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UVa’s Studio Art faculty members are nationally and internationally recognized artists who combine a dedication to teaching with an active life in the making of art.  They are first and foremost professional artists, maintaining studios in the community and exhibiting nationally and internationally. Among the awards and honors garnered by faculty are Guggenheim Fellowships, National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships, The Rome Prize, inclusion in multiple Sundance Film Festivals, Virginia Commission of the Arts Awards, and Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Professional Fellowships. Works by the faculty are in many prestigious museum collections, such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Philadelphia Art Museum, the Hirschhorn Museum, the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, and the Yale University Art Museum.

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William Bennett

Associate Professor William Bennett has taught sculpture at the University of Virginia since 1979. He earned his MFA in sculpture from Indiana University, and shortly thereafter received an Artist's Fellowship Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. Since joining the Department of Art Prof. Bennett has regularly exhibited his work in both solo and group exhibitions throughout the East coast, often focusing his William Bennettattention on site-specific sculpture. His current project is a large bronze machine sculpture, "The Tom Hughes Navigator," to be sited at the  post-modern Vanna Venturi House in Philadelphia. His work is represented by Les Yeux du Monde gallery in Charlottesville.

His complete c.v. can be found here.



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Dick Crozier

Painting and drawing Professor Richard Crozier received his BFA from the University of Washington, Seattle, and went on to earn an MFA from the University of California at Davis. A senior member of the Department's faculty, he has been actively involved in community arts and service, while also maintaining an active exhibition schedule. Prof. Crozier is represented by galleries in Charlotte, NC and Richmond and Dick Crozierhas recently shown in Davis, CA and Washington, DC.   His work is in the collections of the J.B. Speed Museum, Louisville, Ky and the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art in Winston-Salem, NC.



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Dean Dass

Professor Dean Dass teaches printmaking and the Distinguished Majors Seminar in the McIntire Department of Art. After receiving a B.A. from the University of Northern Iowa, he went on to graduate studies at The Tyler School of Art, Temple University in Philadelphia, where he received his M.F.A. in 1980. With numerous solo and group exhibitions to his credit, both nationally and internationally, Professor Dass has in recent years established a collaborative relationship and exchange with artists in Finland. He has taught and exhibited there on several Dean Dassoccasions and curated exhibitions of contemporary Scandinavian art while bringing a number of Finnish artists to UVa. His works are held in wide-ranging public collections - from The Brooklyn Museum of Art, The Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, The Walker Art Center, to The Alvar Aalto Museum in Jyväskylä, Finland, and the National Collection of Poland, Krakow.


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Kevin Everson

Kevin Everson’s films and artwork are about responding to daily materials, conditions, tasks and gestures of people of African descent.  He has completed a combination of thirty feature and short 16mm, 35mm and digital films about the working class culture of Black Americans and other people of African descent.  His films focus on conditions, tasks, gestures, and materials in these communities. Kevin Everson

Everson’s artwork and films have been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Studio Museum in Harlem, the Armand Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, the Palm Beach Institute of Contemporary Art, the William Busta Gallery in Cleveland, Ohio, the Spaces Gallery in Cleveland, Whitechapel Gallery in London, the American Academy of Rome in Italy and in China and Germany. 

Everson’s films have been shown at the Sundance Film Festival in 1998, 2000 and 2003, 2004, 2006, Rotterdam International Film Festival in 2003, 2005, 2006, Berlin International Film Festival European Film Market, Berlin, Germany, as well as many other film festivals nationally and internationally.  Everson is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, an NEA Fellowship, two NEH Fellowships, two Ohio Arts Council Fellowships, an American Academy Rome Prize, residencies at Yaddo and MacDowell Colony and numerous university fellowships.


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Philip Geiger

Professor Philip Geiger joined the studio faculty of the Department of Art in 1983, after first teaching at Colorado State University. He earned his B.F.A. from Washington University, and then went on to complete his M.F.A. at Yale University. He teaches introductory level drawing Philip Geigercourses as well as figure drawing and all levels of painting. His paintings have been shown across the U.S. in solo and group exhibitions, and he is represented by Tibor DeNagy Gallery in New York, and Reynolds Gallery in Richmond.



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Megan Marlatt

Megan Marlatt earned her B.F.A. at the Memphis College of Art and went on to study at the Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture. Shortly after completing the M.F.A. at Rutgers University, she joined the faculty of the University of Virginia. In addition to national shows of her studio work, Marlatt has also done many mural paintings and site-specific works.  She also has completed commissions for a number of public and private institutions. Her painting has been recognized through a Megan Marlattnumber of grants and fellowships, including a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. She is represented by Accola Contemporary in New York and Les Yeux du Monde in Charlottesville.

Her complete c.v. can be found here.





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Lydia Moyer

Assistant Professor Lydia Moyer earned her MFA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2005 and her BFA from Alfred University in 1999.  Though she has a broad background in traditional studio media, including sculpture and printmaking, Prof. Moyer’s primary medium is experimental video.  She has worked professionally in Lydia Moyerdocumentary video production and spent a year and a half teaching community documentary at Appalshop in Whitesburg, KY before entering graduate school.  Her work has been screened nationally and internationally.



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Akemi Ohira

Associate Professor Akemi Ohira received her BFA from Cornell University in 1990, and her MFA from Carnegie Mellon University in 1992. She joined the faculty of the McIntire Department of Art in the fall of 1993, and has since regularly taught introductory, intermediate and Akemi Ohiraadvanced printmaking, as well as directed projects for the Distinguished Majors Program. Her work has been featured in solo and group exhibitions throughout the U.S., as well as in Japan.




Pamela Pecchio

Pamela Pecchio received her MFA in photography from the Yale University School of Art in 2001, where she was awarded the Richard Dixon Welling Prize for Excellence. She received a BFA in photography from the University of Georgia in 1998.

Her work is included in collections at the North Carolina Museum of Art, the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, the Yale University Art Museum, the Yale Davenport College collection, the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale University, the Sloane Fine Art Library at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, and the Otis Library of the Otis College of Art and Design, among others. 

Pecchio has shown across the United States, as well as internationally in China, Spain, Italy and Holland. Her work has been featured in ArtNews, Details, Camera Arts and V magazines, as well as her own artist's book, eight, published by Nexus Press. Her limited edition monograph, 509, is scheduled for printing in early 2009. 

Pecchio has taught photography at the Universities of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Asheville, Duke University, Louisiana State University and the University of Georgia Studies Abroad Program in Cortona, Italy. Pecchio is represented by Daniel Cooney Fine Art in New York, and Eva Magill in Paris.




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Elizabeth Schoyer

Elizabeth Schoyer has taught painting and drawing in the McIntire Department of Art since 1984. She earned her B.F.A in painting at the Philadelphia College of Art, her M.F.A. at Indiana University, and also Elizabeth Schoyerstudied painting at the Banff School of Fine Arts. Elizabeth Schoyer's work has been shown in numerous solo and group exhibitions throughout the East coast and is held in several public collections.

Her complete c.v. can be found here.




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Eric SchmidtEric Schmidt, Gallery and Studio Technician

Eric Schmidt received his BFA with a concentration in painting from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1993.  After 8 years in the commercial sign industry, he joined the McIntire Department of Art as the Studio and Gallery Technician in 2001.


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William Wylie

Professor William Wylie received his Masters of Fine Arts from The University of Michigan. He teaches photography and is the director of the Studio Art Study Abroad Program in Italy. Wylie is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Fellowship, Colorado Council Art Fellowship, residencies at the American Academy in Rome and the Center for Land Use Interpretation in Utah as well as numerous university fellowships. Other honors include the Mead Honored Faculty Award at UVA and The Colorado Book Award for his first monograph, Riverwalk. William WylieHis work has been featured in solo and group exhibitions across the US and internationally, and is represented in numerous permanent collections including those of the Amon Carter Museum, Metropolitan Museum of Art, National Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Museum of American Art, St. Louis Art Museum, and the Yale University Museum of Art. He has four books of his photographs; Riverwalk (2000), Stillwater (2002), Carrara (2009), and Route 36 (2010). Wylie is represented by hous project (Ny and LA) and Page Bond Gallery in Richmond, VA.


Artwork by Elizabeth Schoyer

The Studio Art faculty enjoy a diverse mix of interests and disciplines. The faculty make themselves easily accessible to their students, serving as mentors in and out of the classroom.  In addition, the department hosts talented visiting artists that enrich and connect the University with the wider art community.

Banner artwork by Kevin Everson

Above artwork by Elizabeth Schoyer
Faculty portraits by Abigal Jenkins