Faculty

Our Award-winning Faculty

Our incredible faculty is comprised of award-winning artists, designers, writers, and scholars who are passionate about shaping the next generation of creative leaders.


Kathleen Sobr

Interim Department Head, Business of Art and Design

Kathleen Sobr earned a Bachelor's of Arts in Business of Art and Design from Ringling College and a Masters in Arts and Project Management from Birmingham City University (UK). Kathleen joined Ringling College in 2016. Prior to her position at Ringing College, she worked as a freelance producer, production coordinator, and project manager for creative companies in New York and the UK. She has produced a range of short-form projects across industries, from commercial pre-viz to Sesame Street shorts to full graphics packages for MTV World and National Geographic.

 

Full Time Faculty
 

Marilyn Garman

Marilyn Garman earned a B.A. in Business of Art and Design from Ringling College of Art and Design and an M.A. in Entertainment Industry Management from Carnegie Mellon University. She joined Ringling College in 2015.  Marilyn's goal is to balance her focus around three equally significant pillars of study: design, strategy, and culture. While finishing her degree at CMU, she interned at various production companies and studios in Los Angeles, and soon after she joined Sony Pictures Television (SPT) within the US Networks team as a Digital Coordinator. Her role grew to developing content for and managing the digital platforms for three Sony premium television channels: Sony Movie Channel, CineSony Televisión, and getTV.
 

Dr. James Krause

James Krause earned a B.A. in Accountancy from Walsh College of Accountancy in Troy, MI, a M.S. in Professional Accountancy from Walsh College of Accountancy, and a D.B.A. in Business Administration (Finance) from Nova Southeastern University. With over 28 years of professional teaching experience, Jim joined Ringling College in 2009. He is the main principal of Dr. James D. Krause, CPA, CrFA – a certified public accounting and certified forensic accounting firm in Tampa, Florida. Jim has published numerous articles in academic journals that include “Using Neural Networks to Beat the Point Spread in Football Games” to “Good Accountants Manage Businesses, Bad Accountants Manage Earnings”.

 


Visiting Full Time Faculty
 

Sarita René Guillory

Sarita René earned an M.F.A. in Studio Art from Florida State University and an M.B.A. with an emphasis in Management from West Texas A&M University. She joined Ringling College in 2017.  Sarita has exhibited art, led creative business endeavors, and taught in both the United States and Italy. Her professional background is a composite of experiences ranging widely within education, project and business management, leadership, and art.

 

Long Term Part Time Faculty
 

Mark Ormond

Mark Ormond earned a B.A. in Art History from University of Pennsylvania, an M.A. in Art History with a minor in Museum Studies from George Washington University, and a graduate of the Museum Management Institute at University of California at Berkeley. He has over 25 years of professional experience in museum management, museum studies, and as an art historian and curator. Mark is an author, editor and contributor of art criticism, catalogue essays and monographs on contemporary art and architecture.
 


 

Full Time Faculty
 

James McCampbell

Computer Animation Department Head

James McCampbell, Department Head for Computer Animation, earned his B.F.A. in Studio Art (Communication Design) from the University of Tennessee. With over 20 years of professional teaching experience, Jim joined Ringling College in 1995. He has held such positions as senior animator, senior art director, and creative director. Jim's past clients include TNN, A&E, HGTV, Time Warner, CBS, NBC, ABC affiliates. He is the recipient of numerous ADDY® awards, and received a First Place Gold Award for Computer Animation, New York Festivals. Jim is also a member of the Advisory Board for 3D Magazine.

 

Dominic Avant

Dominic Avant earned a B.F.A. in Illustration from Rhode Island School of Design. With over 9 years of professional teaching experience, Dominic joined Ringling College in 2006. He has held many positions in the animation industry with companies such as Cecropia and Walt Disney Animation. Dominic has worked on many productions including: Mulan, Tarzan, Emperor’s New Groove, Lilo & Stitch, and Brother Bear
 

Jeremy Cantor

Jeremy Cantor earned a B.F.A. in Drawing/Painting/Illustration/Printing from Marywood University in Scranton, PA. A faculty member for over 4 years, Jeremy joined Ringling College in 2011. He has been animating professionally for nearly twenty years and has worked at companies such as Sony Imageworks, Trippett Studio, Sega, and Truemax Studios. Jeremy has held many positions in the industry including animation supervisor, artist, and animator.  His professional credits include Starship Troopers, Hollow Man, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, and Evolution, Transformers 2, Avatar, Rango, I Am Number 4, Pirates of the Caribbean 4, and Super 8. He also co-authored the book Inspired 3D Short Film Production.

 

George Cwirko-Godycki

George began his teaching career at Ringling College of Art and Design in 2017 as an adjunct instructor. In addition to his teaching role, George is a freelance illustrator with a focus on whimsical line work for print and online publications. His work with students, art projects, and travels are frequently featured on his Instagram account, @georgedrawing, which enjoys an active following of more than 120,000 people around the world. George recently concluded his first solo gallery show, has published four books of illustrations and is under contract to write a drawing instruction book. Prior to Ringling College, George was a faculty member at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco for six years, where he taught costume drawing, digital painting, and fashion illustration, among other courses. George earned his B.F.A. in Illustration from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco.

 

Paul Downs

Paul Downs earned a B.F.A. in Computer Animation from Ringling College of Art and Design. With over 6 years of professional teaching experience, Paul joined Ringling College in 2011. He is a professional screenwriter and animator with sixteen years of experience spanning film, television and video game production. Paul previously worked at Blue Sky Studios as a character animator on several feature films including Robots, the Ice Age franchise, Horton Hears a Who, Rio, Epic, and the Academy Award-nominated short No Time for Nuts. While at Ringling, Paul has continued to stay active in the industry, producing animation on such projects as Free Birds, Serena and the Enchanted Island, Madden NFL 18 as well as this year's 20th Century Fox film release Ferdinand. Paul also works as a professional screenwriter, where his credits include an in-development Cartoon Network series, a live-action family film optioned by Smart Entertainment, an animation pitch purchased by 20th Century Fox Animation and story development on several other Blue Sky Studios projects.

 

Justin Farris

Justin Farris graduated with honors from Ringling College of Art and Design with his computer animation BFA. After being showcased in the Best of Ringling Show, he was offered an animation internship for Pixar Animation Studios in Emeryville, California, where he had been animating professionally for the past 7 years. Justin has worked on such films as Brave, Monsters University, Toy Story of Terror, Inside Out, The Good Dinosaur, Lou, Cars 3 and Incredibles 2. In addition to feature work, he has also animated on commercials for Inside Out, Finding Dory, and Cars 3.

 

Ed Gavin

Ed Gavin earned is B.F.A. in Computer Animation from Ringling College of Art and Design and his M.F.A. in Computer Arts from Florida Atlantic University. With over 18 years of professional teaching experience, Ed joined Ringling College in 1999. He is a former animator at Blue Sky Studios and a former lead cinematic artist at n-Space. His recognitions include first place for the Experimental Video Award at Athens International.

 

Vince Gorman

Vince Gorman is a character animator, artist and educator with over 11 years of professional animation experience. He has worked on a variety of projects, from fully animated features like ‘Hotel Transylvania’ and ‘Rio 2,’ to animatronics animation at Walt Disney Imagineering. While most of his experience is working in Character Animation and CG, he has also worked on several 2D animated projects, such as, the Kung Fu Panda 2 short film, ‘Secrets of the Masters.’ Vince graduated from Ball State University, College of Fine Arts, with a BA in drawing and a minor in animation. He has given numerous presentations to animation schools over the years and is currently teaching an advanced animation course at Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis in downtown Indianapolis.

 

Deborah Healy

Deborah Healy earned an M.F.A.(Illustration) from Syracuse University. Her past professional positions include traditional animation and stop motion lead at Disney Institute.  She was also the Traditional Training Specialist at Disney Feature Animation in California.  Deborah's own films work have been recognized at many festivals such as Annecy, Zagreb, Ottawa, Lincoln Center, Vanderbilt, and Chicago Art Institute. Her illustration work has been in numerous Society of Illustrators annuals and she's also been a judge and had a one woman show at the Society.
 

Stewart Leith

Steward Leith earned an M.F.A. in Animation (Visual Development) from the Academy of Art University. Stewart joins Ringling College in 2016. He attended Semester at Sea while working on his undergraduate degree in international relations, and, visiting twelve different countries, he circumnavigated the world and was inspired by each of the amazing cultures. Japan's rich history and elegant aesthetics captured his imagination and after studying at a university in Tokyo, he later returned to Japan as a teacher. Stewart has worked on projects that include a Student Oscar winning short and a feature length film set in China. He has worked on indie games, children's books, board games and book covers. Travel and exploration still inspire his artwork and he’s excited to continue creating new and fantastic worlds.

 

Sean McLaughlin

Sean McLaughlin earned a B.F.A. in Computer Animation from Ringling College of Art and Design. With over 8 years of professional teaching experience, Sean joined Ringling College in 2007. He worked in the animation industry for 12 years at Dreamworks Feature Animation as a Lead 3D Character Animator and FX Developer/Animator. Screen credits include feature films Bee Movie, Over the Hedge, Shark Tale, Shrek 2, Sinbad: Legend of the 7 Seas, Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron, Road to El Dorado, and Prince of Egypt.  He also animated on the Academy Award®-winning short The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore for Moonbot Studios.
 

Billy Merritt

Billy Merritt earned a B.F.A. in Computer Animation from Ringling College of Art and Design. With over 10 years of professional teaching experience, Billy joined Ringling College in 2006. He previously animated at Pixar Animation Studios and taught animation part-time to graduate and undergraduate students at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. His Pixar credits include A Bug’s Life, Toy Story 2, Monsters Inc., Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, and Cars. In addition to feature work, he has also animated on Toy Story 2 commercials, Monsters Inc., ABC Television interstitials, and the short film Boundin’

 

Gary Schumer

Gary Schumer earned a B.F.A. in Painting from Washington University and an M.F.A. in Painting from Ohio University. With over 21 years of professional teaching experience, Gary joined Ringling College in 2005. He has held industry positions such as effects animator and assistant animator and has worked on many films including Brother Bear, Mulan, Tarzan, Emperor's New Groove and Lilo & Stitch. His work has been shown in numerous exhibitions and has been featured in several publications.
 

Karen Sullivan

Media Arts First Year Coordinator and Outreach & Assessment Coordinator 

Karen Sullivan earned a B.F.A. in Fine Arts from Indiana University and an M.F.A. in Art (Computer Animation) from the University of Massachusetts. With over 21 years of professional teaching experience, Karen joined Ringling College in 1998. She is the cover editor for SIGGRAPH Computer Graphics Quarterly and was the chair for the SIGGRAPH Art Gallery in 2002. Her work has been featured in numerous national shows and publications.
 

Heather Thomson

Heather Thomson earned a B.F.A. in Computer Animation from Ringling College of Art and Design. With over 14 years of professional teaching experience, Heather joined Ringling College in 2001. Her past industry positions include animator, character animator, and character setup supervisor/senior animator. Past clients include  Planet Hollywood, Orlando Magic, Walt Disney Company, Universal Studios, Six Flags, Sea World, MGM Studios, Disney Cruise Line, Hard Rock Cafe, ABC, MasterCard, IMAX, and PBS.
 

Andy Welihozkiy

Andy Welihozkiy earned a B.F.A. in Computer Animation from Ringling College of Art and Design. With several years of professional experience, Andy joins Ringling College in 2016. He has worked on several CG/TV and film productions as well as 17 shipped gaming titles. Andy has played an integral role throughout the animation production pipeline for companies such as ReelFX, Electronic Arts, Take Two Interactive, Telltale Games, and Rockstar Games. He has supervised animation and cinematic teams for games, which have achieved success; as well as, two Game of The Year awards. Andy’s work can be seen and experienced in Grand Theft Auto 5, Sam & Max Season 2, Red Dead Redemption, Max Payne 3, and L.A. Noire, to name a few. 

 

Ron Zeitler

Ron Zeitler earned a B.F.A. in Graphic Design from Louisiana Tech University and a B.F.A. in Computer Animation from Ringling College of Art and Design. With over 12 years of professional teaching experience, Ron joined Ringling College for the second time in his career in 2012. He previously worked for Walt Disney Feature Animation in Orlando, FL, where he worked on Pocahontas, Mulan, Emperor's New Groove, Tarzan, Lilo & Stitch, and Brother Bear. Ron also worked as a story artist for a new Feature Animation division of Digital Domain (DD) on their first Feature Film, The Legend of Tembo

Adjunct Faculty

Marcia Johnson

Marcia Johnson earned her ME in Education from Cambridge College and her BFA in Art Education from the Massachusetts College of Art.
 

 

Full Time Faculty
 

Ryan Van Cleave, Ph.D.

Program Coordinator 

Ryan Van Cleave earned a B.A. in English with minors in Music and Philosophy from Northern Illinois University, an M.A. in English (Creative Writing) from Florida State University, and a Ph.D. in English (Creative Writing) from Florida State University. With more than 20 years of professional teaching experience, Ryan joined Ringling in 2009. His poetry, fiction, and nonfiction have appeared in such venues as The Christian Science Monitor, Clean Eating, Harvard Review, The Iowa Review, Ploughshares, The Progressive, Psychology Today, and The Writer. He’s authored more than twenty books, including The Weekend Book Proposal (Writer’s Digest Books), Memoir Writing for Dummies (Wiley), and Unlocked (Walker Books for Young Readers).  www.ryangvancleave.com 
 

Nicole Caron

Writing & ESL Coordinator

Nicole Caron earned a B.A. in English from Pitzer College and an M.A. in English from Portland State University. With more than 16 years of professional teaching experience, Nicole joined Ringling in 2010. After spending the 1990s developing training programs for manufacturing companies, working for a community college technical adoption program, and writing grants and marketing and strategic plans, Nicole returned to teaching composition at community colleges and universities in Oregon, Connecticut and Florida. Her nonfiction has appeared in numerous regional and trade publications, including Ringling's CONTXT Magazine and Brevity's 20th anniversary issues. Nicole is currently at work on a fiction triology spanning five Florida generations, as well as a collection of essays on writers and writings. www.nicolecaron.com 

 

Visiting Full Time Faculty

 

Rick Dakan

Rick Dakan earned a B.A. in History from The American University and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Pacific Lutheran University. He joined Ringling College in 2015. Rick has written professionally since 1995, with dozens of tabletop game publications in the late 1990s. In 2000 he co-founded Cryptic Studios and was the original lead designer for the hit online video game, City of Heroes. Since then he has written comic books, video game criticism, magazine articles, short stories and has had four novels published including the Geek Mafia trilogy and Cthulhu Cult: A Novel of Obsession. He continues to write for and about games as well as new fiction in multiple genres. www.rickdakan.com

 

SJ Sindu, Ph.D.

SJ Sindu was born in Sri Lanka and raised in Massachusetts. Their hybrid fiction and nonfiction chapbook, I Once Met You But You Were Dead, won the 2016 Turnbuckle Chapbook Contest and was published by Split Lip Press. Sindu was a 2013 Lambda Literary Fellow and holds an M.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a PhD in Creative Writing from Florida State University.

Sindu's work has been published in Brevity, the Los Angeles Review of Books, The Normal School, Fifth Wednesday Journal, and other journals and anthologies. They teach creative writing at Ringling College of Art and Design. Marriage of a Thousand Lies is Sindu's first novel.  www.sijsindu.com

 

Sylvia Whitman

Sylvia’s liberal arts education created a lifelong love of learning. She majored in folklore and mythology at Harvard/Radcliffe and returned to school for degrees in American studies (MA, University of Texas), creative writing (MFA, University of Virginia), and Arab studies (MA, Georgetown University). In the classroom and on the job, she has shared her interests in language, literature, history, and culture. Sylvia has taught at many levels: high school, college, and adult ed. The courses she has taught at Ringling College of Art & Design as an adjunct include writing studio, story workshop, and picture-book writing. At Rollins College, Sylvia coordinated the writing center; at Marymount University in Virginia, she not only trained peer consultants but also led workshops for faculty across the curriculum teaching writing intensive courses. Sylvia has also worked as a newspaper copy editor, public relations coordinator, and managing editor of the International Journal of Middle East Studies. Sylvia has published hundreds of articles for adults and children, a dozen books for young readers, and several short stories. In 2014, her YA novel The Milk of Birds (Atheneum) was selected as one of the Bank Street College Best Children’s Books of the Year and the International Reading Association’s Notable Books for a Global Society.


Adjunct Faculty
 

Glenn Schudel

Glenn Schudel holds a B.A. in English and a minor in theatre from Florida Southern College and an M.Litt and M.F.A. in Shakespeare and Performance from Mary Baldwin University. 
 

Elizabeth Sims

Elizabeth Sims received her MA in English from Wayne State University.

 

Full Time Faculty

 

Bradley Battersby

Film Department Head

Bradley Battersby, Department Head for the Film major, earned a B.A. in Drama from Stanford University, a Certificate of Completion for Directing Fellow from the American Film Institute, and a M.A. in Digital Photography from Savannah College of Art and Design. With over 6 years of professional teaching experience, Bradley joined Ringling College in 2009. He has a wide range of experience in the film industry as a screenwriter, director and cinematographer. He has written and directed five feature films, written numerous screenplays, and directed a number of television episodes and commercials.

 

Sheryl Haler

Sheryl Haler earned a B.F.A. in Design Communication from Texas Tech University and an M.F.A. (Art) from the University of Houston. With over 30 years of professional teaching experience, Sheryl joined Ringling College in 1992. Her work has been exhibited at Textile Arts Centre, Chicago; Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts; Arkansas Arts Center Decorative Museum; and Provincetown Museum, MA. Sheryl is the co-author of Design Concepts and Applications.
 

Christopher Julian

Christopher Julian earned a B.A. in Photography from Virginia Intermont College and an M.F.A. ((Motion Picture Arts - Production) from Florida State University.  With over 2 years of professional teaching experience, C.J. joined Ringling College in 2013. He has worked on over 200 features, commercials and music videos. C.J. is a screenwriter and has written or collaborated on several screenplays. He is also a staff writer with Lobrau Productions and volunteers with the Young Storytellers Foundation in Los Angeles where he mentors youths in writing and producing their own screenplays.

 

Damon Maulucci

Prior to joining Ringling College, Damon was a Co-Founder and Program Director of the only graduate Film and Television Program in Connecticut at Sacred Heart University, where he taught screenwriting, directing, production, film and media studies in the graduate and undergraduate programs. His feature film debut, DETONATOR, screened at Cinequest, the Brooklyn Film Festival, the Philadelphia Film Festival, Indie Memphis, and the Cork Film Festival, among others. It was short-listed for an Independent Spirit Award and received a theatrical and digital distribution. The film was praised by Variety, the Village Voice, the Wall Street Journal, Film Threat, and Filmmaker Magazine. Damon received his MFA in film from Columbia University. His student short films, BAD LIGHT, and LITTLE MAN have screened at festivals across the U.S. and abroad. His first feature-length screenplay was a finalist for the 2009 Sundance Screenwriters Lab. Damon also served as a producer on the feature documentary, PAUL WILLIAMS STILL ALIVE, an official selection of the 2011 Toronto International and SXSW Film Festivals. Damon’s most recent screenplay, SOMEBODY SCREAM, was accepted to the 2017 University Film and Video Association Conference.

 

Vivian Owen

Vivian Owen earned a B.A. in Communications/Advertising from Xavier University and an M.A. in Advertising from Michigan State University. With over 4 years of professional teaching experience, Vivian joined Ringling College in 2010. She has eight years of professional experience in the advertising industry, specifically in the creative and copywriting departments of the business. She has written ads for national clients such as The Ritz-Carlton, Aflac, Steak ‘n Shake, Expedia.com, Eureka, Sherwin Williams, Mr. Clean and Swiffer. Vivian's work has been recognized through multiple industry awards in the ADDY®s competition and has been featured in AdWeek and the US Ad Review. She is a Past President of the local American Advertising Federation chapter and has served 5 years on the Board of Directors.
 

Mark Parry

Mark Parry earned a B.A. in Art & Communications from Chapman University and an M.F.A. (Cinema-Television) from the University of Southern California. With over 14 years of professional teaching experience, Mark joined Ringling College in 2007. His career in the motion picture industry spans 20 years and includes work in nearly every position critical to the creation of a film. As a cinematographer, he has shot over a dozen features and scores of other projects including commercials, music videos and shorts. Mark's cinematography has won several awards including the Nissan FOCUS Award and he is a member of the Directors Guild of America, and as second unit director, he directed the “Flying Elvises” and the Hawaii aerial sequences in Honeymoon in Vegas, a 1993 Golden Globe nominee for Comedy. In 2006, Mark mentored the director of the Coca-Cola Refreshing Filmmaker Award winning film The Reel Monkey. In addition, he served as the cinematographer on the project. Mark has also guest-lectured at the USC School of Cinematic Arts.
 

 


Visiting Full Time Faculty
 

Terry Borst

Terry received his MFA in Theater Arts and his BA in English from the University of California. His film/TV screenplay credits include the TV movie sequel to the Robert DeNiro film "Midnight Run" (MIDNIGHT RUNAROUND), the indy feature PRIVATE WAR, and numerous episodes of the BBC action-adventure series BUGS, syndicated in over 30 countries. He also wrote a fantasy/adventure series pilot for the BBC titled THE NEW ADVENTURES OF KING ARTHUR. In addition, he has performed uncredited rewrites on USA Cable movies and independent features, while also commissioned to develop screenplays for both studio and indy Hollywood producers. Terry co-wrote the interactive movies/videogames WING COMMANDER III and WING COMMANDER IV. The screenplay for III won the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences "Cybie" for Best Writing; the screenplay for IV was nominated for a Computer Game Developers Association Spotlight Award. Terry wrote the screenplay and collaborated on game design for several “serious games”, leading to his consulting on intelligent narrative technologies – exploring how to create more seamless storyworlds in simulations and virtual worlds. He is currently writing and producing indy feature film 2-WAY, slated for production in late 2018.

 

Long Term Part Time Faculty
 

Lance Ford Jones

Lance Ford Jones earned a B.F.A. in Art and Technology from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and an M.F.A. (Art) from the University of South Florida. His work has won many awards include a Clio Award for Best Television/Cinema Interactive and the SIGGRAPH International Art Show.


 

Adjunct Faculty
 

Patrick Alexander

Patrick Alexander earned his MFA, (Motion Picture Arts - Production) from Florida State University.

Callie Byron

Callie Byron received her M.F.A. in Theatre Pedagogy from Virginia Commonwealth University.

Jerry Chambless

Jerry Chambless earned a B.F.A. in Computer Animation from Ringling College of Art and Design.

Emogene Flansburg

Emogene Flansburg earned her MA, Media Studies, from The New School.

Victor Simpkins

Victor Simpkins earned an A.B. from Princeton.
 

Full Time Faculty
 

Joe Fig

Fine Arts and Visual Studies Department Head

Joe earned his B.F.A. and M.F.A. in Fine Arts from the School of Visual Arts, New York. He is known for work that explores the creative process and the spaces where art is made. His paintings, sculptures, photographs, drawings, and videos have been exhibited nationally and internationally with over thirty solo and fifty group exhibitions. He is the author of Inside the Painter's Studio and Inside the Artist's Studio (Princeton Architectural Press), which share an intimate view inside the studios of today's leading artists. In these works, Joe grants unprecedented access into the creative process and offers insight into the sometimes puzzling contemporary art world. His work can be found in numerous museums and leading private collections including the Parrish Museum, Norton Museum, New Museum and the Fogg Museum. His work has been featured in The New York Times, Boston Globe, Artforum, Art in America, ArtNews and Modern Painters as well as several international magazines. Joe has been a guest lecturer and visiting artist at over twenty-five institutions. He is represented by Cristin Tierney Gallery in New York.  www.joefig.com

 

Claudia Cumbie-Jones

Claudia Cumbie-Jones earned a B.F.A. in Theater Arts from Birmingham Southern College, a M.A. in Educational Library/Media from the University of Alabama, and an M.F.A. (Art and Technology) from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. With over 23 years of professional teaching experience, Claudia joined Ringling College in 1994. She is a co-founder of Ringling College’s annual Cosmix Symposium on Immersive Media. Claudia's exhibitions include SIGGRAPH, State of Illinois Gallery, Dot Pixel Image/The Electronic Design Association, Jena Fulldome Festival, Domefest 2012, Fulldome UK, and ISEA2012.

 

Nathan Skiles

Studio Arts First Year Coordinator

Nathan Skiles earned a B.F.A. in Fine Arts from Ringling College of Art and Design and an M.F.A. in Studio Arts from Montclair State University. With over 5 years of professional teaching experience, Nathan joined Ringling College in 2010. He considers technology to be an indispensable component to his professional practice as a contemporary artist and feels that embracing emerging new media is crucial to the development of any Fine Arts department. His recent exhibitions include The Clockmaker’s Apprentice, The Hunterdon Art Museum, Clinton, NJ; Black Forest / White Lightning, Sloan Fine Art, New York, NY; Welcome to Tartarus, Welcome to Valhalla, Greene Contemporary, New York, NY. www.NathanSkiles.com
 

Michael Wyshock

Michael Wyshock earned a B.F.A. in Painting and a minor in Art History from the University of Delaware; and an M.F.A. in Studio Art from Florida State University. With over 5 years of professional teaching experience, Michael joined Ringling College in 2010. His work has been in exhibitions all over the world and his artwork has been supported by several research grants and awards including: Pollock Krasner Award, Vermont Studio Center Full Fellowship, Delaware Division of the Arts Individual Artist Award, State University of New York Research Council Award, Louisiana Division of the Arts Artist Award, UCA Research Award, FSU Distinguished Alumni Award and the Ringling Towers Award for Visual Arts. www.wyshock.com 

 


Visiting Full Time Faculty
 

Dustin Juengel

Dustin Juengel earned a B.F.A. in Illustration from Ringling College of Art and Design and a M.A. in Fine Arts from Chelsea College of Art and Design. His work has been exhibited in the U.S., UK and Germany. Dustin engages with painting through both, digital and traditional techniques.  

www.dustinjuengel.com

 

 

Rob Tarbell

Rob Tarbell earned his BFA in Painting from Auburn University, and an MFA (Art) and an MS in Curriculum & Instruction (Art Education), both from the University of Tennessee.

Rob has taught at New College of Florida, Virginia Commonwealth University, Piedmont Community College, James Madison University, and Limestone College. He has also worked as a designer, most recently with the Ringling Museum of Art in Exhibition Design and Preparation Department as a graphic designer and exhibition preparator.

Over the past twelve years, he has developed a unique smoke based process, as well as, working in porcelain.  His work has been featured in more than 50 articles in publications worldwide, including New American Paintings, the Huffington Post UK, Daily Mail UK, and the Kultura Zabaikalya in Transbaikalia, Siberia. His work has been shown in more than twenty solo exhibitions and seventy-five group exhibitions throughout the United States, Korea, China, and England. In 2017, the Tampa Museum of Art featured his smoke and porcelain work in Skyway Selections: Curator’s Choice. Rob’s work is represented by Claire Oliver Gallery in New York.

www.robtarbell.com

 

Eszter Sziksz

Eszter Sziksz is a Hungarian artist and has traveled and lived in several countries from Asia to Europe.  She earned a B.A. from Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, and completed her M.F.A. (Studio Art) at the Memphis College of Art. Eszter's work blends papermaking, installation and video elements. She is an active artist and has shown at the regional and international level from Tokyo to Budapest. Her works were recently shown at the Santorini Art Biennial, International Artists Collective Museo del Brigantaggio, in Itri, Italy, Ice Hotel, Sweden, Krakow International Print Triennial and at the International Print Center New York.  Eszter`s works were mentioned at Art in Print Magazine, Volume 5 number 2.
 

Long Term Part Time Faculty
 

Vicky Randall

Vicky Randall earned a B.F.A. in Painting and Sculpture with a minor in Metalsmithing from Middle Tennessee State University and an M.F.A. in Art (Sculpture) from Southern Illinois University. She has participated in over 180 invitationals, juried and one-person exhibitions regionally, nationally and internationally. Vicky is well known for her monumental sculptures in stainless steel.
 

Adjunct Faculty

Samantha Burns

Samantha Burns earned her MFA, Studio Art, from Florida State University.

 

Taylor Robenalt

Taylor Robenalt earned her MFA, Art (Ceramics) from the University of Georgia.
 

 

Full Time Faculty
 

Morgan Woolverton

Interim Game Art and Virtual Reality Development Department Head

Morgan Woolverton earned a B.F.A. from Hampshire College and an M.F.A. in Studio Arts from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. With over 3 years of professional teaching experience, Morgan joined Ringling College in 2015. He is an artist and game developer with over 20 years of experience, which has included roles with AAA console games and freelance illustration, as well as teaching college-level art courses. Most recently he was a game developer at Microsoft working on Halo 5. In the last 11 years he has shipped titles that vary in theme from: sci-fi shooter, action role-playing games (RPG), RPG, racing, and Multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA), as well as adventure games. He held a key role on Shadow of Mordor which won Game of the Year at the 2015 Game Developers Conference awards.

 

Wala Alhadad

Wala Alhadad earned his M.F.A. (Visual Development) from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. With over 2 years of professional teaching experience, Wala joined Ringling College in 2015. He previously worked in the animation industry for more than five years as a Visual Development Artist, Matte Painter and Texture Artist at Rubicon Group Holding. Wala also worked in the game industry as a concept artist, matte painter and texture artist. His philosophy of teaching is to combine his range of experience with his ability to be a compassionate, enthusiastic, intelligent teacher to build the visual, conceptual and creative abilities and the problem solving strategies that are essential to students` development as professionals; as well as preparing them for the entertainment industry.
 

Scott Carroll

Scott Carroll earned a B.F.A. in Computer Animation with a minor in Photography from Ringling College of Art and Design.  With over 2 years of professional teaching experience, Scott joined Ringling College in 2014. He has worked as a commercial game designer on successful franchises for some of the biggest publishers in the electronic entertainment industry including: Skylanders (Activision Blizzard), Forza Motorsport (Microsoft Game Studios), and Medal of Honor (Electronic Arts).
 

Jamie DeRuyter

Jamie DeRuyter earned a B.F.A. in Computer Animation from Ringling College of Art and Design. With over 14 years of professional teaching experience, Jamie joined Ringling College in 2002. He has worked for such companies as The Pixel Factory, Victory FX, Kleiser-Walczak Construction Company, and Visual Book Productions.
 

Eric Gingrich

Eric Gingrich earned a B.F.A. (Video/Film) from Savannah College of Art and Design. With over 6 years of professional teaching experience, Eric joined Ringling College in 2009. He is a veteran Cinematics and Design Lead with thirteen years in the video game industry. He has been credited with 15 titles across 11 platforms and 9 genres including Where the Wild Things Are (X-Box 360, PS3, Wii); X-Men Origins: Wolverine (Wii, PS2); Indiana Jones and the Staff of Kings (PSP); Call of Duty: Roads to Victory (PSP); Algorithmics Rock the World (L-Max); Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (PC Unreal engine).  www.ericgingrich.com
 

Ryland Loncharich

Ryland Loncharich earned a B.F.A.(Video/Film) from Savannah College of Art and Design. With over 2 years of professional teaching experience, Ryland joined Ringling College in 2013. He spent the past seven years working with such companies as Electronic Arts, THQ, Snowblind Studios and Warner Brothers Games. His title credits combined have sold more than six million copies and include Lord of the Rings: War in the North, Guardians of Middle Earth, Batman: Arkham City and Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor.
 

Martin Murphy

Martin Murphy earned a B.F.A. in Computer Animation from Ringling College of Art and Design. With over 6 years of professional teaching experience, Marty joined Ringling College in 2009. He has sixteen years of experience in the entertainment industry. He has contributed his talents to feature films, numerous broadcast design packages and commercials, and to the creation of more than twenty games ranging from the arcade and SEGA Genesis era to the current console systems.
 

Michael Phillippi

Michael is a graduate of The Savannah College of Art & Design (SCAD) with a B.F.A. in Sequential Art and an M.F.A. in Illustration. Over his 20-year career, he has worked as a staff artist for Wizards of the Coast, lead concept artist for EA, a professor of illustration at SCAD, and has freelanced for companies throughout the entertainment industries. Some of the properties he has created illustrations for include Dungeons & DragonsDragon MagazineMagic the GatheringWorld of Warcraft, and Hearthstone. As a concept artist and a game developer, his shipped titles include Warhammer Age of Reckoning, Ultima, Ultima Forever, Dark Age of Camelot, Dungeon Keeper, Kingdoms of Amular, as well as numerous prototypes and as-yet-unreleased projects for EA, CCP, Shiver Entertainment, Rumble Entertainment, Broadsword, GearBox, Dire Wolf Digital and Dodge Roll. His work has been included in multiple editions of Spectrum; The Best in Fantastic Art, published illustration collections/annuals and gallery shows in the US, Europe, Israel and China. Currently, he is based in Miami and is co-founder and art director of The Source for Art, an outsourcing studio providing 2D and 3D art support to clients throughout the US.


Adjunct Faculty
 

Noah Ortego

Noah Ortego earned his BFA, Game Art and Design, from Ringling College of Art and Design.

 

 

Full Time Faculty
 

Jeffrey Bleitz

Advertising and Graphic Design Department Head

Jeff Bleitz, Department Head for Advertising and Graphic Design, earned his B.F.A. in Graphic Design from Iowa State University and his M.F.A Art (Visual Communication) from the University of Arizona. With over 16 years of professional teaching experience, Jeff joined Ringling College in 2001. He has been the recipient of several merit and silver awards from the Art Director's Association of Iowa. Jeff's works have been published in Graphis Letterhead 4 and HOW Magazine. He is an American Platinum award winner and was recognized by AGFA International Young Creatives in 2000.
 

Kimberly Elam

Design Arts First Year Coordinator

Kimberly Elam earned her B.F.A. in Graphic Design from Parsons School of Design and her M.F.A. (Graphic Design) from Cranbrook Academy of Art. With over 45 years of professional teaching experience, Kim joined Ringling College in 1990. She is a writer, educator, and graphic designer. Her writing includes three best-selling books for the Princeton Architectural Press Design Briefs series: "Geometry of Design, Studies in Proportion and Composition," "Grid Systems, Principles of Organizing Type," and "Typographic Systems, Rules for Organizing Type."   www.studioresourceinc.com | behance.net/kelam
 

Allen Harrison

Allen Harrison earned his B.F.A. in Graphic Design from The University of Akron and his M.F.A. in Graphic Design from Maryland Institute College of Art. With over 10 years of professional teaching experience, Allen joined Ringling College in 2008.  His work has been the recipient of numerous ADDY Awards. Allen also wrote, designed and produced Friction Magazine, a publication recognized for design and content by Print Magazine, the ADDY® Awards, Utne ReaderThe NationMother Jones, PBS, Yahoo.com’s “Daily Pick,” ClamorPunk Planet, and various independent ’zines. www.monkeybubblemedia.com

 

Douglas Higgins

Douglas Higgins earned a B.F.A. (Painting) from Virginia Commonwealth University, a M.A.E. from Rhode Island School of Design, and an M.F.A .Design (Visual Communications) from Virginia Commonwealth University.  With over 33 years of professional teaching experience, Doug joined Ringling College in 1991. He has exhibited at major galleries including Ruth Siegel Gallery, New York City; Chicago International Art Exposition; and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art to name a few. Doug's work has been honored for various awards including Virginia Commission for the Arts Fellowship and award in printmaking, exhibition catalog awards - American Association of Museums.
 

Polly Johnson

Polly Johnson earned a B.F.A. in Graphic Design from Western Michigan University and an M.F.A. - Design (Visual Communications) from Virginia Commonwealth University. With over 22 years of professional teaching experiences, Polly joined Ringling College in 1993. Her recent articles include Design Education in Progress: Process and MethodologyFrom Stasis to MotionZed 5: Implications of the ObjectBig rigs and mudflapgirlsZed 7: Public and PrivateJust in case we have to do some cooking and her published works include Experimental Typography, Innovations in Digital Graphics
 

Angela Leed

Faculty Project Director for the Collaboratory

Angela Leed earned a B.F.A. in Graphic Design from Indiana University and an M.F.A. Art (2D Studio Art) from Bowling Green State University.  With over two years of professional teaching experience, Angela joined Ringling College in 2013. Her work has been shown in exhibitions throughout Chicago, New York and Indiana and she has received numerous awards, including an Individual Artist Grant from the Indiana Arts Council.

 

Joani Spadaro

Joani Spadaro earned a B.F.A. in Advertising with distinction from the Academy of Art University and an MFA - Design (Graphic Design) with a minor in Printmaking at Cranbrook Academy of Art. With over 23 years of professional teaching experience, Joani joined Ringling College in 2008. Her design work has been honored in a number of shows and publications including the 100 Show, the AIGA Annual, ID Magazine and Émigré Magazine. Joani's areas of interest include typography, language, literature and feminist studies. She explores the intersection of these areas in mixed–media paintings and drawings and has exhibited her work in both solo and group shows. Joani is one–half of the design firm doubledagger.
 

Edwin Utermohlen

Edwin Utermohlen earned a B.F.A. in Painting with a minor in Woodworking from East Carolina University and an M.F.A. in Graphic Design from California Institute of the Arts. With over 24 years of professional teaching experience, Edwin joined Ringling College in 2001. His work has been recognized by the American Center for Design, HOW Magazine, Adobe Systems, the Society of Publication Designers, and the Art Director's Club of Indiana.

 

Visiting Full Time Faculty

Molly Reilly

Molly is an artist, designer and educator.  She holds a BFA from California College of Art and MFA in Photography from Cranbrook Academy of Art. Molly has moved throughout the country teaching, exhibiting and participating in many Urban Indie Art Fairs. Her perspective in photography has been on the sequential aspects of imagery, building books and installations inspired by the act of collecting, personal stories and notions of home. Similar themes of travel and mid-century design influence her design work as accessible cultural icons. Molly is the maker/designer behind the Independent business Neogranny, a vintage inspired laser-cut wood jewelry and home goods line which is being sold in many retail venues such as the National Museum, Houston Center for Contemporary Craft and Boston Museum of Fine Arts. Her artwork has been exhibited nationally and resides in several prominent Art Collections such as Daimler Art Collection and Lilly Library of Indiana University.

 

Adjunct Faculty

Jenny Ambrose

Jenny Ambrose earned her BFA, Graphic and Interactive Communication, from Ringling College of Art and Design.

Jennifer Mumford Brady

Jennifer Mumford Brady earned her M.F.A. - Design (Visual Communications) from Virginia Commonwealth University.

Brian Carlock

Brian earned his B.F.A. in Graphic Design from Brigham Young University.

 


Full Time Faculty

 

Scott Gordley

Illustration Department Head

Scott Gordley earned a B.F.A. in graphic design from Ringling College of Art and Design and an M.F.A. in Studio Arts from Tufts University. With 30 years of illustration, teaching, and administration experience, Scott joined Ringling College in 2016. He is a former Chair of the Department of Art & Design at Montclair State University and most recently was the Director of the B.F.A. Illustration/Animation program at MSU.  Scott began his career in New York illustrating for clients including Time, Esquire, Reader’s Digest, Newsday, and the London Times, Viking Penguin and William Morrow Publishing. In 2015 Scott was included in both The Society of Illustrators Annual American Illustration exhibition and in the American Illustration anthology: Best Of American Illustration 2015. Additionally he has been commissioned to paint numerous portraits over the past 30 years including renowned stage and screen actor James Earl Jones, New Yorker theater critic Edith Oliver, and both Cher and Madonna for Esquire magazine.
 

Katy Betz

Katy Betz earned a B.F.A. in Illustration from Laguna College of Art and Design and an M.F.A. in Art/Design from California State University. With over 3 years of professional teaching experience, Katy joined Ringling College in 2012. She is an accomplished children’s book illustrator, recently winning a Christopher Award and the SCBWI Crystal Kite Award. www.katybetz.com
 

Aaron Board

Aaron Board earned a B.F.A. in Painting from Auburn University and an M.F.A. -Figurative Art-Painting from New York Academy of Art. With over 6 years of professional teaching experience, Aaron joined Ringling College in 2012. His work has been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in New York, Ohio and Canada, and is included in various private collections in the United States as well as internationally.  www.aaronboard.com
 

Don Brandes

Don Brandes earned a B.F.A. in Art with a minor in Graphic Design from the University of Missouri and a M.A. -Illustration from Syracuse University. With over 17 years of professional teaching experience, Don joined Ringling College in 1998. He is a former illustrator for Hallmark Cards and has had numerous clients including Northwest Airlines.  www.donbrandes.com
 

Matteo Caloiaro

Matteo Caloiaro received his B.F.A. - Illustration Ringling College of Art and Design. He began teaching part-time at Ringling in 2010, until he accepted a visiting full-time appointment in 2016.  Matteo is a painter and commercial artist and is represented by Kiley Court Gallery in Provincetown, MA, Brandt-Roberts Galleries in Columbus, OH, and Palm Avenue Fine Art in Sarasota, FL.  He has participated in several gallery and museum exhibitions throughout the country, including the Butler Institute of American Art, and the Cahoon Museum of American Art. He is the recipient of several awards for his painting at both the national and international level. From the Portrait Society of America, he has received the following: Exceptional Merit Award at the 2016 International Portrait Competition, the 2nd Honor Award at the 2017 International Portrait Competition, 3rd Place Still life and 8th Place Non-Commissioned Portrait from the 2016 Members Only Competition and Finalist at the 2017 Members Only Competition. Matteo’s work has been published in several notable publications including: Southwest Art, Plein Air Magazine, International Artist Magazine, Art of the Portrait Journal, Under the Radar Magazine and the J.M Smucker Company’s Annual report. 

 

Peter Brown

Peter Brown earned a B.S. in Human Development from the University of Massachusetts and an M.F.A. (Fine Arts/Painting) from Indiana University. With over 26 years of professional teaching experience, Peter joined Ringling College in 1989. His work has been represented by galleries in Florida, Maine and New York City and his works are in numerous regional and national exhibitions and collections. Peter's awards include Florida Visual Artist Fellowship and Della Fricke Grant.
 

Thomas Casmer

Thomas Casmer earned a B.A. in Fine Arts with a minor in English & Literature from Hamline University in Saint Paul, MN and a B.F.A. in Illustration from College of Visual Arts in Saint Paul, MN. With over 33 years of professional teaching experience, Tom joined Ringling College in 2003. His professional experience includes more than 25 years as an Illustrator, Designer, Art Director and Fine Artist.
 

Hugh Davies

Hugh Davies earned a B.F.A. in Painting and Printmaking from Brighton College of Art and Design and an M.F.A. in Fine Arts from the Chelsea School of Art and the University of the Arts in London. With over 42 years of professional teaching experience, Hugh joined Ringling College in 2003. His work has been exhibited in leading galleries and museums in the UK and in galleries in Paris, Berlin, Australia, and the United States. Hugh's work has also been widely reviewed and discussed in numerous publications and he has received awards from the West Midlands Arts Association and The Arts Council of Great Britain, is an elected member of The London Group and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. www.hughdaviespaintings.com
 

Regan Todd Dunnick

Regan Todd Dunnick earned a B.F.A. in Fine Arts from Ringling College of Art and Design. With over 28 years of professional teaching experience, Regan joined Ringling College in 1987. His artwork has been included in Print’s Top 100 Posters of the 20th century, the New Pop Show which chronicled the 25 most innovative illustrators in America and one of 50 American Illustrators selected for the United Nation’s Environmental show. Some of his notable clients include Rolling Stone Magazine, Time Magazine, Newsweek, New York Magazine, The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and many more.
 

Stephanie Henderson

Stephanie Henderson joined Ringling College in 2016 as a visiting full-time faculty. She earned a BFA from the College for Creative Studies, and a MFA - Art (Painting) from Wayne State University. Stephanie has 11 years of professional teaching experience and has worked in the industry for over 34 years, receiving numerous awards and honors. She is an internationally exhibiting artist, highlights being Art Prize Encore, Grand Rapids Art Museum, solo exhibition, Bread and Circuses, Paul Booth’s Last Rites Gallery in NY, 2013 Venice Biennale, Claus Brusen’s, Dante, the Divine Comedy invitational tour, Denmark and Germany, and Miroslaw Bator’s Magical Dream Tour through Poland, Austria, Belgium, Denmark and Germany. Her work has appeared in many publications such as Marcel Schurman dream journals, Bottman Design cards, Imaginaire and Dreamscapes books, The Book of Skulls, Creative Quarterly, Society of Illustrators Annual, 3 x 3 and Book Design 2. Stephanie has been featured online in sites such as beinart.org, Hi-Fructose, Juxtapoz, Platinum Cheese, Who Killed Bambi, Artist a Day, Empty Kingdom, and Kendrick Daye’s Art Nouveau. She has been commissioned by Roseanne Barr’s Full Moon High Tide Productions Inc., Julie Andrews and Harper Collins, Laura Childs and Berkeley Publishing Group, Simon & Schuster, Berkley Publishing Group, Prentice Hall, Multnomah Books, Llewellyn Publications, Penguin/Putnam, and Celestial Seasonings. Stephanie’s work is part of Luciano Benetton’s collection Imago Mundi that aims to unite the diversities of our world in the name of common artistic experience, currently on a two-year journey across China Under One Sky. You can see more of Stephanie’s work on www.hendersonart.com

John Herzog

John Herzog is an illustrator, writer, and character designer. He earned a BFA in Animation from Brigham Young University. John joined Ringling College in 2017 as an adjunct faculty member and then accepted a visiting full-time position. His experience in illustration and animation, coupled with over 15 years of film production experience, has given him a unique perspective on the art of visual storytelling. John’s work has been featured in various national publications, including Highlights for Children, Kenyon College Alumni Bulletin, and High Five. His most recent clients include Aldrich Design and Hasbro. John is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators and is represented by Shannon Associates.
 

Mike Hodges

Mike Hodges earned a B.F.A. in Visual Design and Fine Arts from Auburn University and an M.F.A. in Illustration from Syracuse University. With over 34 years of professional teaching experience, Mike joined Ringling College in 1992. His professional clients have included New Yorker, Chicago Tribune, Esquire, Wall Street Journal Reports, Sports Illustrated, i, MasterCard, ABC Television, UPS, IBM, Pepsi, Coca-Cola, Federal Express, Delta Airlines and Absolut. Mike's work has won numerous national awards and has been feature in exhibitions and he is a member of Society of Illustrators, Dallas Society of Illustrators, and Illustrators' Club of Washington/Maryland/Virginia.
 

Carl E. Johnson

Carl E. Johnson earned a B.F.A. in Illustration with a minor in Drawing from Colorado State University and an M.F.A.- Art (Painting & Drawing) from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. With over 33 years of professional teaching experience, Carl joined Ringling College in 1997. His work has been shown in such exhibitions as Butler Institute of Art, "R.S.V.P." at Society of Illustrators. Collections: Bristol-Myers Squibb, Huntington National Bank, Marshall Erdman and Associates. He has held fellowships with Millay Colony of the Arts and the Saltonstall Foundation.
 

James Martin

James Martin earned a B.F.A. in Illustration, with distinction, from The Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. James Martin joined Ringling College in 2015 as a full-time faculty member in the Computer Animation Department. He studied figure drawing under the tutelage of Fred Fixler, a student of the Golden Age illustrator Frank Reilly, a protégé of Dean Cornwell. Upon graduation, James was hired as a storyboard artist by the comic artist Neal Adams. This culminated in a collaboration of comic covers with the artist. The next 7 years were spent as a freelance illustrator and sketch artist for the advertising and film industry. This included working on toy packaging, prop paintings for film, billboards, and print advertising. Clients included: Spike Lee, Steven Spielberg, The Grammy Awards, Mattel, Paramount Pictures, Universal Pictures, The Disney Magazine, Lightstorm Entertainment, Marvel Comics and commissions from directors James Cameron and Jean-Pierre Jeunet.
 

Sean Murray

Sean Murray earned a B.F.A. - Illustration from Syracuse University.  He is an award-winning freelance illustrator, concept artist, author, and teacher who has worked in the entertainment industry for over fifteen years. Sean has spent the bulk of his career as a video game concept artist, working on several titles, including Dungeons & Dragons Online, The Lord of the Rings Online, and Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning. He has worked for clients such as Sony Screen Gems, DreamWorks, Legendary Pictures, visionary film director and producer Guillermo Del Toro, Disney-Hyperion Publishing, Sideshow Collectibles, Wizards of the Coast, Lego and EA Games. Sean won the Gold Award in the "Concept Art" category for this year's Spectrum Fantastic Art annual juried competition and his work has been chosen to be included in Spectrum annuals over the past eight years. Sean has been nominated for a prestigious Chesley Award and won a Silver and Bronze medal award from the Society of Illustrators of Los Angeles in 2015. He has taught in the illustration departments at Maryland Institute College of Art, Syracuse University (his alma mater) and the New Hampshire Institute of Art. He also teaches world-building at various illustration-focused workshops. Thanks to a successful Kickstarter campaign in 2012, Sean self-published Gateway: The Book of Wizards as a primer into his personal world-building project. Sean also co-created a card/board game hybrid called "Gateway: Uprising" that released in Fall of 2017 and is published by CMON, Inc.

 

Octavio Perez

Octavio Perez earned a B.F.A. in Illustration from Ringling College of Art and Design. With over 15 years of professional teaching experience, Octavio joined Ringling College in 2001. He previously worked at Hallmark Cards and currently works on concept design and execution of editorial illustrations and news graphics for the St. Petersburg Times. His numerous national clients include Hallmark Cards Inc., GEAR Inc., Cabela's, and Humanities Magazine.
 

George Pratt

George Pratt earned a B.F.A. (Drawing and Painting) from Pratt Institute. With over 16 years of professional teaching experience, George joined Ringling College in 2006. A successful painter, his work is in private collections in the United States, Canada, Europe, India, and Japan, and has been exhibited in the Houston Museum of Fine Art and many galleries throughout the world. He was awarded a Gold Medal in the Spectrum Awards of 2002 and has had his work exhibited many times at the Society of Illustrators in New York. George continues to illustrate and design books and book jackets for various publishers including Random House, Henry Holt, Inc., Warner Books, Clarion Books, and Columbia Studios.
 

Caleb Prochnow

Caleb Prochnow earned a B.F.A. in Illustration from Ringling College of Art and Design. With over 5 years of professional teaching experience, Caleb joined Ringling College in 2012. He is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including the Best of Ringling Juried Student Show, Society of Illustrators, CMYK, Spectrum, Darkhorse Scholarship, and Massive Black Thunderdome. Some of his past clients include Disney, Universal, Ron Jon, Hard Rock, Ogilvy and Mather, Simon and Schuster and Electronic Arts.  www.vectorgenius.com
 

Alexander Snyder

After graduation from the Ringling College of Art and Design, Alex Snyder has worked for Bronzart Foundry, a complete fine arts foundry located in Sarasota. Over the last 17 years, Alexander has been developing his skills as a master sculptor, and working with artists from all over the U.S. and the world. He has had the opportunity to work with Robert Rauschenberg, Bill Schaff, Mariah Kirby Smith, and Kathy Spalding; as well as organizations like Disney, Graphicstudio and The Smithsonian Natural History Museum. Since spring of 2012, Alexander has been teaching 3-D and 2-D design for Ringling’s MEDA community and the 3-D course lead for the last two years. Alex’s artwork is predominantly figurative bronze sculpture, though drawing and painting have an increasingly prominent role in his creative process. He is currently pursuing his MFA in Illustration from SCAD with the intention of becoming a more skilled draftsman and to be more effective in his role as an educator.

 

Ken Spirduso

Ken Spirduso earned a B.F.A. (Illustration) from the University of Kansas. With over a year of professional teaching experience, Ken joined Ringling College in 2014.  He has held past positions including layout artist and background artist at Walt Disney Feature Animation. His credits include The Lion King, Pocahontas, Mulan, Tarzan, Lilo and Stitch and Brother Bear.  He also worked for Walt Disney Imagineering as a freelance illustrator and muralist and with n-Space as a senior concept artist.
 

Joseph Thiel

Joseph Thiel earned a B.S. in Design from Buffalo State College and an M.F.A. - Art (Illustration/Drawing) from State University of New York at Buffalo. With over 23 years of professional teaching experience, Joe joined Ringling College in 1992. He has had his work published in Print, New York Times Book Review, Detroit News, Washington Post, Baltimore Sun, and Blue Sky. His clients include United Features Syndicate and Johns Hopkins. Joe is an educational member of the Society of Illustrators and the College Art Association. He is the author of Below the Beltway and Dirty Pictures from Longwind Publishing.  www.jrthiel.com
 

Rebecca Zomchek

Rebecca, illustrator, designer, and letterer, graduated with an M.F.A. in Illustration as Visual Essay from The School of Visual Arts in New York City and a B.F.A. in Illustration, Summa Cum Laude with Honors, from Syracuse University. She has worked as a freelance illustrator and game designer. Rebecca has illustrated several children's books with Scholastic Publishing and just worked on her first coloring book with Penguin/Random House.
 


Visiting Full Time Faculty

 

Oliver Dominguez

Oliver Dominguez earned his BFA (Illustration) from Ringling College of Art and Design and has studied at the Illustration Academy. Notable picture books Oliver has worked on include Electrical Wizard: How Nikola Tesla Lit the World; Miracle Mud: Lena Blackburne and The Secret Mud; Luis Paints the World; and, Pope Francis: Builder of Bridges. Some of his awards include Bank Street College Best Children’s Book of the Year, and the Maryland Blue Crab Award. Oliver is represented by Red Fox Literacy and some of his clients include Candlewick Press, Lerner Publishing, Bloomsbury Publishing, Cricket Magazine, Image Comics, Push, American Express, and Men’s Style Australia Magazine. His exhibitions include Society of Illustrator NY, Cj 1 Picture Book Festival, and a solo show at Sidney and Berne Davis Art Center.
 

David Gardner

David has been a professional illustrator for three decades. A former artist for Walt Disney Animation Studios, David has worked on layouts and visual development for projects including Beauty and the Beast, All Dogs Go to Heaven, Rescuers Down Under, A Goofy Movie, Hunchback of Notre Dame, and the Land Before Time sequels. He has also illustrated several children's books including the groundbreaking Harvey Milk Story and the award-winning Sarah Gives Thanks. David grew up in Memphis, Tennessee, and wanted to be a Disney artist for as long as he can remember. He received his Bachelor's degree in Speech (Radio/TV/Film) from Northwestern University, majoring in Film, then studied fine art and illustration for three years at the American Academy of Art. After his years working at Disney and other animation studios, David decided to go freelance as an illustrator and created Flying Dog Studio. He is a longtime member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. For several years, he directed the world-famous Gustave Baumann Marionettes for the New Mexico Museum of Art.
 

Jennifer Jones

Jennifer Jones received her BFA in Painting from Baylor University in Waco, TX.  While there, she spent a semester studying painting in Florence at Lorenzo De’ Medici.  Jennifer received her MFA in Painting and Drawing from the University of North Texas where she has taught as an adjunct professor until she became a full-time professor at Navarro College. In 2009, Jennifer was named as one of the Dallas Top Nine Artists to Watch at Fashion Industry Gallery (F.I.G.) and was published in D Magazine. Jones’ work has been exhibited nationally. She has participated in over 80 art exhibitions, juried by several of today’s most renowned art figures. Additionally, Jones has been a finalist three times in the Hunting Art Prize, in Houston, TX. Jennifer’s recent exhibitions include solo shows at The University of Maine, the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, Austin, TX, 2017; Ex Post Facto, Warehouse Living Arts Center, Corsicana, TX, 2017; Dallas Art Fair in 2016 and 2017, F.I.G., Dallas, TX, Ro2 Gallery; and Texas Art Contemporary Fair, Houston, TX, Ro2 Gallery, 2015.

 

Kurt Karussi

Kurt Karussi received his BFA in Industrial Design from the Cleveland Institute of Art with a minor in Glass forming.  He has had the unique opportunity to design, teach and lead a wide range of initiatives from character design, consumer products, toy design, business environment design, to leading creative workshops and focus groups. Through all his endeavors, Kurt's focus has always been about creating "story" that people can genuinely relate to. The focus on story was of great value to him as a toy designer for companies such as Hasbro, Mattel, and LEGO, where he had the opportunity to work directly with animation studios and entertainment licenses. While at Mattel, Kurt had the opportunity to teach toy design at the Otis School of Design, providing knowledge and skills for idea generation and visual storytelling to his students. Many of the Design Thinking Tools that Kurt implemented in the development process with past corporate organizations have been adapted to a college level where students can clearly understand the value of visual storytelling with ways to use those tools and principles.  Kurt was able to continue his design passion with companies such as Specialized Bicycles, Tervis Tumblers, and as an Adjunct Professor at Ringling College of Art and Design.
 

Iliya Mirochnik

Iliya Mirochnik completed his studies in St. Petersburg, Russia at the I.E. Repin State Institute of Painting, Sculpture, and Architecture with a Masters of Fine Arts in Painting. In his work, Iliya aims to connect the Russian aesthetic with American sensibilities, creating images that go beyond their origins. Iliya has participated in group exhibitions across the United States and has had solo shows in New York City's Dacia Gallery and Galerie Schloss Wiespach in Salzburg, Austria. Iliya has been a recipient of a number of national and international scholarships and awards, receiving the “First Place” award in the Portrait Society of America's International Portrait Competition in 2013 and “Third Place” at the Alpine Fellowship Fine Art Competition in 2017. He is also a Signature Member of the Portrait Society of America. Recently, Iliya was selected to develop his design for a public monument for Iconbay Residences in Miami, Florida in collaboration with The Related Group architecture firm.
 

Alex Murawski

Alex Murawski holds a BFA (Printmaking) from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Alex has worked as a freelance illustrator and his work has been recognized by the Society of Illustrators in NY and LA, the NY and LA Art Director’s Clubs, Communication Arts, Print and Graphis magazines, the Society of Typographic Arts and the Society of Publication Designers, The One Show, AIGA, the Clio Awards, and European Illustration. Alex’s work is in the permanent collection of the Museum of American Illustration in NY. In 2011, Alex edited a book on the work of the cartoonist Jack Davis for Fantagraphics Books.
 

Sean Ware

Sean Ware earned his BA in Painting from Berea College and his MFA in Painting from the University of New Hampshire. Largely drawing inspiration from the landscape around him, Sean’s work is a balance of often dissimilar methods: alla prima plein air painting, large studio painting, printmaking, and the occasional ceramics session, each prompting and informing the others. During his time as an active member of the New England arts community, Sean taught various courses and workshops for the New Hampshire Art Association and the Community College System of New Hampshire, including plein air painting, drawing, printmaking, color theory, creative entrepreneurship, and social media for artists. Most recently, Sean was invited to return to Berea College as a visiting lecturer of art.

 


Long Term Part Time Faculty
 

Gary Allen Barker

Gary Allen Barker earned a B.A. in Art with a minor in Spanish from the University of Indianapolis. He has been the Senior Cartoonist for the "Garfield" comic strip since 1983 and co-developed Garfield’s Pet Force and illustrated Garfield product art for such licensees as: NASCAR, Bradford, Mead, Hasbro, Ballantine, and Hallmark. Gary has also worked as Creative Director for IE Worldwide and as Designer/Illustrator for RM Enterprises, Hong Kong. He has been a Comic Book Artist for such publishers as Marvel, DC, Image and Dark Horse, and has been a Designer/Layout Artist for Film Roman Studios, Paramount Studios and Warner Brothers International.  www.garybarker.com 
 

Katie Dobson Cundiff

Katie Dobson Cundiff earned a B.F.A. in Painting from Ringling College of Art and Design. She is the owner, illustrator and designer of Katie Dids Originals, Inc., a Sarasota design company producing screen printed and embroidered apparel for over 25 years. Katie is also an accomplished plein air oil painter. Her work is in private collections throughout the United States, Spain, France, and Argentina. Katie is represented by M Gallery of Fine Art in Sarasota, Corse Gallery and Atelier in Jacksonville, and Coconut Grove Gallery, Coconut Grove, FL, and is an associate member of Oil Painters of America and American Women Artists.  www.dobsonart.com 
 

Hodges Soileau

Hodges Soileau earned a B.A. in Advertising Design with a minor in Social Studies from the University of Southwestern Louisiana. He has had a successful illustration career for twenty-five years. Hodges has worked for most of the major publishing houses in New York and he is a 23-year member of the prestigious Society of Illustrators in New York. During this time he received many citations of merit for work exhibited in annual shows. Hodges has had several solo shows, and has participated in numerous group shows. His work hangs in private collections as well as the United Stated Air Force and U.S. Coast Guard permanent collections.  www.hodgessoileau.com
 

Steven Strenk

Steven Strenk earned a B.F.A. in Fine Arts from Ringling College of Art and Design and an M.F.A.- Art from University of South Florida. He is an artist of many mediums ranging from painting, to sculpture, and draws his inspiration from his coastal environment, along with a sense of playfulness. Steve is currently a part of the local artist group SARTQ, which is a circle of Sarasota artists engaging the community through unique art experiences. His work has been shown primarily in alternative spaces throughout Florida as well as out of state and is in private collections throughout the United States. In early 2014 Steven had the privilege of being selected as one of seven artists to participate in Sarasota Keys, an interactive music and art experience hosted in downtown Sarasota.

 


Adjunct Faculty

 

Diane Chanako-Turner 

Diane Chanako-Turner received her M.F.A. - Fine Art (Drawing & Painting) Art from the Academy of Art University.

 

Eric Freeberg

Eric Freeberg received his M.F.A. (Painting) from New York Academy of the Arts Graduate School of Figurative Art.

 

Julie Kanapaux

Julie Kanapaux earned her BFA, Fine Arts, from Ringling College of Art and Design.

 

Jenny Medved

Jenny Medved earned her MFA - Art (Painting) from the Academy of Art University. 

 

Brooke Olivares

Brook Olivares received her BFA in Illustration from the Ringling College of Art and Design.

Full Time Faculty
 

Barbara S. Marini, Ph.D.

Interior Design Department Head

Barbara S. Marini, Department Head of the Interior Design major, earned a B.A. in Interior Design from Michigan State University, a M.S. in Interior Design and a Ph.D in Educational Leadership from Eastern Michigan University. With over 22 years of professional teaching experience, Barbara joined Ringling College in 2015. She has been an active interior design educator and  engaged in design education for nearly 20 years. Barbara is a professional member of ASID, IDEC, professional affiliate of AIA, and an NCIDQ Certificate holder as well as the Past National President of ASID. Barbara is a frequent speaker on design related issues and participates in professional and student activities.
 

Jill Eleazer-Sokol

Jill Eleazer earned a B.D. in Interior Design from the University of Florida, College of Architecture. With over 12 years of professional teaching experience, Jill joined Ringling College in 2003. Her work experience includes Director of Interior Design for architectural firms Odell Associates and Harvard-Jolly, and  owner of Eleazer Associates, an award-winning commercial interior design firm with healthcare, corporate, educational and high-end residential projects featured in numerous publications over its 15 years of operation. She led the student design team for the Center for Building Hope, which began as a course at Ringling.
 

Seongwoo Nam

Seongwoo Nam earned a B.Arch. in Architecture from Iowa State University and a M.Arch. from the University of Oklahoma. With over 15 years of professional teaching experience, Seongwoo joined Ringling College in 2000. He is an architect and LEED Accredited Professional with diverse project experience. Seongwoo was the recipient of Robert O. Barkley Fellowship from Ringling College and received the TAG award from Iowa State University. 

 

 

 

Adjunct Faculty
 

Aleksandra Moore. Ed.D.

Aleksandra Moore earned an M.F.A. in Interior Design from Savannah College of Art and Design and an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from Argosy University.

 

Adriane Orion

Adriane Orion earned her BFA, Interior Design, from Ringling College of Art and Design.

Full Time Faculty
 

Ed Cheetham

Motion Design Department Head

Ed Cheetham, Department Head of the Motion Design major, earned a B.A. in Graphic Design with a minor in Journalism from Drake University; and a M.A. in Art Education (Computer Graphics/Animation) from The Ohio State University. With over 13 years of professional teaching experience, Ed joined Ringling College in 2009. He currently owns and operates his own animation/design company, Digital Artistry. Ed is responsible for concept, design, and production of 2D and 3D motion graphics and animation. His client list includes national cable channels such as Country Music Television, The Gospel Music Channel, Great American Country, and the Cartoon Network, as well as Viacom, NBC, CBS, ABC and Fox affiliates.
 

Peter Alfano

Art Director/Technical Director Peter Alfano holds a B.F.A. from Tufts University and The School of The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; and an M.F.A. in Graphic Design from Rhode Island School of Design. Peter worked for seven years at the creative studio Trollbäck + Company in New York, and later followed Creative Director Joe Wright in his new venture, Sibling Rivalry. Peter has pursued a dual role as both a creative and technical lead — moving seamlessly between concept, design, and execution. He has produced award-winning branding and motion graphics for clients including BBC, Google, Syfy, Nike, ESPN, TED, Microsoft, A&E, and Nickelodeon. Peter’s work spans television, film, installation, web, mobile, and print media, and has been honored by the Broadcast Design Awards, Type Directors Club, and the Art Directors Club. Peter has taught motion graphics at Parsons, The New School, and photography at Rhode Island School of Design.
 

David Brodeur

David Brodeur earned a B.F.A. in Graphic & Interactive Communication from Ringling College of Art and Design and he joined Ringling College professionally in 2014. He is an award winning Creative Director, Senior Art Director and Lead Cinema 4D Artist. Through his work at Leviathan in Chicago and his own freelancing, he has worked with world class brands including HBO, Starz, Showtime, Sundance, Fox Sports, A&E, BMW, Dodge, Toyota, Google, Adobe, Beats Audio, Callaway and Nestle. David's awards include the 2014 Communication Arts Design Annual, Behance Portfolio Award and Art & Engineering Challenge showcased in a global art exhibit.
 

Joe Donaldson

Joe Donaldson earned B.F.A. from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. With many years of professional experience, Joe joins Ringling College in 2016. He is a director, designer and animator who has had the opportunity to work with Google, Apple, Facebook, The New York Times and Unicef to name a few. Most recently he worked at Buck as an art director where he helped find creative solutions for small and large clients alike. In 2014, Joe was awarded the YCN Professionals Award for the film he created for The New York Times. Outside of the commercial world, he works as one of the lead contributors to Motionographer.
 

Nora Gaffney

Nora Gaffney earned a B.F.A. in Graphic Design from the University of Tennessee. With over 2 years of professional teaching experience, Nora joined Ringling College in 2013. Her past position as an Art Director and Designer with Country Music Television provided her with twelve years of professional experience developing award-winning, creative design across motion, web, and print platforms. Nora's design and marketing work has received national recognition from PromaxBDA, Creativity International, CTAM, and Communication Arts.
 

Jared Greenleaf

Jared Greenleaf earned a B.F.A. - Fine Art (2-D) from Brigham Young University of Hawaii and his M.F.A. - Studio Art (Painting, Drawing) from Brigham Young University in Utah. With over 10 years of professional teaching experience, Jared joined Ringling College in 2015. He is a motion graphic specialist and video producer that has created Telly Award winning motion graphics and shot/produced hundreds of mini documentaries all over the U.S. Jared has been a key player in Siggraph and Annie Award winning animation productions for clients: The Smithsonian Institute, Monterey Bay Aquarium, The Polynesian Cultural Center, and directed animation segments for documentaries featured on Independent Lens and the Berlinale. He has also worked with storyboard and animatic artists for Marvel Studios on productions like Iron Man 2, and The Avengers.
 

Dante Rinaldi

Dante Rinaldi earned a B.S. Design (Graphic Design) from State University of Buffalo in New York. With over 2 years of professional teaching experience, Dante joined Ringling College in 2013. He possesses over 15 years of industry experience and is a veteran digital artist in the fields of Advertising and Graphic Design, Film, Animation, Visual Effects, and Video Games. He has worked as a senior User Interface and Cinematic artist and developed products for popular game systems, including XBOX360, PlayStation 3, PC and mobile devices. He has won many awards including a Silver ADDY® Award in the category of Visual and Audio Elements of Advertising- Illustration for the NCAA Gator Bowl.
 

Jill Taffet

Jill Taffet earned a B.F.A. in Fine Arts from The Cooper Union in New York and an M.F.A. in New Genres from San Francisco Art Institute. With over 7 years of professional teaching experience, Jill joined Ringling College in 2011. She is a media artist who employs digital animation to create immersive media installations and animated GIFS in order to explore ideas about motion, consciousness and perception. Jill was recently awarded an artist in residency at Harvestworks and commissioned to create a new work with the Harvestworks TEAM (Technology, Engineering, Art and Music) Lab in NYC. She has also created award winning interactive experiences, motion design and branding for entertainment clients and networks. Her innovative work has been awarded an Emmy and numerous Art Director Club, AIGA, BDA, PROMAX, Type Directors Club and GRAPHIS awards.
 

Morgan Williams

Morgan Williams earned a B.F.A.-  Film and Video from Minneapolis College of Art and Design. With over 3 years of professional teaching experience, Morgan joined Ringling College in 2013. He has been a professional animator and animation director for over 20 years. Morgan has created work for numerous clients including Sony Pictures, the BBC, Comedy Central, and WGBH Boston and has been the recipient of several awards including an ADDY®, a Telly, and a Best in Show at Siggraph.  His short film work has been screened at festivals around the world including the Philadelphia International Film Festival and the Annecy International Animation Festival. 

 

Visiting Full Time Faculty

Graham Clark

Graham Clark attended Pratt Institute (BFA, Painting), Ryerson University, Sheridan College, Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), Rochester Institute of Technology, Academy of Art University, studying fine arts painting, film, CG, motion graphics, media arts, VFX and animation. He has worked in various capacities in the entertainment industry at film and game studios, beginning his career in live action in various onset and post positions. From story boarder on HENRY AND VERLIN, etc., he went on to TD on DOUGAL, artist at CafeFX, 2000 Strong, Psyop California, Psyop NYC, The Mill NYC, and as Senior pipeline and Animation TD on RESIDENT EVIL game. Managing and guiding projects, Graham has worked as the CG Supervisor on BARNYARD, the CG supervisor on Warner Brothers’ shorts, and as the Stereographic Cinematographer at Paramount Pictures. Following a few years of CG/VFX and Stereo consulting, Graham was at Stereo D Deluxe where he was VP/Head of Stereography on THOR, CAPTAIN AMERICA, THE AVENGERS, IRON MAN 3, JACKASS 3D, MAD MAX: FR, STAR TREK: ID, TITANIC 3D, JURASSIC PARK, STAR WARS: TFA, AVATAR, HERCULES, and 50+ other features. As an educator, Graham worked at Ryerson University and Chaired the Computer Art Department at SCAD, founding 5 undergraduate and graduate programs: 3D/VFX, 2D Animation, Interactive Design, one of the first degree awarding Game Development programs, and the first Undergraduate and Graduate Motion Graphics (Motion Design) and Broadcast Design programs.

 


Adjunct Faculty

 

Christina Maksoud 

Christina Maksoud received her BFA in Motion Design from the Ringling College of Art and Design. 


 

Full Time Faculty
 

Thomas Carabasi

Photography & Imaging Department Head

Thomas Carabasi, Department Head for the Photography & Imaging major, earned a B.A. in Art from Princeton University and an M.F.A. in Photography from Temple University. With over 30 years of professional teaching experience, Tom joined Ringling College in 1991. A nationally and internationally exhibited artist, he has also developed innovative collaborative workshops, exhibitions, internships and projects with students and faculty from Belgium, Finland, England, Germany and Costa Rica. Tom's work has been published in ZOOM, Popular Photography, American Photo On Campus, View Camera and Nerve magazines.  www.thomascarabasi.com
 

Richard (Wes) Kline

Wes Kline earned his M.F.A. - Photography from the University of Illinois, Chicago and prior to joining Ringling College; he was an Assistant Professor of Photography at New Mexico State University. His research and work looks at "minor" pivots in modernist narratives, focusing specifically on aesthetics, language and performance in proximity to architecture, philosophy and metamodernism. Wes has shown his work nationally and internationally and teaches courses in photography and extended media, including video, installation and sound.

Noelle McCleaf

Noelle McCleaf earned a B.F.A. in Photography & Digital Imaging from Ringling College of Art and Design and an M.F.A. in Photography from Minneapolis College of Art and Design. Noelle McCleaf began teaching part-time at Ringling College of Art and Design in 2012 and in 2016 accepted a visiting full-time position. Noelle’s work has been shown in national and international exhibitions, including at the Camden Image Gallery in London, Antenna Gallery in New Orleans, Louisiana, The Center for Fine Art Photography in Fort Collins, Colorado, and at the Slow Exposures photography festival in Zebulon, Georgia. Publications that have featured her work include Blink Magazine, Fraction Magazine, Edge of Humanity Magazine, Aint-Bad Magazine, Southern Glossary, Accent Magazine, Feature Shoot, Lenscratch and Plates-to-Pixels. Noelle’s photography explores themes of memory, relationship, and identity in the southern landscape.

 

Sally Pettibon

Sally Pettibon earned her B.F.A. in Photography at the California College of the Arts and her M.F.A. -Art (Photography) from the University of South Florida. She is an internationally exhibited photographic artist with numerous exhibitions and awards including Los Angeles Center for Digital Art, CIAC Gallery in Brittany France, Two Columns Gallery Sarasota, Florida Center for Contemporary Art, Tampa,  Contemporary Art Museum, Tampa, 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 various private collections. Sally joined Ringling College in 2003. She is a former staff photographer for the Sarasota Herald-Tribune and freelance editorial photographer in New York and Florida. www.sallypettibon.com
 

Christopher Saah

Christopher earned a B.A. in Philosophy with a minor in Language and Literature from St. Mary's College of Maryland and an M.F.A. in Photographic & Digital Media from Maryland Institute College of Art. With over 10 years of professional teaching experience, Christopher joined Ringling College in 2015. He is a contemporary artist whose work has been featured in solo exhibitions at the Flashpoint Gallery (Washington, DC) and C Grimaldis Gallery (Baltimore, MD). Additionally, he has been exhibited at national museums and galleries including, the Delaware Center for Contemporary Art, Baltimore Contemporary Museum, Anthology Film Archive, National Museum of American Art, Washington Project for the Arts, Arlington Art Center, Maryland Art Place, Montpelier Cultural Arts Center, and Maryland Institute College of Art. www.christophersaah.com

 

 

 

Full Time Faculty

 

Doug Chismar, Ph.D.

Liberal Arts Program Director

Douglas Chismar, Liberal Arts Program Director, earned a B.A. in Philosophy with a minor in History at American University, a M.Div. in Theology from Ashland Theological Seminary, and a Ph.D. in Philosophy from Ohio State University. With over 39 years of professional teaching experience, Doug joined Ringling College in 2003. He has an extensive record of collaborative presentations and leadership in interdisciplinary studies and ethics across curriculum programs.
 

Ann H. Albritton, Ph.D.

Ann H. Albritton earned a B.A. in Humanities from Eckerd College; a M.A. in Art History from University of South Florida; a MPhil in Art History from City University of New York; and a Ph.D. -Art History from City University of New York. With over 21 years of professional teaching experience, Ann joined Ringling College in 2000. She is writing a children’s artist book, a global art history, as well as articles and reviews for Sculpture Magazine.
 

Chelsea Bruner, Ph.D.

Chelsea Bruner earned a B.S. in Interior Design from Florida State University; a M.S. in History of Art and Design from Pratt Institute; and a Ph.D. in Art History from CUNY Graduate Center. With over 6 years of professional teaching experience, Chelsea joined Ringling College in 2015. She worked as a practicing designer while pursuing her graduate studies. Chelsea's dissertation, entitled “The Seventh Regiment Armory Commission and Design: Elite Identity, Aesthetic Patronage and Professional Practice in Gilded Age New York,” was awarded the Martin E. Segal Dissertation Fellowship, and the Catherine Hoover Voorsanger Fellowship.
 

Nicole Caron

Writing & ESL Coordinator

Nicole Caron earned a B.A. in English from Pitzer College and an M.A. in English from Portland State University. With more than 16 years of professional teaching experience, Nicole joined Ringling in 2010. After spending the 1990s developing training programs for manufacturing companies, working for a community college technical adoption program, and writing grants and marketing and strategic plans, Nicole returned to teaching composition at community colleges and universities in Oregon, Connecticut and Florida. Her nonfiction has appeared in numerous regional and trade publications, including Ringling's CONTXT Magazine and Brevity's 20th anniversary issues. Nicole is currently at work on a fiction trilogy spanning five Florida generations, as well as a collection of essays on writers and writings. www.nicolecaron.com 

 

Susan Doll, Ph.D.

Susan Doll earned a B.A. in Art History with a minor in Ceramics from Kent State University; a M.A. in Art History from Ohio State University; and a Ph.D. in Radio, Television, and Film from Northwestern University. With over 11 years of professional teaching experience, Susan joined Ringling College in 2012. She is a writer and researcher for commercial DVD labels, arts organizations, and Turner Classic Movies. Susan is the author of Elvis for Dummies, Understanding Elvis, The Films of Elvis Presley, and Marilyn: Her Life and Legend; and co-author of Florida on Film (University Press of Florida).
 

Chrystine Keener, Ph.D.

Chrystine Keener earned a doctorate degree from Indiana University. With many years of professional teaching experience, Chrystine joins Ringling College in 2016. She was most recently an Assistant Professor of Art History at Lander University in South Carolina, where she was nominated for the Moore Award for Excellence in General Education Teaching for two consecutive years. Chrystine's work concentrates on Italian religious reform and its effect on sixteenth-century aesthetic developments in Florence and its environs. Her research interests additionally encompass Christian and Islamic cross-cultural relations during the Early Modern period. Chrystine has presented her work at the College Art Association Conference, the Renaissance Society of America Conference, the Southeastern College Art Conference, the North Carolina Center for Teaching, and the College Arts and Humanities Institute. Most recently, she was invited to present her research at the Herzog August Bibliothek in Wolfenbüttel, Germany.
 

Catherine Mougalian

Catherine Mougalian earned a B.A. in Classics/History/Politics with a Minor in Latin from The Colorado College and a M.A. in Teaching English to the Speakers of Other Languages from Monterey Institute of International Studies. With over 17 years of professional teaching experience, Catherine joined Ringling College in 2015. She has studied topics such as second language acquisition, effective pedagogical practices, assessment, and sociolinguistics. Catherine completed a certificate in Computer-Assisted Language Learning, which has helped her to integrate technology into the classroom to enhance the students’ use of English.
 

Iva Petkova, Ph.D.

Iva Petkova earned a Masters of International Business from the University of Gothenburg in Sweden, an MSc in International Economic Relations from the University of National and World Economy in Bulgaria, and a Ph.D. in Sociology from Columbia University. Most recently a professor of sociology at Davidson College, Iva joins Ringling College in 2016. As a sociologist of digital culture and organizations, she studies how established luxury fashion companies adopt E-Commerce and Digital Marketing practice by collaborating with new E-Commerce fashion organizations. Iva is an active member of the American Sociological Association and the Academy of Management.
 

Anthony Rice

Art History Coordinator

Anthony Rice earned a B.F.A. in Fine Arts from Virginia Commonwealth University and an M.F.A. - Art Studio from the University of North Carolina. With over 45 years of professional teaching experience, Tony joined Ringling College in 1985. His work has been shown at major exhibitions including Brooklyn Museum; Smithsonian Institute; Corcoran Gallery of Art; Baltimore Museum of Art; High Museum of Art. Collections: King Juan Carlos of Spain; National Museum of American Art; High Museum of Art; Library of Congress. Tony's texts illustrated include Seven Persian Fables and A Letter of Columbus.
 

Daphne Lange Rosenzweig, Ph.D.

Daphne Lange Rosenzweig earned a B.A. in Economic Geography with minors in Art History from Mount Holyoke College; A M.A. in East Asian Art & Archaeology with a minor in Literature from Columbia University; and a PhD - Art History (East Asian Art & Archaelogy) Columbia University. With over 25 years of professional teaching experience, Daphne joined Ringling College in 1995. She was a Fulbright Fellow at the National Palace Museum in Taiwan and she is the author of numerous books, catalogues and articles on Asian art, as well as a book reviewer.  https://webspace.ringling.edu/~drosenzw/

 

Tim Rumage III

Tim Rumage III earned a B.A. in Biology & Psychology from Bowdoin College and a M.A. in Biology from Boston University. With over 24 years of professional teaching experience, Tim joined Ringling College in 1991. He is a consultant for comprehensive environmental planning and a former director for the scientific and technical illustration program at Rhode Island School of Design. Tim is a board member of the Florida House Foundation and his work has been featured in numerous publications.
 

David Steiling, Ph.D.

Coordinator of Literature

David Steiling earned a M.A. in Creative Writing & English from Boston University and a Ph.D. - English (Literature) from the University of South Florida. With over 25 years of professional teaching experience, David joined Ringling College in 1990. He is a writer, performance artist, new vaudevillian, and journalist. David is currently engaged in research and writing on the literature of comics and the graphic novel, speculative literature and media studies. He is the founder of the Cosmix project in immersive media and his recent work involves making work for full-dome theatres.   http://webspace.ringling.edu/~dsteilin/

 

Ryan Van Cleave, Ph.D.

Creative Writing Program Coordinator 

Ryan Van Cleave earned a B.A. in English with minors in Music and Philosophy from Northern Illinois University, an M.A. in English from Florida State University, and a Ph.D. - English (Creative Writing) from Florida State University. With more than 20 years of professional teaching experience, Ryan joined Ringling in 2009.  His areas of research include popular culture, media studies, narratology, and poetics.  www.ryangvancleave.com 
 

Christopher Wilson, Ph.D.

Christopher Wilson earned a Bachelor's degree in Architecture (B.Arch.) from Temple University; an M.A. in Histories and Theories of Architecture from The Architectural Association in London; and a Ph.D. in Architecture from Middle East Technical University in Ankara, Turkey. With over 18 years of professional teaching experience, Christopher joined Ringling College in 2012. He has worked professionally as an architect in Philadelphia, Berlin, and London, and is a registered architect with the Royal Institute of British Architects.

 

Visiting Full Time Faculty

 

Rick Dakan

Rick Dakan earned a B.A. in History from The American University and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Pacific Lutheran University. He joined Ringling College in 2015. Rick has written professionally since 1995, with dozens of tabletop game publications in the late 1990s. In 2000 he co-founded Cryptic Studios and was the original lead designer for the hit online video game, City of Heroes. Since then he has written comic books, video game criticism, magazine articles, short stories and has had four novels published including the Geek Mafia trilogy and Cthulhu Cult: A Novel of Obsession. He continues to write for and about games as well as new fiction in multiple genres. www.rickdakan.com
 

SJ Sindu, Ph.D

SJ's debut novel, Marriage of a Thousand Lies, was published 2017 from Soho Press. She was a 2013 Lambda Literary Fellow and their hybrid fiction and nonfiction chapbook, I Once Met You But You Were Dead, was the winner of the 2016 Split Lip Turnbuckle Chapbook Contest. SJ's creative writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Brevity, The Normal School, The Los Angeles Review of Books, apt, Vinyl Poetry, PRISM International, Fifth Wednesday Journal, rkvry quarterly, among others. She holds an M.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and a Ph.D in Creative Writing from Florida State University.

 

Sylvia Whitman

Sylvia’s liberal arts education created a lifelong love of learning. She majored in folklore and mythology at Harvard/Radcliffe and returned to school for degrees in American studies (MA, University of Texas), creative writing (MFA, University of Virginia), and Arab studies (MA, Georgetown University). In the classroom and on the job, she has shared her interests in language, literature, history, and culture. Sylvia has taught at many levels: high school, college, and adult ed. The courses she has taught at Ringling College of Art & Design as an adjunct include writing studio, story workshop, and picture-book writing. At Rollins College, Sylvia coordinated the writing center; at Marymount University in Virginia, she not only trained peer consultants but also led workshops for faculty across the curriculum teaching writing intensive courses. Sylvia has also worked as a newspaper copy editor, public relations coordinator, and managing editor of the International Journal of Middle East Studies. Sylvia has published hundreds of articles for adults and children, a dozen books for young readers, and several short stories. In 2014, her YA novel The Milk of Birds (Atheneum) was selected as one of the Bank Street College Best Children’s Books of the Year and the International Reading Association’s Notable Books for a Global Society.

 


Long Term Part Time Faculty
 

Paula Brooks-Jawitz, Ph.D.

Paula Brooks-Jawitz earned a B.S. in Elementary Education from Brooklyn College; a M.S. in Reading Curriculum/Instruction from the University of Maryland; and a Ph.D. Curriculum & Instruction from the University of Maryland. She is a reading/study skills specialist with expertise in cognitive style, mnemonics, test development, and reading comprehension. Paula's field of research and publications include Mental Imagery, Text Illustrations and Children's Story Comprehension and Recall, Reading Research Quarterly and Induced Mental Imagery and the Written Language Expression of Young Children.
 

James Condor, Ph.D.

James Condor earned a B.S. in Mathematics and a minor in Computers from Indiana University of Pennsylvania; a M.Ed. in Mathematics with a minor in Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania; and a Ph.D. - Curriculum & Instruction (Mathematics Education) from the University of South Florida. He is the author of two Critical Thinking Workbooks for Alan Bluman’s Elementary Statistics textbook [McGraw-Hill], and created a complete set of instructional videos for Larson & Farber’s Elementary Statistics textbook [Prentice Hall].
 

Phillippe Diederich

Phillippe Diederich earned an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of South Florida.

 

Delmar Jacobs

Delmar Jacobs earned a BA in Mass Communications from Loyola University; a MA in both Communications and Mass Communications from the University of South Florida.

Neil Marinovich

Neil Marinovich earned a B.A. in History from Kalamazoo College and a MA in History from Eastern Michigan University. A copy of Neil's master thesis, “American Industry and Finance, and German Rearmament: A Case Study of Standard Oil, DuPont and General Motors and Their Relations with Interessengemeinschaft-Farbenindustrie Aktiengesellschaft” is in the United States Library of Congress.
 

Christopher Nank, Ph.D.

Christopher Nank earned a B.A. in English from Ohio University; a M.A. in Literature from Florida State University, and a Ph.D. in Literature from Florida State University.  His past teaching experience gave him the opportunity to work with programs created exclusively for mentoring students, many with learning disabilities and diverse cultural backgrounds, through a college-level curriculum.
 

Ania Nazarian

Ania Nazarian earned a B.A. from University of Chicago; a MA in Art History from Indiana University; an M.F.A. in Graphic Design from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Ania is the recipient of numerous awards and grants. Her conferences and presentations include Albrecht Durer’s “Saint Jerome in His Study” of 1514; A Reflection of Contemporary Times, Evan F. Lilly Memorial Biennial Lecture Competition, Indiana University; The Mask as an Unresolved Self-Portrait in the Work of Witold Wojtkiewicz and Stanislaw Witkiewicz, Midwest Slavic Conference, Ohio State University.
 

Robyn M. Rocklein, D.Ma

Robyn M. Rocklein earned a B.F.A. in Acting from Johnny Carson School of Theater and Film; an A.A. in Liberal Arts & General Studies from Pima Community College; a B.A. in Music from the University of Arizona; a M.M. in Vocal Performance from the University of Arizona; and a D.M.A. - Music (Vocal Performance) from Arizona State University.
 

Matthew Seguin

Matthew Seguin earned a B.S. in Wildlife Ecology and Conservation from the University of Florida and a M.S. in Biology from the University of Central Florida.

 


Adjunct Faculty

 

Anamari Boyes

Anamari received an M.S. from University of Navarre, Spain

 

Melissa Carroll

Melissa Carroll received her MFA in Creative Writing from the University of South Florida.

 

Maryann Dahlen

Maryann Dahlen earned a M.A. in Radio, Television, and Film from Northwestern University.

 

Sabrina Dalla Valle

Sabrina Dalla Valle received her MFA in Writing and Consciousness from New College of California.

 

Virginia DeMers

Virginia B. DeMers earned a BA in Religion and a minor in Philosophy/English from Vassar College and a MA in English (Literature) from the University of South Florida.

 

Eleanor Eichenbaum 

Eleanor Eichenbaum received her Master of Liberal Arts (Literature) from the University of South Florida and her Master of Science in Architectural Studies from the University of Texas at Austin.

 

Alison "Laura" Fletcher

Alison "Laura" Fletcher earned an M.F.A. in Art from the University of Houston and an M.A. in English from Rice University.
 

Barbara Gentry

Barbara Gentry received her MA in Teaching, in Instruction and Curriculum Leadership from Florida State University.

 

Kristin Goddard

Kristin Goddard earned her MA, English Education, from University of South Florida.

 

Cassandra Henderson

Cassandra Henderson received her MFA in Cinematography & Film/Video Production from Florida State University.

 

Lillian Kennedy

Lillian Kennedy earned her MFA, Creative Writing, from the University of Southern Maine.

 

Barbara Kosanovich

Barbara Kosanovich received her MA in TESL - TESOL from Cornerstore University

 

Gabriella Miyamoto

Gabriella Miyamoto earned her M.A. in Art History from Rutgers University.

 

Ashley Palmer, Ph.D.

Ashley Palmer received her Ph.D. in Sociology from Baylor University

 

Heather Pizzurro, Ph.D.

Heather Pizzurro earned a Ph.D. History & Criticism of Art (Art History)from Florida State University.
 

Robert Przekwas

Robert Przekwas earned a B.A. in English from Regis College and a M.A. - Literature from Regis University.
 

Elinor Rosogin

Elinor Rosogin received her MA in English from Columbia University, Teachers College.

 

Courtney Ruffner, Ph.D.

Courtney Ruffner earned her Ph.D. in English from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

 

Glenn Schudel 

Glenn Schudel holds a B.A. in English and a minor in theatre from Florida Southern College and an M.Litt and M.F.A. in Shakespeare and Performance from Mary Baldwin University.

 

Jacquelyn Simmons

Jacquelyn Simmons earned her MA, Classical Archaeology, from Florida State University.

 

Jacqueline Smith, Ph.D.

Jacqueline Smith earned a B.A. in Psychology with a minor in English from Florida State University and a M.A. in American Literature and her Ph.D. in English from the University of South Florida.
 

Carol Sparrow

Carol Sparrow earned a B.M. in Vocal Performance from the University of North Carolina and a M.M. Voice (Vocal Performance) from the University of Cincinnati.
 

Terry Thompson

Terry Thompson received her MA in Reading Education from the University of South Florida.

 

Jennifer Vreeland-Dawson

Jennifer Vreeland-Dawson earned her MS, Environmental Studies, from Green Mountain College.

 

Danica Vukovic

Danica Vukovic earned her MFA, Creative Writing, from Virginia Commonwealth University.

 

Alison Watkins, Ph.D.

Alison Watkins received her Ph.D. in Literature from Florida State University. 

Adjunct Faculty

 

Lisa Moody

Interim Director for Marketing and Digital Strategies

Lisa Moody earned a B.A. in Psychology from Michigan State University.

 

 

Mark Anderson

Mark taught for 31 years and received Emeritus status in 2018

Carolyn Bloomer

Carolyn taught for 23 years and received Emeritus status in 2015.
 

Robin Cody

Robyn taught for 26 years and received Emeritus status in 2018

Patrick Fiore

Patrick taught for 29 years and received Emeritus status in 2017.
 

Mary Foltz

Mary taught for 27 years and received Emeritus status in 2016.
 

Norman Hervieux

Norman taught for 32 years and received Emeritus status in 2015.
 

Dee Hood

Dee taught for 21 years and received Emeritus status in 2015.
 

Steven Kaplan

Steven taught for 37 years and received Emeritus status in 2016.
 

Patrick Lindhardt

Patrick taught for 28 years and received Emeritus status in 2017.
 

Kathleen List

Kathleen was Director of Libraries for 17 years and received Emeritus status in 2014.
 

Robert Melville

Robert taught for 23 years and received Emeritus status in 2018

Allen Novak

Allen taught for 35 years and received Emeritus status in 2016.
 

Ellie Samuelson

Ellie taught for 36 years and received Emeritus status in 2014.
 

Robert Stanton

Robert taught for 26 years and received Emeritus status in 2016.
 

Steven Taft

Steven taught for 14 years and received Emeritus status in 2018

Melody Weiler

Melody served as both Dean of Faculty and Vice President for Academic Affairs, and received Emeritus status in 2013.
 

John Williams

John taught for 27 years and received Emeritus status in 2016.

 

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