Faculty and Staff

Eileen M Foti

Professor • Department of Art

Professor Foti is a Master Printer, papermaker, painter, and arts activist. Before coming to WPU in 2013, she was an Assistant Professor at Montclair State University, the Master Printer at the Brodsky Center for Innovative Editions at Rutgers University, and the Interim Education Director at Tamarind Institute. Her prints and paintings are included in the collections of the Universiti Sains Malaysia; Museum of Fine Art, Croatia: Moussem Assilah, Morocco; the Yinchuan Art Museum, China; Silpakorn University, Thailand; the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; the Huntington Museum, West Virginia; and the Jersey City and Hunterdon Museums in New Jersey. She has received fellowships from the NJ State Council on the Arts and the MidAtlantic Arts Foundation, and she has had artist residencies throughout the world.

Foti wrote and co-produced A Ripple in the Water: Healing Through Art, an award-winning documentary about papermaking and embroidery projects that were spearheaded by Kim Berman and used for poverty alleviation and HIV/AIDS awareness programs for women in rural and urban communities across South Africa. The project was funded in part by grants from the NJ Council for the Humanities, Johnson & Johnson, Karma Foundation, and the Global Education Department at Montclair State University. It has been screened extensively at international film festivals, universities and museums, and it has aired on PBS TV stations across the United States and Canada.

In 2018, Foti was commissioned by Atlantic Health System and Morris Arts to create public art pieces for Morristown Medical Center, Overlook Medical Center, Newton Medical Center, Hackettstown Medical Center, and Chilton Medical Center.

Foti has developed projects that aim to achieve positive social transformation through art with non-profit organizations such as Inspired-Threads (NJ), Swat Relief Initiative (Pakistan), Artist Proof Studio (South Africa), and Crow’s Shadow Institute on the Umatilla Reservation in Oregon.

Foti is currently a Board Member for Inspired Threads, NJ. She has been on the Board of Trustees for Arts Guild New Jersey; the Board of Directors for The Printmaking Center of New Jersey and The Crossing Over/Changing Places Consortium, DC; and the Board of Advisors for Frontline Arts, NJ and Artist Proof Studio, Johannesburg, South Africa

Degrees

MFA , Hartford Art School, University of Hartford West Hartford, CT

Other , Tamarind Institute, University of New Mexico Albrquerque, NM

MA , University of New Mexico Albuquerque, NM

BFA , Hartford Art School, University of Hartford West Hartford, CT

Specialization

Printmaking, Papermaking, Painting & Drawing

Notable Courses Taught

Foundations:
Foundations Portfolio Review (ARTS-2990)
2D Design (ARTS-1200)
Basic Drawing (ARTS-1050)

Painting:
Advanced Painting (ARTS-3200)
Painting Studio (ARTS-4200)
Graduate Painting (ARTS-5200)
Graduate Advanced Projects: Painting (ARTS-6200)

Printmaking:
Printmaking I (ARTS-2300)
Printmaking II - Lithography (ARTS-3310)
Printmaking, Relief (ARTS-3380)
Printmaking Studio (ARTS-4300)
Graduate Advanced Projects: Printmaking

Graduate:
Graduate Thesis I (ARTS-6980)
Graduate Thesis II (ARTS-6990)

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