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Art Education | Art History | Graphic Design | Interior Design | Studio Art | Foundations

Art Education



Mick Luehrman

Mick Luehrman
Department Chair, Professor
Art Center 122

Ph.D. Art Education, University of Missouri-Columbia
M.A. Art Education/Curriculum & Instruction, University of Missouri-Columbia
B.S. Commercial Art, Central Missouri State University

Dr. Luehrman teaches art education and studio foundation courses. He is a practicing sculptural paper artist. Luehrman is member of the Missouri Alliance for Arts Education board, a past President of the Missouri Art Education Association and served on the MAEA state council for fourteen years. His research is in the area of principals' perceptions of art in the public schools, pre-service art teachers and fiber arts. In addition to his work in visual art, Luehrman is active as a singer, songwriter and musician.

Rahila Weed

Rahila Weed
Associate Professor, Program Coordinator
Art Center 126

Art Ed Club Info

Ph.D. Art Education, University of Iowa
M.A. Art Education, University of Iowa
B.S. Art & Psychology, McPherson College

Dr. Weed teaches art education and foundational art history courses, and studio bookbinding, as well as supervising student teachers.
Her work is in the areas of art and autism, and co-teaching as best practice during student teaching. In addition, she is an active member of the Missouri Art Education Association and the National Art Education Association. Previously, she taught elementary art.

Morris Collins

Morris Collins
Art Center 120

M.S. Art Education, University of Central Missouri
B.A. Education, University of Central Missouri

Mr. Collins teaches art education courses and supervises student teachers. He taucht elementary art for 33 years in the Warrensburg Public Schools and currently serves as a member of the R-VI Board of Education.

Art History


Kathleen Desmond
Art Center 121
Personal Website

Ed.D. Art/Secondary Education, Arizona State University
M.A. Art Education, Arizona State University
Certificate: Women in Higher Education Administration, Bryn Mawr College/HERS
B.S. Art Education, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Dr. Desmond teaches upper-level art theory and art history courses. Her research focuses on teaching and learning, critical thinking, aesthetics and art criticism. She is active in national art organizations and a fine arts consultant to colleges, universities, art schools, and art museums. She has been an international faculty director, assistant provost, dean, associate dean, art department chair, and art gallery curator.


Leesha Dunkeson
Art Center 116 A

M.S. Educational Theory and Practice, University of Arkansas
B.S.E. Art Education, Central Missouri State University

Ms. Dunkeson teaches general education art history courses. She is currently the art teacher at Knob Noster middle school and an active member and past president of the Missouri Art Education Association.


Kim Parsons
Art Center 116 A

A.B.D. Art History, The Pennsylvania State University
M.A. Art History, The Pennsylvania State University
B.F.A. Photography, Oregon State University
B.A. Art History, Oregon State University

Ms. Parsons teaches general education art history courses. Her research focuses on the examination of Sienese art production during the second half of the 16th century.

Peck Barbara Peck
Art Center 120

Ph.D. Art Education, University of Missouri-Columbia
M.Ed., University of Missouri-Columbia
B.F.A., University of Missouri-Columbia

Dr. Peck teaches general education art history courses. Previously, she taught high school art for 20 years.
Karen Waner

Nancy Weant
Art Center 215B

M.Ed Art Education, University of Missouri-Columbia
B.A. Art History and Archaeology, University of Missouri-Columbia

Ms. Weant teaches general education art history courses. Her research is in the area of student response systems and use of technology in the classroom. She has previously worked as a museum docent.


Michelle Workman
Art Center 116 A

A.B.D. Non-Western Art History and Religious Studies, University of Missouri-Kansas City
M.A. Art History, University of Missouri-Kansas City
B.A. Art History, University of Texas

Ms. Workman teaches general educational art history courses. Her research incorporates cultural anthropology and religion into the core discipline of art history in the areas of contemporary African-American, Native American and Mesoamerican Art. She has previously worked as an elementary art teacher.

Graphic Design

Clint Orr

Clint Orr
Associate Professor, Program Coordinator
Grinstead 312A

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M.F.A. Graphic Design, Louisiana Tech University
B.F.A Graphic Design, Louisiana Tech University

Mr. Orr teaches all levels of graphic design courses. His creative research includes client work in publication, typography, and logo-trademark design, websites, and branding systems. Mr. Orr has also worked professionally as a designer and remains active designing for various local, regional, and national clients bringing that experience to the classroom. He teaches and works in both the print and digital areas of graphic design.

David Babcock, Associate Professor of Art/Graphic Design

David Babcock
Associate Professor
Grinstead 312C-1
Personal Website

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M.F.A. Painting & Drawing, University of Arizona
B.F.A Painting, Industrial Design, Brigham Young University

Mr. Babcock teaches all levels of graphic design courses. His creative activities include graphic design, illustration, web design, animation, performance art, yarn art, and furniture. He remains active locally and regionally in the field of graphic design.


Eric Stykel
Assistant Professor
Grinstead 312F

M.F.A. Graphic Design, University of Minnesota Duluth
B.F.A. Graphic Communications,University of Wisconsin Oshkosh

Mr. Stykel teaches all levels of graphic design courses. His creative activities include expressive typography, narrative design, and illustraion. He continues to work locally and regionally in the graphic deign field.

Interior Design

Susan Stevenson

Susan Stevenson
Associate Professor, Program Coordinator
Grinstead 307C

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Ph.D. Human Environmental Science, University of Missouri-Columbia
M.S. Housing, Interior Design and Resource Management, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
B.S. Housing, Interior Design and Resource Management, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Dr. Stevenson teaches all levels of Interior Design courses. Her research interests include the scholarship of teaching and learning utilizing social networking (Pinterest) in the classroom environment to increase student involvement and foster critical thinking skills. She also works as a consultant for both commercial and residential interior design.

Haroon Sattar

Haroon Sattar
Associate Professor
Grinstead 307B

M.F.A. Interior Design, University of Georgia
B.Arch., Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology

Mr. Sattar teaches all levels of Interior Design courses. His research work is focused around understanding and exploring elements and principles to derive design guidelines for educational spaces for children with autism spectrum disorder; such as ergonomics, sensory integration and other spatial needs. He also works as a freelance designer in residential architectural and interior design.


Ashton Oltmanns
Grinstead 307 B

M.S. Environment & Behavior, University of Missouri
B.S. Architectural Studies, University of Missouri

Ms. Oltmanns teaches interior design courses. Her area of research focuses on Architectural History and Theory, specifically regarding Interior Design in media and material culture. Her professional experience focuses on hospitality, education, and retail design.


Studio Art

Mark Farris

Mark Farris
Grinstead 312E

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Joyce Jablonski, Prodessor of Art/Ceramics

Joyce Jablonski
Personal Website
Art Annex Building

Clay Club Info

Joyce Jablonski is an artist and educator with more than twenty years experience teaching and making art. Currently, she is a Professor of Art and coordinator of the Ceramics area at the UCM. She has taught Ceramics, Sculpture, Drawing, and Design III.

Jablonski earned an M.F.A. in Ceramic Sculpture at the University of Texas San Antonio. Her artwork has been widely exhibited and she has had over a dozen solo exhibitions in venues that include South Bend Regional Museum and the Snite Museum of Art in South Bend, Indiana; the Banff Center, Alberta, Canada; McDonough Museum and Butler Institute of American Art in Youngstown, Ohio.

Her work has been exhibited in local galleries during National Council on the Education of Ceramic Arts (NCECA) Conferences. Her work has also been shown in the Midwest Museum in Elkhart, Indiana and the Daum Museum of Contemporary Art in Sedalia, Missouri. She has been featured in exhibitions for five consecutive years at the Navy Pier New Art Forms and Art Exposition in Chicago, Illinois.

Internationally, Jablonski's work has been exhibited in Argentina, Canada, China, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, New Zealand, and Russia.

Her work is represented in catalogs and has been reviewed in art critical journals. She shows nationally and internationally demonstrating a recognized body of objects and ideas. Her interests lie in the history and nature of materials, working with forms from a feminist perspective.

John Louder, Professor of Art/Painting

John Louder
Art Center 113

Professor John Louder has been teaching at UCM since 1998. Louder is the coordinator for the Painting Area in Studio Art. His paintings are inspired by a life long interest in the outdoors. Louder's paintings are included in numerous private and corporate collections. His persistent studio production and busy exhibition schedule demonstrate to his students the commitment necessary to succeed as artists. Even though Louder expects the very best from his students he is still able to make hard work enjoyable.

John Malta
Grinstead 312C

Illustration Club Info

John F. Malta was born in East Cleveland, Ohio, and currently lives in Kansas City. He is the recipient of the 2012 Xeric Grant for Comic Book Self Pubishers, and has drawn pictures for The New yorker, The New York Times, Bloomberg View, Land's End Canvas, Asset International, AARP: Life Reimagined, Vice Magazine, Surfing Magazine, The Washington Post, Dickies Workwear, Maniforld NYC, Blood is the New Black, and Wrap Magazine UK.

John serves as Assistant Professor of Illustration and has exhibited his work in Taiwan, Australia, Vancouver, New York City, San Francisco, Portland, Los Angeles, and widely across the Midwest.

Matthew Zupnick

Matthew Zupnick
Personal Website
Art Center 105

Matthew Zupnick is a Professor of Art at the University of Central Missouri where he teaches Sculpture and Three-Dimensional Design. His previous positions include Visiting Assistant Professor in Sculpture at the University of Alaska-Fairbanks, Art Handler at the Guggenheim Museum in New York and a variety of teaching and museum positions in Upstate New York. Matt has been exhibiting his work throughout the United States for over fifteen years and has an extensive repertoire of solo, group, and juried exhibitions. He has also received many grants and awards for his artwork.


Melanie Lowrance

Melanie Johnson
Art Center 123

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Melanie Johnson is an Assistant Professor of Art at the University of Central Missouri where she teaches courses in Drawing, Painting, and Foundations. She received her MFA in Painting from Indiana University in 2006, and her BFA in Painting from Missouri State University in 2002. She was a Teaching Fellow at Herron School of Art and Design, and has taught for the Missouri Fine Arts Academy, the Springfield Art Museum, and the Indianapolis Art Center. Johnson is the recipient of the 2009 University of Central Missouri College of Arts Humanities and Social Sciences Excellence in Teaching Award Non Tenure Track award, the Institute of Integrative Teaching Think Tank:4 Emerging Educators Fellowship, and the Indiana University Graduate School Future Faculty Teaching Fellowship.

Johnson's studio work consists of large-scale figurative drawing and painting and deals with psychological narrative themes. Her work has been exhibited locally, regionally, and nationally at such venues as the Elizabeth Laurence Contemporary Art Center in San Francisco, the Arkansas Arts Center in Little Rock, AR, the Fuller Projects in Bloomington, IN, Wright State University Gallery in Dayton, OH, and the Wichita Center for the Arts in Wichita, KS.


Marco Rosichelli
Art Center 123

Marco Rosichelli is an Assistant Professor and Foundations Coordinator at the University of Central Missouri. Marco received his Bachelor of Fine Art degree in Sculpture and Digital Media from Southern Oregon University in 2005. In 2009, he was awarded a Master of Fine Arts degree in Sculpture from Arizona State University. He was a 2010 Emerging Educator Fellow at ThinkTank 5 in Athens, Georgia, and was a Arizona State University Preparing Future Faculty Teaching Fellow.

Marco has a conceptually driven art practice, responding to site with playful results employing a myriad of handmade, fabricated and repurposed components. His work spans a range of modalities from social sculpture to institutional critique and to the production of fine art objects.

His work has been exhibited nationwide, including the Arizona Biennial, The Museum of Fine Art in Santa FE, and the Arizona State University Art Museum. Marco has completed a residency at the Vermont Studio Center with a VSC fellowship and looks forward to his future art endeavors.

Justin Shaw

Justin Shaw
Art Center 117


Maryanna Adelman

Art Center 116 A


Valerie Bashaw
Art Center 100

Damon Freed
Art Center 117

Damon obtained his B.F.A. in 2003 at the School of Visual Arts in New York, graduating with Honors. He went on to complete his Master of Fine Arts degree from the Hunter College City University of New York in 2006. He has had several solo exhibitions at the Bruno David Gallery in St. Louis and numerous group exhibitions including the Sherry Leedy Contrmporary Art Gallery in Kansas City, Tobey Fine Arts in New York, and the White Box Gallery in New York.

Keith Province

Annie Helmericks-Louder
Personal Website
Art Center 117

Originally from Tucson, Arizona, Annie Helmericks-Louder now lives and works in Missouri and has been teaching university studio courses at all levels for over 11 years. She holds a BFA in Painting from the University of Arizona and an MFA in painting and fibers from the University of Missouri. "As an artist, I establish understanding by visually tracing and recording where I have been. A maker of things, I find with my hands the spirit of home and my place in the world. My strongest personal influence was my mother, nature writer and explorer Constance Helmericks. By early example, she showed me that looking into canyons, mountains, rivers and streams could be a way of living. A love of land forms my inner landscape; it is my geography of hope. An autographical storyteller, my work bears simple witness to the poignancy of everyday life. Purposely entangled, my 'stories' are not linear but are more a building up of experience, memories and questions."

Chris Lowrance

Christopher Lowrance
Art Center 117

Christopher Lowrance is an adjunct instructor of art teaching in the Foundations area. He received an MFA in painting from Indiana University in 2001 and a BFA in drawing from Missouri State University in 1998. Previous teaching positions include Indiana University, Herron School of Art and the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Lowrance has participated in numerous two-person, group and juried exhibits at the University of Missouri's Bingham Gallery, the Larson Gallery at Columbia College, the Bowery Gallery, the Foundry Art Center, Wright State University's Art Galleries and others. He has curatorial experience as well, curating the exhibit Peopled Paintings and Drawings Between Something and Nothing as well as an exhibit for the University of Central Missouri's Gallery 115.


Sarah Nguyen
Art Center 117


Sarah completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Illustration in 2001 at the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, RI and her Master of Fine Arts in Painting/Studio Arts at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA. She has worked as a freelance Illustrator, Portrait Artist, and Designer as well as participating in numerous group and solo exhibitions. Sarah has taught for the department since 2009.

Jeff Porter
Art Center 116 A