Teaching fall 2016: 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.
Teaching fall 2016: Jane Westrick biography coming soon!
Teaching summer 2016: Grace Jackson is an artist living and working in New Brunswick, where she is currently in the process of earning her masters at Mason Gross School of the Arts. Her work takes the form of painting, video, and sculpture and has been exhibited in collaboratively curated group shows in the South End of Boston. Ms. Jackson completed her BFA at the School for the Museum of Fine Arts and Tufts University in interdisciplinary studio arts, with a focus on painting and visual-critical studies. She has received training in academic painting at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and Studio Incamminati.
Previously, Ms. Jackson has taught in community programs at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. As a teacher, Ms. Jackson is interested to work with students on an individual basis, exposing them to as many ways of thinking and working as possible. She seeks to cultivate a learning environment that is both individual and collaborative, technical and experimental, and comfortable yet challenging.
Teaching summer 2016: Bomi Kim is an artist from California. She received a BA in art and graduated with highest honors at University of California, Davis. She also attended the Chautauqua Institute School of Art in Chautauqua, NY. Influenced by Californian ceramic sculptures, Ms. Kim works with large-scale ceramic sculptures and installations that deal with cultural identity and gender roles within family dynamics. Her work was recently exhibited in a group show in Sacramento.
She now lives in New Brunswick where she is in the process of earning her MFA at Mason Gross School of the Arts. Previously, Ms. Kim has taught ceramics to elementary school students as part of an after school enrichment program. She was an assistant for beginning ceramics sculpture classes at University of California, Davis. Ms. Kim is interested in working with students and helping them develop their own unique ways of dealing with the plasticity of clay.