MFA Socially-Engaged studio Art & MA Socially-Engaged Art Faculty
Graduate Program Director Daniel Tucker
Daniel works as an artist, writer and organizer developing documentaries, publications and events inspired by his interest in social movements and the people and places from which they emerge. His writings and lectures on the intersections of art and politics and his collaborative art projects have been published and presented widely. Tucker recently completed the feature-length video essay Future Perfect: Time Capsules in Reagan Country and curated the exhibition and event series Organize Your Own: The Politics and Poetics of Self-Determination Movements. He earned his MFA from University of Illinois at Chicago and BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and is an Assistant Professor and Graduate Program Director in Social and Studio Practices at Moore College of Art & Design in Philadelphia - miscprojects.com
Hammam Aldouri holds a PhD in philosophy from the Center for Research in Modern European Philosophy, Kingston University, London and a Helena Rubinstein Fellowship in Critical Studies from the Whitney Museum of American Art, Independent Study Program. His current work is focused on the dialectical status of “art practice” in avant-garde art. His writings on modern philosophy, avant-garde art and contemporary art practices have appeared in Radical Philosophy, Detroit Research, Field Journal and The Artblog. Trained as an artist and now working as a critic and educator, Hammam is particularly invested in interacting directly with artists and emerging art practices. Aldouri is the facilitator of the discussion group “Studies in Contemporary Society” (SCS).
Asher Barkley uses visual images, both digital and concrete, to explore the psychological effect of living in a space of removal created when our perception of reality is based on images of fabrication. Asher received his BFA in Painting from East Carolina University in Greenville, NC, in 2002; and an MFA from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia, in 2008. Asher has taught at the Tyler School of Art, Pennsylvania Academy of the Arts, and Moore College of Art and Design, all located in Philadelphia. Having shown extensively in Philadelphia and North Carolina, Asher has also exhibited work internationally at the Marche de la Poesie in Paris, France, and the International Experimental Film Festival Carbunari, in Baia Mare, Romania.
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.
Anna Drozdowski gets things done in the intersections of society, activism, and academia. Her hybrid practice with creative communities lives at the forefront of interdisciplinary fields, and is informed by her early study in ethnography and facilitation. In a landscape where the roles of artist, curator and producer are collapsing, she cares deeply about process—seeking out collaborators who ask throbbing cultural questions and actively listen. Her Philadelphia leadership includes residencies, festivals, international exchange, and adaptive re-use in projects such as: Symphony for a Broken Orchestra, LoLa38, Artists U, and Neighborhood House. She is a co-founder of Thirdbird and ThinkingDance and launched the Headlong Performance Institute and forthcoming DanceMFA at UArts. An NYU Performance Studies graduate, NEA Journalism, and Fulbright Fellow, Anna brings adjacent fields into proximity, believing that the most effective collaborations are those which challenge our assumptions. She loves starting things. www.annadrozdowski.com
Jane Golden is the founder and executive director of Mural Arts Philadelphia (Mural Arts). Under the driving force of Golden’s direction, Mural Arts has created more than 3,800 works of public art through innovative collaborations with community-based organizations, city agencies, nonprofit organizations, schools, the private sector, and philanthropies. Golden has received numerous awards for her work, including the Philadelphia Award, the Visionary Woman Award from Moore College of Art, the 2012 Governor’s Award for Innovation in the Arts, an Eisenhower Exchange Fellowship Award, and Philadelphia Magazine’s Trailblazer Award, among others. She has also co-authored two books about the murals in Philadelphia and co-edited a third, Mural Arts @ 30 (Temple University Press, 2014), published on the occasion of Mural Arts’ 30th anniversary. In addition to numerous honorary degrees, Golden holds a Master of Fine Arts from the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University, and degrees in Fine Arts and Political Science from Stanford University.
Robert Goodman is a painter who received his BFA from the Cleveland Institute of Art and his MFA from Tyler School of Art. Goodman’s work has been shown widely at ZG Gallery in Chicago, Peter Fingesten Gallery and Anna Kustera Gallery in New York, Spaces Gallery in Cleveland, and Vox Populi, Seraphin Gallery, and The Galleries at Moore in Philadelphia. Goodman has presented his work in lectures at Pace University, Sarah Lawrence College, Emery and Henry College, and Rutgers University and his work was recently acquired by the Woodmere Art Museum.
Asuka Goto received an MFA in Sculpture from Tyler School of Art and a BA and Post-Baccalaureate Certificate from Brandeis University. She has participated in residencies at the Joan Mitchell Center, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (both the Workspace and Swing Space programs) and the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. She has received a NYFA Artists’ Fellowship in the category of Architecture / Environmental Structures / Design and was awarded the Jerome Foundation’s Travel and Study Grant to conduct research on nomadic homes in Mongolia. Her work was recently included in the BRIC Biennial, at both the BRIC House and the Central Branch of the Brooklyn Public Library. Goto grew up in Boston, MA and Yokosuka, Japan. She now lives in Brooklyn, NY and teaches Sculpture in the Foundation and Fine Arts Departments at Moore College of Art & Design.
Jacque Liu is a studio artist and an arts administrator. He was born in Taipei, Taiwan, received an M.F.A. from Cranbrook Academy of Art, a B.F.A. from Alfred University, and a Fulbright Scholarship to Berlin, Germany. He has exhibited widely, and is the recipient of numerous awards and grants. His work have been reviewed in The New York Times, Newsweek, National Public Radio, The Philadelphia Inquirer, the artblog, and elsewhere. Currently, he works in Public Art for the City of Philadelphia’s Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy, where he facilitates Percent for Art opportunities. He is the co-founder of Takt Kunstprojektraum, a project space and residency in Berlin, Germany; and has been a member of the artist collectives, Vox Populi and Grizzly Grizzly, where he curated and led a number of creative programming initiatives.
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.
Kristen Neville Taylor’s diverse practice combines drawing, sculpture, and glass which converge playfully in installation style environments. Her work considers nature futures through science, anthropology, science fiction, and mythology. Taylor’s work has been shown at Little Berlin, Bunker Hull and the Philadelphia Art Alliance in Philadelphia, PNCA, Richard Stockton and Rowan University Art Galleries in New Jersey, and Expo Chicago. She has organized several exhibitions including Landscape Techne at Little Berlin, The Usable Earth at the Esther Klein Gallery, and she co-curated Middle of Nowhere in the Pine Barrens. Taylor is the recipient of the Laurie Wagman Prize in Glass, the Jack Malis Scholarship, and a 2017 Vermont Studio Center Fellowship.
Theresa Rose is an artist and arts organizer who lives and works in her beloved hometown, Philadelphia, PA. She earned a BA in Art Education from Tyler School of Art, Temple University and MFA from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia. As a visual artist, she works in media such as photo-collage, photography, video, and sculpture. Her work has been part of exhibitions at Philadelphia's Institute of Contemporary Art, Fleisher Art Memorial, The Print Center, Little Berlin, Crane Arts and the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education. She is the founder of Philly Stake (2010-2016), a micro-granting dinner event that funded creative, community-engaged projects. Rose recently curated a public art project, “9th Street Stock Exchange” with Jon Rubin in collaboration with the Mural Arts Program and is currently consulting with the Reading Terminal Market on an ArtPlace planning initiative. She was formerly the Visual Arts Program Director at FringeArts, as well as Public Art Project Manager for 5 years at the City of Philadelphia’s Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy. She is a practicing yogi.
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.
Shira Walinsky is a community based multi-disciplinary artist and teacher. Her murals can be seen throughout the city of Philadelphia. In 2012 she co- founded Southeastbyoutheast a community center for new refugees through Mural Arts Philadelphia. SoutheastbySoutheast uses arts and education to adjust new refugees to Philadelphia. Her work has also been shown at PAFA, Asian Arts Initiative and the ICA Philadelphia. Shira will be developing a project for Monument Lab in the fall of 2017. Shira currently co-teaches at Moore and the University of Pennsylvania with Mural Arts Program Director Jane Golden.
Jonathan Wallis is an art historian who works at the intersection of socially engaged art, ethics and critical pedagogy. Publications on ethics include “Useful Partnerships: The Queens Museum and Immigrant Movement International,” in Museums and Public Art? (forthcoming), “The Marketing Frame: Online Corporate Communities and Artistic Intervention,” in Companion to Public Art, and “Behaving Badly: Animals and the Ethics of Participatory Art,” in Journal of Curatorial Studies. In 2015, he served as guest editor for a special double-issue of Art and the Public Sphere (Intellect Press) on ethics. Wallis is a member of Philly Stake, a collective organizing micro-granting dinner events that support creative, community projects in Philadelphia. Wallis earned his Ph.D. from the Tyler School of Art in 2004 and is Associate Professor of Art History and Curatorial Studies and the Penny and Bob Fox Distinguished Professor at Moore College of Art & Design in Philadelphia, PA.
Wilmer Wilson IV (b. 1989, Richmond, VA) is critically recognized for performative investigations into the marginalization of, and the care for, Black bodies in everyday social relation. He is the recipient of The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage Fellowship and The American Academy in Rome Fellowship. Wilson’s work has been presented at The New Museum, New York, NY; Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Boston, MA; Barnes Foundation, Philadelphia, PA; Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, AR; American University Museum, Washington, DC; Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham, AL; National Portrait Gallery, Washington, DC; and In Flanders Fields Museum, Ieper, Belgium. Wilson received his MFA from the University of Pennsylvania and his BFA from Howard University.