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Office Location: Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus, CF 127
Dr. Gomez teaches media appreciation, film, graphic design and illustration at MC. Gomez has previously taught at MICA, Towson University, Virginia Commonwealth University and the University of Houston.
An interdisciplinary artist and scholar, Gomez earned a BFA from Texas A&M University –Kingsville, an MFA in painting and drawing from the University of Houston, and a PhD in media art and text from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, where he studied digital culture.
Gomez is co-founder of Sybil Press, an independent publisher of art books and other printed matter, and author and illustrator of the artist book, The Book of Cannibals (2014). Recent exhibitions include: Rhizome DC, Ben Bailey Art Gallery, Texas A&M University, Kingsville, CICA, South Korea, Little Berlin, Philadelphia, Valet Gallery, Richmond, VA, and (e)merge art fair, D.C.
Gomez’s paintings were recently featured in New American Paintings #142. Select conference presentations include: Digital Humanities, Mexico City, Approaching Posthumanism and the Posthuman, Geneva, Switzerland, Northeast Modern Language Association Conference, Boston, and a whole host of Southeastern College Art Conference events. Gomez has written for Fangoria Magazine, Blumhouse.com, Digital America, and Cvlt Nation.
Office Location: Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus, CF 121
BiographyPablo Callejo has been an Instructional Lab Coordinator at Montgomery College since 2017. He holds an Associate Degree in Studio Art from MC and a Bachelor of Fine Arts with a concentration in printmaking from the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, MD. Pablo works with the lab staff team to operate and maintain the galleries and studios at MC in compliance with safety protocols. He also oversees and manages the Digital Output Center and the Loan Equipment Program.
Office Location: Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus, CF 132
BiographyAs an Assistant Professor of art at Takoma Park/Silver Spring, Michael teaches introductory and intermediate drawing. He came to Montgomery College as a full-time faculty member after serving part-time at MC, Prince George's Community College, and University of Maryland College Park. Courses he has taught include drawing, painting, and two-dimensional design. He earned his bachelor's in fine arts from Mississippi State University and master's in fine arts from the University of Maryland, College Park.
Office Location: Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus, CF 129
BiographyAssociate Professor Kevin Bowman joined the art department of the Takoma Park/Silver Springs campus at Montgomery College in January of 2017 and teaches printmaking, foundations design and drawing. Born and raised in Hartford City, Indiana, he earned a BFA from Ball State University and an MFA from the University of South Dakota. Following completion of his graduate work, he taught at the College of the Sequoias in Visalia, California, while also serving as the director and curator of Arts Visalia, a non-profit community art center in Visalia.
Office Location: Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus, CU 116
BiographyProfessor Heather A. Brown has served part-time on the music faculty at Montgomery College since 2004. A full-time professor since 2018, she teaches music appreciation, music theory and applied music. Her survey courses explore various styles of music from within their cultural and historical contexts. Prof. Brown holds a bachelor’s degree in music from Binghamton University and Master’s degree in Voice Performance from the University of Maryland. She has maintained a private studio of voice and piano students for over 18 years. As a performer, she has sung professionally in many area churches and as a soloist under the auspices of the Friday Morning Music Club.
Office Location: Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus, CF 126
Dr.Cash holds a BA from the History of Art and Architecture from the University of California at Santa Barbara and an MA and PhD in Art History from the University of Texas at Austin. Her professional work centers on the Art of the Americas, museum practice and open education.
Professor Cash came to Montgomery College as a full-time faculty member after serving as part-time faculty teaching African art history. Prior to MC, she served an 11-year tenure at St. Mary's College of Maryland as Associate Professor of Art History. At SMCM, she also served 4 years as Director of Boyden Gallery and the Fine Art Collection. At MC, Professor Cash teaches Art History Survey I and II, Survey of African Art and Survey of Asian Art. She looks forward to expanding her course offerings in art history, global humanities, and museum practice.
Beyond the classroom, Professor Cash is committed to professional development, open education and pedagogy and the decolonization and applied practice of art history. Since her arrival at MC, Professor Cash has been awarded the MC UN SDG Open Pedagogy Faculty Fellowship (Summer 2020) and a Faculty Development Seminar in Pakistan from the American Institute of Pakistan Studies (January 2021).
Office Location: Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus, CF 133
Miriam Ellen Ewers is an artist who works with found objects, images and sculptural
form. She received her undergraduate degree in Fine Art, Printmaking from the Rhode
Island School of Design in 2000, and completed her MFA in Sculpture at the Virginia
Commonwealth University in 2004.
Miriam Ellen Ewers is Assistant Professor of Sculpture, 3D Design and Drawing at Montgomery College in Maryland, USA, her teaching specializations include traditional as well as twenty-first century sculpture methods/materials, and combining theoretical and social issues into studio pedagogy.
BiographyKai Fang recently joined the Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus of Montgomery College as a full-time Professor of Graphic Design after a long and distinguished career spanning two decades of industry and academic experience.
Prior to joining Montgomery College TP/SS, Prof. Fang served as adjunct faculty at multiple institutions of higher learning, including Georgetown University, the Creative Circus, the Maryland College of Art + Design and Montgomery College - Rockville.
Professionally, he’s held executive leadership roles at some of the top global creative agencies; managing design departments to develop digital and traditional communications for both Fortune 500 companies and leading advocacy groups across the country.
Notable brands he’s worked on include Audi, AT&T, Bank of America, Hennessy, Hershey’s, Marvel, McDonald’s, Star Wars, Transformers, NERF, and Visa.
Prof. Fang has provided thought leadership and speaking engagements to the Public Relations Society of America on the topic of diversity, equity and inclusion as well as working directly to foster student teams for the American Advertising Federation’s Most Promising Multicultural Students Program. He’s also served as a recurring judge for the MOSAIC Awards, a national competition which recognizes excellence in multicultural marketing across colleges and universities.
Prof. Fang’s creative work has been published in Communication Arts, One Show, Adweek, Creativity, Clio’s, Shorty’s, Webby’s and the Emmy's.
B.F.A. with Honors, Art Center College of Design; M.F.A. with Distinction, American University; recipient of the Film and Electronic Media Merit Scholarship, Third Year Production Grant, and a Center for Environmental Filmmaking Scholar; M.A., University of Santa Monica.
Office Location: Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus, CF 125
Assistant Professor of visual art Mieke Gentis teaches analog and digital photography at Montgomery College. Mieke Gentis is an artist operating in several modalities including photography, installation, and performance. She has served as the director of operations for BuoyRR- a residency retreat for those on the feminine spectrum. She invites you to collaborate, so please send an email f you have an idea. Professor Gentis holds a degree in Imaging and Digital Art from UMBC and a Degree in Sociology from Salisbury University.
Office Location: Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus, CF 130
BiographyAssociate Professor of art teaching drawing and painting. She came to Montgomery College as a full-time faculty member after serving part-time at MC, Prince George's Community College, and the Corcoran College of Art and Design at George Washington University. Courses she has taught include drawing, painting, color theory, and commercial illustration. She earned her bachelor's in studio art from Centre College in Kentucky and her master's in painting from the American University in Washington, DC.
Office Location: Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus, CU 115
David Rothman has been involved in theatre and with Montgomery College for over forty years, first as a student and then, since 1986, as faculty. Over the years, he has taken on various roles as an actor, director, producer, fight choreographer, production designer, technical director and teacher. He holds undergraduate and post graduate degrees from the University of Maryland and is a past member of the Society of American Fight Directors having been certified as an Actor-Combatant With Recommendation and a member of SAG-AFTRA. Recent directorial efforts by David at Montgomery College include Social Darwinism, The Glass Menagerie, Animal Farm, Doubt, Bootycandy, Natural Causes, Almost Blue, Waiting For Lefty and Art of Murder. David recently directed Kasturba versus Gandhi for Natya Bharati, a local Indian theatre group. Additional shows directed by David include The Diary of Anne Frank, Blythe Spirit for The Foundry Players and Brer Rabbit & The Briar Patch for Adventure Theatre. David last performed onstage in Montgomery College Summer Dinner Theatre’s West Side Story. Additional performances at MC include Notes On The Cold War In Kansas and Christopher Durang’s The Marriage of Bette & Boo. He has also performed locally in The Christmas Revels at Lisner Auditorium as well as in productions at The Studio Theatre, Classika Theatre, Source Theatre and Washington Theatre Wing. Regional credits include performances at the Illinois Shakespeare Festival, Champlain Shakespeare Festival and Birmingham Children's Theatre. David also plays blues harmonica and sings in the local blues band, Cooking With Gas, having appeared at the National Cherry Blossom Festival and the Silver Spring Blues Festival.
Office Location: Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus, CF 135
BiographyProfessor Van Wagoner is a practicing graphic designer and sculptor. Whether developing web sites or modeling in clay, her artistic goals are the same––to communicate with her audience. Her mixed media sculpture builds a narrative using clay, metal, glass, and other materials. Professor Van Wagoner completed a BFA in ceramics at the Cleveland Institute of Art and an MFA from the Mount Royal School at the Maryland Institute College of Art.
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Sowbhagyalakshmi Areke is an independent filmmaker who also has been teaching all aspects of video production for the past three decades in Washington DC metro area educational institutions. Having worked at BET and other TV stations along with professional training at NBC-4 and Maine Media Workshops, she brings in industry-related experience to classroom.
Areke is a recipient of the Scholarship of Excellence in Teaching Fellowship, Smithsonian Faculty Fellowship, NATPE Faculty Development Fellowship, UFVA/Kodak Scholarship, Eddie Murphy/Paramount Pictures Creative Writing Award, and honorable mention Paul Robeson Award. She has been serving as a jury for the Emmy Awards for over two decades.
BiographyDamien Coor is a cinematographer who has been working in film and video production for more than a dozen years. Over that time span, Damien has worked directing, producing and shooting numerous projects including music videos, documentary, narrative and commercial productions. For his work, both internationally and domestically, Damien was named the Film Maker of the Month by the DC Office of Cable Television, Film, Music and Entertainment and has worked on films that have been recognized from the Black Star Film Festival to Sundance. Damien initially gained his on set experience in the lighting department, as a camera PA and as an Assistant Camera working under some of the industry’s most respected cinematographers. They include, Academy Award nominated Bradford Young, ASC, award-winning DP Salvador Bolivar and Emmy Award winner and Oscar nominee Hans Charles. Damien received his MFA in Cinematography from Howard University and currently works as both a freelance director and Director of Photography. Additionally, he is an adjunct professor of cinematography, scriptwriting and video editing.
BiographyLeland Edgecombe has been teaching as a part-time instructor on the music faculty at Montgomery College since 2011. Mr. Edgecombe joined the department as a guitar instructor who came from the Thelonious Monk Institute for Jazz (Washington, D.C.). At MC, Instructor Edgecombe teaches several courses to include music appreciation and class guitar. He has also created various workforce development, continuing education music courses to include American folk-life guitar studies, and music production business and technologies.
Since his arrival at MC, Instructor Edgecombe has been the recipient of the 2015-2016 Smithsonian Institute Faculty Fellowship Award through the Paul Peck Institute for Humanities where his work primarily focused on jazz studies education, and African American history and literature. Instructor Edgecombe is a graduate of the Master Guitarist curriculum from the Berklee College of Music’s Professional Studies Program in Boston, MA,; and holds a Master’s Degree in Urban History and Planning from the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Fine Arts in Philadelphia, PA.
BiographyMelissa Ezelle has spent the past 16 years as a professional teaching artist and arts administrator, working with a variety of organizations and student populations. She earned her MFA from Ohio University, and her BFA from Murray State University with a concentration in Printmaking. Her work focuses on personal family history, using handmade printmaking methods, textiles, and mixed media. Since 2013, she has been a practicing studio artist and instructor at Pyramid Atlantic Art and is currently serving as the College and Career Readiness Coordinator at Arts on the Block in Silver Spring, MD. Melissa teaches ARTT123 and ART102 for Montgomery College on the Takoma Park/Silver Spring campus.
BiographyBrandon Geurts is a figurative artist and illustrator currently living and working in Silver Spring. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2013 from University of Central Florida in 2013 and his Master of Fine Arts in 2017 from University of South Florida. He has also taught at University of South Florida. In addition to working in the fine art world, Geurts has also worked within the punk/metal scene nationwide. His work has appeared in such publications as Kerrang! and Orlando Weekly.
Graham Holford is from the United Kingdom. After graduating from the University of
Greenwich with a BA in Film Studies. He moved to South Korea and became part of a
filmmaking community there, he worked on different features and short films. He moved
to the United States in 2017 and pursued an MFA in Film Production. After graduating
in 2021, he moved to Maryland. He works in media and teaches locally,
Graham taught screenwriting at Ohio University for three years. Graham teaches most disciplines of filmmaking throughout the country. Including Film History, Editing, and Film Production. He has taught students of many backgrounds and generations all over the country, including the prestigious Interlochen School of the Arts and locally for Montgomery County for GBYM Media.
He has written and directed films that have been screened and programmed at Academy Award-qualifying festivals in Asia, Europe, and North America.
BiographyMichal Hunter earned her BFA in Photography from the University of Florida, Gainesville and her MFA in Painting from Florida State University, Tallahassee. Her work has been exhibited in over fifty exhibitions, including one-person shows at Diane Brown Gallery and Frasers’ Stable Gallery, PASS Gallery and the Washington Arts Club. Awards include Franz and Virginia Bader Fund Grant, Artist’s Grant and Residency, Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT, and Visual Arts Grant, DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, Washington, DC. Public collections include Art Bank of the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, and City Hall Collection at the John A. Wilson Building, Washington, DC.
Kate Kretz earned a Cours De La Civilisation Francaise certificate at The Sorbonne, a BFA at SUNY Binghamton, garnering the SUNY Foundation Award for Excellence in Fine Arts, Harpur College Departmental Honors in Art, and Harpur College Academic Honors. She earned her MFA at the University of Georgia. Exhibitions include the Museum of Arts & Design in NYC, Van Gijn Museum, Kunstraum Kreuzberg, Wignall Museum, Katonah Museum, Frost Museum, Racine Museum, Fort Collins MOCA, San Jose Museum of Textiles, Telfair Museum, Fort Lauderdale Museum, and Tsinghua University in Beijing.
She’s received three MD Arts Council grants (in Crafts and in Painting), the NC Arts Council Grant, The South Florida Cultural Consortium Fellowship, Florida Visual Arts Fellowship, and a Millay Colony Residency. She received the SECAC award for Outstanding Artistic Achievement, she’s a James Renwick Alliance’s 2020 Distinguished Artist and is on the Fulbright Specialist Roster until 2021. She was an Associate Professor/BFA Director at Florida International University for ten years before joining Montgomery College, where she was recently awarded the Shoenberg Fellowship to complete her first book on finding visual voice.
LaDawn Manuel, originally from Cleveland, OH is an African American Cinematographer|Camera Operator in the Film and Television industry. Manuel has worked with PBS, Lifetime, VICE News, Nat Geo, MTV, BET and a plethora of other production companies. Experienced with Alexa, Black Magic, Canon, Panasonic, RED, and Sony systems. Winner of Best Cinematographer at the Paul Robeson Howard Film Festival for the film Orchid Boys (2017). Manuel is also an adjunct film professor in the DMV area.
Matthew McLaughlin is a mixed media artist and curator whose work explores the human relationship with their environments and spaces, both physically and psychologically. He received his BFA degree in Fine Arts from Ringling College of Art and Design and his MFA degree in Printmaking from Arizona State University. Matthew has had solo exhibitions in Washington, DC and Phoenix, among other areas. His work has been included in group exhibitions, both nationally and internationally, in commercial galleries, artist-run spaces and museums. He has received numerous awards including the Maryland State Art Council Individual Artist Award 2016 in Works on Paper. His work is in the collections of the Zuckerman Museum of Art and various universities, along with private collectors. He has curated for numerous national exhibition spaces including the American University Museum in Washington, DC.
Alexander McSwain is an assistant professor at Howard University, Washington DC. He received his BFA in Communication Design as well as an MFA in Environmental Design from Howard University. During that time, he worked in the not-for-profit arena working with Shaw-Eco Village (tackling the issue of stormwater run-off in DC), DOEE formally the DDOE (educating youth about the importance of green collar work, environmental awareness, and education), and MCSR (Men Can Stop Rape Organization teaching young men how to be strong without being violent). He was asked to become an executive board member for MCSR in 2015 and continues to serve as an active member.
For the past decade, Alex McSwain has worked as a freelance designer. He has had the opportunity to work with several companies and clients ranging from Cushman and Wakefield to start up magazine companies. His portfolio contains works from various design disciplines; UX design, web design, publication/marketing materials, brand development, packaging, 2D Animation, and apparel design. Currently, he is taking on volunteer design projects to help not for profit organizations nationally in hopes to reconnect with his, not for profit roots and allow his skills to improve the lives of others. His design aesthetic by default stems from his time as an architect apprentice with a clean line and geometric symmetry with a keen sense of synergy.
“A jack of all trades is a master of none, but oftentimes better than a master of one.”
Carrie Rennolds teaches illustration and graphic design, and is the creator of the Fake New Yorker; an unedifying parody publication which explores problems and failures in modern society. She has a degree from Lawrence University in Printmaking, and an M.F.A. from UMBC in Imaging and Digital Art, and loves bad ideas.
Ivy Roberts is a cinema studies and media history scholar specializing in media archaeology. Her recent publications include “Artificial Horizon: Blind Flight in the History of Virtual Reality” (International Journal of Stereo and Immersive Media, Dec 2022) and “Wonderland and the Wasteland: The Colorfully Dirty Mise en Scene in Terry Gilliam’s The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus” (Critical Companion to Terry Gilliam, 2022). She received a PhD in Media, Art and Text from Virginia Commonwealth University (2017) with a dissertation on early speculative-era television history. Dr. Roberts is currently exploring library and archival sciences and resides in Mount Rainier, Maryland.
BiographyAmare Selfu is a multidisciplinary artist and educator born in Ethiopia and based in the U.S. State of Maryland. He graduated with highest honors from Addis Ababa University's Alle School of Fine Arts and Design (ASFAD) in 2004. He went on to serve as Chair of the ASFAD Painting Department while teaching Painting and Drawing. Amare received his MFA in Studio Art from the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA). He currently teaches at Montgomery College and Maryland Institute College of Art. Amare has exhibited his works has exhibited his work nationally and internationally.
Meryl has been teaching dance for the Performing Arts department here at MC TP/SS since 2006. She has also taught ballet, modern, and jazz on the Rockville campus. She was awarded “Outstanding Part-time Faculty Award” in 2013.
She owned her own dance studio and company, The Dance Addition of Takoma Park for 18 years, until 2010. She taught ballet, modern, and jazz there, and directed and choreographed numerous performances.
She danced with many DC local companies including Tony Powell Music and Movement, Pola Nirenska, Momentum Dance Theatre, and Maryland Dance Theatre, just to name a few.
She also performed in NYC, Bates College in Maine, San Diego, Knoxville, White Mountains Dance Festival, and also abroad in Canada and in Israel.
She has choreographed for many musical theatre productions including for Imagination Stage, Fairleigh Dickinson University, Catholic University, St. Mary’s Community College, and Fort Meade Theatre Productions.
Her dance degrees were acquired from U of Md., and her graduate degree from the George Washington University.
She is currently and passionately involved with communities of Latin dances and other social dances here in the DC, New York, and in the northern New Jersey areas. These include Tango, Salsa, Bachata, and West Coast Swing,
BiographyTheodore Shusterman has been teaching at Montgomery College since 2019, and has taught American Popular Music, Intro to Music Theory, and Class Guitar. He earned a Master of Music in classical guitar performance from Towson University, a Bachelor of Arts in guitar performance from Shepherd University, and an Associate of Arts in music from Hagerstown Community College. Theodore Shusterman has participated in classical guitar masterclasses with performers including Manuel Barrueco, William Kanengiser, and Odair Asad. Since 2005, he has maintained a private studio specializing in lessons in guitar, bass, and applied music theory.
Anjuli M. Singh is a film historian and curator who has worked in museums and cultural institutions across the country, including the Smithsonian Institution, the American Film Institute, and the Museum of the Moving Image, creating exhibitions exploring the history of cinema. In addition to teaching at Montgomery College, she is also an adjunct professor at George Mason University and has previously taught film history and film studies courses at Northern Virginia Community College. Anjuli holds an MA in Cinema Studies from New York University, as well as an MA in Museum Studies and a BA in Film and Media Studies, both from The Johns Hopkins University.
Andrea Adams, Professor Emerita at Montgomery College, received her AFA degree from Northwestern Connecticut Community College, BFA degree from Syracuse University, and MFA from Colorado State University. She also attended the Art Institute of Boston. She taught at Colorado State University, Maryland College of Art and Design, and Montgomery College. Over the years she taught Graphic Design, Drawing, Figure Drawing, Color Theory, and Design.
Wilfred Brunner received his BA from Franklin & Marshall College in Pennsylvania and his MFA in painting from George Washington University in Washington, DC. He is now Professor Emeritus at Montgomery College where he taught Painting and was instrumental in the planning for the Cafritz Art Center. He previously was on the staff of The Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C. Referred to as an “imagist” by the Curator Walter Hopps his work is included in private and public collections including The Baltimore Museum of Art, The American University Museum at the Katzen Center, Princeton University and The Phillips Collection.
Roger Coleman served as Professor of Music at Montgomery College from 1998 until his retirement on January 1, 2018.
Courses taught include: American Popular Music, World Music, History of Jazz, Listening to Music, Intro to Music Theory, Class Piano and Class Guitar.
From 2002-2009, he composed and recorded original music for theater productions in the Black Box theater.
In 2007, he created the MC Music Society, a student organization that provided students an opportunity to create and perform music.
In 2015, Professor Coleman wrote and published an e-book for the Intro to Music Theory class which became the textbook for his class, available at no cost to students.
Service to the College included participation in College Area Review, Faculty Council and Academic Assembly, and Outcome Assessments for the Listening to Music course.
He performed regularly in faculty recitals at the College with other music professors, featuring a wide variety of music styles.
Professor Coleman coordinated with the Office of Student Life to schedule live music performances for student enrichment, including African drumming and Native American, Chinese and Latin music.
In retirement, Professor Coleman plays in several area music groups, including the Washington Piano Society, Swingtime Big Band and Paramount Jazz Orchestra.
He was granted the status of Professor Emeritus by the Montgomery College Board of Trustees in June 2018.
Professor Helsley spent over twenty-five years in the television industry as a designer and art director. He has designed for both print and video. He is the recipient of numerous awards and received three television Emmy Awards for on-air graphics, animation, and set design.
Joyce Jewell was born in Washington, D. C. and currently resides in Takoma Park, Maryland. She received her A. A. from Montgomery College; B.A. from American University and M.F.A in printmaking from George Washington University. Post graduation, she studied at The Tamarind Institute of Lithography. She taught drawing, design, and all forms of printmaking at Montgomery College in Takoma Park, Md., for many years and designed printmaking facilities for two fine art buildings. Currently a Professor Emerita, she is exploring mixed media monotypes which incorporate drawn and photographic images developed on pronto lithographic plates. Her work has been exhibited in many national juried printmaking exhibitions and published in numerous catalogues.
Born and raised in New York City, Dr. Rousseau completed a B.A. in Art History at Hunter College (C.U.N.Y.), and her M.A. and Ph.D. at Columbia University in New York. While living in Rome, she taught various study abroad programs in Italy, and then taught art history at Washington University in St. Louis. After five years living and working as an art critic and translator in South and Central America, she was a Guest Professor at the Freie Universität in Berlin. Arriving in Maryland in 2001, she taught art history at the Maryland College of Art and Design until 2003 when she joined the art faculty at Montgomery College where she is currently Professor Emerita. An internationally published scholar of Renaissance and Modern art, she is an active critic and Editor-at-Large of East City Art. Dr. Rousseau has curated many contemporary art exhibits at venues in the Washington DC region, and she continues to serve on the Public Arts Trust Steering Committee of the AHCMC, as well as the Art Review Panel of the Maryland National Park and Planning Commission for Public Art. Since 2010 she has been a juried member of the prestigious International Association of Art Critics (AICA) for her writing on art.
Perry T. Schwartz, Professor Emeritus, taught film, speech and theatre at Montgomery college from 1978 to 2017. He was chairman of the Department of Speech, Theatre and Film for many years. Directed and produced plays for all the years he taught at Montgomery college. He has directed over 100 theatre productions at the college and professional levels. Professionally, he has been the artistic director for two theatre companies, Playwrights' Co-op and the Washington Theatre Wing. He is the Producing Director of his video production company, Ol' Black Bear Productions, established in 1989. For Ol’ Black Bear Productions, he has produced and directed several short films most notably the narrative shorts, “Leo and Mars” and “Kansas Peaches” and the documentary film “Watermarks,” which features the large sculpture in the Cultural Arts Center. His published works include, the textbook, "Enjoying Theatre Arts" a text on film and theatre appreciation, and two educational video’s, “Theatre Arts: The Basic” and “The Language of Film.” He is currently working on a feature concert documentary entitled, “Bluegrass Court Jester: Ron Thomason.”
BiographyMary Staley, Professor Emerita at Montgomery College, received her AA degree from Montgomery College, BA in Studio Art from the University of Maryland, and MFA in Fibers from Antioch University. She taught classes on the Takoma Park campus for nearly 40 years, including Drawing, Design, Crafts, Weaving, Photography, and Digital Photography. In addition to teaching she worked for many years with members of the Counseling department as a Cadre Adviser. Currently she is continuing to work in digital imaging with photographic collage.
Office Location: Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus, CF 111
Michael holds a BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art in Ceramics & Sculpture.
As instructional Lab Coordinator he works in the Art Studios to provide Instructional Support, Student Support and assist with Art Exhibitions.
His specialized area is the Sculpture and Ceramics studios.
Office Location: Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus, CF 122
Jenny Walton holds an MFA from American University (D.C. and Italy). Walton has shown
her work nationally and internationally and has been awarded an Artistic Fellowship
from the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities among several other grants and
residencies including Vermont Studio Center, Pyramid Atlantic Art Center and Hamilton
Princess, Bermuda. She and has been critically published and her work is held in several
distinguished private and public collections. She is the Lab Manager for the Department
working with faculty on instructional needs, our exhibitions and programs, and operational
Priscilla Walker worked in the Visual and Performing Arts Department for 21 years
before retiring in October 2022.
In her role, she was responsible for the day-to-day running of the department office, assisting students, faculty, the public, and other employees at the College,
“The College is very diverse, and this has given me the opportunity to meet, work, share, and appreciate other ethnic cultures. I love art and, therefore, have been privileged to be around students, faculty, and visiting artists. I have also had the opportunity to take classes in both visual and performing arts to enhance my personal knowledge and assist faculty and students."
Priscilla holds a BA in Communication, Languages, and Literature from the University of Abidjan, Côte d”Ivoire.
Professor Mudd taught all levels of sculpture as well as foundations, design and printmaking.
Professor Mudd was born in Washington, DC, and grew up in Montgomery County, MD. He began attending Montgomery College in Takoma Park as a part-time student in 1994. Completing his Associates Degree, he decided to continue his studies full time at University of Maryland, College Park where he was introduced to metal casting and foundry operation. In addition to studio art, he also did work in creative writing (poetry) and comparative literature. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Studio Art as well as a Citation in Comparative Studies in spring 2000.
After earning his MFA in Sculpture in 2002 Lincoln worked as an Adjunct Instructor at University of Maryland, Montgomery College, and Prince Georges Community College. In 2006, he became a full-time faculty member of Montgomery College. Beginning in 2012 he was an Associate Professor of Art. From 2014-2016 he served as Department Chair for Visual and Performing Arts.
BiographyKarin Joy Rodney-Hodge passed on November 24, 2022, after a courageous fight with breast cancer.
Karin J. Rodney-Hodge was from Silver Spring, MD. Karin identified as an A/R/Tographer (artist/ researcher/ teacher). She held a BFA in Photojournalism and MAT in Art Education from the Corcoran College of Art and Design in Washington D.C.
Karin was dedicated to the advancement of learning and inquiry with students and creators of all ages. In 2015, she joined the Visual and Performance Arts Department as an Art Educator at MontgomeryCollege in Takoma Park, Maryland. Karin taught credit and community arts courses such as DigitalTools for the Visual Arts and the Adobe Creative Suite.