Art Faculty

Associate Professor Mark Fertig, department head, holds an M.F.A. in graphic design from East Tennessee State University. A prolific and award-winning professional designer, he teaches courses in visual problem solving, corporate identity systems, typography, page layout and design software applications.

Associate Professor Ann Piper holds an M.F.A. in painting from New Mexico State University. A widely recognized figurative painter with a national exhibition record, she coordinates the studio art program and teaches courses in painting, drawing and art foundations.

Assistant Professor Ashley Busby holds a Ph.D. from The University of Texas. Her research currently focuses on 20th- century European modernism, particularly the intersection of surrealism and astronomy. She coordinates the art history program and teaches courses across the spectrum of the discipline.

Professional artists and designers teach additional specialty courses. Their areas of expertise range from photography, drawing, painting, sculpture and printmaking to graphic design.