Yazan Khalifeh Illustration Essay

Full Time Faculty

Scott Gordley

Illustration Department Head

Scott Gordley earned a B.F.A. in graphic design from Ringling College of Art and Design and an M.F.A. from Tufts University. With 30 years of illustration, teaching, and administration experience, Scott joined Ringling College in 2016. He is a former Chair of the Department of Art & Design at Montclair State University and most recently was the Director of the B.F.A. Illustration/Animation program at MSU.  Scott began his career in New York illustrating for clients including Time, Esquire, Reader’s Digest, Newsday, and the London Times, Viking Penguin and William Morrow Publishing. In 2015 Scott was included in both The Society of Illustrators Annual American Illustration exhibition and in the American Illustration anthology: Best Of American Illustration 2015. Additionally he has been commissioned to paint numerous portraits over the past 30 years including renowned stage and screen actor James Earl Jones, New Yorker theater critic Edith Oliver, and both Cher and Madonna for Esquire magazine.

Katy Betz

Katy Betz earned a B.F.A. in Illustration from Laguna College of Art and Design and an M.F.A. in Art/Design from California State University. With over 3 years of professional teaching experience, Katy joined Ringling College in 2012. She is an accomplished children’s book illustrator, recently winning a Christopher Award and the SCBWI Crystal Kite Award. www.katybetz.com

Aaron Board

Aaron Board earned a B.F.A. in Painting from Auburn University and an M.F.A. in Painting from New York Academy of Art. With over 6 years of professional teaching experience, Aaron joined Ringling College in 2012. His work has been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in New York, Ohio and Canada, and is included in various private collections in the United States as well as internationally.  www.aaronboard.com

Don Brandes

Don Brandes earned a B.F.A. in Fine Arts with a minor in Graphic Design from the University of Missouri and an M.F.A. in Illustration from Syracuse University. With over 17 years of professional teaching experience, Don joined Ringling College in 1998. He is a former illustrator for Hallmark Cards and has had numerous clients including Northwest Airlines.  www.donbrandes.com

Peter Brown

Peter Brown earned a B.S. in Human Development from the University of Massachusetts and an M.F.A. in Painting from Indiana University. With over 26 years of professional teaching experience, Peter joined Ringling College in 1989. His work has been represented by galleries in Florida, Maine and New York City and his works are in numerous regional and national exhibitions and collections. Peter's awards include Florida Visual Artist Fellowship and Della Fricke Grant.

Thomas Casmer

Thomas Casmer earned a B.A. in Fine Arts with a minor in English & Literature from Hamline University in Saint Paul, MN and a B.F.A. in Illustration & Graphic Design from College of Visual Arts in Saint Paul, MN. With over 33 years of professional teaching experience, Tom joined Ringling College in 2003. His professional experience includes more than 25 years as an Illustrator, Designer, Art Director and Fine Artist.

Robin Cody-Brown

Robin Cody-Brown earned a B.F.A. in Painting from the University of Massachusetts and an M.F.A. in Painting from Queens College, City University of New York. With over 22 years of professional teaching experience, Robin joined Ringling College in 2001. Her work has been represented in galleries in Florida and Maine, and in numerous regional and national exhibitions, and private collections. www.robincody.com 

Hugh Davies

Hugh Davies earned a B.F.A. in Painting and Printmaking from Brighton College of Art and Design and an M.F.A. in Fine Arts from the Chelsea School of Art and the University of the Arts in London. With over 42 years of professional teaching experience, Hugh joined Ringling College in 2003. His work has been exhibited in leading galleries and museums in the UK and in galleries in Paris, Berlin, Australia, and the United States. Hugh's work has also been widely reviewed and discussed in numerous publications and he has received awards from the West Midlands Arts Association and The Arts Council of Great Britain, is an elected member of The London Group and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. www.hughdaviespaintings.com

Regan Todd Dunnick

Regan Todd Dunnick earned a B.F.A. in Fine Arts from Ringling College of Art and Design. With over 28 years of professional teaching experience, Regan joined Ringling College in 1987. His artwork has been included in Print’s Top 100 Posters of the 20th century, the New Pop Show which chronicled the 25 most innovative illustrators in America and one of 50 American Illustrators selected for the United Nation’s Environmental show. Some of his notable clients include Rolling Stone Magazine, Time Magazine, Newsweek, New York Magazine, The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and many more.

Mike Hodges

Mike Hodges earned a B.F.A. in Visual Design and Fine Arts from Auburn University and an M.F.A. in Illustration from Syracuse University. With over 34 years of professional teaching experience, Mike joined Ringling College in 1992. His professional clients have included New Yorker, Chicago Tribune, Esquire, Wall Street Journal Reports, Sports Illustrated, i, MasterCard, ABC Television, UPS, IBM, Pepsi, Coca-Cola, Federal Express, Delta Airlines and Absolut. Mike's work has won numerous national awards and has been feature in exhibitions and he is a member of Society of Illustrators, Dallas Society of Illustrators, and Illustrators' Club of Washington/Maryland/Virginia.

Carl E. Johnson

Carl E. Johnson earned a B.F.A. in Illustration with a minor in Drawing from Colorado State University and an M.F.A. in Painting with a minor in Drawing from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. With over 33 years of professional teaching experience, Carl joined Ringling College in 1997. His work has been shown in such exhibitions as Butler Institute of Art, "R.S.V.P." at Society of Illustrators. Collections: Bristol-Myers Squibb, Huntington National Bank, Marshall Erdman and Associates. He has held fellowships with Millay Colony of the Arts and the Saltonstall Foundation.

Sean Murray

Sean is an award-winning freelance illustrator, concept artist, author, and teacher who has worked in the entertainment industry for over fifteen years. He has spent the bulk of his career as a video game concept artist, working on several titles, including Dungeons & Dragons Online, The Lord of the Rings Online, and Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning. He has worked for clients such as Sony Screen Gems, DreamWorks, Legendary Pictures, visionary film director and producer Guillermo Del Toro, Disney-Hyperion Publishing, Sideshow Collectibles, Wizards of the Coast, Lego and EA Games. Sean won the Gold Award in the "Concept Art" category for this year's Spectrum Fantastic Art annual juried competition and his work has been chosen to be included in Spectrum annuals over the past eight years. Sean has been nominated for a prestigious Chesley Award and won a Silver and Bronze medal award from the Society of Illustrators of Los Angeles in 2015. He has taught in the illustration departments at Maryland Institute College of Art, Syracuse University (his alma mater) and the New Hampshire Institute of Art. He also teaches world-building at various illustration-focused workshops. Thanks to a successful Kickstarter campaign in 2012, Sean self-published Gateway: The Book of Wizards as a primer into his personal world-building project. Sean also co-created a card/board game hybrid called "Gateway: Uprising" that released in Fall of 2017 and is published by CMON, Inc.

Octavio Perez

Octavio Perez earned a B.F.A. in Illustration from Ringling College of Art and Design. With over 15 years of professional teaching experience, Octavio joined Ringling College in 2001. He previously worked at Hallmark Cards and currently works on concept design and execution of editorial illustrations and news graphics for the St. Petersburg Times. His numerous national clients include Hallmark Cards Inc., GEAR Inc., Cabela's, and Humanities Magazine.

George Pratt

George Pratt earned a B.F.A. in Drawing and Painting from Pratt Institute. With over 16 years of professional teaching experience, George joined Ringling College in 2006. A successful painter, his work is in private collections in the United States, Canada, Europe, India, and Japan, and has been exhibited in the Houston Museum of Fine Art and many galleries throughout the world. He was awarded a Gold Medal in the Spectrum Awards of 2002 and has had his work exhibited many times at the Society of Illustrators in New York. George continues to illustrate and design books and book jackets for various publishers including Random House, Henry Holt, Inc., Warner Books, Clarion Books, and Columbia Studios.

Caleb Prochnow

Caleb Prochnow earned a B.F.A. in Illustration from Ringling College of Art and Design. With over 5 years of professional teaching experience, Caleb joined Ringling College in 2012. He is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including the Best of Ringling Juried Student Show, Society of Illustrators, CMYK, Spectrum, Darkhorse Scholarship, and Massive Black Thunderdome. Some of his past clients include Disney, Universal, Ron Jon, Hard Rock, Ogilvy and Mather, Simon and Schuster and Electronic Arts.  www.vectorgenius.com

Ken Spirduso

Ken Spirduso earned a B.F.A. in Illustration from the University of Kansas. With over a year of professional teaching experience, Ken joined Ringling College in 2014.  He has held past positions including layout artist and background artist at Walt Disney Feature Animation. His credits include The Lion King, Pocahontas, Mulan, Tarzan, Lilo and Stitch and Brother Bear.  He also worked for Walt Disney Imagineering as a freelance illustrator and muralist and with n-Space as a senior concept artist.

Steven Taft

Steven Taft earned a B.F.A. in Painting from the University of Utah and an M.F.A. in Painting from Claremont Graduate University. With over 26 years of professional teaching experience, Steve joined Ringling College in 2007. He has an extensive gallery and museum exhibition record, and is represented in many public collections. Steve has also worked as a graphic designer, video editor, and network television set designer. He has taught at colleges across the country, including the Academy of Art University in San Francisco and the University of Utah. His current interests include digital painting, alternative photography, and history.

Joseph Thiel

Joseph Thiel earned a B.S. in Design from Buffalo State College and an M.F.A. in Illustration/Drawing from State University of New York at Buffalo. With over 23 years of professional teaching experience, Joe joined Ringling College in 1992. He has had his work published in Print, New York Times Book Review, Detroit News, Washington Post, Baltimore Sun, and Blue Sky. His clients include United Features Syndicate and Johns Hopkins. Joe is an educational member of the Society of Illustrators and the College Art Association. He is the author of Below the Beltway and Dirty Pictures from Longwind Publishing.  www.jrthiel.com

Rebecca Zomchek

Rebecca, illustrator, designer, and letterer, graduated with an M.F.A. in Illustration as Visual Essay from The School of Visual Arts in New York City and a B.F.A. in Illustration, Summa Cum Laude with Honors, from Syracuse University. She has worked as a freelance illustrator and game designer. Rebecca has illustrated several children's books with Scholastic Publishing and just worked on her first coloring book with Penguin/Random House.

Visiting Full Time Faculty

Matteo Caloiaro

Matteo Caloiaro earned a B.F.A. in Illustration from Ringling College of Art and Design. He is a successful painter and illustrator. Matteo's work is part of numerous private collections, and he is represented by M Gallery of Fine Arts in Sarasota, FL, and Kiley Court Gallery in Provincetown, MA.  www.caloiaro.com

David Gardner

David has been a professional illustrator for three decades. A former artist for Walt Disney Animation Studios, David has worked on layouts and visual development for projects including Beauty and the Beast, All Dogs Go to Heaven, Rescuers Down Under, A Goofy Movie, Hunchback of Notre Dame, and the Land Before Time sequels. He has also illustrated several children's books including the groundbreaking Harvey Milk Story and the award-winning Sarah Gives Thanks. David grew up in Memphis, Tennessee, and wanted to be a Disney artist for as long as he can remember. He received his Bachelor's degree in Communication from Northwestern University, majoring in Film, then studied fine art and illustration for three years at the American Academy of Art. After his years working at Disney and other animation studios, David decided to go freelance as an illustrator and created Flying Dog Studio. He is a longtime member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. For several years, he directed the world-famous Gustave Baumann Marionettes for the New Mexico Museum of Art.

Stephanie Henderson

Stephanie Henderson earned an undergraduate degree from College for Creative Studies and an M.F.A. from Wayne State University. With over 30 years of professional experience, Stephanie joins Ringling College in 2016. She has worked in both the fine and commercial art worlds and has received numerous awards and honors. Stephanie's work has appeared in many publications such as dream journals by Marcel Schurman, cards by Bottman Design, books such as Claus Brusen’s Imaginaire series, Marcel Salome’s Dreamscapes, Faye Dowling’s curation The Book of Skulls, and magazines such as Charles Hively’s Creative Quarterly. She has been commissioned by Roseanne Barr’s Full Moon High Tide Productions Inc., Julie Andrews Edwards and Harper Collins, Laura Childs and Berkeley Publishing Group, Simon & Schuster, Berkley Publishing Group, Prentice Hall, Multnomah Books , Llewellyn Publications, Penguin/Putnam, and Celestial Seasonings. You can see more of Stephanie’s work on www.hendersonart.com

John Herzog

John is an illustrator, writer, and character designer. He earned a B.F.A. in Animation from Brigham Young University. He joined Ringling College in 2017 as an adjunct faculty member. His experience in illustration and animation, coupled with over 15 years of film production experience, has given him a unique perspective on the art of visual storytelling. John's work has been featured in various national publications, including Highlights for Children, Kenyon College Alumni Bulletin, and High Five. His most recent clients include Aldrich Design and Hasbro. John is a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators and is represented by Shannon Associates. He lives with his wife, two kids, a pair of tarantulas, and a fish.

Gerry Hoag

Gerry is a Figurative artist with 22 years’ experience teaching in the United States and Italy. Classically trained in figure sculpture at Boston University (M.F.A.) and contemporary sculpture at Massachusetts College of Art and Design (B.F.A.), Mr. Hoag graduated with Distinction and Departmental Honors. His education is complemented by practical work experience in industry, beginning with anatomical training as a ‘Dienar’ in two hospitals under four pathologists assisting in autopsies. As a civilian contractor, working with Fort Devens School of Army Intelligence, Mr. Hoag rendered educational training materials as an Illustrator. Architectural renderings honed skills in perspective drawing and drafting.

Mr. Hoag possesses practical skills in welding, blacksmithing (including Damascus bladesmithing), fine woodworking, machine-shop practices and industrial design prototyping. He has worked on commissions ranging from over-life-size sculptures to children’s book award/statuettes. His pedagogical career began under Nathan Goldstein, noted author, artist and educator at the Art Institute of Boston.

As a journeyman teacher, Mr. Hoag has taught at a wide range of public and private institutions of higher education, such as The New York Academy Graduate School of Figurative Art, Harvard University, Boston University, The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, and Massachusetts College of Art.

Dustin Juengel

Dustin Juengel was born in Leverkusen, Germany. He received his BFA in Illustration from Ringling College of Art and Design and his MA in Fine Art from Chelsea College of Art and Design, London. Dustin’s work has been exhibited in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Germany, including The Lightbox in Woking, England, as part of the Ingram Collection; the Longboat Key Center for the Arts, and the Kleine Rathaus Galerie in Odenthal Germany.  Dustin currently serves as the exhibition curator for Art Center Sarasota and as an adjunct instructor at Ringling College of Art and Design. His ongoing series of grayscale, photorealist oil paintings engages with themes of permanence, ephemerality, physical presence, and the passing of time.   http://dujuen.tumblr.com/

Yazan Khalifeh

Yazan was born in Amman, Jordan. His journey into art started at a very young age, when in school he used to get lost in the art room every chance he had. He graduated from the Applied Sciences University in Jordan with a B.A. in Graphic Design; an experience which he states further grew his appreciation for art and illustration.

During Yazan’s undergrad studies, he was an active participant in annual shows, local exhibitions and competitions at which he received honors. After graduation, he gained real world experience working in print design for two years before joining an animation studio in Jordan to design characters for 3D animation projects. Later, Yazan worked in advertising as a visual artist and as an art director.

Following two solo exhibitions, Yazan entered the M.F.A. program in Illustration at the Academy of Art in San Francisco and graduated in 2015.

Neil Riley

Neil received his B.F.A. from The Maryland Institute College of Art and an M.F.A. in Painting from Boston University. His awards include a Fulbright Fellowship and an Alfred and Trafford Klots Residency. Neil has lectured and taught at numerous colleges and art programs. They include the Jerusalem Studio School in Israel and the Columbus College of Art and Design as an Associate Professor in the Fine Arts Program. Neil has exhibited in various museum and gallery shows, both nationally and internationally. Most recently he participated in the Eyes on the Land exhibit at the Shelburne Museum in Vermont. The show was a collaboration between the museum, The Vermont Land Trust, and 13 Vermont artists to promote land conservation. SJ Sindu, Creative Writing. SJ's debut novel, Marriage of a Thousand Lies, is forthcoming.

Alexander Snyder

After graduation from the Ringling College of Art and Design, Alexander, has worked for Bronzart Foundry, a complete fine arts foundry located in Sarasota.  Over the last 15 years, Alexander has been developing his skills as a master sculptor, and working with artists from all over the U.S. and the world. He has had the opportunity to work with Robert Rauschenberg, Bill Schaff, Mariah Kirby Smith, and Kathy Spalding; as well as organizations like Disney, Graphicstudio and The Smithsonian Natural History Museum.

Alex’s artwork is predominantly in bronze, although drawing and painting are a part of his creative process. The human figure finds dominance in his work as it lends itself well to motion and beauty.  


Long Term Part Time Faculty

Gary Allen Barker

Gary Allen Barker earned a B.A. in Art with a minor in Spanish from the University of Indianapolis. He has been the Senior Cartoonist for the "Garfield" comic strip since 1983 and co-developed Garfield’s Pet Force and illustrated Garfield product art for such licensees as: NASCAR, Bradford, Mead, Hasbro, Ballantine, and Hallmark. Gary has also worked as Creative Director for IE Worldwide and as Designer/Illustrator for RM Enterprises, Hong Kong. He has been a Comic Book Artist for such publishers as Marvel, DC, Image and Dark Horse, and has been a Designer/Layout Artist for Film Roman Studios, Paramount Studios and Warner Brothers International.  www.garybarker.com

Katie Dobson Cundiff

Katie Dobson Cundiff earned a B.F.A. in Painting from Ringling College of Art and Design. She is the owner, illustrator and designer of Katie Dids Originals, Inc., a Sarasota design company producing screen printed and embroidered apparel for over 25 years. Katie is also an accomplished plein air oil painter. Her work is in private collections throughout the United States, Spain, France, and Argentina. Katie is represented by M Gallery of Fine Art in Sarasota, Corse Gallery and Atelier in Jacksonville, and Coconut Grove Gallery, Coconut Grove, FL, and is an associate member of Oil Painters of America and American Women Artists.  www.dobsonart.com

Hodges Soileau

Hodges Soileau earned a B.A. in Advertising Design with a minor in Social Studies from the University of Southwestern Louisiana. He has had a successful illustration career for twenty-five years. Hodges has worked for most of the major publishing houses in New York and he is a 23-year member of the prestigious Society of Illustrators in New York. During this time he received many citations of merit for work exhibited in annual shows. Hodges has had several solo shows, and has participated in numerous group shows. His work hangs in private collections as well as the United Stated Air Force and U.S. Coast Guard permanent collections.  www.hodgessoileau.com

Steven Strenk

Steven Strenk earned a B.F.A. in Fine Arts from Ringling College of Art and Design and an M.F.A. in Studio Art from University of South Florida. He is an artist of many mediums ranging from painting, to sculpture, and draws his inspiration from his coastal environment, along with a sense of playfulness. Steve is currently a part of the local artist group SARTQ, which is a circle of Sarasota artists engaging the community through unique art experiences. His work has been shown primarily in alternative spaces throughout Florida as well as out of state and is in private collections throughout the United States. In early 2014 Steven had the privilege of being selected as one of seven artists to participate in Sarasota Keys, an interactive music and art experience hosted in downtown Sarasota.

Adjunct Faculty

Diane Chanako-Turner 

Diane Chanako-Turner received her MFA in Fine Art Drawing & Painting from the Academy of Art University.

Eric Freeberg

Eric Freeberg received his M.F.A. in Painting from New York Academy of the Arts Graduate School of Figurative Art.

Marianne Junker

Marianne Junker earned her MFA in Painting from Indiana University. 

Jenny Medved

Jenny Medved earned her MFA in Figurative Painting from the Academy of Art University. 

Taylor Robenalt

Taylor Robenalt earned her MFA, Ceramics, from the University of Georgia.

Rob Tarbell

Rob earned MS in Curriculum & Instruction from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

Все свои дни он посвящал организации распорядка чужой жизни. В положении личного помощника директора имелись и определенные преимущества: роскошный кабинет в директорских апартаментах, свободный доступ в любой отдел АН Б и ощущение собственной исключительности, объяснявшееся обществом, среди которого ему приходилось вращаться.

Выполняя поручения людей из высшего эшелона власти, Бринкерхофф в глубине души знал, что он - прирожденный личный помощник: достаточно сообразительный, чтобы все правильно записать, достаточно импозантный, чтобы устраивать пресс-конференции, и достаточно ленивый, чтобы не стремиться к большему.

Приторно-сладкий перезвон каминных часов возвестил об окончании еще одного дня его унылого существования. Какого черта! - подумал .

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