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Art Education at the University of Central Missouri

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Meet the Faculty

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

Art Education

 

 

Mick Luehrman

Mick Luehrman
Department Chair, Professor
Art Center 122
660-543-4594
luehrman@ucmo.edu

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
660-543-4289
weed@ucmo.edu

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
Adjunct Instructor
Art Center 120
660-543-4481
mcollins@ucmo.edu

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

 

Jasmine Cloud
Assistant Professor
Art Center 215
660-543-8220
cloud@ucmo.edu


Ph.D. Art History, Tyler School of Art, Temple University
M.A. Art History, University of Colorado - Boulder
B.A. Art History, Truman State University

 

Dr. Cloud teaches courses in the history of art from prehistory to the present day.Her scholarly work focuses on the art and architecture of Baroque Italy. She has received fellowships from the Kress Foundation to support her research on the urban history of Rome, specifically the redevelopment of the Roman Forum in the early modern period. Dr. Cloud has published essays on Baroque Rome and Renaissance Venice in edited volumes, and has presented her research at conferences in Italy and North America.

Desmond

Kathleen Desmond
Professor
Art Center 121
660-543-4620
desmond@ucmo.edu
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 art appreciation, art history and art theory courses. Her research focuses on college art teaching and learning, critical thinking, aesthetics and art criticism. Her scholarly work is published in books, art journals and exhibition catalogs. Wiley-Blackwell published her book, Ideas About Art, in 2011. Desmond's photographs are exhibited and collected in more than sixty art venues, most prominently, the Center for Creative Photography. She has taught in five states, and in England, the Netherlands and Mexico. She served as an art consultant and university administrator in a variety of positions.

 

Leesha Dunkeson
Adjunct Instructor
Art Center 116 A
660-543-4481
dunkeson@ucmo.edu

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.

Parsons

Kim Parsons
Adjunct Instructor
Art Center 116 A
660-543-8754
kparsons@ucmo.edu

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
Adjunct Instructor
Art Center 120
660-543-4481
bpeck@ucmo.edu

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
Adjunct Instructor
Art Center 215B
660-543-4498
nweant@ucmo.edu

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.

Workman

Michelle Workman
Adjunct Instructor
Art Center 116 A
660-543-4926
workman@ucmo.edu


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
660-543-4024
orr@ucmo.edu

Creative Engine Info

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
660-543-8803
babcock@ucmo.edu
Personal Website

AIGA Club Info

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.

Stykel

Eric Stykel
Assistant Professor
Grinstead 312F
660-543-4667
stykel@ucmo.edu

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
660-543-8014
sstevenson@ucmo.edu

IDSA Club Info

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
660-543-4927
hsattar@ucmo.edu

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.

oltmanns

Ashton Oltmanns
Instructor
Grinstead 307 B
660-543-8074
oltmanns@ucmo.edu

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

 
John Louder, Professor of Art/Painting

John Louder
Professor, Program Coordinator
Art Center 113
660-543-8797
louder@ucmo.edu

M.F.A. Studio Art, University of Arizona
B.F.A. Studio Art, University of Oregon
B.F.A. Studio Art, Whitman College

Mr. Louder teaches studio painting courses at all levels. Louder is drawn to the outdoors and his paintings are inspired by his interests and activities. His persistent studio production and busy exhibition schedule demonstrate to his students the commitment necessary to succeed as an artist.

Mark Farris

Mark Farris
Assistant Professor
Grinstead 312E
660-543-4009
farris@ucmo.edu

Print Club Info

M.F.A. Printmaking, University of North Carolina Greensboro
B.F.A. Painting, University of North Carolina Charlotte

Mr. Farris teaches printmaking courses at all levels. In his studio practice he creates large-scale installation-based relief prints that explore concepts and implications of biodiversity, medical technology and hybridity.

Jablonski

Joyce Jablonski
Professor
Art Annex Building
660-543-4590
jablonski@ucmo.edu
Personal Website

Clay Club Info

M.F.A. Studio Art-Ceramics-Drawing, University of Texas, San Antonio
B.F.A. Studio Art-Ceramics, Youngstown State University

Ms. Jablonski teaches ceramics courses at all levels. Her interests lie in the history and nature of materials, working with forms from a feminist perspective. In her studio practice she is currently working on self-images as a social commentary. Her work has been exhibited in Argentina, Canada, China, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, New Zeland, and Russia as well as in the United States.

John Malta
Assistant Professor
Grinstead 312C
660-543-4499
malta@ucmo.edu

Illustration Club Info

M.F.A. School of Visual Arts
B.F.A. Illustration, Columbus College of Art & Design

Mr. Malta teaches illustration courses at all levels. He is a freelance illutrator, painter,and installation artist. His illustrations have been published internationally in newspapers and magazines including The New York Times, The New Yorker, and the Washington Post. John 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
Professor
Art Center 105
660-543-8715
zupnick@ucmo.edu
Personal Website

M.F.A. Sculpture, The State University of New York, Albany
B.A. Studio Art, The State University of New York, Binghamton

Mr. Zupnick teaches sculpture and three-dimensional design. His sculptures are primarily made from traditional materials such as bronze, steel and wood. The primary motivation and inspiration for his imagery are historical and current world events, human interactions, and the way we treat our environment. He has exhibited widly throughout the United States.

Foundations

 
Melanie Lowrance

Melanie Johnson
Associate Professor, Foundations Coordinator
Art Center 123
660-543-4903
mljohnson@ucmo.edu

SAC (Student Artist Coalition) Club Info

M.F.A. Studio Art, Painting, Indiana University
B.F.A. Studio Art, Missouri State University

Ms. Johnson teaches courses in drawing, painting, and foundations. 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, nationally and internationally. She is currently an Artist in Residence at the Charlotte Street Foundations Studio Residency Program in Kansas City, Missouri.

Marco Rosichelli
Assistant Professor, Foundations Coordinator
Art Center 123
660-543-4815
rosichelli@ucmo.edu
Personal Website

M.F.A. Studio Sculpture, Arizona State University
B.F.A.Studio Sculpture, Southern Oregon University

Mr. Rosichelli teaches foundation courses in the area of design. Rosichelli's art is conceptually driven, 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 the production of fine art objects. Rosichelli's has exhibited his work both nationally and internationally with exhibitions in China, Seattle, Chicago, and New York.

Justin Shaw

Justin Shaw
Instructor/Technician
Art Center 117
660-543-8717
jshaw@ucmo.edu
Personal Website

M.F.A. Sculpture, University of Nebraska
B.A. Studio Art, Missouri Southern State University

Mr. Shaw teaches 3-D design in the foundations area and serves as the technicition for sculpture and ceramics. His work blends traditional sculptural techniques and media with less-traditional execution and ideas. Lineage, tradition, and family roots are common with influences of popular culture and daily experience mixed in.

Maryanna Adelman
Adjunct Instructor
Art Center 116 A
660-543-8754

adelman@ucmo.edu


M.A. Painting and Printmaking
B.F.A. Kansas City Art Institute

Ms. Adelman teaches drawing in the foundations area. Her studio work includes drawings and paintings on paper using water-based mixed media. The themes include the melding of domestic life and landscape. In addition, she creates intaglio prints of household objects presented as portraiture.


Valerie Bashaw
Adjunct Instructor
Art Center 100
660-543-4481
bashaw@ucmo.edu

M.F.A. Studio Art-Fiber, University of Michigan
B.F.A. Studio Art-Fiber, Kansas City Art Institute

Ms. Bashaw teaches fibers and foundational design courses. Her professional fiber work utilizes materials such as dyed silks, printed fabric, paper, botanicals, shells, bamboo, and more. She has taught fine art to diverse groups such as college students, senior citizens and special needs students.
Freed

Damon Freed
Adjunct Instructor
Art Center 117
660-543-8770
dfreed@ucmo.edu

M.F.A. Studio Art, Hunter College
B.F.A. Studio Art, School of Visual Arts

Mr. Freed teaches design courses in the foundations area. His studio work includes painting and drawing and focuses on realism, abstraction and the nonobjective. His work has been exhibited regionally and nationally.

Keith Province

Annie Helmericks-Louder
Adjunct Instructor
Art Center 117
660-543-8837
helmericks-louder@ucmo.edu
Personal Website

M.F.A. Painting-Fibers, University of Missouri-Columbia
B.F.A. Painting, University of Arizona

Ms. Helmericks-Louder teaches painting, watercolor and foundational design courses. As an artist she has a love of nature and works to find her place in the world by visually tracing and recording where she has been. Her love of the land helps form her inner landscape and bears simple witness to the poignancy of everyday life.

Chris Lowrance

Christopher Lowrance
Adjunct Instructor
Art Center 117
660-543-8770
clowrance@ucmo.edu

M.F.A. Painting, Indiana University
B.F.A. Studio Art, Missouri State University

Mr. Lowrance teaches in the area of foundational drawing. His studio practice consists mainly of making large-scale figurative, narrative paintings drawn from direct observation of a live model. His work has been shown regionally and nationally.

Nguyen

Sarah Nguyen
Adjunct Instructor
Art Center 117
660-543-8837
snguyen@ucmo.edu

M.F.A. Painting, University of the Arts
B.F.A. Illustration, Rhode Island School of Design


Ms. Nguyen teaches painting and foundational drawing classes. She works as a freelance Illustrator, Portrait Artist, and Designer as well as the art director for the Pleiades magazine. Her work has appeared in solo and group exhibits throughout the United States, including galleries in Chicago, Philadelphia, Kansas City, and New York City.

Porter

Jeff Porter
Adjunct Instructor
Art Center 116 A
660-543-4926
porter@ucmo.edu

M.F.A. Illustration, University of Hartford
B.F.A. Illustration, University of Central Missouri

Mr. Porter teaches drawing in the foundations area. Porter also works as a freelance illustrator in the highly competitive field of game and concept art. His past clients include Paizo Publishing, Catalyst Games, Fantasy Flight Games, Pelgrane Press and Kyoudai Games.