Michael David Brathwaite A’78

Running for: Council

Campaign Statement

I feel my 60 plus years in higher education admission and my dedication to a career in art would me make my candidacy a strong assent to the administration and student body


Michael David Brathwaite, Art 1978. Born February 7, 1951, In NYC

Full Scholarships from the Art Students League, New York Studio School and the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture paved the way to earning a BFA degree from the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in 1978.

As an undergraduate, I was the director and instructor for the Saturday Program in Art and Architecture. This mini art school within the Cooper Union was comprised of 12 student instructors and 250 New York City high school students. We taught classes every Saturday for the entire academic year while studying for our degrees.

My interest in teaching and counseling expanded while working as an art therapist at the Groves Therapeutic and Child Development Center for 5 years. I maintained a small studio in New York City while working a full-time position. These formative positions lead me to the field of educational administration and college counseling.

Professional positions
East Harlem Talent Search College and Career Counseling Program – Assistant Director
Parsons School of Design – Assistant Director
Pratt Institute – Assistant Director of Admissions
Montclair State College School of Fine and Performing Arts -Recruitment Specialist for the school of fine and performing arts
The Graduate School of Figurative Art of the New York Academy of Art – Associate Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid
The City College of New York – Coordinator of Graduate Studies Brooklyn College (CUNY) -Assistant Director of Graduate Studies
Long Island University – Assistant Director of Graduate Admissions
Gallery owner and painter.  Art from my heart open studio of contemporary art 

Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition Lottie B. Scott and Congressman Joe Courtney —
2021 as a visual artist and gallery owner

Lottie B. Scott Image award for outstanding dedication and commitment to the field of visual arts – 2021

Cooper Union Alumni award for service to the college

The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art – BFA 1978
The New York Studio School
The Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture
The Art Students League