Robert ParkeHarrison

Associate Professor

Robert ParkeHarrisonRobert teaches studio photography courses that combine an interdisciplinary approach to the photographic medium. Robert received a B.F.A. degree from the Kansas City Art Institute in 1990. In 1994 he received an M.F.A. degree from the University of New Mexico. Since the mid 1990’s Robert has forged an artistic collaboration with partner and wife, Shana ParkeHarrison. Together they continue to create staged photographic images and sculptures that explore a poetic narrative based on the triangular relationship of humans, technology and nature. Their works can be found in museum collections such as the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Museum of Photographic Artist in San Diego, Williams College Museum of Art, Whitney Museum of American Art and Galerie im Stadtmuseum, Jena, Germany. They recently exhibited their work at the Jack Shainman Gallery in New York, Catherine Edelman Gallery in Chicago, Mudam Luxembourg Musée d’Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean in Luxembourg and Galerie Suzanne Tarasieve in Paris, France. The ParkeHarrisons have received awards from the Nancy Graves Foundation, Guggenheim Fellowship, the Roswell Artist-In-Residence and the Sirius Art Center Artist-In-Residence in Cobh, County Cork, Ireland. The ParkeHarrisons have two monographs, The Architect’s Brother (1999) and Counterpoint (2008). Both books are published by Twin Palms Twelve Trees Press. Their work is represented by Jack Shainman Gallery in New York City.

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Rebecca Shepard | Faculty | Studio Art at Skidmore College

Rebecca Shepard

Curatorial Assistant

Rebecca ShepardRebecca Shepard graduated from the University of California at Berkeley with a major in studio art, and subsequently received a Masters in Art Education from The College of Saint Rose, and an MFA in painting from State University of New York at Albany. From 1997 - 2000 she served as Gallery Director at The Arts Center of the Capital Region in Troy, New York. Shepard has done freelance curatorial work for the Art and Culture Program at the Albany International Airport, among other venues, and has contributed art reviews to both Metroland and the Albany Times Union. She taught foundation courses in drawing and color as Visiting Professor at Skidmore College from 2005 - 2009. Shepard has shown her own work regionally and nationally, including exhibits at the Lake George Arts Project in 2010, and at The Arts Center of the Capital Region in 2011.

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Sang-Wook Lee | Faculty | Studio Art at Skidmore College

Sang-Wook Lee

Assistant Professor

Sang-Wook LeeSang-Wook Lee grew up and was educated in South Korea where he received both a BFA and an MFA from Dong-A University in Busan. Subsequently, he came to the US and earned an MFA from University of Georgia in textiles. Prof. Lee has exhibited in numerous solo and group exhibitions in the U.S. and Asia. He recently had the exhibition, “Noodle Noodle” at Emory University, Atlanta, GA, “Ramen Noodle 2008” at MOCA, Jacksonville, FL, “19620” at The Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia, Atlanta, GA, and invitational group show “Pojagi-2007 Cheongju International Craft Biennale” at Cheongju Craft Museum, Cheongju City, South Korea. His work was reviewed in “The art of noodling around with a food staple” by Catherine Fox, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, “Amazing Noodle Art!” by Vickie Whitlock, CNN, “Ramen Noodle 2008” by Rami Kim, The Korea Daily, and “Ramen: Cheap Food or High Art?” by Frances Allitt, The Emory Wheel. These instant noodles (which he has loved to eat since childhood) installation works are a symbol of his Korean popular culture within cross-cultural expression.

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Paul Davis | Faculty | Studio Art at Skidmore College

Paul Davis

Shop Supervisor, Bldg. Safety Coordinator

Paul DavisPaul Davis is the Art Department Shop Supervisor and Building Safety Coordinator. Paul has studied at Hobart Institution of Welding Technology (welding instructor); State of New York (hazardous materials technician); State of New York (hazardous materials first responder-operations) and Hudson Valley Community College (electrical code studies). Paul has been a 13-year member of the Greenfield Center Fire Department and a 10-year member of the International Association of Electrical Inspectors.

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Jill Jones | Faculty | Studio Art at Skidmore College

Jill Jones

Administrative Assistant in Studio Art

Jill JonesJill can be found in the art office.

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Victoria Palermo | Faculty | Studio Art at Skidmore College

Victoria Palermo

Visiting Assistant Professor

Victoria PalermoVictoria Palermo, Visiting Assistant Professor of Studio Art, teaches courses in foundation design and sculpture. She has exhibited both two- and three-dimensional work in galleries and art venues across the country, and has been reviewed in Sculpture magazine. Currently represented by John Davis Gallery in Hudson, New York, she has received awards from the New York Foundation for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts, and has been an artist in residence at Yaddo. Her professional background also includes directing the Art Department at Adirondack Scenic, Inc. (Glens Falls, NY) with responsibility for creating set and scenic designs. She received her BS in Art from Skidmore College and her MFA from Bennington College (Bennington, VT).

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Deborah Morris | Faculty | Studio Art at Skidmore College

Deborah Morris

Visiting Assistant Professor

Deborah MorrisDeborah Morris, Visiting Assistant Professor of Studio Art, has exhibited her work widely throughout the region and on the West Coast. She received her MFA from California State University, Long Beach, and she did undergraduate study at the University of Utah, the University of Missouri, Kansas City, and Arizona State University where she received her BFA. Recent exhibitions include the Saratoga County Arts Council, the Visual Arts Gallery at Adirondack Community College, and the Lake George Arts Project. She teaches courses in Drawing and Painting at Skidmore, and for the past several years has been co-director of the Arts Pre-Orientation Project for incoming students.

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Trish Lyell | Faculty | Studio Art at Skidmore College

Trish Lyell

Visiting Assistant Professor

Trish LyellPatricia Lyell, Visiting Assistant Professor of Studio Art, teaches courses in Drawing and Painting for the Department and is a long time participant in Skidmore’s Liberal Studies I course. She has won several grants, awards and residencies including a decentralization grant from the New York State Council on the Arts and a residency at the Vermont Studio Center. She received her BS in Art from Skidmore College and her MFA from the Mt. Royal Graduate School of Painting at the Maryland Institute College of Art (Baltimore, MD). She has shown extensively throughout the region, most recently at the Lake George Arts Project (Lake George, NY), the Saratoga County Arts Council (Saratoga Springs, NY), the Rice Gallery (Albany, NY), and Blue Mountain Gallery, NYC. Her work is held in the permanent collection of the Hoyt Institute of Fine Art and in several corporate collections in Albany, NY and Boston, MA.

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John Galt | Faculty | Studio Art at Skidmore College

John Galt

Visiting Assistant Professor

John GaltJohn Galt, Visiting Assistant Professor, received his BA in Sculpture at SUNY Cortland and his MFA in Sculpture at the University of Pennsylvania. He has taught undergraduate courses at the University of Pennsylvania as well as currently at Skidmore, including Elementary and Advanced Sculpture courses, and he is prominently involved in the bronze casting process each semester. John is the owner of IBIS CASTING, specializing in Lost Wax ceramic shell fine art casting, and he has designed and executed various types of sand molds at both Atlas Brass and Aluminum Company, Inc. and Laran Bronze, Inc. His work in sculpture has been featured inexhibitions both regionally and nationally.

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Terry Conrad | Faculty | Studio Art at Skidmore College

Terry Conrad

Visiting Assistant Professor

Terry ConradTerry Conrad teaches Visual Concepts and has taught Image+Process=Book during the Summer Studio Art program. His work takes shape in two and three dimensions dealing with combinations of the themes of decoration, waste, narrative and process. Recent residencies include; Penland in North Carolina, Frans Masereel Centrum in Kasterlee, Belgium and Vermont Studio Center. He has shown his work regionally and nationally at International Print Center in New York, Art Chicago and the Albany Airport. He received a BFA from Alfred University and a MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art. Other professional experience includes working as a Costume and Prop Technician at Izquierdo Studio in New York City for theater and films.

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Joanne Vella | Faculty | Studio Art at Skidmore College

Joanne Vella

Associate Professor

Joanne VellaJoanne Vella, Associate Professor of Art, teaches all levels of drawing and painting. She has been represented by the McIntosh Gallery, Atlanta, GA from 1982- 2000 and has exhibited nationally, receiving many awards. Her works are held in numerous public and private collections throughout the U.S., including the Brunnier Art Museum, Iowa State University; the Des Moines Art Center; Del Mar College Gallery; and the Huntsville Museum of Art. She received her BFA in Art Education, a BFA in Painting, and her MFA from the University of Illinois. She has given numerous drawing demonstrations and lectured widely on her own work and that of others, including a gallery talk at the Whitney Museum on Joan Mitchell. She has also juried/curated a variety of exhibitions and her work has been reviewed in the Atlanta Journal, the New Art Examiner, the Des Moines Register and Iowa Architect, among other publications.

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Pete Stake | Faculty | Studio Art at Skidmore College

Pete Stake

Associate Professor

Pete StakePeter Stake, Associate Professor of Art, teaches courses in painting and drawing at all levels. He has shown work in numerous individual and group exhibitions across the country, most extensively on the West coast, and recently at the Center for Art and Design, University of Wales Institute. He received his MFA degree from California State University, Long Beach and his BFA from Arizona State University.

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Paul Sattler | Faculty | Studio Art at Skidmore College

Paul Sattler

Associate Professor, Gallery Director

Paul SattlerPaul Sattler, Associate Professor of Art, came to Skidmore from Boston University in 1998, where he served as Assistant Professor in the School of the Arts (1994-1998). Sattler is represented in New York by the Gerald Peters Gallery and in Boston by Alpha Gallery; he has also exhibited extensively in regional exhibitions. In 2006 he was the recipient of the John R. Solomon Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship. In 2004 he was selected to exhibit at the 179th Annual Invitational Exhibition of Contemporary Art at the National Academy of Design in New York, where he received the Wallace Truman Prize. Reviews of his work have appeared in and ArtNews, The Boston Globe, and Art New England, among others. He attended Albright College, received his BFA in Painting/Printmaking from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1992 and his MFA in Painting from Indiana University, Bloomington in 1994. He currently lives in Greenfield Center, New York with his wife and two daughters. He teaches courses in Drawing, Painting and Color Theory.

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David Peterson | Faculty | Studio Art at Skidmore College

David Peterson

Professor, Chair

David PetersonDavid Peterson, Professor of Art, has exhibited his jewelry and sculpture regionally and throughout the country. His work has recently been seen in several national traveling exhibitions including The Commemorative Cup (beginning at the Aaron Faber Gallery, New York, NY), The Art of the Brooch (beginning at the Edith Lambert Gallery, Sante Fe, NM), Born with a Silver Spoon (sponsored by Rosanne Raab Associates, beginning at the National Ornamental Metals Museum, Memphis, TN), Young Americans (beginning at the American Craft Museum, New York, NY), and in the international traveling exhibitions Amulet and Talisman (a juried West German exhibition) and Works on Paper (sponsored by and beginning at Indiana University). Reviews of his work have appeared frequently in Metalsmith magazine and other publications. He earned his BA from the State University of New York at Geneseo and his MFA from Indiana State University. He teaches courses in jewelry and metals and manages the metalsmithing studio.

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Matt Wilt | Faculty | Studio Art at Skidmore College

Matt Wilt

Assistant Professor

Matt WiltMatt teaches all levels of ceramics at Skidmore, incorporating a broad-based, interdisciplinary approach to the material. He received his Bachelor's degree in Ceramics and Art Education from Penn State University and his Master of Fine Arts degree from Ohio University, Athens. Matt’s work in mixed media continues to integrate cast ceramic forms with wheel thrown and hand built elements. The objects and their related drawings often refer to the ceramic tradition of functional devices, but have become more visually ambiguous, while incorporating a variety of non-clay materials. The synthesis of the human, physical body with the mechanics of the manmade world continues to be a prevailing theme. Matt has been the recipient of numerous grants and awards. He has received two Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Grants, an Illinois Arts Council Fellowship, and the Evelyn Shapiro Foundation Fellowship. Matt’s artwork can be found in the collections of the Crocker Museum of Art in Sacramento, the DeYoung Museum in San Francisco, Arizona State University’s Ceramic Research Center, the Hand Art Center of Stetson University, the Kennedy Museum of American Art, and numerous private collections. His work is exhibited and published nationally and internationally.

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Kate Leavitt | Faculty | Studio Art at Skidmore College

Kate Leavitt

Associate Professor

Kate LeavittKate Leavitt, Associate Professor of Art and the Robert Davidson Chair in Art, received her BFA from the University of Southern Maine and her MA in Printmaking and MFA in Painting from the State University of New York at Albany. She later apprenticed at the Tamarind Institute at the University of New Mexico, where she received the title of Tamarind Master Printer. She teaches courses in Printmaking, Drawing and Painting and manages the Department’s Printmaking Studio, and she frequently lectures and gives demonstrations on various printmaking and book art techniques, including the innovative arts of laser photo-litho and photopolymer intaglio. She exhibits her work extensively both regionally and internationally, most recently at the Southern Graphics Conference in Boston, the Qingdao International Print Biennale, the Society of American Graphic Artists in NYC, and the exhibition 40 Artists/40 Miles at the Art Center for the Capital Region in Troy.

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Janet Sorensen | Faculty | Studio Art at Skidmore College

Janet Sorensen

Associate Professor

Janet SorensenJanet Sorensen, Associate Professor of Art, received her BFA from Kansas State University and her MA and MFA degrees from the University of Iowa. Specializing in drawing and painting, she also has a strong interest in intaglio printmaking. Her work has been featured in many regional and national exhibitions, most recently at the Rice Gallery of the Albany Institute of History and Art, the Yates Gallery at Siena College, and the Slocum Gallery at East Tennessee State University. She has been a visiting artist and guest lecturer at regional, national and international venues, including the University of Wales Institute, Cardiff, and Studio Art Centers International, Florence, Italy.

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John Cunningham | Faculty | Studio Art at Skidmore College

John Cunningham

Professor

John CunninghamSenior faculty member in sculpture John Cunningham currently holds the Robert Davidson Chair in Art. His work has appeared in individual and group exhibitions at museums and galleries nationally including New York City, Chicago, Washington D. C., Dallas, Los Angeles, Miami, and New Orleans among others, and he has recently exhibited a year-long show of monumental sculpture at Texas A & M University. Along with exhibitions, he has lectured and published extensively on his sculpture and his engineering-related work inspired by his sculpture. He has published in Nature magazine and he holds numerous patents on devices for vibration isolation and earthquake resistant systems. He received a BA in Physical Chemistry from Kenyon University and BFA and MFA degrees in studio from Yale University.

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Deb Hall | Faculty | Studio Art at Skidmore College

Deb Hall

Associate Professor

Deb HallInspired by design, type, language Deb Hall’s digital prints reflect our highly caffeinated, constantly moving, technological environment. Deb’s digital prints revel in the sound and beauty of typography, but her messages respond to our anxieties about how design saturation can affect our perception and assumptions. Before coming to Skidmore, Deb was designer and co-owner of a design and printing company working both locally and in Los Angeles. Part romantic and part cynic Deb mines the profession of design while advocating for individual expression. Language, symbols, information and communication are continuing themes in Deb’s energetic, passionate work.

Deb Hall, Associate Professor of Art, received her BFA in Photographic Illustration from Rochester Institute of Technology and an MFA in Digital Visual Art from Vermont College. She also studied at both the Art Center College of Design and Kent State University in communication design and typography. She teaches courses in Communication Design, Interactive Design and Photographic Theory. She publishes and exhibits her work both regionally and internationally, and is featured as a guest lecturer on typography and digital art. Her work is included in the permanent collection of the Portland Art Museum and in many private collections throughout the United States.

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John Danison | Faculty | Studio Art at Skidmore College

John Danison

Visiting Assistant Professor

John DanisonJohn Danison, Visiting Assistant Professor, received his BA in Fine Arts at Empire State College and his MFA in Printmaking at SUNY Albany. John started in the Computer Services department in 1987 as a computer consultant. In 1992, John consulted with the Art Department to establish a state of the art 3D Animation Studio stocked with Silicon Graphics Unix Workstations and TDI Explore animation software. Shortly after the lab was up and running, he assisted in teaching classes on the Unix operating system, TDI Explore (which has evolved into AutoDesk Maya today) and other visualization tools, while still working in the Computer Services department. Eventually he became the Assistant Director for the Center for Information Technologies, managing the Media Services/Curriculum Support department, while still teaching 3D classes in the evenings. John continues to teach two courses in the department; Computer Imaging I in the fall and Computer Imaging II in spring semester. Several of John's students have gone on to work on notable productions and films such as Ice Age and The Incredibles.

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Doretta Miller | Faculty | Studio Art at Skidmore College

Doretta Miller

Professor

Doretta MillerDoretta Miller, Professor of Art, received her AB degree from Ripon College, and Doctorate of Art Education and Masters of Fine Arts in Painting and Drawing from Northern Illinois University. She teaches courses in foundations, drawing and painting, and art theory at Skidmore College. Her gouache paintings and colored-pencil drawings have received numerous awards, and are included in the permanent collections of The Hyde Collection and the Albany Institute of History and Art. Her current work is featured at First Street Gallery in New York City. In 1996 Miller was visiting professor of Western-Style Oil Painting at Qufu Teachers’ University in China. In 2003 she served as Faculty Curator at the Tang Teaching Museum and co-authored the catalogue for the exhibition “Brushing the Present: Contemporary Academy Painting from China", and in 2008, was guest curator at First Street Gallery and editor of the catalogue for the exhibition “Beijing Now: Oil Paintings by Twelve Chinese Artists”. Miller held The Robert Davidson Chair in Art from 2004-2009.

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