DEPARTMENT OF ART FACULTY

Portrait of Tim Betz
  • TIMOTHY BETZ

    Lecturer Art History 

    betz@kutztown.edu

  • COURSES

    Art History A

    Art History B

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    Timothy Betz is a visiting assistant professor in Art History. He earned his MA in Art History, specializing in the Italian Renaissance, from the Pennsylvania State University, as well as an MA in History, specializing in Colonial Latin America, from Lehigh University. He received his BFA in Studio Art from Kutztown University, and his recent publications include, “Better than Seeing Fairy Tales: Contextualizing Curation in the Iberian Atlantic,” which appears in Hemisphere: Visual Cultures of the Americas. Currently, Prof. Betz is the Executive Director of the Morgan Log House, an eighteenth-century historic site in Lansdale, PA. His research interests include colonialism and material culture, the functioning of artist’s workshops, and the connection of magic and medicine in eighteenth-century Pennsylvania.

Portrait of Michael Covello, bearded man in white shirt.
  • MICHAEL COVELLO

    Assistant Professor of Art

    covello@kutztown.edu

  • COURSES

    Drawing I

    Drawing II

    Intro to Visual Storytelling

    Visual Storytelling Studio I-V

    Game Design and Prototyping

    Digital Futures

    3D Prototyping

    Senior Project II

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    Michael Covello creates paintings, drawings, prints, site-specific installations, videos, and audio work. He received his BFA in Painting, Drawing, and Printmaking at the School of Architecture, Art, and Planning at Cornell University and his MFA in Transdisciplinary Art at the University of South Florida. He currently lives and works in Walden, NY and Kutztown, PA. Covello has been twice nominated by the American Academy of Arts and Letters for awards and exhibitions and is the recipient of an Individual Artist Grant from the Arts Council of Hillsborough County and a grant from the Vermont Studio Center. He has also been a featured artist in two publications of New American Paintings. Recent exhibitions include the New Art Center, Boston as a Curatorial Opportunity Winner, the Florida Biennial at the Boca Raton Museum of Art, and the Florida Prize in Contemporary Art at the Orlando Museum of Art.

Portrait of Rose DeSiano
  • ROSE DESIANO GALJANIC

    Professor of Photography ​

    desiano@kutztown.edu

  • COURSES

    Intro Digital Photo

    Landscape and Location

    Advanced Digital Photo

    The Staged & Constructed Image

    Photo Studio

  • BIO

    Rose DeSiano uses alternative-photo processes, sculpture and manipulated photography as tools to examine the history within the landscape, our collective consciousness and the long, tangled history of photography as both a truth-teller and myth-maker.   Equally engaged in both an exhibition and public art practices, DeSiano’s photo-sculpture artworks have been commissioned by Port of San Diego, CA, NYC Dept. of Parks & Recreation and I-Park, CT appearing in NYC’s Central Park,  Randall’s Island, and Rufus King Park. Most recently, she was the winner of the 2018-19  Uniqlo Parks Expression Grant, unveiling a large public arts photo-sculpture in “Absent Monuments” in NYC.​

    DeSiano has exhibited in solo NYC gallery shows, museum exhibitions and biennials including; Bronx Art Museum, NY, Allentown Museum of Art, PA, Heritage Museum of Malaga, Spain, as well as international photo fairs; Photoville NYC, #ForFreedoms, FOTOFOCUS Ohio and Changsha Photo Festival, China.

    When not in her studio, DeSiano lectures at conferences and universities on both her artwork and a variety of photographic topics, including ethics of image manipulation, photo-archives, and landscape photography as a commemorative practice. She has been an invited artist at the AKI Hogeschool Voor de Kunsten, in the Netherlands, along with being a fellow at the AIM Bronx Museum of Arts, New York. 
    DeSiano received her M.F.A from Art Center, Los Angeles and her B.F.A from New York University-Tisch, Photo & Imaging Department.

Portrait of Dan Haxall
  • DANIEL HAXALL

    Chairperson and Professor of Art History​

    Haxall@kutztown.edu

  • COURSES

    Art History C

    Art Today

    Contemporary African Art and the Diaspora

    Art and Sport

    Seminar in Art History

    Cut and Paste: A History of Collage

    Art History Internships

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    Dr. Haxall is Professor of Art History and Chair of the Department of Art & Art History at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania. A former fellow at the Smithsonian American Art Museum and Institute for the Arts and Humanities, he earned his Ph.D. from the Pennsylvania State University. He publishes widely on diverse topics in contemporary art, including abstract expressionism, collage, installation art, and the African diaspora. Haxall's recent research investigates art and sport, including his edited volume, Picturing the Beautiful Game: A History of Soccer in Visual Culture and Art (Bloomsbury Academic, 2018).

Portrait of Leigh Kane
  • LEIGH KANE

    Associate Professor of Photography 

    kane@kutztown.edu

  • COURSES

    Intro Darkroom Photo

    Body and The Lens

    Film & Video As Art

    Color Photography

    Photo Studio

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    In Professor Kane’s photo-based experimental portraits and mixed-media installations, she invites viewers to rummage through the substance and subterfuge of normative photographs such as family albums, news photos, studio portraiture, medical imaging, and corporate archives. Kane graduated with a BFA in Sculpture from University of the Arts in Philadelphia and an MFA from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University. Her work is included in the book Reframings: New American Feminist Photographies (Temple University Press) and has been exhibited around the country— in NYC at White Columns Gallery, The New York Academy of Sciences and The Shala; in Philadelphia at The Print Center and Temple Gallery; in Minnesota at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts and the Minneapolis Photo Center. Kane has also co-curated photo exhibitions such as “4 Photo Feminisms” at Rutgers University and “Suddenly Older” at Colgate University. Kane was recently on a panel at the Allentown Art Museum discussing the exhibition, “Weston’s Women: Edward Weston and Cycles of Influence.”

Portrait of Prof. Kulpa
  • PIERETTE KULPA

    Assistant Professor of Art History 

     kulpa@kutztown.edu

  • COURSES

    Art History A Survey: Prehistoric to Early Renaissance

    Renaissance Art

    Southern Baroque

    Art History Seminar

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    Pierette Kulpa received her Ph.D. in art history from the Pennsylvania State University, her Master’s degree in art history from London’s Courtauld Institute of Art, and her BA in Art History and Anthropology from the University of Arizona. Kulpa’s research investigates the appropriation of art objects for political means and object biography. Her recent publication, “The Fascistization of Michelangelo Buonarroti and the ‘libertà espressiva’ of the Pietà of Palestrina” appeared in I Tatti Studies in the Italian Renaissance in 2017. Her research interests include patronage within the seventeenth-century Roman Curia, the reuse of Renaissance sculptures by Mussolini, and the legacy of Michelangelo in the centuries after his death. She has received numerous grants to pursue these studies including the Nevada Arts Council Jackpot Grant, Penn State’s Dissertation Fellowship, a Renato Cevese Scholarship to study Palladio in Vicenza, and the Silver Trout Curatorial Award from the Palmer Museum of Art. She is co-coordinator of KU’s Italy Study Abroad Program, loves speaking Italian, and traveling far and wide in Italy.

Portrait of Mark Mahosky
  • MARK MAHOSKY

    Professor of Painting ​

    mahosky@kutztown.edu​

  • COURSES

    Intro to Studio

    Painting Studio

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    Mark Mahosky received his BFA from Temple Universities Tyler School of Art and his MFA from Stanford University.  He has exhibited his work in the Philadelphia Museum, The Allentown Art Museum and in galleries in New York, Philadelphia, Detroit, Houston, and Portland, Oregon. He has been a featured artist in major art fairs in San Francisco, Long Island, Chicago, and Miami. Recently he had a solo show at Fleisher Ollman Gallery in Philadelphia and was selected as the official artist in residence at Gettysburg National Military Park.

Portrait of Mark Mahosky
  • MARGARET NOEL

    Professor of Drawing

    mnoel@kutztown.edu

  • COURSES

    Foundations

    Life Drawing

    Drawing Studio

    Old Masters 

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    Margaret Noel received a BA with Honors in Studio Art from Oberlin College and earned her MFA in painting from the New York Studio School.  Before joining the department in 2006, Noel spent time working in antique restoration and bronze casting in Austin, Texas. Noel’s encaustic paintings, ink drawings, and collages have been exhibited widely, including The Curator Gallery, The Painting Center, and The First Street Gallery in Chelsea, (NY), The Goggleworks (PA), The Durham Art Council (NC), Seminole State College (FL), Gallery 51 in North Adams (MA), The Ulrich Museum of Art in Wichita (KS), and Life on Mars Gallery in Brooklyn (NY). In 2016, Johns Hopkins University Press published her work as the cover and center portfolio of The Hopkins Review, a literary and art journal. 

Portrait of Lisa Norris
  • LISA NORRIS

    Associate Professor of Art History 

    norris@kutztown.edu

  • COURSES

    Art History B

    History of Photography

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    Professor Norris teaches courses on the history of European and American art from the Renaissance to the mid-20th century. She received her Ph.D. and Master’s degrees from Brown University, and a BA in art from Colgate University. Her doctoral work focused on the impact of Wagnerism on later 19th-century French art and aesthetics. Supported by a research grant, Norris presented a paper on Henri Fantin-Latour at an annual conference of the College Art Association, and her essay on the subject was included in an anthology, The Arts Entwined, published by Gartand Press. Dr. Norris’ research interests have expanded into several new areas: gender studies: urban architecture, power and subjugation; and “Others” in European and European-American art.

Portrait of Ed O'Brian
  • ED O'BRIEN

    Associate Professor

    610-683-4543

    Sharadin Art Studio 201A

    obrien@kutztown.edu

  • COURSES

    Foundations

    Drawing I

    Drawing II

    Life Drawing

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    Professor O’Brien has taught freshman drawing in our department since 1987. He received his Master of Fine Arts degree from the Tyler School of Art, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA (1980), and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Philadelphia College of Art, Philadelphia, PA (1973). O’Brien’s art interests have ranged from his training in painting, drawing, and printmaking to his current involvement with toy design. Mr. O’Brien’s work is in the collection of the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Portrait of Sophia Park
  • SOPHIA (JUNG AM) PARK

    Assistant Professor of Art

    park@kutztown.edu

  • COURSES

    Intro to Fine Metals

    Studio Fine metals

    3D Prototyping

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    Sophia Park is an assistant professor teaching Metalsmithing at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania. She received her MFA in Jewelry and Metals from San Diego State University and a BA in studio art with an emphasis in Metalsmithing from Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Her work represents adaptation or mutation based on the flexibility of nature. She is drawn to this aspect of nature as a metaphor for human patterns of adaptation in life. Her work has been featured at Fuller Craft Museum, Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art, Ohio Craft Museum, Farmington Museum, Wayne Art Center and a number of solo exhibitions internationally.

Portrait of Liz Quay
  • LIZ HAMILTON QUAY

    Assistant Professor of Textiles & Material Studies

    quay@kutztown.edu

  • COURSES

    Textiles & Material Studies I

    Textiles & Material Studies Studio I-V

    Weaving I

    Weaving Studio I-V

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    Liz Hamilton Quay is the Assistant Professor of Textile and Materials Studies at Kutztown University. She followed her passion for the manipulation of fabric to earn her MFA at Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia in Fibers and Materials Studies. Her journey began at Kutztown University, where she proudly received her bachelor’s degree in Art Education and a BFA in Craft, concentrating in Fibers. Her creative approach is based on her natural curiosity for materials and joy for making. Through a variety of techniques ranging from traditional fibers to digital formats, she creates work that explores innate visceral feelings.  Her work has been featured in venues such as Ceres Gallery | New York, Excellence in Fibers online gallery through Fiber Art Now publications, and awarded first prize in “other media” at the AAH 90th Annual International Juried Exhibition. 

Portrait of Heather Ramsdale
  • HEATHER RAMSDALE

    Assistant Professor of Sculpture 

    ramsdale@kutztown.edu

  • COURSES

    Intro to Sculpture 

    Sculpture Studio

  • BIO

    Professor Ramsdale earned an M.F.A. degree from the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia. She received an undergraduate degree in Studio Art from SUNY Cortland and studied at Goldsmiths College in London, UK. She is a visual artist whose work encompasses the intrigue of personal objects and interior spaces, often re-presenting recognizable things in an effort to generate a response that feels both familiar and new. Ramsdale was granted nominations for a Terra Foundation for American Art Award and an Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award from ISC. Subsequently, she was the recipient of two Pollock-Krasner Foundation fellowships, both for residencies in upstate New York. She has been invited to talk at several colleges and universities. Recent shows include a solo exhibition at The Gallery at Delaware County Community College and Hyperintersection at Pageant Soloveev. Professor Ramsdale teaches all levels of sculpture courses and she lives in Philadelphia where her studio is located.

Portrait of David Rogers
  • DAVID ROGERS

    Professor of Art

    rogers@kutztown.edu

  • COURSES

    Intro to 3D Modeling and Rendering

    3D Modeling and Rendering Studio I-V

    Intro to 3D Animation

    Wood Design

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    In 1974 David began his career as a furniture maker in Lynchburg, Virginia. He received a BFA in Furniture Design from Virginia Commonwealth University in 1981 and returned to VCU in 1988 to complete an MFA in Furniture Design. He has taught at Kutztown University in Kutztown, PA since 1992. For many years he taught furniture design but now primarily teaches 3D modeling and rendering. His professional work has evolved over the years from making one of a kind furniture pieces to figurative sculpture and is currently focused solely on digital 3D portraiture.

     

Portrait of James Rose
  • JAMES ROSE

    Professor of Drawing

    rose@kutztown.edu

  • COURSES

    Foundations

    Drawing Studio

    Printmaking Lithography

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    Professor Rose has taught drawing and more recently lithography in our department since 1992. He received a Master of Fine Arts degree in printmaking from Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia, PA (1992). Professor Rose completed his undergraduate degree in painting and printmaking at Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA (1990). He also attended Tamarind’s Summer Workshop (2014) and the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture (1996). His prints and drawings have been exhibited in numerous exhibitions nationally. Professor Rose has received two Fellowships in the Visual Arts from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts (1996, 2008). His work is in the permanent collections of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the African-American Historical and Cultural Museum. the Philadelphia Free library, and the Allentown Museum.

Portrait of Elizabeth Schneider
  • ELIZABETH SCHNEIDER

    Assistant Professor​ of Art

    schneider@kutztown.edu

  • COURSES

    Intro to Time-based Media

    Intro to 3D Animation

    Digital Animation (Intro to 2D)

    History of Animation, Game Art, and Interactive Media

    Digital Team Processes

    Drawing I

    Senior Project I (Applied Digital Art)

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    Elizabeth Schneider received her BFA from the School of Architecture, Art, and Planning at Cornell University and earned her MFA in studio art from the University of South Florida, with a focus in painting and animation. She previously worked as a graphic artist for Polo Ralph Lauren as well as a production associate and video editor in Tampa, Florida, and currently teaches in the Applied Digital Arts program, with a focus on 2D and 3D animation techniques.  She is a nationally exhibiting contemporary artist, recently participating in exhibitions in Tampa, FL, and Boston, MA and film festivals around the country including the [RE] Gen New Media Festival.  Schneider has received numerous grants and awards, such as the Charles Baskerville Painting Award and an Opportunity Grant from the New York Foundation for the Arts.

Portrait of Jayne Struble
  • JAYNE STRUBLE

    Assistant Professor of Art

    struble@kutztown.edu

  • COURSES

    Drawing I

    Drawing II

    Intro to Time-based Media

    Digital Illustration

    Business of Art

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    Jayne Struble received her MFA from Columbus College of Art & Design in 2014 and BFA from Kutztown University in 2011.  Struble is an interdisciplinary artist that focuses on an artwork’s ability to confront our reliance on the structure by using the vulnerability of materials and the destructive force of gravity to challenge our discomfort with change while attempting to shift the perspective of loss.  Her work has been exhibited across the United States from the Cultural Arts Center in Columbus, Ohio to the Charles A. Hartman Gallery in Portland Oregon and 4Most Gallery in Gainesville, Florida.  Struble has attended multiple artist residencies including the Vermont Studio Center and The Jentel Foundation. 

Portrait of Dan Talley
  • DAN TALLEY

    Professor of Photography 

    talley@kutztown.edu

  • COURSES

    Intro to Digital Photo

    Photo Books

    Photo Studio

    Business of Art

    Time-based Media

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    Dan R. Talley teaches Digital Photography, a course in photobooks, Time-based Media and Business of Art. Most of his artwork is photo-based and his photobooks have recently been included in exhibitions at the Phoenix Art Museum (AZ), and the Contemporary Art Center (New Orleans, LA). His career credits include co-founding editor of Art Papers, a magazine with an international circulation now in its 40th year of continuous publication. He has contributed articles and criticism to the magazine and a host of other publications as well as authoring exhibition catalog essays for museums and galleries throughout the United States. He was previously gallery director/curator at Nexus Contemporary Art Center (now the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center), and the JCC Forum Gallery (now the Weeks Gallery) in Jamestown, New York. Talley received his MFA from the University of Hartford (CT), and his BFA from the Atlanta College of Art.

Portrait of gwendolyn yoppolo
  • gwendolyn yoppolo

    Assistant Professor of Ceramics

    yoppolo@kutztown.edu

  • COURSES

    Ceramics I for Non-Majors

    Ceramics I

    Ceramics Studio

  • BIO

    gwendolyn yoppolo earned an MFA in Ceramics from Penn State University, an MA in Education from Columbia University, and a BA in Sociology from Haverford College.  She is a nationally exhibiting studio potter whose work emphasizes the sculptural, conceptual, and experiential aspects to functional ceramics.  She designs multisensory encounters that challenge us to rethink the ways we nourish ourselves and others within contemporary food culture.  Her work won the Best of Functional Ceramics category in the 2017 Zanesville Prize competition and can be found in galleries across the country.  Prior to coming to Kutztown, she received several Artist in Residence Fellowships, including at the Archie Bray Foundation and Penland School of Craft.  She has taught at Ohio University, The Ohio State University, and Juniata College, and has served as a technician at Alfred University and Eastern Kentucky University.  Currently, her technical research focuses on collaborating with scientists and using the scanning electron microscope to analyze ceramic surfaces. Her writing can be found in Studio Potter, Pottery Making Illustrated, and Passion and Pedagogy.