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Art Department Alumni

Art Department Alumni

December 15, 2016

Jonathan Latiano

Challenging Time and Space through Art

After graduation from Moravian College in 2006, Jonathan worked as an art preparer in New York City while building a body of work that would lead him to attend graduate school. He received an MFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2012. As an installation sculptor, Latiano’s interests lie in where elements of his art physically and metaphorically begin and end, and site-specificity has become a significant factor in his body of work. The sculptures he creates contrast abstracted human intuition with the reality of our natural environment.

In 2013, Latiano won the Mary Sawyers Baker Prize in Art, which led to his first solo museum exhibition at the Baltimore Museum of Art in 2014. He has since exhibited in numerous solo and group public art exhibitions in cities including New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington DC, and London, and his work has been featured in local, national, and international art publications.  Latiano was selected as the Rose and Rudy Ackerman Visiting Artist in Spring 2014 and offered a presentation to the Moravian College community.  He also received the Moravian College Young Alumni Award in 2015.

Among other projects, Latiano is working on a permanent public arts commission for the City of Baltimore which is scheduled to debut in 2018. He currently resides and works in Baltimore, Maryland, and teaches at the Maryland Institute College of Art.

To watch an artist profile video (produced by Violet LeVoit), click here.

Above, two works by Jonathan Latiano: Left--Flight of the Baiji, 2014, driftwood, bleach, plexiglass, halogen light and steel, 14’ x 17’ x 50’; Right--Extract Science, wood, steel, foam, salt, glass, various seashells, 7' x 6' x 10'

 

Hailey (Brown) Adlard

Infusing the Classroom with Extra Creativity

Creativity is a recurring theme in Hailey (Brown) Adlard’s life. The 2011 Moravian College grad designed an undergraduate major in art that included certification in elementary education K-6 and art education K-12. Today, an art teacher at Schnecksville Elementary School, Adlard is working on her master’s through Moravian’s graduate program (she will receive her MEd in May 2017), and her thesis, “Choice-based Teaching Practices in an Elementary School Art Classroom,” addresses a creative approach to educating children. We recently caught up with Adlard to learn a little more about what she’s doing in her classrooms—at Moravian and Schnecksville.

What is choice-based teaching?

Hailey Adlard: It is a movement away from the traditional teacher-in-charge classroom. In a choice-based classroom, teachers provide their students with choices in either topics, materials, or processes. As an educator, you take a step back from being solely an authoritative figure and become more of a mediator and support for your students. In the art classroom, choice-based education has proven to enhance imagination, creativity, and passion for the arts.

Are you using choice-based teaching practices in your classroom currently, and what are you finding?

HA: I applied my action research study with my fifth grade students, which was a group of 75 children. Our project was to create an Art Wax Museum. Pairs of students selecte an artist and a piece of that artist’s work for an exhibit in the museum. I allowed days for research and for exploration with materials, as well as studio days during which they took their ideas and created their final presentations. The project culminated in a gallery walk with all of the students in costume and character, and our museum was visited by teachers, parents, administrators, and children from other grades. The students did a wonderful job, and we received lots of positive feedback for such a unique experience.

What do you enjoy about teaching?

HA: I love teaching. I love the kids, I love the energy, and I love art (of course). Every year brings something different. Every day brings a smile or hug. And I am constantly learning. I learn from my students, my coworkers, and most importantly my art. As the art teacher, I get to be the colorful happy person in the building, and the children--most of the time--think you're the greatest thing since ice cream.