Faculty & Staff

Mary Holland

Mary Holland

The Thomas C. Gordon, Jr., Director of the Studio School and a professional artist. She has a BFA from Syracuse University and an MFA in painting and printmaking from Virginia Commonwealth University.

Frank Saunders

Frank Saunders

The administrative assistant for the Studio School and a professional photographer and educator. He has a BFA in communication arts + design from VCU.

Studio School Faculty

Jeffrey Allison

The Paul Mellon Collection Educator at VMFA and a professional photographer. He holds a BA in photography and film from Virginia Intermont College and an MFA in photography from VCU.

Jodi Bock

A professional yoga instructor and stained glass artist.

Sally Bowring

A professional artist and an adjunct instructor at VCU. She holds a BFA in painting from Goddard University and an MFA in painting from VCU.

Sara Clark

A professional artist and adjunct instructor at VCU. She has a BFA in art history and an MFA in painting and printmaking from VCU.

Diana Detamore

A professional artist and educator. She has an MFA in sculpture and a BFA in painting from VCU.

Karen Eide

A professional painter and educator. She has a BFA from VCU.

Joan Elliott

A professional painter. She holds a BFA in painting and printmaking from VCU.

Dawn Flores

A professional artist and writer. She studied art at the University of Wisconsin at Madison and Loyola University in New Orleans. She holds a certificate in Botanical Art and Illustration from the New York Botanical Garden.

Regula Franz

A professional photographer with an MFA in photography from VCU. She has photographed professionally around the world and has extensive experience in teaching and working with digital imaging and printing.

Steven Glass

The resident potter at VMFA, where he has taught since 1982. He has conducted pottery residencies in Great Britain and South Korea and is a member of the board of Cub Creek Pottery Foundation.

Amy Ritchie Johnson

The former Associate Director of Candella Gallery and a professional writer.

Douglas S. Jones

A professional writer and teacher who has written and seen produced over 30 plays. He has a BA from the University of Chicago and completed graduate work at the University of Virginia.

Shelly Jones

A jewelry maker who works primarily with beads. She has conducted numerous workshops in jewelry making and has a background in graphic design.

Aijung Kim

A professional artist and instructor with a BFA in printmaking from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, N.Y.

Matt Lively

A professional artist with a BFA in sculpture from VCU. His paintings have been exhibited internationally and are in numerous corporate and private collections.

Piper Nichole

A professional writer. She has published three books and worked on scores of web pages and other digital products.

Chris Palmer

A professional artist and teacher. He has an MFA in painting and printmaking from VCU.

Marjorie Perrin

A professional painter and teacher. She has a four-year certificate from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts.

Julia Pfaff

A professional artist who specializes in fiber art. She has a BA in art history from the University of Toronto and an MFA in textiles from VCU.

Laura Pharis

A professional artist and professor of art at Sweet Briar College. She has a BFA in painting and printmaking from VCU and an MFA in printmaking from the University of Wisconsin at Madison.

Alyssa C. Salomon

A professional artist who has been awarded two VMFA Fellowships for her photographic work. For 20 years, she has specialized in providing accounting and tax- and business-advisory services to those in the arts and entertainment industries.

Diego Sanchez

A professional artist and instructor at Saint Catherine’s School in Richmond. He holds BFA and MFA degrees in painting and printmaking from VCU.

Chuck Scalin

The former assistant chair of the Communication Arts + Design Department at VCU. He holds a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and an MFA from Pratt Institute.

Hil Scott

A professional photographer and instructor. He has an MFA in photography from the Rochester Institute of Technology.

Jude Schlotzhaurer

A professional artist who specializes in glass. She has a BFA in painting from American University and an MFA in crafts from VCU.

Catherine Southall

A professional artist and teacher who specializes in color theory and fashion design.

Georgianne Stinnett

A professional photographer and an instructor at the Maggie L. Walker Governor's School. She has an MFA in photography from VCU.

Mary Swezey

A professional textile artist and educator. She holds a BFA from VCU and an MFA in fibers from Arizona State University.

Randy Toy

A professional artist with a BFA and MFA in painting and printmaking from VCU. He is a member of the Virginia-based printmaking group ONE/OFF Printmakers.

Dennis Winston

A professional artist and educator. He is a graduate of Norfolk State College and holds a Master of Humanities degree from the University of Richmond.

Lynalise Woodlief

A VCU graduate with a BFA in craft and material studies. She specializes in jewelry in her studio practice and props for film productions.