Brian Bulfer (Chair of the Extension Division, Visual Arts Department) earned a BFA in drawing & painting and a BA in religious studies from California State University, Long Beach in 2008. He also received an MFA in visual art from Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University in 2010. He has been the recipient of the Arthur Wesley Dow Award and the Kasser Annual Fund Scholar in Art Education Award. Currently, he is working on an Ed.D. in Art Education at Teachers College, Columbia University. His research interests include developmental dyslexia, embodiment, visual languages, language development, and semiotics.
For the past four years, Mr. Bulfer has held the position of Chair of the Visual Art Extension Division at Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University, where he has worked to develop an art education program. He is interested in creating environments where children feel safe to express themselves and develop curiosity about materials and meaning. Through exploring imagination, culture, memory, and the observable world, he encourages young minds to keep focus and believe in themselves.
David Torres was born and raised in West Palm Beach, Florida. He received his BFA from Rhode Island School of Design and his MFA from Mason Gross School of the Arts. David Torres is interested in the history of stories where the unseen forces of morality are at work. The PTSD factor embedded in culture has drawn him to the idea of the “hero” as an empathic ideal for people to aspire to. He is also interested in the illusion and delusional discussions that surround the complexities of the racial, religious, aging; old and young identities in culture. As a way of investigating these identities David created “Riakman”, an alter ego, designed under the influences of 1990’s anime, video games, and his father’s middle school drawings. By channeling “Riakman”, David finds pathways through high art and popular culture. Through “Riakman“, David tells a story within his fictional planet “Runetech” about a way of being in the world. Exploring a narrative with an embedded nostalgia for the future is the illusion David uses to contend with the disillusions that exist within culture. View David’s work here.