Department of Art

Department of Art + Design,
Art History, Art Education


Keep up with the latest news in the Department of Art + Design, Art History, Art Education.

TU Senior and Sculpture Major, Jessie Lynn Greenwell, Won COFAC’s Beulah M. Price Memorial Scholarship

Jessie Lynn Greenwell aspires to teach ceramics and sculpture some day. Thanks to a generous College of Fine arts and Communication (COFAC) scholarship, the Bel Air, MD native is already well on her way to achieving her dream. Read the full article by clicking the link below:

Adjunct Professor, Kim Hopkins, Illustrates Children's Book

Kimberly Hopkins (Graphic Design Adjunct Faculty) has illustrated and designed a children's book: Springtime Dance, which will be available at the end of May. The book is written by Val Smalkin and is based on Val's song of the same name. This is the first children's book for both of them. The duo were recently featured on Fox 45 Baltimore, and will launch the book, and take preorders, at the Maryland Zoo on May 10th. Visit to learn more!


Four Faculty Members Selected as Semifinalists for the Sondheim Artscape Prize

February 2014

Department of Art & Design, Art History, Art Education's faculty members Amanda Burnham, Nora Sturges, Jim Condron, & Christopher LaVoie were all individually selected as semifinalists for the 2014 Sondheim Artscape Prize. The Sondheim Artscape Prize is Baltimore's most prestigious artist award. The prize will award a $25,000 fellowship to a visual artist or visual artist collaborators living and working in the Baltimore region. An exhibition of the semifinalists’ work will be shown in MICA’s Decker and Meyerhoff galleries at 1303 West Mount Royal Avenue during Artscape weekend, Thursday, July 17, 2014 through Sunday August 3, 2014.

More information on the 2014 Sondheim Artscape Prize can be found on the following link:

BFA Student's Work Selected for the 3D Printshow in NYC


February 2014

Congratulations to BFA student Jessica Searfino for having her piece selected to be displayed at the Art Gallery at the 3D Printshow in NYC. 

More details on the contest she won are available at the following link:

View more of Jessica's work on her website:

   Jessica Searfino




Art Alumna Receives Super Bowl Ring from the Baltimore Ravens

August 2013

Anneliese Bruce, Towson University alumna and graphic designer for the Baltimore Ravens, traveled with the team to New Orleans and received a ring from the Ravens after their Super Bowl win.


Art + Design Chair, Dr Nancy Siegel awarded research grant by the Culinary Historians of Chicago

May 2013

Dr. Nancy Siegel was awarded a research grant by the Culinary Historians of Chicago for her project, “Political Appetites: Revolution, Taste, and Culinary Activism in the Early Republic.” She also received a fellowship from the New York Public Library for next year to support her project.


TU Dept of Art + Design Student, Kelsey Reinboldt receives Scholarship as part of the 5th University & College Designers Association (UCDA) Educational Scholarship Program

Congratulations to Towson University undergraduate student Kelsey Reinboldt and to professor Jessica Ring, Department of Art + Design, Art History, Art Education faculty sponsor, for winning Honorable Mention in the j.Charles Walker + John Brett Buchanan Foundation 5th UCDA Educational Scholarship. Ms Reinboldt will receive a $250 monetary award and a certificate, in addition, both she and Prof. Ring will receive a one-year membership in UCDA.

More details are available at the following links:


Towson University Graphic Design class collaboration with Word on the Street featured on WYPR.

February 2013

Word on the Street is one of 23 newspapers in the U.S. produced by homeless people and their advocates. Students in Assistant Professor Jessica Ring's Graphic Design for Social Issues course work with the newspaper staff to design layouts for each edition.

Hear more on WYPR:  

Jessica Ring and TU graphic design students work with staff of Word on the Street, a newspaper produced by homeless people and their advocates

January 2013

Word on the Street is one of 23 newspapers in the U.S. produced by homeless people and their advocates. Students in Assistant Professor Jessica Ring's Graphic Design for Social Issues course work with the newspaper staff to design layouts for each edition. According to Ring, the class gives students the opportunity to experience the professional aspects of design as well as serve the greater good.

Read more on The Baltimore Sun

A Complex Weave: Women and Identity in Contemporary Art, co-curated by J. Susan Isaacs, has sixth exhibition at USC's Fisher Museum

October 2012

A Complex Weave: Women and identity in Contemporary Art, an exhibition co-curated by Professor J. Susan Isaacs, and shown at Towson University in 2009, is currently at the Fisher Museum at the University of Southern California, its sixth exhibition venue. The exhibition has been a huge success, garnering success at each location. The catalog has been distributed to over 200 museums, universities and libraries around the country.

For more information, visit the USC Fisher Museum of Art.

Jessica Ring published in The Visual and Performing Arts: An International Anthology: Volume I

October 2012

Jessica Ring, Assistant Professor and Coordinator of the Graphic Design concentration, has had a paper published in the book The Visual and Performing Arts: An International Anthology: Volume I (2012).

Amy Boone-McCreesh's Heritage Aesthetic at the Hamiltonian Gallery

September 2012

Part-time faculty member Amy Boone-McCreesh's work will be on display at the Hamiltonian Gallery. In her debut solo exhibition as a Hamiltonian Fellow, Boone-McCreesh investigates the visual language of ceremonies and rites of passage while exploring themes of transformation and transcendence. Aiding in a deeper investigation of the artist's visual inspirations, Heritage Aesthetic will feature a reading room containing images and books that inform the work in the exhibition.

Heritage Aesthetic runs Sept. 22 - Oct. 13, 2012, with an opening reception on Sat., Sept. 22, from 7-9 p.m.

Join Amy for an artist's talk on Tues., Oct. 2, 7 p.m.

For more information, visit the Hamiltonian Gallery.

Department of Art faculty featured on the TU YouTube channel

August 2012

Watch Nancy Siegel track the origin of the use of food in American politics, in the TU in 2: Two-minute lectures series. From Election Cake to Freedom Fries, it's all food for thought.

Watch Jan Baum present Design, Design, Design: Things That Make My Heart Beat Faster, a 5-minute/20 slide talk illustrating her research in Interdisciplinary Object Design over the last five years. Topics discussed include: social design and entrepreneurship, sustainable design, digital design and 3d printing, design thinking + innovation, and interdisciplinary design with a global purview.

Watch Christopher Bartlett discuss curating The Bridges Juried Art Exhibition at the College of Fine Arts Gallery. The Bridges Conference, recently held at Towson University from July 25-29, 2012, is the largest mathematics and art interdisciplinary conference in the world.

Watch Sujan Shrestha and Department of Electronic Media and Film's Phil Davis present The Truth in Illusion: Collaborative Approaches to Documentary Animation, a 5 minute/20 slide talk highlighting their Spring 2011 course that developed and explored the juxtaposition between documentary and animation, by combining nonfiction audio with traditional and digital animated mediums, and balancing on the line between objective and subjective cinema.

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July 2012

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TU Students in juried exhibition at Area 405

April 2012

ON LOAN, a regional student exhibition juried by Sarah Tanguy, is on display at Area 405. The show features 32 artists from within a hundred mile radius of Baltimore, who work in a wide variety of media.

From more than 100 applications submitted, six Towson University students were accepted. TU undergraduates include Katy Dombrausky, Nicholas Edwards, Ian Mize, and Allegra Stiles. MFA candidates Rachel Timmins and Vincent Valerio also have work on display.

The exhibition runs through Sun., April 15, 2012, with a panel discussion closing day, from 1–3 p.m.

For more information, visit Area 405.


Nancy Siegel publishes The Cultured Canvas

March 2012

Nancy Siegel, Associate Professor of Art History, has had her recent book The Cultured Canvas: New Perspectives on American Landscape Painting published by the University Press of New England. Written from aesthetic, sociopolitical, cultural, and literary perspectives, The Cultured Canvas explores myriad ways in which American visual culture can be evaluated through newly conceived thematic and ideological approaches.


Sam Lacombe wins Montpelier Library Gallery Competition, displays new paintings at The Montpelier Arts Center

March 2012

New paintings by part-time faculty Sam Lacombe will be on exhibit at The Montpelier Arts Center. His paintings focus on the color and geometry of cityscapes, especially neon and urban signage that the artist views as metaphors for human experience and the American experience in particular.

Lacombe is also the latest featured winner of the Montpelier Library Gallery Competition.

The exhibit runs Thurs., April 5 through Fri., May 25, 2012, with an opening reception Sunday, April 15, from 2–4 p.m.

For more information, visit The Montpelier Arts Center

Amy Boone-McCreesh curates "The Sum of the Parts" at Maryland Art Place

March 2012

Amy Boone-McCreesh, MFA 2010 graduate, part-time faculty, and recent selected curator of MAP's Curators' Incubator Program, has curated the exhibition "The Sum of the Parts," currently on display at Maryland Art Place, through March 24, 2012.

Read a review of the exhibition.

For more information, visit Maryland Art Place.

Stuart Stein and Sujan Shrestha bring TU stop-animation class to Towson Commons space

March 2012

Stuart Stein and Sujan Shrestha quoted in Baltimore Sun article, University animation class brings a little motion to Towson Commons: TU class sets up shop in vacant storefront. 

TU is offering a stop-motion animation class, set up in one of the vacant storefronts in Towson Commons. The class is a joint venture between the Department of Art + Design, Art History, Art Education and the Department of Electronic Media and Film. 

Sujan Shrestha, assistant professor of Digital Art and Design and Phil Davis, assistant professor of Electronic Media and Film, are co-instructors of the course. 


Jenee Mateer's Visceral Spectrum at the Jordan Faye Contemporary 

March 2012

Assistant Professor Jenee Mateer's work will be on display at the Jodan Faye Contemporary through Saturday, March 24 in her solo exhibition, Visceral Spectrum.

On Sun., March 4, 1–4 p.m., join Jenee for an Artist Talk. 

For more information, visit the Jordan Faye Contemporary

Amanda Burnham's Walkshed at the DCCA 

December 2011

Assistant Professor Amanda Burnham's work will be on display at the Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts from Dec. 16, 2011 through Feb. 26, 2012 in the exhibition Walkshed

For more information, visit the Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts

MFA Students display work at DCCA 

October 2011

Masters of the Visual Universe, on display from Oct. 7, 2011 through Feb. 5, 2012 at the Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, features work from several of the department's MFA students. 

For more information, visit the Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts

Kelly Blair commissioned by Melville House for redesign

March 2011

Baltimore native and Towson ART graduate, Kelly Blair was recently commissioned by Melville House to redesign a series of Heinrich Böll novels. (Heinrich Böll, Nobel Prize for Literature recipient, was considered one of Germany's foremost post-World War II writers until his death in 1985.)

Blair is a successful New York based illustrator and designer who began her career as an AIGA intern. She landed a job at Picador Publishing and then became an art director at Little, Brown Publishing before opening an independent studio in 2005. Her elegant graphic illustrations have been published in the New York Times over the years.

Read more about it on the New York Times blog: Under Cover: Kelly Blair and Heinrich Böll, by Monica Racic.

View her other book designs on her website.

Kay Broadwater receives Maryland Art Education Association award

April 2010

Kay Broadwater, Art Professor, has been selected to receive the Maryland Art Education Association's 2010 Maryland Art Educator of the Year award. She will be honored at the National Art Education Association's national convention on Apr. 16 in Baltimore.

Amanda Burnham presents solo exhibition Agglutinate

February 2010

Assistant Professor Amanda Burnham will present the solo exhibition Agglutinate.The exhibition will be held at the Amalie Rothschild Gallery, The Creative Allince at the Patterson, from Feb. 5–20, 2010. The opening reception is Friday, Feb. 5, 5:30–7:30pm.

With inky black shadows, and a limitless range of gray washes, Amanda Burnham’s crumbling urban and exurban landscapes are almost entirely void of people, like cartoon snapshots taken a month or so after the rapture. Here Burnham combines drawing with installation to ghostly effect, with dangling street signs or tangled chain fence etched onto the wall and enfolding the viewer.

For more information, visit the Creative Alliance at the Patterson.

Jim Paulsen in group exhibition, How Did You Do That? A Sculptors Inc. Exhibition

January 2010

Professor Jim Paulsen employs allegory with a wink and a nod, drawing upon a grab bag of techniques and materials and typically finishing with a colorful patina to complete the illusion. His work is part of the group exhibition How Did You Do That? A Sculptors Inc. Exhibition, held in the Main Gallery of The Creative Allince at the Patterson, from Jan. 16 – Feb. 13, 2010. Paulsen will participate in a gallery talk/demo Saturday Feb. 13 at 2pm.

Professor Jessica Ring of the Department of Art + Design, Art History, Art Education art directed student designers (now alumni) Mallory Varvaris, Caren Lipman and Mario Iati in the creation of the Towson University Student Green Map. The piece won a Silver award in the Going Green category of the 40th Annual UCDA Design Competition. Out of 1,300 print, electronic media, and going green entries, a total of 6 Gold Awards, 18 Silver Awards and 213 Awards of Excellence were chosen.

  • Towson University Go Green
  • Towson University Green Map Project
  • For more information, visit the Creative Alliance at the Patterson.

    Arts Council Award Winners


    Congratulations to part-time faculty Laura Amussen, David Page and April Wood, recipients of 2009 Maryland State Arts Council Awards for Sculpture.


    David Page
    For to Tear Anew
    2008, 10 x 4 x 6
    Wood and “Tool Dip”

    David Page
    2008, 18 x 34 x 34
    Leather, Wood, Steel, Copper, Brass, Flax Seed

    April Wood
    Consuming Desire

    April Wood
    Feeding the Hunger

    April Wood
    You Are What You Eat




    Graphic Design alumna Anneliese Bruce, graphic designer for the Baltimore Ravens, talks about her Super Bowl experience. Click here to read the interview.



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