The art school welcomes a new faculty
The Art school in the Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences welcomes new professors to the University of Arkansas. These individuals bring a wide range of experience and research to the School of Art in the areas of art history, art education, graphic design and ceramic studio art. , drawing, painting, photography and sculpture.
“We are thrilled to welcome this new cohort of faculty to the University of Arkansas and the School of Art,” said Marty Maxwell Lane, director of the School of Art and associate professor of graphic design. “This is an exciting time to join the School of Art as we prepare to open and expand the Windgate Art and Design District, launch graduate programs, begin renovations to the Fine Arts building Center and, most importantly, to provide world-class art and design education to students.Their expertise and diverse research will enhance the student experience and create exciting new collaborative opportunities for the school, campus, and community.
carris adams is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Art in Drawing and Painting and joins the School of Art at Sam Houston State University. She is an artist and her work explores the sign and the signifiers that mark landscapes. Her work depicts the appearance of subjects found during her daily travels, while reflecting the diverse social, cultural, political and economic circumstances in which we work. Adams received his MFA from the University of Chicago and his BFA from the University of Texas at Austin.
Ty Barnes is a studio art instructor who teaches in the School of Art Foundation Program, a first-year program that the majority of all first-year art students complete before choosing an art degree. Barnes is a multimedia artist specializing in sculpture. Her work uses role play, economic craft and intuition to explore the transition from childhood to adult consciousness. He is an alumnus of the MFA program at the University of Arkansas School of Art and earned an honors degree in sculpture and earned his BFA in sculpture from Mississippi State University.
Paulina Camacho Valencia is an interdisciplinary artist, educator, and researcher who joined the School of Art as an assistant professor with arts education. She recently earned a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. in art education and holds a master’s degree from the School of Art Institute of Chicago. Camacho Valencia’s work invites others to engage in relational practices to generate collective deconstructions and analyzes of power and colonialism that foster the development of strategies to creatively re-imagine the possibilities of alternative ways of living. configure the world. She supports this work by spending time learning from her human and more than human relationships.
Kes Efstathoiu is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Art in Photography and Printmaking and an emerging artist. He joined the School of Art at the Rochester Institute of Technology where he also earned his MFA in Photography and Related Media. As an artist, Efstathoiu’s work is heavily influenced by the history of landscape photography and commercial representations of the outdoor industry and uses a stereotypical Western landscape as a backdrop for his disguised self-portraits and his dead natures.
Craig Hartenberger is an instructor for the foundations program at the School of Art. He is a primarily clay artist and has shown his work in a variety of exhibitions, including in the United States, Mexico, Denmark, Taiwan, and Australia. Hartenberger earned his MFA from Kent State University and his BFA in Ceramics from Missouri State University.
Nadia Issa is an Assistant Professor of Art Education in Graphic Design and joined the School of Art at Missouri State University. She got her doctorate. and MA in Visual Arts from the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw, Poland. In addition to teaching, Issa is a photographer, multimedia artist and graphic designer. She is often curator of exhibitions, editor, author of articles in monographs and books and leads workshops on image perception and contemporary techniques of image creation. Her research explores themes of identity, both cultural and individual, and she is interested in the phenomenon of symbol and archetype in the context of individual and collective experiences.
Qwist Joseph joined the School of Art as a teacher, technician and ceramist in residence. He graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with an MFA in ceramics and earned his BFA from the University of Colorado. Joseph exhibits nationally and internationally, including at the Anderson Museum in Roswell, New Mexico, Gyeonggi International Ceramic Biennale, South Korea and more recently at the Officine Saffi exhibition in Milan, Italy. He has taught at Chaffey College, University of Redlands, University of Denver, and Pitzer College.
Alexis Salas is a gifted Professor of Arts in the Americas in Art History and holds a Ph.D. in Art History from the University of Texas at Austin with a major in Latin and Latinx Art and Visual Culture. She is an art historian of global and modern contemporary art with a specialization in the Americas. Her curatorial projects, courses, and scholarship explore fine art as well as visual and material culture and emphasize the voices of people of color as well as feminist and queer critique.
John Schmitt is Assistant Professor of Art in the Foundations of the School of Art. She is an artist and educator, combining a passion for creativity and sustainability with over 25 years of experience in leadership, teaching, administration and program development. Schmitt’s work seeks connections between nature and human experience. She creates environments through projected light, video, animation and sound that use natural phenomena as metaphors, emphasizing their expressive qualities. Schmitt holds an MFA in Fine Arts from Vermont College and a BFA in Sculpture from Alfred University.
madison svengard is an instructor in foundations for the School of Art. She is an alumnus of the MFA program at the University of Arkansas School of Art, graduated with a concentration in drawing and received her BFA from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. As an artist, she explores the relationship between work, boredom, exhaustion and escape. Her work allows the viewer to peer through open windows, see-through walls, and walk through cluttered surfaces to observe the details of fictional characters’ lives. Svendgard uses these scenes to provide a plot in the mundane and the importance of escape.
hunt young is the technician in the wood and metal workshop at the School of Art. He is an alumnus of the MFA program at the University of Arkansas School of Art, graduated with a concentration in sculpture and received his BFA in sculpture from Arizona State University. Young’s work has been featured nationally in various exhibitions, including Media questionsat the Foundry Art Center, Digital disconnectat the Apothecary Gallery and International Center for Sculpture Small Sculpture Spectacle in Portland, Oregon.