Brian Bulfer is an artist, researcher and educator from Southern California.
He earned a B.F.A. in drawing-painting and a B.A. in religious studies from California State University Long Beach in 2008, and received an M.F.A. in visual arts from Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University in 2010. For the past four years he has held the position of Chair of the Visual Arts Extension Division at Mason Gross, Rutgers University where he has been working to develop an art education program. Currently, Bulfer is working on an Ed.D. in art education at the Teachers College, Columbia University. He is the recipient of the Arthur Wesley Dow Award and the Kasser Annual Fund Scholar in Art Education. His artwork has been exhibited both nationally and internationally, such as in Wat Doi Saket, Chiang Mai, Thailand and Tibet House US, New York, NY
Bulfer's dissertation research at the Teachers College is concerned with the meaning-making process that occurs between art-making and writing for college students with and without developmental dyslexia. His research also includes autobiographical reflections on his experiences with dyslexia as a form of ethnography and artist-based research.
Bulfer was attracted to the field of art education out of fascination with visual information, artist-based research, and multimodal forms of literacy. Referencing meditative rituals, scientific maps, and metaphysical visual didactics, he explores the meaning-making process between modes of representation in his art projects. He does this through encoding numerous representational systems, showing a shift between sensory phenomenon and the symbolic. In terms of pedagogy, he is interested in creating multisensory experiences in the classroom that account for the different ways in which students make sense of their environment and self. His student-centered approach attempts to cultivate individual creative autonomy and self-confidence.