Title: Artist, Art Historian
Company: Bronx Community College
Location: Yonkers, New York, United States
Mary Jo Viola, Artist and Art Historian at Bronx Community College, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in the field of art education.
Dr. Viola started her higher education at the College of Mount St. Vincent where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in fine arts in 1963. She continued her studies at New York University, and while pursuing her degree, she started working as a teacher of art history at Georgian Court University. She earned a Master of Arts in art history in 1966, and transitioned to teaching the subject at Hollins University. In 1967, Dr. Viola took a position teaching art history at Marymount Manhattan College, and remained at this venture until 1971.
After leaving her position at Marymount Manhattan College, she accepted a job at Baruch College, where she worked from 1974 to 1997. She took on an additional role in 1990 as an art history teacher at Brooklyn College, and in 1991, she started working at the Parsons School of Design, and remained there until 1993. Dr. Viola worked at Rutgers University from 1993 to 1995, and in 1997, she left both Baruch College and Brooklyn College to start as an art history teacher at Bronx Community College, where she works to this day.
While working as an art history teacher, Dr. Viola continued to pursue her education, earning an MPhil in art history from The City University of New York in 1983. In 1992, she earned a PhD in art history. Furthermore, from 1993 to 2001, she worked as a researcher for Ethnic Festivals in New York City. In addition to her educational work, Dr. Viola is an accomplished artist, and has had her works exhibited in a variety of shows and galleries. Her works have been featured in shows at the New Rochelle Public Library, The Fitzgerald Gallery, the Bronx Community College Hall of Fame Gallery, and the Parsons Exhibition Center, among others.
For her excellence as an educator, Dr. Viola has been recognized with myriad awards, including two Dermot Gale Awards for Best Photographs from the New Rochelle Art Association in 2018. She received multiple grants while at Bronx Community College, and additionally, she became a fellow of the Henry Luce Foundation Inc. in 1990 and the Museum of Fine Arts in 1978, among several other fellowships. As a testament to her success and experience, Dr. Viola was included in the 71st edition of Who’s Who in America.
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