Department chair: Chris Penn-Goetsch  | Contact info

Faculty & Staff

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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 Rome and was a study leader for Smithsonian Journey tours to Sicily and Southern Italy in 2013-14. Ph.D., art history, University of Iowa.

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    Susannah Biondo-Gemmell

    Associate Professor of Studio Art

    Teaches courses in 3D studio basics, ceramics, sculpture, and casting. Her studio interests include ceramic material experimentation and investigation of the historial ceramic form through a contemporary lens. Recent exhibitions include shows at the Craft and Folk Art Museum, Northern Clay Center, Archie Bray Foundation, the San Diego Museum of the Living Artist, and the Lux Center for the Arts. M.F.A., ceramic art, New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University.

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    Susan Coleman

    Gallery Coordinator and Lecturer in Studio Art

    Coordinates Cornell's Luce Gallery and teaches Drawing I and Studio Basics. Her drawings and paintings focus on nature as a 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.F.A., University of Iowa.

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    Sandy Dyas

    Lecturer in Studio 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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    Alex McKenzie

    Assistant Professor of Studio Art

    Alex McKenzie, Assistant Professor of Art, teaches courses in 2D studio basics and various levels of Digital Art. McKenzie's creative practice focuses on media consumption, internet culture, feedback loops, and sound/music composition. He works in an interdisciplinary manner constructing sound installations/sculptures, transmission artworks, performances, animations, and more. Recent exhibitions include shows at the Mint Museum of Art, 500X in Dallas TX, and Project 1612. His work has been featured in publications such as New American Paintings, Emergency Index, and Studio Visit. MFA in Time-Based Art, University of Tennessee in Knoxville, TN BFA in Painting, University of North Carolina, Greensboro (Summa Cum Laude).

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    Tony Plaut

    Professor of Studio 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.

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Emerti Faculty

  • Doug Hanson

    Professor Emeritus of Art and Art History

    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

    B.A., Wesleyan University; M.F.A., Pratt Institute.