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Ron Baker

Foundation Courses

(256) 782-8149 "Good art is like any intimate relationship, to make it magical you have to be willing to spend your time and your heart's emotions on it. Counting the cost may not be an option."

In 2009 Mr. Baker was honored with the College of Arts and Sciences Clyde P. Cox Teaching Award.

BA | Jacksonville State University
MA | The University of Alabama

Doug Clark

Associate Professor

(256) 782-8149
Personal Website

Doug Clark has a BFA in Sculpture from Radford University, and an MFA in Photography and Digital Imaging from Central Washington University. In the last few years, he has had award-winning work exhibited in national and international juried exhibitions.

His work explores the natural and social landscape around us through mixed media, and digital imaging. 

Jane Greene

Department Secretary

(256) 782-5626 

Jane Greene has worked as the Department of Art secretary since June 1, 2002. The College of Arts and Sciences honored Ms. Greene in 2010 with the Distinguished Staff Award, and in 2003 she was named Jacksonville State University Employee of the Month.

Karen Henricks PhD

Art History

(256) 782-5707 

Karen Henricks has taught at JSU for over 20 years. She received her PhD in Art History and Archaeology from the University of Missouri, Columbia. Along with pursuing her own research in American Art History she also serves the regional community as a consultant, and guest curator, and museum board member. Her most recent projects have included research on New Deal art and architecture, Egyptomania, early 20th century books, and Alabama artists.

Laverne Lombardi

Art History

(256) 782-5661

Laverne Lombardi graduated from Jacksonville State University with a B.S. in Business and a B.A. in Art. She received a M.A. in Art History from The University of Alabama and The University of Alabama at Birmingham. Ms. Lombardi is one of the founding members of East Alabama Artists Inc., an artists' cooperative gallery exhibiting work at Nunnally's Custom Framing and Noble Gallery located in Anniston.

She is also an active member of the Desoto Fiber Guild. Her primary medium is fiber. She enjoys all types of weaving as well as spinning, knitting, dyeing, pine-needle basket making, and papermaking.

Allison McElroy

Painting and Drawing
Associate Professor

(256) 782-5735
Personal Website

Allison received an MFA in Painting at the Savannah College of Art and Design, where she was awarded the Lacoste Graduate Residency in Lacoste, France, and a BFA from the Atlanta College of Art. Her work has appeared in solo and group exhibitions in Atlanta and Savannah, GA, and elsewhere in the US. She explores a wide range of materials and media ranging from painted surfaces to photography to found and natural objects her study of foundry, stone carving, and welding techniques are evident in her assemblages and sculptures.

Ms. McElroy's artistic exploration is motivated by her interest in human relationships with and understandings of the natural world. Her recent work incorporates natural materials found in the woods around her studio, including spider webs and wasps' nests.

Sarah Cusimano Miles

Adjunct Professor

(256) 782-8160

Sarah Cusimano-Miles is a native of Gadsden, Alabama where she has been an exhibiting artist, photographer, and educator for 20 years. Her artwork uses the interpretation of objects and their symbolic associations as a way of commenting on the psychology of human experience. Cusimano-Miles has contributed to the transition of the University's traditional film-based photography program to a digital-based curriculum, and also maintains an active commercial photography business based in Gadsden. She has a BFA from Jacksonville State University, and a BS in Psychology and an MFA in Photography from The University of Alabama.

Jauneth Skinner


(256) 782-5625
Personal Website 

Jauneth Skinner was born in Waco, Texas. Skinner's work has been published and exhibited in numerous national and international juried exhibitions, and are included in many private, university, and corporate collections. Her work combines traditional printmaking media with digital technologies and commercial printing processes to create limited edition prints.

Anita Stewart

Art Appreciation
Adjunct Professor

(256) 782-8161 

Anita H. Stewart has a BFA in Printmaking from JSU, and an MFA in Photography from the University of Alabama. She exhibits regionally and nationally, and has work in the permanent collection of the University of Texas at Tyler. She works primarily in photography, but also in printmaking, small-scale sculpture, and mixed media. Works in all media reflect her interest in time, collecting, and the recombination of form.

Bryce Lafferty

Painting and Drawing
Assistant Professor

(256) 782-5736
Personal Website

Bryce Lafferty grew up in Litchfield County, Connecticut. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Painting from Central Connecticut State University and his Master of Fine Arts degree in Drawing & Painting from the University of North Texas. His artwork has been exhibited in regional, national, and international exhibitions, including locations in Dallas, TX; Washington, CT; and Niigata, Japan. His artwork challenges the traditional boundaries of watercolor, crossing into the disciplines of new media, sculpture, and installation.

Ray Wetzel

Gallery Coordinator 

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