Department of Art and Art History
The mission of the Department of Art and Art History at Bridgewater State University is to engage students in the exploration and development of their individual creative interests and skills, and their art historical knowledge, analytical abilities and research experience.
In addition, we are committed to providing a global understanding of art through direct experiences with artists, art works and architecture, both regionally and through study tours abroad, as well as through the teaching of studio arts, graphic design and art history.
BFA, University of Northern Iowa
MFA, Northern Illinois University, Sculpture
BFA, Birmingham-Southern College
MFA, Louisiana State University, Sculpture
Alain Blunt received his graduate degree in design at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth in 2014. This Fall (2015), he will begin his teaching career in the Department of Art and will teach Graphic Design I (ARTS 260), Graphic Design III (ARTS 362) and Typography (ARTS 376). His research and scholarship interests include social reaction to gay adoption, gender politics, racial issues and questions about parenthood. In his ever-dwindling free time, he enjoys gallery hopping, travel and spending time with his son Max.
Leigh Craven earned her BFA in Printmaking from the College of Architecture, Art & Planning at Cornell University, her MFA in Printmaking from the Rhode Island School of Design, and studied bookbinding with Peter Verheyen. She currently teaches in the department of Art at Bridgewater State University in Massachusetts and has been a visiting professor at various other institutions. Her work has been exhibited widely in group and solo exhibitions, earning her numerous honors and awards. She is represented by A.I.R. Gallery in New York City.
BFA, Cornell University
MFA, Rhode Island School of Design, Printmaking
Mary Dondero is intrigued by the way that contradictions often define who we are. When she thinks about how complex events shape and define us, she is amused.
Her plan was to become an artist. With the combination of Graphic Design, Photography and Printmaking as her focus of study, she received a BFA in Studio Art from Roger Williams University in Rhode Island. The contradiction in her academic career was that in 1980 she earned a Masters in the Arts of Teaching from Rhode Island School of Design - however, teaching Art to children was not her personal life goal.
In 2003, she earned an MFA in Photography from the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth. As a full-time faculty member at Bridgewater State University she finds working with university students both enormously rewarding and inspiring. Through a program developed by Bridgewater, she has been teaching photography to middle school children in the summertime which has been a joyful experience but also provided another professional contradiction as her MAT from Rhode Island School of Design is now relevant.
In 2011, Professor Dondero was awarded "Artist in Resident" at Zion National Park in Utah. The park's environments include a limestone canyon that was a great river thousands of years ago and the painted desert that was once an inland sea. This residency granted secluded time and space to focus on her artwork in a place rich with geological formations reminiscent of the ocean, inspiring new visual language for her work.
Professor Dondero exhibits her work both nationally and internationally and, in 2005, she presented her photo-installation, 'Dust' at the Southeast Society of Photographic Educators Conference. Her work is held in several collections, such as the permanent collection of Naestved International Print Studio in Denmark, the Zion Human History Museum in Utah and the Wentworth-Coolidge Mansion in New Hampshire. Her photo-ceramic installation that she created for the Wentworth-Coolidge Mansion was mentioned in the respected international publication "Ceramics, Art and Perception."
Professor Dondero's studio is located in Warren, Rhode Island, where she is one of the founding members and current President of the Executive Committee for the now ten-year-old, non-profit organization, Imago Foundation for the Arts. For the past two years she has served on the Board of Directors for the Bristol Art Museum where she is Chair of Exhibitions.
When she was young Mary's family moved from Brooklyn, New York to rural Massachusetts. Often, she finds herself yearning for life in the city. This is probably caused by the many childhood memories that she continues to embrace. Ironically, she finds herself living in the woods of Rehoboth, Massachusetts contemplating her next project.
BFA, Roger Williams University
MAT, Rhode Island School of Design
MFA in Photography, University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth
Associate Professor Ivana George is an interdisciplinary artist who has created artworks in photography, installation, sound, and video. She has exhibited her work in over 50 national and international exhibitions including Harvard University, Griffin Museum of Photography, and the Danforth Museum. She holds an MFA degree from the joint program of The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston/Tufts University. Her work has been written about in the Boston Globe, New England's Bay Windows, the Las Vegas Sun, and Atlanta's Creative Loafing.
Professor George teaches all levels of analog and digital photography in the art department. Her areas of special interest include lighting skills for fine art and commercial photography, large format analog photography, historic analog processes and mixed media approaches to photography. In addition to teaching classes, she enjoys mentoring students through advising, internships, and undergraduate research/creative projects.
BFA, Guilford College
MFA, Tufts University, Photography
John Hooker's professional work is primarily in the field of sculpture. His artwork has been exhibited throughout the U.S. in group and solo exhibitions. His studio interests include scale, material and process as they relate to the figure. Professor Hooker teaches courses in studio foundations, sculpture and first-year writing. Additionally, he teaches art education, supervises student teachers and advises students interested in pursuing careers in teaching art. Professor Hooker serves as the coordinator of the Master of Arts in Teaching in Creative Arts. He has led multiple study tours to Tanzania and New Zealand.
BS, Missouri State University
MFA, University of Notre Dame, Sculpture
Amy Lovera is a multimedia artist whose works explore the interplay between biographical and fictional narratives. She holds an MFA in photography from Rhode Island School of Design with a certificate in collegiate teaching from Brown University. Her work has been exhibited and published both nationally and internationally, including a screening of an animation at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, a performance at the RISD Museum and a publication in Mexico’s Fine Art Photography journal, Luna Córnea. Professor Lovera has also been awarded grants from Rhode Island’s State Council of The Arts and from the LEF Foundation. Outside of her art practice, she enjoys creating costumes and performing with a local dance company. She also likes cooking delicious food with family and friends and having picnics with her two little girls.
BFA, Massachusetts College of Art
MFA, Rhode Island School of Design
Licenciatura en Diseno Grafico, Universidad de Valparaiso
MFA, Syracuse University, New Media
Andres David Montenegro Rosero earned his doctorate in Art History and Theory at the School of Philosophy and Art History at the University of Essex in the United Kingdom. He will teach Survey of Art from Ancient to Medieval Art (ARTH 103), Survey of Art from Fourteenth Century to the Present (ARTH 104) and Mesoamerican Art and Architecture (ARTH 219). As an art historian, he has a special interest in contemporary art and art from Latin America. He enjoys watching soccer, going to museums and playing video games.
MA, PhD, University of Essex
BFA, Shorter College
MFA, Rochester Institute of Technology, Ceramics and Sculpture
Dr. Shirland received his MA and PhD in Art History from University College London. His doctoral work examined constructions of masculinity in British art c.1880-1914. Among his publications are articles in the journals Art History, Visual Culture in Britain, and Aries. He has taught at the University of York and Lasell College, and served as the curator of Public Programs at the Royal Academy of Arts, London. He is also visual arts director and lead curator for the project Violence Transformed. Current research interests include the art of Thomas Sidney Cooper; protest and resistance art in South Africa; and contemporary art in Tanzania, together with his ongoing research into James Whistler, Walter Sickert and Wyndham Lewis.
Dr. Shirland regularly teaches the classes ARTH309 Early Modern Art and Architecture; ARTH310 Art and Architecture since 1940; ARTH308 Women in the Visual Arts; ARTH207 Introduction to African Art; and ARTH299 Transforming Violence. He also leads a three-week art history study tour to Tanzania.
BA, University of York
MA, University College London
PhD, University College London, Art History
BA, MA, University of Massachusetts at Amherst
MA, PhD, Harvard University, Art History
BA, BFA, Pennsylvania State University
MFA, Pratt Institute
PhD, Northwestern University, Art History
BFA, University of Miami
MFA, University of Miami, Illustration
BS, MEd, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Stephen F. Smalley graduated from Massachusetts College of Art, State College at Boston and The Pennsylvania State University. Joining the art faculty at Bridgewater State University in 1972, he served as department chair 1972-1984 and retired from full-time teaching in 2005. As professor emeritus and part-time faculty, he continues to offer honors art history colloquia, which often focus on topics such as graffiti, art of the tattoo, Pop art, Andy Warhol & Jackson Pollock. Other teaching positions were with the Cambridge Public Schools, Pennsylvania State University, Tyler School of Art/Temple University, Massachusetts College of Art and the American College in Paris.
His ongoing Henry VIII series focuses on the legendary British monarch and attempts to playfully re-invent Hans Holbein's portrait of a pivotal figure in England's history. Smalley has visited London and the United Kingdom numerous times over the years, conducting art history study tours to London, and served as a faculty associate in the Bridgewater State University Program at Oxford.
The department offers a BA in art with seven different possible concentrations, including art history, graphic design and new media. We also offer an MA in teaching, and we serve non-art majors at Bridgewater through our extensive core curriculum offerings.
Studio enrollments are kept low to promote a sense of community and positive classroom dynamics. This encourages strong one-on-one student-teacher relationships, leading to an in-depth understanding and development of techniques, skills and individual style. The department contributes to the cultural richness and artistic vitality of our region and our state by training knowledgeable artists, art historians, teachers and other professionals.
For more information on programs see our Catalog.