Faculty & Staff

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​​​​Education
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


​​​​​Education:
MFA: 2006, University of Oklahoma
BFA: 2002, Oklahoma State University
MS: 1989, Oklahoma State University
BS: 1983, Oklahoma State University
Courses Taught:
​• Web Design II
• Graphic Design Capstone
• Independent Studio

Personal Websites
larryburditt.com


Biography

​​​​Education
MFA: 2007, University of Arizona
BFA: 2003, University of North Florida
Courses Taught

• Digital Design


Biography


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

Personal Website
www.najerillavalleyproject.org
​​​​​​ 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                            


​Biography​
​​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.

​​​​Education:
MFA: 1982, Yale University
BA: 1979, Baker University
Courses Taught: ​
Intro to Drawing
• Intro to Figure Drawing
• Figure Drawing Studio
• Advanced Figure Drawing Studio

Research Interests
• Painting & drawing from direct observation 

Biography

Artist in Residence, Cassis, France, Has painted on location in Paris, Venice, Rome, London, Oslo, St. Petersburg, Istanbul, Athens, Moscow, Palermo, Amsterdam, Mexico City, Barcelona, Tivoli, Prague, Bruges, Bilbao, Lausanne, Zurich, Orvieto, Arles, Honfleur, Florence, Oaxaca, Salisbury, Madrid and Marrakesh​.


Recent Scholarship

Permanent Collection, Nelson Atkins Museum of Art Kansas City, Spenser Museum of Art, Lawrence, Ks. Yale University, New Haven, CT.


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

Service Responsibilities
BFA Program Chair
Director of Drawing in Florence Program

Personal Website
brianelderartist.com​


​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 ​                            


Biography

Brian Elder grew up in rural New Hampshire and worked many jobs including, janitorial work, roofing, managing a company in New York, painting houses, working in art supply stores, stringing tennis rackets and doing renovation work in Philadelphia, setting up residential telephone service in Maryland, and more. He started college at 28 and after completing graduate school taught at six institutions of higher learning before arriving at Central Michigan University 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.

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

Service Responsibilities
CMU Laboratory Safety Committee representative


​​​​ Courses Taught: ​
• Intro to Sculpture​
• Sculpture Studio

 

Biography

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.   

​​​​Education:
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

Biography

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.
​​​​Education:
Ph.D: 2013, University of Maryland College Park
MA: 2001, University of Maryland College P​ark
BA: 1998, University of Texas at Austin

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Courses Taught:
• Intro to the Visual A​rts
• Northern Renaissance Art


Biography

​​​​Education:
Ph.D: 2010, The University of Georgia
MA: 1984, Georgia State University
BS: 1976, Appalachian State University

​​​​ Courses Taught:

• Art Mid Sch Grades 5-8
• Art in the Elementary School
• Visual Art & Aesthetic ​Ed


Biography​

​​​​Education:
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
designdirection.com​
​​​ 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


Biography

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.

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

Personal Website
johannapaas.com​​

​​​​ Courses Taught

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


Research Interests

• Printmaking


Biography

Johanna Paas has been teaching printmaking at Central Michigan University since 2002.


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

​​​​Education:
MFA: 1983, Indiana University
BFA: 1980, Colorado State University

Courses Taught:
• Design Foundations
• Introduction to Fibers



Biography

​​​​Education
MFA: 2005, Fort Hays State University
BFA: 2003, Southern Illinois University

Personal Website
cargocollective.com/jonathonrussell​

​​​​ Courses Taught
• Logo & Identity Design
• Typography
• Intro to Graphic Design
• Professional Design Practices
• Motion Graphics

• Graphic Design Capstone
​• Advanced Typography

Research Interests
• Typography
​• Printed Matter
• Design Education Pedagogy

Biography

Jonathon Russell is a design educator currently teaching design and typography at Central Michigan University. Jonathon has been teaching design and typography for 10 years, and in addition to teaching in the United States has taught at Zayed University in the United Arab Emirates. Living, working and teaching abroad has expanded his world view and changed the way he looks at life and design. His research interests include typography and the use of printed matter to improve design education. His personal interests include cycling, photography and self-published books. He rides his bicycle to work every day, even through the long, cold Michigan winters.


Recent Scholarship

• Project Passion Exhitibion 2016
​• DesignInquiry Make/Do 2013

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

Personal Website
www.krissanford.com​
​​​ Courses Taught
• Intro to Photography
• Experimental Photography Studio
• Photography Studio

Research Interests
• Personal Relationships
• LGBTQ Issues
• Vintage Snapshots

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

Biography

Kris Sanford grew up in southeast Michigan. She has exhibited her work nationally, including group exhibitions in Boston, Chicago, Denver, Detroit, Houston, Miami, and New York. In 2010 she was awarded a Contemporary Forum Artist Grant from the Phoenix Art Museum and exhibited her work at the museum in May 2011. Her work was selected by the Phoenix Public Art Program for the 2011 installment of the 7th Avenue Streetscape Panels. In 2016 she received First Place in the 35th Annual Juried Photography Exhibition at the Crooked Tree Art Center in Petoskey, MI. Her art explores intimate relationships, specifically queer desire, through the use of appropriated images and text.


Recent Scholarship

2016 First Place Award, 35th Annual Juried Photography Exhibition, Crooked Tree Art Center, Petoskey, MI
2015 Through the Lens of Desire (solo exhibition), OutCenter, Benton Harbor, MI
2015 Through the Lens of Desire (solo exhibition), Tilt Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ
2012 Critical Mass Finalist, Photolucida, Portland, OR
2010 Contemporary Forum Artist Grant, Phoenix Art Museum

​​​​Education:
MFA: 2005, Indiana University
BA: 2001, Goshen College
​​​ Courses Taught:
• Intro to Ceramics
• Ceramics Studio: Wheel-throwing
• Creation in 3D


Biography

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


Personal Website(s)
designerswithoutborders.org 
design-altruism-project.org

​​​ 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
• Design Altruism
• Artists Books
• Design Criticism

Biography

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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​​​​Education
Ph.D: 2015, University of Sunderland

Personal Website​
thomastollar.com​

Research Interests
To make is to know
​​​ Courses Taught
• Intro​ to Ceramics
• Advanced Ceramics
• Issues in Contemporary Art
• Drawing
• Sculpture


Biography
​Thomas' artwork has often utilized ceramic materials to investigate ideas surrounding the everyday. He remarks, "These days my work most frequently includes searching for that most elusive of themes, contentment".


Recent Scholarship
Thomas recently won the Faenza International Ceramic Prize (2015), and this summer will undertake a residency at Officine Saffi Gallery, Milan (2016).

​​​​Education:
MA: 1992, Central Michigan University
BS: 1968, Central Michigan University
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Biography

​​​​Education:
BFA: 2000, University of Akron
MGD: 2004, North Carolina State University
​​​ Courses Taught
• Intro to Graphic Design​​
• Digital Multimedia Designer

Biography​

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

Personal Website
MichaelVolker.com​

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

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

Biography

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.  ​  

​​​​Education
MFA: 1996, University of Idaho
BFA: 1990, Rochester Institute of Technology
​​​​ Courses Taught
• Intro to Photography
• History of Photography
• Photography Studio​
                           


Biography

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Staff​​
Education
​1974: Carman ​High School

​Biography

Robin Langdon has been with CMU since December 2000.  She started working with Distance & Distributed Learning (Global Campus) until 2005.  Langdon advanced to the CCFA Dean's Office from 2005-2010, then advanced again to the Department of Art and Design.

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