The Profs

MARK FERTIG, M.F.A.   |   Department Chair, Associate Professor of Art

Mark Fertig


Mark Fertig, department of art chair, has been recognized in national and international graphic design competitions hundreds of times. His work has been published in Print magazine, Graphis, Print’s Casebooks, American Graphic Design & Advertising, American Corporate Identity, Global Corporate Identity, The Creativity Annual, Logo Lounge, the Logo Lounge Master series, New Design Ideas, Logolicious!, The Big Book of Logos, The Big Book of Business Cards, and numerous others. He has created designs for companies such as National Geographic, TLC, National Public Radio, The World Wildlife Fund, The Smithsonian Institution, the National Park Service, the AARP, and seemingly countless airlines! Since 2003 Mark has been the creative director of the academic journal Modern Language Studies. Mark is also a noted authority on Hollywood films, film poster design, and the Academy Awards. In addition to authoring an award winning classic film blog, he occasionally writes about the movies for the Film Noir Foundation’s Noir City magazine, Movies Unlimited, and the Noir of the Week web site.

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ANN PIPER, M.F.A.   |   Assistant Professor of Art

Ann Piper


Ann Piper holds the MFA in Painting from New Mexico State University. She teaches courses in painting, drawing, and foundations of art. She also serves as coordinator of the Studio Art program at Susquehanna and advises the student-led art organization. She specializes in representational figurative painting and drawing and works primarily in oils and charcoal. Ann is the recipient of numerous prestigious awards and fellowships, and her work is exhibited widely and held in private and public collections across the US.

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ASHLEY BUSBY, Ph.D.   |   Assistant Professor of Art

Ashley Lynn Busby


Ashley Busby has been an assistant professor of art history at Susquehanna since Fall 2011. A native Texan, she graduated with a BA in English and Art History from Southwestern University in 2002 and then recently completed her graduate work at the University of Texas at Austin. Her dissertation project, Picturing the Cosmos: Surrealism and Astronomy, 1920s-1940s, examines the Surrealist engagement with astronomical themes and imagery. A specialist in twentieth-century European Modernism, her research interests include the intersections of art, science and technology, art and popular culture, and art and the occult. In 2011, she had four essays published in Tracing Vision: Modern Drawings from the Georgia Museum of Art. In recent years, she has presented her research at the Society for Literature Science and the Arts, the Western Society for French History, and at the Heavenly Discourses conference organized by the Sophia Centre for the Study of Cosmology in Culture at the University of Wales. Professor Busby teaches a full range of courses in art history at Susquehanna; recent and upcoming classes include Women in Art, Contemporary Art, Survey of Non-Western Art, History of Photography, Renaissance Art, and Modernism and the Avant-Garde. She also teaches an annual freshman perspectives course, often with a focus on art-related content. A recent courses of this type discussed topics related to censorship in the contemporary art world.

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GORDON WENZEL   |   Adjunct Faculty - Photography

Gordon Wenzel


Gordon Wenzel is a Master Photographer specializing in commercial, advertising and annual report photography for the region’s largest corporations. His photography has appeared in the books Photos that Inspire, Letters to the Editor and Professional Photographers of America Loan Collection. In addition to being a regular contributor to Susquehanna Life Magazine, his work has also been featured in Direct Art Magazine, P Magazine, Sports Illustrated, and American Photographer. His photographs are part of the permanent collection of the Sherman Hines Museum of Photography in Nova Scotia and recently his fine art became a permanent public installation at the Susquehanna Health Tower. Some of his exhibitions include Toronto’s Gallery Arcturus in conjunction with the Contact International Photography Festival as well as Penn State’s Robeson Gallery, Susquehanna University’s Lore Degenstein Gallery and the Art Association of Harrisburg.