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Emeritus Faculty Biographies

Margaret M. Armbrust, Liberal Arts professor emeritus, is an art historian. She has published articles in Art Bulletin, Les Cahiers Naturalistes, Ceramics Monthly, Ohioana Quarterly, and numerous art catalogues.She has exhibited artwork at the Cincinnati Art Directors’ Club, the Columbus Communications Society, and the Ohio Expositions Commission. BS, University of Cincinnati; MA and Ph.D., The Ohio State University.

Richard Aschenbrand, Advertising Design professor emeritus, served as dean of Visual Communications. He joined the faculty of CCAD in 1967 and retired having served CCAD in a variety of roles over 45 years, from gallery manager to director of arts and grants. In addition to his CCAD work, Aschenbrand maintains a robust graphic design business, exhibitions, and guest lecturing schedule. BFA, Pratt Institute; MS, Pratt Institute.

Curtis Benzle, Fine Arts professor emeritus, has been awarded fellowships by the Ohio Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts for his sculptural works in porcelain. He is past board president and executive director of Ohio Designer Craftsmen and has been a trustee of the American Craft Council. His work is included in many public and private collections including the White House, the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of American Art, and the Los Angeles Country Museum of Art. He has held residencies at Syracuse University and the Seto Center for Ceramics and Glass in Japan. He has participated in more than 100 solo and group exhibitions throughout the world and has work represented in 20 books on the field of contemporary ceramics. He continues to lecture nationwide on his work, the business of art, and professional practices. In addition to his personal expression, Mr. Benzle also operates a ceramics studio producing porcelain home accessories for gift shops in galleries nationwide. BFA, The Ohio State University; MA, Northern Illinois University. Website: http://www.benzleporcelain.com/index.asp

Dennis Drummond, Fine Arts professor emeritus, served as chair of the Drawing and Printmaking department and Faculty Council president. He has exhibited widely and his paintings are held in numerous collections. He has twice been recognized in Who's Who Among American Teachers. BFA, Cleveland Institute of Art; MFA, Syracuse University. Website: http://dennisdrummond.com/

Carl Garant, Industrial and Interior Design professor emeritus, served as dean of Industrial and Interior Design. He joined the CCAD faculty in 1974 and retired after 38 years with the college having authored three books and dozens of academic papers on design, in addition to his countless hours working with students. The Industrial Designers Society of America honored Garant with its 2005 National Educators Award. BFA, University of Illinois; MFA, University of Illinois.

Charles Herndon, Fine Arts professor emeritus, shows his work at galleries in Chicago, Cleveland, Columbus, Cincinnati, and in a gallery and sculpture garden he built on Kelleys Island. He is a stone carver, frequently using stones found near his Lake Erie studio and gallery complex. He also works in glass, wood, and metal, and is a painter and photographer. His stone sculptures address geologic time and process, human touch and response, and the formal attributes and associations of the figure. His photographs reflect the manifestations of time passing and natural process found on and about the island. His paintings deal with language, perception, and physical response as a key to intellectual and emotional involvement. His pieces have been purchased for many public and private collections. BFA, Cleveland Institute of Art; BA, Case Western Reserve University; MFA, Syracuse University. Website: www.charlesherndon.com

Bill Hunt, Fine Arts and Graduate Studies professor emeritus, served as editor of Ceramics Monthly magazine prior to teaching ceramics, glaze/clay chemistry, and ceramic art history at CCAD. Hunt maintains an active studio practice and has exhibited his work in more than 100 regional, national, and international exhibitions. He has conducted dozens of professional workshops nationally and internationally; juried and curated multiple exhibitions, including CCAD’s 21st Century Ceramics in the United States and Canada exhibit; and authored multiple publications. Hunt has been elected to lifetime memberships in the International Academy of Ceramics (Geneva, Switzerland) and the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (USA). BA, College of Wooster; MFA, Ohio State University. Online: http://www.billandlizhunt.com/

Ed Lathy, Liberal Arts professor emeritus, served as dean of Liberal Arts. He joined CCAD’s faculty in 1969 and retired after 43 years having served CCAD in numerous academic leadership roles while teaching courses in writing, criticism, and metaphor and the arts. Lathy presented papers regionally and nationally on symbolism in writing and post-modern criticism. He is also a jazz drummer. BS in English, St. Louis University; MA in English, Washington University; PhD in English Education, Ohio State University.

Edward Lense, Liberal Arts professor emeritus, taught creative writing and English before his retirement. He has been awarded fellowships by the Ohio Arts Council in criticism (1993 and 2002), and in poetry (2002). BA, New York University; MA, Ph.D., The Ohio State University. 

Kathryn Livermore, Liberal Arts professor emeritus, writes short stories and has been published in the North American Review, The Carleton Miscellany, and The Greensboro Review. BA, Duke University; MA, Ph.D., Yale University.

Bruce Robinson, Fine Arts and Graduate Studies professor emeritus, has had artwork in numerous regional and national juried shows. He exhibited in Dresden, Germany in the 1997 exhibition celebrating the fifth anniversary of the sister-city relationship between Columbus and Dresden. BFA, Kansas City Art Institute; MFA, Indiana University.

Lowell Tolstedt, Fine Arts professor emeritus, retired from CCAD after more than 35 years and serving as dean of the division of Fine Arts since 1981. He has work in a number of collections, including the Art Institute of Chicago, the National Museum of American Art at the Smithsonian Institute, the Columbus Museum of Art, the Evansville Museum of Art, and the Minnesota Museum of Art. He has received three Individual Artist Fellowships from the Ohio Arts Council, and was awarded a Visual Artist Fellowship by the National Endowment for the Arts in 1983. BFA, University of South Dakota; MA, University of Iowa.