YUM Teaching Artist in Residence

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The Teaching Artist in Residency at Yeshiva University Museum (YUM) blends community outreach and art education to create a series of workshops and lectures that capture audience response to current exhibitions and collections at the museum.


The Teaching Artist works with YUM staff and audiences to create a project that highlights historical and artistic themes that relate to contemporary ideas and issues.


Tailored programming is offered to the Yeshiva University student body, families with children, and the general public.


Confirmed events and groups participating in the 2010 YUM Teaching Artist in Residence program include:


The YU Arts Festival


Flatbush Yeshiva


The Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art


21st CCLC (21st Century Community Learning Centers)


About the Collections


Drawing on Tradition: The Book of Esther

February 21- August 15, 2010


This exhibition depicts the Book of Esther as you've never seen it before. Featuring the bold and edgy illustrations from JT Waldman's Megillat Esther, this epic tale of exile and redemption is sure to amaze and intrigue. The Jewish Museum of Maryland curated this exhibition. Original drawings courtesy of JT Waldman.

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A Journey Through Jewish Worlds:Highlights from the Braginsky Collection of Hebrew Manuscripts and Printed Books

March 21, 2010 - July 11, 2010


A Journey Through Jewish Worlds offers museum visitors a first-time glimpse at the rare treasures inside a world-class private collection. This exceptional collection of manuscripts and printed books provides an overview of seven centuries of Jewish creativity and artistry, and features beautifully ornamented legal and liturgical manuscripts, decorated marriage contracts and illustrated scrolls of the Book of Esther, many with richly crafted cases made from precious metals or carved wood. Exhibition highlights include a manuscript written in Germany in 1288, an illustrated Italian marriage contract on parchment with unique cuttings from 1741, and Esther scrolls from Holland, Italy, Greece and India. View Website


Goals of the 2010 Teaching Artist in Residency


    * Explore Jewish heritage through the art and culture of the past and present.

    * Uncover persistent threads or themes that permeate Jewish art.

    * Articulate a point of view about Jewish visual history using the language of comix.



About the Artist


JT Waldman is a comic book illustrator and interaction designer. His first graphic novel, Megillat Esther, drew from archeological, rabbinic and pop cultural sources to create a bold retelling of the biblical story of Esther. He later went on to design a web application for JPS called the Tagged Tanakh; a site that enables people to tag and contribute remarks to any word or verse in the Bible. JT is currently working on his next graphic novel with Harvey Pekar.


A graduate of the University of Michigan with a B.A. in Arts and Ideas in the Humanities, Waldman also holds a technical degree in digital design from the Vancouver Film School. He also studied at the Facultad de Bellas Artes de Sevilla in Seville, Spain, the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and the Liberal Yeshiva in Jerusalem, Israel. JT lectures and offers workshops on Jewish art, comix and midrash. He also contributed to two books, From Krakow to Krypton and The Jewish Graphic Novel, that both detail the intersection of comic books and Judaism.


To learn more about JT and his work go to www.JTWaldman.com.

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