Studio Arts and Technology Faculty
The faculty of the Studio Arts and Technology program at Purdue is composed of active members of the design community with a national and international exhibition record.
Professor of Painting, Drawing, and Installation Art // 2D Extended Media
Charles A. Gick is a Professor of Art in the Department of Art and Design in the Patti and Rusty Rueff School of Visual and Performing Arts at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, where he teaches painting, drawing, and installation art. He holds a MFA from Northwestern University and a BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute. As an interdisciplinary artist, Gick combines video, performance, painting, photography and assemblage and has received national and international recognition for his work. He was the first recipient of the Purdue University Affiliated Fellowship at the American Academy in Rome. Samples of his previous exhibitions include, solo installations: “Three Clouds in Waiting” at the Luminary Center for the Arts, St. Louis, Missouri, and “Waiting,” an installation exhibited at the Carriage House, Long Island Center for Experimental Art, Islip Art Museum. Gick has also exhibited his work in several international group exhibitions in countries such as Varna, Bulgaria, and Kansk, Russia. He was also selected as the only US representative to be included in “Curated Special Selections from Videoholica,” which was exhibited in Belgrade, Serbia, Milan, Italy, and Copenhagen, Denmark. He has presented artist lectures and academic research nationally and internationally. For more information, please visit Professor Gick’s artist website at www.charlesgick.com.
Professor of Fine Arts // Craft and Materials
1991 M.F.A., Kent State University
1978 B.A., University of Illinois at Chicago
Robin Kraft's work in jewelry, enamel, hollowware and sculpture has been recognized with numerous awards and has been included in over 200 national and international gallery and museum exhibitions; Her work is included in public museum and private collections, has been featured in several books and published and reviewed in Metalsmith, American Craft, Ornament, Fiberarts, and the Seattle Times, among others. She is the recipient of Individual Artist grants and an Artist Fellowship grant from the Indiana Arts Commission and the Ohio Arts Council.
Associate Professor of Painting and Drawing // 2D Extended Media
Robert Mahorney is currently an Associate Professor of Art in the Department of Art and Design in the Patti and Rusty Rueff School of Visual and Performing Arts at Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana. Areas of specialty are that of Painting and Drawing. Before coming to Purdue, he also taught at Notre Dame University. College degrees have been acquired at both the University of California at Berkeley and the University of Arizona. Robert has exhibited his work extensively throughout the country.
Associate Professor of Integrated Studio Arts and American Studies // Arts, Culture and Technology
Dr. McMullen is a jointly appointed Assistant Professor in the School of Visual and Performing Arts and in American Studies at Purdue University. She received a PhD in sociology from the University of California, San Diego in 2007. Her current research interests and creative endeavors focus on relations between nature and technology, the creation of installations and artifacts to produce temporary social spaces, and engagement with public visual cultures. Collaboration and interdisciplinarity shape her research and practice [read more].
Visiting Lecturer in Printmaking and Drawing // 2D Extended Media
Caroline Owen is a Visiting Lecturer in Printmaking and Drawing in the Department of Art and Design in the Patti and Rusty Rueff School of Visual and Performing Arts at Purdue University. She teaches relief, lithography, and silkscreen printmaking courses as well as life drawing. Owen received her BFA in Fine Arts from Clemson University in 2009 and her MFA in Printmaking from Purdue in 2016. Her figurative-based work combines traditional printmaking practices with other 2D and 3D media, experimenting the boundaries of expressing the human body both physically and emotionally. Owen has exhibited work both nationally and internationally, recently at the 5th SIPS 16 at the El Minia University, Cairo, Egypt, in 2016 and It Figures at the ARC Gallery and Educational Foundation,Chicago, Illinois, in 2016. More information about Owen’s work can be found on her website at www.carolineowen.com.
Molly Lorraine Phalan
Visiting Clinical Instructor of Fine Arts
Molly Lorraine Phalan is a Visiting Clinical Instructor of Fine Arts in the Department of Art and Design in the Patti and Rusty Rueff School of Visual and Performing Arts at Purdue University, in West Lafayette, Indiana. She received her MFA in Photography from Purdue University in the Spring of 2018 and her BFA in Photography from the University of South Alabama in the Fall of 2013. Molly is a process-based artist that melds digital, traditional, and alternative photographic practices with mixed media to explore her emotions and personal strife. Her work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally. More information on her work can be found on her website at mlphalan.wixsite.com/mollylorraine. [read more]
Visiting Lecturer in Printmaking // 2D Extended Media
Liz Wierzbicki is a Visiting Lecturer in Printmaking in the Department of Art and Design in the Patti and Rusty Rueff School of Visual and Performing Arts at Purdue University. She is also an adjunct instructor at the Herron School of Art and Design in the Drawing and Foundations Departments. Wierzbicki is a Co-founder and Co-Director of Cat Head Press, a Printshop and Artist Cooperative in Indianapolis. She received her BA in Mathematics and Fine Art from Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois and her MFA in Printmaking from Herron School of Art in Indianapolis. She is the recipient of various awards and residencies and her multimedia work continues to appear in solo and group exhibitions locally, nationally and internationally. More information on Wierzbicki’s work can be found on her website at lizwierzbicki.com.
Associate Professor of Drawing // 2D Extended Media
Christine Wuenschel is an Associate Professor of Fine Arts in the Department of Art and Design in the Patti and Rusty Rueff School of Visual and Performing Arts at Purdue University. She teaches life drawing, painting, and serves as the department’s Director of Graduate Studies. Wuenschel received her BFA in Drawing and Painting from the University of Akron in 2004 and her MFA in Drawing and Painting from Arizona State University in 2008. She is a figurative artist whose work explores the gestural expressive nature of drawing media usually on a larger than life-size scale. Wuenschel is most recognized for her large drawings dealing with nudity, identity, and body image. Her work has won several exhibition awards and continues to appear in both national and international group and solo exhibitions including Drawing Discourse: 7th Annual International Exhibition of Contemporary Drawing at S. Tucker Cooke Gallery at University of North Carolina-Asheville; The Derwent Art Prize at The Mall Galleries in London, England; and Kink: The Seduction of Art at Koplin Del Rio Gallery in Culver City, California. More information on Wuenschel’s work can be found on her website at www.christinewuenschel.com.
Associate Professor of Integrated Studio Arts // Arts, Culture and Technology
Fabian Winkler is an Associate Professor of Visual and Performing Arts at Purdue University where he initiated and developed the area of Electronic and Time-Based Art in 2006. He holds degrees from the Karlsruhe University of Arts and Design (HfG)/ZKM Karlsruhe, Germany and UCLA, Department of Design|Media Arts, Los Angeles, USA. Since 2011, Winkler has worked collaboratively with Dr. Shannon McMullen on a series of artworks and strategies at the intersection of nature and technology defined by the artists as “Critical Gardening,” exploring the premise that gardens express ideas, ideologies and social relations [read more].
Associate Professor of Visual and Performing Arts // Craft and Materials
Sigrid Zahner is an associate Professor of Visual and Performing Arts at Purdue University and is head of the ceramics program there. In addition to teaching both graduate and undergraduate level ceramics, Sigrid has taught undergraduate sculpture courses, textile courses, and co-taught the graduate level installation class in the School of Visual and Performing Arts at Purdue.
Sigrid’s work is represented in several museums and collections, including the Grimmerhus Museum, Danish National Museum of Ceramic Art, Copenhagen, Denmark, The NAU Museum in Arizona, The Copia Museum, Napa, CA, Guldagergaard International Ceramic Research Center Skaelskor, Denmark, and the Diane and Sandy Besser Collection. In addition to showing in the USA, Sigrid has shown all over the world including in Japan, Denmark, UK, and has shown at NCECA, The National Council of Education in the Ceramic Arts.
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