Our faculty members are committed, caring, and creative
In addition to teaching and advising, they continue to develop their own aesthetic visions through personal and commercial projects. Many of our faculty members have shown their work in national and international exhibitions. In addition, several have published books and scholarly papers, and many have been featured in numerous publications, including Artists Magazine, Art in America, Fiber Arts, Ceramic Monthly, Metalsmith, American Craft, Print, Communication Arts, Photoshop User, Layers, AIGA Eye on Design, and Step by Step.
Steven Alexander, Professor of Visual Art, Undergraduate Painting Program Coordinator
Steven Alexander is an American artist who makes abstract paintings characterized by luminous color, sensuous surfaces and iconic configurations. His work has been exhibited and collected extensively throughout the United States and abroad. He holds an MFA in painting from Columbia University, where he studied with Richard Pousette-Dart and Dore Ashton, and a BA from Austin College, studying with Vernon Fisher. He has been Artist-in-Residence at Studio Art Centers International in Florence, Italy, and Visiting Artist at Parsons the New School for Design, and is currently Professor of Visual Arts at Marywood University.
Amy Bogdon, Instructor, Art Therapy
Amy Bogdon, M.A., ATR-BC, LPC is a Registered and Board Certified member of the American Art Therapy Association, as well as a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Pennsylvania. Amy received her Bachelor’s Degree from Clarion University in Psychology and Fine Arts, and her Master’s Degree in Art Therapy from Marywood University. Amy has had extensive training and experience working with children and adults who are struggling with PTSD.
Steven Brower, Assistant Professor, Illustration Program Coordinator, and
Director for the Graphic Design/Illustration MFA Program for Working Professionals
Steven Brower is an award-winning graphic designer and author. He’s the director of the Marywood University “Get Your Master’s With the Masters” low-residency MFA program for designers and illustrators in Scranton, PA. His design writing appears regularly in national and international annuals, and other publications, and he has lectured nationally on the subject of design and creativity. He’s the author of several books, including Woody Guthrie Artworks; Satchmo: The Life and Art of Louis Armstrong; Breathless Homicidal Slime Mutants: The Art of the Paperback and From Shadow to Light: The Life and Art of Mort Meskin.
Ann Marie Castelgrande, Instructor, Art Education Program Coordinator
Ann Marie Castlegrande serves as Marywood’s Art Education program coordinator, which develops teachers who are competent in studio art, art history, aesthetics, and art criticism. She was an Art Educator for the Scranton School District from 1972-2007, and serves as Coordinator of the Kennedy Center Partners in Education Program with Marywood University and the Scranton School District.
Dennis Corrigan, Assistant Professor of Art
Dennis Corrigan is an American illustrator known for his surreal drawings. His 1972 work Queen Victoria Troubled by Flies is in the collection of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, and his works have been acquired by permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, the Brooklyn Museum, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Arts Council of Great Britain and the Library of Congress. He has accepted commissions from the New York Times, New York Magazine, RCA Records, Random House Publishers, Pan American Airways, Horizon Magazine, David R. Godine publishers, Boston, Alfred A. Knopf Inc. in New York, and Dell Publishing.
Dr. Ashley Hartman, Assistant Professor of Art
Ashley Hartman, PhD, ATR is an educator, registered art therapist, researcher, and artist. She earned her doctorate of philosophy with a specialization in art therapy from Florida State University where she also obtained a certificate in Museum Education and Exhibitions (MEX) and credentials required for Florida State licensure in mental health counseling (RMHCI). Dr. Hartman has experience with cognitive behavioral therapy, DBT, mindfulness-based, trauma-informed, psychoeducation, and person-centered therapy, and her scholarly endeavors focus on the areas of museum-based art therapy and medical art therapy.
Peter Hoffer, Associate Professor of Art
Peter Hoffer is a print maker working in the relief, and his work has been featured in major museums. Outside of being an established artists Peter has been teaching printmaking at Marywood University for the past 40 years. In recent years Peter Hoffer has explored a process of shaping and repositioning elements of previously printed works in the construction of new works. In his most recent pieces he appears to take that process further along to include a deep collage of vibrant colors. The complex unity of the richly textured and layered surfaces in each of these works exposes the subtle process of their making. Thus the works we now encounter reveal in part their histories transformed in a dance of patterns and composition that speak to their newly expressed individuality.
Dr Christa Irwin, Assistant Professor Art History, Art History Program Coordinator
Dr. Christa Irwin an art historian who specializes in art of the Renaissance and Baroque in both Europe and Latin America. Her current research involves intersections of Italian and South American art and culture in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in art history, including History of Art I and II, Aesthetics, and seminars in Renaissance and Baroque art.
Sue Jenkins, Assistant Professor of Art, Foundation Year Coordinator
Sue Jenkins is a professional web and graphic designer, illustrator, fine art photographer, and owner/creative director of Luckychair.com, a full-service web and graphic design studio serving businesses across the U.S. since 1997. An award-winning Adobe Certified Expert and Adobe Certified Instructor, Sue is the instructor in over a dozen Adobe Software Training programs from the nationally renowned training providers Lynda.com & LinkedIn Learning. She is also the author of several instructional books on Web Design, Dreamweaver, Illustrator, and Photoshop, including Smashing Photoshop: 100 Professional Techniques (Wiley/SmashingMagazine) and Web Design All-in-One For Dummies (Wiley), and her writing on design appears in several publications including Guild News, Photoshop User Magazine, and Layers Magazine.
Christine Medley, Assistant Professor of Art, Graphic Design Program Coordinator, Printmaking Program Coordinator
Christine Medley is an assistant professor of graphic design at Marywood University in Scranton, PA, a graphic designer, and an exhibiting fine artist, photographer and printmaker. For over twenty years, she has been photographing windows, doors, old buildings and other architectural structures that reflect character and history. Her current focus is letterpress printing where she runs a small community studio, The Workshop, in Scranton, PA.
John Meza, Associate Professor of Art
For the last twenty-two years John has taught an array of undergraduate and graduate level Fine Art and Applied Art courses at institutions throughout the United States. He holds a Master’s of Fine Art Degree in Painting from the University of Memphis, as well as a Master’s of Fine Art Degree in Visual Design with an emphasis in Computer Graphics from the University of Oregon. This formal training and widespread experience has given him ample opportunity to refine his teaching methodologies, as well as work with diverse populations of students and contemporaries. As an artist/designer, John’s work has been recognized, awarded, and published on regional and national levels.
Nikki Moser, Associate Professor of Art
Nikki Moser is an artist, mother, teacher, activator, on different days in different orders. In 2010 she co-founded Keystone Iron Works, an Iron Casting program for at-risk high school students, which has been awarded two National Endowment for the Arts awards. The NEA awards also led to the founding in collaboration with the Lackawanna Heritage Valley Authority of Confluence Sculpture Park. She holds a BFA from The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art and an MFA in Studio Art from, MICA, Maryland Institute College of Art. She regularly exhibits her work nationally and has sculptures in many private, and public collections.
Sam Olfano, Assistant Professor of Art, Photography Program Coordinator
Sam Olfano received his MFA from the University of Cincinnati and his BA in Studio Art from State University of New York at Geneseo, Geneseo, NY. His work has been exhibited in several solo and group shows, and he currently serves as the Coordinator of the Photography Program at Marywood.
Collier Parker, Professor of Art
Collier Parker is a Professor of Art at Marywood teaching foundation courses in Painting, Drawing, and Figure Drawing to undergraduates. holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Delta State University in Cleveland, Mississippi, and a Master of Fine Arts from Rosary Graduate School of Fine Arts, Villa Schifanoia in Florence, Italy (now the Dominican University).
Pamela M. Parsons, Associate Professor
Art, Graduate Painting Program Coordinator
Pamela M. Parsons is an Associate Professor of Art at Marywood teaching courses in Painting to both graduates and undergraduates. She received her BFA from Boston University and her MFA from Indiana University. She is currently co-director of the Fresh Perspectives New Solutions: Visiting Environmental Artist Series at Marywood and exhibits her work in solo and group shows around the country.
Ryan Ward, Curator, The Maslow Collection, Adjunct Professor of Art
Ryan Ward is the Curator of The Maslow Collection at Marywood. He has curated “Make, Believe: The Maslow Collection and the Moving Image,” “Poetry in Structure: Selections from The Maslow Collection,” and “CO-OPTIC”, a group exhibition of Philadelphia-based painters at Shepherd University in West Virginia. As Exhibition Director of Test Pattern Gallery, he organized numerous exhibitions of local and international artists. Ward holds an MFA from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. He has both studied and taught at Studio Arts College International in Florence, Italy. His own work explores the malleability of history through painting and installation. As the recipient of the 2014 Murray Dessner Memorial Travel Prize, he executed an in-depth investigation of curatorial methods employed at American historical sites. This research has led to various lectures as well as recent solo and group exhibitions in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, West Virginia, New Mexico, and Italy. Ward teaches as an adjunct professor of drawing and painting, and leads students on an annual European study tour.
Stephanie Wise, Clinical Assistant Professor of Art, Art Therapy Program Coordinator
Stephanie Wise, M.A., ATR-BC, LCAT is a registered and Board Certified member of the American Art Therapy Association as well as a Licensed Creative Arts Therapist in New York State. She currently serves as the Director of the Graduate Art Therapy Program and Bachelor of Arts Degree in the Art Therapy Program. She is a member of the Art Therapy Credentials Board of Directors and an Editorial Advisory Board member of the American Psychotherapy Association. Stephanie received her BFA from The Cooper Union and her Master’s Degree from the Graduate Art Therapy Program at New York University where she also earned her certificate from the International Trauma Studies Program / International University for Mental Health and Human Rights, NYU & Copenhagen University. She has worked nationally and internationally in the field of traumatic stress and resiliency and has published and lectured extensively on this work.
In addition to our full-time faculty, we have a number of accomplished guest lecturers and adjunct instructors who share their talents and expertise with our students.