Ella Gant entered the University of Texas at Austin as a traditional photographer and graduated with a specialization in the nontraditional area of performative installation work. Gant became the first student to receive a master's of fine arts from U.T. Austin under the mentorship of internationally respected film installation artist William Lundberg. She continues to explore intersections among established traditions and contemporary practices in the arts and education. Gant was a 2011 named Fellow in Digital/Electronic Arts from the New York Foundation for the Arts. Her work is in the permanent collections of the Library of Congress, The Museum of Modern Art/Franklin Furnace/Artist Book Collection and Texas Folklife Resources.
Robert Knight uses photography, audio, video and installation to explore his research on the relationship of contemporary culture to the domestic. His work has been exhibited in the Boston area at Gallery Kayafas, Alpha Gallery and The Danforth Museum of Art, and nationally at the Munson Williams Proctor Art Institute, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the Jen Bekman Gallery, and the Houston Center for Photography, among other places. He received an master's in fine arts in photography from the Massachusetts College of Art & Design.
Katharine Kuharic's work has been exhibited in group shows in the U.S. and abroad. Kuharic has had 17 solo exhibitions, including seven at P.P.O.W. Gallery in New York. She was the Sally and Milton Avery Fellow at the MacDowell Colony; a Rockefeller Fellow at the Rockefeller Center, Bellagio, Lake Como, Italy; and the distinguished artist in residence at the Yale University, Yale Norfolk Program in Norfolk, Conn. Kuharic completed her BFA in painting and drawing at Carnegie Mellon University, then studied with Robert Storr and Louise Bourgeois at the School of Visual Arts in New York City.
Bruce Muirhead's work has been exhibited at The New York Society of Etchers and the National Academy of Design, among other venues. He has work in the permanent collections of the New York City Public Library, Middlebury College and elsewhere. The Amity Art Foundation Inc. owns a complete collection of Bruce’s etchings and will be publishing a catalogue raisonne of his etchings. Muirhead was a 2002 recipient of the John Singleton Copley Award. He received a master of fine arts degree from Boston University School of Fine Arts and was awarded a fellowship from the Yaddo Foundation.
Rebecca Murtaugh has exhibited her work in solo and group exhibitions in New York City, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., New Haven, Cleveland, Baltimore, Pittsburgh, Richmond, Nashville, Dallas, Seattle and San Francisco. Murtaugh's work has been written about in The New York Times, The New Yorker, The New Criterion, the Seattle Post Intelligencer, Artweek, Stone Canoe and Shamenet Magazine. She was the recipient of the John R. Hatch Excellence in Teaching Award in 2009. Her work can be viewed at www.rebeccamurtaugh.com.
Deborah Pokinski is working on a study of the images of women in the work of turn-of-the-century American artist William McGregor Paxton. Her research interests include the history of American architecture, especially the late 19th century; history of turn-of-the-century American painting; and women in art. Pokinski wrote The Development of the American Modern Style, among with other works. She curated two exhibitions at the Emerson Gallery in collaboration with art history majors and curated "Sculpture Space Inside Outside," sponsored by the Emerson. She earned a doctorate in modern art history from Cornell University.
Painter William Salzillo began teaching at Kirkland College in 1973 and joined the Hamilton faculty in 1978 when the schools merged. He was the founding director of the Emerson Gallery at Hamilton College, serving from 1982 to 1992. His work has been exhibited at the National Academy of Design and Fourteen Sculptors Gallery, New York City; Everson Museum, Syracuse; Munson-Williams-Proctor Institute, Utica, and elsewhere. His most recent works explore the landscapes of California and the American Southwest and Italy. Salzillo earned a M.F.A. from Cranbrook Academy of Arts.
Lorena Molina was born in El Salvador and moved to Long Beach, California at the age of 14. She received her B.F.A. from California State University, Fullerton in 2012 and received her M.F.A. from the University of Minnesota in 2015. Lorena has been a recipient of the Diversity of Views and Experiences fellowship. She has taught photography at University of Minnesota, Utica College, and PRATT Munson Williams. Through the use of photography, video, performance art and artist’s books, Lorena explores intimacy, pain, and how we perceive the suffering of others. Her current project explores cultural identity in liminal spaces.