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Department of Visual Arts and Design

Full-Time Faculty in Visual and Performing Arts

Department Chair

Megan Van Wagoner, Ceramics and Graphic Design
Professor Van Wagoner is a practicing graphic designer and sculptor. Whether developing web sites or modeling in clay, her artistic goals are the same––to communicate with her audience. Her mixed media sculpture builds a narrative using clay, metal, glass, and other materials. Professor Van Wagoner completed a BFA in ceramics at the Cleveland Institute of Art and an MFA from the Mount Royal School at the Maryland Institute College of Art.
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Office: CF135 

Performing Arts

David Rothman, Theater
Professor Rothman is the lead faculty member for the Introduction to Human Communication courses on the Takoma Park/Silver Spring campus of Montgomery College, as well a regular instructor for Introduction to Film. He holds MA and BA degrees from the University of Maryland, as well as an Associate of Arts degree from Montgomery College, all in theatre.  He has also performed on stage in local professional theatre appearing in productions for Studio Theatre, Spooky Action Theatre, Source Theatre, Round House Theatre, Classika Theatre and the Washington Revels and has understudied for roles at the Folger and Shakespeare Theatres.
Office: CU119

Visual Arts

Michael Booker, Drawing
Assistant Professor of art at Takoma Park/Silver Spring, will teach introductory and intermediate drawing. He comes to Montgomery College as a full-time faculty member after serving part-time at MC, Prince George's Community College, and University of Maryland College Park. Courses he has taught include drawing, painting, and two-dimensional design. He earned his bachelor's in fine arts from Mississippi State University and master's in fine arts from the University of Maryland, College Park.
Office: CF125

Kevin Bowman, Printmaking
Associate Professor Kevin Bowman joined the art department of the Takoma Park/Silver Springs campus at Montgomery College in January of 2017 and teaches printmaking, foundations design and drawing. Born and raised in Hartford City, Indiana, he earned a BFA from Ball State University and an MFA from the University of South Dakota. Following completion of his graduate work, he taught at the College of the Sequoias in Visalia, California, while also serving as the director and curator of Arts Visalia, a non-profit community art center in Visalia.
Office: CF126

Norberto Gomez, Jr. PhD, Graphic Design
Assistant Professor of graphic design at Takoma Park/Silver Spring, Gomez teaches typography and digital tools for visual artists. Gomez comes to Montgomery College after serving part-time at Maryland Institute College of Art, Towson University, Virginia Commonwealth University, and University of Houston. Courses Gomez has taught include interactive media, electronic media and culture, creative advertising and art direction, and digital printmaking, as well as painting and drawing. Gomez earned a BFA from Texas A&M University –Kingsville, an MFA in painting and drawing from the University of Houston, and a PhD in media art and text from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond. Gomez is the author and illustrator of the artist book, The Book of Cannibals, and a regular contributor and editor for Digital America.
Office: CF124

Robert Helsley, Graphic Design
Professor Helsley spent over twenty-five years in the television industry as a designer and art director.  He has designed for both print and video. He is the recipient of numerous awards and received three television Emmy Awards fo on-air graphics, animation, and set design.
Office: CF131

Katherine Knight, Painting
Assistant Professor of art at Takoma Park/Silver Spring, will teach drawing and painting. She comes to Montgomery College as a full-time faculty member after serving part-time at MC, Prince George's Community College, and the Corcoran College of Art and Design at George Washington University. Courses she has taught include drawing, painting, color theory, and commercial illustration. She earned her bachelor's in studio art from Centre College in Kentucky and her master's in painting from the American University in Washington, DC.
Office: CF126

Lincoln Mudd, Sculpture
Professor Mudd teaches all levels of sculpture as well as foundations design and printmaking. Professor Mudd is an alum of Montgomery College and completed a BA and MFA from the University of Maryland, College Park.
Office: CF133

Claudia Rousseau, Art History
Claudia Rousseau, Ph.D., teaches art history with an emphasis on technique, process, and the evolution of style. A studio background helps to make her lectures especially relevant to art students. Professor Rousseau is also a professional art critic, writing regular critical  reviews in local publications. She has two special areas of expertise: Italian Renaissance Art and Modern European and Contemporary American Art. In addition to the foundation survey courses, she teaches specialized courses in Italian Renaissance Art and American Art since 1945. Her connections as art historian and critic enable her to have strong contacts with the Washington metropolitan art scene.
Office: CF128

Part-Time Faculty in Visual and Performing Arts

Sowbhagyalakshmi Areke –– Film
Adriana Baler –– Ceramics
Monica Lee Bellais –– Film
Xiaosheng Bi –– Ceramics
Edward Joseph Bisese –– Art Foundations
Heather A. Brown –– Music
Damien P. Coor –– Film
Gerald Martin Cournoyer –– Art Foundations
Robert J. Devers –– Ceramics
Roanne M. Duncan –– Dance
Leland E. Edgecombe –– Music
Jeremy J. Flick –– Art Foundations
Mieke R. Gentis –– Photography
Suzanne M. Hilton –– Music
Carol A. Hinds –– Art History
Michal E. Hunter –– Art Foundations
Kay Hwang –– Art Foundations
Krzysztof Jurczynski –– Sculpture
Kathleen L. Kretz –– Art Foundations
Renee Therese Lachman –– Art Foundations, Crafts
Jennifer J. McCracken –– Ceramics
John A. Muirhead –– Art Foundations
Sarah B. Oppenheim –– Dance
Karin J. Rodney-Haapala –– Digital Photography
Meryl E. Shapiro –– Dance
Cheryl A. Tobler –– Music
Amare Worku –– Art Foundations

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