Faculty

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Faculty members at the Corcoran School are leading experts in art and design with ties to the most prestigious museums and art institutions in the world. They are dedicated educators who are also practicing artists plugged into Washington D.C.'s vibrant international art scene. Students benefit not only our from faculty's extraordinary expertise and experience, but also from their connections and access to many of the world's great collections of art treasures.

 

Administrators & Main Faculty Contacts (by program area):

 

Art History

  • Undergraduate / Graduate Art History

Design

  • Undergraduate Graphic Design
  • Undergraduate / Graduate Interaction Design
  • Graduate Exhibition Design

Interior Architecture

  • Undergraduate Interior Architecture
  • Graduate Interior Architecture

Museum Studies

  • Graduate Decorative Arts & Design History
  • Graduate Museum Studies

 

Music

  • Undergraduate Music

Studio Arts

  • Undergraduate Fine Art
  • Undergraduate Fine Art Photography
  • Undergraduate Photojournalism
  • Graduate Fine Art
  • Graduate New Media Photojournalism
  • Graduate Social Practice & Public Policy

Theatre & Dance

  • Undergraduate Theatre
  • Undergraduate Dance
  • Graduate Classical Acting
  • Graduate Production Design

 

Program Head:
Barbara von Barghahn
[email protected]

Program Administrator:
Andy Johnson
[email protected]

Undergraduate Advisor:
Mika Natif
[email protected]

Graduate Advisor:
Philip Jacks
[email protected]

Program Head:
Johan Severtson
[email protected]

Program Administrator:
Ariana Panbechi
[email protected]

Undergraduate Advisors:

Graphic Design:
Johan Severtson
[email protected]

Interaction Design:
Kevin Patton
[email protected]

Graduate Advisors:

Exhibition Design:
Barbara Brennan
[email protected]

Interaction Design:
Kevin Patton
[email protected]

 

Program Head:
Stephanie Travis
[email protected]

Program Administrator:
Liz Meitner
[email protected]

Undergraduate Advisor:
Scott Jones
[email protected]

Graduate Advisor:
Erin Speck
[email protected]

Decorative Arts & Design History:

Graduate Advisor:
Erin Kuykendall
[email protected]

Program Administrator:
Ariana Panbechi
[email protected]

Museum Studies:

Program Head:
Laura Schiavo
[email protected]

Program Administrator:
Roxann Edwards
[email protected]

Program Head:
Robert Baker
[email protected]

Program Administrator:
Katelyn Hensel
[email protected]

Undergraduate Advisor:
Eugene Montague
[email protected]

Program Head:
Dean Kessmann
[email protected]

Program Administrator:
Ariana Panbechi
[email protected]

Undergraduate Advisors:

Fine Art, last names A-K
Kerry McAleer-Keeler
[email protected]

Fine Art, last names L-Z
Maria del Carmen Montoya
[email protected]

Photojournalism
Susan Sterner
[email protected]

Graduate Advisors:

Fine Art
James Sham
[email protected]

New Media Photojournalism
Susan Sterner
[email protected]

Social Practice & Public Policy
Maria del Carmen Montoya
[email protected]

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Faculty Members:

David Bjelajac
Professor of Art History and American Studies

Alexander Dumbadze
Associate Professor of Art History

Cynthia Fischer
Adjunct Professor of Art History

Philip Jacks
Professor of Art History
Graduate Advisor, Art History

Lisa Lipinski
Assistant Professor of Art History

Mika Natif
Assistant Professor of Art History
Undergraduate Advisor, Art History

Bibiana Obler
Associate Professor of Art History

Lilien F. Robinson
Professor of Art History

Cristin McKnight Sethi
Assistant Professor of Art History

Barbara von Barghahn
Program Head & Professor of Art History

Helen Bechtel
Adjunct Professor of DADH

Elizabeth Chase
Adjunct Professor of DADH

Elizabeth Deans Romariz
Adjunct Professor of DADH

Cynthia Fischer
Adjunct Professor of DADH

Oscar Fitzgerald
Adjunct Professor of DADH

Cecilia Gunzburger
Adjunct Professor of DADH

Jeff Hardwick
Adjunct Professor of DADH

Erin Kuykendall
Assistant Professor of DADH
Graduate Advisor, DADH

Steve Mandravelis
Adjunct Professor of DADH

Josephine Shea
Adjunct Professor of DADH

Stefanie Walker
Adjunct Professor of DADH

Erin Kuykendall
Faculty Advisor, Graduate Exhibition Design
Visiting Assistant Professor of Exhibition Design

Nigel Briggs
Adjunct Professor of Exhibition Design
[email protected]

Kevin Brookes
Adjunct Professor of Exhibition Design

Alexander Cooper
Adjunct Professor of Exhibition Design
[email protected]

Naomi Crellin
Adjunct Professor of Exhibition Design

Jonathan Goldman
Adjunct Professor of Exhibition Design

Donna Kirk
Adjunct Professor of Exhibition Design

Mark Leithauser
Adjunct Professor of Exhibition Design

Julia Louie
Adjunct Professor of Exhibition Design
[email protected]

Sydney M. Luken
Adjunct Professor of Exhibition Design

Alvin Tsao
Adjunct Professor of Exhibition Design Fabrication

Omya Alston
Adjunct Professor of Fine Art
[email protected]

Mary Anne Arntzen
Adjunct Professor of Fine Art

Julia Brown
Assistant Professor of Painting

Kelly Carr
Adjunct Professor of Fine Art
[email protected]

Chan Chao
Adjunct Professor of Fine Art

Natalie Cheung
Adjunct Professor of Fine Art

Jen Chua
Adjunct Professor of Fine Art
[email protected]

Brian Davis
Adjunct Professor of Fine Art

Georgia Deal
Professor of Fine Arts & Book Arts

Chris Dolan
Adjunct Professor of Fine Art
[email protected]

Suzanne Fox
Adjunct Professor of Sculpture

Janis Goodman
Professor of Fine Arts
Undergraduate Senior Thesis Coordinator

Kate Hardy
Adjunct Professor of Ceramics

Ryan Hill
Adjunct Professor of Fine Art

Mariah Johnson
Adjunct Professor of Fine Art

Jonathan Latiano
Adjunct Professor of Sculpture
[email protected]

Joe Madura
Adjunct Professor of Fine Art
[email protected]

Kerry McAleer-Keeler
Undergraduate Advisor, Fine Art
Associate Professor of Studio Art & Design

Maria del Carmen Montoya
Undergraduate Advisor, Fine Art
Graduate Advisor, Social Practice & Public Policy
Assistant Professor of Sculpture & Spatial Practices

Cory Oberndorfer
Adjunct Professor of Painting & Drawing

Turker Ozdogan
Professor of Ceramics

David Page
Adjunct Professor of Fine Art

Justin Plakas
Visiting Assistant Professor of Fine Arts

Davide Prete
Adjunct Professor of Metalsmithing, Sculpture, & New Technologies

Siobhan Rigg
Associate Professor of New Media
Special Assistant for Curriculum Integration

Kevin Rohde
Adjunct Professor of Sculpture

Jay Turner Frey Seawell
Adjunct Professior of Fine Art

Sanjit Sethi
School Director
Associate Professor of Ceramics

James Sham
Graduate Advisor, Fine Art
Assistant Professor of Innovation Arts

Judit Varga
Adjunct Professor of Fine Art
[email protected]

Mika Yoshitake
Adjunct Professor of Fine Art & Art History

Margaret Adams
Assistant Professor of Photography

Gabriela Bulisova
Adjunct Professor of NMPJ
[email protected]
*currently on a project in Ukraine

Jasper Colt
Adjunct Professor of NMPJ

Frank DiPerna
Professor of Photography

Bill Douthitt
Adjunct Professor of NMPJ

Matt Eich
Adjunct Professor of Photography

Steve Elfers
Adjunct Professor of NMPJ
[email protected]

Todd Forsgren
Adjunct Professor of Photography

Michelle Frankfurter
Adjunct Professor of NMPJ

Neva Grant
Adjunct Professor of NMPJ

Avi Gupta
Adjunct Professor of Photojournalism & NMPJ

Erin Haney
Adjunct Professor of NMPJ
[email protected]

Karen Kasmauski
Adjunct Professor of NMPJ

Dean Kessmann
Program Head, Studio Arts
Associate Professor of Photography

Jim Mole
Adjunct Professor of NMPJ

Astrid Riecken
Adjunct Professor of Photojournalism & NMPJ

Manuel Roig-Franzia
Adjunct Professor of NMPJ

Jennifer Sakai
Visiting Assistant Professor of Photography

Susan Sterner
Graduate Advisor, New Media Photojournalism
Undergraduate Advisor, Photojournalism
Associate Professor of Photojournalism & NMPJ

Benjamin Tankersley
Adjunct Professor of Photography & Photojournalism

Holly Yeager
Adjunct Professor of NMPJ

Erica Wortham
Adjunct Professor of NMPJ
[email protected]

John Carmody
Adjunct Professor of Interactive Graphic Design

Matt Guastaferro
Adjunct Professor of Graphic Design & Digital Media Design
[email protected]

Nathan Hill
Adjunct Professor of Graphic Design
[email protected]

Ramona Hutko
Visiting Assistant Professor of Graphic Design

Richard Jenrette
Adjunct Professor of Graphic Design
[email protected]

Robert McVearry
Adjunct Professior of Graphic Design

Michael Pacheco
Adjunct Professior of Graphic Design & Digital Media Design
[email protected]

Nancy Palm
Adjunct Professor of Graphic Design
[email protected]

Hyung Park
Adjunct Professor of Graphic Design

Kevin Patton
Assistant Professor of Interaction Design
Undergraduate & Graduate Advisor, Interaction Design

Johan Severtson
Program Head, Design
Professor of Graphic Design

Michael Abrams
Adjunct Professor of Interior Architecture

Catherine Anderson
Assistant Professor of Interior Architecture

Jessica Bonness
Adjunct Professor of Interior Architecture

Kristin Carleton
Adjunct Professor of Interior Architecture

Christina Filipescu
Adjunct Professor of Interior Architecture

Lena Ghannam
Adjunct Professor of Interior Architecture

Scott Jones
Undergraduate Advisor, Interior Architecture
Assistant Professor of Interior Architecture

Mary Jane King
Adjunct Professor of Interior Architecture

Abby Loeffler
Adjunct Professor of Interior Architecture

Austin Raimond
Adjunct Professor of Interior Architecture

Steven Reynolds
Adjunct Professor of Interior Architecture

Erin Speck
Graduate Advisor, Interior Architecture
Assistant Professor of Interior Architecture

Matthew Stone
Adjunct Professor of Interior Architecture
[email protected]

Stephanie Travis
Program Head, Interior Architecture
Associate Professor of Interior Architecture

Nadia Volchansky
Assistant Professor of Interior Architecture

Suse Anderson
Assistant Professor of Museum Studies

Nik Apostolides
Adjunct Professor of Museum Fiscal Management

Mary Coughlin
Assistant Professor of Museum Studies
Faculty Advisor for Museum Studies Distance Education

Liz Danter
Adjunct Professor of Museum Evaluation

Michael Fetters
Adjunct Professor of Museum Studies

Catharine Hawks
Adjunct Professor of Museum Conservation

Ashley Hornish
Adjunct Professor of Museum Exhibition Design & Graphics

Robert Horton
Adjunct Professor of Museum Studies

Deborah Hull-Walski
Adjunct Professor of Collections Management

Thomas Kline
Adjunct Professor of Museums & Cultural Property

Rena Lipman Opert
Adjunct Professor of Museums & Cultural Property

Lisa Palmer
Adjunct Professor of Collections Management

Sasha Palmquist
Adjunct Professor of Museum Studies

Kym Rice
Assistant Director, Academic Affairs
Assistant Professor of Museum Studies

Laura Schiavo
Program Head, Museum Studies
Assistant Professor of Museum Studies

Kathy Southern
Adjunct Professor of Museum Fundraising

Shelley Sturman
Adjunct Professor of Museum Conservation

Max van Balgooy
Assistant Professor of Museum Studies

John Wetenhall
Associate Professor of Museum Studies

FULL TIME:

Karen Ahlquist
Associate Professor of Music

Robert Baker
Program Head, Music
Associate Professor of Music

Douglas Boyce
Associate Professor of Music

Eugene Montague
Undergraduate Advisor, Music
Assistant Professor of Music

Ning Yu
Assistant Professor of Music
 



PERFORMANCE, ADJUNCT, & CLASSROOM FACULTY:
Faculty members are listed under their area, along with their program role.

Adjunct

Anthony Blake Clark, Choirs
[email protected]

Jeff Kempskie, Accompanist
[email protected]

A. Scott Wood, Orchestra
[email protected]

Brass

Robert Birch, Trumpet
[email protected]

Gil Corella, Tuba
[email protected]

Scott Fearing, French Horn
[email protected]

David Perkel, Trombone
[email protected]

Classroom

Phillip Carluzzo, Theory & ECM
[email protected]

Kip Lornell, Ethnomusicology / History
[email protected]

Thomas Rohde, Music History I
[email protected]

Guitar

John Albertson, Jazz Guitar
[email protected]

Magdalena Duhagon, Classical Guitar
[email protected]

Jazz

Alison Crockett, Jazz Voice / Coach
[email protected]

Peter Fraize, Jazz Saxophone / Coach
[email protected]

Jim Levy, Jazz Piano / Coach
[email protected]

Alejandro Lucini, Jazz Percussion / Coach
[email protected]

Jon Ozment, Jazz Piano
[email protected]

Thad Wilson, Jazz Trumpet
[email protected]

Percussion

Joe Connell, Percussion
[email protected]

Piano

Eileen Guenther, Organ
[email protected]

Patrick Merrill, Harpischord
[email protected]

Patrick O'Donnell, Coach / Accompanist
[email protected]

Molly Orlando, MUS 1061
[email protected]

Malinee Peris, Piano / Chamber
[email protected]

Strings

Lori Ignacio Alcovar Barnet, Cello / Chamber
[email protected]

Mary Findley, Violin / Chamber
[email protected]

Elizabeth Field, Violin
[email protected]

Alex Jacobsen, Double Bass
[email protected]

Barbara Seidman, Harp
[email protected]

Michaela Trnkova, Harp
[email protected]

Uri Wassertzug, Viola
[email protected]

Voice

Susan Derry, Soprano
[email protected]

Amy Reiff, Mezzo
[email protected]

Millicent Scarlett, Soprano
[email protected]

Stephen Wellmann, Baritone
[email protected]

Woodwinds

Eric Dircksen, Bassoon
[email protected]

David Jones, Clarinet
[email protected]

Carole Libelo, Oboe / English Horn
[email protected]

Stephanie Stang, Flute
[email protected]

Mary Buckley
Associate Professor of Dance

Dana Tai Soon Burgess
Professor of Dance

Carl Gudenius
Professor of Production Design
Special Assistant for Productions & Performances

[email protected]

Leslie Jacobson
Professor of Theatre

Sigrid Johannesdottir
Associate Professor of Costume Design & Technology
[email protected]

Jodi Kanter
Associate Professor of Theatre
Program Head, Theatre & Dance

Toby Mulford
Adjunct Professor of Theatre

Giselle Ruzany
Adjunct Professor of Dance

Allyson Currin Stokes
Adjunct Professor of Theatre

John Traub
Assistant Professor of Production Management & Technology

Tanya Wetenhall
Assistant Professor of Design History

Maida Withers
Professor of Dance

William Wilson Corcoran Visiting Professors of Community Engagement:

The William Wilson Corcoran Visiting Professor position builds on the school’s robust community engagement legacy and enables the Corcoran to drive social change at the local level. By engaging directly with the D.C. community, this position, as well as future Corcoran-backed programs, enhance the school’s ability to listen and respond to the city’s broader needs.

“This visiting professorship allows the Corcoran to bring exciting individuals that are committed to the role creativity plays in addressing complex issues,” Mr. Sethi said.

Funding for the position comes from a grant administered by the Trustees of the Corcoran Gallery of Art. Successive individuals selected for this role will be chosen from the expanding field of socially and publicly engaged art practice.

photo of joseph kunkelJoseph Kunkel is a community designer and educator working on building capacity in Indian Country. His professional career has centered on community-based design, ranging from material research and fabrication, to community-based planning, design and development. His core design practices include, culturally appropriate design, community engagement, healthy housing design, design thinking, capacity building, urban mapping and way-finding design, native-to- place architecture, master and comprehensive planning. He is also a Northern Cheyenne Tribal Member.

Kunkel’s most recent work has been to research and share exemplary Native American Indian housing projects and processes nationwide and build and develop emerging best practices, which has lead to the development of an online Health Homes Road Map for affordable housing development in Indian Country,
funded by HUD’s Policy, Development, and Research Office. As an Enterprise Rose Architectural Fellow, Joseph worked directly with the Sustainable Native Communities Collaborative (SNCC), and the Santo Domingo Tribal Housing Authority (SDTHA). At the SDTHA Joseph assisted with the planning and development of a 41 unit Low-Income- Housing-Tax- Credit development, along with leading the housing comprehensive master plan, which started with an Our Town grant funded by the National Endowments for the Arts, and has led to an ArtPlace America grant award.

Bridging Boundaries ExhibitKunkel's spring exhibition, Bridging Boundaries, features critical conversations that investigate, re-imagine and create alternatives to physical and non-physical divisions by focusing on works of art and architecture that reconcile or otherwise address polarized geographies. It explore works of art across a spectrum of design tactics, ranging from policy to the development of alternative building typologies, to demonstrate how architecture and design can create spaces for unification and negotiation.

photo of Mel chinMel Chin was born in Houston, Texas in 1951. Chin’s art, which is both analytical and poetic, evades easy classification. He is known for the broad range of approaches in his art, including works that require multi-disciplinary, collaborative teamwork and works that conjoin cross-cultural aesthetics with complex ideas.

Chin also insinuates art into unlikely places, including destroyed homes, toxic landfills, and even popular television, investigating how art can provoke greater social awareness and responsibility. He developed Revival Field (1989-ongoing), a project that has been a pioneer in the field of “green remediation,” the use of plants to remove toxic, heavy metals from the soil. From 1995-1998 he formed the collective, the GALA Committee, that produced In the Name of the Place, a conceptual public art project conducted on American prime-time television. In KNOWMAD, Chin worked with software engineers to create a video game based on rug patterns of nomadic people facing cultural disappearance. His film, 9-11/9-11, a hand-drawn, 24 minute, joint Chilean/USA Production, won the prestigious Pedro Sienna Award, for Best Animation, National Council for the Arts and Cultures, Chile, in 2007. Chin also promotes “works of art” that have the ultimate effect of benefiting science, as in Revival Field, and also in the recent Operation Paydirt/Fundred Dollar Bill Project, an attempt to make New Orleans a lead-safe city (see www.fundred.org.) These projects are consistent with a conceptual philosophy, which emphasizes the practice of art to include sculpting and bridging the natural and social ecology.

Chin’s work was documented in the popular PBS program, Art of the 21st Century. Chin has received numerous awards and grants from organizations such as the National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council for the Arts, Art Matters, Creative Capital, and the Penny McCall, Pollock/Krasner, Joan Mitchell, Rockefeller and Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundations, among others.

Joseph Kunkel, 2018 William Wilson Corcoran Visiting Professor

Joseph Kunkel is a community designer and educator working on building capacity in Indian Country. His professional career has centered on community-based design, ranging from material research and fabrication, to community-based planning, design and development.