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, an MFA in visual arts from Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University in 2010, and has most recently completed an Ed.D. in Art Education at Teachers College, Columbia University, NY. His artwork has been exhibited both nationally and internationally, in locations including 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. This is Bulfer’s sixth year as Chair of the Visual Arts Department at the Mason Gross Extension Division where he has developed an art education program for children and teens.
David Torres was born and raised in West Palm Beach, Florida. He received his BFA from Rhode Island School of Design and his MFA from Mason Gross School of the Arts. David Torres is interested in the history of stories where the unseen forces of morality are at work. The PTSD factor embedded in culture has drawn him to the idea of the “hero” as an empathic ideal for people to aspire to. He is also interested in the illusion and delusional discussions that surround the complexities of the racial, religious, aging; old and young identities in culture. As a way of investigating these identities David created “Riakman”, an alter ego, designed under the influences of 1990’s anime, video games, and his father’s middle school drawings. By channeling “Riakman”, David finds pathways through high art and popular culture. Through “Riakman“, David tells a story within his fictional planet “Runetech” about a way of being in the world. Exploring a narrative with an embedded nostalgia for the future is the illusion David uses to contend with the disillusions that exist within culture.