Scott Thorp is an artist, writer and educator specializing in creativity. As Chair of Augusta University’s Department of Art and Design, he’s actively working to bring national recognition to the university through arts and culture, and to build a creative community within the City of Augusta. He’s a contributing writer and consulting editor for ArtPulse Magazine, an international magazine covering the state of contemporary art.
Brian Rust is a sculptor of large-scaled sculpture and temporary installations as well as doing extensive work with drawing and collage. Brian was born and raised in Washington State. He received a bachelor's degree in fine arts from the University of Washington in Seattle and a master's of fine arts from the University of California in Berkeley. Professor Rust has exhibition record, including his site-specific sculpture and installation work in venues throughout the United States including the Henry Lay Sculpture Park in Louisiana, Missouri.
Chadwick Tolley teaches Printmaking and Drawing at Augusta University in Augusta, Georgia. He has exhibited widely across the United States and has won various awards for his work including a Purchase Award in the Atlanta Print Biennial, a Purchase Prize in the “Ink and Clay” exhibit in Pomona, California, the C.G. Metals Purchase Prize from the Boston Print Biennial and a Best in Show award from the Oso Bay North American Printmaking Exhibition. His work is included in several public collections in the United States and in the Guandong Museum of Art in China and the Jordanian National Gallery of Art in Amman, Jordan.
Cheryl Goldsleger is the Morris Eminent Scholar in Art. She has received awards and exhibits nationally and internationally. Her artworks are in the collections of the Brooklyn Museum, the High Museum, the Israel Museum, the Museum of Modern Art, NYC, the New Orleans Museum, the Tel Aviv Museum and other important collections.
Dr. Karen Heid is the Senior Director of Academic Planning in the Division of Academic Planning and Strategic Initiatives (APSI) and Associate Professor of Art. Before coming to Augusta University she was an Associate Professor at the University of South Carolina. She has taught at all levels including the University of Georgia and at Georgia State University as an adjunct, at the K-12 level and as an artist-in-residence. Dr. Heid has published articles in top journals in her field and has a diverse background in research, grant writing, and digital humanities. She has recently illustrated an award winning children’s book called Katie’s Cabbage.
Kristin Casaletto’s art draws on allegory, history, and American icons to explore challenges facing the U.S. in its role as a super power nation. She exhibits nationally and internationally and has won numerous awards, grants, and residencies. Her art is in the collections of the Library of Congress and the Edith and Ely Broad Museum of Art, among many others.
Randy Pace is a professional photographer who has lived and worked in New York City, Miami and Washington, D.C. He specializes in Fine Art Portraiture, and enjoys capturing the character of each person he encounters. His latest portraits capture the essence of the South, highlighting the impact that economic and social norms have had upon younger generations..
Michael Schwartz earned his doctorate at Columbia University. He teaches a sequence of transdisciplinary-based academic classes to students in studio art. He is co-founding executive officer of the Comparative and Continental Philosophy Circle, an international professional organization with both a peer-reviewed journal and book series. Michael has curated and commented on over 50 online integral art galleries at Integral Life as well as published in the areas of art history, art criticism, art education, continental philosophy, comparative spirituality, critical social theory, integral theory, critical realism, comparative metatheory – including co-editing and co-authoring the first professional academic volume on integral as philosophy (Dancing with Sophia, forthcoming). He is curator of the international art exhibition In the Spirit of Wholeness: Integral Art and its Enchantment Aesthetic.
Raoul Pacheco is a Professor of Art in Ceramics. His work has been exhibited throughout the U.S. in such prestigious galleries such as Mary Pauline Gallery in Augusta, Georgia, Hang Art Gallery in San Francisco, and Boontling Gallery in Oakland, California. His work is also currently housed in many collections around the globe in such cities as St. Petersburg, Russia, Reykjavik, Iceland, Amsterdam, Holland and Los Angeles and San Francisco.
Shannon Morris joined the Department in 2016. In addition to her role as Gallery Director, which provides Shannon with the opportunity to serves as curator for Westobou Gallery, she has also enjoyed serving as curator for Georgia College and on the educational staffs of Alabama Contemporary Art Center, Mobile, Alabama; Telfair Museums in Savannah and the Birmingham Museum of Art.
Tom Crowther has been teaching Art courses at Augusta University since 2006. He exhibits regularly, mostly in the southeastern United States including Georgia, Virginia, and South Carolina and is active in the local Augusta art community. His work is heavily focused around experiences in both Great Britain and the landscape of the Deep South where he creates large nostalgic oil paintings melding both regions into loose autobiographical narratives.
Philip Morsberger studied at Oxford in the mid-1950s and from 1971-1984 was the university’s Ruskin Master of Drawing. He used the prestigious position to develop and head a now renowned, full-blown art department at Oxford University. In the United States, Morsberger has taught at Harvard University, Dartmouth University, UC Berkeley, the California College of Arts and Crafts, Miami University and other institutions. He retired from teaching after a five-year stint as William S. Morris Eminent Scholar in Art at Augusta State University. His work is in several museums, including the San Francisco Museum of Art.
Tom Nakashima is an internationally exhibited artist who has had over 30 major solo exhibitions. He has had solo shows in New York, Washington, and Japan. His work has appeared or been reviewed in Art in America, Artforum International, Art News, The Washington Post, The Paris Review, The New Art Examiner, Southern Accents and Elle Magazine. He has received numerous awards and fellowships including: The Joan Mitchell Foundation Award for Painters & Sculptors, The Mayor Award for Excellence (DC), The Awards in the Visual Arts 11, The Southeast Center for Contemporary Art 7, The Virginia Art Commissions Individual Arts Fellowship, The Mid Atlantic Arts Fellowship (2 times) and The DC Arts Commission Fellowship (3 times). The KOAN poll (artist vote) rated him DC’s #1 printmaker and # 2 painter.