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department of art and art history

Josh Almond

Assistant Professor of Studio Art

Joshua Almond is an Assistant Professor of Art at Rollins College, having joined the faculty of the Art and Art History Department in the fall of 2008. Joshua teaches classes on three-dimensional foundations, sculpture, and contemporary theory. Joshua received his Bachelor of Art degree from Rhodes College and went on to do two years of post-baccalaureate study in Furniture Design at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. In 2007, he was awarded his Master of Fine Arts degree in Wood from Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ. Joshua works primarily in wood using traditional techniques to create abstract landscapes. Drawing from a variety of sources for inspiration (including aerial photography, satellite imagery, and electron microscopic imagery), his work accentuates the parallels between macrocosmic and microscopic forms. By referencing these geological and biological structures, he is able to create a new visual topography that entices the viewer both visually and tactually. The sculptures are informed by his personal interest in both science and philosophy. Intentionally ambiguous, the forms are neither biological nor geological, yet somehow relate to both. They are, at once, familiar and exotic. Joshua approaches the work intuitively and, in his investigations, is compelled to return to certain specific motifs. Negative spaces, erosional forms, areas of decay or desiccation, and other areas of protrusion are all present and recurring imagery within the work. Joshua has exhibited in both national and international exhibitions in venues as far afield as Los Angeles, California; Little Rock, Arkansas; and Tacoma, Washington. For more information on Joshua Almond’s work visit Image info: “Of Sex and Death”, 2010, Basswood, 72" x 24" x 15"

Kimberly Dennis

Assistant Professor of Art History

Kimberly L. Dennis is an Assistant Professor of Art History. She has been at Rollins since 2005. She received her M.A. in art history from Vanderbilt University and her Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Dennis’ teaching areas are Renaissance and Baroque art, western architecture, and urbanism, with a particular interest in women’s involvement in the art as artists, patrons, and subjects. Her recent scholarship includes: “Camilla Peretti, Sixtus V, and the Construction of a Locus of Peretti Family Identity in Counter-Reformation Rome” (forthcoming, 2011, SixteenthCentury Journal) and “Rediscovering the Villa Montalto and the Patronage of Camilla Peretti,” in Ed. Katherine A. McIver, Wives, Widows, Mistresses, Nuns: Making the Invisible Visible in Early Modern Italy (Ashgate, forthcoming, 2011). Dr. Dennis’ current research focuses on the art and architectural patonage of Olimpia Maidalchini Pamphili, sister-in-law and longtime companion of Pope Innocent X (r. 1644-55). Among the projects examined in this study are Pamphili’s role in the construction of Palazzo Pamphili and the Church of Sant’Agnese, her re-organization of the central urban space of Piazza Navona, her reconstruction and re-population of the city of San Martino al Cimino, and the portrait bust she commissioned from sculptor Alessandro Algardi at the height of her power.

Image info: Alessandro Algardi, Portrait of Olimpia Maidalchini Pamphili, 1646-47

Dana Hargrove Associate Professor of Studio Art

Dana Hargrove is an Associate Professor in Studio Art. She teaches a variety of courses such as Drawing and Composition, 2D Foundations, Painting, Graphic Design and Senior Studio / Seminar. Within her art, Dana concerns herself with ideas that frame our perceptions of the land and our sense of place and space. She has worked in various media, including large scale site specific sculptures in Kansas City, MO, and Dundee, Scotland. She currently works primarily in drawing and painting, installation, sculpture and new media. Represented by the Bridgette Mayer Gallery in Philadelphia, Dana continues to exhibit her work both internationally and nationally including : Bridgette Mayer Gallery, Philadelphia; Greatmore Studios, Cape Town, South Africa; Glasgow, Scotland; Festival of Media Art, Gallery of Contemporary Art, Crakow, Poland. She has also completed several residencies including the Vermont Studio Center with a VSC Fellowship supported by the Joan Mitchell Foundation (2009), and Greatmore Studios an International Residency Program in Cape Town, South Africa (2007). Hargrove was the 2009 winner of the William and Dorothy Yeck First-Place Purchase Award, in the National Young Painters Competition. She earned a Master of Fine Art from Southern Illinois University Carbondale, IL and a Bachelor of Fine Art in Painting from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, Dundee University, Scotland. Dana has also presented papers at the SECAC conference in 2004 and 2005 and in 2006 she presented a paper titled “The Fashioning of the Land” at the at the First International Conference on the Arts in Society at the University of Edinburgh, along with Rollins professors Susan Libby, Ryan Musgrave (Philosophy), and Rachel Simmons. This paper was published in the International Journal of Arts ands Society, vol 1. no 5, March 2007. For more information on Dana Hargrove’s work visit

Image info: “Façade #8, Miami”, 2010, Acrylic on panel, 36” x 36”

Susan Libby

Associate Professor of Art History Susan Libby is Associate Professor of Art History and has been at Rollins since 1998. She received her Ph.D. in art history from the University of Maryland in 1996. Since coming to Rollins, Dr. Libby has developed nearly 20 new courses, including inter-disciplinary, team-taught courses with faculty in other departments. Her regular teaching areas are European and American art from the 18th through the 20th centuries. Special topics include Picturing War, Rebel Artists, Impressionism and Post-Impressionism, Rococo to Revolution, Artists and Film, and Culture Wars: Ethics, Politics, Aesthetics. She is working on developing study abroad courses that would expose students to the art and architecture of Paris and the south of France. Her scholarship focuses on 18th and 19th-century French art. Her most recent publications include “A man of nature, rescued by the wisdom and principles of the French Nation’: Race, Ideology and the Return of the Everyday in Girodet’s Portrait of Belley,” in Performing the Everyday: The Culture of Genre in the Eighteenth Century, Alden Cavanaugh, ed., University of Delaware Press, 2007. Dr. Libby is also interested in contemporary culture wars, focusing on media imagery of war and violence. On that topic, she has published “Culture/War: The Visual Politics of Representation in the Abu Ghraib Photographs,” International Journal of the Arts in Society, March 2007. She is currently at work on two projects: a co-edited volume forthcoming with Ashgate Press titled The Spectacle of Blackness: Representing Blacks and Blackness in European Art of the Long Nineteenth Century, and a book-length project on the imagery of French slavery titled Slavery, Liberty, Revolution: The Visual Culture of French Slavery, 1685-1794.

Image info: Map of Caribbean, 1662.

Dawn Roe

Assistant Professor of Studio Art Dawn Roe serves as Assistant Professor of Art. She teaches a variety of photography and digital media courses and a rotating selection of topics courses that focus on contemporary concerns of lens-based media. Dawn’s studio practice involves both the singular and combined use of photographs and digital video. Her work is concerned with themes of perception, time and memory and attempts to address how these issues intersect within and between the still and moving image.  Dawn’s work has been exhibited at such venues as Newspace Center for Photography in Portland, Oregon, The South Bend Regional Museum of Art in Indiana, The Art Academy of Cincinnati, SE1 Gallery in London and The Naples Museum of Art in Naples, Florida.  Recent and upcoming exhibitions include The Tree Alone, at The Orlando Museum of Art in Florida and This Is Nowhere (Everybody Knows), at the Orange Coast College Photography Gallery in Costa Mesa, California. Dawn has received funding for her work from various organizations including The Associated Colleges of the South/Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and The Society for Photographic Education. Since 2007, Dawn has also been involved in a collaborative project with Dr. Nancy Helm-Estabrooks, Brewer Smith Distinguished Professor in The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Western Carolina University. This partnership resulted in the formation of a series of workshops involving the use of photography as a visual communication tool in rehabilitative programs for patients with the acquired language disorder known as aphasia. Rollins students have had the opportunity to engage in this work through the service-learning class, The Photograph as Language. This project is ongoing and also involves faculty and graduate students at The University of Central Florida as well as psychology majors and minors here at Rollins.

For more information on Dawn Roe’s work visit

Image info: “The Tree Alone (Ivy)”, 2010, Archival Pigment Print Dimensions Variable

Robert Vander Poppen Assistant Professor of Classical Art and Archaeology Robert Vander Poppen is an Assistant Professor of Classical Art and Archaeology. He has been at Rollins since 2008. He received his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and his B.A. summa cum laude from the University of Michigan. Dr. Vander Poppen’s teaching and research interests are Greek, Roman, and Etruscan Archaeology, with a special emphasis on rural communities, urbanism, social history and archaeological field methodology. Dr. Vander Poppen teaches introductory courses on Near Eastern, Egyptian, Greek, and Roman Archaeology, as well as the first half of the Introductory Art History Survey. In addition to teaching Art History courses, he contributes to the curricula of both the Classics and Archaeology programs. He has offered advanced courses on the Archaeology of the Ancient City, Ancient Slavery, and Food and Dining in Antiquity in recent years. Dr. Vander Poppen serves as the Program Coordinator for the Archaeology Minor. He also serves as the campus coordinator for College Year in Athens (CYA) and the Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies (ICCS) Rome program. Currently, Dr. Vander Poppen is working on a number of research projects. With a group of colleagues from the University of Texas and the University of Amsterdam he is exploring the way that Etruscan and Roman settlements interacted with their natural landscapes. In addition, he is studying Etruscan pottery production and kiln technology. Dr. Vander Poppen also conducts research on interaction between Romans and native peoples, especially surrounding the way that the decolonization movement has impacted narratives of acculturation.

Image info: GIS rendering of topographic and stratigraphic features surrounding the Etruscan archaeological site of Poggio Colla

Rachel Simmons Associate Professor of Studio Art

Professor Rachel Simmons teaches 2D foundations, drawing, printmaking, book arts and environmental art courses. Since 2000, she has led collaborative community art projects which teach students to be responsible citizens as well as accomplished artists. In 2009, Rachel was awarded the Service-Learning Faculty Award for the State of Florida by Florida Campus Compact. Rachel’s mixed media work focuses on climate change, marine pollution and ecotourism and has been exhibited nationally and internationally. She traveled to Antarctica in 2008 to conduct research for her work, returning again in 2009 as the leader of a group of Rollins faculty. Rachel’s 2010 research trip to Iceland with colleagues in the environmental sciences is the subject of a new co-authored visual essay due out in early 2011. Please visit her online galleries and blog at

Image info: “Future Bear Departs” 2010, Mixed media on paper

Dawn Feavyour Visual Resources Curator

Dawn Feavyour is the Visual Resources Curator in the Department of Art and Art History. She received her Bachelor of Arts with Honors in Fine Art from Staffordshire University, England, and her Microsoft Office Specialist Master Certification in Florida. Dawn manages the Visual Resources Collection (VRC), a teaching collection that primarily supports the instructional needs of the Department of Art and Art History and, where possible, the rest of the College. The collection consists of over 5,200 digital images, 70,000 slides, 170 audiovisual materials, and 220 reference books covering a broad range of subjects in the arts, including materials from various periods and cultures. Dawn's background is in collections management and collections data management in libraries, museums and art galleries. Her areas of expertise include managing image, object and book collections, database administration, user support and training, and creating unique website content. For the last two years, Dawn has managed the redesign project for the Department's website. She is the Department's contact person for IT and the Olin Library (on computer and technology issues), and for Cornell Fine Arts Museum (for processing faculty requests for images from the permanent collection). In addition, Dawn serves as a Collection Administrator for the Rollins CONTENTdm digital image collections, and the User Support and Instructor Privileges Administrator for the Rollins ARTstor digital image library. Dawn is an active member of the Visual Resources Association (VRA) and the Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS-NA), and their local chapters VRA-South East and ARLIS-South East. She is currently organizing the VRA South East Chapter annual Mid-Year meeting to be held at Rollins College in June 2011. In 2010, Dawn co-presented the four-hour workshop "Strategic Planning: Who, What, Why and How" at the 28th Annual Conference of the VRA in Atlanta, Georgia, where she demonstrated how the mission, vision, goals and objectives of visual resources collections not only serve the particular needs of local constituents but also complement the vision of the larger organization within which the visual resources unit resides. Dawn is an active member of the Central Florida Stained Glass Guild, and served on the Board of Directors from 2006 - 2010. For more information on the Visual Resources Collection, please visit

Janet Ramirez Administrative Assistant

Janet Ramirez has been the Administrative Assistant in the Dept. of Art and Art History since August 2010. Previously, she had been the Executive Assistant at the Olin Library for 8 years. Janet attended the Rollins College Hamilton Holt School for a Bachelors in International Affairs. She loves to spend her free time with her 3 young sons and her husband.

Studio Art and Art History Alumna Achievements Sara Lyon, BA 2010, Art History MajorCurrently attending Ecole du Louvre, Art History graduate program, Paris, France. Andrew Cohen, BA 2010, Studio Art MajorCurrently attending University of Oregon, Architecture MA program. Bethany Gray, BA 2009, Art History MajorCurrently the Exhibitions Assistant and Facilities Manager at Cornell Fine Arts Museum, Rollins College. Hannah Walsh, BA 2008, Studio Art Major, Crummer MBA 2009Currently attending Savannah College of Art and Design MFA Program in Design Management. Lauren Jackson, BA 2008, Art History Major and Classical Studies MajorEarned a master’s degree in ancient Roman art history at The University of Texas at Austin and is now working on a PhD in the same subject. Andrea Williamson, BA 2007, Art History Major, Crummer MBA 2010Is currently employed at the Office of Admissions at Rollins College. Was the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship to study art in Malaysia in 2011. Molly Lehnhardt, BA 2006, Studio Art MajorEarned a Communication Design graduate degree at Pratt Institute of Art and Design and is now the Creative Director at Ten Second World, New York City. Sam Scharf, BA 2005, Studio Art MajorPost Graduate Internship and Employee at the Hirshhorn Museum, Washington, D.C. Currently pursuing a MFA in Sculpture at American University graduating in 2012. Matt Dicker Rothschild, BA 2004, Art History MajorAuthor of ‘Dumbfounded: Big Money. Big Hair. Big Problems. Or Why Having It All Isn't for Sissies’ Published by Crown, 2008. Kristin Monahan Garcia, BA 2003, Art History Major & English Major, MLS 2005, Dartmouth CollegeFormerly the Curatorial Assistant for Academic and Student Programming, Hood Museum, Dartmouth; currently Art Gallery Coordinator at Hillsborough Community College, Tampa, Florida.

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Department of Art, Rollins College  

The Department is home to four academic programs: Art History, Studio Art, Classical Studies (also housed in the Philosophy and Religion Dep...