Megan Van Wagoner, Ceramics and Graphic Design
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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Roger Colman, Music
Professor Coleman teaches classical piano and guitar, music
theory and music history courses covering classical, Jazz, Rock and
World music. He holds a Master of Music degree from the University of
Maryland, a BFA in piano performance and a BA in music from the State
University of NY at Buffalo. Roger is an active musician in the local
community as a pianist in the Greater Washington Area Piano Society,
which holds regular recitals of classical piano music. He also plays
piano in the Paramount Jazz Orchestra and Swingtime Big Band. He is a
member of several area Rock bands, playing keyboards and guitar.
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.
Perry Schwartz, Film
Professor Schwartz teaches Introduction to Film and all Film Production
courses in the department as well as teaches film production classes for
The American Film Institute Professional Training Workshops. He holds
an MFA from Ohio University in theatre and filmmaking and an MA from the
University of Kansas in theatre. Mr. Schwartz directs and produces
plays for Arts Alive Theatre the producing unit for the Department of
Communication and Performing at Montgomery College, Takoma Park/Silver
Spring Campus. In 1989 his film and video production company, Ol’ Black
Bear Productions, was formed. .” He has written, produced and directed
two short films, “Leo and Mars” and “Call Crystal” and written
"Snake," the third short film in this trilogy. Currently he is in
production on a documentary centered on visionary artists S.P. Dinsmoor
and Ed Root, and a short narrative film entitled “Kansas Peaches.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Mary Staley, Digital Photography and Crafts
Professor Staley's years on schooners in New England and Annapolis made her
intimately involved with the forces of wind and weather. She continues to spend
many long hours observing the patterns that form in the sky, on the
water, and along the shoreline, and the manner in which those patterns
communicate the intentions of nature. Professor Staley's images document her
response to the interactions of light, weather, time, and natural forms.
They are an exploration of the ephemeral moods and personalities of
nature, and an acknowledgement of the ultimate triumph of those forces. Professor Staley received an AA from Montgomery College, A BA from the University of Maryland, College Park, and an MFA from Antioch University.
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