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Ph.D: Yale University
MPhil: 2001, Yale University
MA: 1999, Yale University
AB: 1998, Vassar College
​​ ​Courses Taught
​• Intro to Western Art II​​
• American Art
• Art After 1​945
​• Nineteenth Century Art​​
​• European Art from 1890-1​940
• Gender & Art
• Modern Architecture​
• Seminar in Modern & Contemporary Art

• African Art                                                   

BS Oklahoma State University
MS Oklahoma State University
BFA Oklahoma State University
MFA University of Oklahoma

​​​​ Courses Taught: ​
• Introduction to Graphic Design
• Web Design I
• Web Design II
• Motion Graphics
• Emerging Media
• Capstone for Graphic Design


Larry Burditt is a Professor of Art and Design at Central Michigan University where he teaches graphic design with a focus on interactive design. Larry has over 20 years of experience in the area of information technologies and worked in web design since its inception in the early 90’s. His personal work has ventured into the new arena of 3D solid modeling and 3D printing as a medium of exploration. However, his focus continues in the area of diversity issues as the area for exploration. Currently, Larry is using traditional games as a means for exploration of gender identity and sexuality.

M.S. Technology Studies 3D Modeling/Animation
Eastern Michigan Univeristy

​​​​ Courses Taught: ​
• 3D Animation


Previously was a lecturer at Eastern Michigan University. Jeremy also has previously worked for MTS Technologies Inc. developing high level 3D models and animations for interactive multimedia instruction for military training. 

Mr. Catarino likes to volunteer his time outside of his teaching duties to non profit organizations such as the Detroit ACM SIGGRAPH Professional Chapter, which he is the current vice president of the chapter. Along with volunteering his professional skills as The Clean Love Project's graphic artist/web developer. 

MFA: 2003, University of Iowa (Ceramics)
BFA: 1998, School of the Art Institute of Chicago (Ceramics and Sculpture)

Personal Website

​​​​ Courses Taught: ​
• Design Foundations
• Intro to Ceramics


Israel “Izzy” Davis is an artist, educator, musician, BMX biker, and skateboarding enthusiast who lives and works in Grand Rapids, MI. After a decade of teaching at the university level he is currently focusing on his personal creative practice and has been working to produce a new body of work that utilizes ceramics, digital fabrication technologies, and mixed media. Upon receiving a series of private grants to purchase equipment and take technical courses in 3-D modeling and CNC fabrication, Davis has been busy setting up a small fab lab at his studio, Fundamental Formative Arts LLC (FUNFA). The FabLab at FUNFA currently boasts an Epilog laser etcher/cutter, a ShopBot CNC router, and a Ricoh ceramic toner laser printer.

MFA: 2015, School of the Art Institute of Chicago
BFA: 2005, Lyme Academy College of Fine Art

Personal Website
Courses Taught
Introduction ​to Sculpture
• Intro to Digital Fabrication
• Sculpture Studio
• Advanced Sculpture Studio
• Moldmaking & Casting
• Portrait & Figure Sculpture
• Character Sculpture &       Development
 Introduction ​to Drawing

Research Interests
• Soun​d Sculpture: New translations of frequency into meaningful forms
• Figure Sculpture: Traditional and Contemporary
• Sculpture in the Expanded Field


My practice in art has been wide and varied. Currently, my work involves research into our understanding of sound and language – exploring its meaning, implications, and applications in sculpture. While I recently had a studio in Chicago, a city where I also taught at the School of the Art Institute, my search for understanding and expression in this area of art has made a winding path across the country. Truly the culmination of a life’s worth of interests, this story began in West Texas during my childhood. It would be there where the simultaneous interests in both music and art would lead me on two distinct paths: that of the ephemeral and that of the malleable. While sculpture, as the malleable, was an early love it would be some years before I studied it seriously. Music, as the ephemeral was the first and formative art form in my life. Joining an orchestra at the age of 11 as a violist, I grew to love the inexplicable, yet instantaneous, effect music had on me and those around me. This is what I seek to bring to the medium of sculpture: sympathetic resonance in form and concept.

Recent Scholarship

• 2021 Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition - 2022 - SEMI-FINALIST, National Portrait Gallery, Washington, D.C

• 2021 8th Annual Abstract Sanctuary, International Juried Exhibition, Verum Ultimum Gallery, Portland, OR

• 2020 WIDE OPEN 11, Nat’l Juried Exhibit, Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition, Brooklyn, NY

• 2020 No Longer and Not Yet, International Juried Exhibition, Goethe Pop Up - Das Schaufenster Gallery, Seattle, WA

• 2020 Film & New Media, National Juried Exhibition, SITE: BROOKLYN, Brooklyn, NY

• 2019 WIDE OPEN 10, Nat’l Juried Exhibit, Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition, Brooklyn, NY

• 2019 58th Annual Greater Michigan Art Exhibition, State Juried Exhibit, Midland, MI

• 2019 A New Media Exhibition, Nat’l Juried Exhibit, Indiana University Kokomo

• 2019 Do You Remember? Nat’l Juried Exhibition, Gallery 263, Cambridge, MA

• 2019 Positive/Negative 34, Nat’l Juried Exhibit, Slocumb Galleries, ETSU

• 2018 A Sense of Place, Nat’l Juried Exhibit, Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art, Atlanta, GA

• 2018 GlassAccess: Sound+Vision, Int’l Exhibit, National Liberty Museum, Philadelphia

• 2018 GlassAccess: SOUND+VISION, exhibition catalog, National Liberty Museum, Philadelphia, PA; June 2018; pgs 21-22

2016 "Speech from Another: The Mechanized Pursuit of the Human Voice -

Parts 1 & 2",  November Art Journal, Chicago, IL

• 2015, MFA Show, Sullivan Gallery, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL

• 2013, Funny/HaHa, Base Space, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL

• 2012, After the Machines, Six Summit Gallery, Ivoryton, CT

• 2009, Runner-up, Art vs. Design, New Museum, SoHo, New York, NY​

• 2009, Margaret Hexter Prize: National Sculpture Society 76th Annual Exhib., NY, NY

• 2005, Walter & Michael Lantz Prize, 1st Place: National Figure Sculpture Competition, National Sculpture Society, New York, NY

Ph.D: 2003, University of Missouri-Columbia
MA: 1997, University of Missouri-Columbia
BA: 1994, Boston University

Personal Website
​​​​​​ Courses Taught:
Ancient & Medieval Art History
• Intro to Western Art I
• Art Critic Methodology/Art History
• Islamic Art
• Research Seminar in Art History

Research Interests
• Ethnicity & Identity
• Ro​man & Early Medieval Spain                            

​​Dr. de Brestian got his BA in Archaeology from Boston University and his MA and PhD in Art History and Archaeology from the University of Missouri. He is co-director of the Najerilla Valley Research Project, an international multidisciplinary project that is examining changes in urbanization, rural settlement, art and architecture in the upper Ebro valley of Spain between the 1st century BCE and the 15th century CE.

Recent Scholarship
Publications: “Vascones and Visigoths: Creation and Transformation of Identity in Northern Spain,” in R. Mathisen and D. Schanzer, (eds.), Romans, Barbarians, and the Transformation of the Roman World (Shifting Frontiers in Late Antiquity 6). (Ashgate: Farnham, Surrey; Burlington, VT 2010) 283-298.

“Interrogating the Dead: Funerary Inscriptions in Northern Iberia” in R. Häussler, (ed.), Romanisation et épigraphie. Études interdisciplinaires sur l’acculturation et l’identité dans l’Empire romain (Archéologie et Histoire Romaine, 17), (Editions Monique Mergoil: Montagnac 2007) 267-280.

MFA: 1996, Indiana University
BFA: 1994, University of New Hampshire

Service Responsibilities
BFA Program Chair
Director of Drawing in Florence Program

Personal Website

​Courses Taught (cont.)
• Intro to Painting
• Painting Studio
• Advanced Painting Studio
• Drawing in Florence
• Intro to Drawing
• Drawing Studio
• Advanced Drawing Studio

Research Interests
• Painting
• Drawing & mixed media artworks that investigate ideas of travel and geography in relation to personal metaphor ​                            


A native of New Hampshire, Brian Elder worked many jobs including painting houses, setting up telephone service, and janitorial work before starting college at the age of 28. After receiving his MFA from Indiana University he taught in New Hampshire, Illinois, and New York before coming to CMU to teach drawing and painting in 2002. 

Recent Scholarship

Solo Exhibitions include the Halka Art Project in Turkey, Westjyllands Kunstmuseum in Denmark, the University of Rochester, Indiana University-East, Blackburn College, Cazenovia College and Delta College.

MFA: 2007, Art Institute of Boston (Visual Arts)
BFA: 1990, School of the Museum of Fine Arts (Animation, Drawing, & Painting)

​​​​ Courses Taught
• Beginning Animation


Filmmaker, Storyteller, and Educator. Juggling all three of these hats seems to keep me pretty happy.

MFA: 1999, Central Michigan University
BFA: 1981, School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Undergrad: Aegean School of Fine Arts, Greece
Associate: 1977, Delta College

Personal Websites
​​​ Courses Taught:
• Intro to Graphic Design
• Logo​ & Identity Design
• Typography
• Professional Design Practices
• Graphic Design Capstone

Research Interests 
• Web Interface Design
• UX & UI Design
• Typography
• Photography
• Print & Video


Clark is a Professor in the Graphic Design program where he has taught a range of design communication courses since joining the Department of Art and Design in 2000. Clark has also been a Principal of RedPoint Design Direction in Midland for nearly 30 years, providing communication design solutions to a variety of business sectors from fortune 500 clients to small start-ups and non-profit organizations.​

Recent Scholarship

His work as an art director, designer and photographer has been published in multiple books and magazines. He has also been honored by organizations including: the AIGA (American Institute of Graphic Design), Communication Arts, The Webby Awards, the American Advertising Federation where he has received multiple District and Regional Addys, The Pixel Awards and others.

MFA: 2001, Louisiana State University
Teaching Certificate: 1997, Eastern Michigan University
BFA: 1995, University of Michigan

Personal Website

​​​​ Courses Taught

• Intro to Prin​tmaking
• Printmaking Studio
• Advanced Printmaking Studio

Research Interests

• Printmaking


Professor Johanna Paas has taught all levels of printmaking at Central Michigan University since 2002. She was the recipient of the Teaching Excellence Award at Central Michigan University. Johanna activity exhibits her mixed media prints at a variety of national and international venues. Her work balances between the intuitive and the intentional. Collaboration and community are important aspects of her research and teaching.

Recent Scholarship

Recipient of Teaching Excellence Award, Central Michigan University, Faculty Center for Innovative Teaching

A selection of recent exhibitions include:

2015: Global Print: The Douro Museum, Alijo, Portugal

2014: Feel the “D”: Re:View Contemporary Art Gallery, Detroit, MI

2013: Shy Rabbit Print International 4: Shy Rabbit Contemporary Arts, Pagosa Springs, CO

2013: New England Photography Biennial: Danforth Museum, Boston, MA

​2012: Summer National Juried Exhibition: Marin Museum of Contemporary Art, Novato, CA

MFA: 2005, Arizona State University
BFA: 2000, College for Creative Studies
AA: 1996, Washtenaw Community College

Service Responsibilties
Artist-In-Residence Committee (chair)
BFA Committee

Personal Website
​​​ Courses Taught
• Intro to Photography
• Experi​mental Photography Studio
• Photography Studio

Research Interests
• Personal Relationships
• LGBTQ Issues
• Vintage Snapshots


Kris Sanford grew up in southeast Michigan. Kris has exhibited her work nationally and internationally, including group exhibitions in Amsterdam, Boston, Chicago, Denver, Detroit, Houston, London, Miami, and New York. She was named a finalist for the 2018 Dorthea Lange-Paul Taylor Prize from the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University. Other recent awards include the Fellowship 17 International Award from Silver Eye Center for Photography and the Visual Studies Workshop Residency Award through Critical Mass 2016. Her art explores relationships and queer identity through the use of appropriated images, portraiture, and video.

Recent Scholarship

PERCEPTIONS: Addison Brown, Kris Sanford & Sara Silks, Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival Feature Exhibition (invitational photography festival) May 3 - June 28, 2019, Toronto, ON, Canada

Portfolio Showcase 12 (juried group exhibition), April 3rd - 27th, 2019, The Center for Fine Art Photography, Ft. Collins, CO

Through the Lens of Desire (solo exhibition), January 11th - February 10th, 2019, Sol Mednick Gallery, University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA

Re/member/construct (juried group exhibition), September 21 - October 27, 2018, Filter Space, Chicago, IL

Portraits 2018 (juried group exhibition), December 22, 2017 - January 27, 2018, The Center for Fine Art Photography, Ft. Collins, CO

MFA: 1993, University of Oregon
Certificate: 1976, Croydon College of Art, London
BFA: 1975, Rhode Island School of Design

Personal Website(s)

​​​ Courses Taught:
• Foundational Visual Thinking
• Intro to Graphic Design
• Design Bureau
• Typography
• Design History
• Contemporary Issues in Design
• Professional Practice
• Advanced Typography
• Graphic Design Capstone

Research Interests
• Social Design
• Design & Science
• Artists Books
• Design Criticism


David Stairs founded Designers Without Borders in 2001 while on a Fulbright research grant to Uganda. In 2006, he became founding editor of Design Altruism Project, an online experiment dedicated to addressing the shifting character of professional design practice. Stairs’ latest portrait was taken by his son Chris one morning at the City Market in Bangalore where he was a Hindu for three hours.

Recent Scholarship

Fulbright to Uganda 2000-2002, Fulbright to India 2012, 

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MFA: 2001, Central Michigan University
BFA: 1996, Central Michigan University

Personal Website

​​​​ Courses Taught:
• Intro to Drawing
• Drawing Studio
• Advanced Drawing Studio​

Research Interests
• Humans & Their Natural Environment
• Historical & Current Materials, Methods & Techniques of Oil Painting                            


Volker returned to college late in life after a career in music that began while he was still in high school during the "Michigan Rock" era.  Recordings by his early band "Pitche Blende" are still featured in prominent discographies from the period.  

He began teaching in the Art & Design Department at CMU in 1998 as the "Instructor of Record" while still a graduate student.  Volker also taught at Alma College as a Visiting Instructor in Art & Design between 2001- 2006.  Additionally he served by invitation on Alma's Art and Design Advisory Board for two years. Volker has also conducted many workshops, critiques, and lectures at various art institutions throughout the state.​

Recent Scholarship

​Volker has exhibited both his paintings and prints nationally at Galleries, Museums, and in many Juried Exhibitions.  Volker spent five years under exclusive contract to Bensen Galleries LTD, in Arlington Heights, Chicago, IL, where a limited edition of his painting "Passing Storm" was published.  His monotype "Pond at Evening was featured in the "Journal of the Print World", after he won the Senator Leo J. Roizer award during the 2004 Annual Alma College Statewide Print Competition.  His work is in the permanent collection of Alma college, and Saginaw Valley University.  ​  


MFA: 2003, Western Michigan University
BFA: 1999, Alma College

Service Responsibilities
CMU Laboratory Safety Committee representative



My artistic interests revolve around the human condition.  More specifically health and wellness, things we may or may not be able to control and our interpretations and capacities for self sufficiency and care.  My personal endeavors are most often outdoor activities that expand my abilities, push my human potential and ultimately test my mettle.  These experiences allow for intimate engagement with the world and  remind me that I'm alive beyond the consumer world.  Art and adventures fuel my human spirit and allow for something real, challenging and exciting every day.   

MFA: 1982, University of Iowa
MA: 1981, University of Iowa
BA: 1979, College of William & Mary

​​​​ Courses Taught:​
BFA Exhibition
• BA/B​S Capstone
• BAA Senior Seminar


Ms. Gochenour has more than 35 years of experience in curating and organizing art exhibitions.  She was curator of contemporary craft at the Arkansas Arts Center in Little Rock, Arkansas before moving to Michigan.  In Iowa City, Iowa she was director of the Iowa City/Johnson County Arts Center and she also created a number of alternative exhibition spaces.  As a student she developed the first juried student exhibition and a student art grant program at the University of Iowa.  She is  a sculptor with an extensive exhibition record. She curates and coordinates exhibitions at the University Art Gallery and teaches the fine arts capstone class for the Department of Art & Design.​ She is also co-chair of the Art on Campus committee and oversees the CMU Art Collection.