Lum is concerned with the dialectics of the private and public construction of identity, space and politics. He is well-known as a conceptual artist for his work in photography and sculpture addressing the public realm. Major art exhibitions, including the Sao Paulo Art Bienal, Sydney Biennale, Venice Biennale, the 2000 Shanghai Biennale, the 2002 Documenta XI in Kassel, Germany, the 2006 Liverpool Biennial, the 2007 Istanbul Biennial, the 2008 Gwangju Biennale in South Korea, Moscow Biennale 2011, and the Whitney Biennial 2014.
Professor and Chair of Fine Arts
Senior Lecturer, Photography
Gabriel Martinez, a Cuban-American visual artist originally from Miami, Florida, works largely with photography, performance and installation. Martinez was a Pew Fellowship in the Arts recipient in 2001 and was granted a Joan Mitchell Foundation Fellowship in 2003. He has received two Individual Artists Grants from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.
Interim Director of Fine Arts Undergraduate Program
Matt Neff’s work is concerned with historical and current negotiations of power and privilege with regard to race, gender, and class, both as an observer of others, and in terms of his own processes and relationships to these dynamics. This process, which occurs on both levels of consciousness and dissociation, offers a fragile impermanence to the work. Formally, he is interested in a lack of image, anti-icons, and, much like semantic satiation, the repeated and shifting use of common materials like sugar, graphite, air, and ash evoke visual mystery and a visceral reaction to and curiosity about objects and images.
Bok Family Professor in the Humanities
Holly Pittman has excavated in Cyprus, Turkey, Syria, Iraq and Iran and has had primary publication responsibilities of the art and especially the glyptic art from the sites of Malyan in the Fars province of Iran; Uruk period Tell Brak; and Uruk period Hacienbi Tepe. She co-curated the traveling exhibition of the "Treasures from the Royal Tombs of Ur" from the University Museum. Her current research interests revolve around the excavations of the sites of Konar Sandal South and North in the region of Jiroft in south-central Iran. Dr.
Assistant Professor of Psychology
Research Themes: Behavioral Neuroscience, Computational Modeling, Sensation and Perception. Specific Research Areas: Neural basis of object recognition. Research Synopsis: Our group is interested in the visual processing that happens at the nexus of visual perception and cognition. We are focused on understanding the sequence of neural events that allows the visual system to extract information about the content of the world (i.e. specific objects) from the light patterns encoded by the eye.
Keith L. Sachs W'67 and Katherine Stein Sachs CW'69 Professor of Contemporary Art
Kaja Silverman is the Keith L. and Katherine Sachs Professor of Contemporary Art, and the author of eight books: Flesh of My Flesh (2009); James Coleman (2002); World Spectators (2000); Speaking About Godard (with Harun Farocki, 1998); The Threshold of the Visible World (1996); Male Subjectivity at the Margins (1992); The Acoustic Mirror; The Female Voice in Psychoanalysis and Cinema (1988); and The Subject of Semiotics (1983).
Orkan Telhan is interdisciplinary artist, designer and researcher whose investigations focus on the design of interrogative objects, interfaces, and media, engaging with critical issues in social, cultural, and environmental responsibility.Telhan's individual and collaborative work has been exhibited in venues including the 13th Istanbul Biennial, 1st Istanbul Design Biennial, Ars Electronica, ISEA, LABoral, Archilab, Architectural Association, The Architectural League of New York, MIT Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, and the New Museum of Contemporary Art, NYC.
Associate Professor of Painting and Fine Arts
Jackie Tileston's paintings are heterotopic spaces in which recombinant strategies and nomadic thinking create complex images that investigate the contemporary sublime and states of being. Her work has been featured in solo exhibitions in Chicago, Houston, Philadelphia, and Dallas, and group exhibitions at the Contemporary Arts Museum (Houston), Art in General and the Painting Center (New York), and the Delaware Center for Contemporary Art.
An artist working at the intersection of photography, science, and history, Vershbow received his MFA from Massachusetts College of Art and Design and taught most recently at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. At UW, he participated in research research on color perception and molten salt fission reactors. His work can be found in the collections of the National Academy of Science, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, the Getty Museum, Harvard University and Smith College.
Visual Studies Associate Director
Ian Verstegen is the Associate Director of Visual Studies. He works on early modern and modern art history, theory and historiography. He has written a series of works on art and psychology, including Arnheim, Gestalt and Art: A Psychological Theory (2005), Cognitive Iconology: When and How Psychology Explains Images (2014), and Arnheim, Gestalt and Media: An Ontological Theory (2019).