Dina Weiss is a New York City based artist and educator, she received her BS in Studio Art from NYU and her MFA in Sculpture from Parsons The New School for Design. Dina has held many positions in the non-profit arts education and museum education, as well as teaching and lecturing at universities. Currently, she is the Assistant Chair of Fine Arts at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY. Recently, she was the Executive Director at Artists Alliance, Inc. a small not for profit arts organization located on the Lower East Side of New York City, which provides exhibition and studio opportunities to emerging and underrepresented artists. Weiss has taught courses as an adjunct faculty member at Parsons The New School for Design, where she also has developed curriculum and partnered Parsons with the Museum of Art and Design's education department to develop a portfolio preparation program for NYC high school students. Additional related art education experience, Weiss was an education consultant at the New Museum where she co-authored a chapter of curriculum in an art education book published by Routledge and the New Museum, entitled Rethinking Contemporary Art and Multicultural Education and worked with the G:class program writing curriculum and teaching NYC high school students. In prior positions, she coordinated the arts education programs for The Drawing Center and the Dia Art Foundation both in New York City, working directly with NYC public schools. Exhibition venues include The James Gallery at CUNY Graduate Center, NY; San Diego Contemporary Museum of Art, CA; Mixed Greens Gallery, NY; City Without Walls, Newark, NJ; Hudson Valley Contemporary Center for Art, Peekskill, NY; The LAB, San Francisco, CA; Untitled Space, New Haven, CT; Art in General, New York City. Artworks included in selected public collections at The Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn, NY; The New York Public Library, New York City; and The West Collection at SEI, Philadelphia, PA.
My work examines and reflects on my relationship to the urban landscape from the dense architectural images to the trash piled along the sidewalks. Through out my projects has been the compulsion to soften the gritty environment. I’ve had a continued interest in the space where the natural and the built environments collide, the ways the city provides a cacophony on all our senses as urban dwellers and the vast ways we connect to the built environment through our desires to control nature. I employ a wide range of materials and processes to evoke the ideas for each project as an individual experience. Working in a variety of ways allows for my ideas to continually be challenged and a new experience to emerge. The materiality and concepts in the projects are of equal importance in portraying the way ideas are being examined.
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