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  M.F.A., Director, School of Art and Design    
 Tom Ashcraft  M.F.A. Endowed Professor of Visual Arts, MFA Director    
 Erin Adams  M.S., Associate Professor, Interior Design, Program Coordinator    
 David Brown  Museum Consultant    
 Denise Drury  M.A., Director of Fine Art Museum    
 Heather Mae Erickson  M.F.A., Assistant Professor, Ceramics, Program Coordinator    
 Seth J. McCormick  Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Art History    
 Cathryn Griffin  M.F.A., Professor, Photography    
 Jon Jicha  M.F.A., Professor, Graphic Design    
 Justin (Morgan) Kennedy  Visiting Instructor- Sculpture    
 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    
 Betty Torrell  M.F.A. Assistant Professor, Interior Design    
 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 

Frank Brannon
Sumaya El-Attar
Nora Hartlaub
Greg McPherson
Susan Martin
Tara O'Loughlin
George Rector

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