Art and Design Faculty

WCU’s School of Art and Design faculty members are dedicated, talented, and passionate educators who have practiced in professional and academic settings. They bring a wealth of scholastic, corporate, and organizational experiences to the classroom and encourage students to think critically, communicate effectively, and make the connection between their studies and professional aspirations.           

All faculty members have demonstrated expertise in the specific discipline of their teaching assignment and they are practioners in the subject matter being presented.

Here at WCU, studio art faculty are artists with M.F.A. degrees. Art history faculty hold Ph.D.s. Art education faculty hold either a Ph.D. or M.F.A. degree. Interior Design faculty members are expected to hold at least the M.A. in interior design and to be practicing professional designers.

Full-Time Faculty and Staff

 Matt Liddle  Director, School of Art and Design
 Erin Adams  M.S., Associate Professor, Interior Design
 David Brown  Director, Fine Arts Museum
 Joan Byrd  M.F.A., Professor, Ceramics
 Denise Drury  M.A., Curator of Fine Art Museum
 Seth J. McCormick  Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Art History
 Cathryn Griffin  M.F.A., Professor, Photography
 Jon Jicha  M.F.A., Professor, Graphic Design
 Kevin Kirkpatrick  M.F.A., Studio Tech/Instructor
 Ron Laboray  M.F.A., Assistant Professor, Painting and Drawing
 Mary Anna LaFratta  M.F.A., Associate Professor, Graphic Design
 Erin Tapley  M.F.A., Ph. D., Professor, Art Education
 Richard Tichich  M.F.A., Professor, Photography, Director of MFA Program
 Marc Yops  M.A., Associate Professor, Interior Design
 Wanda Crawford  M.A., Administrative Support Associate


Adjunct Faculty 

Julie Boisseau
Frank Brannon
Nora Hartlaub
Greg McPherson
Susan Martin
Tara O'Loughlin
George Rector

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