Art & Design Department Faculty
The department's advising program is designed to ensure that art and design majors are properly fulfilling the requirements of their degree programs in addition to other departmental obligations. Art and design 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
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 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
Mah is an inter-disciplinary visual artist. His work experiences includes software engineering, computer networking, multimedia production, web technology, graphic design, digital media, interactive design, and large scale mural painting. Prior to teaching, Mah has worked with IBM, US-Robotics, 3COM, and Krakatua Advertising.
Mah's current researches and interests include cognitive science in visual art, user expereince and user Interface design, creative Identity formation, and integrative learning environment.
Adrian Barr is a native of New Zealand, and first studied art history at Victoria University in Wellington, where he earned an Honors degree with a double major in Art History and European Languages. A specialist in Russian and Soviet art, Adrian undertook a year’s graduate study in Moscow on a Russian Government Scholarship, and completed a Masters Degree at the University of Otago, New Zealand, in 2001. From 2002 through 2004 Adrian taught art and design history within the College of Creative Arts at Massey University, Wellington. In 2005 he accepted a PhD scholarship at Rutgers University and moved to America. His doctoral dissertation, completed in 2011, was entitled “Archaeologies of the Avant-Garde: Moscow Conceptualism and the Legacies of Soviet Modernism.” At Winona State since 2012, Adrian’s current research project centers upon the Russian avant-garde artist Kazimir Malevich. In his free time, he enjoys hiking and outdoor sports.
Danilo Bojic, Assistant Professor - Office Hours Web Contact
As native Serbian, born and raised in Belgrade, Danilo has earned his BFA in Graphic Communications and BA in Art History from University of Houston in 2009. In 2012 Danilo has successfully defended his thesis and holds an MFA Degree in Graphic Communications from University of Houston. In his research practice Danilo engages the questions of enticing shifts in perception and the influence of contemporary society and culture on our visual cognition. His goal is to investigate the ability to visually communicate at different speeds, and to create different levels of cognition through the factors of acceleration and construction of messages that raise consciousness, sensitivity and conviction. Focal interest of Danilo's design practice is in identity and brand development where he has done a significate body of work on local and regional level in Europe. In his teaching practice Danilo is committed to transform the traditional design curriculum in order to expand the level of understanding of core and advance theoretical principles while utilizing historical and contemporary knowledge to enhance the learning experience.
Roger Boulay, Adjunct Faculty/Art Gallery Coordinator - Office Hours Web Contact
Roger Boulay grew up in Norfolk, Massachusetts, a suburb of Boston. He earned a BA in Fine Arts and French from Amherst College in 2003. He holds Master's degrees from the Universiteit van Amsterdam and the University of New Mexico. Boulay is an actively exhibiting artist with recent solo exhibitions at Augsburg College in Minneapolis, MN and the University of Rochester in Rochester, NY. He is currently the Gallery and Art Collection Coordinator at Winona State University. He lives in Winona with his partner and two dogs.
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.
Christopher Rackley, Adjunct Faculty - Web Contact
Chris grew up in Georgia where he learned to make spaceships and robots out of shoeboxes and packing tape. He earned a BA in studio art from Davidson College in North Carolina and an MFA in painting from George Mason University in Virginia. His studio practice includes drawing, painting, video-making, and building contraptions that generate live video of fictional astronomical scenes. Chris has shown his work in Washington, D.C., Baltimore, Virginia, and Minnesota. He currently lives in Rochester, Minnesota.