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Faculty

Art Education

Dr. Victoria Grube
Associate Professor

Vicky Grube, Associate Professor of Art, received her M Ed from the University of Illinois, her MFA in Theatre Arts and her PhD in Art Education from the University of Iowa. She has taught painting, theatre design, art education and early childhood education at the University of Iowa and surrounding colleges in the midwest. She has a national and a regional NEA in the Visual Arts, has shown her work throughout the midwest notably at the Chicago Cultural Center, the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City and at the Joslyn Art Museum in Omaha and won Best of Show at the Nelson Atkins and at the Des Moines Art Center where her work is in their permanent collection.

She has designed sets and costumes for University of Iowa theater productions working with Rinde Eckert and Ducks Breath Mystery Theatre, Leon Martell. In 1988 she received a Diverse Visions Grant from the Mc Knight Foundation of Minnesota for her theatre troupe Pinkys Custom Cakes. Pinkys has performed at the University of Iowa Museum of Art and at the Catherine Nash Gallery at the University of Minnesota. Her doctoral research concerns critical theory and ethnographic methodology.

Grube has presented her research nationally and internationally. She has published in Visual Arts Research, Art Education, International Journal of Education and the Arts, Journal of Aesthetic Education, Cultural Studies˜Critical Methodologies, and in the collection The Heart of Art Education: Holistic Approaches to Creativity, Integration, and Transformation. Eds. Laurel Campbell and S. Simmons. The November 2012 issue of Art Education (the publication of the NAEA) featured Grube’s article on Room 13 as the cover story.

She has earned four grants and fellowships to study art education internationally in Reggio Emilia, Italy, Fort William, Scotland, Bristol/ Eastbourne/and Birmingham, England. In 2009, Grube was named North Carolina Teacher of the Year, Higher Education Division.

Office

219 Wey Hall

828.262.8265

grubev@appstate.edu

EDUCATION

M Ed, University of Illinois

MFA, University of Iowa

PhD, University of Iowa

Brooke Hofsess
Assistant Professor

Dr. Brooke Hofsess, Assistant Professor of Art Education, explores the inquisitive and entangled practices of artmaking, teaching and research within the field of art education. She received her MA in Art & Art Education from Teachers College, Columbia University and her PhD in Art Education from the University of Georgia. Dr. Hofsess’ professional experience includes working as an artist-teacher at private and public schools across elementary, middle and high school grade levels. She has founded a community arts program for emerging women artists, in addition to teaching outreach programs for arts organizations including the Light Factory Contemporary Museum of Photography and Film.

Her dissertation, entitled “Embodied Intensities: Artist-Teacher Renewal in the Swell and Afterglow of Aesthetic Experiential Play,” emphasized the process of professional development experiences. Her research agenda continues to encounter issues of art teacher renewal and professional development through arts-based approaches to qualitative research methodologies. These approaches are informed by her creative practices of papermaking, book arts, and letterpress printing. She has been invited to present her research nationally and internationally, and her work has been published in the International Journal of Education and the Arts, Visual Arts Research, and Critical Studies <=> Cultural Methodologies.

Office

221 Wey Hall

828.262.2095

hofsessba@appstate.edu

EDUCATION

BA, The University of North Carolina at Charlotte

MA, Teachers College, Columbia University

PhD, University of Georgia

Alyssia Ruggiero
Assistant Professor

Dr. Alyssia Ruggiero, Assistant Professor of Art Education, received her BS in Art Education from The State University of New York in New Paltz. She earned both her MS and PhD in Art Education from Florida State University. Her dissertation was titled “Addressing Emotions in Education: A descriptive analysis of caring in middle school art classrooms.”

She has experience teaching art in public Elementary, Middle, and High School. Her experience also includes teaching art in community art settings, programs for underprivileged children, and youth detention centers.

Ruggiero’s work has been selected for group and solo exhibitions in Tallahassee, Florida. Her artwork and research is focused on the interpersonal relationships that can evolve around art. Both reflect her interest in the many ways art brings people together.

Ruggiero has presented her work numerous times at the National Art Education Association’s Annual Convention. Most recently her article titled “Bringing art to Life through Multiple Perspectives: Pre-Service Art Educators and Social Justice” was published in the Journal of Art for Life (spring 2011).

Office

311 Wey Hall

828.262.7175

ruggieroaj@appstate.edu

EDUCATION

BS, The State University of New York in New Paltz

MS, Florida State University

PhD, Florida State University

Art History

Dr. Eli Bentor
Professor

Eli Bentor received his BA in Art History and African Studies from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and an MA and Ph.D. in African Art History from Indiana University. Eli’s research on masquerade festivals in Southeastern Nigeria focuses on the way that history is reflected and negotiated at the Aro Ikeji festival. He has published on different aspects of Nigerian art history in African Art, Journal of Religion in Africa, and elsewhere. In 2008–09 he was a Senior Fellow at the Smithsonian Institution and received the first Cristián Samper Outstanding Fellow Award from the Smithsonian Institution.

Dr. Bentor has taught a variety of courses on classical and contemporary African art, cross-cultural studies of masks and masquerade, body art, contemporary art and music in Africa and the African Diaspora, and art and globalization.

Office

310 Wey Hall

828.262.2579

bentore@appstate.edu

EDUCATION

BA, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

MA, Indiana University

PhD, Indiana University

Dr. Sara Rich
Lecturer
Office

113G Edward Duncan

828.262.8209

richsa@appstate.edu

Dr. John Stephenson
Associate Professor

Stephenson’s interest in the ancient Mediterranean was sparked by a marathon bicycle tour he took, starting in Istanbul, riding across Greece and Crete, to Italy and Rome. He received his doctorate in Ancient art history from Emory University in 2006, with a major in Roman art and minor in Egyptian art, and with a specialty in the domestic architecture of late Roman Spain. He received a master’s degree in Greek art from the University of Georgia.

His doctoral dissertation, entitled A Social History of Late Roman Villas in the Iberian Peninsula, examines the palatial and domestic architecture of Spain and Portugal, as well as domestic décor including sculpture, mosaics and painting discovered in the houses. Stephenson has studied Roman architecture on site around the Mediterranean, with three research trips covering thirteen countries, including the Middle East and North Africa. He excavated at the archaeological field school and excavation at ancient Carthage in Tunisia, sponsored by the University of Georgia, and attended the program in Roman archaeology at the American Academy in Rome. His interests are in the social contexts of ancient architecture, the period of late antiquity, spatial and geographic concepts in Roman art, and gender in ancient art. He has taught courses including Roman, Hellenistic Greek, Late antique and Egyptian art.

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Office

305 Wey Hall

828.262.7344

stephensonjw@appstate.edu

EDUCATION

BA, University of Georgia

MA, University of Georgia

PhD, Emory University

Dr. James Toub
Professor

Jim Toub, Professor of Art, received his BA from Hampshire College and his MA and Ph.D. from the interdisciplinary University Professors Program at Boston University. He has taught at Hampshire College, the Universite díAngers, and in Aix-en-Provence, France at the Institute for American Universities and the Marchutz School of Art. He has taught more than thirty different courses in the areas of modern European and American art history, art criticism and theory, and studio art. His publications and conference papers encompass various modern art topics with special focus on the art of Paul Cezanne, Oskar Kokoschka, and the architecture of Christopher Alexander. His articles have appeared in The Journal of Aesthetic Education, Ethics, Place and Environment and FATE in Review. His paintings and drawings have been exhibited in numerous venues including the Musee Granet in Aix-en-Provence, the Hickory Museum of Art and the Center for Creativity, Craft and Design. He has been the recipient of a University of North Carolina Excellence in Teaching Award and an ASU Student Government Excellence in Teaching Award. His current scholarly and artistic interests are in the areas of landscape studies, the aesthetics of sustainable design, and post-secondary art education.

Office

309 Wey Hall

828.262.2872

toubja@appstate.edu

EDUCATION

BA, Hampshire College 1979

MA, Boston University 1984

PhD, Boston University 1992

Dr. Heather Waldroup
Associate Professor

Heather Waldroup’s research interests include colonial photography from the South Pacific, the history of museums and collecting, contemporary art in Oceania, and digital humanities. Her publications include essays in Photography and Culture, the International Journal of Heritage Studies, Women’s History Review, and Journeys.

Office

274 Appalachian Hall

828.262.7476

waldrouphl@appstate.edu

EDUCATION

BA, Florida State University

MA, Florida State University

PhD, University of California, Santa Cruz

Dr. Mira Waits
Assistant Professor

Mira Rai Waits is an art and architectural historian of modern and contemporary South Asia. Her research focuses on post-colonial theory, visual culture studies, modern architecture and urbanism, and social justice studies. She has published in the journal of Visual Culture in Britain and in the anthology Across Time and Space: Architecture and the Politics of Modernity. Her research has been funded by the University of California President’s Program and she has held postdoctoral fellowships with the Mahindra Humanities Center at Harvard University and the Interdisciplinary Humanities Center at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She is currently working on a book project “Carceral Capital: The Prison in Colonial India,” which explores the spatial and architectural history of British colonial prisons in India. Dr. Waits teaches courses on Asian art and architectural history, Islamic art and architectural history, contemporary Asian visual culture, and the visual culture of the global city.

Office

207 Wey Hall

828.262.2095

waitsmr@appstate.edu

BA, University of Virginia

MA, University of California, Santa Barbara

PhD, University of California, Santa Barbara

Art Management

Jennie Carlisle
Smith Gallery Director
Office

Smith Gallery

828.262.8053

carlislejk@appstate.edu

Jody Servon
Associate Professor & Director of Smith Gallery

Jody Servon’s art projects include installations, drawings, photographs, sculptures, video and social experiments. Her work has appeared in exhibitions, screenings and as public projects in the US, Canada, and China. Servon attended residencies at Vermont Studio Center, Atlantic Center for the Arts, the Contemporary Artists Center, Super G Experiential Residency and was a conceptual artist in residence for the Town of Clayton, North Carolina. She has received multiple grants including two fellowships from the North Carolina Arts Council. Articles and reviews have appeared in: The New York Times, Sun Sentinel, The Palm Beach Post, The Miami Herald, Arizona Daily Star, Winston Salem Journal and New American Paintings. Servon’s work was featured in the Spring 2012 issue of Artful Dodge and selections from her collaborative project with Lorene Delany-Ullman Saved appeared in the Fall 2011 issue of AGNI Magazine.

Servon also curates exhibitions focused on contemporary art was a curator at the Palm Beach Institute of Contemporary Art in Florida prior to moving to North Carolina. Exhibition reviews have been appeared in Artnews, Palm Beach Daily News, The Miami Herald, Neural Online, and El Pais. Servon received a MFA in New Genre from The University of Arizona and a BFA in Visual Art from Rutgers University in New Jersey. She is an associate professor and director of the Smith Gallery at Appalachian State University in Boone, NC. She currently serves on advisory boards for Elsewhere Living Museum and Collaborative and Turchin Center for the Visual Arts and was a board member of the Center for Craft, Creativity and Design from 2004 to 2010. Servon lives and works in Boone and Greensboro, NC.

www.jodyservon.com

Office

Smith Gallery

828.262.7338

servonjm@appstate.edu

EDUCATION

BFA, Rutgers University

MFA, University of Arizona

 

Graphic Design

Yi-Chen Chang
Part-time Faculty

Yi-Chen has been a professional designer in corporate identity design industry for over seven years. She has helped her companies meet client expectations by researching, site auditing, problem solving, concept developing, visual presenting and final production. The clients include Chevron/Texaco, CITCO, Jiffy Lube, PG & E, Wells Fargo, AAA Northern California, Curves, Appalachian State University, etc.

Chang received a B.F.A. in crafts and industrial design in National Taiwan University of Arts where she won an honor award of National Shoes Design Competition. She also received a M.F.A in graphic design in Academy of Art University in San Francisco in California.

She currently teaches design courses in Appalachian State University and owns a small business of illustrating pet images for pets’ lovers. She continues her professional graphic design work as a freelancer.

Office

210A Wey Hall

828.262.8252

changy@appstate.edu

EDUCATION

BFA, BFA National Taiwan University of Arts

MFA, Academy of Art University

 

Taekyeom Lee
Assistant Professor

Lee received an MFA degree in Graphic Design from University of Illinois. His research explores new methods of creating handmade type and graphics through an interplay between design fundamentals and craft techniques (like ceramics). Lee investigates this in response to the increase in the dematerialization of type and also as a form of criticism toward the dominance of computer-generated graphic design. His research interest in graphic design is not solely focused on typography but also explore a diverse area of interests and experiences like: publication design, artist books, stop-motion animation, exhibition design, branding, ceramics, web design, and design pedagogy.

taekyeom.com

Office

210A Wey Hall

828.262.8352

taekyeoml@appstate.edu

EDUCATION

BFA, Keimyung University

MFA, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign

 

Maurice Meilleur
Assistant Professor

I came to graphic design the long way: via music (a career in piano performance lasted only as long as my first year in college) and political theory (which I took as far as a PhD from Indiana University in 2004). I specialize in type and typography (and their history), print production, and design for systems and series (wayshowing/-finding, event materials, editorial work, and the like).

My MFA thesis explored questions about whether/why we need new typefaces, and whether we have or need theories of type design, by and through the process of creating a series of (partial!) typefaces working from varying briefs and approaches. I’m also working on two related research projects: a set of reflections on the type design of Fred Smeijers, and a review of the Master of Arts in Type Design program at the University of Reading (England).

mauricemeilleur.net

Office

210B Wey Hall

828.262.2571

meilleurmj@appstate.edu

EDUCATION

BA, Washington State Univesity

MA, Washington State Univesity

PhD, Indiana University

MFA, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign

 

A. Edison Midgett
Professor

Edison Midgett is a Professor in the Department of Art where he has taught digital media and motion graphics since 1988. An award winning artist and filmmaker whose visual art is represented in numerous collections, Ed has exhibited his work nationally and internationally since 1972 at such diverse venues as the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh and the Berlin Film Festival as well as solo exhibitions in New York City and Florence, Italy and has had his Digital Animations and Motion Graphics broadcast on UNC-TV Public Television. Ed received his BFA and MFA in Art from East Carolina University in Greenville, NC.

Office

222 Wey Hall

828.262.2393

midgettae@appstate.edu

EDUCATION

BFA, East Carolina University

MFA, East Carolina University

 

Mark Nystrom
Associate Professor

Mark Nystrom is an artist and designer whose work explores visualizations of complex information and includes drawings, installations, projections and screen-based projects. His work has been shown in cities across the United States and has been published in both online and offline publications including Forage Press and Cahiers Intempestifs.

His real time wind drawings—generated with wind data collected at an exhibition site—have been shown at a variety of locations including Brooklyn, New York; Salisbury, Maryland; and Asheville and Greensboro in North Carolina.

During the 2012 presidential campaign, “The Political Reporter”—a new media project that randomly combines words found online to make original statements—was projected onto the side of a twelve-story building during the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, NC. “The Political Reporter” was also shown at the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) in Winston-Salem, NC before and after Election Day.

Nystrom received a B.S. in Psychology from Virginia Tech and an M.F.A. in Graphic Design from the Rhode Island School of Design where he was a two-time recipient of the Award of Excellence for outstanding work by a graduate student.

Prior to joining the faculty at Appalachian, Nystrom was co-owner of a design studio in Virginia and an award winning photographer, designer and art director for several universities. He continues his professional graphic design practice as a freelancer.

www.marknystrom.com

Office

213A Wey Hall

828.262.2586

nystromml@appstate.edu

EDUCATION

BS, Virginia Tech 1995

MFA, Rhode Island School of Design 2006

 

Tricia Treacy
Assistant Professor

Tricia is an interdisciplinary artist, whose work intersects book arts, graphic design, printmaking, installation and text-based arts. Her experimental creative studio practice has been a nexus for collaboration and creativity in design, typography and printmaking since 2000. Tricia has taught graphic design, typography, letterpress and printmaking at the following: the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Delaware, The University of the Arts and Mason Gross School of the Arts. She has spoken at national and international conferences including: ATypI (Association Typographique Internationale,) CBAA (College Book Arts Association,) SGC International (Southern Graphics Council,) TypoBerlin, and SOTA (Society of Typographic Aficionados.)

She has exhibited internationally and her work is in more than twenty collections here and abroad including Yale University, Stanford University, and the Library of Congress. Recently, her work was included in the following books: the Vandercook 100 by Heather Mitchell, 2012; and Post Digital Digital Printmaking: CNC Traditional and Hybrid Techniques by Paul Cantanese and Angela Geary, A&C Black Publishers, London, 2012. Tricia was recently the co-initiater of the international, Vista Sans Wood Type Project and touch book, that was released in spring 2013.

www.triciatreacy.com

Office

216 Wey Hall

828.262.2572

treacyt@appstate.edu

EDUCATION

BFA, West Virginia University

MFA, The University of the Arts

Clay

Andréa Keys Connell
Associate Professor

Andréa Keys Connell (b. 1980, USA) is an Associate Professor of Ceramics in the Department of Fine Arts at Appalachian State University. She is a former Fountainhead Fellow and served as the head of the Clay Area in the Department of Craft/Material Studies at VCU from 2010-17.

Andréa’s work has been featured in a number of national and international publications and she has widely exhibited her work. Most recently Andrea was featured in Art Papers, Korean Monthly Ceramics, and Ceramic Monthly. Andréa is also a featured artist in the recent books Ceramics and the Human Figure and Lark Books 500 Figures in Clay.

She has had 13 solo exhibitions in various galleries and museums since receiving her MFA in 2009, including The Florida Holocaust Museum, The Clay Studio, and The Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft. Andréa also works on large-scale public art commissions such as the See Also endowment commission with the Cleveland Public Library.

Along with exhibiting her work and teaching at Appalachian State, Andréa has taught workshops on figure sculpting at various craft schools across the country including Haystack, Arrowmont, the Appalachian School of Craft, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC.

Andréa has an investment in enriching the dialogue within her field. She recently served as a panel moderator during Arrowmont’s Human Form Symposium where she led a panel on the subject of ”The Productivity of Failure in the Studio“. She has also been sought out for her expertise by the Metropolitan Museum of Art for an Invitational Artist Study Day.

EDUCATION

BFA, Maryland Institute College of Art

MFA, Ohio University

Lisa Stinson
Professor

Lisa Stinson is a Professor of Art and has taught for over twenty years, the last fourteen at ASU. She is the Co-director of the Foundations Program and the Studio Clay Area. She received her MFA in Ceramics from Rhode Island School of Design, a BFA in Ceramics from New York College of Ceramics at Alfred University and a BA in Psychology from Wells College.

Her professional activities include numerous national exhibitions, lectures and ceramic workshops. Some of her exhibitions include: “New Explorations”, Art Cellar Gallery, NC, “A Defining Edge”, Collaborative works with Ken Carder, Blue Spiral Gallery, NC, The Society of Arts and Crafts, MA, Santa Fe Clay Gallery, NM, Green Hill Center for North Carolina Arts, NC, and Arrowmont - School of Arts and Crafts, TN.

Her research in sustainable design and art education has been selected for presentations at national conferences. These include: Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), Foundation in Art Theory and Education (FATE), National Conference of Ceramic Arts and Education (NCECA).

She has been active in her ceramic work with an emphasis on glaze formulation research and innovative building design. She has received three grants to further pursue this research and has been ask to lead numerous national workshops. These include: The 92nd Street Y in NYC, Worchester Center for the Craft, MA and West Chester Art Workshop, NY. She has also participated in a residency at Archie Bray Foundation, MT. and spent a summer leading workshops and managing the ceramic area at Art Park, Lewiston, NY.

She has a daughter and maintains a private studio where she does her own work as well as collaboration work with her husband artist Ken Carder.

Office

122 Wey Hall

828.262.2567

stinsonlm@appstate.edu

EDUCATION

BA, Wells College

BFA, NYSCC at Alfred University

MFA, Rhode Island School of Design

Drawing

Tim Ford
Lecturer
Office

307A Wey

828.262.7269

fordtb@appstate.edu

Hui Chi Lee
Assistant Professor
Office

316A Wey

828.262.2578

leehc@appstate.edu

Fibers

Jeana Klein
Associate Professor

Jeana Eve Klein was born in Ypsilanti, Michigan and moved with her family to Hendersonville, North Carolina in 1987. She has considered herself a North Carolinian ever since. She earned her undergraduate Art & Design degree from the School of Design (now College of Design) at North Carolina State University, and her Master of Fine Arts from Arizona State University.

The majority of Jeana’s studio practice is devoted to mixed media quilts. These works straddle the lines between textiles and painting, realism and abstraction, fact and fiction. Her process is often obsessive, with layer-upon-layer of tedious hand processes. Jeana’s work has been shown nationally, appearing in more than 50 exhibitions in the last five years. Recent solo and duo exhibitions have included “Rundown” in South Carolina, “Short Stories” in Florida, “In Stitches” in Washington, and “In With The New” in North Carolina.

www.jeanaeveklein.com

Office

217 Wey Hall

828.262.2891

kleinje@appstate.edu

EDUCATION

Bachelor of Art & Design, North Carolina State University

MFA, Arizona State University

 

General Education

IlaSahai Prouty
Assistant Professor

Prouty creates installations that use sculpture, printmaking, video, collaboration and performance to explore the creation of meaning and power.

Her current project, Dream Repeater, is a series of installations involving sculpture, printmaking, video, performance and collaboration. Each installation explores the themes embedded in one of five anonymously donated dreams. Dream Repeater displays the transmission of power through narrative, by morphing an intimate story into a riff on the open cultural exchange. Recent themes include girl power, false promise, violence and frustration, naivete and futility.

Prouty’s recent installations have been located in community-based spaces in Maine, Massachusetts, and North Carolina. She has also exhibited at SECCA, Asheville Museum, Duke University, and the Turchin Center for Visual Art in North Carolina, the Cape Ann Museum in Massachusetts, and the William King Museum in VA.

Prouty has an MFA from the California College of Art and a BA in Painting from Brown University. She is a former Resident Artist at the Penland School of Crafts, and is currently an Assistant Professor at Appalachian State University in Boone, NC teaching courses including Art for Social Change and Appropriation in Visual Art.

Prouty has twenty-plus years experience in Experiential Education training facilitators and educators and developing experiential curriculum. She is co-author of Adventures in Peacemaking, Diversity in Action, and Achieving Fitness.

www.ilasahaiprouty.net

Office

218 Wey Hall

828.262.8259

proutyi@appstate.edu

EDUCATION

BFA, Brown University

MFA, California College of Art

Core Program, Penland School of Craft

Metalsmithing & Jewelry Design

Franklin Flood
Assistant Professor

Frankie Flood is an Associate Professor and area head of the Metalsmithing and Jewelry Design area at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina. Flood previously served as Director of the Digital Craft Research Lab at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, and for eleven years served various roles in the Department of Art such as Director of Foundations, area head of the Jewelry and Metalsmithing program, and Coordinator for the BA in Digital Fabrication and Design. Flood is a graduate of the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, where he received his Master of Fine Art degree in Metalsmithing.

Frankie Flood’s interest in machines and tools and the influence of his working class upbringing is a source of inspiration for the functional objects that he creates. Flood exhibits his work nationally and internationally and his work has received many awards and has been published widely. The potential that Craft has to serve local and global communities through design and fabrication has been the focus of Flood’s recent research as he continues to combine traditional craft practice with digital technology. His recent research regarding 3D printed prosthetics and one of a kind adaptive devices has spread worldwide and his creation of the Digital Craft Research Lab has created new areas of study for students interested in digital fabrication.

Within the last five years Flood has been granted $135,000 in personal and educational grant funding by the National Endowment for the Arts, the UWM Digital Future Grant, The Mary Tingley Grant (Greater Milwaukee Foundation), The UWM Graduate School Research Committee, and The Peter S. Reed Foundation for his research in digital technology for the production of art. In addition, Flood was recently awarded a UWM Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching Award to recognize excellence in teaching.

www.frankieflood.com

Office

103 Wey Hall

828.262.2564

floodfd@appstate.edu

 

Painting

Michael Grady
Professor

Michael Grady is an exhibiting artist, writer and educator. Raised in Columbia South Carolina, he completed his BFA in Studio Art at the Boston Museum School and Tufts University and his MFA in Painting at Pratt Institute in New York. He has taught at the San Francisco Art Institute, Academy of Art University and JFK University in Berkeley California where he chaired the Department of Arts and Consciousness before coming to Appalachian State University.

Grady’s paintings reflect a long interest in Asian art and philosophy which he combines with Euro-American approaches to landscape and abstract painting. Grady has visited Asia on numerous occasions and has worked closely with both contemporary and traditional Chinese artists. He has published articles on cross-cultural issues in contemporary art and new approaches to college level art education. Grady has also been active for many years in the exploration of art and healing, and the study of creative process. He has exhibited his paintings and lectured in Germany, New Zealand, China, and throughout the United States.

mikegradyarts.com

Office

303 Wey Hall

828.262.7114

gradyms@appstate.edu

EDUCATION

BFA, Tufts University

Graduate Diploma, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

MFA, Pratt Institute

Gary Nemcosky
Professor

Gary Nemcosky received his BFA at West Virginia University in 1982 and an MFA from East Carolina University in 1985. He did some additional study of Art History at the University of Cincinnati from 1987 –1989, after which he began teaching here at Appalachian.

Nemcosky’ work through the years has always been about process and technique, with a major emphasis on the exploration of mixing and combining various media—traditional media, digital collage, and everyday materials, such as instant coffee and shoe polish.

For the last few years he has been working in watercolor almost exclusively. Watercolor has an aesthetic that he believes is different for every enthusiast. Nemcosky has loved the medium for years but only dallied with it in sketchbooks on holiday. He became interested in what he could do with this medium if he focused on it entirely over an extended period of time. In doing so, he produced a couple of series of works, from blues musician that were somehow connected to the state of North Carolina to the people and landscape Edisto Island, South Carolina.

Office

203 Wey Hall

828.262.2570

nemcoskygm@appstate.edu

EDUCATION

BFA, West Virginia University

MFA, East Carolina University

 

Photography

Joshua White
Assistant Professor

Joshua White is an artist who uses photography, sculpture, mixed media, digital technology, and other processes to address questions of memory, presence, loss, and personal histories. His works range from traditional photographic images to sculpture and installations, circling around the idea of what we have lost, what we try to save and protect, and why.

Originally from Indiana, White received his BFA in Photography from Northern Kentucky University, and his MFA in Photography from Arizona State University. His work has been shown in numerous group and solo shows nationwide. He currently lives and works in Boone, NC.

Office

215 Wey Hall

828.262.7270

whitejd1@appstate.edu

EDUCATION

BA, Northern Kentucky University

MFA, Arizona State University

 

Printmaking

April Flanders
Associate Professor

April Flanders is a studio artist living and making in the mountains of Western North Carolina. A keen naturalist, her work has been featured in solo and group shows at museums and galleries nationally and internationally, including the Center for the Book Arts, in New York, the Global Print International, in Douro, Portugal and the Anna Leonowens Gallery, in Nova Scotia, Canada. Her work addresses the problem of invasive plants and animals on a global scale using a variety of media including printmaking, painting, drawing and installation. As a classically trained printmaker she employs ink on paper to create compelling rhythms with color, texture and repetition using a variety of print methods. Her installation work challenges the boundaries of traditional printmaking by cutting, folding and sculpting her prints so that they take shape beyond the frame.

April’s recent honors include an online exhibition as a finalist in the 87th Annual Competition at the Print Center in Philadelphia, PA and a residency at the Virginia Center for Creative Arts in Amherst, VA. Recent solo exhibitions include Unchecked at Artspace in Richmond, VA and Advance at the Pioneer Bluffs Gallery in Matfield Green, KS. Her work is in several public collections, including the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, the Tucson Museum of Art and the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts. April earned a Master of Fine Arts from Arizona State University and she has taught printmaking for fourteen years at various universities nationally and internationally.

Office

220 Wey Hall

828.262.6697

flandersav@appstate.edu

EDUCATION

BA, Florida State University

BFA, Florida State University

MFA, Arizona State University

Scott Ludwig
Professor

Scott Ludwig is a visual artist and Printmaking Area Coordinator in the Department of Art at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina, where he teaches contemporary printmaking and drawing. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Fine Art from the University of Wisconsin-Parkside and his Master of Fine Arts in Printmaking from Ohio University.

His experience and technical interests are wide-ranging. Although “trained” as a printmaker, his conception of the medium embraces a contemporary interpretation of the form and process. Extending beyond works on paper and into installation, the artist explores the convergence of digital media, photography, painting, drawing, papermaking, and various sculptural forms.

Ludwig actively exhibits his work both nationally and internationally. Over the past several years, he has been awarded numerous grants and residencies, including a Fulbright-Hays Scholarship to Turkey in 1999. Since 2005, he was awarded a series of grants that funded research and travel to China, Scotland, Cuba, Turkey, British Columbia, Death Valley/The Great Basin, and the Barrier Islands of Southern Louisiana.

www.scottludwigart.com

Office

343 Wey Hall

828.262.7172

ludwigsp@appstate.edu

EDUCATION

BA, University of Wisconsin-Parkside

MFA, Ohio University

 

Sculpture

Travis Donovan
Visiting Associate Professor
Office

104 Wey Hall

828.262.7104

curtincm@appstate.edu

 

Emeriti

Dr. Harold Carrin
PROFESSOR EMERITUS
Joan Durden
PROFESSOR EMERITA
Lynn Duryea
PROFESSOR EMERITA
Judy Humphrey
PROFESSOR EMERITA
Dr. Peggy Polson
PROFESSOR EMERITA
Dr. Eric Purves
PROFESSOR EMERITUS
Dr. Marilyn Smith
PROFESSOR EMERITA
Dr. Marianne Suggs
PROFESSOR EMERITA


Part-Time Faculty

Jeri Allison
Instructor

307A Wey Hall

828.262.7269

allisonj@appstate.edu

Catherine Altice
Instructor

304 Wey Hall

828.262.2227

alticece@appstate.edu

Laken Bridges
Instructor

329 Wey Hall

828.262.8183

bridgeslg@appstate.edu

Martin Church
Instructor

305A Wey Hall

828.262.2576

churchme@appstate.edu

Vicki Clift
Instructor

330 Wey Hall

828.262.8184

cliftvl@appstate.edu

Daniel Cole
Instructor

330 Wey Hall

828.262.8184

coleedt@appstate.edu

Elizabeth Crabtree
Instructor

313B Wey Hall

828.262.7253

crabtreeee@appstate.edu

Rosa Dargan-Powers
Instructor

304 Wey Hall

828.262.2227

darganpowersrm@appstate.edu

Greg Howser
Instructor

112-E Edwin Duncan

828.262.3114

howsergw@appstate.edu

Carson Jelen
Instructor

112-E Edwin Duncan

828.262.8182

jelencl@appstate.edu

Daniel Mickey
Instructor

112-E Edwin Duncan

828.262.8182

mickeyds@appstate.edu

Anna Nenonen
Instructor

113-H Edwin Duncan

828.262.2343

nenonenak@appstate.edu

Jessica Owen
Instructor

329 Wey Hall

828.262.8183

owenjc@appstate.edu

Mark Peters
Instructor

113-H Edwin Duncan

828.262.2343

petersmg@appstate.edu

Katrina Plato
Instructor

304 Wey Hall

828.262.2227

platok@appstate.edu

Mary Prather
Instructor

1102 Turchin Center

828.262.7643

pratherms@appstate.edu

Nicholas Sorlien
Instructor

313B Wey Hall

828.262.7253

sorlienna@appstate.edu

Sonny Struss
Instructor

308 Wey Hall

828.262.2569

strusswh@appstate.edu

Elizabeth Towers
Instructor

305A Wey Hall

828.262.2576

towerseb@appstate.edu