Mario Bocanegra Martinez
Title: Assistant Professor of Art, (Graphic Design)
Office Location: Art and Anthropology (AA), Room 109
- MA, Graphic Design, Oklahoma State University, (2019)
- BA, Graphic Design, Oklahoma State University, (2016)
Mario F. Bocanegra M. is a designer, artist, and educator. Born in Coatzacoalcos, Veracruz, MX and raised in the US, Mario holds a BFA and MFA in Graphic Design from Oklahoma State University. In his independent design practice, Mario investigates the principles, processes, and articulations of the moving image. He is interested in how these aspects of Motion Design have shifted over time and the influence the cinematic arts have on the development of his practice.
Title: Assistant Professor of Art (Art History, Studio Art)
Office Location: Art and Anthropology (AA), Room 107
- PhD, Art History, Theory and Criticism (Concentration Art Practice), University of California San Diego, (2019)
- MA, Art History, Theory and Criticism, University of California San Diego (2016)
- MFA, Sculpture and New Genres, Columbia University (2008)
- BFA, New Genres, San Francisco Art Institute (2003)
Dr. Czacki is an artist and writer whose work intersects materiality, stories, histories and philosophies in sculptures, paintings, drawings, photography, and book projects. Her poetry, essays, and academic writing have been published by Line Script Diary, Haunt Journal of Art at UC Irvine, Resolving Host, and Interactions Journal of Education and Information Studies at UCLA. Her art has been exhibited nationally and internationally at galleries and museums including Sculpture Center in Long Island City, JOAN in Los Angeles, and Best Practice in San Diego.
Dr. Czacki teaches art history, art appreciation and studio art.
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Title: Assistant Professor of Art (Graphic Design)
Office Location: Art and Anthropology (AA), Room 108
- M.F.A., Graphic Design, University of North Texas (1993)
- B.A., Graphic Design, Michigan State University (1981)
Influenced by his childhood in industrial Detroit, Scott describes his work as digitally abstracted and photographically-based collage with recurring subject matter such as distressed architecture, substrates, machinery and typography. His professional credentials include in-house packaging and visual merchandising design for Fortune 500 companies such as Dr. Pepper and J.C. Penney & Co. His publishing background encompasses both children's book designs for Pearson Education and art direction for technology trade magazines in the Richardson, T.X. Telecom Corridor.
Scott teaches graphic design, motion graphics, publication design, senior portfolio, and web design.
-Graphic Design in Print
-Community Art and Workshops
Title: Runnels Gallery Manager
Office Location: Administration Building (ADM), Room 218
- M.A., Communication Studies, Eastern New Mexico University (2012)
- B.F.A., Theatre: Dance Studies, Eastern New Mexico University (2004)
A native New Mexican, Bryan has lived on the west and east side of the state. He called Dallas-Fort Worth home for a several years, working for a dance and cheerleading company as an instructor and in the marketing department, until his love of family and the Land of Enchantment called him home. Creativity is at the core of his being and can be seen in his design, choreographic, directing, writing and gallery work. To-date, Bryan has managed/curated over 50 gallery exhibitions, choreographed 29 dances and one full dance concert, directed several stage shows, written four one-act plays, and designed numerous promotional print pieces. In addition to his role as administrative assistant for the Department of Art and manager of the Runnels Gallery, Bryan teaches part-time at the university.
Bryan teaches digital media, freshman seminar, interpersonal communication, publication design, and senior exhibition.
-Promotional Print Design
-Community Art Projects
-Directing for Stage
Title: Administrative Assistant
Office Location: Art and Anthropology (AA), Room 111
Crystal is originally from a small town in the mountains of north Georgia. She has lived in Texas, North Dakota and since 2011 she, her husband Nathan and their 2 children, Corinne and Valo proudly call New Mexico home. She is a creative, old soul with a wide range of interests. She enjoys writing, reading, making her own jewelry, jamming out to music, painting, cars, perusing television and movies, all the vintage things, concerts and spending time outdoors. She holds an Associates in Communications and a Bachelors in University Studies. She previously served in the Air Force and worked in the Portales Municipal Schools. She is a people person ready to take on the world
Title: Assistant Professor Art (Two-dimensional Studio Art)
Office Location: Art and Anthropology (AA), Room 105
- M.F.A., Two-dimensional Studio Art, Georgia Southern University Statesboro (2011)
- B.F.A., Painting, Minnesota State University Moorhead (2007)
Growing up in Russia, Alla always expressed her emotions through drawing, and admired works of Old Masters in the Hermitage in Saint-Petersburg. Her work is in oil and mixed media, although in the past she worked exclusively in watercolors. Her works exhibited nationally and internationally, have received awards and are in private collections across the US, Canada, Russia and Germany. She likes to travel the world with her husband Michael, visit art museums and paint on plein air (landscape painting outside) in her spare time.
Alla teaches drawing, figure drawing, painting, and watercolor illustration.
-Figurative and Traditional Methods of Drawing and Painting
-Portraiture, Still Life, Trompe l'oeil, and Plein Air
-Russian icons and Russian artists of the 20th century
Dr. Richard Schwartz
Title: Associate Professor, Music, Chair of the Art Department
Office Location: Music Building (MB), Room 203
Title: Professor of Art (Three-dimensional Studio Art)
Office Location: Art and Anthropology (AA), Room 103
- M.F.A., Studio Art: Ceramics, West Texas State University (1985)
- B.S., Comprehensive Art, University of Wisconsin-Platteville (1982)
- A.S., Art, University of Wisconsin-Marathon County (1977)
Greg grew up in a rural area in northern Wisconsin where he developed a lifelong interest in the outdoors, and specifically fishing with the flyrod and "poppers" - surface baits which he makes himself. He has built custom rods as well as developed custom patterns in his pursuit of both bluegills and bass, and has been a confirmed catch and release fisherman since 1974. He is also an addicted scuba diver and skin diver - even though this seems a little silly considering he lives on the high plains desert.
Greg teaches three-dimensional design, sculpture, and jewelry.
-Portrait/Figure Sculpture in Concrete, Glass, and Iron
-Commission Jewelry/Metal Casting