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Please join the Faculty of Fine Arts in welcoming the tenure-track members who are joining us in 2012-13:

Erika Adams
Assistant Professor, Print Media
Department of Studio Arts

MFA (Fine Art), University of New Mexico (2004); TMP (Lithography), Tamarind Institute (2001); BA (Art and Anthropology), University of California, Santa Cruz (1994)

Erika Adams_crop2.jpgErika Adams' research focuses on the investigating structures or captured moments as documents of experience, drawing conclusions as to the nature of our relationships with one another through prints, photographs, video and installation. Prior to joining the faculty at Concordia University, Adams taught at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston as well as Columbus State University in Columbus, Georgia. Her work is exhibited both nationally and internationally. Adams has been an artist-in-residence at the Hall Farm Center for the Arts (Vermont), Frans Masereel Centre in Belgium, the Vermont Studio Center, Penland School for Crafts (North Carolina) and California's Djerassi. She was recently the Master Printer in Residence at Penland School for Crafts as well as the Master Printer at P.R.I.N.T. Press at the University of North Texas in Denton. Adams recently published Would, a fine-press collaborative project with carpenter and poet Brooks Wright.

Kay Dickinson (begins Jan. 1, 2013)
Associate Professor, Film Studies
Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema

BA (Arabic), University of Westminster (2010); PhD (Media and Cultural Studies), University of Sussex (2000); MA (Cultural Studies), University of Leeds (1996); BA (History of Art with Philosophy) University College, London (1994)

Kay Dickinson's research follows two distinct paths, which sometimes merge. The first leads her into investigations of how various different media industries interact, particularly those of music, film and television. How are the boundaries between these forms drawn up and what is the political nature of the engagement between each one's traditions of production, representation, dissemination and consumption? Such questions have driven her editorship of Movie Music: A Film Reader and her monograph Off Key: When Film and Music Won't Work Together. At the same time, she has published on various aspects of Arab culture. She is currently working on a manuscript entitled Arab Cinema Travels: Syria, Palestine, Dubai, and Beyond and recently co-edited the anthology The Arab Avant-Garde. She has contributed to two film festivals in the West Bank and is a member of the Revolutionary Archive Collective.  Competitive fellowships for this research have taken her to Cornell University, as well as to Egypt, Palestine, Syria, Jordan and the United Arab Emirates.

Noah Drew
Assistant Professor, Vocal Technique and Performance Research
Department of Theatre

MFA (Theatre/Acting), Temple University (2009); BFA (Theatre), Simon Fraser University (1999); BA (Music Composition & English Literature), Simon Fraser University (1999)

Noah Drew_crop.jpgNoah Drew is an "all-terrain theatre artist" originally from Vancouver. He has worked across North America and in Europe as an actor, composer, sound designer, director and teacher. He is a certified teacher of Fitzmaurice Voicework (one of only three in Canada) and has taught dozens of workshops around the continent in this radical approach to voice training. Drew's sound designs and music for theatre and dance have been performed on three continents, and have been honoured with six Jessie Awards (19 nominations total) and a Siminovitch Prize nomination. Drew's recent projects have included work with The Belfry Theatre (Victoria), The Arts Club (Vancouver), Bard on the Beach (Vancouver), Little Swan Pictures (Philadelphia/Portland), Theatre Tribe (Los Angeles), White Pines Productions (Philadelphia) and the National Arts Centre of Canada. He has taught at Vancouver Film School, Temple University, Douglas College and various private schools/studios in Canada and the U.S. In 2014, a new "sound design musical" Drew is writing and composing will premiere at the Chutzpah! Festival in Vancouver.

Heather Igloliorte
Lecturer, First Nations/Aboriginal Art History
Department of Art History

PhD (Cultural Mediations), Carleton University (Fall 2012); MA (Canadian Art History), Carleton University (2006); BFA (Painting and Drawing), Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University (2004)

Heather Igloliorte_crop.jpgHeather Igloliorte's teaching and research interests include the global exhibition of Indigenous arts, circumpolar Inuit arts and cultural history, and contemporary Native North American art. She has published extensively on topics related to sovereignty and colonization in the Arctic, the Indian residential school system, mid-century modernist primitivism and the representation of Indigenous resistance and resilience through artistic practice. Igloliorte has recently contributed to Inuit Modern (2010); Curating Difficult Knowledge (2011); Manifestations: New Native Art Criticism (2011); and Changing Hands: Art Without Reservation 3 (2012). As an independent curator, museum consultant  and sometimes artist - Igloliorte brings an interdisciplinary perspective and collaborative approach to the classroom. She has created exhibitions for the Carleton University Art Gallery, the Legacy of Hope Foundation, the Alternator Gallery and the Inuit Art Foundation. Her most recent curatorial project, Decolonize Me (Ottawa Art Gallery, 2011), will be touring Canada through 2015. In 2011 she was a research fellow at the Canadian Museum of Civilization.

Jonathan Lessard
Lecturer, Game and Virtual Environment Design
Department of Design and Computation Arts

PhD (Études cinématographiques), Université de Montréal (2013); MA (Histoire), Université de Montréal (2007); BA (Lettres et sciences humaines), Université de Montréal (2004)

jonathan lessard_pic.jpgJonathan Lessard worked as a game designer for a large commercial company before leaving in 2001 to found his own independent studio, Absurdus, at which he also performed the roles of  3D artist, programmer and writer. His humorous adventure games have been translated into eight languages and played by tens of thousands. Lessard has taught video game-related subjects for seven years, at Université de Montréal, Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue and Campus Ubisoft. He participated in the creation of Campus Ubisoft's 3D modelling program and trained hundreds of students, most of whom have gone on to careers in the industry. Lessard has also been active in the game-studies research community since 2009, participating in conferences and publishing in specialized journals such as Games and Culture, Eludamos and Loading... Lessard, who is currently completing a PhD on the formal history of adventure games, plans to pursue research-creation projects in game design and virtual environments.

John Potvin
Associate Professor, Modern/Contemporary Art History
Department of Art History

PhD (Art History), Queen's University (2005); MA (Art History), Carleton University (2001); Honours BA-First Class Honours (Art History) University of Alberta (1998); BA (French Language and Literature), University of Alberta (1995)

John.Potvin_crop.jpgJohn Potvin's research explores the relationship between bodies, design and interior space as well as the complexities that cut across contemporary and historical fashion. His work often addresses the ways masculinity, in particular, is performed, understood, memorialized and perceived through various material and visual cultures in Europe since the late 19th century. He is the author of Material and Visual Cultures Beyond Male Bonding, 1880-1914 (Ashgate 2008), Giorgio Armani: Empire of the Senses (Ashgate 2012) and the forthcoming Bachelors of a Different Sort: Queer Aesthetics, Material Culture and the Modern Interior (Manchester University Press 2013). He is also editor of The Places and Spaces of Fashion (Routledge 2009) and co-editor of both Material Cultures, 1740-1920: The Meanings and Pleasures of Collecting (Ashgate 2009) and Fashion, Interior Design and the Contours of Modern Identity (Ashgate 2010). Potvin also serves on the editorial and advisory boards of four international peer-reviewed journals and is the book review editor for Interiors: Design, Architecture and Culture. In addition to authoring numerous articles and essays and winning several awards and grants, in March 2011 he was awarded his second consecutive three-year SSHRC grant for his new research "Gai Paris and the Queer Networks of Power, 1919-1939".

Steven Stowell
Assistant Professor, Early Modern Art History
Department of Art History

PhD (History of Art), Oxford University (2009) MA (Art History), Queen's University (2004); BFA (Honours), Queen's University (2002)

Thumbnail image for Dr. Steven Stowell_crop.jpgSteven Stowell is an historian of Early Modern Italian art whose research focuses on the devotional experiences of Renaissance art, the intersections between art and language, and the relationship between art and cultural discourses on gender and sexuality. Prior to joining the faculty of Concordia University, he held a SSHRC postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Toronto, where he completed his book manuscript The Mystical Experience of Art: Medieval Christian Themes in Italian Renaissance Writings on Art, while also teaching in the Renaissance Studies Program at the university's Victoria College. In his book, as in previous publications in the journals Dante Studies and Word & Image, Stowell investigates the relationships between art, literature and devotional responses to images. His current research projects explore anthropological approaches to Renaissance art, looking at how art objects were implicated in the discourses surrounding fertility and chastity. Stowell is also a practising artist, with an interest in figurative representation.

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