Zoë Charlton

Professor of Art
I have positioned my studio practice in the vein of social commentary. I make large scale figure drawings, primarily of women adorned with culturally loaded objects and covered in dense collaged landscapes. I occasionally work in sculpture, animation, and collaborate with other artists to make installations and videos. I grew up in the military, primarily in northern Maine. I negotiate nuanced and layered identities, both prescribed and self-determined as a Black woman, an artist, and an academic. I received an MFA degree from the University of Texas, Austin (1999) and a BFA degree from Florida State University (1993). In 2001, I attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. Since 2003, I’ve been teaching full-time at American University (DC) and received tenure in 2009. I served as Chair of the Department of Art from 2015-2018 and am the first Black American tenured professor in the department. I hold a seat on the Maryland State Arts Council, a board member of the Washington Project for the Art, and I am a co-founder of ‘sindikit, a collaborative art initiative, with my colleague Tim Doud. We created the ‘sindikit project to engage our overlapping creative research in gender, sexuality, race, and the economies of things.

Collage of people on saddles in trees

Zoë Charlton, Internal Affairs, 2018

Graphite, Acrylic and Collage on Paper

74 x 120 inches

Tim Doud

Professor of Art
Tim Doud’s paintings and drawings address two seemingly distinct bodies of work, one figurative and one abstract. These bodies of work serve as a backdrop to broader discussions around constructed identities, branding and commodity culture. He graduated from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago with an MFA in Painting and Drawing. He attended Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Skowhegan, Maine. Recent exhibitions include Curator’s Office, Washington, DC, New Bedford Museum of Art, Tacoma Art Museum, Kemper Contemporary Art Museum and the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery, Washington, DC. Doud has received grants from the National Endowment for the Ats, The Pollock Krasner Foundation, and the DC Commission for the Arts and Humanities.

People pose in front of a building that is wrapped in transparent fabric

Tim Doud, Building Wrap, 2018
Transparent Fabric
Installed in Arlington, VA

Andrew Holtin

Associate Professor of Art

Andy Holtin received his MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University’s Sculpture and Exended Media program. His work uses technological systems to create perfomative objects and interactive installations, incorporating an exploratory range of materials and processes. Holtin currently works as half of the collaborative duo CausalityLabs, pursuing projects that explore mechanism as metaphor for human experience and perception. He is also an artist member of HilbertRuam gallery in Berlin. Holtin's work has been exhibited internationally at locations including Galerie35, Berlin, Germany; Museo Antropologico y de Arte Contemporaneo, Ecuador; Museo Universitario Arte Contemporaneo, Mexico City; Planetario Alfa Science and Culture Museum, Mexico; and nationally at museums, galleries, and universities from New York to Portland to Florida.

Projector and two projections: One of a person sitting at a table, the other is a person laying on a table

Andrew Holtin, You Made This Happen, 2016

2-channel video installation

Don Kimes

Professor of Art
Dividing his time between the US and Italy, Kimes is represented by Denise Bibro Gallery in New York’s Chelsea gallery district. In addition to his position at American University, he is a contributing editor at New Art Examiner and is also Artistic Director of the ACI Artists and Writers Residency in Corciano, Italy. His work has been presented in over 150 exhibitions internationally, including Denise Bibro, Frederieke Taylor, Claudia Carr, Kouros, Lucky Strike, Arsenal, National Academy, Ammo Artists Space, Brooklyn Museum (all NYC), Corcoran, WPA, National Academy of Sciences, Constitution Hall, Hillyer, Elizabeth Roberts (all DC), Baltimore Museum of Art, Burchfield-Penney Museum (Buffalo), Rueda Museum (Madrid), Giuliana Dorazio (Italy), Casa de Cultura (Mexico), The Florence International Biennale, America House (Germany) and many others. Among the many honors he has received, in 2018 Kimes was named the first Sonkin-Siegel Endowed Chair at the Chautauqua Institution, where he served as Artistic Director in the Visual for 33 years. He has been an Artist in Residence at the American Academy in Rome, SACI in Florence and others.

Don Kimes in his studio

Don Kimes, Studio


Danielle Mysliwiec

Associate Professor of Art

Danielle Mysliwiec holds a BA from Wesleyan University and an MFA from Hunter College. Recent solo exhibitions include: Harbinger at Novella Gallery, New York and Quatrain at Vox Populi Gallery in Philadelphia. Her work has been exhibited with galleries including Mixed Greens Gallery and Transmitter Gallery (NY), Rockelmann & (Berlin), Heiner Contemporary and Project 4 (Washington, DC), Baer Ridgway Exhibitions and Chandra Cerrito Contemporary (San Francisco), and The Center for Craft, Creativity and Design (Asheville, NC) among others. Her paintings have been featured and reviewed in publications including The Brooklyn Rail, Art Fag City, The Washington Post, B’more Art, and The San Francisco Examiner. Recent awards include the Pollack Krasner Fellowship at The Vermont Studio Center and residencies at Two Coats of Paint and The Wassaic Project. Mysliwiec has also been a contributing writing to the Brooklyn Rail.

Three-dimensional painting by Danielle Mysliwiec

Danielle Mysliwiec, Crocus, 2015

Oil on linen covered wood panel

13 x 9 inches

Luis Silva

Associate Professor
Luis Silva explores issues entailing identity and identity formation. His work particularly addresses the cultural outsider utilizing aspects of fable construction, façade and myth. His media is project dependent and recently includes video, installation, painting, drawing, digital imaging and textile. He holds a BA from Harvard University and an MFA from Columbia University.. Exhibitions include Museum of Modern Art/Gramercy Theater, NY; Corcoran Museum of Art, DC; G Fine Art, DC; Bernard Toale Gallery, MA; Artpoint, Art Miami Basel; Fusebox Gallery, DC; DC Arts Center; Neiman Center for Print Studies, NY; Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design; Schwarzenberg’shcen Meierie, Austria; PS122, NY. Publications include Art in America, Washington Post.

Oil and graphite art on linen. Features a deer, rabbits, bushes and mushrooms.

Luis SIlva, A Proper Dressing, 2012
Oil and graphite on linen

24 x 28 inches

Naoko Wowsugi

Professorial Lecturer
Naoko Wowsugi, an artist of Korean-Japanese descent, lives and teaches in DC.Through a multidisciplinary practice including visual art, local lore, horticulture, and community participation, she celebrates human connections by toying with interpersonal and sociopolitical norms. Using art as a form of communication, her work depicts the individual in cultural economies and challenge habits of self-perception. She received her MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University and her BFA from both the Kansas City Art Institute and Osaka University of Arts in Japan. Notable recent exhibitions and talks include “Open Engagement” at Queens Museum, Queens, NY (2018), “Ae Kai: A Culture Lab on Convergence," presented by the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center in Honolulu, HI (2017) and "The Outwin: American Portraiture Today," at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery (2016).

A person throws an object in the air

Naoko Wowsugi, Assignment: Happy Birthday, 2011-Ongoing
Collected performances and mixed media