Watkins College of Art, Design & Film has made three faculty appointments for the 2013-2014 academic year, it was announced by Joy McKenzie, Vice President for Academic Affairs.
Joining Watkins are Morgan Higby-Flowers, assistant professor, the Department of Fine Art; Christine Rogers, assistant professor, the Department of Photography; and Richard Gershman, associate professor, the Film School.
Morgan Higby-Flowers, who will teach 4D design and digital imaging in the fall, is also responsible for developing the curriculum for all Time-Based Media courses offered in the future. These currently include Time-Based Media II (through the Fine Art department) and Experimental Video and any special topics that may involve glitch art, animation, programming, video, etc. He graduated with an MFA from the Electronic Integrated Arts program, NYSCC at Alfred University (Alfred, NY) and with a BFA from The School of The Art Institute of Chicago, and has served as visiting faculty at Austin Peay State University and Ball State University (Muncie, IN). His work has been performed and exhibited extensively in Chicago and New York as well as in Mexico City, Barcelona and Cairo.
Christine Rogers will teach classes in the history of photography and darkroom as well as junior projects and senior thesis. Holder of an MFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University and a BA in Anthropology from Oberlin College, she most recently taught photography and digital imaging at Wellesley College and participated in exhibitions in New York City, Boston and Santiago, Chile. A 2012-13 Fulbright-Nehru Senior Research Scholar, Rogers was an artist-in-residence at 1 Shanthi Road Gallery in Bangalore this spring, which staged her solo exhibition Photographing Imagined Landscapes: The Switzerland of India.
Richard Gershman, who will teach directing and film production two, will re-locate from Los Angeles where he spent many years as a director, production manager and second unit/assistant director in television, film and theatre. Among his extensive credits are multiple episodes of the TV series Judging Amy, Chicago Hope, Lost, Ugly Betty, Bones and Buffy the Vampire Slayer; stage productions at Soho Repertory (New York), the Mark Taper Forum (Los Angeles), South Coast Repertory (Costa Mesa, CA) and Seattle Repertory Theatre, and the award-winning AFI short film “Joni and the Whales.” Most recently, he has served as an instructor and guest director at UCLA Extension, the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Southern California and the University of Washington. Gershman, who was awarded a directing fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, holds two MFA degrees – in Film Directing from the American Film Institute’s Center for Advanced Film Studies and in Theatre Directing from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts – and a BA in Natural Sciences from the University of Pennsylvania. He is a member of the Directors Guild of America and the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.