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Studio Arts Faculty

Jappie King Black, Assistant Professor
Jappie King Black MFA / Syracuse University, BFA / Rhode Island School of Design Graduate of Interlochen Arts Academy, Interlochen, Michigan & the Ateneo Fuente, Universidad de Coahuila, Saltillo, Coahuila, Mexico Selected Awards: Finger Lakes Exhibits, MAG, Rochester, New York, 1991 & 2005 Community Arts Grant, Special Opportunity Stipends, Empire State Craft Alliance Grant One person exhibits in New York, Michigan and Rhode Island Group shows: numerous national, regional, juried and invitational exhibitions Traveling national and international exhibits Selected Publications: New York Times (photo & review) Sept. 2000 Sculpture Magazine (review mention) Surface Design Journal (reviews & photos) FIBERARTS Magazine (articles and photos).

John V. Cornish, Associate Professor
B.A., M.A., Jersey City State College

Jennifer Crupi, Associate Professor
Professor Jennifer Crupi received her BFA from The Cooper Union School of Art and her MFA from SUNY, The College at New Paltz. She has been an exhibiting artist for the past twelve years and her work has been shown in over forty national and international exhibitions\including recent exhibits at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York City, Museum für Angewandte Kunst in Frankfurt, Germany, Fuller Craft Museum, MA and Kohler Arts Center, WI. Her work has won various awards including a 2005 NJ Council of the Arts Fellowship Grant and has been featured in Metalsmith Magazine, The Star Ledger and The Boston Globe among others. Her work was also included in two recently published books, 500 Necklaces and 500 Brooches by Lark Books. Professor Crupi has taught and headed the metals program at Kean since 1999.

Dr. Michael Desiano, Associate Professor
Michael DeSiano PhD. received a Doctorate, magna cum laude, in Creative Arts from New York University and holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Polytechnic University.

His current research and teaching concentrates on visual creativity and thinking for all age groups, children through adults. His presentations on these areas include the National Art Education Association, New Jersey Art Teachers Association, New York State Art Teachers Association and New York City Art Teachers Association. Results of his work are published in ERIC and a book on “Art Elements and Principles. The argument Dr DeSiano presents points to art making as a multifaceted undertaking that can only be adequately investigated with psychological, sociological and biological considerations. In essence, visual creativity and thinking is based in the manipulation of mental imagery, sub vocal verbalizations, procedures and emotions which draw upon all experiences and knowledge to pursue an aesthetic resulting in beauty and homostatasis.

His exhibition record spans thirty years, including one person shows in New York City and nationally recognized group shows. He has judged many exhibitions and mentored graduate thesis students.

Dr. DeSiano has over thirty-five years teaching experience from kindergarten to seniors and worked with children and adults with special needs. He began at Kean in 1987 and is now Chairperson of the Fine Arts Department. His professional achievements include President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary and Exhibition Coordinator for The University Council For Art Education, member of the Kean University PT3 project and member of the Art Teachers of New Jersey Advisory Committee.

Johann Jochnowitz, Professor
B.S., M.A., New York University

Donald Lokuta, Full Professor
Donald Lokuta's career as a photographer, painter, teacher, and historian spans over thirty years. He has authored and co–authored several books and has written many articles about photography. His own artwork is published widely and has been included inover 300 exhibitions. Lokuta's works are in numerous permanent collections such as the Art Museum at Princeton University, the Bibliothèque Nationale in Paris, the Museum of the City of New York, the International Center of Photography in New York City, Lehigh University in Bethlehem, The New York Historical Society, the National September 11 Memorial & Museum in New York City, the Nelson–Atkins Museum and the Smithsonian Institution (National Museum of American History) in Washington, D.C.

Donald Lokuta photographs what he considers the unseen. “Not the expected pose, but the unexpected gesture between poses – the emotional response caught in a moment off guard. A single perfect smile and noble pose is not who we really are. We are really who we are when no one is looking– when our real humanity is unguarded.”

Donald Lokuta earned his Ph.D. at The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio, received his M.A. at Montclair University and B.A. at Newark State College in New Jersey. Lokuta guest lectures extensively and is a Distinguished Professor at Kean University in Union, New Jersey where he teaches photography in the Fine Arts Department. Lokuta's interest in historical photography is extensive and he has curated many exhibitions.

David C. Troy, Associate Professor
B.F.A., Rhode Island School of Design; M.F.A., Cornell University

Alec Nicolescu, Associate Professor
B.F.A., M.A., University of Denver

Anthony Velez, Professor
Anthony Velez's photographic projects have connected him to his community, the Latino communities of New York and New Jersey. His first major work was a three- year project with a Hispanic theater group, Teatro Cuatro from East Harlem. Other projects and series include work from Cuba, the former Soviet Union and East Germany. The Brooklyn Historical Society's first major exhibit showed 45 of Velez' photographs, which were reproduced in a publication on Hispanic Brooklyn. In 1990, Velez was commissioned by the Fund for the Borough of Brooklyn to participate in documenting a celebration of the first 25 years of landmark preservation efforts in New York City. The outcome was a book and exhibition, "This is Brooklyn: Its' Historical Districts and Landmarks" permanently on display in Brooklyn Borough Hall.

Velez is a recipient of numerous awards that include artist fellowships and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, a N.Y.S. C.A.P.S , the New York Foundation for the Arts, and the New Jersey Historical Commission. Since 1994, Velez has received numerous commissioned projects from the New Jersey Historical Society in Newark, N.J., and has twice been a panelist for the New York Foundation for the Arts. His work has been exhibited and collected widely by El Museo del Barrio, The Brooklyn Museum of Art, The Municipal Art Society, The Bronx Museum of Art, and by The New York, Brooklyn and New Jersey Historical Societies.

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