Fain College of Fine Arts Faculty Research

 
Art

Steve Hilton 

Professor Hilton's research interests are in the area of ceramic sculpture. The exhibitions he will participate in for 2013 include: 100 Teapots VI (Baltimore Clayworks, Baltimore, MD), From Yellow Clay to Black Gumbo: Eighteen Earth Movers in the Lone Star State (Pollock Gallery, Dallas, TX), From Yellow Clay to Black Gumbo (Winter Street Gallery, Dallas, TX) and Drink This: The Workhouse International Ceramic Cup Show (Workhouse Arts Center, Lorton, VA). Additionally, he will participate in the Functional/Dysfunctional National Juried Ceramics Competition at the Morean Arts Center in St. Petersburg, FL.

Dr. Ann Marie Leimer

Professor Leimer's research interests are the Indigenous Americas, Contemporary Chicana/o art, Latin American art, spirituality, space and place, and identity construction. She has recent work includes: "Cruel Beauty, Precarious Breath: Visualizing the US-Mexico Border" (book chapter in New Frontiers in Latin American Borderlands), review of Las Olvidadas: The Forgotten Women, and "Chicana Photography: The Power of Place."
Mass Communication

Dr. James Gorham

Professor Gorham's interests are in broadcasting, documentary filmmaking, media management and film appreciation. His recent research presentations and publications include: "Oh You Mother: The Changing Role of the Matriarch in the Gangster Genre," "Toward a More Effective National Military Strategy," "Reserve Unit Aids Recruiting Mission," "Quite a Ness: The Evolving Myth of Eliot Ness" and "What's Old is New Again: The Influence of German Expressionism on Hollywood."

Dr. Mitzi Lewis

Professor Lewis enjoys collaborating with others on projects, especially as they relate to her interests: mass communication, social media, social media literacy, information literacy, curriculum, reading habits of college students, assessment, and measurement. Her recent creative projects and research include her work publishing Teaching Journalism and Mass Communication, an open-access journal she co-founded with Vivian Martin, journalism program director at Central Connecticut State University; "Enhancing portfolios through creative research projects;" Would you say the process was contentious or smooth sailing? Administrators' views on revising the mass communication curriculum," research she conducted with co-investigator, Dr. Jim Sernoe, mass communication department chair at MSU; and "Encouraging students to be readers: Survey results of successful practices," research she conducted with co-investigator John Hanc, professor at the New York Institute of Technology. 
Music

Dr. Timothy Justus

Professor Justus' interests are music theory, orchestration and composition; arranging for jazz ensemble, orchestra and wind bands; classical guitar and other guitar styles including blues and Latin; samba, bossa nova and other Brazilian guitar styles; and chamber music for guitar with strings. His recent presentations include: "On Site Repair for Brass Instruments for the School Band Director: Techniques, Tools and Supplies," "Music in the Theodore Roosevelt White House, 1901-1909" and "Adapting and Arranging Music from the 19th Century for Brass Instruments/Music for the Trumpet from the Romantic Era."

Dr. Ruth Morrow

Professor Morrow's interests are 20th century music; Feldenkrais; ragtime (original era and current); the intersections of music history, theory, form, and performance with special interest in the intersections of world and western European music. Her recent perfomances incldue: "Debussy 150: A Concert to Commemorate the 150th Year of Claude Debussy's Birth" and "Bartok: Piano Concerto No. 3" (soloist with the Wichita Falls Symphony Orchestra. Her recent presentations include: "A Mixture of Seeming Opposites: World Music and Music in the Western European Tradition" and "Mindful Practice Habits."
Theatre  

Laura Jefferson

Professor Jefferson's interests are developing community outreach and education with theatre production, educating students about the theatrician's health and wellness, stage combat, and acting. Her recent production and professional experiences include: A Christmas Carol: A Ghost Story of Christmas by Charles Dickens, Side by Side by Sondheim and "Quantification and Effective Communication."

Elizabeth Lewandowski

Professor Lewandowski's interests are costume design and technology, costume history and make-up and design. Her recent creative work with costume design include: The Bacchae, A Christmas Carol, The Rivals and The Good Woman of Setzuan.