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.


Anne Scott Plummer, Professor - Office Hours    Web   Contact
Anne Scott PlummerArt 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
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Don SchmidlappPainting/Drawing
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
Seho ParkArt 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
ChunLok Mah 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.

Adrian Barr, Assistant Professor - Office Hours    Contact
Adrian BarrArt History

Alessandra Sulpy, Assistant Professor - Office Hours   Web     Contact
Alessandra SuplyPainting/Drawing
Alessandra Sulpy was born and raised in the great state of New Jersey. From there, she attended the Maryland Institute College of Art, earning a BFA in 2008 with a major in Painting and a minor in Art History. Afterwards she enrolled in Indiana University's Henry Radford Hope School of Fine Arts and earned her MFA, also in Painting. She has taught Drawing and/or Painting in Florence Italy, Indiana University, Southern Utah University, and Edinboro University of Pennsylvania.


Kjel Alkire, Art FacultyOffice Hours   Web   ContactKjel Alkire
Intro to Art , Intro to Digital Art, 2D Design
Kjellgren Alkire makes art about religiosity, agriculture and belief.
His studio and curatorial work has been a beneficiary of several awards, including grants from the Minnesota State Arts Board, Contemporary Forum of the Phoenix Art Museum and the Missouri Arts Council.


Mary Coughlan, Adjunct Professor - Office Hours    Contact
Mary CoughlanPrint 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   ContactMichael Knox
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.


Bonnie Schetski-Heineman, Adjunct Faculty -   Web   ContactBonnie Schetski-Heineman
Bonnie Schetski-Heineman
received her Bachelor of Science from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, and her Master of Fine Arts from New Mexico State University in Printmaking. She has taught at numerous Educational Institutions throughout the Mid-West and New Mexico and is currently teaching at Winona State University, UW-LaCrosse and Viterbo University. Bonnie is a member of the Mid-American Print Council and shows her work locally and nationally.

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