Staff

Smiley MikeMichael Giannattasio has BFA and MFA degrees in Sculpture, is an independent fabricator, Co-Chair of Public Arts Task Force for 40 Below, university level teaching experience, and public art sculptor.

Michael grew up in California just south of San Francisco. Growing up in the Bay Area he experienced a very diverse population which influenced his outlook and goals in life. He received his first degree; Bachelor of Fine Arts in Sculpture from California State College Chico. While there working with every medium he could get my hands on, glass, bronze, aluminum, wood, and ceramics refining his process and knowledge of various mediums. Once his degree was completed he worked as a studio assistant, independent fabricator, and professional artist. In 2009 Michael moved to Syracuse NY to go to Syracuse University and began working in the Sculpture Masters in Fine Arts program in VPA. During this time he focused on experiences relating to location specifically developed through digital installations. Once graduated in 2012  he had fallen in love with Syracuse and the people. In 2012 he began working with 40 Below specifically with the Public Arts Task-force creating collaborative permanent public art works in the City of Syracuse. During this time SALT Makerspace started to develop.  During the last 2 years he worked with a group of artists, engineers, fabricators, and business experts to develop a business plan that outlined how the Makerspace would sustain itself and what we would offer the community. Currently Michael is the director of SALT Makerspace and very excited to see what we will become.

Instructors

Michael Giannattasio (Specialty- Plastic Fabrication/Mold Making)

cnyartsphotoMichael is the director of SALT makerspace and trained in various fabrication techniques from metal fabrication, woodworking, plastic/mold making, and digital fabrication. BFA from California State University and a MFA from Syracuse University. His specialty at SALT is in teaching the plastic and 3D printing workshops.

 

 

Jeff Berezin (Specialty – Arduino)

0707bddJeff Berezin is a computer tinkerer with a background in computer science and electronic design.  Education includes BS in Computer Science from Purdue, and a MS in Systems Engineering from University of Massachusetts/Lowell.

 He has worked for Raytheon Missle Systems, Genigraphics, JADAK, and co-founded eMedicine.com (now part of WebMD) and AffordaBell.com (now part of Verdin Corporation).
Now an entrepreneur,  Jeff is spreading the seeds of innovation by promoting accessible low cost computing.

 

Wesley Feuz (Specialty – Digital Photography)

WesleyWesley is a photographer from the small town of Esperance, NY who now resides in Syracuse, NY. Formally educated in the fields of photography and wilderness leadership. A combination that he finds therapeutic and has affected his approach to photography. His artistic influences are strongly related to the Dada movement of the early 20th century. Wesley has been a part of both group and solo exhibitions in the Central New York area and has won several awards for his work.