Deirdra Hazeley is from Brooklyn, NY. In her studio practice she explores beauty and dignity in her portraits of African descendants. Hazeley is a graduate of Cornell University, Florida International University and Columbia University. She studied abroad in Spain with the School of Visual Arts. She played capoeira in Brazil and painted in France. Hazeley speaks English, Brazilian Portuguese and Spanish. She was a resident artist at the Art Students League Residency at Vytlacil and the Vermont Studio Center. She was a participant artist in the Brooklyn Museum’s exhibition Iggy Pop Life Class: A Project by Jeremy Deller, which traveled to the Royal Academy of Arts in London, UK. Her drawings from the aforementioned shows are in the Brooklyn Museum’s collection. Hazeley’s art has been shown at Brooklyn College, ARTs East New York and DC Arts Center. She was a participant in Torpedo Factory Art Center’s Visiting Artist Program and was a resident artist at Palette 22. She has taught visual art for fourteen years. Hazeley attended Usdan as a teenager and is thrilled to return to teach in the Art Department.