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!
Jen DeGregorio assists in organizing Muse Scholar programs and events, drafting communications and helping Muse Scholars achieve academic success. A graduate of Hunter's MFA Creative Writing Program with a concentration in poetry, Ms. DeGregorio comes to the Muse Scholar program with experience as both a professional writer and an educator.
An adjunct lecturer in Hunter's Department of English, she has taught English 220: Introduction to Writing About Literature, English 120: Introduction to Expository Writing and English 300: Introduction to Creative Writing. Ms. DeGregorio has also taught English to non-native speakers at Adelphi University in Manhattan and at Nile Language School in New Jersey. She has also worked as a writing coach in LaGuardia Community College's Office of Transfer Services.
A published poet whose work has been nominated for a national Pushcart Prize and earned her an Academy of American Poets prize from Hunter College, Ms. DeGregorio comes to literature by way of journalism. She worked for more than five years as a newspaper reporter; her writing has appeared in The (New Orleans) Times-Picayune, The Baltimore Sun, The Boston Globe, U.S News & World Report, The Daily Record and other publications. She holds a BA in Journalism from the University of Maryland, College Park, where she double majored in Journalism and English Literature with a concentration in Creative Writing.