Education

2001  B.F.A.  Illustration,  Art History,  Rhode Island School of Design (honors),  Providence, RI 

2006  M.F.A.  Painting,  New York Academy of Art (cum laude),  New York, NY

2015  New Pathways to Teaching in New Jersey, Hudson and Bergen Community College, NJ

 

Certification

Standard Certificate, K-12 Teacher of Art

 

Objective

To utilize my artistic experience, knowledge, and mentoring skills in the practice of teaching art and design.
To encourage young people and adults to use art as a source for creative expression, communication,
and independent and critical thinking.

Teaching Experience

2012-Present   Visual Arts Instructor: Teacher of Studio Art 1 (Upper School Foundations Course), Painting & Drawing 1 and 2, Sculpture (US Electives), Studio Art 6, Studio Art 7 (Middle School).  Advisor to 8th Grade students.  Formerly co-taught Physical Computing 7 (STEAM based Discovery class) and Essentials of Living and Learning in the 21st Century (9th grade).  Integrate laser cutting, 3-D printing, and various other technologies into art and design course curriculums.  Support and collaborate with faculty members in other departments in the use of art and technology in their courses.  Dwight-Englewood School, Englewood, NJ

 

2011-2019   Director/Instructor of Visual Arts for Summer Connections Program including Young Visionaries (Visual Art Immersive) Grades 2-5, and Enrichment courses Grades 5-9  (2011-2016).  Instructor of Architect’s Studio, Painting & Drawing, Mixed Media, Creative Watercolors, Sketch It!, Sculpture/Woodworking,
and Geometric Art. (2011-2019).  Dwight-Englewood School, Englewood, NJ.  

 

2008-12   Art Teacher/Facilitator, Ages 2-16, “Wilma’s Studio” at New York Presbyterian Hospital/ Columbia University Medical Center: Pediatric Oncology and Pediatric Neurology Clinics, New York, NY.  Worked with patients and families to create various 2-D and 3-D art projects in clinic waiting areas.  Taught children how
to use materials, develop their ideas, and collaborate on group projects.

 

2001-Present   Private Art Instructor, K-12 and Adult, Northern New Jersey

Work with individuals and small groups on a variety of painting, drawing, digital art, and mixed media techniques.  Assist with college portfolio preparation and development.

 

2006   Visiting Lecturer and Workshop Instructor, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI.
Presented about portraiture as a source for healing.  Facilitated collage workshop for developmentally
disabled teenagers and their student mentors from “Art as a Source for Healing” class at RISD.

Other Professional Experience

2001-Present   Rachel Brusky Fine Art Studio    New York/New Jersey Area

Produce portrait, landscape, and still-life paintings, by commission, in oil, watercolor, and acrylic.
Create original murals for homes and hospitals.

 

2007-12   Senior Portrait Painter, Yigal Ozeri Studio LLC, Mana Contemporary Art Center, Jersey City, NJ. Responsible for painting portraits and figures in collection of artworks.  Works produced in the studio were exhibited in galleries, art fairs, and museums in the United States and internationally.

 

2002-04   Art Director, Jo-Ann Magazine, SoHo Publishing Company, New York

Associate Art Director, Vogue Knitting International Magazine, Family Circle Home Crafts.  Designed layouts and advertisements for magazines and approved layouts of junior designers.  Assisted with photo shoots and edited film for placement in magazines. 

 

2003   Editorial Illustrator, Family Circle Easy Knitting Magazine, New York.  Created illustrations for magazine column based on personal stories about the lives of knitters.  Researched content of the articles to develop thoughtful and appropriate artwork.

 

Awards and Honors

2019   Williams Award for Creative Excellence, Awarded by Dwight-Englewood School

2009   Semi-finalist, Outwin Boochever National Portrait Competition, Washington, DC

2006   The Walter Erlebacher Award for outstanding achievement, NYAA

2006   Vasari Classic Artists' Oil Colors Prize, Awarded by NYAA

2004,05  New York Academy of Art Merit Scholarship

2001   The Joseph Lefevre Award for Excellence in Illustration, Awarded by RISD

2000   The American Greetings Scholarship Award, Awarded by RISD

 

Selected Exhibitions

2013   350 Bleeker Street, Solo Exhibition, New York City, NY

2013   Swartley Gallery, Solo Exhibition, Dwight-Englewood School, Englewood, NJ

2011   Carr House Gallery, " Art as a Source of Healing" art exhibition, Providence, RI

2010   Dean Project Gallery," Intimate Immensity" group exhibition, New York, NY

2009   Jersey City Museum, Benefit Exhibition and Auction, Jersey City, NJ

2008   NYC RISD Biennial, The Old American Can Factory, Brooklyn, NY link

2008   Dean Project Gallery, " We Are L.I.C. " group exhibition, Long Island City, NY

2006   M.F.A. Exhibition, New York Academy of Art, New York, NY

2004   French Institute Alliance Francaise, Selected works from PSA Alumni, NY

2001   Woods Gerry Gallery, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI

 

Computer Skills

Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, iMovie, Tinkercad, Google Drive, Word, Power Point, and Wix