"Gathering the skill and awareness to make paper and prints forms the musculature. The production comes from the center-from loving the doing. It seems beyond that my work like that of others is based on misunderstanding as much as insight. My work is a series of questions about the nature of the process and utility of the product." - Tom Lang
Professor, Photography and Electronic and Time-Based Art
Robin Assner-Alvey is a Professor of Art in the Leigh Gerdine College of Fine Art at Webster University in St. Louis, MO. She has been at Webster since 2003 and she teaches all levels of photography and video. Robin loves experimenting with photography and pushing her students to investigate the limitless photographic possibilities. In 2017, she received the Emerson Excellence in Teaching Award and the William T. Kemper Award for Excellence in Teaching.
Robin is also a practicing artist working with photography, video and installation.
Born in Boston, Massachusetts, she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University
of Connecticut (2000) and her Master of Fine Arts from the Ohio State University (2002).
Her work examines corporality and asks viewers to consider the experience of living
in their own skin. Robin’s most recent solo exhibition was Embodied at the Bruce Gallery
at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania in 2019. Her art has been exhibited in various
solo and group shows throughout the United States.
You can view her work on her website: www.robinassner-alvey.com.
Visiting Assistant Professor
Marisa Adesman is a visual artist who uses painting, performance, and video to examine the ways that femininity and modern culture interact. She is interested in exploring gender politics, as well as means of awakening female selfhood. The idea of femininity provides artists with access to a large visual vocabulary, and thus provides opportunities to blur the lines between formal stereotypes.
Adesman's work extends to themes of the body as spectacle, performativity in personal and social relationships, and the tension between agency and expectation within contexts of intimacy and love. Adesman explores various ways in which the grotesque body conflicts with our visual glossary for beauty and health, as promulgated through pop culture and commercial media – especially by confronting experiences of consumption (of media, food, and even one's own image). Focusing on the kitchen and the dining room, Adesman questions how visual disorientation of the domestic space works to unmoor and destabilize ingrained assumptions that have been historically limiting or debilitating for women. Recently, she has begun to explore the politics of the so-called "domestic goddess" – using her work to negotiate a form of feminine identity that lies between the often-polarized figures of "the feminist" and "the housewife." Adesman works to reunite her female characters with their goddess power while staying grounded in the familiarity of the domestic scene.
Adesman received her Masters of Fine Arts degree in Painting from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2018. In 2013, she earned her Bachelors of Fine Arts degree from the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis, where she majored in painting and psychology. She attended Yale University's Summer School of Art in Norfolk, Connecticut in 2012 and Columbia University's Advanced Painting Intensive in 2013, as well as many other residencies across the country, including Marble House Project, Jentel Foundation Residency, and PLOP residency in London. Adesman has shown her work in galleries and museums across the country, including Abigail Ogilvy Gallery in Boston, MA, Asya Geisberg Gallery in NYC, and Morgan Lehman Gallery in NYC; she will be presenting her collaborative film, "The Ballad of Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow," at Elephant West Gallery in London in September 2019.
Please see her website marisaadesman.com, for a full CV.
Associate Professor, Ceramics
Jeri Au is Associate Professor of Art in the Leigh Gerdine College of Fine Arts at Webster University in St. Louis, Mo., where she is head of ceramics, teaching all levels of the media.
Professor Au's mixed media installations combine clay with unexpected (and often organic) materials. For 15 years, Au ran a successful studio pottery in the St. Louis region. Originally from Hawaii, she has exhibited her work across the US, the People's Republic of China and Hong Kong. She received her BA in English from St. Louis University in 1969. She also studied at St. Louis Community College, University of Hawaii, and Southern Illinois University–Edwardsville.
Associate Professor, Printmaking
Tate Foley is Associate Professor of Art in the Leigh Gerdine College of Fine Arts
at Webster University in St. Louis, Missouri. He teaches in the Printmaking and Foundations
areas. He received his BA in Studio Art in 2007 from Lycoming College in Williamsport,
Pennsylvania and his MFA in Printmaking in 2010 from the Lamar Dodd School of Art
at the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia.
Possessing a broad and deep knowledge of disciplines coupled with a printmaking core, Professor Foley creates works using non-traditional materials that explore the space between the physical and spiritual self. His work has been recently exhibited in New York City, Washington D.C., Portland, Saint Louis, Cleveland, and purchased by both Yale University and Reed College libraries, and the Toledo Museum of Art. You can see his work at: tatefoley.com.
Ryan E. Gregg, PhD
Chair - Associate Professor, Art History
Ryan Gregg received his PhD in Art History from The Johns Hopkins University with a focus in early modern Italian art and has taught at Webster University since 2008. He teaches courses on Italian Renaissance and Baroque art, as well as the Introduction to the History of Western Art. He regularly takes students to Florence for a short-term study abroad course on Florence in the Renaissance. Other courses he has taught at Webster include the History of Museums, History of Prints, and Symbols and Their Theory.
Professor Gregg's research interests include depictions of cities and fortifications from the 15th to the 17th centuries, the relationship between cartography and historiography in the Renaissance, and in general, discussions between art and science, style and meaning, and architecture and experience, in the early modern period. Other interests include historic American architecture and its preservation, and early modern prints.
His dissertation, which he is currently working on developing into a manuscript for publication, examined the city views within the Palazzo Vecchio in Florence, painted by the workshop of Giorgio Vasari. The project has evolved into a study of Habsburg and Medici use of city views in the mid-16th century. Professor Gregg is also currently working on an examination of the St. Louis Art Museum's Reclining Pan, including its attribution to Francesco da Sangallo, its interpretations, and its reception in the 17th century. Recent scholarship includes "Further Insights into Anton van den Wyngaerde's Working Method," published in Master Drawings in 2013, and "Vasari and German City Views," published in Prints Quarterly in 2010. In addition, Professor Gregg regularly presents at national conferences, and in St. Louis has spoken at the St. Louis Art Museum, the Kemper Art Museum, and other various local organizations.
Professor/Therapist Director of Expressive Arts Therapy Certificate
Carol Hodson is Professor of Art in DADAH (Department of Art, Design, and Art History) at Webster University in St. Louis, Missouri. Additionally, she is the Faculty Advocate for Mental Health within the Leigh Gerdine College of Fine Art. In DADAH, Professor Hodson directs the Expressive Arts Therapy Certificate, teaching key courses within the certificate as well as Drawing and Performance Art. As a Licensed Mental Health Counselor with a specialization in Expressive Arts Therapy and trauma training, Ms. Hodson also works confidentially with student clients within the Counseling and Life Development Office on the St. Louis Campus. Carol Hodson holds a BFA in Painting and Education from the School of Visual Arts in New York, and MFA in sculpture and Performance Art from Tyler School of Art, Phila., PA. She received her MA in expressive Arts Therapy from Lesley University, Cambridge, MA. Carol Hodson’s most recent artwork is a series of drawings/prints entitled Neurobotanicals, created over during the first year of the Corona Virus pandemic. You can follow this series as it evolves on Instagram or FB. Hodson’s performance art work can be also be viewed on olivebluewing.wordpress.com.
Jeffrey Hughes, PhD
Professor, Art History & Criticism
Director, Graduate Program
Gallery Director, Hunt Gallery
Jeffrey Hughes is professor of art history and criticism and Director of the Cecille R. Hunt Gallery at Webster University in St. Louis where he teaches courses on modern art, contemporary art, and art theory and criticism. He attended DePauw University and received the B.A. in art history from Indiana State University and both the M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in art history from the University of Iowa. Hughes is a recipient of numerous grants and fellowships, including Kress Foundation Fellowships for field research in India and to the Aga Khan program at Harvard, the Asian Cultural Council Grant, Webster University faculty research grants, and an N.E.H. grant for research on the American avant-garde during World War II. He has curated over 40 exhibitions at Hunt Gallery and at Wittgensteinhaus, Vienna, Austria and has been a quest lecturer at numerous galleries and institutions, including University of North Texas, Indiana University, University of Chicago, and the Saint Louis Art Museum. Hughes’s articles and reviews have appeared in Flash Art, Contemporary, Sculpture, Artpapers, Art on Paper, New Art Examiner, Um:Druck Zeitschift für Durckgraphik und visuelle Kultur, etc. His recent research interests have been focused on the History of Modern Design.
Gary Passanise is Professor of Art in the Leigh Gerdine College of Fine Arts at Webster University in St. Louis, Missouri, where he directs the painting program and teaches all levels of painting and hybrid-media courses. He received his Master of Fine Arts in painting and drawing from Southern Illinois University.
His work explores the inherent qualities and the symbolic nature of surface and texture in painting and sculpture, using a rich variety of materials, including wax, charred lumber, limestone, steel, and found objects. Passanise has received awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Pollak Krasner Foundation, and the Ford Foundation. He has exhibited in the U.S. and abroad, and his recent solo shows include Constructions at Space B in New York City and Stacks at the Isolation Room/Gallery Kit in St. Louis. You can view his work on his website, garypassanise.com.
Professor, Director of Graphic Design
Assistant Professor, Sculpture
Brian Zimmerman is Assistant Professor of Art in the Leigh Gerdine College of Fine Arts at Webster University in St. Louis, Mo. He is head of sculpture and teaches all levels and techniques in the emphasis.
Professor Zimmerman was born in Houston, Texas and is an artist, teacher and custom fabricator based in St. Louis, Missouri. He holds a BFA in Painting and Art History from the Kansas City Art Institute, and a studio MFA focused in sculpture and public art from the University of California–San Diego. His work has been exhibited in galleries, museums and through public art commissions in Texas, California and Missouri, and is in the collections of the Las Vegas Art Museum, Avila University and Brookhaven College.
Having previously worked as a full-time fabricator, his skills and interests travel between wood, metal, plastic, foam, casting, CNC milling and 3D printing. In his studio practice, his materials have ranged from traditional sculptural media to old boats, baking flour, electronics, motor oil, light, and many items found in thrift stores and various dumpsters. His work focuses around viewer experience, pathos, the influence of site on sculpture, and fundamentally flawed sublime spaces.