Date Hired: Fall 2005
Courses Taught: ART 121 – Two-Dimensional Design, ART 131 – Drawing I, ART 288 – Studio, ART 264 – Digital Photography I, ART 265 – Digital Photography II, ART 111 – Art Appreciation, ART 114 – Art History Survey I, ART 115 – Art History Survey II
Office: North Campus 708B
Phone Extension: (704)798-5241
Education: MFA, Studio Art, University of the Arts London Central Saint Martins
Biography: Jenn is Director of Philanthropy and the Arts and serves as the executive / strategic leadership for the Fine & Applied Arts department at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College in Salisbury/Concord, NC. Jenn earned her undergraduate degree from North Carolina State University and her graduate degree from Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design (University of the Arts London) in London, UK. Her studio practice focuses on lens-based media and she has exhibited her artwork throughout Europe and the United States. She publishes art criticism and has served on various boards including those of the Rowan Arts Council, Waterworks Visual Arts Center, and the Education Committee at the Weatherspoon Art Museum in Greensboro. Jenn was a 2007 recipient of the NC Arts Council Regional Artist Project Grant and was awarded the Teaching Excellence award in 2012 with special distinction for Use of Technology in Instruction. In 2013 she gave the commencement address for the UNC-G Department of Art. Jenn was a panelist on the Community College Round table discussion during the 2013 SECAC conference in Greensboro, NC. In 2015 she presented at the FATE national conference on the topic of “The Role of Art Faculty in the Community College” and also helped establish the NC Community College AFA Association.
Full-Time Lead Faculty of Fine and Applied Arts
Date Hired: Fall 2013
Courses Taught: ART 114 – Art History I, ART 131 – Drawing I, ART 135 – Figure Drawing, ART 240 – Painting I, ART 241 – Painting II, ART 121 – Two-Dimensional Design, ART 171 – Computer Art
Office: North Campus 708A
Phone Extension: 3819
Education: MFA, Painting and Drawing, Winthrop University, SC
Biography: Jonathan received his Bachelors of Studio Art degree from Rowan University in New Jersey and his Masters of Fine Art degree from Winthrop University in South Carolina. Jonathan works primarily in graphite, oil, and acrylic and has had his art exhibited throughout the country. His work is pop-surrealist in nature and focuses on varied perceptions of reality and the distortion that occurs through passage of time.
Courses Taught: Art 131 – Drawing I, Art 132 – Drawing ll, Art 240 – Painting I, Art 241 – Painting ll
Education: I received my MFA in Painting at Ewha Womans University (Seoul, South Korea) and BA in Studio Art: Painting at Smith College (Northampton, MA).
Full-Time Interdiciplinary Faculty
Date Hired: Fall 2016
Courses Taught: ART 131 – Drawing l, ART 132 – Drawing 2, ART 240 – Painting I, ART 241 – Painting II, ART 121 – Two-Dimensional Design, ART 214 – Portfolio & Resumé’, ART 288 – Studio
Office: North Campus 710
Phone Extension: 3837
Education: MFA, Interdisciplinary Studio Art, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, NC
Biography: Paul Travis Phillips is a conceptually driven artist whose practice deals with the pursuit of knowledge and insight as they relate to language, archive, and mental content. Native to North Carolina, Phillips holds a BFA from Milligan College and an MFA from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
Full-Time Lens-Based Faculty
Biography: Parker Reinecker is a street / documentary photographer, writer and educator based out of North Carolina. He is currently working in Northern Georgia, Northeastern Pennsylvania, and the American Southwest. Growing up in coal country, Scranton Pennsylvania, with a bar and a church on every corner, his work touches on the experience and struggle of growing up in the blue-collar United States. Drawing inspiration from his own struggles with personal identity, crime and homelessness which can be conceptually suggested within the compositions of heavy highlight and deep shadows. Parker’s images and series develop symbolic narratives throughout numerous themes, while immersed in his relationship to the broken landscape of “Small-Town America” and the conflict of poverty and beliefs, values and traditions, hope within the broken dreams and some touches of humor within it all.
Parker’s work has been exhibited in various galleries and museums in the United States including the Colorado Photographic Art Center, the Academy Art Museum and the National Center for Civil and Human Rights. His work has also been featured in various national and international publications/platforms including C41 and Eyeshot Magazines, Dodho Magazine and The Photo Review. Parker is an MFA recipient from Savannah College of Art and Design.
John C. Williams
Full-Time Sculpture Faculty
Date Hired: Fall 2016
Courses Taught: ART 122 – Three Dimensional Design, ART 281 – Sculpture I, ART 282 – Sculpture II
Education: MFA State University of New York at Albany, BFA Winthrop University
Biography: John earned his MFA from SUNY Albany in upstate New York and His BFA from Winthrop University in South Carolina, with concentrations in sculpture. His sculptural practice explores themes ranging from originality of form to destruction and rebirth. In addition to his sculpture, John maintains practices of drawings and 2D works. When not teaching, or making artwork, the South Carolina native is also an avid fly fisherman.
Date Hired: Fall 2016
Education: MFA, Drawing and Painting, California State University, Fullerton, CA; BFA, California State University, Fullerton, CA; AFA, Santa Ana Community College, CA;
Date Hired: Fall 2018
Courses Taught: ART 111 – Art Appreciation, ART 131 – Drawing I, ART 132 Drawing II
Education History: 2018 MFA, Studio Arts – Washington State University // 2013 BFA, Painting + Drawing – UNC Greensboro
Date Hired: 2017
Courses Taught: ART 111 – Art Appreciation, ART 114 – Art History Survey l, ART 121 – Two Dimensional Design
Education: Mikel Frank holds an MFA degree in painting from Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY and a BFA degree from MICA (Maryland Institute College of Art), Baltimore, MD.
Biography: Mikel worked at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY, NY and was in charge of production for the Concerts and Lectures Department for 29 years. He moved to Charlotte in 2015, converted his 500 square foot garage into an art studio where he spends many hours creating original works. In 2002 Mikel created and taught an art critique class called The Contemporary Artists Forum. He was curator of the annual Contemporary Artists Forum Exhibition at 1978 Maplewood Art Center in Maplewood, NJ. From 2001 to 2014 Mikel was on the Advisory Board of 1978 Maplewood Arts Center, serving as Vice President of the Executive Board and co-chair of the exhibitions committee. In 2014-15 he co-chaired the Maplewood Arts Council. In February 2005 he was a member of the installation crew on Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s “Gates Project in Central Park, 1975-2005,” in New York City. In 2013-14 Mikel co- curated, MICA: Then & Now at The Noyes Museum of Art. Since 2018 Mikel has been a member of Global Art Project (GAP), an international multi-media collaborative collective with members from 16 countries. As part of GAP he co-curated and coordinated the exhibition: “Visual Strategies: A Collaborative Project” at Clearwater Artist Studios and Gallery in Concord, NC. Mikel has also exhibited his work in Belgium as part of the GAP exhibition, “Crossing Borders,” which is opening in September 2020 at the Jennifer Perlmutter Gallery in CA. In 2018-19 Mikel was adjunct instructor for the Arts & Sciences Department at Gaston Community College, Dallas, NC.
and securing the work in public and private spaces throughout the hospital. Before coming to Duke, he was with Johnston Community College as an instructor of studio art, art history, museum studies, and graphic design. Bill also managed the Frank Creech Art Gallery on the J.C.C. campus and invited artists from all over North Carolina to share their work with the students, staff, and community members of Johnston County, N.C. In his free time, he spends time with his wife and son while squeaking time to fly fish all over the United States.
Semester Hired: Fall 2020
Courses Taught: ART 131 – Drawing I, ART 132 – Drawing II, GRD-110 – Typography
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2019 Master of Fine Art, Lamar Doss School of Art, University of Georgia, Athens, GA
2015-2017 Master of Fine Art student, Montana State University, Bozeman, MT
2008 Bachelor of Visual Art – Graphic Design, Sooreh University, Iran
Sanaz Haghani has MFA with distinction in Fine Art from the University of Georgia. She holds a BFA in Graphic Design from Sooreh University in Shiraz, Iran. She has worked as adjunct professor at the department of Printmaking and book arts, University of Georgia. She also was an Instructor of Record in Foundation Drawing at Montana State University in Bozeman, Montana. She worked as a graphic designer for eight years in Iran where she also taught Graphic Design and drawing courses.
Haghani has presented her work across the United States, i.e. the Georgia Museum of Art, the Missoula Art Museum, and she has exhibited internationally in multiple solo, group, and has been included in many invitational and juried Exhibitions. She is one of five artists selected by the GA Committee for the National Museum of Women in the Arts to exhibit at MOCA GA in Paper Routes: Women to Watch 2020. She has been featured in “Voyage Atl,” “The Atlantan,” “Shutout Atlanta” magazines, “College Book Art Association,” “Mid-American Print Council Journal,” and “The Hand Magazine”.
Date Hired: Fall 2016
Courses Taught: ART 114 – Art History Survey I, ART 111 – Art Appreciation
Biography: Jennifer earned her B.F.A. in Art History from Savannah College of Art and Design in 2000 and an M.A. in Modern Art, Connoisseurship, and History of the Art Market from Christie’s Education New York in 2005. She began teaching Art Appreciation and Art History courses in 2010, after several years working in the field of Student Affairs. Her personal interests lie in the study of European and American art of the 20th Century.
Date Hired: 2013
Courses Taught: ART 111 – Art Appreciation, ART 114 – Art History Survey I, ART 115 Art History Survey II, ART 117 – Non-Western Art History
Education: MA Art History, California State University Long Beach
Biography: Francine Kola-Bankole holds numerous degrees. Coming full circle back to her interests in art, after a career as an architect, she obtained her M.A. from California State University Long Beach where she examined the epistemologies used to present Africa in North American art history foundation textbooks. She is an art history PhD Student at University North Carolina Chapel Hill. Her doctoral research focuses on the modern and contemporary arts of Nigeria.
Date Hired: 2020
Courses Taught: 131-Drawing 1, 132-Drawing 2, 121-Two-Dimensional Design
Education: MFA, Interdisciplinary Studio Art, American University, Washington, DC
BFA, Mixed-Emphasis, California State University Stanislaus, Turlock, CA
Biography: Growing up in Southern California, Nieko McDaniel was influenced by graffiti, street art, hip-hop, rap, and an urban lifestyle. He is influenced by the environments he has lived in and aims to create new ones. McDaniel makes work about identity & world-building which he relates to escapism and attributes to the type of entertainment the generation he grew up part of prefers. Examples he gives are the genres of music, movies, television, and video games they consume. McDaniel believes the current world is something we try to get away from and says this can be done through simulation and invention. He comments on this idea by using materials that already have an inherent history and function but re-purposes them to fit the image he has in mind.
As of recent, McDaniel has earned multiple grants, scholarships, and publications such as the Elizabeth L. Van Swinderen Prize, the Helene M. Herzbrun Scholarship, and the Serge Sacknoff Scholarship. Within the last two years, McDaniel has exhibited in multiple group shows such as Behind the Scenes: Art Preparators and their Art at Katzen Museum and the Small Works Show in Clifton Springs, New York where he earned an Honorable Mention Award for his work. In June of 2019, McDaniel opened his solo-exhibition titled Growing Unhindered Production at Tri-Chromatic Gallery in Modesto, California.
MFA in Sculpture from the State University of New York at New Paltz
BFA in Studio Art from the Florida State University
Born and raised in diverse south Florida, Megumi Naganoma is an interdisciplinary artist. Most of her work is inspired by her own experiences and research focused on bringing awareness to issues about sexual violence and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Naganoma dominantly works in fabric, video, and drawing. Using these methods she advocates for rape survivors, while keeping various audiences in mind, by starting conversations that continue to shed light on something that is often still seen as taboo.
Naganoma graduated with her Master’s in Fine Arts in Sculpture from the State University of New York at New Paltz and received her Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in Studio Art from the Florida State University. Her experiences include having interned and worked for the well-respected artist Judy Pfaff, she performed alongside Linda Mary Montano in Art/Life Hospital, and has had guidance from Kenneth von Roenn in relation to her interests in Public Art. Naganoma’s personal interests include interior decor and ocean conservation.
Date Hired: Fall 2019
Courses Taught: ART 111 – Art Appreciation
Biography: An experienced visual arts professional, Marisa J Pascucci enjoys a progressive career with renowned art institutions and organizations. Currently she is an independent curator and art historian working with the Town of Cornelius, “La Nostra Voce” (a national newspaper focusing on Italian arts and culture), Charlotte is Creative, as well as individual artists and private collectors. Most recently Marisa served as the Summer 2019 Curator in Residence at the McColl Center for Art + Innovation and Director of Programs at the New Gallery of Modern Art. Before relocating to the Charlotte area in January 2017, she held a senior leadership role at the Boca Raton Museum of Art as the Curator of Collections and was charged with overseeing the care and development of the important permanent collection, assisting with the planning, organizing, and selecting the Museum’s diverse exhibitions, and implementing relevant programming for varied audiences associated with the exhibitions and collection.
Prior to the Boca Museum, Marisa was the Associate Editor of “The Art Economist” – a critically informative international publication pertaining to the global contemporary art market and adjunct faculty and career advisor at Palm Beach State College. Her previous art museum experience includes serving as the Norton Museum of Art’s Smith Curator of American Art along with curatorial and educational roles held at the Everson Museum of Art, the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, MOCA, Cleveland, and the Cleveland Museum of Art. Marisa graduated from American University with a bachelors degree in art history and earned dual masters degrees in art history and museum studies from the joint program between Case Western Reserve University and the Cleveland Museum of Art.
Date Hired: Spring 2015
Courses Taught: ART 111 – Art Appreciation, Art 244- Watercolor, Art 131-Drawing 1, Art 132-Drawing 2
Education: MFA, Painting, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, MA
Biography: Michelle’s large watercolors focus on the direct and indirect ways that we impact the environment. Her paintings are portraits of trees that look as though they are dead but are still thriving in reality. Michelle is interested in nature’s ability to sustain itself after people have tried to change or destroy it. Michelle’s work has been exhibited throughout the country, including Nevada, Kentucky, Ohio, New England, and throughout North Carolina. She has received artist residencies including one at the Wilderness Workshop in Aspen, CO in August 2015. Along with teaching at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, Michelle teaches at Gaston College and Cornelius Arts Center.
Date Hired: Fall 2014
Courses Taught: ART 111 – Art Appreciation
Education: MA, Art History, University of Memphis, TN
Biography: Rachel studied at the University of Evansville and the University of Memphis. Her emphasis is in Art History and Museum Studies. Rachel has worked as a museum director for over 3 years and has taught art for the past 10 years.
Date Hired: Fall 2019
Courses Taught: ART 122 – Three Dimensional Design, Art 131 – Drawing I, Art 132 – Drawing ll
Biography: Hannah Surace is a visual artist whose practice explores themes of memory, nostalgia and the everyday through sculpture, drawing and painting. She is interested in domestic spaces, our connection to the space in which we inhabit and how the physical world influences our memories and ideas of the past. She earned her MFA in Sculpture from Savannah College of Art & Design in Atlanta, Georgia and her BFA in Fine Art from Moore College of Art and Design in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Date Hired: Fall 2014
Courses Taught: DRA 111 – Theatre Appreciation and DRA 126 – Storytelling
Education: M.Ed, Theatre Education, University of North Carolina–Greensboro, NC Education: M.Ed, Theatre Education, University of North Carolina–Greensboro, NC
Biography: Jeremy has acted and worked in technical theatre for many different theatre companies in the Charlotte and greater Charlotte area, as well as for Carowinds, Tweetsie Railroad, and Horn in the West. He has been teaching theatre since 2005 and has been working in the community college system since 2014.
Full-Time Lead Faculty of Advertising & Graphic Design
Date Hired: Spring 2019
Courses taught: GRD-110 Typography, GRD-141 Graphic Design I, GRD- 142 Graphic Design II, GRD-151 Computer Design Basics, GRD-241 Graphic Design III, & GRD-280 Portfolio Design
Office: South Campus 3225
Education: BFA in Graphic Design from Savannah College of Art & Design
MFA in Media Design at Full Sail University
Biography: Ryland completed two years at Catawba Valley Community College studying Advertising and Graphic Design before pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design at Savannah College of Art and Design. While going to school full time, he began working in the print industry and found a love for print design. Ryland spent several years working as a graphic designer and production manager in Asheville, NC designing and producing marketing collateral for local businesses. In January 2019 he joined Rowan Cabarrus Community College. Ryland is currently serving as Treasurer for the Advertising and Graphic Design Association of North Carolina helping to connect the community colleges across the state. In August 2020 Ryland completed his Masters of Fine Arts in Media Design. Ryland is very passionate about graphic design and is eager to help the next generation of designers master the Adobe Creative Cloud and reach their career goals.
Semester Hired: Fall 2020
Courses Taught: Typography I, Graphic Design III
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BFA – Graphic Design, University of Georgia
MBA – Marketing, University of Georgia
In kindergarten, Wil drew dinosaurs instead of learning his ABCs. His teachers bribed him to study Monday through Thursday by promising to let him draw all day Friday.
Wil earned a Bachelor in Fine Arts from the University of Georgia. Taking a detour from the artist path, he served in the army as a Field Artillery captain. He lived in Alaska, Oklahoma, and Georgia, and visited Canada, Germany, France, Austria, and Mexico. The army was good for his spirit and his adrenal gland – it was an opportunity to experience different cultures, cities, and people (as well as jump out of airplanes and helicopters).
Wil taught drawing and design at the college level for over 15 years in Charlotte. He believes that being an artist means giving back to the community by teaching. Wil believes teaching and sharing your artistic insights is a requirement of being an artist.
Wil’s love of nature led him to explore the impact of humans on the landscape and climate. Wil’s drawings of trees center on the interaction between the texture of the bark, the natural design of the limbs and the vast, changing sky behind them. He looks for deep shadows seen in the knots and bark patterns. He transforms natural detail into massive, solid shapes, achieving unique perspectives from a up close and personal vantage point.
Instagram: wilbosbyshell, #bosbyshellartstudio, #bosbyshell
Courses Taught: GRD 152 – Computer Design Tech 1, GRD 280 – Portfolio Design
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Education: MA, Graphic Arts and Imaging Technology, Appalachian State University Bachelor of Science in Technical Photography, Appalachian State University
Adobe Certified Expert, Photoshop CC 2015
Biography: Richard Thomas is a photographer and educator. He has taught photography, graphic arts, and digital imaging at Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte, NC since 2012. He began teaching at Rowan-Cabbarus in 2018. A graduate of Appalachian State University in Boone, NC, he studied with noted landscape photographer John Scarlata. In addition to making photographic art, he also enjoys building and modifying cameras and computers.
History of Rock Music (also developed the course), History of Jazz Music (also developed the course), Music Appreciation
B.A., Music, Percussion: West Virginia University
Todd Campbell holds a Ph.D. Communications Media and Instructional Technology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Music from West Virginia University. He has taught Music Production, Recording Technology, Music Appreciation, Applied Percussion and Percussion Pedagogy for over 15 years. He is a highly regarded educator, performer, sound designer and recording engineer. His solo recordings “Feel”, “Splinter”,”Translation”, “Pathology”, “Versification”, “Avenue Bruise”, “Party Lines” and “Ripped From the Headlines!” are available on iTunes. His ninth solo recording in as many years, “Heroes and Strangers” was released in May 2020. All of Todd’s music can be streamed on Spotify, Apple Music, Tidal, or any other streaming outlet worldwide. Check it out!
Instructor’s Weekend policy: 24-48 hours, possibly longer on weekends.
Date Hired: Fall 2014
Courses Taught: MUS 110 – Music Appreciation, MUS 112 – Introduction to Jazz
Education: DMA, Saxophone Performance, University of North Carolina–Greensboro, NC
Biography: Benjamin is a saxophonist, composer, and educator living in Stokesdale, NC. He has performed as a soloist and chamber musician throughout the United States. In addition to teaching at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Benjamin serves on the faculty of Rockingham Community College. He has also served at Queens University of Charlotte, where he taught saxophone and clarinet performance, music theory lab, and Jazz and Rock history. Specializing in online courses, Benjamin has been working with the NCCC Virtual Learning Community to develop an online Music Appreciation course to be available to any community college instructor in the state.
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Aleksandr (Sacha) Witt
Date Hired: 2016
Courses Taught: Music 110 – Music appreciation, Music 112 – Intro to Jaz
Education: Witt earned his Bachelor’s of Music from Western Carolina University where he studied with Dr. Dan Cherry and his Master’s of Music from the University of Maryland, College Park where he studied with Matthew Guilford of the National Symphony.
Biography: Witt is an active performer in Piedmont area involved in chamber and orchestral music throughout the Carolinas. He has studied orchestral and chamber music from members of the National Symphony in Washington D.C. as well as other prominent chamber musicians including Chris Gekker and Greg Miller.
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