Laurie (Ella) Gant, Professor of Art

B.S., University of Wisconsin; M.F.A., University of Texas at Austin
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Areas of expertise: video, performance, installation, photography, electronic media, and history and contemporary practices in each of those areas

Ella Gant entered the University of Texas at Austin as a traditional photographer and graduated with a specialization in the nontraditional area of performative installation work. Gant became the first student to receive a master's of fine arts from U.T. Austin under the mentorship of internationally respected film installation artist William Lundberg. She continues to explore intersections among established traditions and contemporary practices in the arts and education. Gant was a 2011 named Fellow in Digital/Electronic Arts from the New York Foundation for the Arts. Her work is in the permanent collections of the Library of Congress, The Museum of Modern Art/Franklin Furnace/Artist Book Collection and Texas Folklife Resources.

Robert Knight, Assistant Professor of Art

B.A., Yale University; M.F.A., Massachusetts College of Art
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Areas of expertise: photography, history of photography, video capture and editing, Adobe premiere, and art foundations curriculum, 2D and 4D fundamentals

Robert Knight uses photography, audio, video and installation to explore his research on the relationship of contemporary culture to the domestic. His work has been exhibited in the Boston area at Gallery Kayafas, Alpha Gallery and The Danforth Museum of Art, and nationally at the Munson Williams Proctor Art Institute, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the Jen Bekman Gallery, and the Houston Center for Photography, among other places. He received an master's in fine arts in photography from the Massachusetts College of Art & Design.

Katharine Kuharic, Professor of Art

B.F.A., Carnegie Mellon University
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Areas of expertise: painting and drawing

Katharine Kuharic's work has been exhibited in group shows in the U.S. and abroad. Kuharic has had 17 solo exhibitions, including seven at P.P.O.W. Gallery in New York. She was the Sally and Milton Avery Fellow at the MacDowell Colony; a Rockefeller Fellow at the Rockefeller Center, Bellagio, Lake Como, Italy; and the distinguished artist in residence at the Yale University, Yale Norfolk Program in Norfolk, Conn. Kuharic completed her BFA in painting and drawing at Carnegie Mellon University, then studied with Robert Storr and Louise Bourgeois at the School of Visual Arts in New York City.

Bruce Muirhead, Professor of Art

B.F.A., Rhode Island School of Design; M.F.A., Boston University School of Fine Arts
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Areas of expertise: painting, drawing, two-dimensional design and intaglio printmaking

Bruce Muirhead's work has been exhibited at The New York Society of Etchers and the National Academy of Design, among other venues. He has work in the permanent collections of the New York City Public Library, Middlebury College and elsewhere. The Amity Art Foundation Inc. owns a complete collection of Bruce’s etchings and will be publishing a catalogue raisonne of his etchings. Muirhead was a 2002 recipient of the John Singleton Copley Award. He received a master of fine arts degree from Boston University School of Fine Arts and was awarded a fellowship from the Yaddo Foundation.

Rebecca Murtaugh, Associate Professor of Art

B.S., Pennsylvania State University; M.F.A., Virginia Commonwealth University
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Areas of expertise: sculpture, ceramics

Rebecca Murtaugh has exhibited her work in solo and group exhibitions in New York City, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., New Haven, Cleveland, Baltimore, Pittsburgh, Richmond, Nashville, Dallas, Seattle and San Francisco. Murtaugh's work has been written about in The New York Times, The New Yorker, The New Criterion, the Seattle Post Intelligencer, Artweek, Stone Canoe and Shamenet Magazine. She was the recipient of the John R. Hatch Excellence in Teaching Award in 2009. Her work can be viewed at www.rebeccamurtaugh.com.

William Salzillo, Professor of Art

A.B., Middlebury College; B.F.A., Rhode Island School of Design; M.F.A., Cranbrook Academy of Arts
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Areas of expertise: most recent works explore the landscapes of California, the American Southwest and Italy

Painter William Salzillo began teaching at Kirkland College in 1973 and joined the Hamilton faculty in 1978 when the schools merged. He was the founding director of the Emerson Gallery at Hamilton College, serving from 1982 to 1992.  His work has been exhibited at the National Academy of Design and Fourteen Sculptors Gallery, New York City; Everson Museum, Syracuse; Munson-Williams-Proctor Institute, Utica, and elsewhere. His most recent works explore the landscapes of California and the American Southwest and Italy. Salzillo earned a M.F.A. from Cranbrook Academy of Arts.

Lorena Molina, Lecturer in Art


Through the use of photography, video, performance art and artist’s books, Lorena Molina explores intimacy, pain and how we perceive the suffering of others. Her current project looks at cultural identity in liminal spaces. Molina was a recipient of the Diversity of Views and Experiences Fellowship and taught photography at University of Minnesota, Utica College, and Pratt Munson Williams. Molina was born in El Salvador and moved to Long Beach, Calif., at the age of 14. She received her master's of fine arts degree from the University of Minnesota in 2015 and her bachelor's degree from California State University, Fullerton, in 2012.