College of Arts and Sciences

About Art and Design Faculty

Teaching

Art and Design faculty bring expertise, passion, and pedagogic creativity to all their teaching activities. Faculty members provide students with one-on-one attention in the development of their creative voice and professional research practices. Department faculty create connections between traditional classroom learning and the world beyond campus by making extensive use of the culturally rich Philadelphia area and by leading international Global Field Study and other research trips. In recent years, department faculty have traveled with our students to Florence, Rome, Perugia, and Sicily, Italy; Seoul, South Korea; Paris, France; and Eleuthera Island, Bahamas.

Several department faculty members have received University-wide awards: In 2012, Professor Robert Mauro won Professor of the Year; Professor Gregg Moore received the Steinbrucker Award in 2010; the Adjunct Faculty Award was awarded to Professor Michael Deluca in 2007; and Professor Abbey Ryan was awarded the Norman Johnston Faculty Fellowship in 2016.

Advising and Mentoring

Personal attention is a cornerstone in the Department of Art and Design. Students get to know their professors and academic advisors (who are full-time department faculty members) and meet with them often—to plan their course of study, to explore study abroad options, to discuss apprenticeship, internship, and other professional practice opportunities, and to get advice about applying for jobs and graduate school. In addition, our Apprenticeship Program allows students to do one-on-one research with expert faculty mentors who are artists, designers, gallery owners, art historians, and curators.

Research

Art and Design faculty members are widely respected artists and scholars engaged in pursuing ambitious research that contributes to a rich academic environment in the department. For example, recent highlights include:

Professor Robert Mauro won two PA Congressional Technology Grants. Professor Betsey Batchelor exhibited her abstract paintings in Havana, Cuba, as part of a collaborative project with Cuban and Philadelphia artists. Scientific illustrations by Professor Scott Rawlins were exhibited at the Dorr Museum and Philadelphia Flower show. Metals work by Professor Karen Misher was exhibited at the Museum of Art and Design in New York City and acquired by the Smithsonian Institution for their permanent collection. Professor Gregg Moore mounted a solo exhibition of his ceramic work at the Philadelphia Art Alliance, Philadelphia, PA. Professor Carole Loeffler mounted solo fiber sculpture exhibitions at Abington Art Center and Holy Family University. Still life painting work by Professor Abbey Ryan was exhibited at and acquired by the John F. Peto Museum for their permanent collection. California Institute of Integral Studies published an artist’s monograph of Professor June Yong Lee’s photographic work. Professor Jill Pederson won a prestigious Ahmanson Research Fellowship from the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies at UCLA that allowed her to complete research for her book project, Circles of Friendship: Leonardo da Vinci and the Academy in Fifteenth-Century Milan. Professor Michael DeLuca had drawings published in New American Paintings and was awarded a Center for Emerging Visual Artists Fellowship. And Professor Elizabeth Ferrell received a distinguished post-doctoral fellowship from the Georgia O'Keeffe Research Center. 

Faculty Works of Art