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Professor of Art
BFA, University of Oregon; MA, MFA, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque
Professor Leppmann teaches courses in photography, video, and installation. Her photo-based work and installations address ideas of place, identity and the mutable discipline of photography. Leppmann’s work has been shown in numerous one-person and group exhibitions in the United States and Mexico. She has been awarded Individual Artist Fellowships from the Ohio Arts Council, Indiana Arts Commission, and the N.E.A./Arts Midwest; and exhibition support from the Minnesota State Arts Board. Artist Residencies include The McDowell Colony, the Bemis Foundation, Albion College and The Ohio State University. Professor Leppmann worked in Iceland with support from a Senior Scholar Award from the Fulbright Program and the American-Scandinavian Foundation.
Senior Instructor – Art History
MA, Art History, University of California, Davis; BA, Art History and Humanities, California State University, Fresno
Longshore’s courses explore and analyze art and creativity from a variety of perspectives including globalization, activism, sustainability, critical theory, race, gender, and ethnicity. She particularly enjoys mentoring students as they develop activist art projects in collaboration with local community agencies. She serves on the SOU Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies Council and advises the City of Ashland Public Arts Commission when new proposals are being considered. She is a member of the Community Emergency Response Team in Ashland and enjoys singing in the Rogue World Ensemble, salsa dancing, and practicing archery.
MFA, University of Southern California; BA, Pamona College, EMT-1 University of California, Los Angeles
Michael Parker’s art practice shifts scale, material, and temporality while making things such as recumbent obelisks, juicey ceramic installations, steam eggs, patents, artist-run spaces, and public sculptures. Parker has taught Sculpture at California State University, Long Beach since 2011, and is a Keyholder at Human Resources Los Angeles since 2015. With solo and cooperative projects at Materials & Applications; Craft Contemporary Museum; LA County Arts Commission, Annex LA at M+B Gallery; Artists’ Loft Museum Los Angeles; Descanso Gardens; Palm Springs Art Museum; Current LA Biennial; LA Department of Cultural Affairs, The Getty; Southern Exposure; High Desert Test Sites; Pomona College Museum of Art; The Armory Center for the Arts; Machine Project; Human Resources; California State Parks at the Bowtie; Los Angeles Trade-Technical College; Cold Storage. He holds a BA from Pomona College, an EMT-1 from UCLA, an MFA from USC. Parker is a recipient of the California Community Foundation’s Emerging Artists Fellowship, Center for Cultural Innovation Artists’ Resource for Completion Grant, Public Art Residency at Heart of Los Angeles and Printed Matter Award for Artists.
Professor of Art
MFA, Rhode Island School of Design; BFA, New York State College of Ceramics, Alfred University
Professor Strangfeld teaches courses in Ceramics, Spatial Studies, and Art Foundations at SOU. She is a ceramic sculptor whose work has been exhibited at Pottery Northwest, Red Lodge Clay Center, Wayne State University, and Taipei County Yingge Ceramics Museum.
Professor, Art Program Chair
PhD, University of California, Berkeley; BA, University of California, San Diego
Dr. Bithell teaches classes in digital audio, art & technology, interdisciplinary art and emerging media. Bithell is an interdisciplinary artist, composer, and performer exploring the connections between visual art, music, theatre, and performance. Utilizing new technologies and real-time interactive environments, his work brings the precision and structure of contemporary audio practices together with an understanding of performance, physical computing, narrative, and humor. His works have been presented at major venues in the United States, Europe, and Asia and been supported by grants and commissions from Meet the Composer Commissioning Music / USA, the American Composerʼs Forum, the Ammerman Center for Arts and Technology, and the President’s Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity Fund at SOU.
Professor of Art
MFA, University of Cincinnati; BFA, University of Oregon; BA, Yale University
Professor Inada teaches courses in 2D and 3D animation, comics and picture books, and digital design at Southern Oregon University. His animated work has won awards at the Atlanta Film Festival, Riverrun International Film Festival, Berkeley Video Festival, Rochester International Film Festival, and Film Fest New Haven, and has been seen at the Tribeca Film Festival, San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival, and Ausstellungsraum Klingetal in Basel Switzerland, among other venues.
Student Success Coordinator
MA, Psychology, San Diego State University; BS, Psychology, University of Illinois
As the Student Success Coordinator for the Oregon Center for the Arts, Karen assists students with their transition to the university, advises on the general education courses needed, aligns student’s career goals with their academic majors, and helps create academic plans to plan for graduation. She can help navigate the general education requirements for SOU, answer general questions about the major, and guide students to resources to help them to be successful. Karen has lived in Ashland for over 20 years. She spends much of her free time with the Curtain Climbers, a local Aerial Dance Company.
Director of the Oregon Center for the Arts at Southern Oregon University
BME, Certificate in Flute, Florida State University; MME and Master’s, Educational Administration, Florida State University; PhD in Opera Production/Music Education, Florida State University
Dr. Humphrey has served in leadership and consulting roles at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, The Metropolitan Opera, National Endowment for the Arts, New York City Opera, Corcoran Museum of Art, Museum of Performance & Design, California Center for the Arts in Escondido, and Washington Bach Consort.
Creative Arts Program Assistant
BA, IT & Web Development, DeVry University
The Creative Arts Program Assistant will work closely with students, faculty, OCA Student Success Coordinator, visiting artists / scholars, campus personnel, various campus groups, prospective students, school groups, and the larger Southern Oregon community. We seek someone who can coordinate the marketing of CA programs utilizing University resources; University and OCA Newsletters, website and Social Media, as well as creatively adopt new opportunities and technologies. Creative Arts is firmly committed to providing excellent education and practical experiences, offering support to a diverse student population in Art and Art history, Emerging Media and Digital Arts (EMDA), and Creative Writing. Creative Arts works closely with the OCA Student Success Coordinator in retention and recruitment events. Sage worked for CivicPlus developing government websites, both state and local, including several in Oregon. She most recently worked as the Web Manager and Communications Coordinator for three departments within Kansas State University.