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Programs of Study

Faculty Biographies (J–L)

headshot of ccad faculty lesley jenikeLesley Jenike, associate professor, liberal arts; teaches American literature, screenwriting, poetry, and literary studies. An American Academy of Poets prize winner, Jenike’s work has appeared in Poetry, Gettysburg Review, The Southern Review, Gulf Coast, Verse and other journals. Her collection of poems, Ghost of Fashion, was published in 2009. She was a finalist for the Marsh Hawk Press and Anthony Hecht poetry prizes and has had fellowships and scholarships from the Ohio Arts Council, Sewanee Writers’ Conference, and Virginia Center for Creative Arts. BFA in writing, literature, and publishing, Emerson College, 2000; MFA in poetry, Ohio State University, 2003; PhD in American literature and poetry, University of Cincinnati, 2008. Online: www.ccad.digication.com/ljenike.

Jim Johnson, assistant professor, advertising & graphic design; teaches advanced branding concepts, introduction to advertising and graphic design, and introduction to visual communications. Johnson’s advertising career includes executive positions at agencies in New York and Europe as well as at Stonefly Communications in Columbus. With a background in healthcare marketing, branding and new product launches, Johnson has created award-winning campaigns for brands such as Tide, Oil of Olay, Pampers, and Pringles. His work has been recognized by publications AdAge and Adweek and with Effie and Clio awards. He has work in permanent collections at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. BFA in painting and medical illustration, Louisiana State University, 1976. Online: www.jamesejohnson.com.

headshot of ccad faculty ariana-sophia kartsonisAriana-Sophia M. Kartsonis, associate professor, liberal arts; teaches contemporary literature, poetry, fiction, Greek studies, and ekphrasis. A faculty enrichment grant recipient, Kartsonis is writing a poetry-sequence based on the laboratory where Harry Harlow studied the science of affection. Her book, Intaglio, was published in 2006 and won the Stan and Tom Wick Poetry Prize. She will be publishing a chapbook, By Some Miracle, a Year Lousy with Meteors with Cynthia Arrieu-King in 2013. BA in English, creative writing and literature, University of Utah, 1994; MFA in fiction and poetry, University of Alabama, 2004; PhD in 20th century British and American poetry, University of Cincinnati, 2008. Online: www.sweetlydisturbed.com.

Brian Kellett, adjunct instructor, photography; teaches studio and senior portfolio. Currently working on his doctorate in art administration, education, and policy at Ohio State University. Kellett is a freelance photographer and designer whose client work ranges from product and event photography to furniture design and build. His personal work is primarily street photography and environmental portraiture. Kellett teaches in CCAD’s Continuing & Professional Studies program in addition to his other instruction. BFA in still-based media studies, CCAD, 2007; MFA in photography, Brooks Institute, 2010. Online: www.kosinedesign.com.

headshot of ccad faculty dawson kelloggDawson R. Kellogg, associate professor, fine arts; teaches glass blowing, kiln casting, and professional practices. In his 15th year of teaching at CCAD, Kellogg has completed numerous commissions in the Ohio area and his work in held in private collections nationwide. He has been granted a solo show at the Zanesville Museum of Art and received three scholarships from the Pilchuck Glass School. His business, OMG Glass, provides one-of-a-kind glass art installation pieces for corporate and residential sites. AA in general studies, Palomar College, 1990; BA in art education, San Francisco State University, 1993; MFA in glass, Kent State University, 1997. Online: www.omgglass.com.

Patrick Kenny
Patrick Kenney
, instructor, animation; teaches 2D animation, 3D animation, visual narrative and storyboarding. Kenney has spent most of his professional career creating 2D and 3D content for video game studios including Shaba Games and Acclaim Entertainment. His freelance clients include Supergenius Studio and Broken Myth Studio. He is credited on more than 20 published titles including Forge, Spiderman: Web of Shadows, Shrek Super Slam, as well as several titles within the Tony Hawk franchise. BFA in illustration and animation, CCAD, 1992. Online: http://pkenneyart.blogspot.com.

headshot of ccad faculty walter kingWalter King, professor, illustration; teaches narrative drawing. King’s paintings, drawings, prints, and illustrations have been exhibited widely in the United States as well as in Europe, Argentina, and Japan. His work has been published in O magazine, the journal of the C.G. Jung Institute of New York, Tulsa Magazine, Industie Technik magazine in Hungary and by Artisan and Continental Heritage presses. His work is in numerous private collections around the world, and his clients have included PBS, Apple, D.C. Heath and Co, and the American Friends Service Committee. He is represented by Galleria Evangelia in Columbus. BFA in illustration, CCAD, 1981; MFA in painting, Boston University, 1985. Online: www.absolutearts.com/walterking.

Sophie J. Knee, adjunct instructor, fine arts; teaches lithography, relief, intaglio, and serigraphy. Knee was born in England and immigrated to the United States as a young adult. In addition to teaching at CCAD, she is a lecturer at Ohio State University. She has had solo and group exhibits throughout Ohio and Texas and in Kansas and Missouri. Knee, who is represented in Columbus by Sharon Weiss Gallery, was a volunteer judge for six years for the Denman Awards at OSU. BFA in printmaking, Ohio State University, 1992; MFA in printmaking and drawing, Texas Tech University, 1995. Online: www.frettke.blogspot.com.

Robert “Robin” Knotts, assistant professor, liberal arts; teaches Japanese and Chinese art, modern art, Renaissance art and art, design, and culture. At CCAD since 1991, Knotts also has taught at Ohio Wesleyan University, University of Cincinnati, Denison University, and Ohio State University. He currently is conducting research on Picasso’s The Blue Room. He has been honored by the OSU Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies and was awarded two OSU travel fellowships. He formerly served as chairman of CCAD’s art history department. BA in theater, Ohio State University, 1975; MA in theater, Ohio State University, 1977; PhD in theater, Ohio State University, 1982; PhD in art history, Ohio State University, 1995.

John Kortlander, professor, fine arts; teaches thesis, figure drawing, and watercolor. A graduate studies mentor, Kortlander also has taught design, sound design, and painting at CCAD. He previously taught at the Mercersburg Academy, where he held the Johnson chair for outstanding teaching. His work has been included in exhibits and film festivals throughout the United States and Europe, including at the Smithsonian Institution, Wexner Center for the Arts, Studio Arts Center International in Italy, and Kulturrathaus in Germany. Kortlander has a strong interest in sustainability. BFA in art history, Ohio University, 1981; MFA in painting, University of Colorado, 1983. Online: www.kortlander.com.

Jodi Kovach, adjunct instructor, liberal arts; teaches art history of Mexico City and art, design, and culture. Kovach’s scholarly work focus is contemporary art. In addition to teaching, she has contributed to exhibition catalogues The Art of Two Germanys during the Cold War, The Geometry of Hope: Abstract Art from the Patricia Phelps de Cisneros Collection, and Reality Bites: Making Avant-Garde Art in Post-Wall Germany. BFA in painting, Miami University, 1996; MA in art history, Washington University, 2003; PhD in art history, Washington University, 2013.

Joe Kovach, assistant professor, illustration; teaches illustration studio concepts and practices and introductory illustration. Kovach is an award winning illustrator, designer, and art director. His clients include Sony, Scholastic, Dolby, the Franklin Mint, Opera Company of Philadelphia, Harvard Business Review, Warner Bros. Entertainment, The Walt Disney Company, and others. His work has been exhibited nationally and abroad, including at the United Nations, Society of Illustrators and Dimensions ’07 in Hong Kong. BFA in illustration, CCAD, 1985; MS in marketing and communications, Franklin University, 2010. Online: www.joekovach.com.

Jeannine Kraft, assistant professor and chair of history of art and design, liberal arts; teaches medieval art, baroque art, design e-learning history, and contemporary art issues. Kraft’s background is in medieval Irish art, but she is currently working on issues of cultural identity in relationship to the landscape in contemporary Irish art. She is a doctorate researcher in Irish studies with the National University of Ireland and has presented her work at national and international conferences. BA in English, Ohio State University, 1993; MA in art history, Ohio State University, 1996. Online: https://ccad.digication.com/jeannine_kraft/Conference_Papers12

Gregg Kumlien, professor, foundation studies and fine arts; teaches figure drawing, and portrait drawing. Kumlien’s work revolves around political and psychological content that combines realism with various forms of mixed media. His work has been exhibited in many solo and group shows throughout the United States and China. BS in drawing and painting, University of Wisconsin, 1971; MA in drawing and painting, University of Madison, 1973; MFA in drawing and painting, University of Wisconsin, 1985. Online: http://ccad.digication.com/gregg_kumlien.

Kim J. Landsbergen, associate professor, cross-disciplinary,and graduate studies, and director, liberal arts; teaches ecology and sustainability, infographics and biomimicy. Landsbergen is a certified senior ecologist with the Ecological Society of America and owner of CarbonEcology Consulting. She has published 20 peer-reviewed ecology papers in scientific journals and has presented papers at national conferences. She holds a research affiliation with Ohio State University’s Department of Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology and conducted a post-doctoral fellowship in climate change and forest function at Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory. BS in chemistry and biology, University of Memphis, 1991; MS in forest ecology, Duke University, 1994; PhD in forest ecosystem analysis, University of Washington, 2000. Online: www.kimlandsbergen.com and https://ccad.digication.com/kim_landsbergen.

Annette Lasker, adjunct instructor, Fashion Design; teaches visual communications. Lasker, an illustrator and graphic designer, has worked as an artist for more than 25 years. Her illustrations are published in a variety of textbooks and educational material, both print and web. She produces a line of greeting cards and fashion accessories, and works as a freelancer. AA, Lake Michigan College, 1992; BFA in Illustration, CCAD, 1996; MFA in art education, Ohio State University, 2008. Online: annettelasker.com.

Mike Laughead, adjunct professor, illustration and animation; teaches introduction to illustration, design and digital methods, and café sketch. Laughead is a children’s illustrator of graphic novels and picture books. BFA in illustration, Brigham Young University Idaho, 2005; MFA, CCAD, 2013. Online: http://www.mikelaughead.com.

headshot of ccad faculty gordon leeGordon Lee, professor, fine arts; teaches painting and drawing workshop. Born in China, Lee’s work has been shown in many solo and juried exhibitions nationally and internationally from Canada to Italy. He has taught drawing and printmaking at Hong Kong Polytechnic University and is a recipient of the Individual Artist Fellowship from the Greater Columbus Arts Council. Lee also won the best of show at the 76th National Midyear Show at the Butler Institute of American Art. BFA in studio art, Concordia University, Montreal, 1979; MFA in painting, Cranbrook Academy of Art, 1981. Online: www.gordonlee-art.com and www.anthonybrunelli.com.

Joseph Lombardo, adjunct instructor, foundation studies, and fine arts; teaches fundamental drawing, figure drawing, and portrait drawing. Lombardo studied painting in Ireland and served as a resident artist at Buffalo National River park in Arkansas, Hot Springs National Park in Arkansas, and the Glen Arbor Art Association in Michigan. Lombardo is represented by Art Access Gallery in Columbus. He has exhibited his work nationally and won best in show at the Ohio Plein Air Competition in 2011. His work can be viewed in the permanent collection of the Supreme Court of Ohio. BFA in fine arts, CCAD, 2006; MFA in painting and drawing, Bowling Green State University, 2008. Online: www.jlombardoart.com.

Robert Loss, visiting full-time faculty, liberal arts and English; teaches fiction writing, contemporary literature, the literature of comics and graphic novels, and world literature. Loss' cultural criticism and other scholarly writing has appeared in The Comics Journal, Heavy Feather Review, Ghettoblaster, The Comics Grid, and PopMatters, where he writes the bi-monthly column “Ties That Bind." He has published short fiction in Filigree and Mayday. In addition to presenting work at national conferences, he is the programming coordinator for CCAD’s Mix comics symposium. BA in English/creative writing and literature, Ohio Wesleyan University, 1996; MFA English/creative writing, Ohio State University, 2005. Online: https://ccad.digication.com/robert_loss/Welcome/

James Lutz
James Lutz
, chair, associate professor, Advertising & Graphic design; teaches advanced design concepts and advertising typographic communications. Lutz's advertising and design career includes senior art director positions at GSW Worldwide and Fahlgren-Mortine. His work includes medical and pharmaceutical product development, as well as banking and consumer clients. His design practice, formed in 1994, includes branding, packaging advertising, and design strategy. He currently collaborates with web developers, photographers, and videographers on educational and healthcare clients. BFA in advertising & graphic design, CCAD, 1978; MA, Franklin University, 2010.

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