Arts and Philosophy
Faculty

Art Faculty

Philosophy Faculty


Bonnie Seeman, Dept. Chair
Office: M-306
Phone: (305) 237-2395
E-mail: bseeman@mdc.edu

Website:BonnieSeeman.com

MFA:Artisanry, concentration in Ceramics, University of Massachusetts/Dartmouth, South Dartmouth, Massachusetts
BFA:Ceramics, University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL

Bonnie Seeman grew up in South Miami, Florida. She received her MFA from the University of Massachusetts/Dartmouth in 1996 with a concentration in ceramics. Upon graduation, she then joined the faculty at the University of Miami where she was a Senior Lecturer and taught for over thirteen years. Seeman then taught at Florida Atlantic University until 2014 when she joined the administration at Miami Dade College as Chair of the Arts and Philosophy Department.

Seeman has demonstrated and lectured extensively at Universities, art centers, and conferences throughout America including Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Anderson Ranch Arts Center, and Harvard University. Her artwork has been exhibited in numerous international and national exhibitions including solo shows in Mexico and Korea, and group shows at such prestigious venues as Art Basel, Switzerland, Hong Kong, and Miami; Art Brussels, Belgium; Art Forum Berlin, German; ARCO Art Fair, Spain; and FIAC, France.

Seeman has been honored by receiving The Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award, a nomination for a USA fellowship and a South Florida Cultural Consortium for Visual and Media Arts. She is a two-time recipient of the Florida Individual Artist Fellowship and has subsequently served many times as a panelist for this award.

Seeman’s pieces are in many important international public and private collections. Some museum collections include the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Sadberk Hanim Museum in Turkey, the Carnegie Museum of Art, and the Mint Museum of Craft and Design. Private collections include Glen Lowry, director of the Museum of Modern Art, the West Collection, and Hallmark Cards to name a few.

Her work is featured in 29 books, as well as numerous magazine and newspaper articles. Seeman has severed as a Board of Trustee of Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts since 2009.

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Jennifer Basile, Associate Senior Professor
Office: M-313
Phone: (305) 237-2784
E-mail: jennifer.basile@mdc.edu

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MFA: Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, Illinois
BF
A: University of Miami, Miami, Florida

Courses Taught:

  • ART1330C – Figure Drawing 
  • ART2301C – Drawing 2
  • ART2302C – Advanced Drawing
  • ART2500C – Painting 1
  • ART2501C – Painting 2
  • ART2502C – Advance Painting
  • ART1000 – Art Appreciation
  • ART2400C – Printmaking
  • ART1205C – Color & Composition
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Angela Bustamante, Director of Visual Resources Center
Adjunct Instructor - Film/Visual Arts
Office: M-233
Phone: (305) 237-0984
E-mail: abustama@mdc.edu

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MFA: Columbia University, NY, NY
Installation art/Sculpture, Painting, mixed media, Film & Video,
BFA: Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL - Installation art/Sculpture/Painting/Art Film.
AA: Miami Dade College, Miami, Florida -Visual Arts & Music, Classical Guitar
      

Courses Taught:

  • ARH2740 – Cinema Appreciation

    FIL 1030 - History of Film

    ART1300C – Drawing

    ART 2601 - Macintosh for artists

    ARH1000 – Art Appreciation

Angela Bustamante began her dual career in the arts in the 1970's, teaching classical guitar and attending art school. She began doing installation art in 1975 consisting of 40' by 10' murals combined with sculptures, relieves and mixed media. Her thesis show at Columbia university, took two years to build, it was titled "The Return of the War of the Angels", consisted of over 100 sculptures, motorized with sound, 3 murals, and a faux opera. She received a minor in film also at Columbia, were she studied with legendary screenwriter Samson Raphaelson writer of the 1st talking picture, The Jazz Singer, and Suspicion by Alfred Hitchcock. After returning to Miami in the early 80's she began one of the first Suzuki classical guitar programs in the nation and continues to make art. She was a juror in 2004 for the Miami International film festival, a board member of IFP Miami in 2000, and is the author of the introduction to film book, "Film Gastronomy" (2013).

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Tony Chirinos, Associate Senior Professor
Office: M-312
Phone: (305) 237-2209
E-mail: achirino@mdc.edu  

MFA: Columbia University, New York, New York
BFA: Florida International University, Miami, Florida
AA: Miami Dade Community College, Miami, Florida  

Tony Chirinos received a Master of Fine Arts from Columbia University in New York. Trained as a Bio-medical photographer in 1985 at Miami Children’s Hospital, later in 1989 Mr. Chirinos created the Medical photography department at Baptist Health Systems in which he worked as the Director until his departure in 2001. Mr.Chirinos is a Fellow of the South Florida Cultural Consortium. His work has been exhibited at Candela Books + Gallery, Richard Virginia; The Leroy Neiman Gallery in New York, NY; Hunter College/Time Square Gallery; Centro Colombo Americano in Bogotá, Colombia; Silver Eye for Photography, Pittsburg, PA; Newspace Center for Photography, Portland Oregon; The Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, Colorado; SRO Photo Gallery at Texas Tech University; UNO St. Claude Gallery, New Orleans; Photo Center NW, Seattle Washington; The Center for Photography at Woodstock, New York; Martin and Pat Fine Center for the Arts in Miami Florida; Art Miami, South Beach, Florida; and Ism-Gallery, Wynwood Art District Downtown Miami Florida among others. Mr. Chirinos will be participating in the III Bronx Latin American Art Biennial with his series Lost Structures. The series Cocks was featured in www.finitefoto.com Issue seventeen: Vice. Tony Chirinos was among 100 photographers that participated in Review Santa Fe 2012, which is the premier juried portfolio review event in the world. Mr. Chirinos also received an Honorable Mention under the Documentary Category in the Blurb’s Photography Book Now 2011 Competition. His work has been collected by Candela Collection - Candela Books + Gallery, Richmond Virginia, CPW – The Center of Photography at Woodstock, Woodstock, New York; Light Work, Syracuse, New York; Photographic Center Northwest, Seattle, Washington; Enfoco, New York, New York and Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York. Mr. Chirinos is currently an Associate Senior Professor at Miami Dade College Kendall Campus in Miami Florida, he has been teaching photography since 2003. 

Courses Taught:

  • PGY2110C – Color Photography 1

    PGY2111C – Color Photography 2

    PGY2112C – Color Photography 3

    PGY2401C – Intro to Photography

    PGY2404 – Intermediate Photography

    PGY2475 – Advanced Photography

    PGY2800C – Digital Photography
     

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John Frazier, Assistant Professor
Office: M-314
Phone: (305) 237-2625
E-mail: jfrazier@mdc.edu  

BA: Chemistry and African Studies, Colgate University, Hamilton, NY
MA: Art History and African Studies, Indiana University, Bloomington IN
ABD: Non-Western Arts and Cultures, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN  

John Frazier strongly encourages students to get involved in community and global issues.  Professor Frazier has traveled the world working with diverse populations and helping people educate their youth, including the Baka Pygmies of Central Africa, Ibo of Nigeria, Sudanese refugees in Chad and Kenya, Rwandan orphans in Kenya, Vodou practitioners in Haiti, and Mexican street artists.  To date, Professor Frazier’s educational programs and curriculum, have served 1.5 million children, 43,000 teachers, 15,000 refugees, and 500 collegiate faculty.  As a leader in innovative pedagogical approaches, Frazier has received numerous awards, including four American Museum Association excellence awards, three “Best Practices in Education” awards, and curriculum-writing awards from the U.S. Department of Education, Illinois State Board of Education, Indiana State Board of Education, United Nations, UNICEF, British Arts Council, and National Board of Multicultural Education.  

Courses Taught:

  • ARH1000 – Art Appreciation
  • ARH2050 – Art History 1
  • ARH2051 – Art History 2

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Alberto Meza, Professor, Senior
Office: M-302
Phone: (305) 237-2656
E-mail: ameza@mdc.edu

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MFA: Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Illinois  
MA: Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York
BA: Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York  

Alberto Meza, a native of Chile, coming from a family long involved in the arts he started his higher education as a law student at the University of Chile, later, obtained a degree in literature. On his way to become a lawyer, however, Meza attended night art classes at the Santiago Museum of Fine Arts. Professor Meza, the Frances Wolfson Endowed Teaching Chair of Excellence in Arts and Carnegie/Case 2003 Florida Professor of the year, received his B.A. and M.A. degrees from Syracuse University, and an MFA degree from Northern Illinois University. Since 1996, Meza is a Professor of Fine Arts at the MDC Kendall Campus Arts and Philosophy Department.  

Courses Taught:

  • ART2400C – Printmaking 1
  • ART2401C – Printmaking 2
  • ART2402C – Advanced Printmaking
  • ART1300C – Drawing
  • ART1330C – Figure Drawing
  • ARH1000 – Art Appreciation
  • ART1205C – Color & Composition

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Yomarie Silva,  Assistant Professor
Office: M-304
Phone: (305) 237-2659
E-mail: ysilva@mdc.edu

BFA: Painting & Sculpture, Florida International University, Miami, FL
MFA: Sculpture, Florida International University, Miami, FL

Yomarie Silva has exhibited consistently in the Southeast, showcasing her biomorphic sculptural forms. Recently, she was an Artist-in-Residence at the Deering Estate in Miami, Florida. There she completed a body of work about arachnids & fauna which was exhibited at the Estate.

Courses Taught:

  • ARH1000 – Art Appreciation
  • ART1300C – Drawing
  • ART1205C – Color & Composition
  • ART1203C – 3D Design
  • ART2701C, ART2702C & ART2703C – Sculpture 1, 2 & 3
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Dr. Charles Fink, Professor
Office: M-311
Phone: (305) 237-2030
E-mail: charles.fink@mdc.edu

PhD: Philosophy, University of Miami, Florida
MA: Philosophy, University of Miami, Florida
BA: Philosophy, Florida International University, Miami, Florida  

Courses Taught:

  • PHI1100 – Introduction to Logic
  • PHI2010 – Introduction to Philosophy
  • PHM2300 – Political Philosophy
  • PHI2604 – Critical Thinking & Ethics .

Charles Fink has been a professor at the college since 1993. He received a Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Miami, where he specialized in logic. His current areas of interest include animal ethics, anarchism, and Buddhism. Over the years, he has published two introductory texts, one on general philosophy and the other on ethics. Charles has also published several articles on topics ranging from vegetarianism to Buddhist metaphysics.

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Dr. Amy Lund, Assistant Professor
Office: M-304
Phone: (305) 237-2661
E-mail: alund@mdc.edu

PhD: Philosophy, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico 
MA: Philosophy, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico 
BA: Philosophy, Trinity University, San Antonio, Texas 
Areas of Specialization: Philosophy of Art, Nineteenth Century Philosophy, Kant
Areas of Competency: Continental Philosophy, Social and Political Philosophy, and Feminist Philosophy.

Amy is a native of the Midwest, born in Chicago and raised in Minnesota. She attended college at Trinity University in San Antonio, TX, where she studied Philosophy, English, and Cognitive Science. She went on to complete her MA and PhD at the University of New Mexico. Her areas of specialization include Philosophy of Art, Kant, and the nature of human judgment. Areas of competency include Continental philosophy, 19th Century Philosophy, and Feminist Philosophy. Amy moved to Florida two years ago, and has now been through 6 hurricanes.

Courses Taught:

  • PHI 2010 – Introduction to Philosophy

    PHI 2604 – Critical Thinking & Ethics

    PHM 2300-Political Philosophy

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Allen McPhee, Associate Senior Professor
Office: M-315
Phone: (305) 237-2636
E-mail: amchphee@mdc.edu
Webpage: http://faculty.mdc.edu/amcphee/

MA: Philosophy, Stanford University, Palo Alto, California
BA
: Philosophy, University of California at Davis      

Courses Taught:

  • PHI 2010 – Introduction to Philosophy
  • PHI 2604 – Critical Thinking & Ethics

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Dr. Mark Neunder, Professor
Office: M-310
Phone: (305) 237-2652
E-mail: mneunder@mdc.edu 
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PhD: Philosophy, University of Miami, Miami, Florida
MA:
Philosophy, University Of Miami, Miami, Florida
BA:
Philosophy, Wittenberg University, Springfield, Ohio  

Dr. Mark Neunder received his PhD in Philosophy from the University of Miami in 2001, for a dissertation on the ethics of genetic engineering.  Material from this study was published as “Can Genetic Enhancement Be Obligatory?  Four Arguments” in the Journal of Philosophical Research.  His interests include applied ethics, ancient philosophy, skepticism, argumentation theory, rhetoric, and the philosophy of religion.  

Courses Taught:

  • PHI2010 – Introduction to Philosophy
  • PHI2604 – Critical Thinking & Ethics

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Ray Morales, Instructor
Office: M-305
Phone: (305) 237-0462
E-mail: rmorale1@mdc.edu

 

Courses Taught:

  • ART2703 – Advanced Sculpture

    ART2750C – Ceramics I

    ART2751C – Ceramics II

    ART2771C – Advanced Ceramics

    ARH1000 – Art Appreciation

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Kris Arca, Instructor
Office: M-316
Phone: (305) 237-0455
E-mail: karca@mdc.edu

MPhil: Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Leuven, Belgium
MA: Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Leuven, Belgium
BA: Florida International University, Miami, Florida

While born and raised in Miami, Kris feels most at home in the classroom. In 2006, he completed his undergraduate education at Florida International University, studying both philosophy and psychology. From there, he pursued two graduate degrees at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven—one of the oldest universities in Belgium, and all of Western Europe. In addition to his role at Miami Dade College, he is currently completing his doctorate at KU Leuven. His dissertation is on the relationship between memory, imagination, and personal identity in Paul Ricoeur's existential hermeneutics. His chief philosophical interests include the nature of personal identity, phenomenology, and Continental Philosophy. A lifelong comic book geek, Kris prides himself on his ability to surreptitiously make obscure references to Spider-Man. For example, there are at least five references in this paragraph.

Courses Taught:

  • PHI2010 – Introduction to Philosophy

    PHI2604 – Critical Thinking and Ethics

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