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Art and Design Faculty

Our faculty are a unique blend of researchers, educators and professionals who are proven experts in their fields.

Najjar Abdul-Musawwir, Professor

Drawing, Painting, Core Curriculum

Najjar Abdul-Musawwir was born October 25th, 1958, in Chicago, Illinois. He is an internationally-acknowledged artist who has exhibited throughout the United States, Africa, Asia and Europe. He currently works as a Professor of studio arts and art history in both the School of Art and Design and Africana Studies program at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.



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Najjar Abdul-Musawwir

Phone: 618-453-3019
Email: mekka@siu.edu
Office: Allyn Building 5A

Carolina Alarcón, Assistant Professor

Art History

Dr. Carolina Alarcón is assistant professor of Art History at SIU where she teaches courses in the early modern period. Her interdisciplinary research and teaching focuses on the role of prints in mediating cross-cultural exchanges in the development of science. Her book project, Materia Medica: Anatomical Illustrations in Early Modern Spain, ties agents of Spanish anatomical medicine to the broader history of natural science and medical knowledge in the late fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. Whereas her previous research was concerned principally with medical knowledge, her next project brings similar investigative approaches to bear on the sixteenth century chronicles of the conquest, people, and landscapes of early modern South America.



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Carolina Alarcón

Phone: 618-453-5704
Email: carolina.alarcon@siu.edu
Office: Allyn Building 007C

Mont Allen, Associate Professor

Art History & Classics

Mont Allen is an art historian & archaeologist of the ancient Mediterranean world. His research interests include Greek and Roman funerary sculpture, ancient sculptural tools and techniques, Greek mythology, Roman painting, Late Antique religions, intellectual history, and urban geography.



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Mont Allen Phone: 618-536-5571
Email: montallen@siu.edu
Office: Faner Hall 2031
Website

Pattie Chalmers, Professor

Ceramics

Pattie Chalmers received her BFA in printmaking from the University of Manitoba in Canada, and her MFA in ceramics from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. She has exhibited in group exhibitions on five continents, in six countries and thirty-three states and over the past ten years has had work in over ninety exhibitions. Chalmers has taught at Southern Illinois University since 2006.



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Pattie Chalmers

Phone: 618-453-1821
Email: chalmers@siu.edu
Office: Pulliam Industrial
            Wing 14H
Curriculum Vitae
Personal: PattieChalmers.com
Instagram: @ladypattiechalmers

Haley Farthing, Assistant Professor of Practice

Drawing, 2D Foundations

Haley Farthing received an MFA in drawing and painting from the University of Washington in 2009, a BFA in painting and BA in art history from Boston University in 2007. She has been a member of the faculty at Southern Illinois University Carbondale since 2012. Previous to that, she taught drawing at the Elliot School of Fine and Applied Arts in Boston and bookmaking at the Pratt Fine Arts Center in Seattle. Her teaching experience includes courses in 2D foundations, intermediate painting, bookmaking, and all levels of drawing.

In her artistic research, Farthing investigates her relationship to the environment through drawing. She aims to highlight moments of visual contrast and subtle aesthetic experiences that often go unnoticed, as well as question her personal impact on the environment. Farthing has exhibited her drawings throughout the country.



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Haley Farthing

Phone: 618-453-7767
Email: haleyfarthing@siu.edu
Office: Allyn Building 209

Laurel Jean Fredrickson, Associate Professor

Art History

Laurel Jean Fredrickson (Ph.D., Duke, 2007) is a historian of contemporary and modern art with a global emphasis. Her interdisciplinary research focuses on cross-cultural and transnational intersections of experimental art and political dissent from the 1960s to the present.



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Laurel Jean Fredrickson

Phone: 618-453-4987
Email: lfredrickson@siu.edu
Office: Allyn Building 6D
Curriculum Vitae

Jackson Hawkins, Assistant Professor of Practice

Glass

Jackson Hawkins received a Master of Fine Arts from the Tyler School of Art and Architecture and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Louisville’s Allen R. Hite Institute along with minors in Pan-African Studies and Art History. He was previously an instructor in the glass department at the Tyler School of Art and Architecture. Currently, he is the Assistant Professor of Practice in Glass at Southern Illinois University. His research and work focuses on the interaction of light and surface through refraction, reflection, absorption, and resonance. He proposes questions about the ways in which material understanding is dependent upon both our perception of reality and point of personal perspective. This approach to the boundaries of our reality and its components utilizes diverse dialogues in material science, physics, and philosophy and poses larger questions about the limitations established by our agreed upon reality. The membrane of space between these spaces causes what was once familiar to begin to stretch, periodically tear, and appear dramatically transmuted to how we have known it.



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Jackson Hawkins

Phone: 618-453-7219
Email: jackson.hawkins@siu.edu
Office: Pulliam Hall
Industrial Wing 14C

Tao Huang, Head of Undergraduate Studies, Associate Professor

Design

Before joining the faculty of design at SIU, Dr. Tao Huang was an assistant professor of design and former Associate/Summer Chair for the Art & Design Department at Columbia College Chicago. She earned her doctorate in architecture and design research from Virginia Tech in 2007. She holds a bachelor of science and a master of fine arts both in industrial design from Beijing Institute of Technology and Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts, respectively.



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Tao Huang

Phone: 618/453-7555
Email: thuang@siu.edu
Office: Pulliam Hall 54

Joshua Ingold, Associate Professor

Sculpture

Joshua Ingold began his career working as a machinist and metal fabricator before pursuing an education in design. He earned his BFA in Sculpture from Southern Illinois University where he received the Rickert-Zeibold Trust Award in 2009. Joshua earned a Graduate Fellowship to the Rhode Island School of Design, where he received a Masters of Architecture degree in 2012. Since that time he has been invited to participate as a guest critic in the Department of Architecture, co-authored and taught the curriculum for a thesis preparation seminar for the Furniture Design Department, and worked as a thesis advisor at RISD.



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Joshua Ingold

Email: joshua.ingold@siu.edu
Office: Studio Arts Building 104B

Travis Janssen, Associate Professor

Printmaking

Travis Janssen received an MFA degree in Printmaking from Arizona State University in 2007 and a BFA from the University of Wisconsin, Madison in 2000. He has taught as SIU since 2008.His creative practice bridges gaps between contemporary and historic methods of printmaking as well as forays into video and installation art mediums, often in conjunction with print media.



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Travis Janssen

Phone: 618-453-5274
Email: travisj@siu.edu
Office: Glove Factory 114

Sun Kyoung Kim, Associate Professor

Metalsmithing, Jewelry

Sun Kyoung Kim was born and raised in Seoul, Korea. Kim received both a BFA and MFA in metals from Sungshin Women’s University in Seoul, Korea, and her second MFA in metals from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Illinois, USA. Kim has discussed her idea about the body and human relationships in her artwork.



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Sun Kyoung Kim

Phone: 618-453-3774
Email: sunkim@siu.edu
Office: Pullium Hall
Industrial Wing 16C
Curriculum Vitae
Website

Jiyong Lee, Professor

Glass

Jiyong Lee has been heading the glass program at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, and working as an active studio artist since 2005. He earned his MFA at Rochester Institute of Technology in 2001 and taught there for four years as a visiting assistant professor before coming to SIU. He served as a member of Board of Directors for the Glass Art Society for six years (2009-2015).



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Jiyong Lee

Phone: 618-453-7772
Email: jiyong@siu.edu
Office: Pulliam Hall
Industrial Wing 14C
Curriculum Vitae
www.jiyongleeglass.com

Alex Lopez, Associate Director, Associate Professor

Sculpture

Alex Lopez earned his MFA degree in sculpture from Alfred University, NY (1998). He taught at Trinity University and The University of Texas, both located in San Antonio before coming to Southern Illinois University Carbondale.



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Alex Lopez

Phone: 618-453-8635
Email: alxlpz@siu.edu
Office: Glove Factory 109

Robert Lopez, Interim Director, Associate Professor

Art & Design

Rob Lopez is a designer and educator with experience in a wide range of 2D and 3D design. He is also the current Area Head of the SIU Design Program, and is the co-founder of Deft Lunch. He received his BFA and MFA in Industrial Design from the University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign (UIUC).



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Robert A. Lopez

Phone: 618/453-7590
Email: roblopez@siu.edu
Office: Pulliam Hall 52
Curriculum Vitae

Antonio Martinez, Associate Professor

Photography/Intermedia Arts

Antonio Jacob Martinez, M.F.A. (b.1979), is a fine art photographer who currently teaches as an Associate Professor of Photography/Intermedia Arts at Southern Illinois University. Antonio defines himself as a traditional and digital image-maker whose work combines old and new imaging technologies.



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Antonio Martinez

Phone: 618-453-2294
Email: antoniam@siu.edu
Office: Comm. 1111
Website
Curriculum Vitae

Matt Mitros, Assistant Professor of Practice

Ceramics

Matt Mitros was born in Philadelphia, PA. After graduating from Penn State University in 2001 with a BFA, Mitros completed a post-baccalaureate from the University of Illinois and holds an MFA from the University of Washington. Mitros has been an Artist-In-Residence at Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts, the Archie Bray Foundation, and Red Lodge Clay Center.



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Matt Mitros

Email: matthew.mitros@siu.edu
Office: Pulliam Hall Ind. Wing 102H
Personal: MattMitros.com
Instagram: @Mattmitros

Carey Netherton, Assistant Professor of Practice

3D Foundations, Sculpture

Carey Netherton was born and raised in east central Illinois, and received a B.A. in 3-D Studio Art and Philosophy in 1998 from Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, Illinois. In 2000, he became an Instructional-Supervisory Staff member at the Johnson Atelier Technical Institute of Sculpture in Mercerville, New Jersey.



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Carey Netherton

Phone: 618-453-2029
Email: cnetherton@siu.edu
Office: Art Foundry
Website

Erin Palmer, Associate Professor

Painting , Drawing

Erin L. Palmer is an Associate Professor in Painting and Drawing. She received her MFA from Yale School of Art in 1993. Her work is primarily figurative from direct observation and is included in a number of private collections.



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Erin Palmer

Phone: 618-453-7767
Email: epalmer@siu.edu
Office: Glove Factory 201
Curriculum Vitae

Jody Paulson, Lecturer

Art Education

Jody Paulson is an artist and educator who has worked in Art Education for 30 years in variety of settings and capacities. She has taught art in Montana, Utah, Nevada, and now in Carbondale, Illinois. Jody’s areas of focus in the field of Art Education include authentic art assessment, transdisciplinary curriculum development, and community partnership.



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Jody Paulson

Phone: 618-453-4315
Email: jody.paulson@siu.edu
Office: Allyn Building 6B

Mark Pease, Head of Graduate Studies, Associate Professor

Digital Media

Mark Pease creates work in a variety of media to explore visual ideas inspired by consumer nostalgia, simulacra, suburban landscapes, and modernist architecture. He works with printmaking, animation, 3D visualizations, painting, and photography to recreate moments of daydream, interactions with the artificial, and the recognition of our own visual sensitivities.



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Mark Pease

Phone: 618-453-3260
Email: markpease@siu.edu
Office: Glove Factory 110
Website

Angela Reinoehl, Senior Lecturer

Art History, Core Curriculum

Angela Reinoehl received a BA in Art History from Indiana University, and a MA in Art History, theory and criticism from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her Master’s thesis challenges traditional interpretations of feminist performance art from the 1970s. Reinoehl held various positions, including Curator of Exhibitions at Craft Alliance in St. Louis.



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Angela Reinoehl

Phone: 618-453-8631
Email: reinoehl@siu.edu
Office: Allyn Building 7D
Curriculum Vitae

Aaron Scott, Associate Professor

Design

Aaron Scott received an MFA in Industrial Design from Purdue University and a BFA in Three-Dimensional Arts from Weber State University. He has experience in design, marketing and sales, sculpture, and education. As a design professional and educator he identifies innovation opportunities, creates products and graphics, and develops strategies for product/system integration and promotion. He is an advocate for the value of design.



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Aaron Scott

Phone: 618-453-7503
Email: ascott@siu.edu
Office: Pulliam Hall 62
Curriculum Vitae

Xuhong Shang, Professor

Painting

Born in Shanghai, China. He received his B.A degree in Painting from Shanghai Teachers University, his M.A degree in painting from Illinois State University and his M.F.A degree in Painting from Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia.



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Phone: 618-453-7745
Email: xhs.107@siu.edu
Office: Glove Factory 107 A&B
Curriculum Vitae
Website

Alison Smith, Assistant Professor

Photography/Intermedia Arts

Alison A. Smith received an MFA in studio art - photography with Distinction from the University of Georgia in 2010 and a BFA in studio art - photography with a minor in Women's Studies from Miami University in 2006.



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Alison Smith

Phone: 618-453-2365
Email: smithaa4@siu.edu
Office: Comm 1110 

Rick Smith, Professor

Metalsmithing, Blacksmithing

Rick Smith earned his MFA from Southern Illinois University Carbondale in 1992. He is a Professor specializing in blacksmithing and forge welding techniques. Smith’s work is in the permanent collection of the Arkansas Arts Center at the Decorative Arts Museum in Little Rock, AR. He has received two fellowships from the Illinois Arts Council. Smith has taught classes at many prominent crafts schools across the nation, including Penland School of Crafts, and Haystack Mountain School of Crafts.



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Rick Smith

Phone: 618-453-3774
Email: rshotforged@gmail.com
Office: Pulliam Hall
Design Wing 66
Curriculum Vitae

Corey Tester, Lecturer

Communication Design

In addition to working as a freelance designer and photographer, Corey is a lecturer in the Communication Design program and the School of Art and Design's Visual Resource Specialist. Corey earned his BFA in Communication Design from Southern Illinois University Carbondale in 2002.



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Corey Tester

Phone: 618-453-7598
Email: corey@siu.edu
Office: Pullium Hall 56
Website

Jason Wonnell, Associate Professor of Practice

Design

Jason specializes in printmaking, illustration, typography, UI/UX design, and animation. Jason is a co-owner of CTRL Media+Design, a new local media group that is currently working on branding and communications for a congressional campaign and a regional solar group buy program. He is also preparing a mural project for downtown Carbondale this spring.



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Jason Wonnell

Phone: 618-453-7554
Email: jasonwonnell@gmail.com
Office: Pulliam Hall 155

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