Faculty & Staff
Professor Abram joined the faculty in 1995. He earned his MFA from Tyler School of Art of Temple University and received his BFA from the University of Central Florida. His recent work combines the traditional mediums of drawing and printmaking with other forms of artistic endeavor. As an artist and curator, he addresses the relationship of popular culture, community and personal expression in many of these ventures. He has exhibited his work in numerous solo/group exhibitions, here and abroad.
Dyan Couden joined the Art Department staff as an academic administrative assistant in September 2007. She attended Ohio State University as an animal science/pre vet med major and later transferred to CCAD to study illustration.
You can contact Dyan for information regarding faculty availability, course offerings, requirements for achieving a Studio Art major or minor and how to chose a faculty advisor.
Dyan is the host parent to an international student, has served as a DOWS officer and is currently co-advisor of the Denison University Yoga Club. She is an avid CrossFitter in her spare time.
Professor Olson arrived at Denison in the Fall of 2004. She has shown her work in numerous solo and group exhibitions throughout the US and internationally. Her research and teaching interests include ceramic history, ornament, installation and particularly, material culture and its role in the construction of collective identity and individual persona.
Jacqueline Pelasky has degrees in both Art History and Legal Sciences and an extensive photography background. She joined the Art and Art History Department in January 1999. She is the Department's sole administrator of CONTENTdm (restricted to campus-only access), an always expanding database of nearly 50,000 fully-cataloged images. She is responsible for the archiving and preservation of the Department's approximately 150,000 35mm slide collection, its collection of magic lantern slides as well as the management of its growing digital assets. She oversees the Visual Resource Center, is web mistress of the Art History Program site, and is the graphic designer for the Program's event publicity and the Senior Symposium. Ms. Pelasky has maintained professional memberships in the Visual Resources Association and also the Art Libraries Society of North America since 1999.
Professor Vivero joined the Art Department faculty in the Fall of 2004. She received her Baccalaureus Artium in Fine Arts from the Universidad San Francisco de Quito, Quito, Ecuador. She received her Master of Fine Arts degree in Sculpture from Alfred University. Micaela Vivero's work has been exhibited in museums and galleries in the United States, Ireland, and Ecuador.
Professor White received a B.F.A. from the Hartford Art School and an M.F.A. from the Massachusetts College of Art. Tommy is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship, and the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation Award. He is currently represented by the Harris Lieberman Gallery in New York.
Sheilah Wilson was born in Caribou River, Nova Scotia. She earned a BA at Mount Allison University in English/French (1999), BFA in Photography at NSCAD University (2002) and MFA Studio Arts at Goldsmiths College (2004).
Wilson has exhibited her work nationally in Canada and the US, as well as England, New Zealand and Israel. Awards include CBC Aural Recall winner (2002), Nova Scotia Talent Trust recipient (2002-4), Creative Capital Foundation Scholarship (2007), Canada Council Travel Grant (2008), Denison University Research Funding (2010, 2013), Banff Center thematic residency scholarship with Adam Chodzko (2011) and Canada Council Project Grant (2012). Wilson’s recent work has been commissioned for the Museum of Fine Arts of Santa Fe, Balloon Museum in Albuquerque, New Mexico, OSU Urban Art Spaces, W(here) festival in Pictou County, Columbia College Chicago and Ross Creek Center for the Arts in Canning, Nova Scotia. Wilson has curated and published ‘The Golden Egg’, on humor in art, as well as forthcoming essay in Performing Motherhood by York University Press. Wilson was the winner of Judy Chicago’s Through the Flower Foundation ‘Feminists Under Forty’ competition in 2008.
Most recently she has been working on projects analyzing the traces between history, story and the land. The Invisible Inside the Visible was commissioned for the W(here) festival, curated by Mary MacDonald and A line drawn continuously and without looking was completed at NSCAD University as an artist in residence. Recent solo shows include If Becoming This at Antioch College (Fall 2012), Build Your Altar to this Moment at Enjoy Gallery, New Zealand (Spring 2013) and Despair/Despair Not (Fall 2013) Nuit Blanche, Toronto, Ontario.
Stanley Wrzyszczynski received a BFA in Sculpture from the Ohio State University and an MFA from Vermont College. Stanley creates life-size figurative sculpture and shows extensively.