The Muhlenberg Art Department faculty, with seven full-time and three part-time members, is a diverse group of scholars and artists. Our range of skills and interests allows us to teach an extremely wide variety of courses at all levels, and our active professional practices ensure that we remain well- connected with numerous contemporary art and art historical discourses. The department’s small class sizes provide many opportunities for us to work closely with students, designing independent studies, collaborative research and studio projects.
B.A., Norwich School of Art, England
M.F.A., Yale University
Professor Barnes is a practicing painter and installation artist. A master of allowing the actual to speak for itself, his work explores new relationships between audio, visual and scientific forms an analysis and presentation. Professor Barnes teaches all levels of painting, as well as the First Year Seminar: Thinking About the Visual Arts.
B.A., Paterson College
M.A., Ph.D., Rutgers University (1984)
Professor da Costa Nunes has specialties in American Art, American Studies and History of Photography and has published and curated exhibits on the themes of American industry and technology. Widely travelled in Europe and the Mediterranean, she teaches Art History I and II, as well as upper level courses in European and American Art.
Betsy L. Chunko, Visiting Assistant Professor (Art History)
B.A., University of Pennsylvania, English
M.A., Ohio State University, English
M.A., University of Virginia, Art & Architectural History
Ph.D., University of Virginia, Art & Architectural History
Professor Chunko is a specialist in British Art, with a focus on the Middle Ages. Her research has been supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, and the Medieval Academy of America. From 2011-12 she served as a research fellow at the Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany. She has traveled widely through Europe, the Mediterranean, Scandinavia, the Baltics and Russia. She teaches History of Western Art I and British Art.
Joseph E. B. Elliott, Professor of Art (Photography)
B.S., University of Minnesota
M.F.A., Pratt Institute (1983)
Professor Elliott makes photographs on the themes of historic architecture, industry, and infrastructure, using both traditional film, and high end digital technology. He works at the intersection of art and documentation, usually in collaboration with architects, historians, preservation experts, and/or ecologists. Professor Elliott teaches all levels of digital and analog photography, as well as the team-taught course: Field Studio in Costa Rica (with Sustainability Studies).
B.A., St. John's College
M.A., School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Ph. D., Northwestern University
Professor Hobbs is a specialist in contemporary art, specifically feminist art and graffiti art. She is a very active scholar, publishing and presenting regularly at conferences. Her large format book, American Graffiti, was published in 2009. Professor Hobbs teaches Modern Art, Contemporary Art, Women and Art, African American Art, and several other courses.
Emily Orzech, Assistant Professor of Art (Printmaking)
B.A., Smith College
M.F.A., University of Michigan
Professor Orzech explores the ways in which people inhabit changing urban spaces through printmaking and mixed media. She is currently working on a series of screenprints and lithographs based on repeated trips to China, including a year as a Fulbright Fellow at the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing. Her previous work has involved issues of deindustrialization and urban sprawl in American cities. Professor Orzech teaches all levels of printmaking as well as drawing and digital foundations.
B.A., Haverford College
M.F.A., University of Pennsylvania (1985)
Professor Sherk explores the depiction of space and form, the traditional elements of sculpture. His continuous research and evolution as an artist has led him to the modulation of light and sound as primary media. Professor Sherk has produced work abroad, in Japan, Iceland, and Italy, and exhibited steadily across the United States. Professor Sherk teaches all levels of sculpture, as well as the new course: Sound Art
B.A., College of William and Mary
B.F.A., Kansas City Art Institute
M.F.A., University of North Carolina Greensboro (1979)
Professor Tuttle is primarily a figurative artist, working in drawing, painting, and sculpture. In addition he explores abstract form through the construction of reliefs and installations, and is highly skilled in mold making and bronze casting. Professor Tuttle teaches all levels of sculpture and drawing.
Greta Brubaker, Adjunct Lecturer of Art (Photography)
B.A., Muhlenberg College
M.F.A., Rhode Island School of Design (2006)
Professor Brubaker creates photographs centered around former mining regions, primarily in Pennsylvania and surrounding areas on the East Coast. She looks at land use and the evolution of the landscape over time using a straight-forward documentary approach in the style of the New Topographics photographers. She works mostly with traditional photographic processes including shooting with large format black and white films and creating gelatin silver prints in the darkroom. Professor Brubaker teaches all levels of digital and analog photography.
Gregory Coates, Visiting Lecturer (Sculpture)
Les Fletcher, Adjunct Lecturer of Art (Drawing)
David Haas, Adjunct Lecturer of Art (Photography)
Carol Heft, Adjunct Lecturer of Art (Drawing)
Dawn Karmlich, Visiting Lecturer (Drawing)
Lydia Panas, Visiting Lecturer (Photography)