MFA Socially-Engaged studio Art &
MA Socially-Engaged Art Faculty
Carolyn Chernoff is a sociologist and cultural worker. Her own art practice is media- and performance-based; she had performed internationally, including a live collaboration in the Reykjavik Museum of Modern Art. Her audio collages have been included in online collections such as Pastelegram. Carolyn began her career working with audio at WBEZ Chicago and Radio Educate Chicago; her work with visual arts include collaborations with the Spiral Q Puppet Theater, Mural Arts Program, Institute for Contemporary Art. She has been a board member of the Black Lily Film and Music Festival and the Leeway Foundation, and is the co-founder of the Girls' DJ Collective. Carolyn has taught education and sociology courses at Moore College of Art and Design, Ursinus College, and the University of Pennsylvania, as well as holding Visiting Assistant Professor of Sociology positions at Skidmore College and Muhlenberg College. She holds a joint PhD in Sociology and Education, Culture and Society as well as an MSEd in Education, Culture and Society, from the University of Pennsylvania.
Ernel Martinez was born in Belize and was raised in South Central Los Angeles and Detroit. He holds a BFA from Kutztown University and an MFA from the University of Pennsylvania. Since 2003, Martinez has been producing public art in the city of Philadelphia, and has worked with various nonprofits and social services to provide art to disenfranchised youth. In 2011, Martinez helped to found AMBER Art & Design, a collective of five Philadelphia-based public artists. His practice focuses on creative methods that give urban communities the tools to tell their stories through art making. Martinez uses their stories as a framework to produce social practice artwork that engages and builds dialogue. Martinez’s work has been featured in Mural Arts Philadelphia’s Open Source exhibit, the traveling exhibit Organize Your Own, the exhibit inspired by his mentor Darkwater Revival: After Terry Adkins, and is now an artist in residence with the Fairmount Park Conservancy.
Jennie Shanker is originally from New York and has lived and worked as an artist in Philadelphia since 1982. She has served as an exhibition consultant for Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site, worked on multiple community revitalization projects in North Philadelphia with Mural Arts, and was a founding member of Philadelphia’s Vox Populi Gallery. In addition to Moore, she currently teaches at Tyler School of Art and the University of the Arts. Shanker’s recent project, The Marcellus Clay Experiment, has led her to an interest in developing work that examines contentious current events where reductive, ideological, and political stances have degraded the potential for important, nuanced discussions. Shanker is interested in generating space for access, information, dialogue, and understanding.