Our Faculty - Art and Art History

Our Faculty

Faculty Profiles

  • Rob Lorenson

    Rob Lorenson
    Professor of Art, Department Chairperson
    Art Building, Room 207
    Tel:
    508.531.2214
    Degrees

    BFA, University of Northern Iowa
    MFA, Northern Illinois University, Sculpture

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  • Collin Asmus

    Collin Asmus
    Professor of Art
    Art Building, Room 107
    Tel:
    508.531.2146
    Degrees

    BFA, Birmingham-Southern College
    MFA, Louisiana State University, Sculpture

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  • Alain Blunt

    Alain Blunt
    Assistant Professor of Art

    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.

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  • Leigh Craven

    Leigh Craven
    Associate Professor of Art and Graduate Coordinator
    Tillinghast Hall, Room 209
    Tel:
    508.531.1274

    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.

    Degrees

    BFA, Cornell University
    MFA, Rhode Island School of Design, Printmaking

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  • Mary Dondero

    Mary Dondero
    Professor of Art
    Art Building, Room 205
    Tel:
    508.531.2765

    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.

    Degrees

    BFA, Roger Williams University
    MAT, Rhode Island School of Design
    MFA in Photography, University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth

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  • Ivana George

    Ivana George
    Associate Professor of Art
    Art Building, Room 106
    Tel:
    508.531.2795

    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.

    Degrees

    BFA, Guilford College
    MFA, Tufts University, Photography

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  • John Hooker

    John Hooker
    Professor of Art
    Art Building, Room 207
    Tel:
    508.531.1484

    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.

    Degrees

    BS, Missouri State University
    MFA, University of Notre Dame, Sculpture

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  • Amy Lovera

    Amy Lovera
    Assistant Professor of Art
    Art Center
    Tel:
    508.531.1359

    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.

    Degrees

    BFA, Massachusetts College of Art
    MFA, Rhode Island School of Design

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  • Debra Marek

    Assistant Professor of Art
    Tillinghast Hall, Room 203
    Tel:
    508.531.2136
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  • Sean H. McPherson

    Assistant Professor of Art
    Tillinghast Hall, Room 202
    Tel:
    508.531.2185
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  • Magaly Ponce

    Magaly Ponce
    Professor of Art
    Art Building, Room 206
    Tel:
    508.531.2451
    Degrees

    Licenciatura en Diseno Grafico, Universidad de Valparaiso
    MFA, Syracuse University, New Media

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  • Andres David Montenegro Rosero

    Andres David Montenegro Rosero
    Assistant Professor of Art
    Art Center

    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.

    Degrees

    MA, PhD, University of Essex

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  • Preston Saunders

    Preston Saunders
    Associate Professor of Art
    Art Building, Room 201
    Tel:
    508.531.2179
    Degrees

    BFA, Shorter College
    MFA, Rochester Institute of Technology, Ceramics and Sculpture

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  • Jonathan Shirland

    Jonathan Shirland
    Assistant Professor of Art
    Art Building, Room 205
    Tel:
    508.531.2076

    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.

    Degrees

    BA, University of York
    MA, University College London
    PhD, University College London, Art History

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  • Beatrice St.Laurent

    Beatrice St.Laurent
    Professor of Art
    Art Building, Room 100A
    Tel:
    508.531.2202
    Degrees

    BA, MA, University of Massachusetts at Amherst
    MA, PhD, Harvard University, Art History

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Emeriti Faculty Profiles

  • Roger Dunn

    Roger Dunn
    Professor Emeritus of Art
    Art Building
    Tel:
    508.531.1359
    Degrees

    BA, BFA, Pennsylvania State University
    MFA, Pratt Institute
    PhD, Northwestern University, Art History

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  • Mercedes Nuñez

    Mercedes Nuñez
    Professor Emerita of Art
    Art Building, Room 203
    Tel:
    508.531.2453
    Degrees

    BFA, University of Miami
    MFA, University of Miami, Illustration

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  • Dorothy Pulsifer

    Dorothy Pulsifer
    Professor Emerita of Art
    Art Building, Room 200
    Tel:
    508.531.2181
    Degrees

    BS, MEd, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

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  • Steve Smalley

    Professor Emeritus of Art
    Art Building
    Tel:
    508.531.1359

    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.

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