Curriculum Vitae

deborah feller - art curriculum vitae


  • Doctor of Philosophy in Art History: Rutgers University Department of Art History, New Brunswick, New Jersey-May 2023.
  • Master of Arts in the History of Art and Archaeology: New York University Institute of Fine Arts, New York City-May 2016.
  • Master of Fine Arts: New York Academy of Art, Graduate School of Figurative Studies, New York City-cum laude, May 2004.
  • Private Art Classes:
    Traditional Oil Painting with Wade Schuman, New York City--Summer 2000 & 2001.
    Traditional Figurative Oil Painting with Andrew Conklin, New York City--June 1998-May 1999.
  • Master of Social Work: Hunter College School of Social Work, New York City--with honors, February 1985.
  • Master of Professional Studies in Art Therapy & Creativity Development: Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, New York-June 1977.
  • Bachelor of Arts in Fine Arts, minors in Psychology and Education: City College of New York--cum laude, January 1974.
  • Art Classes: School of Visual Arts-Portrait Painting, Life Drawing , New York City--1971.
  • NYS Regent Academic Diploma: Bronx High School of Science, Bronx, New York--June 1965.

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  • Spanish: Reading, writing and conversation.
  • Italian: Reading and conversation.

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Professional Experience

Art History Department
Rutgers University
New Brunswick, NJ

December 2020-January 2021
Part-Time Lecturer
Online Art History Survey Course
“Prehistoric to 1400"

Created course content, including recorded and illustrated lectures, assignments and exams.  Set up modules and other online content in the academic platform Canvas.  Read and graded all assignments and exams, and issued final grades.

September-December 2020
Teaching Assistant
Online Art History Survey Course
“Prehistoric to 1400"

Read and graded assignments and exams, working closely with students in two of the course sections, and issued final grades.

September–December 2019
Teaching Assistant
Art History Survey Course
“Prehistoric to 1400"

Participated in development and subsequent grading of assignments and exams, delivered lectures as needed and assisted professor in preparing for each class.


February 2015-present:
Academic Assistant

Philippe de Montebello
Fiske Kimball Professor
History and Culture of Museums
New York University
Institute of Fine Arts
New York, NY

Collaborate in the development of each course, including syllabus, outline and bibliography. Maintain email lists for, and facilitate communication with, students and auditors; ensure availability of required readings; and set up for posting weekly lecture and video files.

September 2009-present:
Art Critic (contemporary & historical art)

Arrange for visits in consultation with museum and gallery publicity staff, read exhibition catalogs, secure check lists and images, write reviews and post with images online.

March 2010-present:
Writer (art book, lecture & theater reviews)

Work with publicists to secure relevant material (e.g. images and scripts) in advance of performances and for book reviews. Write reviews and post online.

March 2016-May 2017:
Research Assistant

Richard Townsend
Independent Curator
Vincent's Parables: Van Gogh and the Bible
The Phillips Collection
Washington, D.C.
June-August 2019

Actively involved in the evolution of exhibit. Provided research support, including library and online work.

September 1988-July 2017:

Deborah Feller, LCSW, P.C.
New York City

Provided individual & couple/family psychotherapy for treatment of traumatic stress & addictive/compulsive disorders. Conducted long- and short-term groups, supervised clinicians, consulted, and lead workshops & trainings. Managed all aspects of a small business, including documentation, finances, administration, marketing and physical plant maintenance.

February 1989-January 1990:
Program Director

Paul J. Cooper Center for
Human Services, Inc.
Brooklyn, New York

Directed small alcoholism & drug addiction outpatient treatment program. Responsible for programing, budgeting, staffing and clinical supervision.

March 1988-February 1989:
Quality Assurance Director, The Harbor Programs

August 1987--October 1988:
Clinical Director, Inpatient Program

The Harbor
Hoboken, New Jersey

Managed clinical components of inpatient rehabilitation unit, including staffing, clinical supervision, and quality control & utilization review.

September 1985-August 1987:
Program Coordinator, Alcohol/Drug Abuse Treatment & Prevention Programs

The Door-
A Center of Alternatives for Youth
New York City

Created prevention activities for addiction and younger-adolescent components of multidisciplinary facility for teenagers. Provided input for grant writing and budgeting. Supervised clinical staff. Participated in maintaining required documentation to maintain funding.

January--September 1985:
Social Work Supervisor

December 1977--December 1984:
Alcoholism Counselor

Comprehensive Alcoholism
Treatment Center
Brooklyn, New York

October-December 1977:
Social Rehabilitation (Alcoholism) Counselor

April 1976-September 1977:
Recreation Director/Art Therapist

Bowery Residents' Committee
New York City

Administrative Assistant

New York City

Assisted managers and executives at two boutique advertising and public relations companies, and a filmstrip & slide lab.

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Grants & Fellowships

Rutgers University School of Graduate Studies Art History Department Mitnick and Cowdry Research/Travel Awards: Research grant for summer 2018.

Rutgers University School of Graduate Studies Off Campus Dissertation Development Award: Field study grant for Summer 2018.

Rutgers University Graduate Program in Art History Merit Fellowship: Stipend and tuition for academic year 2017- 18.
Shelby White and Leon Levy Fellowship: Travel grant for Summer 2014.

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Art Awards

Medal of Honor in Oil/Acrylic: Catherine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club, New York City-- October 2010.
Top Five: Innovators Combating Substance Abuse, Art & Addiction Exhibition, Johns Hopkins. University School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland--May & June 2008.
Certificate of Merit: Salmagundi Club, New York City--June 2007.
Jack Richeson & Co., Inc., Gold Palette Award: Salmagundi Club, New York City--June 2006.
Top 10 Viewers' Choice: Anderson Gallery & Provo City Library, Provo, Utah--October 2004.
Award of Excellence: Firehouse Art Gallery, Garden City, New York--January 2004.

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Art Exhibitions

Self-Curated Solo Shows

  • Right Angle Picture Framing Gallery, Hoboken, New Jersey, November 2005.
  • Studio Sale, New York City-2010, 2004, 2003 & 2002

Selected Group Shows

  • The Salmagundi Club: Annual Juried Exhibition (Non-members), New York City--August 2010, June 2009, 2007 & 2006.
  • Catherine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club: Annual Open Juried Exhibition, New York City--October 2013 & 2010.
  • Allied Artists of America: Annual Exhibition, New York City--November 2009 & 2004.
  • Innovators Combating Substance Abuse: Art & Addiction Exhibition, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland--May & June 2008.
  • Audubon Artists Inc.: Annual Juried Exhibition, New York City--September 2007 & 2004.
  • New York Academy of Art: Summer Exhibition, New York City--June-July 2007.
  • 80 Washington Square East Galleries: Small Works, New York City--January-March 2005 & 2004.
  • Alexandria Museum of Art: 18th Annual September Exhibition, Alexandria, Louisiana-August-October 2005.
  • Firehouse Art Gallery: Light Effects, Garden City, New York-January-February 2004.
  • Anderson Gallery & Provo City Library: Litartcy, Provo, Utah-September-October 2003.

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Art Publications

Addiction and Art-April 2010.
Art & Addiction Calendar-2009.
American Artist Drawing Magazine: Finalist, Drawing Competition-Spring 2006.
Portrait Magazine: Cover art-"Reflections on Self"-September 2004.

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Professional Service

Treasurer (July 1995-June 1996): New York Society for the Study of Multiple Personality & Dissociation.
President & Past President (July 1993-June 1995): New York Society for the Study of Multiple Personality & Dissociation.
Columnist (June 1994-March 1995): "Ask A Therapist," SOFIE (newsletter for survivors of female sexual abuse).
Columnist (May 1990-1994): "Recovering From Childhood Sexual Abuse," Headliner, New York Federation of Alcoholism Counselors Metropolitan Region.
Contributing Editor (March 1990-92): Reporter, National Association of Lesbian and Gay Alcoholism Professionals.
Committee Member (August 1990-September 1991): National Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors Ad Hoc Committee on Lesbian/Gay Issues.
Co-Chairperson (1987--89): 1989 Conference Committee, New York Federation of Alcoholism Counselors, Metropolitan Region.
President (June 1986--June 1988): New York Federation of Alcoholism Counselors, Metropolitan Region.
Co-Chairperson (September 1986-August 1987): New York City Bureau of Alcoholism Services Youth Providers Network.
Board Member (June 1986-March 1987): New York State Coalition for the Children of Alcoholic Families (Chair, Ad hoc Committee on Bylaws; Member, Nomination and Awards Committee).

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Professional Presentations-Art History

College Art Association: Bearing Witness: The Spectacle of Pain in the Drawings of Jusepe de Ribera, February 2017.

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Professional Presentations-Mental Health


  • Identification and Treatment of Dissociative Disorders.
  • Incest and Chemical Dependency.
  • Post-traumatic Stress Disorder & Chemical Dependency.
  • Treatment and Prevention of Alcohol/Substance Abuse Among Inner-City Youth.


  • Local addiction and mental health treatment facilities.
  • Meetings of professional organizations.
  • Regional and national professional conferences.


  • From 1986 to 2013.

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