Art & Art History Faculty and Staff
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Faculty & Staff
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.
Assistant Professor of Art History
Khristin Landry Montes is a broadly trained art historian who teaches courses on the art and architecture of ancient Mexico, global contemporary art, and the art of border walls and spaces. Khristin believes art history is a dynamic discipline capable of creating positive social change in the world. She loves teaching students the history of art from a variety of cultural perspectives and incorporates experiences with art into the classroom. With additional training in museum studies, anthropology, and archaeology, Khristin also serves as an affiliated researcher with the NGO InHerit—Indigenous Heritage Passed to Present—through the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Recently, she has served as the project facilitator with InHerit’s Yucatec Cenotes Heritage and Conservation Project in Yucatán, Mexico. Funded by National Geographic, this project is a collaboration involving InHerit, the Universidad de Oriente (UNO) in Yucatán, Mexico, and nine middle schools in Maya communities in Yucatán. The project seeks to develop sustainable environmental and cultural conservation in these Maya communities. Khristin hopes to involve Cornell students in future research and community-based projects. M.A., Northern Illinois University; PhD, University of Illinois Chicago.
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.
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 tonyplaut.com. He has exhibited widely throughout the Midwest, with major shows occurring in Chicago and Des Moines. M.F.A., University of Chicago.
Teaching Fellow in Studio Art
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.
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 sandydyas.com. B.F.A., M.A., M.F.A., Intermedia and Video Art, Photography, University of Iowa.
Professor Emeritus of Art and Art History
M.F.A. and M.A., University of Iowa; B.S. and B.A., Moorhead State University.