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.
painting & Drawing
Jewelry & Metalsmithing
photography & 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 & 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.
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 & 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.