Brian Bulfer

Chair of the Mason Gross Extension Division's Visual Arts Department

Brian Bulfer earned a BFA in drawing-painting and a BA in religious studies from California State University Long Beach in 2008. He also received an MFA in visual arts from Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University in 2010. He is the recipient of the Arthur Wesley Dow Award and the Kasser Annual Fund Scholar in Art Education Award. Currently, he is working on an Ed D in Art Education at Teachers College, Columbia University, NY. His research interests include developmental dyslexia, embodiment, visual languages, language development, and semiotics.
 
His artwork has been exhibited both nationally and internationally, such as in Chiang Mai, Thailand and Lisbon, Portugal. Exploring traditional and digital forms, his work often references scientific, meditative, and metaphysical visual didactics. He is interested in repetitive and concentrative rituals that influence memory and consciousness. In his work he encodes numerous representational systems, showing a shift between language and being. He is also interested in dialogical tensions between text and images, exploring gaps of knowledge between disciplines. His current body of work is concerned with language representation and the meaning-making process, exploring biological, cognitive, psychological, and social dimensions through different forms and materials.
 
For the past four years Bulfer has held the position of Chair of the Visual Arts Department at the Mason Gross Extension Division where he has been working to develop an art education program. He is interested in creating environments were children feel safe to express themselves and develop curiosity about materials and meaning. Through exploring imagination, culture, memory, and the observable world, he encourages young minds to stay focused and believe in themselves.
  • Associated Programs

    Group Exhibitions
     

    2012      

    • Decline of Art Education 1930 to 2010, Cross-Media Project Space, Macy Gallery, New York, NY 
     
    2011   
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    • Archive III, Catalog Release Exhibition, Alfa Art Gallery, New Brunswick, NJ    
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    • Mass Distractions and Cultural Decay, Mason Gross Galleries, New Brunswick, NJ         

     

    2010  
     
    • Color System, Color Strategy, University of Texas at Dallas, Visual Arts Gallery, Dallas, TX       
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    • Off The Map, White Box, New York, NY   
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    • MFA Thesis Show, Mason Gross Galleries, New Brunswick, NJ   
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    2009   
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    • Hit it Big!, Mason Gross Galleries, New Brunswick, NJ     
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    • 2008   
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    • 1st Year MFA Exhibition, Mason Gross Galleries, New Brunswick, NJ      
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    2006   
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    • Chromaniacs, LA Art Space, Culver City, CA    
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    • Insights 2006, UAM CSULB, Long Beach, CA      
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    • enigma…healing…revelation…, Unionartspace, Santa Ana, CA     
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    • BFA Senior Exhibition, Gatov Gallery, Long Beach, CA    
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    2005   
     

    Horizon Show, Max L. Gatov Gallery East, Long Beach, CA

  • Education

    2012 - present

    Ed D, Columbia University, Teachers College, New York, NY Art Education
     
    2010   

    MFA, Rutgers, Mason Gross School of the Arts, New Brunswick, NJ Visual Art
     
    2008   

    BFA and BA, California State University Long Beach, Long Beach, CA Drawing/Painting and Religious Studies
  • Awards

     

    2012-13          

    • TC Scholarship           

    2011

    • Commission Project, Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University, NJ       
    • Residency Project, ComPeung Village of Creativity, Thailand        

    2009-10          

    • Dean’s Scholarship    

    2008-09          

    • Robert Watts Graduate Memorial Scholarship          

    2006   

    • President’s Award