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Art and Design Faculty

WCU’s School of Art and Design faculty members are dedicated, talented, and passionate educators who have practiced in professional and academic settings. They bring a wealth of scholastic, corporate, and organizational experiences to the classroom and encourage students to think critically, communicate effectively, and make the connection between their studies and professional aspirations.

All faculty members have demonstrated expertise in the specific discipline of their teaching assignment and they are practioners in the subject matter being presented.

Here at WCU, studio art faculty are artists with M.F.A. degrees. Art history faculty hold Ph.D.s. Art education faculty hold either a Ph.D. or M.F.A. degree. Interior Design faculty members are expected to hold at least the M.A. in interior design and to be practicing professional designers.

Full-time Faculty

Erin Tapley


Art Education Program Coordinator

Erin Adams

Interim Director

Interim Director, Interior Design Professor and Program Coordinator

Tom Ashcraft


Distinguished Professor of Visual Arts, MFA Director

Patrice Brown

Assistant Professor

Interior Design

Heather Mae Erickson

Associate Professor

Ceramics, Program Coordinator

Shelby Hicks

Assistant Professor

Interior Design

Jane Hughes

Associate Dean/ Associate Interim Director

Associate Dean/ Interim Associate Director, Interior Design Assistant Professor

Ron Laboray

Associate Professor

Painting and Drawing

Mary Anna LaFratta

Professor and Coordinator of Graphic Design

Graphic Design

Tatiana Potts

Assistant Professor

Printmaking and Book Arts

Seth J. McCormick

Associate Professor

Art History

John Seefeldt

Associate Professor

Graphic Design

Beth Moore, Administrative Support Associate
School of Art and Design Main Office, BAC 155

Jillian Echlin
Jenny Fisher
Ben Hamburger
Susan Martin
Martha Neaves
Nathan Perry
Nate Schulman
David Skinner
Cherry Stone
Flor Widmar

Emeritus Faculty:
Jon Jicha
Joan Byrd
Matt Liddle

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