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Anne Mondro

Associate Professor


Photograph of Anne Mondro


Curriculum Vitae
  • M.F.A. (Jewelry and Metals), Kent State University, 2002
  • B.F.A., College for Creative Studies, 1999

Anne Mondro received her BFA from the College for Creative Studies in Detroit, Michigan in 1999. In 2002 she completed her MFA from Kent State University in Kent, Ohio.

Mondro came to the University of Michigan in 2003 as a Roman J. Witt Visiting Assistant Professor in the School of Art & Design. Serving as an Associate Professor, she teaches a variety of studio art courses in conceptual development, design, and jewelry/metalsmithing. In 2006, she developed a community engagement course titled Retaining Identity: the role of creativity in the healthcare setting. Designed to explore creativity and the potential of art to aid the human spirit during times of illness, the course collaborates with the UM Geriatric Center. Partnering art and design students with persons with dementia the course focuses on strengthening communal empathy through the arts.

Mondro actively seeks to expand her knowledge and insight in the art and health field. This has included participating in the UM Health System’s Gift of Art Artist in Residency Training, University of Michigan Health System’s Mini-Medical Course on Depression, and the UM Faculty Scholars Program in Integrative Healthcare.

In her studio practice, Mondro draws inspiration from anatomical imagery and religious artifacts to comment on physical and mental complexities of the body, especially during times of illness and disease. Her work has been shown nationally and internationally, including solo exhibitions at the Urban Institute of Contemporary Art, Ceres Gallery in NYC, PIU Gallery in São Paulo, ARC Gallery in Chicago, and the International Museum of Surgical Science. Her work has recently been included in exhibitions at the Cranbrook Art Museum and the Powerhouse Museum of Science and Design in Sydney.

In addition to her studio practice, Mondro has provided numerous presentations on her creative research and engagement in the art and health field. These have included presentations at the Society for Arts in Healthcare’s annual conference in 2007, 2010, and 2012. Other presentations include speaking engagements at the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney, the Fashion Imaging Department at Ming Dao University in Taiwan, and the University of São Paulo. In November 2012, she will present at the Creative Center at University Settlement’s Training Institute for Creative Aging. She also recently ended a four-year term on the Board of Directors for the Society of North American Goldsmiths.

Visit PLAY to see a video interview with Anne Mondro from The Why Series: Why We Make Creative Work.