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Artistic Director

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.

Assistant Artistic Director

Originally from Middletown, New York, Sarah Phyllis Smith currently lives in Chicago where she teaches photography at Chicago State University. She received a Master of Fine Arts from The University of Iowa and a BFA from Murray State University.

Nicolas Bermeo
Video Art Faculty

Nicolas Bermeo is an artist currently living in Los Angeles, California. He is the founder of both Like • Magazine and Like • Movie Night and has shown work at 315 Gallery, The Echo Park Film Center, Squeaky Wheel Media Art Center, The Queer Arts Festival and The Hyde Park Art Center. Nicolas received his MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Kyle Butler
Animation Art Faculty

Kyle Butler is an artist from Michigan currently living in Buffalo, New York. His two-dimensional work often uses contrarian formal systems, where procedural guidelines are formed and deformed throughout the development of a series. His subject matter has shifted over time: relationships between competing/cooperating painterly forms and manners of speech, the built environment and dereliction as societal barometer, and laborious mark-making as a record of agitation.

Cait Carvalho
16mm and Super 8 Film Faculty

Cait Carvalho is an up and coming media artist living in Brooklyn. She is currently working on her MFA in the Integrated Media Arts Program at Hunter College. She has worked for organizations such as Anthology Film Archives, the Independent Filmmaker Project and the Made in NY Media Center by IFP. During her time with IFP, she organized and lead community events, assisted in the curation of potential participants during Filmmakers’ Labs and guided filmmakers through the process of attending IFP’s Independent Film Week in 2013. She has curated screenings in both L.A. and New York.

Taylor Dunne
16mm and Super 8 Film Production Faculty

Taylor Dunne is a filmmaker, curator and university lecturer based in Colorado’s San Luis Valley and the Catskill Mountains of New York State. She has an affinity for photographic processes, amateur film, the personal archive, and the history of the cinematic apparatus. She uses these obsessions to paint intimate poetic essays that examine the interconnectedness of time, history and landscape. Her work strives to make visible underrepresented histories and to inspire citizens to participate in shaping future trends in cultural representation.

Billy Feldman
Video Art Faculty

Billy Feldman is a video and filmmaker based in Brooklyn, NY. He received his MFA in Film, Video, New Media and Animation from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2015. In 2016, Billy completed his first feature length documentary, Not Bad At All, which premiered as part of Facets' Resident Video Series. He has worked as freelance videographer on a diverse range of projects and currently works in the Camera Department on the television show Full Frontal with Samantha Bee and as a video editor for Complex Magazine.

Pauline Gloss
Sound Art Faculty

Pauline Gloss is a writer and literary sound-artist based in Los Angeles working in dialogue with the Text-Sound tradition. Her language-sound work attempts to dramatize and expand language in its timbral, rhythmic, textural, and meaning-making dimensions. Her current body of work is concerned with using highly reduced language to develop larger emotional and conceptual architectures whose stability is always in question.

Sei Harris
Sound Art Faculty

Sei Harris is an experimental composer, performer & teacher. He is the co-author of The Sound of Yourself Listening: Faust and the Politics of the Unpolitical, published in the Journal of Popular Music and Society. Sei’s work can be heard at

Saskia Kahn
Digital and Experimental Photography

Saskia Kahn is a multidisciplinary visual artist from the Manhattan Beach section of Brooklyn, NY. Raised in a family full of artists, including illustrator Edward Sorel and design visionary Fritz Kahn, she discovered photography as a means of capturing the quirks and characters of the quickly gentrifying neighborhoods of Brooklyn. Her work has been featured in The New York Times, The Brooklyn Rail, and The Huffington Post. A polymath from a young age, she has explored work in painting, film, theatre, music, and journalism.

Tamara Suarez Porras
Digital and Experimental Photography

Tamara Suarez Porras is an artist + educator from (south) Brooklyn, living & working in the Bay Area. She has a BFA from Tisch (NYU) and is pursuing her MFA with an MA in Visual + Critical Studies at the California College of the Arts. Her work has been exhibited at the Brooklyn Museum, International Center of Photography and Deutsch Projects in NYC, and Embark Gallery in San Francisco.

Marc Tomko
Animation Art Faculty

Marc Tomko is an intermedia artist from Buffalo, NY. He has a BFA in Digital Media from The Cleveland Institute of Art and a MFA in Visual Studies from The University at Buffalo. His work is driven by self analysis and thought experiments and his ideas may evolve as physical objects, animations, virtual experiences, installation environments, and/or performative actions. He has shared work at Hallwalls, The Burchfield Penny, The UB Art Gallery, Squeaky Wheel, and at The Box Gallery in Buffalo.