Who We Are

Full Time Faculty

Jeffrey C. Anderson
Professor of Art History
Smith Hall A-106C

PhD Princeton University
Professor Anderson is author of The New York Cruciform Lectionary (Penn State University Press: University Park, 1992) and the forthcoming Byzantine Monastic Hours in the Twelfth Century, and co-author of The Barberini Psalter: Codex Vaticanus Barberinianus Graecus 372 (Belser Varlag: Zurich, 1989). He has written essays for The American Historical Review, Art Bulletin, Cahiers archeologiques, Deltion tes Christianikes Archaiologikes Hetaireia, Byzantion, Dumbarton Oaks Papers, Gesta, Revue des Etudes byzantines, Rivista di studi bizantini e neoellenici, Scriptorium, Viator, and for collections of papers on various topics. He has contributed to exhibition catalogues, including Illuminated Greek Manuscripts from American Collections (Princeton: Princeton University, 1973), The Age of Spirituality (New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1979), The Glory of Byzantium (New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1997), and The Glory of Byzantium at Sinai (Athens: Benaki Museum, 1997). He is former Leverhulme Professor of Byzantine Studies at Queen's University Belfast. Professor Anderson teaches medieval art, in particular that of the Byzantine empire.

David Bjelajac
Professor of Art History and Human Sciences
Smith Hall A-107

PhD University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Professor Bjelajac is the author of several books, including Millennial Desire and the Apocalyptic Vision of Washington Allston (Smithsonian Institution Press: Washington, D.C., 1988); Washington Allston, Secret Societies and the Alchemy of Anglo-American Painting (Cambridge University Press: Cambridge, 1997), and American Art: A Cultural History (Prentice Hall, 2000; 2nd edition, 2005). He has contributed articles to American Iconology: New Approaches to Nineteenth-Century Art and Literature, ed. David C. Miller (Yale University Press: New Haven, 1993) and The Visual Culture of American Religions, eds. Sally Promey and David Morgan (University of California Press, 2000). He also has published articles on Washington Allston and Thomas Cole in American Art, the scholarly journal of the Smithsonian American Art Museum.  Professor Bjelajac's current research project comprises John Singleton Copley's Watson and the Shark (1778), Freemasonry and the alchemy of eighteenth and early nineteenth-century American painting. Professor Bjelajac teaches eighteenth and nineteenth-century American art as well as eighteenth-century European art.  He has an additional affiliation with the American Studies Department.

Thom Brown
Chair and Associate Professor of Painting
Graduate Advisor:  Fine Arts
Smith Hall A-101

MFA University of Pennsylvania
Professor Brown has participated in a number of shows throughout the country. They include the First Street Gallery (New York), the New Jersey Center for the Arts (Summit, NJ), the Cambridge Art Association (Cambridge, MA), the Creative Arts Workshop (New Haven, CT), the Bristol Art Museum (Bristol, RI), Weber State University (Ogden, UT), the Hollter Museum (Helena, MT), Arthouse at the Jones Center (Austin, TX), the University of Texas (Tyler, TX), the Sierra Arts Foundation (Reno, NV), and Ventura College (Ventura, CA). His work has been shown locally at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Signal 66, the Arlington Arts Center, the McLean Project for the Arts, and Maryland Arts Place. His recent exhibitions have included Transcribing the Human Form (group, 2007, Western Oregon University), Language, Place, and Object (group, 2007, Washington Street Art Center, Somerville, MA), Julia's Garden (solo, George Mason University, 2009), Landscapes into Art (group, 2009, C. Grimaldis Gallery, Baltimore) and see you again last year (group, 2009, Community College of Baltimore County).   Professor Brown teaches painting, drawing, and Critical Practices.

Alexander Dumbadze
Professorial Lecturer in Art History
Graduate Advisor:  Art History
Smith Hall A-110

PhD University of Texas at Austin
Professor Dumbadze is writing a book length manuscript entitled Death Is Elsewhere: Bas Jan Ader and the Tension Between Individual Will and Determinism.  He is a founder (along with Suzanne Hudson and Joshua Shannon) of the Society of Contemporary Art Historians, a College Art Association affiliated society. He is also founder (again with Suzanne Hudson and Joshua Shannon) of the Contemporary Art Think Tank, an organization devoted to bringing together art historians, curators, and critics for discussions on pressing concerns in contemporary art (www.cattdc.net). Prof. Dumbadze's recent publications include "Can You Hear the Lights?" in Art, History and the Senses: 1830 to the Present (Ashgate, 2010); "Entendez-voux la lumiere?" in Mamco Revue (Winter 2010); "Frustration, History, Faith" in Matthew Day Jackson: High, Low and In Between (Douglas Hyde Gallery, 2009); and "Of Man and Nature" in Cameron Martin: Analogue (Ghava, 2009). He participated in the Our Literal Speed event (Chicago, 2009) and has recently lectured at the Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen (The Netherlands), American University (Washington, DC), and the Elizabeth Dee Gallery (New York, NY).  He teaches courses on Contemporary Art, Theory, and Historiography.

Philip Jacks
Assistant Professor of Art History
Undergraduate Advisor:  Art History
Smith Hall A-109

Professor Jacks is author of The Antiquarian and the Myth of Antiquity: The Origins of Rome in Renaissance Thought (Cambridge University Press: Cambridge, 1993), Vasari's Florence: Artists and Literati at the Medicean Court (Cambridge University Press: Cambridge, 1998) and co-author of The Spinelli of Florence: Fortunes of a Renaissance Merchant Family (Penn State University Press: University Park, 2001). He has published essays in Art Bulletin, Arte lombarda, Architectura, Renaissance Quarterly, and Romisches Jahrbuch fur Kunstgeschichte and in collections of papers. He contributed the introduction and notes to the forthcoming Random House edition of Vasari's Lives of the Most Eminent Painters, Sculptors, and Architects.  Professor Jacks teaches Renaissance art, historiography and urban topography.

Dean Kessmann
Assistant Professor of Photography
Undergraduate Advisor:  Fine Arts
Smith Hall 2A01

MFA Southern Illinois University at Carbondale
Professor Kessmann has had solo exhibitions at Conner Contemporary Art, Washington, DC, California State University, Chico, CA, White Flag Projects, St. Louis, MO, and Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA; his work has been shown in two and three-person exhibitions at Ellen Curlee Gallery, St. Louis, MO, School 33 Art Center, Baltimore, MD, and 1708 Gallery, Richmond, VA; and finally, he has been included in group exhibitions at Cerasoli Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, Museum of Contemporary Religious Art, St. Louis, MO, Photographic Resource Center, Boston, MA, Project Row Houses, Houston, TX, and ARC Gallery, Chicago, IL.  Professor Kessmann's exhibitions have been reviewed in Art Papers, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, and ARTFORUM.  A catalogue was produced for his Architectural Intersections series, which includes an essay by Karen Irvine, Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, IL.  An earlier exhibition catalogue was produced for the series, Plastic on Paper; Kristen Hileman, Curator of Contemporary Art at The Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, MD, wrote the essay for this publication.  Professor Kessmann teaches photography courses at all levels, in addition to co-teaching Critical Practices. 

Bibiana Obler
Assistant Professor of Art History

PhD University of California, Berkeley
Professor Obler's research and teaching interests include European and American art from the late nineteenth century to the present, with emphases on early twentieth century avant-gardes, theories of gender and cross-cultural representation, film studies, applied arts, and intellectual history. She is currently preparing a book manuscript on the role of intimate collaboration in the emergence of abstract art, focusing on two artist couples: Gabriele Munter and Wassily Kandinsky, and Sophie Taeuber and Hans Arp. An article based on this research came out in the June 2009 issue of Art Bulletin. She has also recently published an essay on Kiki and Tony Smith in the Sculpture Journal, and has begun work on a new project investigating the "anti- craft tradition."

Turker Ozdogan
Professor of Ceramics
Smith Hall A-308

MFA George Washington University
Professor Ozdogan received his initial ceramics training and Masters of Ceramics diploma at the Applied Fine Arts School, Istanbul, Turkey. He was awarded apprenticeships at Eczacibasi Ceramics Factory, Turkey, and at Furst Adolf Werkstatte Fur Keramik, Buckeburg, Germany. He continued his formal studies in the United States at the Corcoran College of Art + Design as a fellowship recipient, and at the George Washington University where he received his MFA degree. As a practicing professional artist, he has achieved national and international recognition through a variety of research grants and awards, juried shows, and one-person exhibitions. These have had varied venues including, most notable, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, the International Monetary Fund, the World bank, Meridian House, the United Nations Plaza, Chroma Gallery Savannah Georgia, the Korean Embassy in Washington DC, and the Turkevi Gallery. His ceramic art has been reviewed and featured on television and in newspapers and periodicals as well as reproduced in texts on ceramics. Professor Ozdogan's work has been widely collected and is contained in many public and private collections in the United States and abroad, including The George Washington University Permanent Collection and Kale Ceramics Museum, Turkey.

Siobhan Rigg
Assistant Professor of New Media
Smith Hall 2A02

Professor Rigg explores local relationships through experimental forays between personal conversations, and recycled literary, documentary, and media materials. Her work in video, sound, performance, and web-based media is often public and situation or site specific. Recent projects have explored the qualities of false remembrances of political events and the opening of the long-fabled ocean route, the Northwest Passage. Recent work has been presented with the Flux Factory and Art in Odd Places in New York and Provisions Library in Washington, DC. She received her MFA from Carnegie Mellon in 2005 and is a 2009 recipient of a Washington DC Arts and Humanities Council artist grant.

Lilien F. Robinson
Professor of Art History
Smith Hall A-112

PhD Johns Hopkins University
A specialist in nineteenth-century European art, Professor Robinson's current research focuses on Serbian painting.  Her journal articles on various aspects of this topic, published in Serbian Studies, include "Interpreting Western Academic Traditions in 19th-Century Serbian Painting"(2008), "Inspiration and Affirmation of Revolution in 19th-Century Serbian Art"(2005), and "19th-Century Serbian Painting: A Confluence of Nationalism and Secularism" (2003).  She is the author of La Vie Moderne: 19th Century French Art in the Corcoran Gallery and co-author of Antoine-Louis Barye.  She was guest curator of the accompanying exhibitions at the Corcoran Gallery.  Professor Robinson is the author of "Anna Klumpke: In Context" in Anne Klumpke (Arizona State University), Patterns in People, Places, and Things (Richard Green Galleries, London) and exhibition catalogs on the work of artists exhibiting in New York, Ohio, Washington DC, and Maryland.  She has presented papers at the annual conventions of the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies and lectures for the National Gallery of Art, the Corcoran Gallery, University of Houston and the Smithsonian.  Professor Robinson is the recipient of the GWU Award, the Columbian College Excellence in Teaching Award, and the Trachtenberg Service Prize.

Jeffrey Stephanic
Associate Professor of Design
Director, Summer Distance Learning Initiative
Smith Hall A-116

Professor Stephanic, a member of the GW faculty since 1980, has exhibited his work in solo and group exhibitions, both nationally and internationally, since the mid 1970s. His iconography includes, landscape, still life, and abstract design. He is a recipient of numerous awards for both fine and applied art. He has also received a number of grants including a photographic social history documentary project in Southern Italy; an Internet Resource for the Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area; and a multimedia tour for the National Bonsai and Penjing Museum, United States National Arboretum, Washington, DC. He has served as a juror for local and national exhibitions.  He has also been invited to deliver lectures and workshops at area venues such as the Smithsonian Institution, University of Maryland, National Gallery of Art, among others.

Stephanic's work is included in many public and private collections. He was singularly honored by a selection of his hand-colored photographs and digital prints accepted into the permanent collection of the Bibliotheque Nationale du France. His digital prints were among the first to inaugurate their collection of this medium.

Barbara Von Barghahn
Professor of Art History
Smith Hall A-113

Professor von Barghahn is author of Age of Gold, Age of Iron: Renaissance Spain and Symbols of Monarchy (University Press of American: Lanham, 1986); Philip IV and the "Golden House" of the Buen Retiro: In the Tradition of Caesar (Garland Press: New York-London, 1986). She has contributed articles to Apollo Magazine, Gazette des Beaux-Arts, Latin American Arts Magazine, Tradicion Revista, Pantheon, as well as essays to books: Archivos do Centro Cultural Portugues  (Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, 1986); The Struggle for Synthesis. The Total Work of Art in the 17th and 18th Centuries (Instituto Portugues do Patrimonio Arquitectonico e Arqueologico, 1999).  Among various exhibition catalogues, Professor von Barghahn was a primary contributor to Temples of Gold, Crown of Silver: Reflections of Majesty in the Viceregal Americas (The OAS Art Museum of the Americas and GWU Dimock Gallery, 1991); The Sacred and the Profane: Josefa de Obidos of Portugal (1630-1684) (National Museum of Women in the Arts-London European Academy for the Arts); and The Holy Family as Prototype of the Civilization of Love: Images from the Viceregal Americas (Philadelphia: St. Joseph's University, 1996).  Professor Von Barghahn is Knight Commander of the Order of Prince Henry the Navigator, an honor conferred on her, in 1993, by President Mario Soares of Portugal. Professor Von Barghahn teaches Northern Renaissance and Baroque art, in particular the art of Spain and Portugal.

Frank Wright
Professor of Drawing
M.A. University of Illinois, Urbana
Smith Hall A-410
Office Hours:  By Appointment

M.A. University of Illinois, Urbana
Professor Wright has exhibited his work at the Corcoran Gallery of Art (where he had a solo exhibition in i983,) the Library of Congress, the National Portrait Gallery, the International Monetary Fund, and Kennedy Galleries Ltd. in New York. He studied etching and engraving at Stanley William Hayter's Atelier 17, Paris and was the Leopold Schepp Foundation Fellow for study in Florence Italy at the Berenson Villa I Tatti.  He was the recipient of a Paul J. Sachs Fellowship in Graphic Arts at the Fogg Museum, Harvard given by Lessing J. Rosenwald, one of the founders of the National Gallery of Art.  Professor Wright was commissioned by the U.S. House of Representaives to do the Speaker's Portrait of Thomas F. Foley, which is on exhibition in the permanent collection of the U. S Capitol.  Professor Wright teaches Drawing One, Two, and Three.


Part-Time Faculty

John J. Anderson
Professorial Lecturer in New Media
Smith Hall A-409

Ibrahim Benoh
Professorial Lecturer in Design and Painting
Smith Hall A-502

James Carder
Professorial Lecturer in Art History
Smith Hall A-101

Kelly Carr
Professorial Lecturer in Photography
Smith Hall A-213

Chan Chao
Lecturer in Photography
Smith Hall A-207

Mary Coble
Professorial Lecturer in Photography
Smith Hall A-213 

Suzanne Fox
Professorial Lecturer in Design and Sculpture
Smith Hall A-201

Susanne Francoeur
Professorial Lecturer in Art History
Smith Hall A-105

Joseph Hicks
Professorial Lecturer in Ceramics
Smith Hall A-101

Jenna McCracken
Professorial Lecturer in Ceramics
Smith Hall A-101

Deborah Tomlin
Professorial Lecturer in Painting
Smith Hall A-502

Yuriko Yamaguchi
Professorial Lecturer in Sculpture
Smith Hall A-310