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Why New Paltz?: Faculty

With over 35 full-time professors in the Departments of Art and Art History, New Paltz offers unparalleled opportunities to study a variety of different disciplines and discourses. Our graduate program is more than a collection of students, faculty and facilities; we are a dynamic learning community engaged in and encouraging of authentic research, personal growth and a professionally sustainable art practice. 

Shiftan/ Untitled, 2015

Anat Shiftan, Associate Professor

Originally from Jerusalem, Israel, Shiftan studied English Literature and Philosophy (BA ’80) at the Hebrew University, Ceramics at Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, (1980–1982), Eastern Michigan University (MA ’84) and at Cranbrook Academy of Art and Design, (MFA ’86). Shiftan worked at Pewabic Pottery, Detroit Michigan (1986–1999) as Instructor, Production Manager—Senior Designer and Director of Education. She taught at Bezalel Academy of Art and Design (1999–2002) and is teaching ceramics at SUNY New Paltz since 2003 where she is currently head of the Ceramics Program. Shiftan received two Michigan Grant for Individual Artists and exhibited her work extensively. Shiftan has collaboratively organized: Contemporary Issues in Clay: A British Perspective, (2006) and Why Clay (2008), and organized Beyond Hand Made (2008), symposiums that examined theoretical, social and economical contexts in which creative practice in visual arts occurs today.

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Czibesz/ Madár Bögre, Nagyi, 2015

Bryan Czibesz, Assistant Professor

Bryan Czibesz is an artist grounded in the tradition of object making who asks questions of authorship and authenticity through varying degrees of dislocation between the hand and material manipulation. Originally from Ohio, Bryan earned his MFA from San Diego State University and BA from Humboldt State University, and has shown his work in solo and group exhibitions throughout the United States and internationally, including the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design, the Riga Porcelain Museum in Latvia, and the Ceramics Annual at Scripps College. He has taught at Arcadia University, Rowan University, and has been Artist-in-Residence at The Clay Studio in Philadelphia, the International Ceramics Studio in Kecskemét, Hungary, c.r.e.t.a. Rome, and the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

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Mimlitsch-Gray/ Magnification: Engraving, 2017. Silver. 2.6” x 15.5” dia.

Myra Mimlitch-Gray, Professor of Metal

Myra Mimlitsch-Gray explores metalsmithing as subject and object, engaging the field’s history, methods and outcomes. She constructs objects and material fictions to portray utilitarian and sculptural concerns. She received her MFA in Metalsmithing from Cranbrook Academy of Art. Mimlitsch-Gray is the recipient of the 2018 Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities from the State University of New York. Awards include the United States Artists Fellowship in Craft and Traditional Arts, the American Craft Council Award, and individual artist fellowships from the Tiffany Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the New York Foundation for the Arts. Mimlitsch-Gray is the subject of an interview that is part of the Smithsonian Archives of American Art. Her work is widely exhibited and included in public collections such as the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Cranbrook Art Museum, the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Fine Arts-Houston, the National Museums of Scotland, the Smithsonian Institution, and the Victoria and Albert Museum.

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Batchelder/ A Line In Space 10, 2017. Copper, Silver.

Lynn Batchelder, Assistant Professor of Metal

Lynn Batchelder’s work is rooted in the drawing process; she translates the quality of the drawn line into metal as she seamlessly moves between creating jewelry, objects and drawings. Batchelder received her MFA from SUNY New Paltz. In 2016 she received the internationally competitive Art Jewelry Forum Artist Award. She was awarded the 2013–14 Artist-in- Residence at the Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, and earned residencies at Penland School of Crafts, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, and Women’s Studio Workshop. Batchelder was a Visiting Lecturer of Art Metals at the University of Wisconsin-Stout. She presented the Emerging Artist Lecture for the Society of North American Goldsmiths at SOFA-Chicago. Batchelder’s work is exhibited extensively in the United States and abroad, including the prestigious Talente exhibition at the International Trades Fair in Munich, and with Platina Gallery in Munich and Stockholm. Solo shows include Inlets and Exits at the Heidi Lowe Gallery in Rehoboth Beach, DE, and Nonlinear at the Gallery at Reinstein|Ross in New York.

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Gayk/ Somite 1, 2014. Photopolymer.

Michael Gayk, Assistant Professor of Metal / Digital Design & Fabrication

Michael Gayk’s work spans the range of metalsmithing techniques and digital design technologies and methodologies. His work is emblematic of tension within muscular structures, pivot points within the human body and the sleek surfaces of manufactured objects. Gayk received his MFA from the University of Washington. He is co-owner and design collaborator with Plural Studios for the production of jewelry, home goods and industrial design projects. Gayk’s work has recently been featured in the book, CAST: Art and Objects Made Using Humanity’s Most Transformational Process, the publication, The Magazine Antiques, and in the exhibition, New York Silver: Then and Now, at The Museum of the City of New York. His work is represented in the collections of GM Design and Polk Industries Corporate Collection.

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Mastropaolo/ Homage to Mendeleev, #29, 2016. Copper.

Adam Mastropaolo, Instructional Support Technician

Adam Mastropaolo received his BFA from SUNY Purchase with a concentration in sculpture. His interest in metal at an atomic level stems largely from his time spent working at Steven Kretchmer, a jewelry design studio renowned for developing exotic precious metal alloys. While there, he researched, developed and produced purple and blue golds, heat treatable precious metal alloys and a magnetic platinum alloy that were awarded U.S. patents. These proprietary alloys were utilized to create jewelry with unique characteristics such as tension set diamonds, bands that would slide apart to reveal secret inscriptions, and earrings with levitating components. As an early adopter of emerging technologies who has worked with a broad range of equipment and processes, Mastropaolo is well suited to manage New Paltz’s diverse and extensive Metal Studio.

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Arnold/ Fugue 2013

Robin Arnold, Professor

Robin Arnold has received numerous honors for her creative work, including a Millay Colony Fellowship and a Ford Foundation Grant. Her works have been exhibited nationally, at such venues as Axel Raben Gallery and Steinbaum Krauss Gallery in New York City, Wake Forest University, the New York State Museum in Albany, Concordia College, Aljira Contemporary Art Center in Newark, and Cornell University. Her work is inspired by botanical phenomena and the synthetic interface between nature and contemporary culture. Robin Arnold holds an MFA from Michigan State University, and previously taught drawing and painting at Syracuse University. She has been honored with five Research and Creative Projects Grants and the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. Her works are held in the photographic archives of the Museum of Modern Art and the Drawing Center in New York City, as well as public collections.

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Cheng/ Arabesque, 2015

Amy Cheng, Professor

Amy Cheng was born in Taiwan, raised in Brazil, Oklahoma and Texas. She received a BFA from the University of Texas at Austin, and an MFA from Hunter College, City University of New York. She has exhibited her paintings both nationally and internationally and her work is held in a number of corporate and public collections. She has installed numerous public art commissions including at the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, the Howard St. El Station in Chicago, IL, the Cleveland Street Subway Station in Brooklyn, NY, the 25th Avenue Subway Station in Brooklyn, NY, the Lambert- St. Louis International Airport MetroLink Station, St. Louis, MO, the Jacksonville International Airport, Jacksonville, FL and the Slauson Station on the Silverline, Los Angeles, CA. She received a P.S. 122 Painting Center Fellowship in New York City for a ten month residency in 2011–12, and a Senior Lecture/Research Fulbright fellowship to Brazil in 2008. She has been awarded two New York Foundation for the Arts Painting Fellowships, and an Arts International travel grant to China. She previously taught at Bard College, Princeton University, and Hunter College.

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Goodell/ Mesmer Eyes, 2012

Kathy Goodell, Professor

Kathy Goodell was born in San Francisco and received both her B.F.A. and M.F.A. from the San Francisco Art Institute. Her works span painting, drawing, sculpture and photography and are often in combination, exploring notions of metaphysics and the uncanny. She has exhibited her work both nationally and internationally, and within the last five years, she participated in more than 90 exhibits in cities across the United States, and throughout Europe, Mexico and South America. In 2013-14 she was awarded a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship. In 2014 she also received a Camargo Foundation/Jerome Foundation, and BAU Institute Fellowship to France. In 2013 she was featured in the Huffington Post; “In Conversation with Kathy Goodell.” She has also been the recipient of multiple awards from the New York Foundation for the Arts; The National Endowment for the Arts; the Pollock-Krasner Foundation for the Arts; the Phelan Award (for a California born artist), and a Fulbright Fellowship. Kathy Goodell previously taught at the University of California; the San Francisco Art Institute, Moore College of Art and Design, and the School of Visual Arts.

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Photo: Francois Deschamps

Francois Deschamps, Professor

Francois Deschamps has studied at the Sorbonne, holds a Masters degree in Mathematics from the University of Illinois, and a Masters degree in Photography from the Institute of Design in Chicago. He is a photographer and book artist whose work involves travel and relationships between cultures. He has produced artists’ books published by the Visual Studies Workshop, Nexus Press, the University of Auckland, and SUNY Press. His photographs and books are in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art (NYC), The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Museum of the Art Institute of Chicago. He has received two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as three individual artist fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts, most recently in 2013. In 2002, he was awarded a residency at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris and in 2010–11, he was a Fulbright scholar in Mali, Africa. His work Photo-Rapide Mali has been shown in a one person show at the Dorsky Museum in New Paltz, NY in 2012 and in 2016 at Fotofestiwal in Lodz, Poland. In 2018 he was a Fulbright scholar in Czech Republic.

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Photo: Andrew Frank

Andrea Frank, Associate Professor

Andrea Frank’s artistic work addresses complexity and change in relation to questions of collective responsibility and sustainability, and does so through a systems-thinking lens. She graduated with honors from the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich, Germany, and received her MFA from Parsons The New School in New York City, where she also participated in the Whitney Independent Study Program. Before joining the SUNY New Paltz faculty in 2012, she taught Photography and Related Media at MIT’s Program in Art, Culture and Technology in Cambridge, MA. Frank is the recipient of numerous grants and fellowships including the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes, the MIT Council for the Arts, and two collaborative SUNY Network of Excellence grants. Solo exhibitions include Galleria Michela Rizzo in Venice, Italy, Carroll and Sons in Boston, Edward Thorp Gallery in New York, and the Kunsthalle Göppingen in Germany.

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Photo: Nadia Sablin

Nadia Sablin, Assistant Professor

Nadia Sablin, a native of Russia, earned a BFA from the Rochester Institute of Technology and an MFA from Arizona State University. Her work investigates the relationship between documentary and fictional storytelling and explores the larger world through close personal narratives. She has received grants and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, New York Foundation for the Arts, MacDowell colony, Firecracker, the Puffin Foundation, and the Peter S. Reed Foundation. Her work has been featured in such publications as the New York Times, the Guardian, the Moscow Times, Slate, The New Yorker, American Photo, and the Financial Times. Nadia Sablin’s photographs have been seen in solo and group exhibitions across the U.S., including the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Southeast Museum of Photography, Blue Sky Gallery in Oregon, the Cleveland Museum of Art, Bellevue College in Washington, and Texas Women’s University School of Art among others. As a recipient of the Center for Documentary Studies/ Honickman First Book Prize in Photography, Sablin’s first monograph, Aunties, was published by Duke University Press/CDS in 2015.

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Photo: Keith Ferris

Keith Ferris, Instructional Support Technician

Keith Ferris received his BFA in Photography from SUNY New Paltz in 2000. After graduation he freelanced for local and national newspapers and the Associated Press. In 2006 he began working as the Staff Photographer for The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park NY. At the CIA, where he photographed for all departments, specifically marketing and media relations, and contributed to a number of cookbooks. Ferris returned to SUNY New Paltz in 2012 to manage the equipment and facility needs of the Photography program and to help faculty and students with any technical issue that may arise.

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Parisi/ Shiny Star, 2017

Jill Parisi, Associate Professor

Jill Parisi’s work examines the natural world’s patterns and structures in a highly detailed manner. The imaginary species populating her installations sometimes react to viewer proximity, and have been realized in various materials from small to large scale. She earned an MFA in Printmaking and a BFA in Painting from SUNY New Paltz. Her work has been exhibited internationally, and is in various private and public collections. Significant achievements and awards granted include a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Printmaking/ Drawing/Artists’ Books 2005, a public art commission for New York City’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s Arts for Transit program in 2012, and the selection of her installation Kaleidoscope Garden for the Main Exhibition of the Krakow Printmaking Triennial in 2012, and the International Print Network’s Graphically Extended exhibition in Oldenburg, 2013.

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Street in Balaguer. mezzotint 2000

Malgorzata (Maggie) Oakes, Instructional Support Technician

Maggie Oakes graduated from the Eugeniusz Geppert Academy of Art & Design in Wroclaw, Poland in 2001 with a MFA in Printmaking. Before becoming the technician for Printmaking, she was the manager of the Art Center at West Point, N.Y. She is a mentor and advocate for students, helping them solve complex studio problems to achieve their fullest potentials. Among her many responsibilities, she maintains the expansive printmaking studios including the intaglio, litho, relief, papermaking, photolitho, and silkscreen processes. Maggie Oakes’ work is inspired by her many travels throughout Europe and the United States and her close contact with different cultures, traditions and people. She continues to be a part of group and solo exhibitions throughout Europe and United States, including recent shows at SUNY Orange and the Post-Digital International Printmaking Conference and Art Show at the Academy of Art & Design in Wroclaw, Poland.

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Asbill/ Raft, 2013.

Michael Asbill, Visiting Lecturer

Michael Asbill weaves arts advocacy, community engagement, environmentalism, and curatorial endeavor into his installation and public art practice. His work has been experienced in venues such as Sporobole and Galerie Zybaldone (Sherbrooke, QC), Flux Factory (Long Island City, NY), The Oregon City Elevator, and the Poughkeepsie Train Station. As a core collaborator with Habitat for Artists, Michael contributed to eco and social engagement projects for Smack Mellon (Brooklyn, NY), Arts Brookfield (New York, NY), Washington DC’s Commission on the Arts and Humanities, the Corcoran Museum (Washington, DC), and 601 Tully (Syracuse, NY). He has received numerous grants, awards, commissions, and honors including the New York State/Province of Quebec Artist-in-Residence Exchange Grant, inclusion in the “Introducing” series at the Roger Smith Hotel, and was an honoree at the Ulster County Executive Arts Awards by Arts Mid-Hudson with title of “Artivist” which was invented to acknowledge his community contributions. Michael is the founder and director of CHRCH Project Space (Rosendale, NY), a residency for the development of pioneering, communitybased, participatory artworks.

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Puthoff/ Wayfinding Series, 2015/ wayfindingseries.com

Emily Puthoff, Associate Professor

Professor Puthoff joined the faculty at SUNY New Paltz in 2003. Her work ranges in scale and scope from artist books to immersive installations, while her mediums encompass everything from the lofi (cast sugar, film, clay) to the hifi (video, robotics, generative sound installations). Her sculptures are often mobile, situating themselves into the most curious contexts. Her work has been recognized by numerous grants, artist residencies and awards including: a 2011 NYFA Artist’s Fellowship in Digital and Electronic Arts and the Artist in the Marketplace Fellowship at the Bronx Museum for the Arts, as well as artist residencies at the European Ceramic Work Centre (Netherlands), Women’s Studio Workshop and Sculpture Space (NY), and Banff Art Centre (Canada). Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally including at the Neues Kunstforum (Germany), Radiator Gallery (NYC), OUT VIDEO Festival, National Centre for Contemporary Arts (Russia), Eyelounge and the Arizona State University Art Museum (Phoenix, AZ), The Art House at the Jones Center (Austin, TX), and Bliss (Pasadena, CA).

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Rossi/ Reciprocal Ladder for Two, 2012.

Steve Rossi, Instructional Support Technician

Steve Rossi received his BFA from Pratt Institute in 2000 and his MFA from the Sculpture Department at SUNY New Paltz in 2006. Working for several years as a custom metal fabricator, Rossi has been involved in the fabrication of sculptures for Alice Aycock, Sol Lewitt, Tom Otterness, and architectural details for the firm Herzog De Mueron among many others. His responsibilities include maintaining the woodworking and metalworking studio equipment while working with the Sculpture students to problem solve and troubleshoot their fabrication details. His own interdisciplinary practice combines sculpture, photography, drawing, and performative actions while investigating relationships between social systems of organization and the spaces that our physical bodies exist within. His work has been exhibited at the Jules Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art, Auburn, AL; the Fine Art Gallery at Westchester Community College, Valhalla, NY; Wassaic Project, Wassaic, NY; Gallery Aferro, Newark, NJ; Rockland Center for the Arts, Nyack, NY; Bronx Art Space, Bronx, NY; Art in Odd Places, New York, NY; Dorsky Curatorial Projects, LIC, NY; NURTUREart, Brooklyn, NY; In 2018 he was awarded a residency at the Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT.

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Matthew Friday

Matthew Friday, Graduate Coordinator

Matthew Friday is an educator and transdisciplinary artist whose research focuses on the development of apparatuses and systems that examine and provoke new political ecologies. Working both collectively and individually, Matthew Friday’s projects have taken up issues of organized labor, community agriculture and watershed remediation. He is an active member of the ecosystem research and design collective SPURSE.

Matthew Friday studied at the Slade School or Art, the University of New Mexico and the Whitney Independent Study Program and has a MFA from Indiana State University. A committed educator, Friday has taught in a number of different institutions and settings including the State University of New York at Oswego, Empire College (NYC) and Ohio University and now serves as the graduate coordinator and associate professor of critical studies for the Art Department at the State University of New York at New Paltz. He has participated in presentations and studio critiques at Mildred’s Lane, the Art Institute of Chicago and Buffalo University and has published essays in October, the Journal of Modern Craft, the Journal Aesthetics and Protest and Art Journal.

Matthew Friday has exhibited in a number of venues including the Whitney Museum of American Art Open Studios, Wave Hill, the University of Buffalo Art Department Gallery, the Cambridge Art Association, 1708 Gallery (Richmond), the University of Rochester Art Gallery, the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, the Center for Contemporary Arts in St. Louis, Ohio State University Urban Art Center, Spaces (Cleveland) and the Indianapolis Art Center. As part of SPURSE, Friday has exhibited at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, ArtSpace in New Haven Connecticut, the Indianapolis Museum of Art, Grand Arts, White Columns, the Kitchen, Bemis Art Center and the BMW Guggenheim LAB. His work has been reviewed in October, the New Art Examiner, Dwell and Art Papers and has been included in several catalogs including The Interventionists (MassMOCA) and Experimental Geography (Independent Curators International/Creative Time).

Friday’s work has been supported with a number of grants including a New York Federation for the Arts Strategic Opportunity Stipend, an Ohio Arts Initiative grant and an Andrew Mellon funded Art and Environment project award through Pitzer College.


Reva Wolf

Reva Wolf, Professor of Art History

Professor Wolf has held several fellowships to support her research. These include an Ailsa Mellon Bruce Visiting Senior Fellowship at the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, National Gallery of Art, an NEH Fellowship at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, an Andrew W. Mellon Junior Faculty Fellowship in the Humanities at Harvard University, a Visiting Fellowship at the Yale Center for British Art, an NEA Special Exhibitions grant, and a J. Clawson Mills Fellowship at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Professor Wolf also is a recipient of the State University of New York Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching. Read more...


Rena Leinberger

Rena Leinberger, Art Department Lecturer

Rena Leinberger's work has been exhibited in solo shows at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Gallery 400 at University of Illinois of Chicago, Zg Gallery, Georgia Southern University, and 1R Gallery; and commissioned public projects by the Evanston Art Center in Evanston, Illinois and the NYC DOT’s Urban Art Program in Queens, New York. Her work has been included in group shows internationally in Germany, Great Britain and the United Arab Emirates. She has also been included in group exhibitions at Queens Museum of Art, Bronx Museum of the Arts, Smack Mellon, Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art at Snug Harbor Cultural Center, CUE Art Foundation, Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art - MASS MoCA, the Urban Institute of Contemporary Art (Grand Rapids, Michigan), and the City of San Antonio International Center, among others. Read more...