Louise Romeo: NWSA faculty is intricately connected to today's art scene. Personally, I feel it is vital to their artistic life and their ability to successfully teach our future artists.
Mary Malm: Many of our faculty members are active members in the Miami art community showing regularly at several galleries and independent venues, as well as regionally and nationally. Yes, I think it is important in that they are great examples to the students. They see firsthand the organization, dedication, and hard work it takes to be an artist.
The old shack at UM (formerly the art school) now sits
vacant -- a sign of everything that's wrong with art
education in Miami
Carol Damian: Yes -- both the artists and art historians are respected for their work and their scholarship and are participants in the academic and community art world. Not only do I think that is important -- it is an obligation, part of their service and academic assignments to maintain the connection and keep up to date, to be a part of what is happening and certainly to understand it in order to communicate to the students.