Prof. Victoria H. Febrer is committed to the vital role of visual art education as a force for lasting positive social and environmental change. She believes that a critical arts practice empowers us to not only to explore and appreciate the world we live in, but also to share our unique discoveries and points of view with our communities.
Prof. Febrer was born in New York to Spanish parents and divides her time between New York and Valencia, Spain. Since graduating from the Cooper Union School of Art, where she received a full merit scholarship, her artwork has been shown in solo and group exhibitions in the United States, Spain, Italy, Belgium, Ireland, and Japan. In addition to exhibiting in galleries and at universities, she has shown in unconventional and unexpected spaces, including the botanical gardens of Villa Monastero (Aletheia, 2019) and the Former Church of San Nicolau (Blu, 2016). Her artwork has also been projected onto the façade of the Organization of American States (Art after Dark, 2015), in public transport corridors in Japan and NYC (Toride International Video, 2014 and Under the Subway Video Art, 2012-13), and onto homes and public spaces as part of the Digital Graffiti Festivals (2012-15). Her paintings are included in numerous public and private collections including the Hispanic Society of America, Fundación Bancaja, and the Universidad Rey Juan Carlos.
Prof. Victoria H. Febrer was the first instructor of fine art to ever receive the American Association of Colleges & Universities’ K. Patricia Cross Award for Future Leaders in Higher Education recognizing her art curriculum’s focus on developing civic engagement through the arts. She has led workshops at the Cooper Hewitt Design Museum and at Yale University’s Department of Political Science, among others.
She is the founder of Febrer Arts, which brings together a team of expert teaching artists specializing in Visual Arts and Design who believe that a rigorous education in arts and design empowers students to think analytically and critically and gives them the tools to positively join the dialogue about making our world a better place. The organization provides arts education services to schools and museums, and is committed to a multi-generational teaching model that incorporates mentorship of junior teaching artists while providing instruction to young art students.
For the past six years, she has taught intensive studio classes for teens, including Portfolio Preparation, at the 92nd Street Y Art Center where she also mentors apprentice instructors through their Teaching Assistant program and works with the 92Y Center for Arts Learning and Leadership to provide arts instruction in NYC public schools. She has previously taught at the Cooper Union, where she was also the Administrative Coordinator of the Saturday Program for High School Students, Nassau Community College, Stony Brook University, and the Center for Arts Education Future Arts Initiative, a multi-year federally funded program where she mentored a cohort of NYC District 29 art teachers on best practices for incorporating contemporary art.
- MFA in Visual Arts. Stony Brook University, New York, 2016.
Full Tuition Merit Funding, Teaching Fellowship.
- BFA in Visual Arts. The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, New York, 2008.
Full Tuition Merit Scholarship.
- This course is an introduction to the theories, methods and materials for integrating visual arts into the elementary school curriculum. Through reading, writing, and viewing of visual art and participation in hands-on studio projects, student will explore the intellectual and emotional importance of expressing creativity through visual art.
Research and Projects
Work in Institutions, Collections, & Commissions (selected):
- 2016: Color Bars. A site-specific multi-channel video installation in the lobby of Stony Brook’s CEWIT (Center for Excellence in Wireless and Information Technology). Stony Brook University, New York.
- 2014: Mario Fratti Award for Emerging Italian Playwrights. Commissioned to create the new annual award.
- 2014: Untitled Marine Vista #168 & Untitled Marine Vista #74. President’s Award, State University of New York Research Foundation. Artwork installed at Sunwood Estate, Stony Brook University, New York.
- 2011: Covenant House Entranceway Mural, Acrylic and latex, 2 walls approx. 45 x 12 ft. each. Covenant House of New Jersey, Newark. Created through a series of artist-led workshops with homeless shelter residents.
- 2010: Untitled Marine Vista #5. Installed at the Rockefeller Foundation Office.
- 2010: Multiple paintings in permanent collection of the Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, Madrid.
- 2010: Permanently installed artwork at the IESE Business School, New York.
- 2010: 200 unique small format paintings commissioned by Bancaja savings bank, Spain (catalogue).
- 2010: Limited edition of prints in red wine (vinographs) for The Hispanic Society of America, New York.
- 2009: Covenant House 20th Anniversary Mural, Acrylic and latex, 3 walls approx. 25 x 12ft., 45 x 12ft. & 20 x 12ft., Covenant House of New Jersey, Newark. Created through a series of artist-led workshops with homeless shelter residents and high school volunteers.
- 2009: Limited editions of prints in red wine (vinographs) for The Hispanic Society of America together with Art Gallery Guide: Madrid.
- 2009: Untitled Vista #7, acrylic, 2008. Permanent collection of The Hispanic Society of America, New York.
- 2015: V. Febrer: Mar Desierto/Desert Sea. Stony Brook University, New York.
- 2013: V. Febrer: A Sense of Place. LIC Market, New York.
- 2013: V. Febrer: Vigilia. Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, Vicálvaro Campus, Madrid (catalogue).
- 2011: V. Febrer: Memories of a Sea/Memorias de un Mar. Fundación Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, Madrid (catalogue).
- 2010: V. Febrer: Vistas y Vinografías II. Galeria Artis, Valencia, Spain.
- 2008: V. Febrer: Vistas y Vinografías. Galeria Artis, Valencia, Spain.
- 2008: V. Febrer: Femina et Ovum. Cooper Union, New York (BFA Thesis presentation).
Exhibitions & Screenings (Selected):
- 2019: Aletheia, Villa Monastero, Varenna, Italy. Curated by Marcello Cazzaniga of Camaver Kunsthaus. (catalogue)
- 2019: NOW is the Future, Local Project. Long Island City, NY. Curated by Carolina Peñafiel & John Baber.
- 2019: Present Tenses, Center for Arts Education, New York, NY.
- 2018: Small & Mighty, La Bodega Gallery, Brooklyn, NY. Curated by Johnny Thornton.
- 2018: Faculty Exhibition, Weill Art Gallery, 92nd Street Y, New York.
- 2017: Lantanio, Ottovolarte, Florence, Italy. Curated by Marcello Cazzaniga of Camaver Kunsthaus. (catalogue)
- 2016: Blu, Former Church of San Nicolao, Bellano, Italy. Curated by Marcello Cazzaniga of Camaver Kunsthaus. (catalogue)
- 2015: Art after Dark, Art Museum of the Americas, Organization of American States, Washington D.C. Curated by Jonathan Godman.
- 2015: Faculty Exhibition, 92nd Street Y, New York.
- 2015: Art in a Box Benefit Exhibition for Children at Risk, The Painting Center, New York. Curated by Valentina DuBasky.
- 2015: Digital Graffiti International Projection Art Festival, Alys Beach, Florida. Juried by Lucia Fishburne, Florida’s State Film Commissioner; Marieanne Khoury-Vogt, Architect; Brett Phares, Curator and Co-Founder of Digital Graffiti; Mark Schnell, Urban Planner; & Robert Seidell, Video Artist, Berlin.
- 2014: Toride International Video Projection, Toride Train Station, Japan. Juried by the Urban Development
- 2014: Exposición Oculta, Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, Fuenlabrada Campus, Madrid. Curated by Luisa Walliser, director of the Integrated Design and Visual Management Program; & Pablo R. Prieto, Professor of Multimedia Arts & Design. (catalogue)
- 2014: Hispanic Heritage Month Exhibition, Long Island Arts Alliance, New York. Juried by the L.I. Arts Alliance.
- 2014: Astoria Arts Festival, New York.
- 2013: Curate NYC—Paz Tanjuaquio, Online Exhibition. Curated by Paz Tanjuaquio, Co-Founding Director, TOPAZ ARTS. http://www.curatenyc.org/2013/author/ptanjuaquio
- 2013: Under the Subway Video Art Night, Local Project, New York. Curated by Antonio Ortuño.
- 2013: Night Screen, Monster Truck Gallery, Dublin. Curated by Sean Naftel.
- 2012: DysTorpia Media Project, Queens Museum of Art, Local Project, & Outpost Artist Resource, New York. Curated by Gabriel Roldós, Executive Producer at Fluid New Media Lab & Arlan Londoño, Curator at E-Fagia, Toronto.
- 2012: MUJERES10, Atarazanas Exhibition Space, Valencia, Spain. Curated by María Irene Beneyto, Deputy Mayor and Commissioner of Culture of the City of Valencia, Spain. (catalogue)
- 2012: VOCES, New York Times Headquarters, New York. Curated by members of the New York Times Latino Heritage Network.
- Loos, Ted. “Class is in Session Everywhere Now,” New York Times, New York: April 23, 2020.
- Cazzaniga, Marcello. Aletheia. Exhibition Catalogue. Lecco, Italy: Camaver Kunsthaus, 2019.
- Cazzaniga, Marcello. Lantanio. Exhibition Catalogue. Lecco, Italy: Camaver Kunsthaus, 2017.
- Cazzaniga, Marcello. Blu. Exhibition Catalogue. Lecco, Italy: Camaver Kunsthaus, 2016.
- Berges, Dona. “Discovering Fashion and Art in NY,” Hacid Magazine, Issue 33, August, 2016.
- Resilience 韧. Shanghai: Stony Brook University & Eastern China Normal University, 2014.
- Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, ed. Exposición Oculta. Exhibition Catalogue. Madrid: Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, 2014.
- Bell, Aisha T., Iván Ruiz, and Victoria Febrer. Febrer: Vigilia. Exhibition Catalogue. Madrid: Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, 2013. (published as CD-Rom)
- Larousse, ed. El Mundo del Vino. Madrid & México D.F.: Larousse, 2013.
- Alas, Amelia. “Arte Español en Nueva York: Victoria Febrer,”Dominical,Madrid: March 18th, 2012.
- City of Valencia, ed. Exhibition Catalogue. Valencia, Spain: City of Valencia, 2012.
- “Acceso Total: Cooper Union Saturday Program” Telemundo 47-WNJU. New York: Dec 14, 2011.
- “Evening News: 5/29/2011”TVE-1(Spanish National Television). Madrid: May 29, 2011.
- “Victoria Febrer, en la Rey Juan ”ABC. Madrid: April 23, 2011.
- Burke, Marcus B., Pedro González-Trevijano, and Victoria Febrer. Febrer: Memories of a Sea / Memorias de un Mar. Exhibition Catalogue. Madrid: Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, 2011.
- Bancaja Foundation, ed. Victoria Febrer: Small Untitled Marine Vista. Serie Bancaja. Valencia: Fundación Bancaja, 2010.
- Figueroa Villota, Mencía. “Paisajes Tranquilos de Victoria Febrer,” Victoria Febrer: Vinografías y Vistas II. Exhibition Brochure. New York: 2010.
- “La artista valenciana Victoria Febrer expone su primer mural en EE UU,”Cultura,Levante – El Mercantil Valenciano. Valencia, Spain: November 23, 2009.
- “Un mural de la española Victoria Febrer se inaugura en EE.UU.,”Chicago Tribune (Spanish Edition), Chicago, November 20, 2009. http://www.chicagotribune.com/topic/oes-14456857nov20,0,7597165.story
- Soriano, L. “Obras inmortalizadas con vino tinto, El Mirador.”Las Provincias Valencia, Spain: November 11, 2008.
- Wilson, M. “Material Girl Splits Time between Astoria and Spain.” Queens Chronicle. New York: March 13, 2008.
- “De La Botella al Pincel: La Valenciana Victoria Febrer expone su serie‘Vinografías’ en Nueva York”, Cultura,El Pais. Madrid: February 7, 2008.
- Gonzales, U. “La victoria artística de Victoria,” Culturales.El Correo.New York: February 2, 2008.
Honors, Awards and Affiliations
K. Patricia Cross Future Leaders in Education Award, American Association of Colleges & Universities (AAC&U), 2015.
Art Department Chair’s Scholarship Award, Stony Brook University, 2015-2016.
Goldberger Fellowship for Excellence in Visual Arts, Stony Brook University, 2014.
Full Tuition Merit Scholarship, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, 2003-2008.