Art Department Faculty
The department's advising program is designed to ensure that art majors are properly fulfilling the requirements of their degree programs in addition to other departmental obligations. Art majors, therefore, meet regularly with their assigned advisors.
Gregory Neidhart, Associate Professor -
Art Department Chair
Gregory Neidhart is an Associate Professor at Winona State University where he has served as Chair of the Department of Art and Design since July 2015. He is also Director of WSU's Arts Administration program and is a member of the Department of Music where he teaches film music and coordinates the Music Business program. As a composer, his most recent work is the musical score for the Commonweal Theatre Company's production of The Master Builder in 2015. Professor Neidhart studied at Ball State University (BS, Music Education and Music Theory & Composition), Indiana University, University of Wisconsin-Madison (MA, Arts Administration), and the University of Arizona (MFA, Theatre - Dramatic Writing).
Anne Scott Plummer, Professor - Office Hours Web Contact
Art Dept. Chair/3D/Ceramics/Sculpture
Anne Scott Plummer earned her MFA from Claremont Graduate University in California, and her BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design. She studied with renowned ceramist Paul Soldner, and resided in Los Angeles for ten years before moving to Winona. Through her expressive ceramic sculpture she investigates the figure, both as an icon and in relationship with other figures. She recently presented a multimedia installation Garden Earth: Digging to China that explored Chinese and American cultures and perceptions. That installation was also the site of a collaborative movement piece with WSU Theatre and Dance Professor Gretchen Cohenour. Prof. Plummer teaches Ceramics, Sculpture, and 3-D Design. She is a former Watkins Gallery Director and is currently Art Department Chair.
Don Schmidlapp, Professor - Office Hours Contact
Prof. Schmidlapp has taught Drawing and Painting at WSU since 1981. He is a former Gallery Director for the Watkins Gallery, and a former Art Department Chair. His work has been exhibited in galleries and art centers throughout the U.S. This past year he has exhibited his pastel landscapes at the Minnesota State Arts Board Offices, the River Gallery, and 3-M Corporation in St. Paul; Groveland Gallery in Minneapolis, and the Rochester Art Center.
Seho Park, Professor - Office Hours Web Gallery Contact
Art Education/2D Design
Prof. Seho Park (MAT, MFA, Ph.D.) advises students in the BS Art Teaching program and teaches art education and foundation studio courses. A practicing artist, Prof. Park has been active in exhibiting his art in East Asia and North America since the mid-seventies. In his creative practice, Prof. Park tries to carry on the tradition of art-making as an endless human attempt to encounter the aesthetic ideal embodied in the concrete real.
ChunLok Mah, Associate Professor - Office Hours Web Contact
Graphic Design/Digital Art
Mah is an inter-disciplinary artist. He earned a BES in computer science and art from Saint Cloud State University; BA in visual art from Winona State University; and MA in painting and MFA in Inter-Media Art from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. His background work experience includes software engineering, computer networking, multimedia production, web technology, graphic design, new media interactivity, and stereo vision. He has worked with IBM, US-Robotics, 3COM, Krakatua Advertising and other corporations and universities. Mah started his career as a traditionally trained mural artist.
Mary Coughlan, Adjunct Professor - Contact
Print Making/2D Design/Drawing
Teaches Print Making, 2D Design and Drawing courses. Mary earned a B.A. in studio Art from the College of Saint Teresa and an MFA from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis. She has taught in the art department at Macalester College, College of Saint Teresa, Saint Mary’s University and Viterbo University. Since 1989 she has been an adjunct member of the Winona State University Art Department. Her prints, drawings and paintings have been exhibited locally and nationally. After serving as the Executive Director of the Winona Arts Center for 15 years she is currently on the Winona Arts Center Board as the Chair of the Exhibits Committee.
Michael Knox, Adjunct Faculty - Web Contact
Mike currently live in Manchester, Iowa where they own an 1870 Folk Victorian home.He operates Knox Studios 2 located on Highways 3 and 13 only four miles from Backbone State Park in Strawberry Point, Iowa. This is Mike’s second major studio operation. He owned and operated Chicken Ridge Studio in La Crescent, Minnesota for almost ten years prior to moving to Iowa.
Matt Winkler, Adjunct Faculty - Office Hours Web Contact
Drawing/2D/Intro to Digital Art
Matt has shown his drawings and mixed-media works in Los Angeles, New York, Massachusetts, and Minnesota, and holds an MFA in Visual Art from California State University, Long Beach (2011). He's also a teacher and has worked as an artist in collaboration with several non-profit groups in both California and Minnesota. Matt received his BA from Williams College in 2004 and grew up northern New Jersey. He currently lives in Rochester, Minnesota.