Dr. Jerry James

Director of Teaching and Learning | (212) 239-7823


Jerry James is  CAE’s Director of Teaching and Learning  overseeing all arts education programming and related research initiatives. Prior to joining CAE, Jerry was a lecturer at the Museum of Modern Art and an international teaching artist at The Lincoln Center Institute. Jerry has taught in a number of New York City public schools and universities, including PS/IS 51M, Hunter College and Teachers College, Columbia University. He is currently an adjunct professor in the graduate school of education at The School of Visual Arts.

Jerry works in a variety of media including painting, video and music production. A former MCA recording artist, he toured with the Lost Tropics and Stevie Ray Vaughan. Growing up in Tidewater Va., Jerry discovered visual art, music and technology in public school. While in middle school, Jerry created an underground radio show which inspired the 1990 film “Pump Up The Volume” starring Christian Slater. In high school, he played bass on several R&B records including “Working For My Baby” by Lenis Guess.

Jerry holds an M.F.A. in painting from Yale University and an Ed.D. from Teachers College, Columbia University. His awards include three fellowships from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, the Ely Harwood Schless Memorial Fund Prize for Painting from Yale University and  the Outstanding Teaching Award from Columbia University in 2006.