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Dave Zackin is a designer and a fine artist working in New York City. He earned a bachelors degree in fine arts at the Rhode Island School of Design, a Master of Public Health at the Hunter/Cuny School of Public Health, and a Masters in Urban Studies at Queens College. His short animated film, Tunanooda, screened in over eighty film festivals including New Directors, New Films at Lincoln Center and the Kodak New Filmmakers' Showcase at Cannes, and won top prizes at the Student Emmys and the Palm Springs International Film Festival. Zackin's work has been featured in Chronicle Books' The Where, They Why, and The How, and in Time Out New York Magazine. He is the designer of the now ubiquitous City of New York Public Space Recycling Bins as well as numerous posters, stickers, and public health materials for the City of New York. 

Zackin's fine art is centers around ceramic vessels depicting old men. The vessels are often carved from bowls thrown and discarded by other ceramists.


Master of Public Health, Hunter/CUNY School of Public Health, 2016
Master of Arts, Urban Studies, Queens College, 2010
Bachelor of Fine Arts, Rhode Island School of Design, 2002


NYC Health + Hospitals — Assistant Director of Design/Communications/Marketing, 2013-2018
Responsible for design of marketing and educational materials aimed at system-wide multilingual patient population and visual communications for staff of 35,000 including:

  • Patient Education Materials — create wayfinding/signage, posters, brochures, etc. in multiple languages aimed at New Yorkers with limited reading comprehension
  • Digital Content — oversaw system website redesign in Wordpress, create visuals for marketing/social media campaigns and electronic bulletin boards at facilities
  • Staff Communications — create system intranet content, internal weekly newsletters, system wide emails, posters and digital displays, banners, signage, etc.
  • System-Wide Rebranding — collaborated on transformation from HHC to NYC Health + Hospitals, a design based move to unify the city’s public health care facilities

NYC Department of Sanitation — Associate Public Information Specialist, 2012-2013
Responsible for design and content of citywide recycling education/awareness materials:

  • All Plastics Recycling — Created posters, stickers, mailers, and web content for 2012 transition to all-plastics recycling
  • Public Space Recycling Barrels — designed blue, green, and black lidded metal public recycling bins currently placed in more than 10,000 NYC locations
  • School Based Recycling Education — Created content for 80 page recycling curriculum packet, and collaborated on designs for school-based compost program signage 

NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue — Designer/Coordinating Manager, Public Affairs, 2007-2012
Responsible for patient education materials, staff education, and media relations

Healing Arts Initiative — Teaching Artist, 2004-2007
Taught Photoshop, Illustrator, Flash, and traditional art skills to various under-served populations including families in transitional housing, adults with schizophrenia, and children in a prison-alternative high school program


Video/Animation — can storyboard/script, shoot and edit videos
Design Software — proficient in all Adobe Cloud Suite programs and MS Office products


September 2017 - solo show - Things With Faces at BKLYN Clay, Brooklyn NY
January 2017 - group show - Crafting Resistance at Greenwich House Pottery, New York NY
September 2016 - solo show - Mostly Old Men at BKLYN Clay, Brooklyn NY
September 2016 - group show - Northeast Ceramic Sculpture Exhibition, Art Centro, Poughkeepsie NY
November 2015 - group show -  Yourself, Local Project Space Gallery, Brooklyn NY
October 2015 - group show - A Show of Heads, Limner Gallery, Hudson NY
May 2015 - group show - Glazed and Confused, Guilty Pleasures Gallery, Brooklyn NY

Things for Sale

Zackin's ceramic work is sold primarily at annual sales in Brooklyn, NY. If you are interested in purchasing a sculpture featured on this site, please use the contact form or write to davezackin@gmail.com. Most pieces are pretty cheap.