Department of Art + Design Faculty & Staff

The Department of Art and Design offers students the opportunity to study with a talented and dedicated faculty of energetic artists and scholars fully engaged in their creative research activities. These outstanding individuals are committed to providing the highest quality of educational experience for all students. The Department of Art and Design at Texas A&M University Corpus Christi is truly a wonderful environment in which one can learn to achieve and succeed in preparing for tomorrow.
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Rich Gere
Rich Gere

Rich Gere, M.F.A.
Department Chair
Area of emphasis: Sculpture

Office: Center for the Arts 105A
Phone: 361-825-5531
richgere.com
rich.gere@tamucc.edu

Rich Gere received his BFA from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and his MFA from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. His work has appeared in over 200 juried, solo and group exhibitions across the United States, Europe, Mexico and Asia. In addition, Mr. Gere has curated dozens of exhibitions in the southeast, and France. His work can be found in public and private collections in the US and Europe including; Memorial Health Systems, Savannah GA; Knoxville Museum of Art, Knoxville TN; Biblioteque National du France, Paris, France; Custom Recording Studios, Nashville TN; Traprock Peace Center, Greenfield MA and Kroger Corporation, Columbus OH. 

Recent solo exhibitions include “Smoke, Mirrors” Atlanta GA and “Vapor Barrier” at Arnal, Golden & Gregory. Mr. Gere has been chosen for the Transborder Biennial 2018, a collaboration between the El Paso Museum and the Museo de Arte Juarez. Rich’s work currently examines border politics and ecological issues of the southwest, he is represented by the Marcia Wood Gallery of Atlanta GA.   


Greg Reuter
Greg Reuter

Greg Reuter, M.F.A
Professor of Art
Area of emphasis: Sculpture


Office: Center for the Arts 116
Phone: 361-825-2315
gregory.reuter@tamucc.edu 

Greg Reuter earned his BFA from California College of Arts and Crafts, was awarded an MFA in sculpture and ceramics from the University of Hawaii, and in 1978 joined the faculty of Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi teaching ceramics and sculpture. He has shown nationally and internationally, his work is represented in numerous private and public art collections, and he has lectured in Mexico, Germany, Japan, and the United States.

In 1988, Greg’s sculpture was featured in the gallery scene of the Hollywood movie D.O.A., and he enjoyed his role as an extra in the movie. In 1993, Greg’s work was included in the exhibition Texas Between Two Worlds, which opened at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston and traveled to the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth and Art Museum of South Texas. In 2015 Greg traveled to Tokyo and showed his work at the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum. During three stints at the Atelier Haus Hilmsen, Greg created sculptures which were exhibited in the Monchskirche Museum in Salzwedel, Germany in August 2017.

For the last fifteen years, much of Greg’s sculpture making has been inspired by the beach at Padre Island National Seashore. He has used the textures and trace fossils found at the beach to create a variety of forms in bronze. Recently he has worked on a series of iron sculptures cast in Houston at the Keen Foundry. During his years living in South Texas, Greg has created and collaborated on a number of public art pieces including five for the city of Corpus Christi and two for Texas A&M University Corpus Christi.


Dr. Carey Rote
Dr. Carey Rote

Carey Rote, Ph.D.
Professor of Art
Area of emphasis: Art History, Pre-Columbian


Office: MOD2 112
Phone: 361-825-2241
carey.rote@tamucc.edu

Dr. Carey Rote holds three degrees in the history of art: a B.A. cum laude from Texas Christian University, an M.A. from Tulane University, and a PhD from the University of Texas at Austin. She has been a professor at Texas A & M University-Corpus Christi since 1987. Dr. Rote specializes in Pre-Columbian Art and in Modern and Contemporary Chicano and Mexican art. She has received numerous grants, including two AAM/IPAM exchanges—one in Mexicali, Baja California and the other in Skopje, Macedonia. Her research has been published in English, Spanish and Macedonian and translated into Korean. This May she will be presenting on Border Art at the Latin American Studies Association Annual Congress in Barcelona, Spain.


Dr. Laura Petican
Dr. Laura Petican

Laura Petican, Ph.D. 
Assistant Professor of Art
Area of emphasis: Art History


Office: Center for the Arts 208
Phone: 361-825-5752
laura.petican@tamucc.edu

Laura Petican, PhD, is Assistant Professor of Art History and Director of University Galleries at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, where her research is centered in a social history of post-war and contemporary Italian art with a focus on its relation to theories of national identity, cultural inheritance, baroque historiography, and the intersections of art history and fashion studies. Her research has been awarded by the Social Sciences and Research Council of Canada and published in a book titled Arte Povera and the Baroque: Building an International Identity, to be followed by Strings Attached: Contemporary Italian Art and the Persistence of the Baroque, and Fashion and Contemporaneity: Realms of the Visible, to be published by Brill in 2018. Petican has presented her research at the annual conferences of the College Art Association, American Association of Italian Studies, the Italian Art Society, the Fashion: Exploring Critical Issues global conference in Oxford, United Kingdom; at the Center for Italian Modern Art in New York, and at the American University of Rome, Italy. Dr. Petican is a Commissioner for the Arts and Culture Commission of Corpus Christi and a Collections Committee Member at the Art Museum of South Texas.

Dr. Petican received her BA Honours, Visual Arts, and MA in Art History from Western University in London, Canada, her PhD from Jacobs University in Bremen, Germany, and completed a Post-Doctoral Fellowship at Western University.


Louis Katz
Louis Katz

Louis Katz, M.F.A.
Professor of Art
Area of emphasis: Ceramics

Phone : 361-825-5987
Office: Center for the Arts 112B
email: louis.katz@tamucc.edu 

The son of a harpsichord making pharmacist and a political activist school teacher, Louis Katz is part engineer, part artifact maker and musician. He received his undergraduate degree from The Kansas City Art Institute and his MFA from Montana State University

Katz has had residencies at The New York Experimental Glass Workshop, LH Projects, and The Archie Bray Foundation. He has given and invited lecture at The Smithsonian Institutions Freer Gallery, and worked at their Folklife Festival translating for and “presenting” Thai potters.

In 1988-89 Louis Katz received a Fulbright Research Fellowship to document Thai Pottery from the point of view of an artist. He has given lectures and workshops at many Thai institutions, and conferences. He is a fluent Thai speaker.

Louis Katz makes pots but sees them as part of his subject matter. Katz’ larger works are often made specifically for institutions and at the invitation of conferences. This has included his videos, Why Fire With Wood, Manifestation, and YCLAY. He has placed audiences in inflatable teapots in a collaborative piece with Don Luna and students in Las Vegas, and performed on his Flame Throwing Pipe Organ at a Ceramics Conference in Kansas City.  He was an invited performer at The Archie Bray Foundations 50thand 60th Anniversary Celebrations. His piece YCLAY has been presented at a Ceramics Conference in Houston and Luminaria San Antonio.

Katz is also a valued contributor on technical subjects in the Ceramic Arts. He has been named a “Glaze Doctor” by the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts, had a “Question and Answer Column” in their Journal and also been a technical question columnist for Ceramics Monthly Magazine. Most recently he had an article on Differentiation in Wood Ash Deposits published in The Log Book, a periodical on wood firing.


Ryan O'Malley
Ryan O'Malley

Ryan O'Malley, M.F.A.
Associate Professor
Area of Emphasis: Printmaking

Office:Center for the Arts 204A
Phone: 361-825-5835
www.ryanomalleyart.com
ryan.omalley@tamucc.edu

Ryan O’Malley is an Associate Professor of Art and Graduate Coordinator at Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi. He received his BFA in Printmaking from the University of South Dakota in 2002, and his Master of Fine Arts degree from Louisiana State University in 2005.  As an artist, educator and member of the Outlaw Printmakers, his work has been included in numerous national and international exhibitions, publications, portfolios and collections. He has shown internationally including Estonia, Russia, Japan, France China, Mexico, Italy, Latvia and Iran. His expertise is included in Printmaking: A Complete Guide to Materials and Process, Second Edition, by Fick and Grabowski.


Leticia Bajuyo
Leticia Bajuyo

Leticia Bajuyo, M.F.A.
Assistant Professor of Art
Area of Emphasis:  Sculpture


Office: Center for the Arts 114
Phone: 361-825-2136
www.leticiabajuyo.com 
leticia.bajuyo@tamucc.edu

Leticia Bajuyo’s sculptures and installations have been exhibited nationally including large-scale public art installations in the ceiling of the entrance of the Tony Hillerman Library in Albuquerque, New Mexico; the entrance of the Indiana State Museum in Indianapolis; the Lyon Square outdoor plaza in Grand Rapids, Michigan during ArtPrize 8; and the three-story atrium of the South Bend Museum of Art, Indiana. 

Recent international exhibitions include the 2015 IV International From Waste to Art Exhibition at the From Waste to Art Museum in Baku, Azerbaijan and Frame Of Mind 2016, a Northern Mindanao Contemporary Art exhibit in Mindanao, Philippines.   In addition to exhibitions of her individual artwork, Bajuyo is a member of Land Report Collective.  This group of six artists in Wyoming, Tennessee, and Indiana create and exhibit artworks together as they deal with landscape in fundamental ways and as a foundational reference point.  

Bajuyo received her M.F.A. in 2001 from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and her B.F.A. in 1998 from the University of Notre Dame. Prior to joining TAMUCC, she served as a Visiting Assistant Professor in Sculpture at the University of Notre Dame 2016-2017 and as a Professor of Art at Hanover College, Hanover, Indiana 2001-2015.  

 


Jennifer Garza-Cuen
Jennifer Garza-Cuen

Jennifer Garza-Cuen, M.F.A.
Assistant Professor of Art
Area of emphasis: Photography

Office:  MOD2 111
Phone:  361-825-2368
jennifer.garza-cuen@tamucc.edu 

Jennifer Garza-Cuen is a photographer from the Pacific Northwest. Currently Assistant Professor of Photography at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, she received her MFA in photography and MA in the History of Art and Visual Culture from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2012. Her BA in comparative literature was completed at the American University in Cairo. During both years of her attendance at RISD, she received the RISD GS competitive grant. She was also awarded the Daniel Clarke Johnson, Henry Wolf, and Patricia Smith Scholarships. Additionally, she has received fellowships to attend residencies at Light Work, The Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, Ucross, Oxbow, Hambidge, Brush Creek, and the Vermont Studio Center. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally and published in contemporary photography journals such as Musée, Blink, The Photo Review, and Conveyor Magazine as well as on-line journals such as Conscientious, Feature Shoot, Aint-Bad, Fubiz, iGNANT, Dazed, and Juxtapoz.


Joe Pena
Joe Pena
Joe Peña, M.F.A
Associate Professor of Art
Area of emphasis: Painting

Office: Center for the Arts 209A
Phone: 361-825-2386
www.joepenastudio.com
joe.pena@tamucc.edu

Prior to receiving his MFA from Texas A&M University –Corpus Christi in 2005, Pena was recruited to move to New York City to assist in the formation of a contemporary art gallery entitled MB Modern, which operated for six years before relocating its business to Houston, TX. Staying and pursuing a career in the arts, he attended private classes with instructors who continued to teach traditional painting techniques.  During this time he exhibited regularly in galleries and other venues nationally.  Following that, he worked at Babcock Gallery (now Driscoll/Babcock Galleries) for four years, which at the time had celebrated its 150th year as a leader in American Modernism. In 2006, Peña was appointed to the post of Public Arts Manager for the City of Corpus Christi, of which he served for a year and a half before assuming the role of Gallery Director for Texas A&M University –Corpus Christi for three years.  In 2011, Pena was appointed to the role of Assistant Professor of Art with a concentration in Painting at TAMUCC.  Additional instruction includes foundational drawing and 2-D design. He encourages experimental processes combined with traditional painting techniques in his courses. Since 2011, he has exhibited six solo shows with an additional five scheduled for 2017; participated in over twenty group and juried exhibitions; has work that has been featured in five major print publications and over forty-five online publications; been invited to jury over sixteen exhibitions; presented at two national conferences; lectured at four museum venues; and has led over eight workshops with an additional five scheduled in the first half of 2017.


Meg Aubrey
Meg Aubrey
Meg Aubrey, M.F.A.
Assistant Professor of Art
Area of Emphasis:  Painting and Drawing

Office:  Center for the Arts 209
Phone:  361-825-2365
www.megaubrey.com
margaret.aubrey@tamucc.edu

Meg Aubrey earned her BFA in Illustration from Rhode Island School of Design and an MFA in Painting from Savannah College of Art and Design. She has received the Artistic Honor Scholarship, the Hambidge Residency Award, the Encore Series Award for the best MFA thesis show and was a finalist for the Forward Arts Foundation Emerging Artist Award. Her work has been shown at the Museum of Contemporary Art Georgia, Aqua Art/Art Miami, The University of Nevada, The Huntsville Museum of Art, The University of North Carolina and the Mississippi University for Women.  Aubrey’s work examines the iconic suburban experience and its effects on the people who inhabit it. Her subjects are pared down and scrutinized to reveal a disquieting psychological isolation present within these seemingly idyllic planned communities.


David Hill
David Hill

David Hill
Professional Assistant Professor
Galleries Manager
Area of emphasis: Studio Foundations

David.Hill@tamucc.edu

Born in Mobile, Alabama, David Hill received his B.F.A. from the University of South Alabama, in Mobile, in painting and drawing. Originally a philosophy major, he changed his degree plan after his first introductory drawing class. After his undergraduate degree, he attended the University of Tennessee, in Knoxville, as a graduate teaching assistant where he earned his M.F.A. in painting and drawing. A resident of Corpus Christi since 2000, David has actively supported the local arts. He has hosted critiques and shows in his home, public critiques at the Art Museum of South Texas with then director Bill Otton, believing that artistic maturity occurs for everyone in a community where open and constructive feedback is valued. He began teaching as an adjunct at Del Mar Community College in 2011, and considers education an important component to a well-rounded studio practice. His own work currently explores the contemporary role of the artist as cultural producer and instructor as well as the role of the creative process in those practices.


Lars Roeder
Lars Roeder

Lars Roeder
Visiting Associate Professor
Area of emphasis: Studio Foundations

Office: CA 207
Phone: 361-825-3612
www.larsroeder.com
Larson.Roeder@tamucc.edu

Lars Roeder originates from Madison, Wisconsin. He received his MFA from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi in 2017.  He earned a BS in Geography in 2012 from the University of Wisconsin- La Crosse and in 2014 received the Hatch Show Print letterpress internship in Nashville, Tennessee. He has remained in Coastal Bend since receiving his degree and has cultivated a strong dedication to the Corpus Christi art community. As a member of the K Space Contemporary Board of Directors, Lars is actively involved in the planning and preparing of exhibitions, community events such as murals and workshops, and the annual Dia de los Muertos Street Festival. He has taught numerous workshops at the Art Center of Corpus Christi and collaborated on several mural projects. He works to help other local artists connect with venues in which to exhibit their work, a vital next step for recently graduated artists, in an effort to grow the size and presence of the art community in Corpus Christi.


Nancy Miller
Nancy Miller

Nancy Miller, M.F.A. 
Graphic Design Program Coordinator 
Assistant Professor of Art
Area of emphasis: Graphic Design

Office: Bay Hall 224B
Phone: 361-825-2865
www.nmillercreative.com
nancy.miller@tamucc.edu

Nancy Miller received her BFA in Graphic Design from Texas Christian University and her MFA in Media Design from Full Sail University with an emphasis in design theory concepts such as brand development, design integration, and creative strategies. Her areas of expertise are concentrated in professional practices and applications including design in advertising, emerging technology, animation, user experience design, copywriting, packaging and self-promotion. Leveraging over 15 years of real-world experience, initially as an in-house Graphic Designer for Nike Inc., a contract designer for Home Depot and Burton Snowboards and later as a Creative Director at a Corpus Christi advertising agency, Nancy aims to empower students with cutting edge industry technologies and practical field expectations vital to their professional success.


Andrea Hempstead
Andrea Hempstead

Andrea Hempstead, M.F.A. 
Assistant Professor of Art
Area of emphasis: Graphic Design

Office: Bay Hall 224C
Phone: 361-825-2830
andreahempstead.wordpress.com
andrea.hempstead@tamucc.edu

Andrea Hempstead has always loved interacting with the world around her on a path of discovery. Andrea's experience as a graphic designer can be seen in her illustrations, with her bold use of colors, patterns and expert composition. Andrea loves to use pop-ups and movables to engage and delight the reader as a part of the story. Using her UI/UX background, she thinks about how to involve the reader in the story and develops these concepts into pop-ups that create an experience for her audience. She is continually inspired by the world around her and tries to be innovative in all of her illustration, design and interactive solutions.

Recent exhibitions have centered around her children’s book illustrations and pop-up book art. Her pop-up book, Stickly-Prickly and Slow-Solid, A Pop-Up Adventure is a finalist for the 2018 Meggendorfer Prize for Artists Books.

Hempstead received her BS in Graphic Design from North Carolina State University School of Design, her MBA from LeMoyne College and her MFA in Graphic Design from Marywood University. She has over 15 years of real-world experience in web design, UI/UX consulting, advertising and publication design.


Jennifer Arnold
Jennifer Arnold

Jennifer Arnold 
Academic Advisor 
Undergraduate Students

jennifer.arnold@tamucc.edu

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Mandy Syamken
Administrative Assistant
Department of Art & Design

Phone 361-825-2317
Mandy.Syamken@tamucc.edu