Faculty

Me for webDeb Rosenbaum, Director

A native of Denver and graduate of Denver Public Schools, Deb received her B.A. in Art History from the University of California and art education certification from Metropolitan State University in Denver.   National Board Certified in K-12 Art, she has taught elementary, middle, and high school art. She is currently in her 15th year as Director of the Visual Art Department at DSA.
Prior to DSA, Deb chaired the art department at Hannan High School in New Orleans for nine years, developing curriculum for studio art, art history and Louisiana history.   As Director of the Kauai Academy of Creative Arts in Hawaii, she received state grants to develop arts integrated curriculum for public elementary schools and administered an interdisciplinary summer art program for children.    She has served Denver Public Schools as a Teacher Leader/mentor for art teachers and developed district visual art assessments.

Deb is the recipient of study fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities (2003, 2008, 2013, and 2016), the Surdna Foundation (2010), National Endowment for the Arts (1995, 2009),  The Fund for Teachers (2007), the Japan Memorial Fulbright Fund (2006), Chicago Art Institute (2005), and the Kansas City Art Institute (2005, 2009, and 2114).  She served on the Mayor’s Public Art Committee for the City of Denver for four years and developed educational activities for Denver’s Clyfford Still Museum and the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver.

Deb employs sculpture, drawing, painting, printmaking, collage, and assemblage in her art practice. Her narrative works explore childhood, memory and personal obsessions.  Her works are part of the permanent collection of Hawaii’s State Foundation for Culture and the Arts.   deb_rosenbaum@dpsk12.org

Jim Jim Cliff  (Everyone calls me Cliff)

Jim Cliff comes to DSA from Northeast Ohio. He grew up in the greater Youngstown area where he attended Youngstown State University earning a B.S. in Art Education and a B.F.A. in Studio Art, with a painting emphasis, as well as a Masters Degree in Art Education.  During college he served as Assistant Preparer at both the McDonough Museum of Art and the Butler Institute of American Art in Youngstown, providing Cliff with extensive knowledge about the presentation of art. He experienced everything from handling, preserving, and finishing artwork to installing and lighting exhibitions.

Cliff brought his passion and skill to Boardman High School in Boardman, Ohio where he taught Art and Graphic Design, served as the Art Club advisor for nine years, and  designed a new Architectural Design curriculum.  He was a committee member of The National Honor Society, Yes Fest, and was the recipient of the 2013 Teacher of the Year award.
Cliff incorporates mixed media and techniques in his art work to convey personal emotions as well as reactions to the world around him. He explores personal landscapes  integrating collage, graphic design, and woodworking with painting. Outside of the classroom and the studio, Cliff is a car and motorcycle enthusiast and also enjoys spending time in the great outdoors. jim_cliff@dpsk12.org