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Full-time Faculty

Thomas Carabasi, B.A., M.F.A.
Department Head

Princeton University (Art); Tyler School of Art (Photography). Guest lecturer and instructor, International Center for Photography. Grant recipient: Pennsylvania Council of the Arts; Australian Council of the Arts. Numerous national and international exhibitions. Work published in ZOOMPopular Photography, and View Camera. Collections include: Philadelphia Museum of Art; Center for Creative Photography; John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art. www.thomascarabasi.com

Mary Foltz, B.F.A., M. F. A. 

Pennsylvania State University (Graphic Design and Photography); Rhode Island School of Design (Photography). Her mentors at The Rhode Island School of Design were Harry Callahan, Aaron Siskind, Frederick Sommer, Lisette Model, Gary Winogrand and Lee Friedlander. She was previously a professor at Drexel University’s College of Design where she developed the photography curriculum. M.K. was awarded a series of four Fulbright Senior Specialist Fellowships to lecture and consult on photography and digital imaging in the 21st century at institutions of higher learning and photo museums in Hungary 2003, Czech Republic 2004, Lithuania 2005 and Turkey 2006. The Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board and the Department of State sponsored her lectures. She has been a recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Photography; multiple artist support grants from Kodak and Polaroid; a Florida Artist Enhancement Grant; an Atlantic Center for the Arts Award Grant for an Associate Artist-in-Residency with Master Artist, Graciela Iturbide funded by a Mexico–Florida Cultural Exchange; and two Florida Artist Resource Grants. M. K. has served as an invited portfolio reviewer for the International Meeting Place at the FotoFest International Biennial; is a former consultant for Time-Life Books, Inc.; an appointed member of the Kodak Education Advisory Council for three years; and panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts Southeast fellowships in photography. Her publications include: GraphisPrintPhoto DesignTexas MonthlyAbramsAperture, and American Photo. She has participated in numerous national and international exhibitions, and her works are represented in the permanent collections of the Tampa Museum of Art, Houston Museum of Fine Arts, Atlanta High Museum of Art, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Cincinnati Museum of Art, Portland Museum of Art in Maine and Oregon, Center for Creative Photography in Tucson, International Museum at GEH in Rochester, et. al.  www.mkfoltz.com  

Dee Hood, B.A., M.F.A.

University of South Florida (Art); University of South Florida (Visual Art/ Painting/Mixed Media). Dee Hood’s background is in painting, sculpture and time based media.  Her recent work focuses on video and installation. Her experimental videos have shown internationally at: CologneOFF Vl, Cologne, Germany; Simultan Festival Timisoara/Romania; Video Festival Miden, Kalamata, Greece; Fonland Digital Art Festival, Coimbra, Portugal; SUYS Festival, University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada; Sydney Underground Film Festival, Sydney Australia; Washougal International Film Fest, Washougal, WA; Archetime Film Festival, Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, New York, NY; Found Footage, Video Channel Cologne, Cologne, Germany, and  Weightlessness, Nanjing Museum, Nanjing China. Recent national and regional shows include: OPTIC NERVE X, Xl, XII Video Festival, Museum of Contemporary Art, Miami, FL; West Virginia Mountaineer Film Festival, University of West Virginia; Bit Byte Dot Spot, Tampa Museum of Art, Tampa, FL; NAVEL GAZING: Artist’s Visions of Florida, Brevard Museum, Melbourne, FL; Digital Art In The Post-Digital Age, Polk Museum of Art, Lakeland, FL. www.deehood.net 

Anju Kulkarni,  M.F.A.


Purdue University (Photography). Anju’s work has been exhibited globally in juried and invitational shows. She is the recipient of several awards including the UNICEF Award for her photograph Girl Child, and an award from Sinar, AG for Design/Photography.  Her recent research paper Image and Text: Developing Postmodern Photographic Truth was accepted at the American Culture Association Conference 2007. Anju served as a Juror for the Wabash Artists’ Alliance Exhibition 2008 in Lafayette, Indiana. Her past professional experience spans over 12 years as an award-winning fashion/advertising photographer. Anju’s work has been published in numerous major Indian publications such as Femina, Savvy, Island, Society, Glad Rags, Citadel, First City, The Times of India, and India Express.  She has worked on assignments ranging from catalog, editorial, fashion, food, and people to product. Anju has also worked as Photo Editor/In-house photographer for First City Magazine , New Delhi, India. Past academic appointment: Fergusson College, Pune, India.

Sally Pettibon, B.F.A., M.F.A.
Department Coordinator


California College of the Arts; University of South Florida. Ms. Pettibon is an internationally exhibited photographic artist with numerous exhibitions and awards including CIAC Gallery in Brittany, France, Florida Center for Contemporary Art in Tampa, FL, Contemporary Art Museum at the University of South Florida, Ringling Museum of Art, and the Appelton Museum of Art. Her work is included in the permanent collections of the Ringling Museum of Art, Center for Fine Art Photography and the Pont Aven School of Contemporary Art, as well as private collections in New York, California, Connecticut, and Florida. Ms. Pettibon has been a full time faculty member of the Photography and Digital Imaging department at Ringling College of Art and Design since 2003. She has taught at the Pont Aven School of Contemporary Art in France and is a former staff photographer for the Sarasota Herald-Tribune and freelance editorial photographer in New York and Florida. Clients include New York Times, New York Law Journal, Newsweek Magazine, Washington Post, Washingtonian Magazine, Associated Press, Agence France Press and Silver Image Agency. She is a Member of the Society for Photographic Education.


Full-time Visiting Faculty 

Sam Davis, B.F.A., M.F.A.
 
 
University of Florida (Creative Photography); University of Nevada, Las Vegas (Photography and Sculpture). Mr. Davis creates images that reference his love of family history (his father had once been a participant in an atomic test during the 1950’s, while other family members worked on the first submarines during the civil war) coupled with a playful curiosity of popular and kitsch culture. His images combine obscure technology, science fiction and childhood fantasy to call into question notions regarding memory, nostalgia, imagination and pulp/cyber folklore. He creates images that he hopes will cause the viewer to pause and question while at the same time provide a pathway for the viewer into another frame of thought-to proactively imagine. He has worked as a Graphic Artist for WSRE-TV in Pensacola as a studio assistant for Jerry Uelsmann and Maggie Taylor, and for the past six years as full-time instructor of Photography at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA. While not teaching, he actively exhibits artwork across the United States and abroad.  His portfolio may be viewed at www.samdavisart.com.


Adjunct Faculty

Elena De La Ville, B.S.  


The Art Institute of Boston (Photography). Over 15 years experience teaching photography (film and digital), Photoshop, art and textile design at The Art Center, St. Petersburg, FL; Longboat Key Center for the Arts, Sarasota, FL. Elena worked as photographer for the Secretary of State of Massachusetts, and both designed and managed the state-of-the-art darkroom and printing facility at the Massachusetts Archives, Boston, MA. Elena has exhibited in several solo and group exhibitions, and is in the collection of the Museum of Contemporary Art Sophia Imber and Museo de Arte Acarigua-Araure, Venezuela. She is guest speaker at the 3rd Annual Encaustic Conference at Montserrat College of Art in 2009. www.edelaville.com

Noelle McCleaf, B.F.A, M.F.A. 

Ringling College of Art and Design (Photography); Minneapolis College of Art and Design (Photography). A Bee in Her Bonnet, one of Ms. McCleaf’s most recent bodies of work, was shown in a solo exhibition at Altered Esthetics in Minneapolis, Minnesota as part of a solo exhibition program that was awarded to a select group of artists in the community.  Some of her recent exhibitions include: Women as Photographer, at the Minneapolis Photo Center, Women: Relationship and Identity, at Homewood Studios in Minneapolis, MN, and Accumulation: An MCAD MFA Retrospective, at the Whittier Gallery in Minneapolis, MN. Her work has been published in various periodicals including CMYK MagazineF-Stop Magazine, and Pop Photo Magazine. Rain Taxi Review of Books published her review on the book Role Models: Feminine Identity in Contemporary American Photography. Her main area of technical expertise includes digital imaging and digital output techniques.  Ms. McCleaf currently lives and works as a photography instructor and exhibiting artist in Nokomis, FL. Her work can be viewed at noellemccleaf.com.