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Vivian Poey

Professor, Photography Department

Vivian Poey

Vivian is a faculty member in the College of Art and Design. Before joining Lesley, Vivian was a mentor in a photography apprenticeship program for high school students at the Manchester Craftsmen's Guild, and was an artist in residence in Pittsburgh public high schools. She then became an artist teacher at the Children's Studio Public Charter School for the Arts and Architecture in Washington DC. 

As an artist and educator, Vivian engages the arts as a process of investigation both in and out of the classroom. Her photographic work examines a number of issues ranging from history, migration and cultural assimilation to the passing of time. She is American, born in Mexico of Cuban parents and lived in Guatemala and Colombia before moving to the U.S. This complicated trajectory informs all of her work. Read about her family's history.

Vivian is the 2017 recipient of the Massachusetts Art Education Association's Massachusetts Higher Education Art Educator of the Year award.

Watch a video of Vivian's work.


BA, University of South Florida
MFA, Rhode Island School of Design
EdM, Harvard University

Selected Publications

Wager, A., Berriz, B. & Poey, V. (Eds.). (publication, October 2017).  Art as a way of talking: Language learning with adults. Journal of Pedagogy, Pluralism, and Practice, Special Issue.

Poey, V., Weber, N. Diaz, G & Smiley, S. (2013) Strategies to Integrate the Arts and Science, Shell Education: Huntington Beach, California.

Poey. V. (2011) Imaging the Spaces Between: Art and Inclusive Pedagogy In Transforming Classroom Culture, Palgrave Macmillan, 2011.

Selected Presentations/Projects

Poey, V. (2016) Un Pedacito de Mar in Art For Social Change, Catalogue, Spinning Plate Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA

Poey, V. (2016) Trajectories (or where I stand) in Atelier 24, Griffin Museum of Photography, Winchester, MA

Artist talk, Family Tales: Larry Volk, Vivian Poey, Iaritza Menjivar . Family stories of legacy and migration Griffin Museum of Photography, 2017 

Visiting Artist, Art/Science in the Sheltered English Immersion Classroom: Invented Animals and ecosystems. A collaboration with first grade teacher Cynthia Burgos, Graham and Parks Elementary School, Cambridge Ma, Spring 2013.

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