The School of Creative Arts full-time graduate faculty are supported by a diverse group of part-time, sessional and emeriti faculty who are available to provide studio visits, sit on thesis committees, and serve as professional, artistic, and community resources.
Additionally, our Masters candidates are encouraged to seek input and support from members of the University at large. Past years have seen fruitful collaborations between our students and members of faculties including–but not limited to–Communications Studies, Architecture, Creative Writing, Music, Labour Studies, Philosophy, Sociology and Anthropology, Political Science and Women’s Studies.
BAE, Sung Min
Associate Professor, Cinema Arts
Min Bae is a graduate of Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema in Concordia University (MFA). Since 1990, Min Bae has devoted most of his time to Sculpture, Video Installation, Cinematography and Filmmaking. A collaborator on several award-winning independent films, his own films have been presented in festivals worldwide, including Situation, Off Sync and Where are we. His most recently completed film was Two Islands, filmed in Okinawa. Japan (2008). He is currently developing a feature-length film documentary, Suicide Nation, for which he has written the script and will be director and cinematographer in Seoul, Korea (Summer 2013).
Iain Baxter& (the artist recently added the ampersand to his name) is recognized as Canada’s pioneering conceptual artist. For over forty years, Baxter& has continually produced works that question the role of art as commodity and as a medium for cultural commentary. Among his many innovations, Baxter& was the first artist to adopt a corporate persona: in 1966, he formed the N.E. Thing Company. NETCO’s output ranged from conceptual, satirical, vacuum-formed still lifes to post-modern appropriations of famous artworks. His recent work includes neon signs, ‘animal preserves’, a grocery cart of ‘GMO’s’ (genetically modified organisms) and installations using obsolete technology. The Art Gallery of Windsor recently curated the exhibition Passing Through of Baxter&’s photographs taken between 1959 and 1983. He has received numerous awards including a Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts in 2004 and was named an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2003.
Associate Professor, Media Art Histories and Visual Culture
Michael Darroch is an Associate Professor of Media Art Histories and Visual Culture. He received his PhD from McGill University’s Department of Art History & Communication Studies. He holds an MA in German Studies from Université de Montréal, and has also attended Universität Konstanz and Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. He is Director of the creative research collective IN/TERMINUS: Media, Art, and Urban Ecologies as well as a Co-Investigator for the Visible City Project + Archive (York University), an External Research Affiliate of the Canadian Centre for German and European Studies (York University), and a member of the Centre de recherches intermédiales (Université de Montréal). His current research and publications explore the intersection of media and urban studies, new histories of Canadian media studies, the cross-border urban context of Detroit-Windsor, and artistic and cultural practices in other urban environments.
He co-edited (with Janine Marchessault) the anthology Cartographies of Place: Navigating the Urban (McGill-Queen's University Press, 2014), an interdisciplinary collection that situates different historical and methodological currents in urban media studies.
Recent & Ongoing Projects
2013-17 Patterns the Connect: Re-Curating Edmund Carpenter’s Anthropological Media Studies (SSHRC Insight Grant)
2012-16 Downtown Transitions: Cultural Ecologies of Windsor (Humanities & Social Sciences Research Grant)
2012-15 The Urban Night as Interdisciplinary Object (SSHRC Insight Development Grant / Co-Investigator)
2010-15 The Culture & Communications Seminar & Explorations Journal: Interdisciplinary Collaborations and Contributions to Media Studies, 1953-59 (SSHRC Standard Research Grant)
Michael Darroch, Associate Professor
SoCA, University of Windsor
Director: IN/TERMINUS: Media, Art, and Urban Ecologies
interminus.org / mfawindsor.net / visiblecity.ca
Associate Professor, Cultural History & Theory/Visual Culture
Research interests: The intersections of visual cultures, cultural history, and “theory” with American history and memory. Her first book, Seeing Ghosts: 9/11 and the Visual Imagination (2009), traces historical echoes found in imagery that resonated during the initial aftermath of the World Trade Center attacks. It explores how the work of mourning was conceptualized at the national level, and how certain images were deemed unfit for purposes of commemoration while others were held up as icons of American strength. Current work:
the photography, writing, and histories of Lee Miller - one of the first women accredited as a front line photojournalist during World War II
the built environment of Windsor/Detroit and its affective histories with a particular focus on photography, anxiety, and the post-apocalyptic technological sublime
Associate Professor, Music and Sound
Brent Lee performing with the Noiseborder Ensemble
Brent Lee is a composer, media artist, and musician whose work explores the relationships between sound, image, and technology, especially through multimedia performance. He has created more than one hundred works, ranging from orchestral music to interactive media pieces to film soundtracks. He holds degrees from McGill University and the University of British Columbia, where he completed his doctoral studies in 1999.
In addition to performances and broadcasts in many countries, several of his works have been commercially recorded. He is a co-founder of the Noiseborder Ensemble, and has been awarded significant funding for research/creation through the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the Canadian Foundation for Innovation, the Canada Council for the Arts, and the Ontario Arts Council.
Associate Professor, Photography
Cyndra MacDowall is an artist photographer who has shown across Canada, the US and the UK in artist centres and public galleries. Her work is in important public collections, including the National Gallery of Canada — Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography, the Canada Council Art Bank, the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs & International Trade, the University of Toronto Fraser Rare Book Collection, the Toronto Photographers Workshop Contemporary Canadian Photographs Collection, the Canadian Lesbian & Gay Community Archives Collection, and the Art Gallery of Windsor. Her photographs are published in: Blackflash; Faking Death: Canadian Art and the Canadian Imagination; Site Specific: Lesbians & Representation; Photo Communiqué; Bed of Roses; The Body Politic; Xtra!; Fuse magazine; Parallelogramme; Mix magazine; Rites magazine; Noir D’Encre; Parachute; C magazine; Now; Vanguard; The Mirror; Hour; and many others.
She has a number of projects currently in production and was recently awarded an Ontario Arts Council Senior Visual Artists Grant to continue work on her camouflage project. This work concentrates on how camouflage patterns function to disrupt our perceptions of the visible and invisible as how these patterns can relate to issues of difference, community, and identity.
She completed her MFA in Photography at Concordia University, Montreal, in 1995 and her BAE (Bachelor of Art Education) at Queens in 1977.
Visual Art and the Built Environment
Art History and Visual Culture
Veronika Mogyorody is a graduate of the University of Detroit Mercy School of Architecture, and received her Ph.D in Urban and Environmental Studies from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (Troy, NY). She is trained as an architect and urban designer, and has worked on projects associated with sustainable building design. She is the Coordinator of Visual Arts and the Built Environment [VABE], an interdisciplinary program between SoCA (Windsor, ON) and the School of Architecture at the University of Detroit Mercy (Detroit, MI). Her research has focused on higher education learning spaces, environmentally responsible design, and the shift towards sustainable practices.
Veronika is also the Assistant Provost, Academic Architectural Advisor for the University of Windsor and has been involved with the design/construction process for the Health Education Building, the Medical Education Building, the International Student Centre, and the Centre for Engineering Innovation. She is currently involved with the design development and construction for the Downtown retrofits of the Armouries, Bus Depot, and the Windsor Star, and the building of the new SoCA building, and the University of Windsor Welcome Centre on the main campus. Veronika has been recognized by the Ontario Association of Architects and the St. Clair Society of Architects “for outstanding contributions to the built environment and to the architectural profession” and has been a recipient of The American Institute of Architects Scholastic Award.
Veronika A. Mogyorody, Ph.D., M.A., B.Arch., B.A.
Assistant Provost - Academic Architectural Advisor
Coordinator, Visual Arts and the Built Environment [VABE]
Associate Professor, School of Creative Arts
University of Windsor, Windsor ON Canada N9B 3P4
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Associate Professor, Cinema Arts
Kim Nelson is a filmmaker/screenwriter/editor, originally from Vancouver. A graduate of the film production program at UBC with a Masters degree in film from York University, she has been based in Windsor since 2005. Her interests include documentary, fiction film and screenwriting with a focus on narratives about womanhood, the environment, history and identity. Her films have screened at several international film festivals, including: the Rhode Island International Film Festival (Berliner, 2010), DocuFest Atlanta (Metazombie, 2011), and the Windsor International Film Festival (This is What a Feminist Sounds Like, 2012). She is currently editing her most recent feature length documentary, funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, exploring the role of the historian and comparing Germany and Canada’s colonial past from the late 19th through to the Second World War. She is in pre-production on two short films, one a documentary, the other fiction, with funding from the Ontario Arts Council, the University of Windsor’s Women’s Initiative Grant and The Windsor Endowment for the Arts. Her published work includes short fiction that appeared in The Windsor Review.
She spent the 2012-13 academic year in Berlin as a DAAD (Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst) fellow, teaching at The University of Film and Television “Konrad Wolf” in Potsdam, Germany. Nelson was a 2013-2014 Humanities Fellow of the Humanities Research Group and was awarded the 2014 Award for Excellence in Scholarship, Research and Creative Activity, Category A: Emerging Scholars/Researchers at the University of Windsor. Engaged in the vibrant artistic community in Windsor, she is a current board member with the Windsor International Film Festival and Media City.
FRANCIS PELKEY, Brenda
Brenda Francis Pelkey was born in Kingston, Ontario. She moved to Saskatchewan in 1980, and became involved with the art community through venues such as Blackflash magazine and the Photographers Gallery. In 1994, she completed her MFA at the University of Saskatchewan where she worked as an Associate Professor in the Department of Art and Art History until 2003. Francis Pelkey has exhibited throughout Canada as well as Scotland, France, Germany, Checzkoslovakia, Finland and England. Her works appear in numerous collections such as the MacKenzie Art Gallery, the Mendel Art Gallery, the Art Bank, the Winnipeg Art Gallery, the Dunlop Art Gallery, Confederation Centre for the Arts, and The National Gallery of Canada. Since completing The great effect of the imagination on the world in 1989 she has had a number of solo exhibitions: Dreams of life and Death (1994), Momento Mori (1996), Oblivion (1999), As if there were grace (2000), Haunts (2001), Hierophony (2003) Spaces of Transformation (2004), Threshold (2005) and most recently From the outside in (2013).
Associate Professor, Art History and Visual Culture
Lee Rodney is Associate Professor of Media Art Histories and Visual Culture at the University of Windsor. She holds a PhD in Visual Culture from Goldsmiths College (University of London), an MA in Art History (York University) and a BFA (Nova Scotia College of Art and Design). As an interdisciplinary writer/curator interested in mobile spaces, transnationalism and alternative economies, she has has written on contemporary art, cultural theory, and visual culture in a range of books and publications including: Space and Culture, Parallax, Prefix Photo and PAJ: Performance Art Journal. In 2008 she was a visiting Fulbright Research Fellow at Arizona State University where she began a project investigating the fragmented cultural geography of border regions in North America.
From 2010 - 2013 she ran the Border Bookmobile project (borderbookmobile.net) an urban research platform and traveling exhibition of books, artist projects, photographs and ephemera about the urban history of the Windsor-Detroit region and other border cities around the world. This project traveled to numerous venues in Windsor, Detroit and Toronto and was exhibited at the Art Gallery of Windsor in 2013. The project is currently transitioning to an online archive, The Frontier Files with entries for over 200 border related artifacts and select interviews that explore the shifting concepts of borders and frontiers over the last century. These projects have received funding from the University of Windsor and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.
She teaches courses in visual culture, contemporary art and theory, as well as a specialized seminar in Border Culture.
Selected projects and publications:
“Trading places in El Paso and Juarez: plans, policies, symptoms”, in Informal Markets World Atlas (ed. T. Cruz and P. Mortenboeck) Amsterdam: NAi Publishers (in press for 2014)
The Border Bookmobile Public Archive and Reading Room, Art Gallery of Windsor, January 26- March 31, 2013
“Art and the Post-Urban Condition” in Cartographies of Place (ed. Marchessault, Janine and Darroch, Michael) McGill-Queen's University Press, 2014
“Exhibiting the Frontier” Journal of Curatorial Studies, Vol. 1, no. 2, 2012
“The Border Bookmobile: Intervention in an Age of Circulation Anxiety” In Space Re-Solutions: Interventions in Visual Culture, (Mooshammer, Helge; Mortenboeck, Peter) Transcript Publishers (2011)
Sensing Place: Lambton Between the Lines, collaborative art/research project with Lisa Daniels, Andreas Rutkauskas, and the SARCASM Collective, Gallery Lambton, March 2011 http://lambtonbetweenthelines.tumblr.com
“Road Signs on the Border: transnational anxiety and the re-bordering of North America” Space and Culture (2011)
“Is this your life? Long distance performance, autobiography and the temporality of globalization” PAJ: A Journal of Performance and Art (2011)
“Border Rituals” Prefix Photo, no. 21 (2010)
“Detroit is our Future” Fuse, Volume 32, no. 4, pp. 6 – 12 (2009)
Nine Miles South of Eight Mile: 2009 Windsor Biennial, Co-curator with David Diviney & Matthieu Beausejour, Art Gallery of Windsor, 2009.
“Windsor Biennial 2009: Kick out the Jams” Canadian Art Online http://www.canadianart.ca/online/features/2009/06/04/windsor-biennial/
“Inverted Geographies: North America Inside Out” Parallax, vol. 14, issue 2 (2008)
Dr. Lee Rodney, Associate Professor
Art History and Visual Culture
School of Creative Arts
University of Windsor
(519) 253-3000 x 4781
Sessional Lecturer, Drawing & Painting
José Seoane is a painter and installation artist from Santiago de Cuba, Cuba, investigating ideas around transculturation and identity within the post modern condition. His work extends from the gallery into site-specific spaces that include interactive interventions and large-scale murals. José Seoane’s most recent series of paintings investigate the idea of the wall within the intersections of art and architecture. His earlier works focused on questions he had about the meaning of cultural themes in their development, symbolism associated with his being a medium/transporter of meaning.
Professor, Integrated Media
Sigi Torinus was born in the US Virgin Islands and received her MFA from the Braunschweig Art Institute, Germany, and San Francisco State University in California. Informed by her cross cultural experience, Sigi’s work explores our perceptions of the migratory journey, through time and space, in both physical and digital worlds. Her art returns time and again to the themes of origin, departure, navigation and destination. Playing with concepts like presence and absence, visibility and intangibility, her hybrid new media installations often combine sculptural elements with video, audio, and performance, creating an immersive environment that activates our different senses both viscerally and intellectually.
As a founding member of the Noiseborder Ensemble, Torinus is currently working with Dr. Brent Lee and Dr. Nicholas Papador on a Canada Foundation for Innovation funded project, the Noiseborder Multimedia Performance Laboratory (NMPL) at the University of Windsor. It is devoted to the development of tools and methods for integrating acoustic, electroacoustic, and video performance.
Associate Professor, Printmaking and Bioarts
Dr. Jennifer Willet is an internationally successful artist in the emerging field of BioArt. Her work resides at the intersection of art and science, and explores notions of representation, the body, ecologies, and interspecies interrelations in the biotechnological field. She engages in performance, installation, photography and sculpture based artistic practices, mixed with protocols and life forms from the biological sciences.
From 2000-2007 Willet and Shawn Bailey collaborated on an innovative computational, biological, artistic, project called BIOTEKNICA. Since 2008 she has also collaborated with UK based performance artist Kira O’Reilly. She has taught in Studio Arts at Concordia University, and at the Art and Genomics Centre at the University of Leiden in the Netherlands, and now works as an Associate Professor in the School for Arts and Creative Innovation, at The University of Windsor. In 2009 she opened the first biological art lab in Canada, called INCUBATOR: Hybrid Laboratory at the Intersection of Art, Science, and Ecology. In July 2011 she completed BioARTCAMP, a project that involved hosting 20 artists, scientists and students at The Banff Centre, where they built a portable bioart laboratory and conducted experiments in the Canadian Rocky Mountains.
Exhibitions and Projects include: Artcite Inc., Windsor (2014), Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art, Winnipeg (2013), Ontario Science Centre, Toronto (2013), The Banff Centre, Alberta (2011), Arnolfini Museum, Bristol UK (2010), Exit Art Gallery, New York, NY (2009), Ars Electronica festival, Linz (2008), FOFA Gallery, Montreal (2007), ISEA San Jose, USA (2006), Biennial Electronic Arts Perth, Australia (2004), The European Media Arts Festival, Osnabrück, Germany (2003), La Société des arts et technologiques (SAT) Montreal, Canada (2005), amongst others. She has conducted residencies at The Banff Centre, Canada and SymbioticA, The University of Western Australia, Perth, Australia.
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