Title: Senior Professor Emerita in Art, Artist
Company: Long Island University
Location: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Cynthia Maris Dantzic, Senior Professor Emerita, Artist and Art Educator at Long Island University, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in art education.
Driven by her passion for art, Prof. Dantzic opted for a career in academia in order to share this love and prepare students in the field. Since 2009, she has provided her expertise and years of experience as a Senior Professor at LIU. She has taught at the institution since 1964, and in that time chaired the Art Department from 1980 to 1986. In addition, Prof. Dantzic taught art at The Cooper Union, Bronx Community College, the Bentley School, North Shore Community Arts Center and the Baldwin School. She has taught drawing, painting, color and Western and non-Western calligraphy, among others. In her own academic pursuits, after two years at Bard College she earned a BFA at Yale University in 1955 and an MFA from Pratt Institute in 1963. Among those she has studied with are Josef Albers, Jose deRivera, Erich Auerbach, and Will Barnet. In her long involvement with the Civil Rights movement, Prof. Dantzic was an organizer of the 1963 Art Festival for the NAACP/LDF, held at the Brooklyn Museum.
In her career as an artist, Prof. Dantzic has exhibited her work in drawing, painting, calligraphy and photography in solo and group exhibitions. In addition, she has written nine books, among them Alphabet City: Signs of New York, 100 New York Photographers and Design Dimensions: An Introduction to the Visual Surface. Her work has been featured in exhibits at The Brooklyn Museum, LIU’S Resnick Gallery, The National Arts Club, the Blue Mountain Gallery, the Rose Art Museum and many others. In 1966, Prof. Dantzic was featured in the “Talk of the Town” in the New Yorker. In recognition of her work, she was a Long Island University Research Grantee for many years. In 2018, she was honored with a 50-Year Faculty Award from LIU. Prof. Dantzic was a Mellon Grantee and received LIU’S Newton Teaching Excellence Award. She has maintained professional affiliation with the American Photography Archives Group, the National Arts Club, the Society of Scribes, the Long Island University Faculty Federation, the American Association of University Professors, the New York Society for General Semantics, the Shakespeare Society, The College Art Association, and the Park Slope Civic Council. Prof. Dantzic was married for 48 years to the photographer, Jerry Dantzic. Their son, Grayson, is an archivist, photographer, and musician.
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