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Programs of Study

Faculty Biographies (J–L)

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Lesley Jenike
, associate professor, CORE Liberal Arts English & Philosophy; 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.

Nancy Kangas
, adjunct, Liberal Arts; teaches introduction to professional writing. Nancy Kangas is writer and teaching artist. Her poetry has been published in print and online publications including Cap City Poets, Ohio Edit, and Exquisite Corpse. She writes and draws for Muse magazine (a title in the Cricket family), and for over a decade edited Nancy’s Magazine. Organizations that have sponsored her poetry residencies and creative arts workshops include the Ohio Arts Council, The Thurber House, the Columbus Museum of Art, and The Wexner Center. Kangas is also a librarian with the Columbus Metrpolitan Library. BS in independent studies: american arts and media, Ohio State University, 1987; MLS in library science, Kent State University, 1989.

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Ariana-Sophia M. Kartsonis
, associate professor, CORE Liberal Arts English & Philosophy; 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.

Jennifer Kaufmann-Buhler
, assistant professor, Advertising and Graphic Design; teaches history of 2D and 3D design. Kaufmann-Buhler is an interdisciplinary scholar with a particular interest in the study of mundane objects and spaces within the context of everyday life. Her current research focuses on the history of office design and white-collar work in the post-war United States. She has presented her work nationally and internationally. BA in American culture, Vassar College, 2001; MA in history of design, Royal College of Art Victoria and Albert Museum, 2003; PhD in design studies, University of Wisconsin–Madison, 2013.

Virginia Kistler, adjunct instructor, CORE Studio; teaches design. Kistler is a sculptor and designer who creates interactive exhibitions for children’s museums and science centers. Her work has been shown nationally and includes a commission by the Lincoln Motor Company. She was recently awarded Best-in-Show for a piece of outdoor sculpture in Evansville, IN. AA in industrial design, Art Institute of Pittsburgh, 1997; BS in business administration, Ohio State University, 2004; MFA in visual arts, Columbus College of Art & Design, 2012. Online: www.virginiakistler.com.

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, CORE Liberal Arts History of Art & Design; 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, CORE Liberal Arts History of Art & 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

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.

Gordon 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.

Chia-Hua Lin, adjunct instructor, CORE Liberal Arts; teaches ecology. Lin is conducting post-doctoral research on native bees and landscape interactions in central Ohio. She is interested in how various habitat types in a landscape affect local pollinator populations and the reproduction of their host plants. BS in Botany, National Chung-Hsing University, 1999; MS in Ecology, Indiana State University, 2006; PhD in Evolution, Ecology and Organismal Biology, Ohio State University, 2013.

Joseph Lombardo
, adjunct instructor, CORE Studio, 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, CORE Liberal Arts English & Philosophy; 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
, associate professor, Advertising and Graphic Design; teaches advanced design concepts and 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. He formed Lutz Design Group in 1994, which does branding, packaging, advertising, and design strategy. He collaborates with web developers, photographers, and videographers on educational and healthcare clients. BFA in advertising and graphic design, CCAD, 1978; MS in marketing and communications, Franklin University, 2010.

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