Julie Langsam (Artistic Director, Professor in Drawing – visiting artist during the Drawing & Painting Intensive) is a painter whose work examines the legacy of modernism within the context of the 21st century. Langsam has had numerous exhibitions, including a solo museum show at MOCA Cleveland. She is the recipient of the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Award and is represented in collections throughout the United States. Among Langsam’s other activities, she is curator of such exhibitions as Color as Structure at Frederieke Taylor Gallery in New York City and The Big Bang at SPACES Gallery in Cleveland. Langsam is the former Motto Endowed Chair and Head of Painting at the Cleveland Institute of Art. Her most recent solo exhibition was in Reykjavik, Iceland.
Among Langsam’s other activities, she is a curator for such exhibitions as Color as Structure at Frederieke Taylor Gallery in New York City and The Big Bang at SPACES Gallery in Cleveland. Langsam is the former Motto Endowed Chair and Head of Painting at the Cleveland Institute of Art. Her most recent solo exhibition was in Reykjavik, Iceland.
Brian Bulfer (Instructor and Assistant Director)
Brian Bulfer earned a B.F.A. in drawing and painting and a B.A. in religious studies from California State University Long Beach in 2008. He also received an MFA in visual arts from Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University in 2010. His artwork has been exhibited both nationally and internationally, such as in Chiang Mai, Thailand and Lisbon, Portugal. He is the recipient of the Arthur Wesley Dow Award and the Kasser Annual Fund Scholar in Art Education Award. Currently, he is working on an Ed.D. in Art Education at Teachers College, Columbia University, NY. For the past five years he has held the position of Chair of the Visual Arts Department at the Mason Gross Extension Division where he has been working to develop an art education program for children and teens.
Jane Westrick (Assistant Instructor), is a painter from Richmond, Virginia, who currently lives and works in Jersey City, NJ. Her work has been exhibited in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, Maine, and Michigan. She received a BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art and received her MFA from Mason Gross School of the Arts in 2016. She has participated in residencies at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, the Vermont Studio Center, and the International School of Painting, Drawing, and Sculpture in Umbria, Italy. Previously, Jane has taught undergraduate Painting and Foundations courses at Mason Gross School of the Arts. In addition to teaching in the Extension Division, Jane is currently teaching Visual Thinking for undergraduates.
Assistant Instructor – William Robinson
Marc Handelman (Special Guest Visiting Artist during the Drawing & Painting Intensive, Assistant Professor in Painting) is an artist who works in painting, as well as across media including film/video, installation, and book arts. He received his BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design with a concentration in art history and was a recipient of the Ellen Battell Stoeckel Fellowship at Yale Norfolk. He received his MFA from Columbia University. He was a recent recipient of the Steeprock Arts Residency and the Awards for Artists from Printed Matter in 2011. Handelman has exhibited extensively throughout the United States as well as internationally in such venues as PS1 MoMA in Long Island City; The Studio Museum in Harlem; The Dayton Art Institute, Ohio; The Orlando Museum of Art, Orlando, FL; The Rubin Museum, New York City; and the Royal Academy of Art in London. His work has been written about in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The New Yorker, Artforum, Art in America, Tema Celeste, and Flash Art, among others. He has taught in the graduate programs at Yale University, Bard, and the School of Visual Arts, among others. He is currently a graduate critic at Columbia University’s School of the Arts. Handelman was appointed Assistant Professor of Visual Arts at Mason Gross School of Art in fall 2012. He is represented by Sikkema Jenkins & Co., New York City; Marc Selwyn Fine Art, Los Angeles; and RECEPTION, Berlin.