Visual and Performing Arts Department Faculty

Meet the Visual and Performing Arts Department Faculty

Visual & Performing Arts Director

  • Laura Watts Sommer, Associate Professor of Art History; B.F.A., University of Kansas; M.A., Ph.D., Temple University.


  • James Allen, Professor Emeritus, B.F.A., University of Notre Dame; M.F.A., Wayne State University.
  • Dennis W. Barraclough, Professor of Sculpture; B.F.A., University of Buffalo; M.F.A., University of Michigan.
  • Christian Brandjes, Performing Arts Director; Associate Professor of Theatre; B.A., University of Vermont; M.F.A., Brandeis University.
  • Kevin Kegler, Graphic Design Director; Professor of Graphic Design; B.A., Buffalo State College;  M.A., University of Buffalo.
  • Felice Koenig, Associate Professor of Painting; B.F.A., Southern Oregon University, M.F.A., University of Texas at San Antonio.
  • Robert Waterhouse, Assistant Professor of Theatre; Ph.D., University at Buffalo.
  • Susan Weeks, Visiting Professor of Visual Effects; B.A., University of California at Santa Cruz, M.F.A., University of California, Los Angeles.
  • Mary Wolf, Art Education Director; Assistant Professor of Art Education; B.S. of Art Education, Edinboro University College of Pennsylvania; M.A. of Art Education, Maryland Institute College of Art; Ph.D., Penn State University.


  • Steven Appler, Instructor of Ceramics; B.S. of Art Education, State University of New York at Buffalo; M.A. of Art Education, State University of New York at Buffalo.
  • Mark Griffis, Instructor, B.S. of Education, Buffalo State College; Arts Honors Specialist, University of Western Ontario at London.
  • Brian Hammer, Instructor of Art History, Gallery Cordinator, B.S., Daemen College; M.A., University of Buffalo. 
  • James Dana Hatchett, Instructor of Fine Arts; B.F.A., S.U.N.Y. at Purchase; M.F.A., S.U.N.Y. at Buffalo.
  • Scott Winthrop Holmes, Instructor of Animation, B.F.A., Otis School of Art and Design.
  • Kenneth Doyle, Instructor of Animation, Certified Animation Studies, Ballyfermot Senior College, Dublin, Ireland.
  • Kate S. Parzych, Instructor of Photography, B.A., S.U.N.Y. at Buffalo, M.F.A., S.U.N.Y. at Buffalo.

In the Gallery:

2014 B.S. Senior Exhibition

April 16 - April 30th, 2014


Featuring the work of Matthew Hietanen, Elizabeth Kenison, Amanda Kociszewski, and Lindsey Walczyk.


Student reception in the Tower Gallery of the Haberman Gacioch Center for the Visual and Performing Arts:

Friday, April 25, 5-7pm 


Please call 839-8241 for gallery hours.    

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