Art21 is pleased to introduce a new column on our blog, written specifically for art educators. Teaching with Contemporary Art, written by our Senior Education Advisor, Joe Fusaro, will appear every Wednesday. Joe and a cadre of teachers and other guest bloggers will share their experiences with bringing contemporary art into the classroom and other spaces ripe for learning about today’s art and artists.
Joe Fusaro received his Masters Degree in Education from the City University of New York and his Bachelors Degree in Fine Arts from Hofstra University. He is an exhibiting artist, educator, and Visual Arts Chair for the Nyack Public Schools in New York since 2003. Prior to his work in Nyack, he was a teacher and staff developer in the New York City school system for 13 years. Fusaro is currently an adjunct assistant professor at Fordham University’s Graduate School of Education, certified by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, and has led staff development workshops in contemporary art education for the New York State Art Teachers Association and the National Art Education Association over the past four years. His recent exhibitions include solo shows at Kickstart Gallery in New York City and the University of California, Santa Cruz. Fusaro also exhibited in the December 2007 Postcards from the Edge group show at James Cohan Gallery, benefiting VisualAids.org, and was the summer artist-in-residence at Massachusetts College during 2005 and 2006.
Stay tuned for the first installment of Teaching with Contemporary Art tomorrow.