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School of Visual Arts Students have the opportunity to study and mentor with the art and design profession’s most talented faculty members. SOVA faculty members are able to share with students the latest ideas in studio arts, visual communication design, art history, creative technologies and new media design. 

Our faculty cover a wide range of disciplines and intellectual interests reflecting the interdisciplinary nature of our program, the faculty at the School of Visual Arts are nationally and internationally accredited artists working at Virginia Tech a top research institution. 

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  • Ann-Marie Knoblauch, Ph.D. Assistant Director
    Director, Art History

    Appointment(s):

    • Associate Professor of Art History
    • Affiliated Faculty, Classical Studies Program
    • Affiliated Faculty, Lycoming College Excavations at Idalion, Cyprus 

    Research:

    Dr. Knoblauch’s current research involves underrepresented groups in theancient Mediterranean world, particularly the archaic and classical Greek world (ca.600-400 BCE). The history of the Greeks is written by and about Athenian men, and Dr. Knoblauch attempts to articulate other voices, non-Athenian and non-male, through looking at the material culture left behind. This approach to the ancient world manifests itself in two main research streams, active fieldwork on the island of Cyprus, and investigations into the visual iconography of Athenian women. Dr. Knoblauch has been involved in the excavations of Idalion, Cyprus since1998. Idalion was one of the most important cities of ancient Cyprus, and the material remains make clear it was also an exceptionally active religious sanctuary. Dr. Knoblauch is currently publishing the sculpture found during the current excavations. This material is especially important because of a lack of historical sources from this eastern Mediterranean island, an island that had direct andindirect contact with most of the major cultures surrounding it, including Greek, Egyptian, and western Asia. Recently, Dr. Knoblauch co-edited a special double issue of the peer-reviewed journal, Near Eastern Archaeology (vol. 71, 1-2), called Ancient Cyprus, American Research. She has also served as a board member for the Cyprus American Archaeological Research Institute, the only international archaeological school on the island. The role of women in ancient Greece has also been a research interest for Dr. Knoblauch, particularly vases depicting young girl’s preparing for marriage and themythological females they sought to emulate. Such investigations allow us tounderstand the concerns and anxieties of a demographic not typically discussed by in ancient historians. Her research in this area has appears in press in an articlecalled “Promiscuous or proper? : nymphs as female role models in ancient Greece”in Religion, Gender and Culture in the PreModern World (Palgrave 2007). Dr. Knoblauch maintains a strong international profile, having presentedpaper in Italy, Germany, Greece and Cyprus and Scotland, as well as co-organizingan international conference in 2006, The Mythology and Iconography of Colonization,with colleagues from the Universita’ degli Studi di Napoli Federico II in Naples, Italy. The papers from this conference will be published in the peer-reviewed Electronic Antiquity.

    • Office: 351D Henderson
    • Phone: 540-231-8415
  • Simone Paterson, Ph.D. Associate Professor, Digital Art and Design
    Studio Program

    Dr. Simone Paterson is a new media artist and researcher who teaches New Media Art and Theory, Cyber Arts and Digital Video and Special Effects in the School of Visual Arts at Virginia Polytechnic and State University (Virginia Tech). Educated in New South Wales, Australia she was awarded a PhD in Philosophy/ Fine Arts from The University of Newcastle, in 2005 where her research focused upon cyborg culture and third wave feminism. In 1995 she was awarded a Master of Visual Arts from the University of Sydney, Sydney College of the Arts and was the winner of the prestigious New South Wales Travelling Art Prize, which enabled her to travel to Florence, Italy to study traditional sculptural techniques and digital imaging. Paterson exhibits her new media installations and performance work internationally (Australia, Europe and USA). Her installations usually consist of sculptural fabric forms and large-scale digital prints as well as interactive new media works and digital video. Her performance art work integrates playing the harp with pre-recorded sound and video. She is a member of the new media CAUCUS for the College Art Association and a team member of the Collaborative for Creative Technologies in Art and Design, (CCTAD) and an active member of the Digital Art Research Team (DART). Paterson is also an invited affiliated faculty member of the Women’s Studies Program at Virginia Tech and a part of the Interdisciplinary Research Group (IRG) Embodied Design and Aesthetic Representation of Gender, Bodies and Technologies.

    • Office: 206 Henderson
    • Phone: 540-231-3385
  • Bailey Van Hook, Ph.D. Professor of Art History
    Co-chair, MA in Material Culture and Public Humanities

    Bailey Van Hook is an historian of 19th and 20th century European and American art. She received her M.Phil and Ph.D. at the City University of New York Graduate Center, where she wrote a dissertation on images of idealized women in turn of the 20th century American art.  She published it as Angels of Art:  Women and Art in American Culture, 1876-1914 (Penn State Press, 1997).  Her more recent research has been in the area of American beaux-arts art and architecture and she wrote a study of murals of that era, The Virgin and the Dynamo: Public murals in American Architecture, 1893-1917 (Ohio University Press, 2003). She is currently finishing a biography of beaux-arts muralist Violet Oakley (1874-1961).

    Dr. Van Hook taught at Fordham University, SUNY New Paltz, and Queens College (CUNY) before she came to Virginia Tech.  She teaches over a wide area of interests, including her specialties, 19th and 20th century art, as well as the history of photography and graphic design.

    • Office: 351E Henderson
    • Phone: 540-231-5547
  • Dane Webster Director of Master of Fine Arts in Creative Technologies
    Associate Professor, Animation & 3D Modeling
    Area Coordinator

    M.F.A., Washington State University

    Appointment(s):

    • Assistant Professor of Computer Animation in Visual Communication Design
    • Area Coordinator for Creative Technologies
    • Co-Assistant Director of CCTAD, Collaboration for Creative Technologies in Arts and Design
    • Chair of MFA in Creative Technologies

    Creative Scholarship and Research: 

    Prof. Webster’s research is focused on the use of 3d computer animation software (MAYA, MODO, ZBrush, Unity3d, and After Effects) as a tool of visualization and art. The majority of his work has been focused on the creation of animated short films. His newest film “With Delicate Risk” has been screened at many national and international film festivals, including the Brooklyn International Film Festival, where “With Delicate Risk” was 1 of 102 films selected from over 2000 submission from 79 countries. His previous films, “Idea Development”, “A Sixty Second Tragedy”, and “Up, Up, and Away” have also been exhibited widely. Recently Prof. Webster has started exploring the use of 3d gaming engines as part of his research. In November 2008, his interactive piece “Always Uncoupled” was part of a group exhibition for the grand opening of the new Taubman Museum of Art in Roanoke Virginia.

    • Office: 350 Henderson
    • Phone: 540-231-2952
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