Meet The Faculty

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
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, Director for the Graphic Design/Illustration MFA Program for Working Professionals, Illustration Program Coordinator
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. Linda Dugan Partridge, Associate Professor Art History, Art History Program Coordinator
Dr. Linda Dugan Partridge is an art historian whose areas of specialization include the art of the United States and art of the modern period. Her current research focuses on connections between art and science. She teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in art history, including Green Piece: Art and Nature in America; History of Postmodern Women: Literature and Art; Nineteenth-Century Art; Art of the Modern Era; History of American Illustration; and History of Graphic Design.

Peter Hoffer, Associate Professor of Art, Printmaking Program Coordinator, Foundations Coordinator
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
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, Clinical Assistant Professor of Art
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 ClassOnDemand.com and Lynda.com/LinkedIn. 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
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.

Pamela M. Parsons, Associate Professor
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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.

Mark Webber, Assistant Professor Pro-Rata
Mark Webber has affiliations with Hackett-Freedman Gallery in San Francisco and Prince Street Gallery in New York City. He has recently been invited to do a residency at the Joseph and Anni Albers Institute in Connecticut. His work is in public collections at Lockhaven University, the University of Scranton and The Everhart Museum in Scranton, PA, and private collections in New York City, San Francisco, Chicago, Atlanta, Boston, Minneapolis, Philadelphia and smaller locales in the United States and Europe.

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.

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