September 18, 2019

Maryland Institute College of Art welcomes new faculty

Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA)

Photo credit for Bill Gaskins: William R. Staffeld 

Photo credit for Deb Willis: Alice Proujansky


The Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) proudly announces new faculty who joined the College this fall across a range of programs and contemporary approaches to art, design and media teaching and scholarship.

This fall, MICA is thrilled that acclaimed artist and longtime educator Bill Gaskins and acclaimed scholar, historian, curator and artist Dr. Deborah Willis will be joining the college.

Gaskins, who joins MICA as the new director of Photographic and Electronic Media (MFA), is an inspiring interdisciplinary artist and scholar with an entrepreneurial spirit and a bold vision for this rigorous photography and media-based graduate program. Bill’s depth of experience represents a rich tapestry of practice, teaching and research in photography and media. Bill comes to MICA from an interdisciplinary department of art at Cornell University and has taught at School of the Art Institute and Parsons School of Design. Throughout his career, Gaskins’ teaching has identified 21st-century literacies around the intersection of race, class, gender, and structural inequality and his course content connects the past with the present and reveals the politics and problems of visual representation. He has a distinctive enthusiasm for MICA and Baltimore, which he sees as ideal sites for this program, and he is planning a curriculum that advances thought leaders in photography and media who are better prepared for their lives as artists after graduation.

Willis will join the Photography Department for the 2019–20 academic year as the inaugural Stuart B. Cooper Endowed Chair in Photography. Willis is a university professor and chair of the Department of Photography & Imaging at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University, and has an affiliated appointment with the College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Social & Cultural, Africana Studies, where she teaches courses on Photography & Imaging, iconicity and cultural histories visualizing the black body, women and gender.

Following are full-time faculty who are also joining MICA this fall:
Paulina Banas, Art History / Abigail DeVille, Interdisciplinary Sculpture / Stephen Ellis, LeRoy E. Hoffberger School of Painting, MFA / Rebecca (Reb) Green, First Year Experience / Amber Hawk Swanson, Interdisciplinary Sculpture / Andrew Paul Keiper, Animation / Mel Lewis, Humanistic Studies / Elaine Lopez, Graphic Design, AICAD Teaching Fellow / Juan Carlos Noguera, Product Design / Yann Seznec, Game Design / Hadieh Shafie, Mcmillan-Stewart Endowed Chair in Painting / Shoshanna Weinberger, Mcmillan-Stewart Endowed Chair in Painting

To see the full list and learn more about each new faculty member, click here.

About Maryland Institute College of Art
Founded in 1826, Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) is the oldest continuously degree-granting college of art and design in the nation. The College enrolls over 3,000 undergraduate, graduate and continuing studies students from 49 states and 65 countries in fine arts, design, electronic media, art education, liberal arts, and professional studies degree and non-credit programs. With art and design programs ranked in the top 10 by U.S. News and World Report, MICA is pioneering interdisciplinary approaches to innovation, research, and community and social engagement. Alumni and programming reach around the globe, even as MICA remains a cultural cornerstone in the Baltimore/Washington region, hosting hundreds of exhibitions and events annually by students, faculty and other established artists. To learn more, visit our new website.

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