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Cassandra Hooper

Cassandra Hooper is a New York-based artist and educator. In her 30-year career in public education, she has invigorated the pedagogy of printmaking and developed an expansive program of learning experiences to support students from pre-college to university, graduate levels, and K-12 teacher development.

As Chair of the Printmaking Department and Coordinator of the Foundations program, she implemented innovative curricula that situates printmaking and its related technologies as central disciplines in preparing students for contemporary practice. Her progressive approach to cross-disciplinary instruction was the genesis of a ground-up redesign of the foundations program, implemented in 2012. She is the recipient of the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence for her work in teaching and the Student Engagement Award for her extracurricular programming.

In her own interdisciplinary studio practice, she collages and synthesizes the analog and digital through photomechanical printmaking processes, to explore ideas of vulnerability and the boundaries between public and private, reality and artifice, candor and construction. Her prints and books are in the collections of the Harvard College Library, The Whitney Museum of American Art, The Walker Museum, The Museum of Contemporary Art, and the Nelson Atkins Museum; they have been exhibited nationally in New York, Philadelphia, and Seattle, and internationally in China, South Korea, Cuba, France and Italy.

Hooper received her BFA from California State University at Long Beach and her MFA from Purchase College, where she is currently a Professor of Printmaking and the Interim Director of the School of Art and Design.


Hooper’s project is to develop a Global Art Education Concentration/Minor for BFA and BSVA majors, including: writing the program curriculum and syllabus/teacher guidelines for a capstone travel study course that encompasses research, community collaboration and student teaching. The historical and cultural context and current socio-political climate of Benin makes it an ideally rich and challenging location to model building strategic relationships, identifying resources and vendors, and creating itineraries necessary for mounting the travel study course wherever it may be sited in future programming.