Our extraordinary educators are also practicing artists. Get to know them and their work.
Nancy AgatiMiddle School Art
Ms. Agati holds a B.F.A. in painting from Alfred University, School of Art and Design. While at Alfred, she participated in the exchange program at The Camberwell School of Art in London, England. She has also studied at Tyler School of Art, The University of Connecticut, and most recently at the New York Studio School.
Nancy has exhibited her artwork extensively throughout the Philadelphia area. In recent years she has had solo exhibits in Philadelphia and Chicago, as well as exhibiting in numerous group shows throughout the country. In 2000, Nancy received a Windows of Opportunity Grant from the Leeway Foundation in Philadelphia for assistance with her solo exhibition at ARC Gallery in Chicago.
Lower School Art
Mr. Fink was born and raised in Mexico City, Mexico. He received his B.F.A. in 1989 from Pan American University in Edinburg, Texas, where he won the Student Art Show in 1988. Mr. Fink returned to Mexico City in 1990 to set up a studio where he practiced and taught art for five years. He participated in many solo and group exhibits in galleries and museums in Mexico City during this time, including the Museum of Modern Art and the Carrillo Gil Brothers Museum. He returned to the United States in 1995 after being voted into the Clay Studio Resident program in Philadelphia. After five years, two solo shows, and numerous group exhibits, Mr. Fink was awarded the Future Faculty Award from Tyler School of Art to pursue a master's degree in ceramics. After achieving his M.F.A. in 2002, Mr. Fink started teaching art in the Lower School at Haverford. He also coaches varsity tennis and 6th grade soccer at Haverford.
Art Department Chair, Upper School Art
Mr. Fox joined Haverford in 1981 and has taught Middle and Upper school drawing and painting classes, ceramics, woodworking, multimedia, and even the first theater classes.
He believes the study of visual art is at the core of the traditional disciplines. He has worked to create a curriculum focused on developing human perception, fostering a fluency in the visual language of signs and symbols, and gaining a proficiency with the creative process. Mr. Fox combines his experience of working with the creative process as an artist and teacher with recent research in the fields of neuroscience and cognitive psychology to develop more effective teaching and learning practices across all disciplines.
As an artist, Mr. Fox is primarily a painter, with paintings in public and private collections in the U.S. and Europe. Some of his paintings can be seen at chrisfox.org.
Mr. Fox earned his B.F.A. (painting) from Tyler School of Art, Temple University, where he also studied printmaking, ceramics, sculpture, and glass blowing. He earned his M.A. (studio art/painting) from New York University where he also studied film and video. Mr. Fox studied in Italy during both his undergraduate and graduate schooling.
Mr. Fox is married to Joan (a former Haverford School art teacher) and has two daughters, Lucia and Adriana. He lives in Philadelphia with an entirely useless cat named Roscoe.
Upper School Art
Zoë Blatt is an artist-educator and Main Line native. She teaches the digital arts component of Visual Art Foundations; 2D Art: Principles of Design, Video & Animation, Photography; and 2D Art: Senior Thesis. She is also faculty adviser to the Haligoluk, Haverford’s yearbook. Ms. Blatt has traditional training in painting, drawing, and printmaking from her studies at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. She completed her B.F.A. in fine arts and art history at the University of Pennsylvania and her master's in education at Harvard University. In graduate school, Ms. Blatt focused on applying educational neuroscience to high school visual arts curriculum design. In her courses at Haverford, Ms. Blatt emphasizes a deep understanding of the visual language alongside the development of the creative process, project management skills, and metacognitive thinking.
Ms. Blatt maintains a studio practice in South Philadelphia. You can see some of her artwork at www.zoeblatt.com. Ms. Blatt loves to travel, and in the summertime she runs a visual arts program for young children in Skopelos, Greece.
Middle School Art
Mr. Pankratz received his B.F.A. and B.S. from the Pennsylvania State University. In 2008, he received his M.F.A. from the University of the Arts. Mr. Pankratz is currently represented by Bridgette Mayer Gallery in Philadelphia. He is also a founding member of Tiger Strikes Asteroid Gallery, a Philadelphia-based collectivized gallery. Mr. Pankratz’s work has been included in exhibitions both locally and internationally, including Rome, London, and Lausanne, Switzerland. Recently, his work has been accepted into the permanent collection of Temple University’s Fox School of Business. Mr. Pankratz joined Haverford as a Teaching Artist in 2008, and currently teaches art and multimedia.
Lower School Art
Mrs. Waring graduated from Rhode Island School of Design in 1985 with a B.F.A. in illustration. She worked for a number of years as a freelance illustrator and showed her own art at various venues. Currently, Mrs. Waring is an active artist who is writing and illustrating a children's book and showing regularly at the Bridgette Mayer Gallery in Philadelphia. She has been teaching art at Haverford since 1996.
Nancy Agati, Middle School art
Chris Fox's "Pointing Towards Unity,"
72.25" x 72.5,"
Oil on Canvas (two panels)
Collection of Palmer Art Museum, Penn State University
Zoe Blatt, Upper School art