Chair - Professor, Printmaking, Papermaking, & Art Education (certification)
"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
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.
Assistant Professor, Printmaking
Tate Foley is Assistant Professor of Art in the Leigh Gerdine College of Fine Arts at Webster University in St. Louis, Missouri. He teaches Printmaking, including introductory courses, Alternative Lithography, and the mixed-media course Art and Text. He also oversees the BFA Thesis course. 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 that pervert relationships between images and text to raise new questions about values and personal beliefs. 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
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, Time Studio
Carol Hodson is Professor of Art in the Leigh Gerdine College of Fine Arts at Webster University in St. Louis, Missouri, where she teaches Creative Strategies, Performance Art, and other Foundations, Drawing, and Alternative Media courses. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the School of Visual Arts in New York and her Master of Fine Arts from Tyler School of Art.
Professor Hodson is a practicing performance artist, in which she explores issues of identity and character. She has received many grants and fellowships to perform her art publicly throughout the United States and internationally. You can follow her work on Dr. Olive B. Luewing's website: olivebluewing.wordpress.com.
Jeffrey Hughes, PhD
Professor, Art History & Criticism
Director, Graduate Program
Gallery Director, Hunt Gallery
After studying Spanish at the University of Amsterdam for one year, the instructor continued his Bachelor's degree in Linguistics, for which he received his MA in 2008 and his PhD in 2015, both from Leiden University. He has taught at Leiden University and the University of Amsterdam. In addition, he works as a private language instructor, as a museum instructor and as a photographer.
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, 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.