Graduate Programs

MFA Faculty Advisors

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Stamps is a tight-knit creative community with highly engaged faculty members who act as mentors and advisors to Stamps MFA students.

Throughout the two-year program, our faculty of artists and scholars work closely with students to shape an intellectually-rigorous program of study, individually suited to each candidate’s areas of interest and expertise.

With six NEA recipients, two Fulbright Scholars, two Guggenheim Fellows, and a Pulitzer Prize winner as just a small sampling of the faculty accomplishments at Stamps, MFA students are able to make powerful, life-long connections to prominent culture-makers of our time.

Stamps MFA Applicants are asked to identify faculty mentors and advisors from the list below. Clicking on each faculty’s name directs you to a profile page. For questions/concerns, please contact us.

 

Osman Khan

MFA Program Director, Associate Professor

  • Investigates identity, communication, and public space
  • Interactive installations
  • Site-specific interventions
  • Technology as tools for social criticism and aesthetic expression
 
Irina Aristarkhova

Associate Professor

  • Investigates cyber-feminism, new technologies, post-coloniality, and globalization
  • Author, editor, researcher
  • Scholar of comparative feminist theory and contemporary aesthetics
 
David Chung

Professor

  • Investigates issues of identity, human rights, immigrant communities
  • Multi-media installations
  • Prints and Drawings
  • Documentary Film and Video
  • Public art
 

 

Jim Cogswell

Arthur F. Thurnau Professor

  • Investigates the construction of content from perceptual experience and the relation of language to visual perception
  • Painting, drawing, and printmaking
  • Vinyl window installations and public art
  • Interdisciplinary collaborations
 
Susan Crowell

Professor

  • Investigates the incorporation of the moral and the literary with the material and the temporal
  • Ceramics
  • Text as aesthetic
  • Ephemeral explorations: wind and sound
 
Phoebe Gloeckner

Associate Professor

  • Investigates female identity, coming of age, and familial evolutions
  • Graphic novelist
  • Multi-media and text
  • Narrative
  • Medical illustration
 
Roland Graf

Assistant Professor

  • Investigates solar power and sustainable design
  • Object and building design
  • Public space interventions
  • Human interface
 
Holly Hughes

Professor

  • Investigates feminism, queer identities, and contemporary society/politics
  • Performance art
  • Author, editor, researcher
 
Carol Jacobsen

Professor

  • Investigates feminist art, law, politics; women’s criminalization, human rights, censorship
  • Social Documentary film/video installations
  • Photography
  • Writer
 

 

Andy Kirshner

Associate Professor

  • Music-theater performance
  • Composer
  • Film
  • Electronic media
 
Heidi Kumao

Professor

  • Investigates and reframes ordinary gestures to explore their psychological underside
  • Film
  • Sculpture
  • Theater
  • Technology
 
Louis Marinaro

Professor

  • Investigates perception, visualization, context, and capturing the complexity of life experiences.
  • Sculpture
  • Public works
  • Drawing
 
Rebekah Modrak

Associate Professor

  • Investigates consumer culture and critical commerce.
  • Culture Jamming
  • Social critique
  • Photographic theory and practice
  • Appropriation
 
Anne Mondro

Associate Professor

  • Investigates the intersection of memory loss, healthcare, and creative expression.
  • Metalsmithing
  • Sculpture
  • Design
 

 

Cynthia Pachikara

Associate Professor

  • Investigates social contingency of an individual’s gaze and the notion of body-as-screen.
  • Video Installation
  • Sculpture
  • Public space interventions
 
Robert Platt

Assistant Professor

  • Investigates boundaries and interrelationships between nature and optics.
  • Painting
  • Installation
  • Public space interventions
  • Sound collaboration
 
Marianetta Porter

Professor

  • Investigates African American history, culture, and representation.
  • Sculpture
  • Printmaking
  • Multi-media works
  • Product design
 
Endi Poskovic

Professor

  • Investigates shifting cultural identities, environmental transformation, personal and social histories, displacement and alienation
  • Printmaking: lithography, color relief, intaglio, use of laser technologies in plate-making, collaborative print publishing
  • Drawing
  • Use of text in visual representation in/via printmedia
 
Michael Rodemer

Professor

  • Investigates the written word and in the "word-become-material."
  • Kinetic and interactive sculpture
  • Sculptural media
  • Playwright and theatrical designer  
 
Stephanie Rowden

Associate Professor

  • Investigates the expressive dimension of sound and its relation to human experience.
  • Sound design
  • Audio narrative
  • Documentary radio and podcast
  • Installation
 
Sherri Smith

Catherine B. Heller Collegiate Professor

  • Current series investigates astronomy.
  • Fibers and textiles
  • Interiors
 
Nick Tobier

Professor

  • Investigates the power of social dynamism and the fundamental role of the artist/designer as catalyst and conduit in this relationship.
  • Author and editor
  • Landscape architecture and urban space
  • Public and community-focused projects and actions
 
Joseph Trumpey

Associate Professor

  • Investigates biodiversity, modern agriculture, and ecological sustainability.
  • Medical illustration and drawing
  • Ecologically sustainable building methods
  • Architecture and design
 
David Turnley

Associate Professor

  • Investigates the human condition in some 75 countries around the world.
  • Documentary photography
  • Documentary video producer and director
 
Elona Van Gent

Associate Dean of Academic Programs and Professor

  • Investigates themes encountered at the intersection of art, science and technology.
  • Sculpture
  • Three-dimensional digital technologies