Name: Nicole Schwartz
Academic Rank: Assistant Professor
Department: Art and Design
School: Liberal Arts
Education: M.F.A., Rhode Island School of Design
B.S., Drexel University
She earned a Bachelor of Science in Photography from Drexel University in 2014. â€śWhile at Drexel, I had extraordinary mentors that shaped me as an artist and instilled in me an immense desire to follow in their footsteps to support the creativity of future students in the same way.â€ť Schwartz continued her education and photographic exploration and received her MFA in Photography from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2017. While she was there, she was awarded the T.C. Colley Award for Photographic Excellence.
In 2018, Nicole joined County College of Morris as an Adjunct Professor and was appointed Assistant Professor in 2022. She has also taught at Mercer County Community College, Stockton University, TILT Institute for the Contemporary Image, and the Fleisher Art Memorial. In 2021,
Schwartz was awarded an Individual Artist Fellowship from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.
Nicole believes in the humanistic teaching approach. She cultivates a nurturing community within the classroom, allowing students freedom to explore their creativity within a safe environment. Schwartz says, â€śCommunication is everythingâ€”in art and in life. There is a magical power to critiques within the photography classroomâ€”they allow students to reflect on their own process and learn from their peers. Critiques allow for a growth mindset, never fixed. Students are constantly revising and assessing.â€ť She goes on to say, â€śI cannot put into words how meaningful and rewarding it is to aid my students through their journey here at CCM.â€ť