Art faculty recognized for teaching and research

College of Fine and Applied Arts award winners

Left to right: Wendy Ray (College of Fine and Applied Arts Dean's Office), Brooke Hofsess (Art Education), Keith Martin (Theater and Dance), Tricia Treacy (Graphic Design), and Laura England (Sustainable Development)

Two Art department faculty were among five members of the College of Fine and Applied Arts faculty and staff recognized for excellence in the 2017-18 FAA Awards.

Brooke Hofsess | Teaching

Hofsess, who directs the department’s art education program, exemplifies what it means to be an outstanding educator through her dedication to students, the education field and the community. She also maintains a rigorous research agenda, and was recently honored with the NAEA Preservice Chapter Sponsor Award of Excellence recognizing her contributions to the field.

According to her student nominator, “Dr. Hofsess is one of the most brilliant people I have had the honor to know and learn from. She bestows a passion upon her students that inspires them to recognize both the challenges and needs of art education as well as the many rewards that come with consistent betterment of the self through reflection, professional development and research.”

Tricia Treacy | Research

Treacy, who teaches graphic design in the Department of Art, has been with Appalachian for four years. In the last year alone, she’s connected with national and international audiences through exhibitions in Portland, Oregon, Philadelphia and Brisbane, Australia. She's continued to serve as a design fellow for DesignInquiry, and had the opportunity to present at the RISO Expert Meeting in the Netherlands. Most recently, she was awarded the 2017 Rome Prize, one of the most prestigious fellowships awarded to artists and scholars.

According to Art Department Chair Clif Meador, “Tricia is passionately engaged in her research, and that research becomes part of her teaching practice. Her commitment to collaborative practice extends to her students, who become research assistants in much of her work.”