assistant Professor
Ana Tiscornia studied Architecture at Universidad de la Republica de Uruguay and Visual Arts at the Printmaking School of Montevideo (CGdeM). She is former Director of this institution and currently Art Editor of Point of Contact, the Journal of Verbal and Visual Arts, distributed by Syracuse University Press. Her artwork has been exhibited extensively in Latin America and Europe. She was awarded with a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in 2004, a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Fellowship in 2000, represented Uruguay at the III Lima Biennial at 2001, and got a prize at the II Havana Biennial in 1986. Her writings are published in Brecha from Uruguay; Art Nexus from Colombia; Atlantic Internacional and Art.es both from Spain among other art publications.