Art and Design Faculty and Staff

The Department of Art and Design is committed to helping you succeed in the classroom as well as after graduation. Our faculty and staff work with you directly to build skills and refine talents. They are award-winning educators and experienced professionals that have been nationally recognized for their work and are committed to your success.

Rachael Barron-Duncan

Associate Professor, Art History
Wightman Hall 167   /   989-774-3235

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

Larry Burditt

Professor, Graphic Design
Wightman Hall 168

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

Jeremy Catarino

Lecturer 1, 3D Animation
Wightman Hall 166

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

Courses Taught: ​
3D Animation

Israel Davis

Lecturer 1, Ceramics
Wightman Hall 163

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

Courses Taught: ​
Design Foundations   •   Intro to Ceramics

Jeremy Davis

Assistant Professor, Sculpture
Wightman Hall 148b​

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

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

Scott de Brestian

Associate Professor, Art History
Wightman Hall 133   /   989-774-3551

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

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

Brian Elder

Chairperson/Professor, Painting/Drawing
Wightman Hall 139   /   989-774-3551​

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

​​​​Courses Taught:
Intro to Painting   •   Painting Studio   •   Advanced Painting Studio   •   Drawing in Florence   •   Intro to Drawing   •   Drawing Studio   •   Advanced Drawing Studio

Jessica Hoffman

Lecturer II, Art History
Wightman Hall 145

Steve Leeper

Associate Professor, Animation
Wightman Hall 222

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

Courses Taught:
Beginning Animation  •   Storyboarding for Digital Media   •   Animation Senior Project I & II   •   Animation Drawing

Clark Most

Professor, Graphic Design
Wightman Hall 138

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

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

Johanna Paas

Professor, Printmaking
Wightman Hall 169   /   989-774-4244

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

Courses Taught:
Intro to Prin​tmaking   •   Printmaking Studio   •   Advanced Printmaking Studio

Kris Sanford

Professor, Photography
Wightman Hall 169

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

​​​​Courses Taught:
Intro to Photography   •   Experi​mental Photography Studio   •   Photography Studio

David Stairs

Professor, Graphic Design
Wightman Hall 147   /   989-774-3064

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

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

Michael Volker

Lecturer III, Painting and Drawing
Wightman Hall 163​

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

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

Ryan Flesher

Wightman Hall 156

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

Service Responsibilities:
CMU Laboratory Safety Committee representative

Anne Gochenour

University Art Gallery Director
University Art Gallery   /   989-774-7457

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

Cindy Verwey

Executive Secretary
Wightman Hall 132   /   989-774-3025