The faculty members in the Department of Art, active scholars and practicing artists, are experienced teachers committed to the study of art in a liberal arts setting.

Ella Gant, M.F.A., Associate Professor of Art

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 non-traditional area of performative installation work. More >>

In 1988 Gant became the first student to receive her M.F.A. from U.T. Austin under the mentorship of internationally respected film installation artist, William Lundberg, as he was launching the art department's groundbreaking Transmedia program. 

Gant joined the Hamilton faculty in 1991 and continues to explore intersections among established traditions and contemporary practices in the arts and education.

She 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.

Gant's work has been shown at national and international venues including Exit Art, New York City; the Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, Calif.; Great Hall, Washington, D.C.; and in Berlin, London, Melbourne, Los Angeles and San Francisco International film festivals.

Robert Knight, M.F.A., Assistant Professor of Art

Areas of Expertise: photography, history of photography, video capture and editing, Adobe premiere, and art foundations curriculum, 2D and 4D fundamentals.
Robert Knight received an M.F.A. in photography from the Massachusetts College of Art & Design and a bachelor’s degree in architecture and economics from Yale University. More >>

Knight previously taught at the Mass College of Art, Emerson College and MIT.

Knight utilizes 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, The Bernard Toale Gallery, the Danforth Museum of Art, the Photographic Resource Center and MPG Contemporary, as well as nationally at Jen Bekman Gallery in New York, and the Houston Center for Photography. Knight is represented by Gallery Kayafas, Boston, and his work is in the collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and numerous private collections.

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Katharine Kuharic, B.F.A., Kevin Kennedy Professor of Art

Areas of Expertise: painting and drawing.
Katharine 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. More >>

Her work has been exhibited in numerous 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, which represents her work. Her most recent exhibition there was "Pound of Flesh," which was accompanied by a full color catalogue and an essay by Terry Meyers. Kuharic has had museum exhibitions at the  Contemporary Art Museum of Houston (CAMH), the Bowling Green Museum, the St. Louis Art Museum, the Delaware Center for Contemporary Art, the South Bend Regional Art Museum, the Contemporary Art Museum (St. Louis), Shore Institute and Portsmouth Museum of Art.

Kuharic 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. She has also taught at the School of Visual Arts, Parsons and the New School, Washington University (St. Louis), and has lectured extensively on her work, at Columbia University, Otis, University of Notre Dame, Indiana University and UCLA.

The recipient of the Class of 1963 Teaching Award at Hamilton, Kuharic is the author of numerous catalogue essays and an article on the color yellow for Hand/Eye Magazine issue 6.

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Robert Muirhead, M.F.A., Professor of Art

Areas of Expertise: painting, drawing, two-dimensional design and intaglio printmaking.
Bruce Muirhead received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Rhode Island School of Design and a Master of Fine Arts degree from Boston University School of Fine Arts. Muirhead was subsequently awarded a fellowship from the Yaddo Foundation. More >>

A member of the faculty since 1972, Muirhead teaches both painting and printmaking. He is a member of The Copley Society of Art, The Society of American Graphic Artists and The Boston Printmakers. He was a 2002 recipient of the John Singleton Copley Award. 

Muirhead’s work has been exhibited at The New York Society of Etchers, National Academy of Design, The Boston Printmakers, The Society of American Graphic Artists, The Copley Society of Art, the Arnot Art Museum and the Central New York Council of the Arts.

His work is in the permanent collections of the New York City Public Library, Middlebury College, Munson Williams Proctor Institute and numerous private collections. The Amity Art Foundation Inc. owns a complete collection of Bruce’s etchings and will be publishing a catalogue raisonne of his etchings.

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Rebecca Murtaugh, M.F.A., Associate Professor of Art

Areas of Expertise: sculpture and ceramics.
Rebecca Murtaugh earned a Master of Fine Arts degree from Virginia Commonwealth University and a bachelor's degree from the Pennsylvania State University. More >>

Her work has been exhibited nationally in solo and group exhibitions in New York City, Philadelphia, District of Columbia, New Haven, Cleveland, Baltimore, Pittsburgh, Richmond, Nashville, Seattle and San Francisco. Murtaugh's work has been written about in The New York Times, The New Yorker, The New Criterion, Seattle Post Intelligencer, Artweek, Stone Canoe and Shamenet Magazine.

She was the recipient of the John R. Hatch Excellence in Teaching Award in 2009.

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Bill Salzillo, M.F.A., Professor of Art

Areas of Expertise: most recent works explore the landscapes of California, the American Southwest and Italy.
A painter, Salzillo began teaching at Kirkland College in 1973 and joined the Hamilton faculty in 1978 when the two schools merged. He was the founding director of the Emerson Gallery at Hamilton College, serving from 1982 to 1992. More >>

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 many others. His most recent works explore the landscapes of California and the American Southwest and Italy.

Salzillo earned a B.F.A. from the Rhode Island School of Design and an M.F.A. from Cranbrook Academy of Arts. He also earned a B.A. in history from Middlebury College.