Vivian is the director of the M.Ed. in Arts, Community, and Education, and is a faculty member in the Creative Arts department of the Graduate School of Education. She is also the director of the Parker Gallery in University Hall. 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.
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Watch a video of Vivian's work.
BA, University of South Florida
MFA, Rhode Island School of Design
EdM, Harvard University