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    Susannah Biondo-Gemmell

    Assistant Professor of Art

    Teaches courses in 3-D studio basics, ceramics, sculpture, casting, and drawing. Her studio interests include ceramic material experimentation and investigation of the ceramic firing process. Recent exhibitions include shows at the Archie Bray Foundation, the TAG Gallery, the San Diego Museum of the Living Artist, and the Lux Center for the Arts. M.F.A., New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University; B.F.A., Washington University.

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    Ellen Marie Hoobler

    Assistant Professor of Art History

    Teaches courses in art history. She is fluent in Spanish and is an avid world traveler. Her current research project deals with artworks as a tool of diplomacy and cultural interchange between Mexico and the United States in the 1930s. In 2014, she was named one of NerdScholar’s “40 professors under 40” for her support of undergraduates. Before Cornell, she taught at Columbia University, worked for the art auction houses of Sotheby’s and Christie’s in New York, and led art-focused tours in Mexico. Ph.D., M.A., M.Phil., Columbia University; B.A., Wellesley College.

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    Christina Morris Penn-Goetsch

    Professor of Art History

    Teaches courses in art history and is committed to teaching the love of art through the examination of material culture from various peoples and periods. Her classroom teaching is supplemented by formal papers presented nationally and internationally, as well as curated exhibitions. Much of her research focuses on gender studies and the art and architecture of early modern Europe, as well as questions of identity in contemporary art. She regularly leads trips to the Eternal City and was a study leader for Smithsonian Journey tours to Sicily and Southern Italy in 2013-14. Ph.D. and M.A., University of Iowa; B.A., University of Virginia.

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    Tony Plaut

    Professor of Art

    Teaches painting, drawing, collage, and studio art seminar. Works include assemblages made from wood and found materials; mechanical sculptures featuring hand-cranked phonographs; and oil paint on canvas borrowing from the surrealist legacy of biomorphic abstraction. Plaut's work can be viewed at He has exhibited widely throughout the Midwest, with major shows occurring in Chicago and Des Moines. M.F.A., University of Chicago; B.S.S., Cornell College.

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    Susan Coleman

    Gallery Coordinator and Lecturer in Art

    Coordinates Cornell's Luce Gallery and teaches Drawing I and Studio Basics. Her drawings and paintings focus on nature as living source, habitat, and sustenance, both physical and spiritual. Coleman's work can be seen at First Brick Art Gallery in Mount Vernon and Chait Galleries in Iowa City. M.A and M.F.A., University of Iowa; B.F.A., Webster University.

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    Sandy Dyas

    Lecturer in Art

    Teaches courses in photography, performance art (Intermedia), and video. Photography courses include film and darkroom work as well as digital photography. Dyas received first place in the Dubuque Museum of Art’s fourth Biennial competition in 2013 and an honorable mention at the New York Center for Photographic Art. Dyas’ work can be viewed at B.F.A., M.A., M.F.A., Intermedia and Video Art, Photography, University of Iowa.

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    Cathy Schonhorst

    Academic Program Assistant

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    Doug Hanson

    Professor Emeritus of Art and Art History

    Taught courses in sculpture, ceramics, and drawing, including courses in Mexico and Japan for 41 years. Hanson gained an appreciation for other cultures during a 1978-79 Fulbright-sponsored experience in Bristol, England, that provided a philosophical foundation for his career. As a founding member of "Potters For Peace" he has traveled to Central America numerous times and has coordinated exhibitions of pottery from Nicaragua and other countries. His work has appeared in 29 competitive and 115 invitational exhibitions since 1967, winning 12 awards. M.F.A. and M.A., University of Iowa; B.S. and B.A., Moorhead State University

  • Hugh Lifson

    Professor Emeritus of Art and Art History

    Taught for 36 years at Cornell. He has shown in the Museum of Modern Art, The Nelson Museum of Kansas City, City Museum of St. Louis, San Francisco Museum of Fine Arts, Walker Art Center and elsewhere. He works in painting, drawing, and collage which make extensive use of transparencies, either with plastic wrap or with computer generated acetate images. The sources of his work are largely derived from Islamic, Norman and Italian Romanesque, and American Architecture.

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