Erina Duganne is an Associate Professor of Art History. She teaches courses in American art, photography, and visual culture. Duganne is the author of The Self in Black and White: Race and Subjectivity in Postwar American Photography (University Press of New England, 2010), an examination of the historically specific ways in which the self has been experienced, conceptualized, and reflected in relation to photographic representations of blackness in postwar America. She also served as a co-curator, a co-editor, and an essayist for the exhibition and accompanying publication, Beautiful Suffering: Photography and the Traffic in Pain (University of Chicago Press, 2007). She worked on this project as a Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellow in the History of Photography at Williams College. Her current book project, tentatively entitled Central America as “Living” History: Photojournalism and U.S. Public Memory at the End of the Cold War, explores the circulation of photojournalistic images documenting events from the Central American civil wars beginning in the late 1970s and the ways in which these photographs were used to articulate, challenge as well as redescribe U.S. public memory during the last years of the Cold War. Duganne received a Marlene Nathan Meyerson Photography Fellowship from the Harry Ransom Center in support of this project. Duganne has published essays, interviews, and reviews in Photography & Culture, English Language Notes, exposure, Mirror of Race, AHAA.reviews, caa.reviews, and African American Review. Her writings are also forthcoming in Visual Resources and Grove Art Online. In 2009-2010, she was awarded a Fulbright Junior Lectureship at the University of Potsdam where she taught courses on American art, photography, and popular culture. For Erina Duganne's complete bio please click here.
Gina Tarver is Assistant Professor of Art History. She received her Ph.D. at The University of Texas at Austin and her M.A. at University of New Mexico. She specializes in modern and contemporary Latin American art and visual culture, with a specific focus on Colombia. She teaches courses in modern art, Latin American art, Pre-Columbian art, art and politics, conceptualism, and art history methodologies. Her research interests include the relationship between art and politics, gender issues, and post-colonial and post-development theories. Her current book project, Intrepid Iconoclasts and Ambitious Institutions: From “Art of a New Reality” to “Conceptual Art” in Colombia, 1961–1981, traces the symbiotic yet paradoxical relationship between a small and successful group of artists in Colombia, who sought to break with conventional traditions in order to address a local audience in ways that resonated within their immediate social context, and the art institutions who supported them, who sought to internationalize the art scene as part of a push for national development. She proposes her book as a specific case study of the intricacies of cultural development in a period of globalization. Recently, she published an article, “Art Does Not Fit Here: Between the International ‘New Avant-Garde’ and Colombian Politics,” in the British journal Third Text (November 2012). She has published numerous essays and entries for exhibition catalogs and was co-editor of the exhibition catalog The New York Graphic Workshop, 1964–1970 (Blanton Museum of Art, 2009). Professor Tarver received a Research Enhancement Program grant from Texas State University in 2011.
Alan Pizer is a Senior Lecturer of Art History. He teaches courses on the history of Asian art, ancient Hellenistic, and Renaissance art and culture. He also teaches survey courses such as Ancient to Medieval and Renaissance to Modern and the General Studies course Introduction to the Fine Arts. Mr. Pizer taught Art History in the Florence Study Abroad Program for three years (Summer 2010-2012) and served as the Abroad Program Director for two years. As the former Correspondence Studies instructor-grader for Introduction to the Fine Arts, Mr. Pizer wrote the course study guide lesson plan and chapter summaries. Mr. Pizer also makes biannual trips to the San Antonio Museum of art touring students through the expansive collections found in the ancient and Asian wings of that Museum. Mr. Pizer is currently completing a doctorate in the Humanities, Aesthetic Studies, at the University of Texas, Dallas. His dissertation, entitled Shifting Personification of Republican Ideals in Revolutionary France, reframes current understanding of the development of Revolutionary personifications, their symbolic, narrative, and iconic modes of presentation, and their ritual use in Revolutionary festival.
Following her life long passion for studying and producing art, Shannon Faseler earned a Bachelors of Fine Arts from the University of Texas at Austin. A Masters of Fine Arts from the School of The Art Institute of Chicago followed shortly after. It was during graduate school, as a teaching assistant, that a love of teaching developed. After graduation, and a move to the more temperate climate of the west coast, Faseler accepted teaching positions in both studio and art history departments at several Orange County colleges. In addition to teaching, Faseler was appointed Gallery Director at Irvine Valley College. Recently, she has returned home to Texas and is currently establishing her studio practice while teaching at Texas State University. She continues to exhibit her personal work both locally and nationally. You can read Faseler's full CV here.
Estéban Hinojosa is an alumnus of both Design and Art History programs at the University of Texas at Austin. He has lectured multiple semesters on Italian Art History and Culture at Southwestern University in Georgetown. An Adjunct Professor of Art History at Austin Community College, he regularly teaches Art Historical Surveys I & II, as well as Introduction to Visual Arts. As a Graphic Designer and Publications Assistant at UT’s Institute of Classical Archaeology, he contributed to several books on excavations in southern Italy and the Black Sea. He has just completed a year-long sabbatical in Turkey, visiting archaeological sites and museums alongside his wife, a PhD candidate at the University of Texas.