STAFF DIRECTORY

JOSEPH MAIDA, Chair BFA Photography and Video
jmaida@sva.edu, 212.592.2340
Joseph Maida earned his MFA in photography from Yale University, and a BA summa cum laude in architecture and art history from Columbia University.  

AMBER DIETZ, Curriculum Coordinator
adietz@sva.edu, 212.592.2340
Amber Dietz received a Bachelor in Studio Art Degree with a concentration in Photography and a K-12 Certification to teach art from Oakland University in Michigan and completed a Masters in Educational Studies in International Baccalaureate. Before starting at SVA, Amber taught high school photography for seven years and was the Gallery Coordinator of the MAC650 Gallery and Artist Cooperative in Middletown, CT. 

MARIA DUBON, Coordinator of Special Programs & Projects
mdubon@sva.edu, 212.592.2357
Maria Dubon received her BFA in Painting and Printmaking with a minor in Furniture Design from Virginia Commonwealth University. Before working at SVA, Maria was the Gallery Coordinator for 1708 Gallery in Richmond, VA. Maria started working at the School of VISUAL ARTS in 2007 as the Gallery Coordinator for SVA Galleries. In 2012 she became the Managing Editor of DEAR DAVE, Magazine and the Coordinator of Special Programs & Projects for the BFA Photography and Video department. She Co-Founded MARYMARY projects, an NYC gallery supporting emerging photographers.

STEVEN MAYER, Administrative Assistant
smayer2@sva.edu, 212-592-2975
Steven Mayer received his BFA in Sculpture from the Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  He completed his MFA at Rutgers Mason Gross in 2014 and currently lives and maintains his studio in Brooklyn. 

                                             

PHOTOGRAPHY & VIDEO HUB

LACIE GARNES, Director of Operations
lgarnes@sva.edu, 212.592.2335
Lacie received her BFA in Digital Art and Photography from Bowling Green State University in 2001. In 2005, she earned a MFA in Art and Technology Studies from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago where her research and practice began to explore the connections between voyeurism, surveillance, and feminist practices. As an artist and educator, she has held academic leadership and teaching appointments in Chicago and New York City. Her work has been exhibited in galleries nationally and internationally. 

ADAM DONNELLY,
 Studio Manager
adonnelly2@sva.edu, 212.592.2337
Adam received a BFA in English/Journalism from the University of Delaware and an MFA in Photography from the San Francisco Art Institute. His work focuses on alternative photographic processes and he has exhibited on both coasts. He was a 2-14 Artist in Residence at Rayko Photo Center and received the No Reservations Grant from SFAI in 2013. He's spent several years teaching photography to public high school students in San Francisco and has taught and lectured at various institutions including SFAI, The Children's Discovery Museum, Kala Art Institute, and Youth Art Exchange.

RACHEL HINES, Assistant Studio Manager
rhines@sva.edu, 212.592.2394
Rachel Hines is originally from the suburbs of Detroit, Michigan.  She is a graduate from BFA Photo, 2011.  She has lived in many different places working and exploring the way environments impact individual daily lives.  She is passionate about photography and how she can create her very own environment. 

ANTON VANCAMELBEKE, Assistant Studio Manager
avancamelbeke@sva.edu, 212.592.2394
Anton received his MFA in photography from the School of Arts, KASK in Ghent, Belgium. His photography career was briefly interrupted by worldly travels and callings from the culinary arts and scuba diving. He has spent a lot of time in the studio working as an assistant, independent photographer and photography teacher. Since 2013, he has been living in Brooklyn with his wife and ancient cat trying to decipher good bagels from bad ones

MAX C. LEE, Repair & Maintenance Coordinator
mlee74@sva.edu, 212.592.2354
Max C. Lee is the Repair and Maintenance Coordinator in the department. When not at work, he is an artist and co-curator of Re: Art Show.  He has an MFA from the Photography, Video, and Related Media program at SVA.

ASHLEY CORTES, Photography Studio Technician
acortes1@sva.edu,  212.592.2330
Ashley Cortes is originally from the Bronx and has a BFA in photography from SVA. Her current work is predominately on film with a focus on familial burdens and the nature in which they pass through generations.

JORDAN CRUZ, Photography Studio Technician
jcruz7@sva.edu, 212.592.2330
Jordan Corine Cruz is a native New Yorker who grew up in the boogie down Bronx. She earned her BFA in Photography at the School of Visual Arts and is currently working as a freelance photographer and Studio Technician.  Her personal work is based heavily in abstraction and photographic manipulation.

PHIL GARBER, Photography Studio Technician
pgarber@sva.edu, 212.592.2330
Phil Garber is originally from rural (yes, really) northwest New Jersey. He graduated from the Photography and Video department from SVA in 2017. He is a photographer and writer with a focus on current events, and memory.

 

 


JOEL HAN, 
Photography Studio Technician
jhan45@sva.edu, 212.592.2330
Joel Han graduated from Penn State University with a BA in Fine Art, New Media. He received his MFA in Photography from Pratt Institute. His recent shows include exhibitions at Fabbrica Del Vapore in Milan and Pierogi Gallery in Brooklyn. His work was featured in several publications and catalogues including Ignant and Thisispaper. Joel was born in Queens but lived most of his life in Palos Verdes and Seoul. On a typical weekend, Joel likes to stay home with his cat, Mochi.

SEBASTIANO ARPAIA, Studio Assistant
sarpaia@sva.edu, 212.592.2330
Originally from Connecticut, Sebastiano currently resides in NYC. Graduating from the School of Visual Arts in 2017, he enjoys the fast pace city life but also enjoys being on the road with no destination in mind with a camera in hand.

MICHAEL KINGMAN, Studio Assistant
mkingman@sva.edu, 212.592.2330

JESSICA PETTWAY, Studio Assistant
jpettway@sva.edu, 212.592.2330
Jessica Pettway is a New York based photographer and prop stylist. She received a BFA in Photography & Video from the School of Visual Arts and her work has been published in VICE, The New York Times Magazine, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, and Time among others. 

ALEX SETZER, Studio Assistant
asetzer@sva.edu, 212.592.2330
Alex Setzer is a photographer and cinematographer from Baltimore, MD. He received a BFA in Photography & Video from the School of Visual Arts in 2017. Influenced by cinema, Alex approaches his photographs in a way that is similar to that of a director, employing lighting and production techniques like those used on a film set.

DIGITAL LAB

BINA ALTERA, Digital Lab Manager
galtera@sva.edu, 212.592.2367 
Bina Altera, born in Jersey City, NJ in the 70s.  An artist, photographer, designer, life coach and seeker of stardust and connection has spent her life learning, growing, twisting and turning in a quest to manifest abundance, clarity, truth. Bina has been working with themes such as "finding my way," "immemorial." "intentional drift," and "connection" through various artistic mediums.  She has been part of the SVA community for ten years and enjoys supporting young artists find their authentic voice. 

TODD CARROLL, Senior Systems Administrator
tcarroll@sva.edu, 212.592.2317
Todd Carroll, a professional photographer and educator with over 20 years experience, presently maintains a photo studio in Brooklyn, where he works freelance for various international magazines and publications, as well as his personally driven projects.  He obtained a Masters of Professional Studies in Digital Photography from SVA in NYC in 2009, and works as a System Administrator for the Digital Photo Labs, as well as teaching occasional classes.

ALEX HOVET, Systems Administrator
ahovet@sva.edu, 212.592.2939
Alex Hovet is a visual artist and educator from Pennsylvania now living in Brooklyn. She received her MFA in Photography, Video and Related Media from SVA in 2017, where she was the recipient of an Alumni Scholarship Award. She has taught video at organizations including Chicago Filmmakers; The Arts Center of the Capital Region in Troy, NY; and the Museum of the Moving Image in Queens, NY.