Andrea Loefke

andreaGrades 3-6 Art Teacher

I am a German-born, Brooklyn based artist and educator with a Masters degree in art and physical education from the University of Leipzig, and an MFA in sculpture from Ohio State University. I have lived and worked as an artist in the United States since 2000 and have taught at numerous art schools in New York City over the past 16 years, including Pratt Institute, School of Visual Arts and at various public elementary schools for the non-profit organization “Studio in a School.” I’ve had the pleasure of teaching Art at GSB to all grades since the school began in 2014.

As an art teacher, I strongly believe that art is more than a skill; it’s a process of exploration and discovery and a way of thinking and communicating ideas effectively. My goal for each student is to think like an artist, to appreciate art, be an imaginative and critical thinker and to stick with an artwork until full refinement and complexity.

As for my personal work, my vivid multimedia assemblages and works on paper in solo exhibitions have received critical recognition from a number of publications including Artforum, Sculpture, Brooklyn Rail, Frankfurter Allgemeine and Juliet. In 2009 I was commissioned to create a permanent installation for the SØR Rusche Collection in Berlin and received the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Award in 2010. I have shown extensively in over forty exhibitions throughout the United States and Germany. In 2016 I worked on my first site-specific and permanent outdoor installation, Toss-Up in the forest of Darmstadt at the Walldkunstpfad and exhibited a new installation at the Ladenburger Kunstverein in Germany as well as at Smack Mellon in Brooklyn, NY.

My work is found in numerous private collections and the Bezirksärztekammer (Karlsruhe, Germany).

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