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Teaching Experience___________________________________________
8/08-present 
Visual Arts Teacher and Professor, Founding Faculty of Bard High 
School Early College Queens, NY

Leadership
• Developed and implemented the school's entire visual arts high 
school and college-level curriculum. 
• Directed the visual 
arts program.
• Served as the Arts Department Liaison to attended weekly liaison meetings with schools administrators to set instructional goals and school-wide policies for the year, coordinated and chaired weekly Arts department meetings, established the criteria for selecting and reviewing school proposals for new courses and funding for professional development.

Advising
• Fostered award winning students: Ezra Jack Keats Queens Borough 
Award, Scholastic Art & Writing. Award, the PS Art Award with 
scholarship. 
• Researched and generated new opportunities for student's artwork to gain exposure:  Museum of Arts and Design.
• Exhibit students artwork at community and cultural resources: Queens Borough Arts Festival at the Queens Museum, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Big Screen Plaza, Mural painted in London. 
• Coordinated field trips to create awareness of careers in visual 
arts  and demonstrated how works of art, design, and visual culture 
can enhance and empower people's lives.
• Encouraged student involvement and aided students with their application to summer programs at universities and museums: MOMA Teen Program, Cue Arts, the Noguchi Museum, SCAD. 
• Consulted students on a weekly basis about academic and social 
issues as their Advisor. 
• Maintained regular and open communication with families on students progress. 

Extracurricular
• Coordinated the school’s biannual Arts Celebration. 
• Fundraised: art auctions with the PTA, designed sweatshirts 
with school logo made by students.
• Supervised the Arts Club, Arts & Crafts Club.
• PSAL Boys and Girls Track Coach for the Queens High School Complex. 

7/11 Spanish Interpreter, School of Visual Arts, NY
• Simultaneously interpreted in Spanish for an advertising class completely devised of college students visiting from Chile.


9/04-6/08 Commercial Art Teacher, Technology Department, 
Brooklyn Technical High School, NY
• Taught Advanced Placement college level courses: Design and Drawing for Production and Art History.
• Instructed gifted high schools student in Technical Drawing, Digital Photography, Interior and Environmental Design, Intro. to Engineering Design,and  Industrial, Graphic & Product Design.
• Created and implemented lessons plans for a curriculum that meets NY state and city art and technology standards, evaluated students progress through the development of rubrics for hands-on and computer projects. 
• Awarded BTHS Faculty Grants after submitting a proposal for extra 
funds to help students with special projects and instructional 
material.
• Utilized Blackboard, Inventor, Photoshop, and SynchronEyes 
softwares in the classroom.


3/04-6/04 Art Teacher, Middle School 202, NY 
• Created and implemented lessons encompassing drawing, media arts, 
arts & crafts, art history, painting, sculpture and photography in a manner which facilitated the ability to retain and implement information.
• Created mult-cultural art lesson plans to instruct English Language Learners in Spanish and English.


6/95-12/95 
Research and Development Intern, Office of Academic Advising 
at Queens College, NY
• Produced a report for the Provost to modify future programs.
• Designed a survey assessing the program planning and 
registration process.
• Researched, analyzed, and correlated data through database 
development.
• Consulted students on scholastic issues.

6/94-8/94 
Teacher Assistant and Counselor, Queens College Sports Academy, NY
• Coordinated hands-on educational activities.

Graphic Design and Production Experience______________________
4/03-7/03 Designer, Simon & Schuster, NY
4/00-4/03 Promotion Designer, Bridal Guide magazine, NY
4/99-4/00 Production Artist, The Wall Street Transcript, NY
4/98-12/98 Electronic Production Artist, Steck Vaughn 
Berrent Publications, NY
1/97-4/98 Promotion Assistant, Parents and Child Magazines, 
G+J USA Publishing, NY
8/96-11/96 
Temp. Assistant, Vogue Magazine and Self Magazine, Condé Nast Publishing, NY
Temp. Assistant, Hearst Book Group, NY

Work Experience in Art________________________________________
1/95-6/96 Intern, 
The Whitney Museum of American Art at Philip Morris, NY

6/93-7/93 
Administrative Assistant Intern, Marion Art/Art Consultants, NY

1/93-12/94 
Student Assistant, Godwin Ternbach Museum at Queens College, NY



Academic Grants & Awards______________________________________
2019 Award in Recognition of Ten Years of Dedicated Service
Received from Bard High School Early College Queens on it’s tenth anniversary for founding their visual arts program and curriculum.

2014 2014 NY Art Educator of the Year Award 
Received from the New York City Art Teachers Association.
2013 Nominated for the 2013 Big Apple Awards recognizing teacher excellence

2013 Yale University, Connecticut
Awarded a grant through the Gilder Lehrman Institute for a summer workshop at the University.

2013 National Gallery of Art, Washington DC
Selected for participation in the summer Teacher Institute program onImpressionism and Post-Impressionism.

2011 Fulbright Distinguished Teachers Award, Argentina 
Awarded alternate status.

2010 China Institute Summer Study Tour-History, Culture, and Sustainable Development, China
Selected for a funded three-week study tour to create and implement curriculum  after exploring Chinese culture, education, history and environmental movements.

2009 Germany Close Up, Berlin, Germany
Selected to participate in a subsidized program for teachers to partake in academic lectures and go to Berlin. This program is in cooperation with the Holocaust Centre in Toronto and works together closely with the German Embassy in Washington D.C. and its General Consulates,the Humboldt University in Berlin and other American and 
German institutes.

2008 Harvard University, Massachusetts
Awarded a grant through the Gilder Lehrman Institute for a 
summer workshop at the University.

2008 Accademia Europea di Firenze,Florence, Italy
Awarded a Grant through The Italian Cultural Institute of New York to study in Florence.

2006 Makor Artist and Residence Program, New York
Selected and awarded a scholarship for the Makor Artist-in-Residence Program which provides institutional support to develop new works in partnership with the Makor/Steinhardt Center. 

2005 Stanford University, California
Awarded a grant through the Gilder Lehrman Institute for a summer workshop at the University.

2004 Peters Valley Craft Center, New Jersey 
Awarded a scholarship for a Fine Metals: Jewelry Making Residency.

1998 New York University, New York
Awarded a scholarship for the Masters in Publishing program.

Publications__________________________________________________
Books:    If Shoes Could Talk (ISBN #978-0-615-37416-1) sold at Pylones and online.
Capturing Footsteps & Leaving Imprints (ISBN # 978-0-9852188-05).
Articles: Applying Strategies from Choice Based Art Education, 
New York  Teacher, October 2012.
Designs: Graphic Design work published in Bridal Guide magazine, The Wall Street Transcript, and Simon & Schuster.

Press Reviews related to Art Education________________________
• Interviewed and mentioned in the The New York Times regarding pedagogical approach to using recycled material to make artwork in the classroom and my students’ involvement with the Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Times Square contest.
• Boro Magazine (article about the Visual Arts Curriculum I 
created and implemented for BHSEC).
• El Correo de Queens (featured article on my classes 
multicultural art education.
• .Edu–– the Queens College Division of Education Magazine (story covered student exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum and the visual arts curriculum created for BHSEC).

Press Reviews on my Artwork___________________________________
• National TV coverage on Univision’s Control show included a interview and segment on shoe-sculptures.
• Designed proposal for WTC Memorial was covered on TV’s New 
Hour with Jim Lehrer.
• Jewish Week (featured article on Ketubah designs).
• Bridal Guide Magazine - My handpainted scarves (Art Scarves) were featured in the Holiday Gift Guide section.
• Newsday • The Westsider 
• The Long Island Voice • The Queens Tribune
• The Courier • The Bayside Times • Barnes & Noble Newsletter

To view these articles and videos go to Jennifermerdjan.com and click on the press coverage button.



Selected Art Exhibitions_____________________________________
Solo Exhibitions

Projected for March 2021
Instituto Cultural Argentino Norteamericano, 
Buenos Aires, Argentina
How Can I Love You More?–– Leaving Images Along The Path, an exhibit reflecting on different people, cultures, places and moments 
that have impacted the artist and serve as sources of love 
and inspiration.

2016 LIC Arts Open, The Atrium Building Lobby, Long Island City, NY
“Running Machine” on exhibit as part of the LIC Arts Festival.

2012 
Go Brooklyn Open Studios in affiliation with the Brooklyn Museum, NYC
On display fifty shoe sculptures and the book release of Capturing Footsteps & Leaving Imprints. Visitors voted and nominated artists for inclusion in a group exhibition to open at the Brooklyn Museum.

2001 Henri Bendel, NYC
Trunk show displaying Hand-Painted Silk Scarves: Art Scarves (a form of wearable art.)

1998 
Starbucks Coffee, Cedarhurst Long Island, NY
Solo exhibition comprised of eleven pieces of artwork interpreting personal ad writers and those who would respond.

Barnes & Noble in the Citicorp Building, NYC
Artist of the Month, solo exhibition comprised of 15 pieces of 
artwork on display consisting of Intaglio Prints and 
Surrealistic collages.

Group Exhibitions
2020
The Plaxall Gallery, Virtual
An online exhibition during the Covid-19 pandemic dedicated to healthcare workers and essential workers.

2019
United Nations, NYC 
Tout Petite Art exhibition at the North East Visitors Lobby General Assembly. If Shoes Could Talk book was donated and sold to raise money for children in vulnerable situations around he world. This was a collaborative effort with the United Nations Women’s Guild.

The Plaxall Gallery, NYC 
The Sculptors Guild in partnership with LIC ARTS came together with Barbara O'Brien to curate Crashing The Party. This exhibition offered an opportunity for sculptors to question and expand their use of 
materials, forms, concepts and experiences to interpret responses to the idea and ideals of gender equity, from breaking the "glass ceiling" to political , social, physical, and conceptual ideas. 

The Plaxall Gallery, NYC 
Urban Dance Visual Rhythm of Cities--An exhibition focusing on 
images from international photographers interpreting today's urban 
experience around the globe.

United Nations, NYC 
Metal print was exhibited at the North East Visitors Lobby General Assembly. Artwork was donated and sold to raise money for children in vulnerable situations around he world. This was a collaborative effort with the United Nations Women’s Guild.

The Plaxall Gallery, NYC 
“Running Machine” on exhibit from May to June along with art from other LIC Arts members.

2018 The Plaxall Gallery, NYC 
“Dreams of Capadocia” and “Landscape Escape” are two mixed media pieces exhibited in this group show. 

2016 MFTA Gallery, Material For The Arts, LIC, NY
Shoe-sculptures on display as part of a group show titled Materials in Our Neighborhood.

2014 Artisan Gallery, San Diego, CA
As part of the If Shoes Could Talk project, apparel with imagery of the shoe-sculptures on auctioned to raise funds for art education and the National Art Education Association.

2012 Casita Maria Gallery, Home Exhibit, NYC 
A community project and group exhibit reflecting on building a home. Sculpture on display comments on how shoes always make their way homeand reflects on the cultural importance of food and homelife through the passage of time taken in ones shoes.

2011 Museum of Chinese in America, MOCA Young Professionals Expo: YPX 2011, NYC
Photograph of lotus flowers taken at Shaoshan Hunan Province raffled at a fundraising event.

Culturefix, Greetings, NYC
Group exhibit displaying prints of artistic shoe-sculptures.

Museum of Art and Design, NYC
Belt designed during MAD’s Professional Development Seminar 
on display.

2010 92Y Tribeca Feria Artistica, Duality, NYC
Book release of If Shoes Could Talk with installation of artistic shoe-sculptures and an interactive component where visitors were invited to leave their imprint by taking off their own shoes and tracing an outline on canvas or by using an ink pad.

2010 Bayside Historical Society, NY
Group show displaying two sculptures.

2009 Joyce Robins Gallery, New Mexico
Group show and sale organized to raise funds for the New Mexico’s Women Foundation.

2006 Local Project, Framing Aids, NYC
Group show organized to inform, build an understanding, inspire 
action, and reflect on the Aids Epidemic. All artworks 
were auctioned.

Makor, Feria Artistica Latina, NYC
On exhibit signature shoe-sculptures transformed into faces and 
animals. These mixed media sculptures capture a journey in life, 
preserving the steps of the past and transforming a visionary future.

Makor, NYC
On exhibit linoleum prints and Ketubbahs made with artwork. Each print represents themes of individual identity, spirituality, and an exploration of the artist’s roots. These prints then connect to create a larger picture symbolizing the unity of two people in Marriage, Genesis and Life.

2005 Consulate General of Argentina,NY
Hand-Painted Silk Scarf auctioned in the 3rd Annual ProyecteArte Silent Auction. ProyectArte’s is a nonprofit organization aimed to develop and sustain unique art programs for children in the United States and Latin America.

2002 The Urban Center, NYC
Proposal for World Trade Center Memorial on exhibit. Selected 
from 18,000 ideas gathered through Imagine New York. Design piece on display was also shown on News Hour with Jim Lehrer.

Gallery at Pathways Women’s Health, NY
Selected from a contest to display a mixed media painting and intaglio print in the waiting area of a medical building.

2001 Museum of Art & Design (formerly the American Craft 
Museum), NYC
Art Scarves for sale in the gift shop of the museum.

1997 The Queens College Student Gallery, Flushing, NY
Group Exhibit with three other students. Five mixed media pieces 
on display.

Queens Borough Library, NY
Semi-Finalist in the 1996-97 Individual Artist Showcase.

1983 Lever House on Park Avenue, NY
Painting on display called: New York in the Winter.

Teaching Certifications_______________________________________
NY State and City Professional and Permanent Education 
Certifications: 
Commercial Art 
Fine Art(Pre-K-12) 
Elementary Eduction

National Certification to teach Project Lead The Way courses: 
Design and Drawing for Production
Civil Engineering and Architecture

Education_____________________________________________________
9/03-6/05 Queens College of the City University of New York, 
Master of Science in Art Education, GPA: 3.7 

1/99-12/99 Parsons the New School for Design, Certificate in Graphic Design and Advertising  

8/92-5/96 Queens College of the City University of New York, 
Bachelor of Arts, GPA: 3.4  
Majors: Interdisciplinary Applied Arts (studio art + art history)
Communications Arts & Media (concentration in media production)
Education 

Minors: Business And Liberal Arts Honors Program 
Economics

Leadership: President and Founder of two clubs at Queens College

Additional Coursework_________________________________________
9/97- 2012 
The New School, Art Diagnosis and Arts Therapy courses
Cooper Union, Typography classes
School of Visual Arts, Book Publishing, Illustration, Contemporary
Ceramic Sculpture classes
The Art Student League of New York, Drawing classes
Urban Glass, Kiln-forming Glass class
NYU, Social Media, Writing, Exhibition Design and computer classes

3/09 
The Center For Book Arts, Monoprint, Lithography and Folded 
Structures classes

7/06, 7/07 
Rochester Institute of Technology, Trained and Certified 
in the Project Lead The Way’s curriculum

Professional Membership Affiliations__________________________
• International Society for Education through Art 
• New York State Art Teachers Association
• National Art Education Association