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Josh Almond

Kimberly Dennis

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.

Kimberly L. Dennis is an Associate 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.

Associate Professor of Art History

Assistant Professor of Studio Art

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.

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.

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).

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.

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.

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 http://www.joshalmond.com Image info: “Of Sex and Death”, 2010, Basswood, 72" x 24" x 15"

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


Dana Hargrove

Susan Libby

Associate Professor of Studio Art

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.

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.

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.

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 http://www.danahargrove.com

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

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.


Robert Vander Poppen

Dawn Roe

Assistant Professor of Classical Art and Archaeology

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 holds a BFA from Marylhurst University in Portland, Oregon and an MFA from Illinois State University in Normal, Illinois.

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.

Recent solo and two-person exhibitions include Screen Space, Melbourne, VIC, Australia (forthcoming, 2012), Orange Coast College Photography Gallery, Costa Mesa, CA (2011), Dog & Pony Projects, Buffalo, NY, Orlando Museum of Art, Orlando, FL (2010), and Newspace Center for Photography, Portland, OR (2009). Recent group exhibition venues include Beam Contemporary, Melbourne, VIC, Australia, Launch Projects, Toronto, ON, Canada (2011), Museum of Fine Arts, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL, and The Art Academy of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH (2009). Her work has been published in Fraction Magazine and has also been included in fototazo and f-stop Magazine. Dawn is regularly invited to lecture about her work and research in the U.S. and abroad and has participated in numerous residency programs including fellowships at The Alden B. Dow Creativity Center in Michigan, The Hambidge Center for Creative Arts & Sciences in Georgia, and residencies at The Palazzo-Rinaldi in Noepoli, Italy and the Visual Arts Centre at La Trobe University in Bendigo, VIC, Australia. Dawn has received funding for her work from 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 been involved in a collaborative project with internationally recognized speech-language pathologist, Dr. Nancy Helm-Estabrooks and Dr. Janet Whiteside of the UCF Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders. This project is ongoing and takes the form of the service-learning class, The Photograph as Language. The course is offered regularly and offers Rollins students the opportunity to work closely with community members afflicted with both aphasia and early-stage dementia. For more information on Dawn Roe’s work, visit www.dawnroe.com

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.

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

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

Dawn Feavyour

Associate Professor of Studio Art

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.

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.

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.

Please visit her online galleries and blog at www.rachelsimmons.net.

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.

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

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 www.rollins.edu/art/vrc/index.html


Leslie Boles

Rose Casterline Thome

Leslie Boles is an Adjunct Professor of Art History and has been teaching at Rollins since 1996. She received her Masters Degree in Art History from The American University in 1990.

Rose Casterline is an Adjunct Professor of Studio Art and is currently teaching ART110: 2D Foundations at Rollins.

Adjunct Professor of Art History

Leslie is currently teaching ARH101: Introduction to Visual Culture and ARH220: Castles and Cathedrals - Medieval Art at Rollins. In addition, she also teaches Art History and Humanities at Valencia Community College in Orlando, Florida. She is also an Imagineer in the Creative Division at Walt Disney Imagineering in Florida. Her last exhibition was for the Morocco Gallery at EPCOT, Walt Disney World, and is called “Moroccan Style: The Art of Personal Adornment”. Although not currently curating an exhibition, Leslie is working on an survey of the art assets of the resorts at the Walt Disney World complex.coma, Washington.

Adjunct Professor of Studio Art

During the fall of 2010, she particpated in an exhibition called "Classic Deconstruction" at the J. Costello Gallery, Hilton Head Island in South Carolina. Her exhibition featured new artwork with narratives focusing on cars. In the October 2010 edition of "House Beautiful" magazine, Rose was mentioned in an article featuring a commissioned painting completed during 2005. The project was interrupted by Hurricane Katrina and the temporary relocation of the client. Rose received a Professional Development Grant sponsored by United Arts for 2010 -2011. For more information on Rose Thome Casterline’s work visit www.rosethomecasterline.com

Image info: “Hula Hoop No.1”, 2011, Charcoal, acrylic and oil on linen, 19 x 19"


Anne Marie Noge

Janet Ramirez

Anne Marie Noge is an Adjunct Professor of Art History at Rollins and is currently teaching ARH101: Introduction to Visual Culture. In addition, she also teaches Survey of Western Art I and II and Interdisciplinary Humanities at Valencia College located in Orlando, Florida.

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.

Adjunct Professor of Art History

Anne Marie studied fine arts at the Columbus College of Art and Design. She earned her undergraduate degree, summa cum laude, and her M.A in Art History from The Ohio State University. Anne Marie’s area of research and interest include the development of identity and material culture as evidenced in the portrait paintings of early American artist John Singleton Copley, art as a tool for persuasion in 17th century Europe, and the iconography of virtue in depictions of women in Classical Greece.

Administrative Assistant

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 Alumni 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. www.samuelscharf.com 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.

(Alumna please keep us updated with your achievements- dhargrove@rollins.edu)


Department of Art at Rollins College