ART_evelynEvelyn Martinez
Financial Analyst

Evelyn Martinez is the financial analyst for the Art + Art History Department. Evelyn is the coordinator of the department budget and contracts. She received a Masters in Public Administration from FIU.


Maida PurdyMaida Purdy
Academic Advisor

Maida has a true passion to change students’ lives through education and has devoted herself to teaching and advising. She joined FIU in May 2011 as an academic advisor for the College of Undergraduate Education and became part of the CARTA family in the year 2013. She currently advises Art + Art History students. Prior to FIU, Maida worked at Miami Dade for three years where she began her advising career in Advisement and Career Services. She earned both her undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Havana: A Bachelor’s degree in English Literature and a Master’s degree in Tourism and Marketing.

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Studio Manager

Lane Kenworthy is the Studio Manager for Art + Art History. The studio has is a multipurpose space that students can use and work on a variety of mediums such as sculpture, printmaking, figure drawing, and figure sculpture.

Christopher Rodriguez Barake
Admissions and Recruitment Officer

Christopher Rodriguez Barake works closely with the chairs of Art + Art History, Architecture, Interior Architecture, and Landscape Architecture + Environmental and Urban Design – to develop Online Learning initiatives in accordance with FIU Beyond Possible 2020.

His previous duties at CARTA, include coordinating an artist-in-residency program, and community-based collaboratory art projects. Rodriguez Barake, began his career at FIU in 2007, within the Division of Student Affairs coordinating the Graham Center Art Gallery.

He is in the process of completing his Master of Fine Arts in Curatorial Practice at FIU; his research investigates Metamodernism; highlighting the rise of New Romanticism and the Sublime. His previous body of research was in Latin American and Caribbean Contemporary Art with an emphasis on Brazil. He is an alum of the university, having earned both his Bachelors of Fine Arts and Graduate Certificate in Museum Studies at FIU.


phoneLissette Schaeffler
BBC Photography Lab Manager

Lissett Schaeffler, the Photography Lab Manager at BBC,  is a Cuban born photographer whose work deals with the exploration of identity. Whether documenting or digitally manipulating photographs of family, friends, environments or herself, Lissette’s underlying meaning has always remained consistent. Lissette received her MFA in Photography from Savannah College of Art and Design in 2004. She is an adjunct instructor for the Art + Art History Department.


Peggy Levison Nolan talk @ Girls Club FLPeggy Nolan
MMC Photography Lab Manager

Peggy Nolan is a renowned photographer and the MMC Photography Lab Manager. She discovered photography fairly late and then by accident, but has been inseparable from her cameras ever since. Seeing photographs all around her, she photographs her seven children and any aspect of her colorful life. Peggy lives in Hollywood, Florida. Recent exhibition venues include the Museum of Modern Art (“Picturing Modernity”), Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach, and more. Her work can be found in the collections of SF MOMA, Norton Museum of Art and Martin Z. Margulies in Florida.


Ricardo Lugo

Digital Laboratory Manager

Ricardo Lugo is the Digital Laboratory Manager for Art + Art History. The lab is capable of digital fabrication, 3d printing, laser cutting, 3d scanning, digital imaging, video, and animation.