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Department of Visual Arts and Design

Full-Time Faculty

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

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.
Office: CU123

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

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.”
Office: CU115

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

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

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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Office: CF132

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