Faculty and Staff
Spring 2018 office hours listed for full-time faculty. Most faculty offices are in the Visual Arts building of the Kennesaw campus unless otherwise indicated.
OFFICE HOURS KEY:
Part-time Assistant Professor | 2-D Design & 1107 (P/T)
MFA, Tyler School of Art, Temple University
BA, The Evergreen State College
Laura Bell is an Atlanta artist working primarily in drawing, painting and printmaking. The images reference the natural world and the astonishing, often unsettling beauty found in natural phenomenon is explored through the use of hybrid, imaginary, and existent imagery. She was born and raised in Seattle, WA, received a BA degree from The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington and a an MFA in printmaking from the Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1999. As both a graduate student and an undergraduate, she studied in Italy, working at a printmaking atelier in Perugia, Italy in conjunction with artists Francesca Benucci and Jodi Sandford, as well as participating in a graduate art theory seminar in Rome. She has recently been awarded a studio at the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center. She has had solo exhibitions at the Kostuik Gallery, Pentimenti Gallery, Kiang Gallery, and the Ruby Green Center. Her work has been featured in Domino Magazine, New American Paintings vol 58, and Jezebel Magazine.
She is represented by Kiang Gallery in Atlanta, the Jennifer Kostuik Gallery in Vancouver BC, and Pentimenti Gallery in Philadelphia. Recent exhibitions included a group shows at MOCA GA in Atlanta, at Clemson University in Clemson, SC, at Bentley Gallery in Phoenix and at the Swan Coach House in Atlanta. Her work can be seen at www.laurabellstudio.com and www.kostuikgallery.com.
Bird, Sandra - Art Education
Brasco, Craig - Graphic Communications
Burch, AnitaTemporary Assistant Professor | Art Education
MAEd, University of Georgia
BFA, University of Georgia
Campana, Jeff - Ceramics
Part-time Assistant Professor of Art | Animation
Clay, Keely - Apparel & Textiles
Office: MC M120 | M 8 - 11 AM; R 8:30 - 9:30 AM
Colebeck, Donna - Foundations
Dibble, Valerie - Printmaking
Part-time Professor of Art | Graphic Communications
Fisher, Jonathan - Foundations
Assistant Professor of Art | Foundations Coordinator
Office Hours: VA226 | T & R 10:15 – 11:30 AM & 6:15 – 7 PM
Garner, Rick - Art Education
Part-time Assistant Professor of Art | Drawing & Painting
MFA, Georgia State University
BFA, Kennesaw State University
Part-time Assistant Professor of Art | Printmaking
MFA, Book Arts/Printmaking, The University of the Arts
BFA, Printmaking, The University of Georgia
BFA, Fabric Design, The University of Georgia
Gregory, Diana - Art Education
Part-time Professor Emerita | Art History
Haffner, Matt - Photography
Part-time Assistant Professor of Art
MFA, Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia, PA
BFA, University of Georgia, Athens, GA
Christopher Hall is a mixed media artist and freelance writer residing in Atlanta, GA. Working in sound art, installation, drawing, painting, and just about anything that can be affixed to a canvas or board, his work balances the thin razor edge between the humor found through moments of absurdity and earnest, sincere reflections on the human condition. He has exhibited widely, both nationally and internationally, and was recently honored with representing the United States at the 8th International Painting Symposium in Torun, Poland.
Art1107 & 2-D Design (P/T)
Hightower, Lin - Textiles & Fiber Arts
Professor | Fiber Arts
EdD, University of Georgia
MFA, Georgia State University
BA, Columbus College
Kennesaw State University professor Dr. Lin Hightower, holds a Master of Fine Arts in Textiles Arts and a Doctorate in Art Education and has served as an artist art product designer for low-income artisans in Turkey, Nepal, India, Thailand, Egypt, Morocco and Peru. Her product designs expand artisans' sales markets while preserving the indigenous art techniques and cultural heritage of the artisans. She also leads art and business workshops and trainings for the collectives' artisans and art communities, as well consulting on sustainable ecological practices. In 2013 she received a Fulbright Specialist Award with Mahasarakham University, Thailand to work on three initiatives: creative product design for low-income artisans, teach textile software to preserve historical patterns and design a textile museum space. Dr. Hightower was recently in a BBC documentary with Anarouz collective in Marrakech, Morocco. She has a long history of "Art for Positive Social Change" work that is interwoven into her teaching and research presentations and has published papers on this topic of engaging the arts to positively change lives economically, educationally and socially. Her KSU art students have designed 22 websites for nonprofits around the globe, which have gleaned the organizations' donations and supporters, such as two wells for Saboreswell.org in Kenya. She has received numerous awards to support her work in employing the arts to create a more equitable world community. Her CV, in-depth information about her accomplishments, work with art collectives, images of her art and design work and her students' website work can be found at www.LinHightower.com.
Hwang, Kristine - Graphic Communications
Associate Professor | Graphic Communications
MFA, Rochester Institute of Technology
BA, San Diego State University
Office Hours: VA233 | M & W 10:30 - 12:30 PM
Kristine Hwang is an Assistant Professor of Graphic Communication Program at Kennesaw State University and an award-winning graphic designer. Hwang has always prided herself on delivering cutting-edge and innovative graphic design. Hwang enjoys creating design concepts for better communication using the most current technology. Her passion is teaching and sharing her experiences and knowledge with students. Her working experiences at Eastman Kodak and several web site and design consulting companies as well as her educational background (BA in Graphic Design at San Diego State University and MFA in Computer Graphics Design at Rochester Institute of Technology) all bring all excitement and practical assets to the classroom. Hwang also loves working on projects for non-profit organizations and pro-bono projects because she strongly believes that her creative graphic and multimedia design can influence and improve our daily lives and our society. Her current research interest is in the sustainability (broadly defined).
Lisa Kastello - Art Education
Assistant Professor of Art Education | Art Education
Office Hours: VA223A | M 4 - 6 PM
Kiernan, Philip - Art History
Assistant Professor of Art History | Art History
Office Hours: VA101A | T & R 11 AM - 12:20 PM & 4;45 - 6 PM
Maugé-Lewis, Carole - Graphic Communications
McClintock, Diana - Art History
Part-time Assistant Professor | Foundations
MFA, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
MA, Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design, London
BA, Staffordshire University
Originally from Thessaloniki, Greece, Stefanos Milkidis is an interdisciplinary scholar who is committed to exploring the interrelations between visual culture studies, American studies, and creative production. Working across different theoretical frameworks, he investigates the intricate co-productions of space and identity in urban and suburban environments. As an artist, he has produced visual forms of communication that emphasized the potential of art as critique and intervention, and exhibited in alternative, commercial, and not-for-profit art venues in Europe and the United States. With this artistic license he addresses current questions of gender and sexuality, identity politics and civil rights that are at the heart of many cultural, political, and liberation movements.
I view art education as a vehicle for empowerment and personal development. Drawing on my training, I have developed not only a set of skills for understanding, critiquing, and challenging society, but have also discovered my own voice and my ability to create change in the world around me. I credit much of my personal transformation to the professors who have challenged my way of thinking, who treated me as a valued member of the classroom community, and who introduced me to a world I had not previously known. These lessons have strongly influenced my own teaching philosophy, and the role I play in academia as an educator and mentor.
I believe in a flexible and interactive approach to teaching and learning. To provide an education that is unmistakably useful to my studentsâ€™ efforts to discover their own voice, I incorporate course materials that encourage them to become critical readers, thinkers, and makers. My goal is to help them grow by stimulating in them an intellectual interaction with academic texts, films, various visual resources, and/or museum visits. I believe this approach is imperative in order to consider art within its larger social, historical, and conceptual contexts. Ultimately, I want my students to walk away from my courses with tools that will help them to critically engage with the world around them and to discover their own goals and interests. I continuously strive to improve my pedagogy to mentally challenge students, to help them develop their own unique perspectives and thoughts, and to create a classroom environment of intellectual rigor where every voice is valued and respected.
- American Identities, Kennesaw State University, Kennesaw, GA
- Art in Society, Kennesaw State University, Kennesaw, GA
- Two-Dimensional Design and Color Theory, Kennesaw State University, Kennesaw, GA
- Drawing II, Kennesaw State University, Kennesaw, GA
- Art History: Survey Egypt to Renaissance, University at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY
- Constructed Body, University at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY
- Public Space, University at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY
- Drawing I, Rutgers' The State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick, NJ
- Drawing II, Rutgers' The State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick, NJ
- Research Studio, University of Delaware, Newark, DE
Munson, April - Art Education
Odeleye, Ayokunle - Sculpture & 3D
Part-time Assistant Professor of Art | Art1107
Part-time Assistant Professor of Art | 3-D Design & Sculpture
MFA, Sculpture, University of Minnesota
BFA, Painting, Birmingham-Southern College
Reeves, Teresa - ZMA Curatorial Affairs
Assistant Professor and Director of Curatorial Affairs, Bernard A. Zuckerman Museum of Art
PhD, University of Georgia
MFA, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond
BFA, University of Georgia, Athens
Office: LeoDelle Lassiter Jolley Collection Research Center, Zuckerman Museum of Art | by appointment
Remillard, Joe - Drawing & Painting
Part-time Assistant Professor of Art | Printmaking
MFA, Printmaking, The Ohio State University
BFA, Studio Art, University of Texas at Austin
Robson, Don - Drawing & Painting
Sachs, Daniel - Art History
Part-time Assistant Professor | 3-D Design & Sculpture
MFA, Georgia State University
BFA, Universidad de Bogota Jorge Tadeo Lozano, Bogota, Columbia
Sherer, Robert - Drawing & Painting
Sipp, Geo - Director of the School of Art and Design
Smith, Keith - Ceramics & Sculpture
Part-Time Assistant Professor | Art1107 & 2-D Design
MFA, Printmaking, Pratt Institute
BA, in Fine Arts, Printmaking, Bryn Mawr College
Stephenson, Jessica - Art History
Part-Time Assistant Professor | 2-D Design, 3-D Design, Sculpture
MFA 18 semester hours, Illustration, Academy of Art University
MFA, Sculpture, Georgia State University
BFA, Sculpture, Auburn University
Thomas, Joe - Art History
Part-Time Assistant Professor | Drawing & Painting
MFA, Academy of Arts University, San Francisco
BFA, Kennesaw State University
Part-tike Assistant Professor of Art | Drawing & Painting
Part-time Assistant Professor | Art Education
MS, State University of New York College at Buffalo
BS, State University of New York College at Buffalo
Jeanette Wachtman for over thirty years has been an art educator, artist and author. She received her degrees in Art Education from State University College at Buffalo and participated in a Cultural Educational Program in Siena, Italy. After teaching 27 years in the public sector, she retired and continues teaching part time in the area of Art Education for Kennesaw State University and Georgia State University in the Atlanta Georgia area.
Wachtman received Georgia Council of the Arts Grant, a co-authored effort in 2007, and was listed in Marquis Who’s Who of American Women in the2007 Edition. She has been the recipient of the Southeastern Elementary Art Educator Award 1999 from the National Art Education Association, and Georgia’s Elementary Art Educator of the Year in 1997-98 awarded by Georgia’s Art Education Association. She was selected Teacher of the Year 1996-97 for Bryant Elementary School, Mableton, Georgia, and received the Outstanding Continuing Educator Award 1993 from Kennesaw State University Continuing Education Department.
Wachtman has presented workshops and lectures held at international, national and state art educational conferences; for university art education students; and classroom teachers since 1982. She visited Hanyang University in Seoul, South Korea and delivered lectures to Art Education students and an art lesson at Seongdong Youth Center in 2010. In 2009, Wachtman’s lecture on Community-based Arts Program was presented at the 4th International Arts in Society Conference, in Venice, Italy.
Some presentations include Designing Thematic Curriculum, Art Advocacy Program, and Mentoring and Beyond. Her thematic cultural arts program on the culture of Turkey, Land of the Sultans was designed and implemented on the elementary level. Her contribution for the Year of Turkey class module, The History and Art of Turkey was implemented in KSU’s classes ART 1107 and ARED 4410 Curriculum and Assessment in Art. In 2006, with a co-presenter, Trekking from Turkey to the Classroom, was presented at the Georgia Art Education Association Conference, Valdosta, GA. In 2008, she presented at the 7th Annual Georgia Consortium for International Studies Symposium held at Georgia Perimeter College, Clarkston, GA. She presented her art education curriculum on the culture of China after experiencing the seminar trip to Seoul, South Korea, and China in 2007.
As an artist, Wachtman has exhibited in regional and one-woman shows and received awards in juried competition since 1977. As a result of her 2005 tour of Turkey, she presented a photographic exhibit, Windows of Change-a visual narrative of Turkey, at the Istanbul Center for Culture and Dialogue, Norcross, GA and at The Art Station-Big Shanty, Marietta GA in 2006-07. Her photographs from Turkey were viewed in The Art Place Gallery exhibit, Art of the Art Teacher, Marietta, GA, and in the Institute For Global Initiatives gallery promoting KSU’s Year of Turkey.
Ms. Wachtman is the author of three books published by her company RaJean & Company, Artists, Elements, and Principles of Art, a yearlong thematic art curriculum, and The How of It - A Cultural Program Resource Guide, which illustrates innovative educational tools for designing a thematic cultural program. She co-authored Rhythm-ongs™ The History of Art - The Artists in History, which incorporates brain-based teaching strategies when teaching art history units at the elementary level.
As a board member of Georgia Art Education Association (GAEA), Wachtman chaired the Youth Art Month State Capitol Art Exhibit for five years, and was GAEA’s Elementary Division chair for two years. She co-chaired GAEA’s Capitol Gallery Art Exhibit, Office of the Governor for four years, and was Georgia’s Commission on Woman, Art Advocacy Representative in 2000.
Part-Time Assistant Professor | Art Education
MA, Piedmont College
BS Art Ed, Kennesaw State University
Retired Director of Galleries Associate Professor of Art Emerita
BEd, University of Miami
MA, University of Miami
Roberta Griffin retired in August 2006, after twenty-three years as an art faculty member and Director of Galleries. She arrived at KSU in 1983 during a time of transition, when the institution had moved from a junior college to a prominent four-year undergraduate school. There were 4,400 students and no art major. Ms. Griffin worked to develop the first art major and introduced many new art courses that contributed to the growth of the undergraduate visual arts program. She has curated more than 100 major exhibitions, many with award winning catalogues and educational brochures. The KSU gallery program regularly receives favorable coverage in regional publications.
She was one of the founders of the country study program, "The Year of........" in 1984 and organized a major art exhibition each year that focused on the art of the country selected, often teaching new art history courses for that particular country as well. She taught in "Summer Studies Abroad in Oaxaca, Mexico" for five years and has curated many Latin American exhibitions. Ms. Griffin co-founded the Latin American Art Circle with a group of Latino artists in 2001 and organized LAAC exhibitions in the Sturgis Library Gallery in 2002, 2004, and 2006.
As gallery director, she was responsible for the donation of over 200 contemporary works of art valued at two million dollars to the university's permanent collection, and created a master plan for a sculpture park and gardens on campus through the ongoing project, "Sculpture on the Grounds." The university currently displays twenty-six works outdoors, with more under development. She worked with the KSU Foundation, architects, and the College of the Arts to develop plans for the new art museum. The first phase of the museum, adjacent to the performance hall, will open next year. In retirement, she continues to work with community arts patrons to increase KSU's permanent art collection and raise awareness of the high quality of the visual arts program.
"What I enjoy most about the art program here at KSU is its ability to grow, the exciting students, dedicated faculty, and the university itself for being so supportive of having a strong gallery and art program," Griffin said. "Throughout my career here, it was really nice to see growth occur and be a part of it. I have learned as much from my students and faculty colleagues as I hope they may have learned from me, not just about teaching but about becoming a complete human being." (KSU News, Aubrey Hall, 9/6/06.)
She was the recipient of the Governor's Award for Outstanding Georgia Woman in Art in 1997 and the KSU Distinguished Service Award in 2001. Ms. Griffin exhibits her work regionally, and her art is in the permanent collections of several museums and numerous corporate and private collections. The Sturgis Library Gallery showed a thirty year retrospective of her paintings, drawings and prints from June 7-July 26, 2006. "Transmutations: The Art of Roberta Griffin" received wide recognition in the Atlanta press. She plans to teach several art courses each year as well as to continue to develop and exhibit her own work.
Associate Professor Emerita
MA, Syracuse University
BS, Kent State University
Graphic Design is a powerful and fully-engaging discipline. Graphic design takes a highly-motivated, disciplined and independent thinker who looks within the problem to find the right solution. In the classroom, Jeanne Sperry encourage students to be effective problem-solvers first, and to reach for higher levels of achievement, commitment and responsibility, and to make things of value.
With a strong emphasis on service-learning, her classroom becomes a real world experience which makes a significant contribution to help clients within the university and surrounding community, while giving the student a high level of responsibility and reward.
Her focus in the classroom is on building a strong foundation of graphic design principles and problem-solving skills, with a focus on building a strategy plan, effective research, and a high level of technical skill. She not only practices this in her own graphic design firm, but stresses this in the classroom, as well.