Visual Arts Full-Time Faculty

Gregory Amenoff
Professor - Gregory Amenoff (b. 1948) is a painter who lives in New York City and Ulster County, New York. He is the recipient of numerous awards from organizations including the American Academy of Arts and Letters, National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts and Tiffany Foundation. He has had over fifty one-person exhibitions in museums and galleries throughout the United States and Europe.
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Associate Professor - Sanford is an installation, video, and performance artist whose work has been exhibited worldwide, including at the Tate Britain and Tate Modern, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Studio Museum Harlem. He has participated in several national and international artist residencies, and has been a fellow in programs including the Socrates Sculpture Park Residency, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council World Views AIR Program, and the P.S.1 International Studio Program.
Matthew Buckingham
Associate Professor - Matthew Buckingham has presented solo exhibitions at the Brooklyn Museum, New York; Camden Arts Centre, London; Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid; Dallas Museum of Art; Hamburger Bahnhof Museum für Gegenwart, Berlin; the Kitchen, New York; Kunstmuseum, St. Gallen; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver; Museum Moderner Kunst, Vienna and the St. Louis Art Museum among others.
Jon Kessler
Professor - Jon Kessler received a B.F.A. from SUNY at Purchase and the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program. He has exhibited his work widely in Europe, Japan, and the United States. He has sculptures in the permanent collections of many institutions, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Walker Art Center, and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles. He has received several NEA grants, the St.
Nicola Lopez
Assistant Professor - Born in Santa Fe, NM, Nicola López currently lives and makes art in Brooklyn, NY. Through her work in installation, drawing and printmaking, López describes and reconfigures our contemporary—primarily urban—landscape. Her focus on describing ‘place’ stems from interests in anthropology, urban planning and architecture and it has been fueled by time spent working and traveling immersed in different cultures and landscapes.
Assistant Professor of Professional Practice - Miya Masaoka is a classically trained musician, composer and sound artist.  Many of her works are large scale and have a specific element of temporality.  She has created works for symphony, mixed choirs, multi-channel fixed media, telematic performances and designed interactive wearable textiles (LED KIMONO). She has composed pieces using spatialization and has mapped the behavior of plants, brain activity and insect movement to sound.
Assistant Professor - Leeza Meksin is an interdisciplinary artist, who makes paintings, installations, public art and multiples. She received an MFA from The Yale School of Art, a BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a joint BA/MA in Comparative Literature from The University of Chicago. Meksin has exhibited her work at Regina Rex Gallery (2011, 2014), Airplane Gallery (2014), Primetime (2013), Adds Donna (2011) and Thomas Erben Gallery (2009).
Assistant Professor - Aliza Nisenbaum has presented her paintings in solo shows at Mary Mary, Glasgow; White Columns, New York; Lulu, Mexico City; Julius Caesar, Chicago; and Shane Campbell Gallery, Chicago. She has had a range of two-person exhibitions among them with Kevin Kavanagh Gallery Dublin, Ireland; Susanne Hilberry Gallery, Detroit, MI; and at Golden Gallery, NY.
Thomas Roma
Professor - Twice the recipient of Guggenheim Fellowships, Thomas Roma's work has appeared in one-person and group exhibitions internationally, including one-person shows with accompanying books at the Museum of Modern Art and the International Center of Photography in New York. His books include: Found in Brooklyn, Come Sunday, Sunset Park, Higher Ground, Enduring Justice, Show & Tell, Sanctuary, Sicilian Passage, In Prison Air, On Three Pillars, and House Calls with William Carlos Williams (with Dr. Robert Coles).
Shelly Silver
Associate Professor - Shelly Silver's work in film, video, and photography spans an eclectic range of subject matter and genres, exploring the personal and societal relations that identify and restrict us; the indirect routes of pleasure and desire; the stories that we dream or fabricate about others, and the stories that we construct about ourselves. Silver's art has been exhibited and broadcast widely throughout the U.S., Europe and Asia.
Sarah Sze
Professor - Sarah Sze received her B.A. (1991) from Yale University and M.F.A. (1997) from the School of Visual Arts in New York. Solo shows of her work include the Institute of Contemporary Art in London, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, the Malmö Konsthall in Sweden, and the Fondation Cartier in Paris. Sze has participated in numerous national and international exhibitions including the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Carnegie Museum of Art, the 48th Venice Biennial, and the Biennale de Lyon 2009.
Rirkrit Tiravanija
Professor - Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, the Thai artist Rirkrit Tiravanija is widely recognized as one of the most influential artists of his generation. His work defies media-based description, as his practice combines traditional object making, public and private performances, teaching, and other forms of public service and social action. Winner of the 2004 Hugo Boss Prize awarded by the Guggenheim Museum, his exhibition there consisted of a pirate radio (with instructions on how to make one for yourself).
Tomas Vu-Daniel
Professor - Tomas Vu-Daniel received a B.F.A. from the University of Texas at El Paso and an M.F.A. from Yale University.
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Columbia University School of the Arts offers MFA degrees in Film, Theatre, Visual Arts, and Writing, an MA degree in Film Studies, a joint JD/MFA degree in Theatre Management & Producing, a PhD degree in Theatre History, Literature, and Theory, and an interdisciplinary program in Sound Arts.