Biographies: Presenters and Seminar Leaders
Ray Allen is Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost at the Maryland Institute College of Art and has led the educational program at MICA through the largest period of growth in its history, including the development seventeen new undergraduate and graduate academic programs with a comparable growth in faculty, support resources, and academic administration. Allen came into academe as a painter and teacher of color. From there, he gradually migrated into higher education administration, first as the Chair of the Foundation program at MICA, and then into successive deanships. In 1997 he was elected to the Commission on Accreditation for National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD). After serving six years on the Commission, he was elected its chair from 2002 to 2005 and again as Chair Pro Tempore in 2010 and 2013. Over his career, Mr. Allen has actively consulted on arts education in the United States, Europe, and the Middle East and served as an advisor and board member to a number of non-profit arts organization. Since 2004, he has served on the Board of the Contemporary Museum where he is a vice president. Allen received a BFA from Philadelphia College of Art (PCA) and an MFA from Queens College of the City University of New York. From 1970 to 1983 he was a member of the faculty at MICA, including the chairmanship of the Foundation Department during the last five years of that tenure. For the next eleven years he was Vice President of Academic Affairs at Maine College of Art where he also taught in the Foundation Program. Allen returned to MICA in 1994 as Vice President of Academic Affairs and Academic Dean. In response to the increased scope and complexity of MICA's educational program, he was named the College's first Provost in 2006.
Jeremy Beaudry is a professor of design and director of the MDes Design for Social Impact and MID programs (http://mid.uarts.edu) at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia. He works in and between the fields of socially engaged art, design, and education, and has lectured and publicly presented projects in national and international venues. He is a founding member of The Think Tank that has yet to be named (http://wearethethinktank.org), a social practice studio that initiates research, conversations, and actions in order to explore contemporary sociopolitical issues in communities.
David Bogen was appointed Vice President Academic + Provost at Emily Carr University of Art + Design in the Fall of 2011. Before coming to Emily Carr, he served as the Executive Director of the Institute for Liberal Arts and Interdisciplinary Studies at Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts (1997-2007) and as Associate Provost for Academic Affairs at the Rhode Island School of Design (2007-2011). He has a B.A. in Philosophy from Macalester College, and an M.A. and a Ph.D. in Sociology from Boston University. He is the author of Order Without Rules: Critical Theory and the Logic of Conversation (SUNY Press: 1999) and, with Michael Lynch, The Spectacle of History: Speech, Text, and Memory at the Iran-Contra Hearings (Duke University Press, 1996). His most recent work explores social, organizational, and perceptual issues in the design of emerging media environments.
Ron Burnett, Ph.D., has been President and Vice-Chancellor of Emily Carr University of Art and Design since 1996. He received his BA, MA and Ph.D. from McGill University in the areas of media arts, communications and cultural studies. In 2010, he was awarded the Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters) by the French government. In a career spanning forty years, Dr. Burnett has published three books, over 150 articles, book chapters and reviews as well as two monographs. Internationally known for his work in media and distance education, he served on an "eminent persons panel" at UNESCO in Paris to advise on the development of Internet resources for the Developing World. He is a member of the Learning Development Institute Board and the European League of Institutes of the Arts Representative Board, BCNet Board and was recently Chair of the Knowledge Network Board of Governors. In 2010, Dr. Burnett received the International Digital Media and Arts Association Outstanding Leadership Award and in 2002, he received the Queen's Jubilee Medal for service to Canada and Canadians. He was inducted into the Royal Canadian Academy of Art in 2003 and was voted Educator of the Year by the Canadian New Media Association in 2005.
Judith Burton is Professor and Director of Art and Art Education, Columbia University Teachers College. Before that she was Chair of Art Education of Boston University and taught at the Massachusetts College of Art. Her research focuses on the artistic-aesthetic development of children, adolescents and young adults and the implications this has for teaching and learning. In 1995 she co-founded the Center for Research in Arts Education at Teachers College, and in 1996, she founded the Heritage School a comprehensive high school featuring the arts, located in Harlem, NYC. Her book Conversations in Art: The Dialectics of Teaching and Learning, co-edited with Mary Hafeli, was published in 2012. Dr. Burton is a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts in Great Britain, a Distinguished Fellow of the NAEA, and serves as Distinguished Visiting Professor at the Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing, China. She is a former trustee of the Haystack Mountain School of Craft, ME, and is a current trustee of the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, MD, USA.
Kevin Conlon joined Columbus College of Art and Design as vice president for Academic Affairs in June 2011 and was appointed provost in June 2013. In his role, he's worked with his academic deans to reshape the college to orchestrate the creation of a new and forward-looking curriculum architecture. Conlon holds a bachelor of fine arts degree from the University of South Alabama and his master of fine arts degree from The Ohio State University.
Melanie Corn is the provost at California College of the Arts (CCA) in the San Francisco Bay Area. Dr. Corn has been at CCA for over ten years where she has served as associate dean of undergraduate studies, interim provost, associate provost, and provost. As chief academic officer, Melanie oversees the faculty, curriculum, and the strategic academic vision for the college. In recent years, she has worked to strengthen faculty development and governance, champion diversity efforts at the college, improve academic assessment efforts, and lead the implementation of new degree programs that take advantage of CCA's home in a major center of cultural and social innovation. Dr. Corn does volunteer and consulting work related to accreditation and assessment and teaches gender and queer studies in the Critical Studies and Visual Studies programs at CCA. She received her BA in Art History from Stanford University, her MA in Art History from University of California Santa Barbara, and her Ed.D. in Higher Education Management from University of Pennsylvania, where her dissertation focused on developing a framework for community-partnered project-based studio pedagogy in art and design higher education.
Annet Couwenberg, an artist born in The Netherlands, received an MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, MI and an MFA in Textile Arts from Syracuse University. Couwenberg served as chair of the Fiber department at the Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD from 1989 until 2008. She has received individual artist awards from the Maryland State and Ohio State Art Councils. Telos Art Publishing published a Monograph of her work in 2003. Her work is in numerous collections, among them the Textiel Museum in Tilburg, The Netherlands. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, including Delaware Center for Contemporary Arts, Wilmington, DE; 28th Street Studio, New York, NY; Contemporary Museum, Baltimore, MD; City Gallery, Atlanta, GA; Maryland Art Place, Baltimore, MD; The Arkansas Art Center, Decorative Arts Museum, Little Rock, AK; Textiel Museum, Tilburg, The Netherlands. Annet's work has been reviewed and featured by the Washington Post, Baltimore Sun, City Paper, The Atlanta Constitution, Philadelphia Inquirer, Fiberarts, NO (Nouvel Object), Surface Design and Sculpture Magazine.
Lee Davis is Scholar-in-Residence in the Center for Social Design at MICA. He is co-Founder of NESsT, a pioneering incubator of social businesses solving critical social problems in emerging markets. Lee served for 15 years as co-CEO, building NESsT into a global team of 50 with offices across 10 countries in Latin America and Eastern Europe, and was a 2004 winner of the Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship. He is a Social Enterprise Fellow at the Yale School of Management and holds a BA from Connecticut College and an MA in Policy Studies from Johns Hopkins University.
Meredith Davis is Professor and Director of Graduate Programs at North Carolina State University. She holds master's degrees in design and education from Cranbrook Academy of Art and Penn State University. Meredith is a fellow and 2005 national medalist of the AIGA and recently co-authored new standards for communication design for the National Association of Schools of Art and Design, for which she served as a member of its accreditation commission for six years. Meredith was also president of the American Center for Design and the Graphic Design Education Association and a member of the board of directors of the AIGA.
Jennifer DeDominicis was appointed Vice-President Enrolment + Student Services at Emily Carr University of Art + Design in October 2012. Prior to joining Emily Carr, she served as the Campus Registrar at the University of Guelph-Humber in Toronto, Ontario, and has a record of progressive educational leadership and student development experience spanning registrarial services and student affairs. She holds a BA in English from the University of Calgary and Master of Education from the University of Alberta.
Rebecca DuClos is the Graduate Dean at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago as well as a professor in the Department of Visual and Critical Studies. Duclos has held a number of institutional appointments, including the McMichael Canadian Art Collection and the Textile Museum of Canada, as well as academic appointments, including teaching and administrative work at Concordia University, Maine College of Art, Ontario College of Art and Design University, and University of Manchester. She has curated many exhibitions and written essays on the works of artists such as Peter Cripps, Janet Cardiff, and George Bures Miller. She holds a Doctorate in Art History and Visual Culture from the University of Manchester, a Master of Arts in Museum Studies, a Bachelor of Arts in Classical Studies and Near Eastern Archaeology from the University of Toronto, and a Bachelor of Education in Art Education from York University.
Jenna Frye is an interdisciplinary artist and designer living and working in Baltimore City. Jenna currently enjoys a balance working commercially as a graphic designer and digital art educator, as well as personally across several artistic mediums, all of which allow for alternate views of human relationships. Her work as a graphic designer for the Maryland State Department of Education-working for the office of the Superintendent-has earned her several awards from the National School Public Relations Association (NSPRA) as well as acclaim from local and state legislature. In addition, she has served as a designer on several groundbreaking, educational taskforces, most notably the award-winning "African American Male Taskforce Report," published jointly by the Maryland State Department of Education, the University of Maryland, and the Maryland Higher Education Commission. Jenna holds a B.S. in Psychology from the University of Mary Washington as well as an MA/MFA in Digital Art and Sculpture from the Maryland Institute College of Art.
Tom Gattis is the dean of the school of design arts at Columbus College of Art and Design. He joined CCAD in 2012 as the chair of industrial design to facilitate its new integrated team and project-based curricular approach. As dean over the last year, he's worked with other design program chairs as well as the directors of liberal arts and foundation studies to adapt all of the design majors to CCAD's new curriculum architecture. Gattis holds a bachelor of industrial design from Auburn University and a master of industrial technology education from Bemidji State University.
Shawn Greenlee is Assistant Professor of Foundation Studies, Rhode Island School of Design, is a composer and sound artist whose recent compositions, performances, and installations focus on the interpretation of visual image as sound via computational methods. Over the past 17 years, Greenlee has performed extensively across the United States and Europe, appearing on several conferences, festivals, and tours. Greenlee earned his Ph.D. in Computer Music and New Media at Brown University in 2008.
Mariale Hardiman, Ed.D. is Professor of Clinical Education and Co-founder and Director of the School of Education's Neuro-Education Initiative, a cross-disciplinary program that brings to educators relevant research from the brain sciences to inform teaching and learning. Her research and publications focus on enhancing educational practices through techniques that foster innovation and creative problem-solving. Current research includes a randomized trial investigating the effects of arts integration on long-term retention of content and student engagement. She is also investigating how knowledge of neuro-and cognitive sciences influences teacher practice and teacher efficacy beliefs.
Christopher Hethrington holds a Bachelor of Design in Multimedia from Swinburne's National Institute of Design in Melbourne and a Master of Design from NSCAD University in Halifax. He has worked in the area of motion and interaction, primarily for screen based environments. His current work explores the design of information, interaction, and user experience in web mapping and cartographic spaces.
Tiffany Holmes is the Undergraduate Dean at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. A professor in the Department of Art and Technology studies, her research and practice explores the potential of technology to promote positive environmental stewardship. Recent projects include a commission for the National Center for Supercomputing Applications where sequences of experimental animations visualize real time energy loads. She has lectured and exhibited in a variety of venues including the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, J. Paul Getty Museum and the Museum of Contemporary Art Taipei, among many others. Holmes holds a Ph.D. from the University of Plymouth in the UK, a MFA in Digital Art from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, a MFA from the Maryland Institute, College of Art, and a Bachelor of Arts in Art History from Williams College.
Ryan Hoover, Director of Fabrication Studios at MICA, oversees shop facilities at the college and has led the development of MICA's Digital Fabrication Studio. Hoover also teaches in multiple departments, with courses ranging in focus from network theory to traditional handcrafts. He holds a BA in Philosophy and a BFA in Sculpture from the University of North Carolina at Asheville and an MFA from the multidisciplinary Mount Royal School of Art at MICA.
Christy Johnson is an artist and academic who has relocated to the USA from London to take up the post of Chair of the Art Department at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, WA. Her research interests include the performance of gender in ritual contexts; the terrain of "documentation" as an imaginative and performative zone; and collecting, collections and the mobilization of found material. Johnson has recently co-curated the lecture series Incite/Insight with Luis Croquer at the Henry Art Gallery (2013-14).
Chris Jones is Assistant Dean of Graduate Studies at Emily Carr University and has led the development of Emily Carr's new Low Residency graduate program. His current pedagogical focus is on the inherent potentials of new communications technologies for the evolution of learning communities. He also writes and lectures on the concept of methodology in art as a step toward a non-disciplinary epistemology that recognizes art knowledge.
Maureen Kelly, Ed.D, is Professor of Art Education and has concluded three years of service as Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design this past July 2013. Maureen's work at MassArt spans twenty-five years, contributing to the college through various teaching and administrative posts. Maureen is barely beginning to enjoy a postponed sabbatical via her return to the faculty this past September. Maureen's research interests now focus on learning and teaching in higher education and faculty development. Prior to MassArt Maureen worked as an art therapist and visual arts educator in urban and therapeutic schools.
Laura S. Kiralla, Ed.D. is Assistant Vice President for Student Success and Dean of Student Affairs at Otis College of Art and Design. Dr. Kiralla has been a professional in Higher Education for over 15 years dedicating her career to the field of Student Affairs. She received her B.A. in Psychology and Art History from Loyola Marymount University, her M.S. in Counseling Psychology, and her Doctorate Degree in Organizational Leadership from the University of La Verne. Dr. Kiralla currently serves at the co-chair of the AICAD leadership board for Student Affairs.
Ken Krafchek has been a member of the MICA faculty since 1985 and received the Trustee Fellowship for Excellence in Teaching in 1998. He has served as Acting Chairman of both the Illustration and Visual Communication Departments and helped to initiate the first of their kind interdisciplinary courses team-taught with liberal arts faculty. He has served as Chairman of the Academic Affairs Committee of the Faculty Assembly. A fine artist and freelance illustrator specializing in magazine and newspaper illustration since 1978, his work has appeared in many prestigious national publications and won awards from numerous professional organizations. He was the founding Vice-President of the Illustrators Club of Washington, DC where he also chaired the program committee and the Club's Smithsonian Institution Resident Associate Program Series. A 1978 honor graduate of Carnegie Mellon University with a BFA in Illustration, he received his MFA in Studio for Art Educators from MICA in 1995.
Jennifer Liese directs the Writing Center at Rhode Island School of Design and teaches graduate-level courses in thesis writing and professional practices. She also co-coordinates RISD's Academic Commons Program, which supports research and practice in integrative teaching and learning. Before coming to RISD, Liese was an editor at Artforum and Cabinet. Her most recent writing, "Toward a History (and Future) of the Artist Statement" was published in Paper Monument (issue 4). She holds an MA in Modern Art History, Theory and Criticism from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Ellen Lupton is Senior Curator of Contemporary Design at the Smithsonian's Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum in New York City. Lupton also serves as director of the Graphic Design MFA Program at MICA in Baltimore, where she has authored and edited numerous books on design processes, including Thinking with Type, Graphic Design Thinking, and Graphic Design: The New Basics (with Jennifer Cole Phillips).
Robert Merrill holds a Ph.D. in Literature from the University of South Carolina and is a cultural and intellectual historian whose work centers primarily in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries but also includes contemporary "new" humanities. For the last 20 years he has been the director of the Institute for Advanced Cultural Studies and editor of its publishing division, Maisonneuve Press (Washington, DC). Current research and teaching interests center around a book in progress on Byron and Shelley in Geneva and their differences on Rousseau as well as post-humanism, cognitive science, semiotics, and narratology. He has taught and written in the areas of mass media studies, propaganda and public relations. His books include: Violent Persuasions: The Politics and Imagery of Terrorism, Sir Thomas Malory and the Cultural Crisis of the Late Middle Ages, Ethics/Aesthetics: Post-Modern Positions, and Joseph Campbell: Transformation of Myths Through Time (2 vols. and 13 hours of video).
Jonas Milder has been a full-time faculty member in the industrial design department at The University of the Arts, Philadelphia since 1997. He served as chair of the undergraduate program for industrial design between 2002 and 2006 and directed of the Masters of Industrial Design (MID) program between 2007 and 2012. http://mid-uarts.org Mr. Milder is principal of Milder Office, a design and production company with offices in New York and Philadelphia that distributes its own furniture system and also consults on workplace planning projects for office as well educational environments. http://milderoffice.com
Megan Miller is the Director of the Joseph Meyerhoff Center for Career Development. Megan is the chair of the MICA Professional Development Committee which has instituted the Sophomore Convocation, Professional Development Student Checklist and Behance Portfolio Site. She has her BA in Studio Art from Florida State University and her MS in Student Affairs in Higher Education from Colorado State University.
Judith Mohns is a doctoral fellow in the Art and Art Education Program at Columbia University Teachers College. She is an artist and educator who has an MFA and BFA from SUNY New Paltz. The focus of her research centers on the changing nature of art students at the high school level and in foundation year programs, as well as evolving portfolio requirements and admission process for high school students entering college art programs.
Ijlal Muzaffar is an Assistant Professor of Modern Architectural History at the Rhode Island School of Design. He received his Ph.D. from MIT in 2007 in the History, Theory, and Criticism of Architecture and Art. He also holds a Master of Architecture degree from Princeton, and a BA in Mathematics and Physics from the University of Punjab in Lahore, Pakistan. He is currently working on a book titled, The Periphery Within: Modern Architecture and the Making of the Third World, that looks at how modern architects and planners played a critical role in shaping the discourse on Third World development and its associated structures of power and intervention in the postwar era.
Katie Phillips is a practicing artist and Chair of the Foundation Department at Otis College of Art and Design. Katie‘s educational expertise is in the acquisition of basic skills for art and design. She is a longtime proponent of using research to shape student learning and recognizes that employing research based pedagogies can substantially improve student success and student learning outcomes. She has a B.F.A. From the University of Illinois and an M.F.A. from Claremont Graduate College.
Patricia C. Phillips's research and writing involve contemporary public art, architecture, sculpture, landscape, and the intersection of these areas. Her essays and reviews have been published in Artforum, Art in American, Flash Art, Sculpture, and Public Art Review, as well as books and collected essays published by Rizzoli International Publications, Princeton Architectural Press, M.I.T. Press, Actar Press, Bay Press, and Routledge. She is the author of Ursula von Rydingsvard: Working (New York: Prestel, 2011) and It is Difficult, a survey of the work of Alfredo Jaar (Barcelona: Actar Press, 1998). She recently completed essays on artists Mel Chin, Alfredo Jaar (for the 2013 Venice Biennale), and temporary public art for a forthcoming Companion to Public Art by Wiley Publishers. Her curatorial and design projects include Disney Animators and Animation (Whitney Museum of Art, 1981), The POP Project (Institute for Contemporary Art/P.S. 1, 1988), and Making Sense: Five Installations on Sensation (Katonah Museum of Art, 1996.) In 1996, she curated City Speculations, a major exhibition at the Queens Museum of Art. She is the editor of City Speculations (New York: Princeton Architectural Press, 1996). From 2002-2007, she was Editor-in-Chief of the Art Journal, a quarterly on contemporary art published by the College Art Association. She is Dean of Graduate Studies + Research at Rhode Island School of Design.
Hugh Pocock, Coordinator of Concentration in Sustainability and Social Practice, MICA. Hugh Pocock has taught a course titled Climate Change and Sustainability for Artists and Designers at MICA for the past six years. For the past three years he has Coordinated the Concentration in Sustainability and Social Practice. Pocock also teaches courses on Urban Farming and Contemporary Art and a new class titled Water.
J. Davidson "Dusty" Porter is the Vice President of Student Affairs at MICA. Over the past three years, he has collaborated with MICA faculty, staff and students in creating a professional development culture at MICA through intentional collaboration with both academic and student affairs.
Shyla Rao, Ed.D. is Faculty of Art Education and Director of Curriculum and Pedagogy in the Master of Arts in Teaching program at MICA. She also directs the Research Division of the Maryland Art Education Association. She holds a Bachelors of Fine Arts and Master of Arts in Teaching degrees from MICA and a doctorate degree in Art Education with a focus on school leadership from Teachers College, Columbia University. Her particular area of interest is in innovative school structures that support teachers' pedagogical practice as well as deepen student engagement and learning.
Michelle Rhee-Weise is Senior Research Fellow at the Clayton Christensen Institute. She follows all of the evolving blended and online developments in academia. Her research delves into learning to do, competency-based learning, student-learning outcomes, assessments, and public-private partnerships. Michelle helps to educate policymakers, news outlets, and conference panels on how the theories of disruptive innovation inform our understanding of the changing academic terrain in higher education. Prior to joining the Institute, Michelle was professor in the English department at Skidmore College. Michelle received her BA in literature from Harvard University and her MA and Ph.D. from Stanford University in English literature. In 2005, she was selected as a Fulbright Scholar to South Korea.
Rachele Riley is an artist, designer, researcher, and Assistant Professor at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia. Her multimedia work investigates the representation of conflict and its reconciliation within culture, and has received support through grants from USA Projects (now Hatchfund), The GeoEye Foundation, The University of the Arts, and the University of North Carolina, Charlotte. She has been Artist-in-Residence at the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts in Nebraska and the Virginia Center for Creative Arts. Her print, drawing, video, and Web-based works have been exhibited in the U.S. and abroad, and published in Print Magazine (Annual, 2008) and Motion Design (Woolman, 2004). She presents her research regularly at conferences in the U.S. and abroad, and in September she exhibited at the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art in conjunction with "Praxis and Poetics: Research Through Design" in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England. Riley has a BS in Studio Art from New York University, a Vordiplom in Communication Design from the Burg Giebichenstein School of Art in Halle, Germany, and a MFA in Design/Visual Communication from Virginia Commonwealth University. As of July 2013, she serves on the Board of Design Inquiry.
Sadira Rodrigues is Dean of Continuing Studies at Emily Carr University of Art + Design. Prior to joining Emily Carr in 2008, she worked in a variety of roles as a curator, writer, educator, facilitator, public programmer, arts administrator. Positions have included Curator at the Vancouver International Centre for Contemporary Asia Art, Assistant Curator for the Shanghai Biennale, Manager of Arts Programs with 2010 Legacies Now, Diversity Facilitator with the Canada Council for the Arts and Public Programs Coordinator at the Vancouver Art Gallery. From social-profit enterprises such as artist-run-centres and public galleries, to museums, grant funding and higher education, she has assembled a robust knowledge of the arts and culture sector in Canada and beyond.
Robert Root-Bernstein is a professor of physiology at Michigan State University. In 1981, he was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship, commonly known as a "genius grant." He has researched and consulted on creativity for more than fifteen years. Among other books, he has authored Sparks of Genius: The Thirteen Thinking Tools of the World's Most Creative People and Discovering: Inventing and Solving Problems at the Frontiers of Scientific Knowledge. He holds the A.B. degree in Biochemistry from Princeton University and a Ph.D. in the History of Science, also from Princeton.
Jeff Schwartz received his BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and his MFA in painting and drawing from American University in Washington, D.C. He has also studied at Chautauqua in New York, The Vermont Studio and the Lorenzo di Medici School of Fine Arts in Florence, Italy. He has been the winner of numerous awards and fellowships and has exhibited nationally. Schwartz has been teaching at the Ringling School of Art & Design since 1998. In 2012 he became the Head of the Illustration Department. Before coming to Ringling he taught painting at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire and in Cambridge, MA.
Carol Strohecker is Vice Provost for Academic Affairs at the Rhode Island School of Design. From 2006 until 2013, she was inaugural Director of the Center for Design Innovation, a multi-campus research center of the University of North Carolina system. Previously was Principal Investigator of the Everyday Learning research group at Media Lab Europe, the European research partner of the MIT Media Lab. Prior to joining MLE, Strohecker worked in the United States at Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratories and in the Human Interface Group of Sun Microsystems. She earned the Ph.D. in Media Arts and Sciences from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1991 and the Master of Science in Visual Studies from MIT in 1986. She has served MIT's Program in Media Arts and Sciences as a Lecturer and as a Presidential Nominee on the MIT Corporation Visiting Committee.
Karen Stults is director of community engagement at Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA). She has over 20 years of non-profit management experience and has launched numerous programs and initiatives that build capacity within arts and social change organizations. Previous employers have included the American Visionary Art Museum, the Center for Community Change, and YouthAction, Inc., a Project of the Tides Foundation. Ms. Stults holds a M.Ed. in Policy Development and Program Evaluation from Vanderbilt University, a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Mercer University, a Certificate in Ceramics and Sculpture from the Corcoran College of Art + Design, and a Certificate in Museum Exhibition Planning and Design from Georgetown University. She serves on the Board of Directors for Fluid Movement, is Vice President of the Board of Trustees of The Contemporary, and is an alumna of the Windcall Residency Program for social change activists.
Anderson Ta, Digital Fabrication Studio Technician at MICA, plays an integral role in the operation and continued development of the college's dFab Studio. Through innovation, collaboration, and education, he actively promotes access to digital fabrication with open source hardware. Ta holds a BS in Finance from University of Maryland and was a fellow at the Advanced Manufacturing Research Institute at Rice University, developing open source 3D printers for biomedical fabrication.
Julie Taggart is the dean of the school of studio arts. She began her career at Columbus College of Art and Design in 1994 when she was hired to teach drawing, painting and color theory. Initially as chair of painting, and later as dean of fine art/foundation studies, Taggart has worked consistently over the years to develop digitally integrated and conceptually engaging curriculum focused on innovation. Taggart holds a bachelor of fine arts degree from Columbus College of Art and Design and a master of fine arts degree from Syracuse University.
Elissa Tenny is the Provost and the Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She has been a lecturer on variety of topics related to higher education, including innovation in urban universities, qualitative assessment, distance education, and institutional history and mission. Her current research interests focuses on integrative learning, assessment in open curricula, and contemporary issues in academic library management. Prior to coming to the School, Tenny was Provost and Dean at Bennington College and, after holding a variety of positions there, Acting Dean and Vice Dean at the New School for Social Research. Tenny holds a Doctor of Education degree from the University of Pennsylvania, a Master of Arts in Media Studies from the New School, and a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey.
Lisa Wainwright is the Dean of Faculty and Vice President of Academic Affairs at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. For the past fifteen years, Lisa has served in major leadership roles for the institution, including Graduate Dean. A professor in the Department of Art History, Theory and Criticism, Wainwright has authored numerous articles in books and international professional journals and developed an extensive list of exhibition catalogues. She has lectured on topics, including Rauschenberg and the history of the found object, and has curated multiple exhibitions throughout the United States. Wainwright earned both a Master of Arts and a Doctorate from the University of Illinois and holds a Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, from Vanderbilt University
Karen Wirth is Vice President of Academic Affairs at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. Her practice includes collaborative pubic projects such as co-designing light rail stations, which inform her pedagogical philosophy and methodologies. As VPAA, she is working with faculty to develop interdisciplinary team approaches for teaching and learning, to reflect contemporary practice. Wirth was a 2010-2011 ACE Leadership Fellow. She holds an MFA in sculpture from University of Minnesota-Twin Cities and a BFA in art education at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Jenifer K. Ward is Dean of the College at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, WA. Her research areas are in German cinema and adaptation theory, and her most recent book is Reworking the German Past: Adaptations in Film, the Arts, and Popular Culture (Camden House, 2010).
Mike Weikert is founding director of the Social Design (MA) and Center for Design Practice at Maryland Institute College of Art. Previously, he served as co-chair of the graphic design department at MICA, partner/creative director at Atlanta-based Iconologic, and as a design consultant to the International Olympic Committee. He also worked as a designer with Pentagram and taught at the Portfolio Center. His work has been recognized in various books and publications and supported by grants from Sappi Ideas That Matter, the National Science Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts. In 2011, he was nominated for the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award.
Michael Weiss is Associate Dean of Fine arts at Maryland Institute College of Art and professor of Fine Arts. A graduate of the College's Mount Royal School of Art (MFA), Weiss has exhibited his art extensively throughout the eastern United States. His work is held in numerous private collections and he has received an Individual Artist Grant from the Creative Baltimore Fun and an Individual Artist Award from the Maryland State Arts Council.
Liliane Wong, Professor and Head of the Department of Interior Architecture at the Rhode Island School of Design, received a BA in Mathematics from Vassar College and a MArch from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. She is a registered architect in Massachusetts, the co-founder and co-editor of the Int|AR Journal on Design Interventions & Adaptive Reuse, and an author on the subject of interior architecture and adaptive reuse.
Rebecca Yenawine is the founder and co-director of New Lens. Yenawine oversees all art and curriculum at New Lens, insuring that the projects that young people focus on creatively address systemic social justice issues. Her primary goal is to help teens become leaders and active citizens and to put their vision out through art and media. Rebecca also works closely with the Board of Directors to direct the mission, goals and outcomes of the organization. Her background includes training in mediation, teaching writing and art to inner city youth and providing childcare at a battered women's shelter in New York. Ms. Yenawine has a BA in English from Goucher College and has completed courses in Psychology, Adolescent Development and Intercultural Communication. In 1999, Ms. Yenawine was the recipient of a Community Fellowship Award from the Open Society Institute and in 2003 was accepted into the yearlong LEADERship class sponsored by the Greater Baltimore Committee.