Faculty and Staff

Photo of Cristina Albu Cristina Albu Assistant Professor, Art History

Cristina Albu came to UMKC in 2012 after receiving her Ph.D. at the University of Pittsburgh. Her research focuses on interconnections between contemporary art, phenomenology, and cognitive sciences.…

Photo of Ricky Allman Ricky Allman Associate Professor, Studio Art

Ricky Allman came to UMKC in 2007 after graduating with honors from the Rhode Island School of Design. His landscape and architecturally based paintings investigate themes such as the natural versus the built environment, religious extremism, the apocalypse and large scale environmental and social catastrophes.…

Photo of Barry Anderson Barry Anderson Chair and Professor, Studio Art

Barry Anderson’s art and research interests are in the areas of video animation, multi-channel (surround sound) audio, photography and installation art.…

Photo of Frances Connelly Frances Connelly Professor & Graduate Advisor, Art History

Professor Connelly teaches courses on modern European art of the 19th and 20th centuries, with a particular interest in the intersection of art history and anthropology.…

Photo of Elijah Gowin Elijah Gowin Professor and Graduate Advisor, Studio Art

Elijah Gowin has been teaching at UMKC since 2002. He teaches both chemical and digital photography with a focus on experimental tools and methodologies.…

Photo of Joseph R. Hartman Joseph R. Hartman Assistant Professor

Joseph R. Hartman has lectured and published widely on modern/contemporary Latinx and Latin American art, architecture, and experience. Hartman’s first book, The Dictator’s Dreamscape: Building Machado’s Cuba (The University of Pittsburgh Press, forthcoming), reconsiders Cuban visual culture within broader histories of nation building, globalization, and U.S.…

Photo of Adrienne Hoard Adrienne Hoard Professor, Studio Art

Hoard, is a Professor of Fine Art and Black Studies at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Hoard previously served as Professor of Art and Art Education, and affiliate Professor in the Black Studies Department, at the University of Missouri-Columbia.…

Photo of Kati Toivanen Kati Toivanen Professor, Studio Art

In her creative research, Professor Toivanen explores personal history and narrative through imagery, objects and installations. She often incorporates elements of play and games into her artworks.…

Photo of Paul Tosh Paul Tosh Associate Professor, Studio Art

Paul Tosh has been teaching at UMKC since 2001, and after 12 years in academia, he still has a southern accent.…

Photo of Davin Watne Davin Watne Lecturer, Studio Art

Originally from Morgantown, West Virginia, Davin Watne has taught at UMKC since 2002. Watne’s work includes a wide range of mediums and approaches to artmaking, including sculpture, installation, fashion design, animation, with a primary emphasis in painting.…

Photo of Rochelle Ziskin Rochelle Ziskin Professor, Art History

Born in New York City and educated in NY, Oberlin (OH), Dublin (Ireland), Chicago, and Cambridge (MA), Prof. Ziskin joined UMKC in 1994, after a brief sojourn as a visiting instructor at the University of Oregon, Eugene and a Getty postdoctoral fellowship.…