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Art Education at the University of Central Missouri
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Mick Luehrman

Mick Luehrman
Art Center 122

Department Chair

Mick Luehrman is Professor of Art Education and Chair of the Department of Art & Design at the University of Central Missouri, in Warrensburg, near Kansas City, Missouri. He teaches art education courses and drawing. He received his Ph.D. in Art Education from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1999.

Luehrman taught art in K-12 public schools from 1986-1996 during which his students received many national and international awards for their art work in juried shows such as Crayola Dream-makers and the Pentel International Children's Art Exhibit. His research interests in art education include the art experiences of school administrators, the relationship of art experiences with attitude toward art education, and children's artistic development.

Luehrman is a practicing artist with nationally juried exhibitions and publications of his work to his credit. His art is primarily sculptural and utilizes handmade paper in conjunction with wood, copper and other armatures to create 3-dimensional forms. Dr. 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 publications include articles or work in the following: Studies in Art Education, Art Education (Journal of the National Art Education Association), NAEA Advisory, 500 Baskets (Lark Books), Fiber Arts Design Book 7 (Lark Books). In addition to his work in visual art, Luehrman is active as a singer, songwriter and musician.

Rahila Weed

Rahila Weed
Art Center 126

Art Ed Club Info

Rahila Weed is currently Associate Professor and Program Coordinator of Art Education at UCM. She received her Ph.D. (2005) and her M.A. (2000) from the University of Iowa, and her B.S. (1995) from McPherson College.
Dr. Weed teaches art education and foundational art history courses, as well as supervising student teachers.

Dr. Weed's work is in the areas of art and autism, and she currently serves as a visual arts consultant for a regional autism center. She has one monograph, Art and Autism (2009), in print, and has published several articles on art and autism. In addition, she is an active member of the Missouri Art Education Association and the National Art Education Association, participating and presenting each year in state and national conferences and serving as an elected member of the state council. Previously, she taught elementary art.

David Babcock, Associate Professor of Art/Graphic Design

David Babcock
Personal Website
Grinstead 312C-1

AIGA Club Info

David Babcock earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree at Brigham Young University in 1998 going through both the Fine Arts Painting BFA program and the Industrial Design BFA program. On graduation David went to New York City where he worked at Deskey NYC doing Package Design, Product Design, Illustration, and Graphic Design. A year later in Austin, Texas he worked at FD&S, later called FD2S, where he worked as a Designer doing Environmental Graphic Design and Illustration.

David went on to receive a Masters of Fine Arts from the University of Arizona in 2006 while pursuing Painting and Drawing as well as Digital Media works. David has been at The University of Central Missouri in a full-time tenure-track Faculty position since the Fall of 2006. Mr. Babcock teaches in the Graphic Design Area as well as a Digital Studio course.

Kathleen Desmond
Personal Website
Art Center 121

Kathleen Desmond is a teacher, scholar, art critic, artist and academic leader with more than thirty years experience in higher education in five states, the UK, Netherlands and Mexico. Desmond earned her Doctorate and Master's degrees at Arizona State University, Bachelor's degree at University of Wisconsin-Madison and Certificate in Higher Education Administration at Bryn Mawr College. She has served as international faculty director, assistant provost, dean, associate dean, art department chair, art gallery curator, chair of national art organizations and fine arts consultant to universities, art museums and state arts councils.

As Professor of Art History and Byler Distinguished Faculty at UCM she teaches Artists in Contemporary Society, Ideas in the Visual Arts, Contemporary Art and Design, Non-Western Art History, Women Artists, History and Criticism of Photography and Transatlantic Perspectives in Contemporary Art. She taught in the Missouri-London Program, the Maastricht Center for Transatlantic Studies and was invited art critic, Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana, Mexico City. She is recipient of the Governor's Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Desmond's research focuses on contemporary art and artists, college art teaching and learning, aesthetics and art criticism. She has published more than seventy articles in art journals and written more than a dozen art exhibition catalogs. Her book, Ideas about Art, Wiley-Blackwell, was published in 2011. She has delivered more than eighty professional presentations and juried/curated more than thirty art and photography exhibitions. She has been awarded grants to support her research and creative activities. Desmond's photographic art has been exhibited in more than sixty solo, group, juried, and invitational exhibitions and is in national and international collections, most prominently the Center for Creative Photography.

Mark Farris

Mark Farris
Grinstead 312E

Print Club Info

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.

Melanie Lowrance

Melanie Johnson
Art Center 123

SAC (Student Artist Coalition Club Info)

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.

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.


Ashton Oltmanns
Grinstead 307 B

Interior Design Instructor

Ashton received her Master's in Architectural History and Theory and Bachelor's degree in Interior Design with a minor in Art History from the University of Missouri. She has been awarded the Adaline Hoffman Award in HES fellowship, F. Maxiene Harris Memorial Scholarship and was named a 2008 Mark Twain Scholar.


Her research interests include American residential architecture, material culture and the socio-cultural significance users place on interior design elements. The most recent subject of her research has been American Post-WWII Suburban architecture examined through the looking glass of period articles, magazines, and advertising.


Previous to teaching full-time, Ashton has practiced Interior Design professionally in various Midwest Architectural and Interior firms, specializing in historic preservation, education, and hospitality design. She continues to practice Interior Design and Architectural Graphics with her own consulting firm Blue Ink Consulting, LLC.

Clint Orr

Clint Orr
Grinstead 312A

Creative Engine Info

I am a Graphic Design educator. I decided to become an educator so that I could inspire students and foster a love of knowledge and creative problem solving as my professors did for me.

Clint Orr has been a faculty member at the University of Central Missouri teaching Graphic Design in the Department of Art & Design since 2001. He has been teaching Graphic Design since receiving his M.F.A. degree from Louisiana Tech University in 1994.

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.

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.

Haroon Sattar

Haroon Sattar
Grinstead 307B


Justin Shaw

Justin Shaw
Art Center 117


Susan Stevenson

Susan Stevenson
Grinstead 307C

IDSA Club Info

Susan Stevenson has been a member of the faculty in the Department of Art and Design at the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg, Missouri since 2002. She teaches primarily in Interior Design but has also taught foundation design and art and design history/appreciation courses. She received a B.S. and M.S. Degree in Housing, Interior Design and Resource Management from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) in Blacksburg, Virginia and a Ph.D. in Human Environmental Science from the University of Missouri, Columbia. Prior to joining the faculty she practiced professionally as an interior designer in the state of Virginia (1987-2002).

Her research interests include place identity and attachment, sustainable design and the scholarship of teaching. She has presented research at several national conferences.
Through Dr. Stevenson's creative scholarship (Fiber Art) she is exploring themes of environmental control, the significance of place and the meanings associated with home. Her art quilt entitled What Were We Thinking was recently accepted into the biennial art quilt show, Artist as Quiltmaker XIV in Oberlin, OH.

Dr. Stevenson is credentialed by the National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ), the Green Building Certification Institute (LEED Accredited Professional) and the National Kitchen and Bath Association (Certified Kitchen Designer and Certified Bathroom Designer). She is a member of the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA), Environmental Design and Research Association (EDRA) and Interior Design Educators Council (IDEC). She volunteers her time to the Kansas City Home Builders Association as a design judge for their annual new homes tour. She is also a peer reviewer of continuing education units for interior design practitioners. Recently she served on the Teaching Resource Initiative Task Force for IDEC whose goal was to help establish an online teaching and project resource site in the support of interior design faculty.

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.

Part -Time Faculty


Maryanna Adelman

Art Center 116 A


Valerie Bashaw
Art Center 100
Morris Collins

Morris Collins
Art Center 120



Joe Devine

Art Center 117



Joseph Devine was born and raised in Kansas City. He attended Columbus College of Art and Design (B.F.A. 2000) and New Mexico State University (M.F.A. 2003). He currently teaches design at the University of Central Missouri. His past teaching experience includes: Ohio University, El Paso Community College, and New Mexico State University. He is a multi-media artist working in the areas of drawing, painting, sculpture, and video.��He has shown nationally and has many works in private collections across the country.

  Leesha Dunkeson
Art Center 116 A

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.

Kim Parsons
Art Center 116 A

Barbara Peck
Art Center 120

Barbara Peck has taught in the Department of Art & Design since 2009. She received a Ph.D. in Art Education in 2013; a M.Ed. in 2006 and a S.S.Ed and a B.F.A in 1988 from the University of Missouri Columbia. Peck has previously taught classes for the University of Missouri Columbia; Columbia College, and Moberly Area Community College. Peck also taught high school art from 1988 to 2009, and many of her former students have pursued careers in the fields of art, architecture and art education.

Jeff Porter
Art Center 116 A
Karen Waner

Nancy Weant
Art Center 215B

Adjunct Instructor in the Department of Art & Design at UCM since 2004, Weant previously taught part-time as a lecturer in the Department of Art at State Fair Community College in Sedalia, Missouri (2001-2004). In addition to lecturing at SFCC, she conducted biographical research and wrote over 100 contemporary artists' biographies for the Daum Museum of Contemporary Art's website ( Weant also developed and taught the docent course at the Daum Museum of Contemporary Art on the campus of SFCC (2002 - 2004). On behalf of the Daum Museum of Contemporary Art, she coordinated two public screenings and two art educators' workshops with PBS's Emmy-nominated series Art in the Twenty-First Century (2003, 2004). Additional academic experiences include co-curating "The Permanent Photography Collection Exhibition" at the Daum Museum of Contemporary Art (2003) and also the "Raise Your Voice!" exhibition supported by a grant from AASCU's American Democracy Project in the art gallery at the University of Central Missouri (2006).

Weant earned both a B.A. in art history and archaeology and an M.Ed. in art education from the University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri. Her Master's project title was The Classroom Performance Response System Project. Desiring to engage her students in critical dialogue, she became the first instructor at UCM to utilize the Classroom Performance Response System. In 2005 she was awarded a Faculty Research Award in instructional technology for her research and use of active technology in the classroom. This technology allows students to anonymously answer opinion polls and surveys and therefore prompt student discussion on a wide range of issues such as art, politics, and social issues.

Michelle Workman

Art Center 116 A

Michelle Workman is an Adjunct Instructor for the Department of Art & Design. She teaches Ideas and the Visual Arts and Non-Western Art History. She received a BA in Art History from the University of Texas at Austin in 1993 and a MA in Art History from the University of Missouri Kansas City in 2005. Workman is currently an I.PhD. candidate at UMKC specializing in non-Western Art History and Religious Studies.
Workman taught elementary art from 2006-2012 in the Raymore-Peculiar School District and was a Preparing Future Faculty Fellow at UMKC from 2002-2005. Her research incorporates cultural anthropology and religion into the core discipline of art history. Workman's main research interests include contemporary African-American, Native American and Mesoamerican Art. She has published a nationally distributed art catalog; Readers, Advisors, and Storefront Churches and hopes to instill an appreciation of art history in her students at UCM.