Painting and DrawingM.F.A. Painting, Cranbrook Academy of Arts, Bloomfield Hills, MI, 2005M.F.A. Drawing, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI, 2003B.F.A. Painting, Azad University, Tehran, Iran, 1998Appointed 2015
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Ariel Collatz is an academic advisor and program manager for the Arts Group Advising Center. She holds a B.A. degree in History from Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota and a M.S. in Counseling with a specialization in Career Development from Sacramento State University. She has worked as an undergraduate advisor at UC Davis for over 10 years. Her passion is helping students create a rewarding undergraduate experience.
Laura Xue Luo is an academic advisor for the Arts Group Advising
Center. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Animation
from Beijing Film Academy in Beijing, China and a Master of
Education from Brock University in St.Catharines, Canada. She has
worked as an instructor and academic advisor for over 10 years.
She is passionate about working with diverse student populations,
particularly with first generation and international students.
Her goal is to guide and assist students in achieving their
academic success and career goals.
Justine Di Fiore uses the body in painting as a location for
social change and greater personal awareness. She reaches back
into the history of figurative representation and mark making as
she cultivates a critical and sensitive engagement with the
process of painting the contemporary figure. Her practice
incorporates her own body’s movement and an awareness of her
immediate physical relationship to the painting process through
movement based experiments inside and outside of the studio.
Jordan Benton is a Kentucky-born photographer who works to
understand a relationship to place through investigating the
connections between an environment and the people interacting
there. Much of his work focuses on the landscape of the American
South in the places where he grew up. His approach to photography
is situated between an on-the-road style of American documentary,
which embraces narratives of the everyday, and observational
photo story telling that unobtrusively captures life’s
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