Faculty & Staff
Dr. Adrian Barr
Associate Professor of Art History
Adrian 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 before completing a master’s 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 the U.S.
His doctoral dissertation, completed in 2011, was entitled “Archaeologies of the Avant-Garde: Moscow Conceptualism and the Legacies of Soviet Modernism.”
Adrian has been teaching at Winona State since 2012, and his current research centers on the Russian avant-garde artist Kazimir Malevich.
In his free time, Adrian enjoys hiking and traveling with his family.
Associate Professor of Design
A native Serbian, born and raised in Belgrade, Danilo earned his BFA in Graphic Communications and BA in Art History from the University of Houston in 2009. In 2012 Danilo successfully defended his thesis and completed an MFA in Graphic Communications from the University of Houston.
In his research practice, Danilo engages the questions of enticing shifts in perception and memory and the influence of contemporary society and culture on our visual cognition. His goal is to investigate the ability to communicate at different speeds visually and to create different levels of cognition through the factors of acceleration and construction of messages that raise consciousness, sensitivity and conviction.
The focal interest of Danilo's design practice is in identity and brand development, where he has done a significant body of work on the local and regional level in Europe.
In his teaching practice, Danilo is committed to transforming 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.
Assistant Professor of Photography and Gallery Coordinator
Roger grew up in Norfolk, MA, 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.
Roger is an actively exhibiting artist with recent solo exhibitions at Augsburg College in Minneapolis, MN and the University of Rochester in Rochester, NY.
Roger is currently the Gallery and Art Collection Coordinator at Winona State University. He lives in Winona with his partner and two dogs.
Chun Lok Mah
Associate Professor of Design
Mah is an interdisciplinary designer. His professional experience includes software engineering, computer networking, multimedia production, web technology, visual design, digital media and interactive design.
Prior to teaching, Mah worked with IBM, US-Robotics, 3COM and Krakatua Sdn.
Mah's current research and interests include visual cognition, user experience and user experience design, creative Identity formation and integrative thinking solutions.
Dr. Seho Park
Professor of Art Education
Prof. Seho Park (MAT, MFA, Ph.D.) advises students in the BS Art Teaching program and teaches art education as well as foundation studio courses.
As 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.
Assistant Professor of Painting and Drawing
Alessandra (everyone calls her Ally) is a figure painter originally hailing from beautiful New Jersey. She earned her BFA in Painting with a minor in Art History at the Maryland Institute College of Art (2008), and her MFA in Painting at Indiana University (2010).
Ally’s painting series are primarily non-nostalgic views of lost places and times, in locations like Rust Belt cities, 1970s NYC Times Square and the Wisconsin Dells.
Ally has taught drawing and painting in Utah, Pennsylvania, Indiana, North Carolina and now is happily settled in Minnesota with her husband and two cats.
Heidi Guenther Ryan
Art & Design Office Administrator
Heidi completed degrees in violin performance and music education. She is a freelance professional violinist, studio teacher and an experienced classical educator with a love of linguistics and philosophy.
She was a founding member of and violinist in the Ars Classica String Quartet with whom she performed for 15 years.
Having a passion for baking, Heidi took classes at the French Pastry School in Chicago and enjoys sharing her culinary art with friends as an amateur patissier.