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.
  • Brita D'Agostino, Professor of Graphic Design;  B.F.A. Tyler School of Art; M.F.A., University of Maryland, Baltimore County.
  • 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.
  • Scott Winthrop Holmes, Director of the International Center for Excellence in Animation and Professor of Animation; B.F.A Otis School of Art and Design.
  • Dan Shanahan, Professor of Entrepreneurism and Applied Theater;  B.A., Buffalo State College;  M.A., University at Buffalo.
  • Ashley Tinkey, Professor of Animation;  B.F.A., Daemen College;  Graduate Certificates, Sheridan College.
  • Robert Waterhouse, Assistant Professor of Theatre; Ph.D., University at Buffalo.
  • 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.
  • 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:

46th Annual All High Exhibition

February 8 - 20, 2015

Juried show featuring the work of  high school juniors and seniors throughout the region.  Student awards include scholarship to Daemen College and cash awards.

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Daemen Professors & Students from several departments work at a public clinic to provide free medical care in Progreso Dos in the Dominican Republic during the semester break.

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The M. Angela Canavan, OSF Legacy Society was established to recognize those thoughtful members of the Rosary Hill/Daemen College community who have made a provision for the college in their estate plans through a bequest, life insurance policy, trust, retirement plan, IRA or other planned gift.