Administration & Faculty
Dara Meyers-Kingsley is the Director and Faculty Mentor of the Muse Scholar Program at Hunter College, an honors program for high-achieving students with talents in the arts. She also serves as Director of the Office of the Arts at Hunter College. In addition, she is the liaison for Hunter's university partnership with the Baruch College-Rubin Museum of Art Project, the Theatre Development Fund (TDF) and the CUNY Dance Initiative.
Ms. Meyers-Kingsley has extensive experience as a contemporary art curator with an interdisciplinary curatorial practice. She began her career as Film and Video Curator at the Brooklyn Museum and later was Director of the Film and Video Collections at the Andy Warhol Foundation. Her exhibitions - often including film and media, installation and performance - have been presented around the United States at LA MOCA, MCA Chicago, The New Museum, Miami MOCA, the Brooklyn Museum and the Mattress Factory in Pittsburgh. She has also worked with a range of arts funders, including the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, New York State Council on the Arts and elsewhere.
As an educator she has taught aspiring artists in Parsons' MFA Studio Art Program, undergraduates in Hunter's Macaulay Honors College and, since 2011, the freshman Muse Scholars. As part of the Muse curriculum, students study with Ms. Meyers-Kingsley during their freshman year.
Her flair for bringing together professionals with diverse expertise to create new initiatives, was recognized when she served as the Project Director of the Arts Across the Curriculum pilot year at Hunter College (2011-2012); she also established herself as one of the founders of the field of electronic media art preservation. Ms. Meyers-Kingsley has lectured on the role of art museums in higher education as well as media art history and she is the author of museum catalogs and articles on Adrian Piper, Andy Warhol, Donna Sharrett, 1970s video art, public art and contemporary media.
She holds an MA in Cinema Studies from New York University and a BA in Art History from Barnard College, Columbia University.
Brian Buckwald is Director of Scholar Programs at Hunter College. He works closely with campus faculty and administration to oversee merit scholarships, learning communities, and specialized programming for Hunter's high-achieving students.
He received his MS in Academic Advising from Kansas State and BA in Sociology and BS in Human Resources Development from Georgia State University. He has presented at several regional and national conferences, and held numerous leadership roles in the National Academic Advising Association. During off hours he loves to cook, travel, read, game and follow college football - go Panthers!
Kelly Jiayi Wang has been a dedicated Muse since 2011, when she was admitted into the first class of scholars. Wang received her BA in Art History and Chinese in 2014, graduating summa cum laude as the first Muse Valedictorian. In April 2016 she came back to Hunter, joining the Muse Scholar program as Ms. Meyers-Kingsley's Teaching Assistant.
In May 2016, Wang will receive her MA in Art History from Columbia University. Her thesis presents new material in the field of Chinese art, discussing a lesser known ink painting by the last emperor of the Northern Song dynasty, and argues for the inclusion of this work as a key component of his artistic oeuvre.
In addition to her academic experience, Wang is an artist who paints using traditional Chinese materials and had her first solo show at The Core Club in February 2016. She has held positions at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Christie’s, China Institute, The Chinese Porcelain Company, Julius Lowy Frame & Restoration Co., and continues to work for the President of J. J. Lally & Co. Oriental Art Gallery.