Faculty

2012 FACULTY BIENNIAL EXHIBITION SLIDESHOW

Gay Burke
Professor of Art, Photography
M.F.A., University of Florida (1972)
gburke@art.as.ua.edu Professor Gay Burke

Professor Burke has taught in the department since 1973. Her celebrated and acclaimed work has been exhibited in 23 states in over 80 exhibitions. She has been the subject of solo exhibitions at University of Northern Iowa; University of Nevada at Las Vegas; University of California at Berkeley; University of Arkansas at Little Rock; Sinclair Community College; Montgomery Museum of Art; and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.

Lucy Curzon
Assistant Professor of Art History, Modern/Contemporary Art
Director of Education and Outreach, Paul R. Jones Collection of American Art at The University of Alabama
Ph.D., University of Rochester (2006)
lcurzon@bama.ua.edu Dr. Lucy Curzon
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Dr. Curzon joined the department in 2007.  She has taught interdisciplinary courses in art history and film, contemporary advertising, television, and literature. Her research focuses on issues of identity politics as they concern the production of visual culture in Britain after World War II. She holds a doctoral certificate in Gender and Women’s Studies and has published work on the Women’s Art Movement of the 1970s. In addition to her research and teaching, Dr. Curzon has organized numerous exhibitions showcasing the work of both regional and nationally recognized artists.

William Dooley
Associate Professor of Art
Director of the Sarah Moody Gallery of Art
M.F.A., University of South Carolina (1980)
wtdooley@bama.ua.edu Professor Bill Dooley

Prior to joining the Department of Art in 1988, Professor Dooley served as Assistant Curator of Exhibitions at Knight Gallery, Spirit Square Center for the Arts in Charlotte, North Carolina. He directs and curates a schedule of changing exhibitions for the Sarah Moody Gallery of Art which features internationally acclaimed artists such as Gregory Amenoff, Ida Applebroog, Chakaia Booker, Mel Chin, William Christenberry, Cora Cohen, Jack Earl, Vernon Fisher, Cheryl Goldsleger, Lee Krasner, Sally Mann, Ed McGowin, Elizabeth Murray, John Newman, Robert Rauschenberg, Tony Scherman, Carrie Mae Weems, Deborah Willis, and Thornton Willis. Dooley teaches drawing as well as seminars devoted to graduate studio research. He offers an advanced undergraduate course on art museum practices. Dooley’s own works of art have been included in over 50 regional and national exhibitions. His dedication to community outreach includes his contribution of expertise for exhibits management for the Rural Studio, an architectural design/build program affiliated with Auburn University, and active in the Blackbelt region of Alabama.

Brian Evans
Associate Professor of Art, Graphic Design/Digital Media
D.M.A., University of Illinois (1988)
brian.evans@ua.edu Professor Brian Evans
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Prior to his appointment in 2002 to the department, Dr. Evans taught in The Blair School of Music at Vanderbilt University and at The University of Illinois.  He is Director of Digital Media and Director of the computer lab.  Evans has a background in electronic music and received his M.F.A. in Music Composition from the California Institute of the Arts. His digitally generated visual art, both time-based and static, has been widely exhibited and included in numerous professional journals. He has published articles in LEONARDO and The Futurist.

Tanja L. Jones TanjaVenice2
Assistant Professor of Art History, Medieval and Renaissance
Ph.D., Florida State University (2011)
tljones@as.ua.edu

Dr. Jones joined the faculty in 2012, having taught previously at Florida State University and the University of Alabama in Birmingham. She teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in Medieval and Renaissance art. Her research focuses on the fifteenth-century courts of northern Italy, particularly the Gonzaga court in Mantua, innovations in personal commemoration, and objects demonstrating intersections between the courts of Italy, France, and Byzantium. Her current book-length project addresses the emergence of the cast bronze portrait medal in the 1430s and the political, religious, and ideological value the small-scale sculpted form conveyed.

Christopher Jordan
Assistant Professor of Art, Photography and Digital Media
MFA, Rochester Institute of Technology (2004)
cjordan@as.ua.edu
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Before he came to the department in 2009 to teach photography and digital media, Professor Jordan held a faculty position at The Sage Colleges in Albany, New York. In Jordan’s landscape photography, he creates imagery of both real and imaginary places. He specializes in both analog and digital processes, finding resonance in how creativity unfolds through technology. Jordan has exhibited throughout the Northeast, and his work is held in numerous private collections. He also has an active workshop practice, and has taught at The Center for Photography at Woodstock.

Watch a video of a gallery talk with Professor Jordan here.

Sarah Marshall
Associate Professor of Art, Printmaking
M.F.A., University of Iowa (1999)
smarsh@bama.ua.edu Professor Sarah Marshall   view website

Professor Marshall teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in printmaking.  Since joining the faculty of the department in 2001, her work has been included in national and international printmaking exhibitions including: Global Matrix, The 4th Minnesota National Print Biennial, and the 17th Parkside National Small Print Exhibition. Her work has been the subject of solo exhibitions in Alabama, Iowa, Pennsylvania and Maryland. In conjunction with her studio practice, Marshall has been invited to present lectures and demonstrations at the College Art Association, The State University of West Georgia, The University of West Virginia and The University of North Alabama.

Matt Mitros
Assistant Professor of Art, Ceramics
M.F.A., University of Washington (2006)
matthew.t.mitros@ua.edu
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Before coming to UA in 2013, Professor Mitros taught ceramics and sculpture at the University of Washington, South Seattle Community College, Lakeside Upper School, and Kennesaw State University. Mitros has exhibited work throughout North America and Europe. He has been an Artist-In-Residence at Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts as well as the Archie Bray Foundation. In 2008 he was an Artist Trust GAP (Grant for Artist Projects) recipient funded by the City of Seattle. His work has been featured in Art in AmericaArt LTDClay TimesCeramics Monthly, and City Arts Magazine, as well as the book 500 Figures in Clay.

Mindy Nancarrow
Professor of Art History, Seventeenth-Century Art
Ph.D., University of Kansas (1985)
mnanc@bama.ua.edu

Dr. Nancarrow teaches undergraduate courses in northern Renaissance and Baroque art and Spanish art and graduate seminars in topics in seventeenth-century art. She is the author of the award-winning book Murillo’s Allegories of Triumph and Salvation: The Life of Jacob and the Parable of the Prodigal Son (U of Missouri, 1992) and the co-author of Antonio del Castillo (Madrid: FAHAH, 2004). She has published articles and essays on seventeenth-century Spanish painting and sculpture, convent art and contemporary art. She is a member of CAA’s Committee on Women in the Arts and serves on the board of the AAUW and Mediterranean Studies Association. She lectures regularly at nationally and internationally recognized museums, colleges and universities.

Catherine Pagani
Professor of Art History, Asian Art, Chair
Ph.D. – University of Toronto (1993)
cpagani@as.ua.edu Dr. Catherine Pagani

Dr. Pagani teaches courses in Asian art.  She came to The University of Alabama from Canada in 1993. She is a prolific scholar of Asian Art whose research can be found in over 35 articles and has been the topic of several publications. She is the author of Eastern Magnificence and European Ingenuity: Clocks of Late Imperial China, Chinese Opium Boxes and The First Emperor of China co-authored with R.W.L. Guisso (U of Michigan, 2001). In conjunction with her scholarship Dr. Pagani is a widely sought-after lecturer who has presented her research on countless occasions at nationally and internationally respected colleges, universities and professional organizations.

Pete Schulte
Assistant Professor of Art, Drawing
M.F.A., University of Iowa (2008)
pschulte@bama.ua.edu
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Professor Schulte came to UA in 2011. His recent solo exhibitions include the Luise Ross Gallery in New York, the Armory Gallery at Virginia Tech University and Material Art Space in Memphis. He has been artist-in-residence at The Atlantic Center For The Arts, New Smyrna Beach, Florida, the Bemis Center For Contemporary Art, Omaha, and Threewalls in Chicago. He was the recipient of the Mildred Pelzer Lynch Graduate Painting Fellowship, the Byron Burford Painting Scholarship, and the Ester A. Madison Scholarship during his graduate study in Iowa. In 2008 he was a nominee for a fellowship from the Dedalus Foundation, an arts-based foundation in New York City.

Professor Sky Shineman

Sky Shineman
Assistant Professor of Art, Painting
M.F.A., Ohio State University (2007)
sshineman@bama.ua.edu

Professor Shineman joined the faculty in the fall of 2009. She has shown in various galleries, museums, and art shows around the country including the Alabama State Council on the Arts Gallery in Montgomery and the SICA 7th Annual International Exhibition at the Shore Institute of the Contemporary Arts in Long Branch, New Jersey. Her honors include the University of Alabama Research Grants Committee Award in 2012 for a project titled “Personal Modernism: Relating Through Painting” and the Best in Show Purchase Award at the 26th Annual West Alabama Juried Show (2010).

Rachel Stephens IMG_8462web
Assistant Professor of Art, American Art and Architecture
Ph.D. University of Iowa (2010)
rachel.e.stephens@ua.edu

Dr. Stephens joined the faculty in the fall of 2013. Prior to coming to Alabama, she taught for four years at Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, Louisiana. Dr. Stephens offers courses on a variety of topics in historical American art and architecture. Her research interests include historical southern art, Jacksonian-era portraiture, and art and visual culture of the Civil War. Her current project is a monograph (under preparation) based on her dissertation and titled “‘The King’s Painter:’ Andrew Jackson, Ralph E. W. Earl and the Politics of Portraiture in Nineteenth-Century America.” It explores the correlation between politics, history, economics, and portraiture in the career of Andrew Jackson.

Craig Wedderspoon
Associate Professor of Art, Sculpture
M.F.A., Virginia Commonwealth University (1999) Professor Craig Wedderspoon
cwedders@bama.ua.edu

Professor Wedderspoon came to The University of Alabama as a temporary instructor in 1999 and joined the full-time art faculty in 2000.  Since then, Wedderspoon has had solo exhibitions in Ohio. Virginia, North Carolina, and Florida. His work has been included in group exhibitions at Dorsch Gallery, Miami, FL; Kim Foster Gallery, New York, NY; Sanat Yapin Gallery, Ankara, Turkey; Suzhou Institute Gallery, Suzahou, People’s Republic of China; Southern Illinois University Museum, Carbondale, IL; and University of Notre Dame, South Bend, IN. Wedderspoon now focuses extensively on public sculptural installations and interdisciplinary collaborative works.

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