Arts and Philosophy
Faculty

Art Faculty

Philosophy Faculty


John Adkins, Dept. Chair
Office: M-306
Phone: (305) 237-2395
E-mail: jadkins@mdc.edu

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MFA: Studio Art, Memphis College of Art, Memphis, Tennessee
BFA: Studio Art, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Illinois  

After teaching drawing, painting, design, and computer aided design in Tennessee, Mississippi and Illinois, for the last six years, Professor Adkins, whose works have been exhibited throughout the country including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and Atlanta, decided to find new challenges at Miami Dade College. Professor Adkins has been with the Miami Dade College family since 2005.  

Courses Taught:

  • ART1330C – Figure Drawing 
  • ART2301C – Drawing 2
  • ART2302C – Advance Drawing
  • ART2500C – Painting 1
  • ART2501C – Painting 2
  • ART2502C – Advance Painting
  • ART2950 – Portfolio Prep

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Jennifer Basile, Assistant 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: Sculpture/Painting, Computer Art, Film & Video, Columbia University, NYC, New York
BFA:
Sculpture/Painting/Film, Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida
AA:
Visual Arts & Music, Classical Guitar, Miami Dade College, Miami, Florida 
      

Courses Taught:

  • ARH2740 – Cinema Appreciation
  • ART1300C – Drawing
  • ARH1000 – Art Appreciation
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Tony Chirinos, Assistant Instructor
Office: M-309
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 he has been teaching photography since 2003. Trained as a Bio-medical photographer in 1985 at Miami Children’s Hospital. 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 has exhibited his Photographs in New York, California, Miami and Bogota, Colombia. He is also is in the advisory board at the Center for the Photographic Arts in Miami, Florida.   

Courses Taught:

  • PGY2110C – Color Photography 1
  • PGY2111C – Color Photography 2
  • PGY2112C – Color Photography 3
  • PGY2401 – Intro to Photography
  • PGY2410 – Intermediate Photography
  • PGY2475 – Advanced Photography
     

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John Frazier, Instructor
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, Instructor
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) 237-2395
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

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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 

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

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Allen McPhee, 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-302
Phone: (305) 237-2652
E-mail: mneunder@mdc.edu  

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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