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Art education

Phoebe M. Farris

Associate professor, art and design
(765) 494-3059/494-3058
E-mail: phoebe@purdue.edu

Is an expert on multicultural issues in art; Native American art and culture; feminist art; art education; and art therapy. Is a private art therapist and co-author of "Art Therapy and Psychotherapy: Blending Two Therapeutic Approaches." Of Powhatan Indian descent, is active in national/international indigenous rights issues.

George H. Geahigan

Associate professor, art and design and curriculum and instruction
(765) 494-2378
E-mail: georgeg@purdue.edu

Researches theory and art criticism, aesthetic theory and its applications to art education, curriculum theory and design, and philosophy of education.

F. Robert Sabol

Assistant professor, art and design
(765) 494-3058
E-mail: bobsabol@purdue.edu

Researches assessment, curriculum studies, multiculturalism, and gifted and talented education in visual arts. Was a public school elementary art teacher for 23 years.

Art history

Dennis Y. Ichiyama

Professor, art and design
(765) 494-3058
E-mail: diad@purdue.edu

Interests and research areas are book design, history of printing and typography, artists' books, and contemporary design history. Is freelance designer, exhibiting artist in collage medium, and book artist and binder. Conducts assessment and is an adjudicator for college and university art and design curriculum and programs.

David C. Parrish

Associate professor, art and design
(765) 494-2760
E-mail: dparrish@purdue.edu

Is an expert on ancient mosaics. Wrote the book "Season Mosaics of Roman North Africa."

Susan R. Ressler

Professor, visual and performing arts
(765) 494-3811
E-mail: artemis@omni.cc.purdue.edu

Has developed the Internet course and Web site "Women Artists of the American West" with information on women artists from the past 200 years. (http://www.sla.purdue.edu/waaw/)

Greg Thomas

Assistant professor, visual and performing arts
(765) 496-2959
E-mail: gmthomas@omni.cc.purdue.edu

Is an expert in 19th century art, Romanticism, theory and history of landscapes, ecology and art, and the history of prints.

Art therapy

Phoebe M. Farris

For biography, see "Art education"

Industrial design

Steve C. Visser

Associate professor, industrial design
(765) 494-0804
E-mail: svisser@purdue.edu

Won awards in national and international design competitions for designing "Compliers," one-piece fishing pliers, and "Kudo Crafters Clamps." Also designed a compliant finger for possible applications in surgery, prosthetic devices and toys and had a part in inventing a video game controller for use with exercise equipment. Was a Fulbright Scholar, lecturing and researching at the University of Art and Design Helsinki in 1996-97. Teaches the realities of the professional environment by requiring design students to work on interdisciplinary projects with mechanical engineering students. Designed the Boilermaker Special V, Purdue's mascot.

Chao-Hsi Wu

Professor, art and design
(765) 494-3069

Spent 16 years as a designer for General Motors. Is an international consultant on automotive and product design.

Interior design

Windell (Otie) Kilmer

Associate professor, art and design
(765) 494-9047
E-mail: wkilmer@purdue.edu

Teaches interior design. Is a registered architect for both commercial and residential construction.

Victoria J. Willis

Associate professor, art and design
(765) 494-3058
E-mail: vwillis@purdue.edu

Expert in universal or transgenerational architecture and interior design. Research involves designing interiors for the deaf and hearing-impaired.

Kingsley Wu

Associate professor, art and design
(765) 494-3058
E-mail: kingsley@omni.cc.purdue.edu

Is an expert on sketching, drawing and visual representation. Author of "Freehand Sketching in the Architectural Environment." Conducts sketching workshops for interior designers. Consults international and national institutions on computer-aided design and drafting. Has researched contemporary Western influences on the traditional design arts and architecture of China.

Native American art

Phoebe M. Farris

For biography, see "Art education"

Virtual sculpture

Richard W. Paul

Professor, art and design
(765) 494-3058
E-mail: rpaul@dcwi.com

Creates computer designed, three-dimensional works of art. Has developed software to build objects directly from his computer models.

Visual design

Dennis Y. Ichiyama

For biography, see "Art history"

David L. Sigman

Associate professor, visual and performing arts
Interim head, Department of Visual and Performing Arts
(765) 494-3056
E-mail: sigman@purdue.edu

Has 20 years professional experience as an award-winning designer. Developed national and international advertising campaigns. Current interest is in poster design.

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