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Graduate Faculty

Graduate faculty at critique

The graduate faculty consists of artists, designers, art historians, and art educators interested in contributing to every student’s learning experience. Their works have been exhibited and presented nationally and across the globe. They are committed to the highest standards of excellence in their fields and to the realization of the potential of the MFA students. The graduate faculty are diverse in their ideas, their research, and their art, and are engaged in the dialogue of contemporary art.


Jill AnnieMargaret
M.F.A. in Printmaking: California State University, Long Beach / printmaking; drawing; mixed media

Laurie Blakeslee
M.F.A. in Photography: University of Arizona, Tucson / photography, video, mixed media

Niharika Dinkar
Ph.D. State University of New York at Stony Brook / South Asian visual culture; postcolonial theory, gender and performance studies

Caroline Earley
M.F.A. in Ceramics: University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee / thrown and altered form, slip casting, digital and industrial methods, installation, contemporary craft

Tom Elder
M.F.A. : Iowa State University, College of Design / typographic legibility; signage, wayfinding, Americans with Disabilities Act Accessibility Guidelines (ADDAG) relating to areas of architectural access and human interactions with built environments

Chad Erpelding
M.F.A. in Painting: Southern Illinois University Carbondale / painting, drawing, digital media, mixed media

Francis Fox
M.F.A. in Sculpture: University of Wyoming / sculpture

Tomasz Grusiecki
PhD in Art History: McGill University / central and eastern European art and visual culture, 1500–1700; global art histories; trans-cultural studies

Kathleen Keys
Ph.D. in Art Education: The Ohio State University / community arts, activism, and art education

Lily Lee
M.F.A. University of Oregon / Sculpture

Craig Peariso
PhD in Art History and Criticism and Cultural Studies: State University of New York at Stony Brook / modern and contemporary visual culture, aesthetics and politics, critical race theory and queer theory

Jonathon Sadler
M.F.A. in Photography: School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston / All levels of photography

Dan Scott
M.F.A. in Painting and Drawing: New York Academy of Art / drawing and painting

Anika Smulovitz
M.F.A. in Studio Arts: University of Wisconsin-Madison / jewelry and metalsmithing (contemporary adornment, Judaica, and hollowware); body art; contemporary craft; sculpture; fiber art

Astri Snodgrass
MFA in Studio Art: The University of Alabama / painting, drawing, photography, printmaking, mixed media

Lee Ann Turner
Ph.D. in Art and Archaeology of the Mediterranean World: University of Pennsylvania / Ancient, Egyptian, Greco-Roman, Medieval art history; Archaeology; Mythology

Kate Walker
M.F.A. in Painting: University of Arizona / painting, digital video, 2D interdisciplinary studio

Brian Wiley
MFA Visual Studies, Graphic Design: Minneapolis College of Art & Design / Design