Diverse perspectives about the works of art
Moderator: Dr. Joseph Carroll-Miranda
Dr. José A. Pérez Ruiz
Crítico del arte
Dr. José A. Pérez Ruiz has contributed significantly to culture, arts and education in Puerto Rico from numerous positions throughout his long professional life. At the University of Puerto Rico Río Piedras campus he was Associate Dean of Academic Affairs of General Studies, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs of the Faculty of Humanities, and founder of the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies of the Faculty of Humanities. In the Puerto Rican Athenaeum he held the position of Secretary and then President of the Section of Plastic Arts. He is currently a member of the Curatorial Board of the Museum of the Americas in San Juan. He was founder, first president and has been an active member of the International Association of Art Critics of Puerto Rico, and Vice President of the International Association of Art Critics based in Paris. He was also recognized as a Senior Critic by the International Association. of Art Critics of Argentina. He is a prolific speaker and writer on art subjects. He has published over 1,800 reviews, reviews and art essays in newspapers, magazines and exhibition catalogs.
Prof. Edwin Maurás Modesti
Professor Edwin Maurás Modesti holds a Master of Fine Arts from the University of New York. He is a professor in the Department of Arts, Technologies and Innovations of the Faculty of Education of the University of Puerto Rico. In his career of fifty years in the field of the plastic arts he has received numerous international awards, among them: “Leonardo da Vinci” World Award of Arts in Italy, Francisco Goya International Award and the recognition of MASTER for the talented artistic commitment, Second Biennial of Barcelona, Spain and UNESCO as representative of Puerto Rico in the art exhibition “Eleven Puertorrican Painters” in Germany. His most recent book is entitled: “Manual for the teaching of drawing”.
Dr. Nellie J. Zambrana Ortiz Psicóloga
Dr. Nellie J. Zambrana Ortiz holds a Ph.D. in School Psychology from Temple University, Philadelphia, a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology and a Master’s Degree in Education from the University of Puerto Rico. She is a professor at the Faculty of Education of the University of Puerto Rico. She has a license to practice psychology in Puerto Rico. She was president of the Association of School Psychologists of Puerto Rico. She was Visiting Professor at Harvard University. He coordinated the Pedagogy Magazine of the Faculty of Education of the University of Puerto Rico (2008-2018). Among his works are: “Pedagogy in (e) motion: Rethinking spaces and relations” (2011 Springer); and co-author of the book, “Basic education in Puerto Rico from 1980 to 2012: Public policy and historical, legal and curricular background” (2017).
Dr. Emilio Pantojas García Sociólogo
Dr. Emilio Pantojas García holds a doctorate in sociology and a master’s degree in Latin American studies from the University of Liverpool in England. He is a sociologist, senior researcher at the Center for Social Research and a professor of the Graduate Program in Sociology at the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras. He was selected Wilbur Marvin Visiting Scholar of the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies at Harvard and taught a course on economic development at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University in 2010. He has published numerous columns in El Nuevo Día, El Nuevo Herald and The Miami Herald, as well as academic articles on the subject in Latin American Research Review (2006) and the Caribbean Journal of International Relations and Diplomacy (2013). His most recent book is entitled: “Chronicles of collapse: economy, politics and society of Puerto Rico in the twenty-first century.”
Dr. Luis M. de Jesús Berríos
El propio artista
Dr. Luis Miguel de Jesus Berríos has always maintained a parallel interest in the plastic arts and learning technology. He holds a Ph.D. in “Instructional Systems Technology” from the University of Indiana. He is the author of the books: “Art, technology and context” (2017) and “Technology, education and learning” (2007). He was a Fullbright Scholar in Colombia, South America. He is a professor in the Department of Arts, Technologies and Innovations of the Faculty of Education of the University of Puerto Rico. Among his individual exhibitions are: “Paradoxes in counterpoint”, Museum of the Americas, San Juan (2016), “Signs and metaphors II”, Guatibirí Gallery, Río Piedras (2012), “Signs and metaphors”, Torres Martinó Gallery, School de Arquitectura (2009), and “Emociones en Grafito”, Galería Universidad Interamericana de Puerto Rico, (1991).