Professor of Art History Peter Barr teaches many of the Studio’s art history courses as well as one of the foundations courses and the Junior portfolio course. He also enjoys teaching one of the four courses in the University's Liberal Arts Studies program.
You can read Peter's teaching statement here
Jewelry & metalsmithing
Photography and video + Gallery director
Assistant Professor of Art Trisha Holt teaches photography and video production, and serves as Klemm Gallery Director. She uses photographic prints as props. Images are appropriated and altered, with echoes of YouTube videos or cult classic movies. Memory is displaced or contested, and what the lens sees is actually happening - though it appears uncanny.
You can read Trisha's teaching statement here.
Printmaking and Book Arts
Assistant professor of Art Mad Mohre teaches Printmaking & Book Arts, Graphic Design, and Foundations. Her process of making has been heavily influenced by ideas of play and various relationships between craft, the use of the miniature, sound, humor and installation. By addressing complicated subject matter through these devices, she more easily facilitates discussion. Stylistically, she is a Bauhaus junkie.
You can read Mad's teaching statement here
Painting & Drawing
Assistant Professor Whitney Sage teaches introductory and advanced-level painting and drawing courses at Studio Angelico. Originally a native of Farmington Hills, Whitney joins Siena Heights from previous teaching positions at Ohio University and the Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center. Whitney's educational background includes earning Bachelor degrees in Art Education and Painting from Miami University and a Masters of Fine Arts in Studio Art from Washington University in St. Louis. A multidisciplinary artist at heart, Whitney’s studio practice combines the practices of painting, sculpture, installation and fibers to address urban history and the plight of midwestern rust belt cities.
You can read Whitney’s teaching statement here.
Adjunct Professor Dennis Swartzlander teaches Introduction to Wheel Throwing and Intermediate and Advanced Wheel Throwing. Dennis has been a ceramics collector since the 1980’s and his work is in private and public collections across the United States.
My aim in teaching is that students develop both a technical and aesthetical understanding of producing on the potter’s wheel, and experience the therapeutic value of creating with their hands and mind. My long term goal is that they view art and fine craft with an appreciation for the time and talent that the artist/craftsperson has shared.
Sculpture and Ceramics
Associate Professor of Art Timothy Van Beke teaches ceramic arts, sculpture, and digital foundations. After receiving his MFA from Louisiana State University, Tim taught at a number of universities prior to Siena Heights, including LSU, Southeastern Louisiana State University, Texas A&M International University, and Georgia State University. Timothy’s work combines ceramic sculpture and painting to address issues of social biology and intimacy as they are impacted by evolving technologies.
You can read Tim's teaching statement here.
Erin Zerbe is an interdisciplinary artist working in illustration, digital art and mixed media. Her work specializes in human emotions and relationships between the body and spirituality, tackling issues of the gender, grief, and the metaphysical. Zerbe has exhibited her work widely, along artists such as Yoko Ono, Shirin Neshat, and Sebastiao Salgado. Her exhibition record includes a variety of notable venues such as the Dublin Biennial, Cutting Edge exhibition in Florence, Italy, Gallery 175 in Seoul, South Korea, Biennale de Palermo, School 33 Art Center, and the (e)merge Art Fair DC. Zerbe received her BFA in Kinetic Imaging from VCU in 2006 and her MFA in Photographic and Electronic Media from MICA in 2011. Currently she teaches courses in Graphic Design at Siena Heights University.