Ghen Zando Dennis
Ghen is a media artist, professor and curator who taught filmmaking at NYSSSA for thirteen years before taking on the Artistic Director position in 2017.
Her vision for the Media Arts program is to nurture an open, collaborative environment where students are safe to explore challenging ideas, express individuality and engage with complex ideas embedded in the art and politics of image-making and media storytelling. In 2012 , Ghen received her Master of Fine Arts from the Integrated Media Arts program at CUNY Hunter College and has a Master in Humanities from SUNY Buffalo. She received her BFA in Media Arts from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design.
Ghen has taught youth–oriented media arts workshops at Shooting Back, Squeaky Wheel and The Visual Studies Workshop and has curated media arts screenings at Hallwalls, Robert Beck Memorial Cinema, St. Ambrose University, the Film-Maker’s Co-op and Anthology Film Archives. As an advocate for blending genres of experimental, narrative and documentary work she is committed to the idea that media is a creative tool for young artists to communicate with and decode the social world surrounding them. In addition to her role at NYSSSA, Ghen is a professor of Communication Arts in the School of Contemporary Arts at Ramapo College.