Faculty & Staff

B&H Photo Visit
Assistant Professor Wesley Bernard
Screen Printing Class
Professor Nowak in action
Digital Art Class
Associate Professor Anderson with students in the computer lab
Design Class
Professor Sharpe in action

CHAIR

Yolanda Sharpe

Professor, Painting & Drawing

Fine Arts Ctr 307
Tel: (607) 436-3327
Yolanda.Sharpe@oneonta.edu

Yolanda Sharpe received her Master in Fine Arts from Wayne State University, and her BFA in Painting and Printmaking, as well as BA in Art History from Michigan State. Her art has been exhibited internationally. Ms. Sharpe is a Fulbright Scholar for 2010-2011, and taught and exhibited in Russia’s Siberian city, Krasnoyarsk. She has received the Chancellor's Award for Teaching Excellence.

Her work examines the relationships between the physicality of paint, wood constructions, and color structures of space. Each painting represents a massive and substantial permanence that is both solid and diaphanous. Surfaces appear to crumble within long passages of time. Some of the encaustic paintings capture Detroit’s beauty, decay, and re-ruralization.

STAFF

Lorraine Bissell

Administrative Assistant

Fine Arts Ctr 222
Tel: (607) 436-3717

lorraine.bissell@oneonta.edu

David Kenny

Instructional Support Technician

Fine Arts Ctr 223A
Tel: (607) 436-3515

David.Kenny@oneonta.edu


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Sven Anderson 

Associate Professor, Digital Art

Fine Arts Ctr 309
Tel: (607) 437-1758
Sven.Anderson@oneonta.edu

Sven Anderson received his MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan in 1985 and his BFA from the University of Hawaii at Manoa in 1983.

He studied printmaking with Stanley William Hayter at Atelier 17 in Paris France.

Sven Anderson is from Long Beach, California. His interests include printmaking, woodworking, and digital art. His work can be found in many collections in the United States and Europe.

He has been teaching Digital Art at SUNY Oneonta since 1997 and has sponsored numerous faculty/student grants and independent studies.


 

David Kenny

Adjunct Instructor, and Instructional Support Technician
Serigraphy

Fine Arts Ctr 223A
Tel: (607) 436-3515
Email David Kenny

David Kenny is a digital artist with extensive experience in cinematography, and in the community teaching all aspects of digital art. He has particular expertise in 3D Printing, Vector Graphics, Design, Photography, and Videography. He received his BA from SUNY Oneonta.


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Wesley Bernard

Assistant Professor, Photography

Fine Arts Ctr 223
Tel: (607) 436-3718
Wesley.Bernard@oneonta.edu

Wesley Bernard holds a B.S. in Anthropology and an M.F.A in Photography.

Bernard, a Northern Arizona native, is a photographer who embraces the process of the story-telling, offering the viewer a visual narrative of cultures and their stories.

His photographs have been exhibited in Switzerland, New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles.

A select list of Bernard's clientele includes America West Magazine; Range Magazine; American Cowboy; Lockwood Publications; Fly Fisherman; W.L. Gore; U.S. Park Service and the Arizona Republic. Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Body+Soul. ABC and Fodor's Africa Guide, and The United Nations, among others.


 

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Jian Cui

Associate Professor, 3D Animation, Video, Foundations

Fine Arts Ctr 303
Tel: (607) 436-2987
Jian.Cui@oneonta.edu

Jian Cui received his MFA in New Media from the Pennsylvania State University, PA, and his MA in Computer Art from Savannah College of Art and Design, GA. He received a BFA in Sculpture from the Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing. China.

Jian Cui's monumental sculptures are seen as landmarks in China, and his drawings, watercolor paintings, and Chinese paintings have been published in several books. His recently published 3D modeling and animation works have been widely used as instructional examples by schools throughout the United States.

Jian Cui's works are dealing with the internal and external conflicts between an individual and the environment. He is interested in integrating traditional 2D and 3D arts with contemporary digital media. He sees “new” media as a smooth continuation of traditional media.


 

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Rhea Nowak

Professor, Foundations & Printmaking

SUNY Oneonta 2020 Scholar of the Year

Fine Arts Ctr 310
Tel: (607) 436-2827
rhea.nowak@oneonta.edu

Rhea Nowak's portfolio

Rhea Nowak received her MFA from the University of Connecticut in Printmaking and Drawing, and a Master Printer Certificate from Il Bisonte an international school of printmaking in Florence Italy. She received her BA from Bennington College in Printmaking and Painting. Her prints, drawings, and unique books have been exhibited in juried and solo shows in both the U.S. and Europe including Italy, Germany, and Bulgaria.

Her work involves ideas of continuity, chance, and change, and draws from such sources as Buddhist philosophy, musical composition, and current scientific theories.

"Science tells us we are not made of particles at all, but patterns of probabilities of interconnections."


 

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Thomás Sakoulas

Professor, Sculpture & Digital Art
Fine Arts Ctr 305
Tel: (607) 436-2687
thomas.sakoulas@oneonta.edu

Thomas Sakoulas' portfolio

Thomás Sakoulas received his MFA, from the Maryland Institute College of Art, Rinehart School of Sculpture in 1994, and his BFA with Honors from Florida International University in 1992.

Thomás Sakoulas is a Minimalist artist deeply influenced by the art of his native Greece. His artwork embraces physical and virtual space in a variety of media, ranging from stone carving and metal fabrication to digital media, 3D modeling, CAD/CAM, video, and web/media design.

Sakoulas' use of stone, metal, drawing, and digital media reflects his interest and investigation of elemental geometry, ancient Greek Art, and the transformation of visual signs as they become fragmented and detached from their original context.

His artwork has been exhibited nationally and is featured in collections in Florida, Maryland, and New York. His Ancient Greece website is a popular online resource that has been featured in Google's first page organic search results for over two decades.


 

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Ruben Salinas

Assistant Professor, Illustration

Fine Arts Ctr 308
Tel: (607) 436-2305
Ruben.Salinas@oneonta.edu

Artist's Website

Ruben Salinas received his MFA from Stephen F Austin State University, and his BA in Communications from Universidad Regiomontana in Monterrey, Mexico.

Ruben’s work includes book and poster illustrations, editorial illustration, storyboards for TV commercials, and fashion illustration. Clients include: McCann Erickson Advertising, Ogilvy and Mather, Rives Carlberg Advertising, and Ultra magazine, among others.

Ruben is the author of the book The Spirit of Gesture–a practical drawing guide for animation, illustration, and concept design students and enthusiasts. His paintings have been exhibited in the USA and Japan. His work with digital prints explore the vast possibilities of black and white image making through regular and large format Giclee printing.


 

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Katherine Spitzhoff

Associate Professor, Graphic Design

Spring 2022 Acting Chair

Fine Arts Ctr 306
Tel: (607) 436-2316
Katherine.Spitzhoff@oneonta.edu

Katherine Spitzhoff received an MS in Information Design and Technology from SUNY Polytechnic Institute, an MFA from Brooklyn College and a BFA from Saint John’s University. She worked in various areas of the Graphic Design field in New York City before joining the faculty at SUNY Oneonta.

Her design work includes event promotion, exhibition graphics, information design, corporate identity, and packaging. For 12 years she worked in the Design Department of The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Most of Katherine's current clients are cultural organizations and non-profits. Her design studio is in Cherry Valley, NY. 


 

Alissa Walls

Assistant Profressor
Art History

Fine Arts Ctr 222
Tel: (607) 436-2714
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Alissa Walls is a multidisciplinary artist and art historian whose creative and scholarly work engages the natural and physical sciences, critical social issues, and the market society in which she lives.

Conceptually, drawing lies at the heart of her work, but Walls has historically employed a range of media—collage, ceramics, sculpture, textiles, lithography, encaustic, multimedia installation, projection, video, and photography. Her practice is research-dense and process-oriented and relies heavily on repetition and accumulation. Physical practices—from walking and running to yoga, meditation, and breathwork—comprise a critical component of her work.

Walls has published in exhibition catalogues and such peer-reviewed journals as American Art. She has curated the exhibition Mark Dion: Process and Inquiry at the University of Arkansas and given numerous talks at private and public venues, including The Explorer’s Club. She has presented her research at the annual meetings of the College Art Association, the Southeastern College Art Conference, the American Studies Association, the Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts, and the American Society for Environmental History.

Walls holds an MFA in Studio Art with a concentration in Time-Based Art from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville (2021), a PhD in Art History from The Pennsylvania State University (2009), an MA in American Studies from Penn State Harrisburg (2002), and a BA in Archaeology and Anthropology from Washington and Lee University (1997).


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