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Adjunct Faculty

David Carlyon

In addition to teaching acting, intro to theater, theater history, and diversity at Northwestern University and the University of Michigan-Flint, he has given acting workshops and history seminars at Carnegie Mellon, the University of Pittsburgh, the University of Virginia, Allegheny College, and Brown University. At Michigan-Flint, he directed Waiting for Godot, Noises Off, and Glass Menagerie. He wrote Dan Rice: The Most Famous Man You’ve Never Heard Of, a biography / cultural history of 19C performance and politics. In addition, he has published scholarly articles on circus, anti-theatricality, Shakespeare, 19C words & iconography, and Huckleberry Finn.

Carlyon gives talks throughout the state for the New York Council for the Humanities, one on 19C circus, the other on the Gettysburg Address. A playwright, he co-wrote a rhymed-verse adaptation of Goldoni’s Mirandolina, produced in Virginia, and his play Polonius was chosen for a theater competition in Missouri. He is an Equity actor, most recently playing the Gravedigger in Hamlet in NYC, and he was a Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus clown.

He holds a B.A. from the University of Michigan, and a Ph.D. from Northwestern University. He also fought wildfires in the West, and served in the Army as a military policeman.

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Patricia Cohen

Honored Recipient of the Outstanding Adjunct Faculty Award 2012

Patricia G. Cohen holds Masters degrees from Teachers College, Columbia University and Stanford University. An adjunct professor in the Fine and Performing Arts department at Iona College, Professor Cohen teaches courses in ballet, jazz dance, and world dance. She has been honored to serve on the Iona College Council on the Arts.

Professor Cohen serves on the Board of Directors of the National Dance Education Organization, which in 2011, conferred on her the prestigious Leadership Award. She has contributed scholarly research to the peer review Journal of Dance Education. She will join the editorial staff of NDEO's new (Fall 2014) Dance Education in Practice journal. Professor Cohen contributed two articles to the recent book, Jazz Dance: A History of its Roots and Branches, published by the University Press of Florida. She has developed and taught online courses for NDEO's Online Professional Development Institute. She is co-editor and a contributing writer for Dance in Culture, a dance education textbook, which introduces dance to middle and high school students. She frequently presents scholarly and pedagogical workshops at the National Dance Education Organization (NDEO) and Dance and the Child International (daCi) conferences. She also teaches in the dance education program at the NYU/Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development, where she is Academic Advisor for the NYU/ABT dance education masters degree with emphasis on ABT ballet pedagogy.

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John Gavalchin

Professor Gavalchin has performed as concert pianist throughout North and South America. A critically acclaimed pianist, his solo recital at the Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires, Argentina prompted an immediate invitation from the Colon's director for a concerto performance with the orchestra. He has also been the guest artist for the International Music Festival at the Domain Forget in Quebec, Canada. In New York, he has performed on WQXR's Listening Room radio program with Robert Sherman, and has been a frequent performer as soloist and ensembles in the northeast US.

John earned a Bachelor and Master Degrees from The Juilliard School where he was a three time recipient of the Helena Rubinstein Foundation Scholarship Award. A PhD graduate of New York University, Dr. Gavalchin's dissertation "Temporality in Music: a conceptual model based on the phenomenology of Paul Ricoeur" received the department's "Roger P. Phelps Award" as the outstanding dissertation in the field of music. Dr. Gavalchin teaches Music Appreciation at Iona College and is on the piano faculty of Teachers College, Columbia University and The College of Saint Elizabeth. Addtionally, he is Music Director of the "Paul and Irene Bogoni Foundation," which is dedicated to the arts and education. He has previously taught at New York University and has given piano master classes in the U.S. and abroad.

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Sheila Kriemelman

Honored Recipient of the Outstanding Adjunct Faculty Award 2013

Honolulu born, Sheila Kriemelman is a noted New York artist and teacher. She has a Bachelors in Art Education from the University of Missouri and an Masters in Studio Art from the College of New Rochelle. She has studied at the Glassel School of Fine Art, The Women’s Institute and the University of Texas in Houston, Southhampton College in New York and with internationally acclaimed artists including Eric Fischl, April Gornik, Roy Lichtenstein and Larry Rivers.

Kriemelman is a professor of art and art history at Iona College, Mercy College and the College of New Rochelle in New York. She is a popular teacher and guest lecturer on western art, women and art, the New York Art Scene, and her own projects.

Kriemelman has a studio in SoHo, New York, where she lives with her husband. She exhibits extensively in New York and in the Hawaiian Islands. She has received awards in numerous national juried competitions and her paintings are in prestigious public, private and corporate collections in the United States, England and Australia, including the Klutznik National Jewish Museum in Washington, D.C. and the Honolulu Academy of Art.

Her professional memberships include the National Association of Women Artists, the New York Society of Women Artists, New York Artists Equity and the College Art Association. She is listed in Who’s Who In American Art and Outstanding People of the 20th Century in honor of her outstanding contribution to human rights through art and education.

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Jeffrey Allen Price

Jeffrey Allen Price received his BFA from Missouri State University in 1999 and his MFA from Stony Brook University in 2003.

Jeffrey Allen Price is a multi-media artist with a conceptual and process-based approach to making art. Over the last 20 years his interdisciplinary work has taken multifarious forms including paintings, drawings, sculptures, videos, performance art and curating.

His works have been exhibited nationally and internationally including shows at Valentine, Queens, NY; Islip Art Museum, Islip, NY; and Chicago Art Source, Chicago, IL. His work has been reviewed or featured in numerous publications and media outlets including The New York Times, Newsday, and the Huffington Post.

His works are in the collections of the Islip Art Museum, The Williamsburg Art and Historical Center, and numerous private collections around the world.

Price lives and works on Long Island, NY and teaches Art and Art History classes at several nearby colleges.

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Ryan Seslow

Ryan Seslow is a multidisciplinary artist, independent curator, and professor of fine arts living and working in the New York area. Working in all mediums Ryan shows and shares his work on a regular basis in various formats, both nationally and internationally.

Recent projects and exhibitions include a 1 year series of Public Art Installations for The Brooklyn Wine Company, Park Slope, NY, curator of "Video Synthesis" for the CUNY QCC Art Gallery Permanent Collection in Bayside NY, The ReUse Project, Tel Aviv, Isreal, The Streaming Festival's International Video Art Festival, Den Hague in the Netherlands, Art House Co-Op's Country Wide Sketch Book Exhibition, Magmart 4, International Video Art Festival, Naples, Italy, Solo Exhibition at the York College Art Gallery, Jamaica, NY. Images from thees, and other projects can viewed on Ryan Seslow's Photostream.

Seslow teaches fine arts courses at four different colleges in the metropolitan area.

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Robin Tedesco

Visual Arts

Robin Tedesco is an artist and educator working in New Rochelle. She has degrees in Fine Arts from Moore College of Art (BFA), Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and University of Delaware (MFA). Her abstract oil paintings on wood panels utilize many layers of color and reflect her experience living in Italy and now in New York. Her work is collected internationally and she is represented by Reverol & Co. Contemporary Arts Gallery in New Rochelle, New York.

She has taught all levels of drawing and painting for 18 years and currently teaches art appreciation and painting in New York and The Treasures of Rome and Florence in Iona’s Study Abroad program. The link between the study of art history (which she also studied while living in Italy) with the perspective of a working artist is central to her teaching. She resides in the Bronx with her husband and her labrador retriever.

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Catherine Tharin

Catherine Tharin wears many hats in the dance world – choreographer, teacher, curator, board member and former dancer. Her choreography has been seen on many New York City and tri-state (New York, New Jersey, Connecticut) stages and has been called “compelling” by The New York Times. Her choreography commissions include Washington University, Hope College, and Iona College. She has collaborated with many leading contemporary composers including Marshall Coid, Erik Friedlander, Miki Navazio, Laura Seaton, Hayley Moss and Michael Bellar. As a teacher, she has taught Hawkins-based technique to professional dancers since 1986, and for the past eight years has taught dance composition, choreographic process and upper level modern dance technique/history classes at Iona College, New York.

Catherine’s dance and aesthetic development were primarily formed while dancing as a soloist in the Erick Hawkins Dance Company from 1988 – 1994; Lucia Dlugoszewski music director. Catherine also served as director of the school and rehearsal director. Her dancing was described by The New York Times as “…charming…astounding brazenness…a performance that could not have been bettered,” as well as “…mysterious…an odd beauty…the quiet heart of the dance.” She directs and curates the 92nd Street Y’s Fridays At Noon series where she programs approximately 50 dance artists a year. She sits on the boards of The Field and Dance Theater Workshop and is a member of the Y’s Harkness Dance Center’s Advisory Panel. She graduated from Connecticut College with a BA in Art History and from Columbia University Teachers College with an MA in Dance.

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