CSW Global Summer Academy

Meet the Faculty

Todd Bartel (Drawing On History) received a BFA in Painting from Rhode Island School of Design in 1985 concluding his studies at RISD’s European Honors Program in Rome, between 1984-85. In 1990, he was a recipient of the Jacob K. Javits Fellowship (U.S. Department of Education, Washington, D.C.). He earned an MFA in Painting from Carnegie Mellon University in 1993. Bartel’s work assumes the forms of painting, drawing, and sculpture in a collage and assemblage format. His work investigates the interconnected histories of collage and landscape and the roles of nature and natural resources in Western culture. Bartel was awarded a Connecticut Council on the Arts Fellowship Grant in 2000 in support of the continuation of his related series entitled, Terra Reverentia and Garden Studies. His work has been exhibited nationally in venues that include Palo Alto Art Center (Palo Alto, CA), Katonah Museum (Katonah, NY), Brockton Art Museum (Brockton, MA), The Rhode Island Foundation (Providence, RI), Zieher Smith (New York, NY), Mills Gallery (Boston, MA), Iona College (New Rochelle, NY). Bartel was the inaugural recipient of Rhode Island School of Design's Art and Design Educator Award in 2019. He has taught drawing, painting, and sculpture at Brown University, and Manhattanville College and has been a guest critic at Rhode Island School of Design, at Vermont College and New Hampshire Art Institute as well as an artist-teacher in low residency MFA programs since 1998. Bartel has lectured at Alfred University, Western Connecticut State University, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Montclair State University, Chatham College, and Knoxville Museum of Art. He is the founder and Gallery Director at the Cambridge School of Weston’s Thompson Gallery, a gallery dedicated to thematic inquiry, including such exhibition series as Sublime Climate, Collage at 100, Kiss the Ground, Nowhere Everywhere, With Eyes Open, and About Vulnerability. Bartel is a historian of collage and landscape and has published several articles on his neologism “uncollage.” A seasoned teacher since 1986, Bartel currently teaches drawing, painting, collage, assemblage, conceptual art, and installation art at The Cambridge School of Weston, Weston, MA.

Dolores Pizarro Minakakis (Summer Introduction to English Academic Writing) has been teaching at The Cambridge School of Weston for eleven years. After nine years of teaching French and Spanish, she shifted to the English department. Dolores was born and raised in New York City. She attended the University of Pennsylvania, where she received her BA and MA in South Asian Studies. She received her Ph.D. from Universität Hamburg, also in South Asian Studies. Her specialty is Sanskrit secular love poetry. Currently, Dolores lives in Cambridge, MA with her husband, daughter, and two cats. When she has time off, she enjoys listening to music, riding her bike, and playing the ukulele.

Po-Wei Weng (Director) holds an M.A. in Musicology from National Taiwan University, an M.A. in Ethnomusicology and Ph.D. (ABD) in Ethnomusicology at Wesleyan University. Drawing on his background in Peking opera and Chinese music, Weng’s research mainly focuses on traditional instrumental and theatrical music genres and their technologically mediated representations in contemporary popular culture forms, such as digitized martial arts puppetry and wuxia films. His articles have appeared in The Yearbook for Traditional MusicCHINOPERL, and Formosan Journal of Music Research. He is also a co-author of two books on traditional instrumental and ritual music on the Penghu Islands, Taiwan. Weng is also a frequent presenter of Peking opera (particularly percussion music) at many universities and organizations in North America, such as Boston College, DePauw University, Rutgers University, and Skidmore College. Prior to his shift to the administration role in independent education, Weng taught at several universities in the U.S. and Taiwan, such as Central Connecticut State University, Mount Holyoke College, and Wesleyan University. Weng is currently serves as Director of International Education and Global Engagement at the Cambridge School of Weston.

Summer 2022 Program Details

Due to the on-going Pandemic and the recent surge cases of the Omicron variant, this year's Global Summer Academy will be held virtually only. We are planning to resume the on-campus program next summer.

Dates: July 11 to July 22, 2022
Enrollment: 32 Students
Ages: Grade 7 to 12
Tuition: $1,200

  • Oct. 15, 2021: Applications Open
  • March 21, 2022: Applications Due
  • April 1, 2022: Announce Admissions

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    Po-Wei Weng 

    Director of International Education and Global Engagement and Language Faculty
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The Cambridge School of Weston is a progressive high school for day and boarding students in grades 9–12 and PG. CSW's mission is to provide a progressive education that emphasizes deep learning, meaningful relationships, and a dynamic program that inspires students to discover who they are and what their contribution is to their school, their community and the world.