Genesee Community College Welcomes New Arts Faculty

Genesee Community College Welcomes New Arts Faculty
Genesee Community College would like to welcome Mr. Heath J. Bartel as the new instructor of Fine Arts and Ms. Moi Dugan as the new instructor of Instructor of Ceramics and 3-D design.  

Continuing the tradition of hiring faculty who are distinguished in their field and have extensive teaching experience, Heath Bartel’s background and experience in the collegiate community will prove invaluable in his new position. He has taught at SUNY Fredonia, the University at Buffalo, Daemen College, Villa Maria College, Buffalo State College, and Niagara Community College. At these various institutions of higher education, he also taught an impressive range of courses including drawing, two-dimensional design, intermedia or 3-D, painting, as well as design symposium. Additionally, he has taught Art History as a humanities elective for non-art majors.

Bartel headed the development of two unique courses in the Visual Arts Program at SUNY Fredonia after receiving a Title Three federal grant. World Studio: Native American 1 & 2 were courses based on one of his fields of specialization; art of the American Indians. These new courses specifically addressed Fredonia’s mission to diversify by bringing in elements from other cultures. 

An important element in Bartel’s work is maintaining his passion for painting and upholding a presence in the art community. He views this as not only paramount for the continuance of his artistic growth, but also to provide an example for his students. He has exhibited his work widely, including most recently in the Emerging Artists Exhibition at Mainsite Contemporary Art Gallery in Norman, Oklahoma, and also a solo exhibit at the Ruby Green Contemporary Art Center in Nashville, Tennesee. Another solo exhibit to come is at the Ezair Gallery of Contemporary American Art in New York City September 5 to 30, 2006.

Bartel has received numerous other distinctions. He was appointed to be the Senior Painting Advisor for the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) from 2004-2008; and a panelist for the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation for Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Painting Grant in 2005. In 2002, he was a panelist in the painting category for the NYFA. He was awarded the Arthur Alfonso Schomburg Fellowship in 1997-1998, and the Mark Diamond Research Grant in 1998.

His teaching philosophy contains some unique views and reflects his passion for his profession. He states “I encourage students to find the best within themselves, to amaze themselves, to understand themselves and to not underestimate their potential and value.”  He also mentions, “To me teaching is not a job, it is a privilege.”  His views on what define success are distinct, as he believes, “The knowledge that you spread to those around you and the growth you facilitate are how I measure success.” Much of his work and philosophy can be appreciated through his dynamic website:

Bartel earned his Bachelor of Arts in Art with a minor in Art History from the State University College at Buffalo in 1994. He went on to earn his Master in Fine Arts at the University at Buffalo in 1998. 

Moi Dugan has been a fine art professional and teacher for over 15 years. She believes in a strong foundation of fine art as part of the complete educational process. Her work experiences include a large range of occupations combining art, art education, pottery and ceramics and within broad spectrum of ages.

While working from her own studio in Penfield, NY, she not only creates a large volume of her own work, but she teaches pottery to children ages 4 to 17. She has taught at Our Lady of Mercy High School and at Genesee Pottery in Rochester. Recently, Dugan was the chairperson and instructor at the Kids’ Club Pottery at Scribner Road Elementary School in Penfield, NY.

From 2000-2003, Dugan was the coordinator of the F.L.A.S.H program (Fun Learning After School Hours), an enrichment program at South Road School in South Kingstown, Rhode Island, where she resided for ten years. From 1998 through 2001, she was an adjunct professor of Art at Salve Regina University in Newport teaching ceramics. She also worked as a pottery teacher at the South County Art Association in Kingston, Rhode Island, and in 2001 she was a workshop instructor at the Newport Art Museum.

Dugan has exhibited her work widely in numerous shows and galleries throughout the United States. For six years, she was part of the 100 American Craftsmen at the Kenan Center in Lockport, NY. In 2004-2006, her work was included in The Uncommon Denominator exhibit shown at the Rochester Institute of Technology NTID Dyer Arts Center, which also traveled to the Whole Gallery in Baltimore, Maryland, and to SUNY Fredonia. 

In 2005, her work was displayed in a solo exhibition at Useful Intent in Rochester, NY, and at two other recent exhibitions including at Made in New York at the Schweinfurth Center for the Arts in Auburn, NY and at The Birdhouse Show Invitational at the Tower Fine Arts Gallery at SUNY Brockport. Upcoming exhibits include showing her work in the Arts at the Gardens display at the Sonnenberg Gardens in Canandaigua, New York later this month, and at the Fine Craft Show at the Memorial Art Gallery in Rochester, NY this November.

Dugan has been the recipient of numerous awards and merits for her efforts.  She received the Purchase Award at both SUNY Cortland and at RIT.  She earned First Place in Ceramics in 2005 at the Corn Hill Arts Festival, Second Place for Ceramics in 1999, and Best of Show in 1990. She was also the featured artist for the WGBH Art Auction in Providence, Rhode Island and in the WXXI Channel 21 Auction in Rochester, NY.   
Dugan earned her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from SUNY Cortland in 1983. Furthering her education, she attended Rochester Institute of Technology, School for American Crafts, where she earned her M.F.A in Ceramics in 1993. She was a Peace Corps Volunteer in 1984-85 in Liberia, West Africa teaching first grade and college level course work.

“Art and art education are essential elements of a well-rounded life,” Dugan said. “Whether a person is seven or seventy, and whether they are interested in very tactile hands-on art forms such as ceramics or painting, or something that is more technological such as photography or maybe webpage design--it is the act of looking beyond yourself, of viewing the world through a different angle and of sharing your view with others that is so critically important.”

For further information about Moi Dugan, please go to her website at:

Sometime in 2006-2007, both new faculty members of the Genesee Community College’s Center for the Arts hope to have an exhibit of their own work in the Lobby Gallery. Further information will be forthcoming when it is available.

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Editor’s Note: A photograph of Moi Dugan and Heath Bartel, new faculty members with Genesee Community College’s Fine Arts department is available at the following Internet location: