The Art Faculty

Full-Time Faculty


Yolanda Sharpe received her Master in Fine Arts from Wayne State University. She graduated from Michigan State University with a BFA in Painting and Printmaking, and BA in Art History. Her paintings and drawings have been exhibited internationally in various galleries and museums. Ms. Sharpe is a Fulbright Scholar for 2010-2011, and taught and exhibited in Russia’s Siberian city, Krasnoyarsk.

Sharpe's process of doing her encaustic paintings allows for the study of relationships between the physicality of paint, wood constructions, and color structures of space. Each painting represents a massive and substantial permanence that is both solid and diaphanous. Surfaces appear to crumble within long passages of time. Some of the encaustic paintings capture Detroit’s beauty, decay, and re-ruralization. Current work also aspires to combine the urban and rural areas of upstate New York.

Professor Sharpe is the recepient of the Chancellor's Award for Teaching Excellence.

Lotus sculpture

Thomás Sakoulas received his MFA, from the Maryland Institute College of Art, Rinehart School of Sculpture in 1994, and his BFA with Honors from Florida International University in 1992.

He works in a variety of media, ranging from stone carving and metal fabrication, to digital media, 3D modeling, video, and web design. He is a Minimalist artist deeply influenced by the art of his native Greece. His work has been exhibited nationally, and is featured in collections in Florida, Maryland, and New York.


Sven Anderson received his MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan in 1985 and his BFA from the University of Hawaii at Manoa in 1983. He studied printmaking with Stanley William Hayter at Atelier 17 in Paris France.

Sven Anderson is from Long Beach, California. His work is reactionary, it is based on Science and the Environment and then all hell breaks loose with Free Association and then along comes Mary. His interests include printmaking, woodworking, and computer art. His work can be found in many collections in the United states and Europe.

  • Rhea Nowak
    Associate Professor
    Foundations & Printmaking
  • Fine Arts Ctr 310
    Tel: (607) 436-2827
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Rhea Nowak

Rhea Nowak received her MFA from the University of Connecticut in Printmaking and Drawing, and a Master Printer Certificate from Il Bisonte an international school of printmaking in Florence Italy. She received her BA from Bennington College in Printmaking and Painting. Her prints, drawings, and unique books have been exhibited in juried and solo shows in both the U.S. and Europe including Italy, Germany, and Bulgaria.

Her work involves ideas of continuity, chance, and change, and draws from such sources as Buddhist philosophy, musical composition and current scientific theories.

"Science tells us we are not made of particles at all, but patterns of probabilities of interconnections."

  • Jian Cui
    Associate Professor
    3D Animation, Video, Figure Drawing
  • Fine Arts Ctr 302
    Tel: (607) 436-2987

Jian Cui received his MFA in New Media from the Pennsylvania State University, PA, and his MA in Computer Art from Savannah College of Art and Design, GA. He received a BFA in Sculpture from the Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing. China.

 Jian Cui's monumental sculptures are seen as landmarks in China, and his drawings, watercolor paintings and Chinese paintings have been published in several books. His recently published 3D modeling and animation works have been widely used as instructional examples by schools throughout the United States.

Jian Cui's works are dealing with the internal and external conflicts between an individual and the environment. He is interested in integrating traditional 2D and 3D arts with contemporary digital media. He sees “new” media as a smooth continuation of traditional media.

  • Katherine Spitzhoff
    Assistant Professor
    Graphic Design
  • Fine Arts Ctr 306
    Tel: (607) 436-2316

Katherine Spitzhoff received her MFA. in painting from Brooklyn College in 1986, and her BFA from Saint John’s University in 1978. She lived and worked in New York City until 2004, both painting and exhibiting egg tempera paintings and drawings and working in the field of Graphic Design.

Her paintings and drawings are concerned with the interaction of architectural spaces and nature, domestic ritual, and the symbolism of everyday objects.

Katherine Spitzhoff worked in many areas of the design field including corporate identity, packaging, exhibition graphics, and information design. For 12 years she worked in the Design Department of The Metropolitan Museum of Art and currently has a design studio in Cherry Valley, NY.

  • Kenneth Havenstein PhD.
    Art History
  • Fine Arts Ctr 308
    Tel: (607) 436-2305

Ph.D.: Binghamton University: Art History: Dissertation: Choreographing the City: Politics, Pedagogy, and Musicality in Medieval Siena .Concurrent Undergraduate Degrees: BA: Justin Morrell College, Michigan State University: Interdisciplinary Fine Arts and Humanities. BS: James Madison College: Multi-disciplinary Social Sciences. MA: Wayne State University, Detroit MI: Art History

Course specialties: Survey of the Visual Arts: Ancient – Modern; Italian Renaissance; 17th Century Baroque; 19th Century Painting; Modernism: 1900-1945; 1945- Present; History of Photography; Women in Art; Special Topics: Constructing Identity. Prof. Havenstein also organizes the yearly Art History Conference at SUNY Oneonta.

Part-Time Faculty

John Bugyi

John Bugy has a SUNYIT Masters in Information Design Technology. He is a 2003 graduate of SUNY Oneonta with a BS in Computer Art and a Minor in Computer Science. John currently works as the web developer for SUNY Oneonta’s website and Student Portal, he also has worked as a graphic artist, creating numerous web designs, logo designs, flyers and video production works for local businesses. 

In addition to teaching John Bugyi is working on completing his Master’s Degree in Information Design Technology at SUNY IT.  John is expected to graduate with his degree from this program in the Fall of 2013.

  • Ashley Cooper
    Adjunct Instructor
  • Fine Arts Ctr 304
    Tel: (607) 436-2714
John Bugyi

Ashley Norwood Cooper received her MFA in Painting from Indiana University in 2000. She received a B.A. From the University of Georgia in 1995.

Ms. Cooper’s paintings explore contemporary middle class life. She is interested in the materiality of paint and the domestic narrative. She has exhibited in group and solo shows in NYC and around the country. She lives and has her painting studio in Cooperstown, NY.

John Bugyi

Kenneth Crosby was born and raised in Upstate New York. In 2009 he received his BA with Honors from SUNY Oneonta where he studied design. His work has been exhibited in several shows in Oneonta and across New York State.

He creates in digital form and also works in a variety of traditional mediums including graphite, paint and, printmaking. The main focus of his work is in examinations of internal conflicts and emotions through portraiture, figurative representation and, symbolism.

  • Luke Dougherty
    Adjunct Instructor
  • Fine Arts Ctr 316
    Tel: (607) 436-2714

Luke Dougherty received his MFA from Buffalo State University.

Kevin Q. Gray received his MFA in Visual Arts from the Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University in 2009, and his BFA in Fine Art with a concentration in photography and painting from Hartwick College in 2001. Since that time his work has been included in many regional group and solo exhibitions, including a solo exhibition at the Fenimore Art Museum in Cooperstown in 2012. He has been awarded three grants from the New York Foundation for the Arts in support of his work. Kevin also assists local museums with educational exhibit planning and photography.

Kevin Gray uses a variety of processes in his fine art photographic work, from digital to film and alternative/antiquarian processes such as tintypes, liquid photographic emulsion, and Polaroid emulsion lifts. Explorations of nostalgia and memory are major recurrent themes in his work.

  • Cooper Paulson
    Adjunct Instructor
    2D and 3D Design
  • Fine Arts Ctr 236C
    Tel: (607) 436-3735
  • Artist's portfolio

Cooper Paulson received his MFA in sculpture from the State University of New York at New Paltz in 2011.

His work, deeply rooted in craft, investigates quotidian objects on an unending search for the extraordinary; using metaphors to fuse his constructions with social criticism. He is responsible for teaching introductory courses in 3D Design. He lives
and works near Oneonta, New York.


Chris Pettingill received his MFA in Ceramic Art from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana in 1992, and his BFA degree with honors at the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University. His introduction to clay began in 1981 while attending Harford Community College in Bel Air, Maryland, and also studied at the University of The Arts, in Philadelphia.

He now lives and works as a potter and ceramic sculptor along the banks of the Susquehanna River in Afton, NY. His work is in use and in private collections across the United States and around the world.

  • Sean Scherer
    Adjunct Instructor
    Design and Art History
  • Fine Arts Ctr 308
    Tel: (607) 436-2305

Sean Scherer began exhibiting his paintings and drawings in New York City in 1989 while attending the Whitney Museum of American Art Independent Study Program.

He continues to show in this country as well as abroad including one-person shows in Caracas, Venuezela, Helsinki, Finland, and Montreal Canada. Sean lives and works near Walton, New York.

  • Madeline Silber
    Adjunct Instructor
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Madeline Silber received her MFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art, Mount Royal School of Art, and her BA in Painting and Literature from Sarah Lawrence College.

She has exhibited her paintings nationally and internationally. In her work she attempts to depict the complex subtleties of connection and separation in our contemporary relationships. She lives in Oneonta since moving upstate from Greenpoint, Brooklyn. She teaches Drawing 1 and 2 at SUNY Oneonta, as well as designing brand identities for regional small businesses.

  • June Tyler
    Adjunct Instructor
    Design and Drawing
  • Fine Arts Ctr 316
    Tel: (607) 436-3907

June Tyler received the MFA degree in printmaking from Syracuse University, an MA in graphics and painting from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a BA in Studio Art from SUNY @ Potsdam. She has her studio, Pondside Pulp and Paper in Norwich, New York where she gives summer workshops in handmade paper.

Her work has been exhibited regionally, nationally and internationally. In the summer of 2006 she had a retrospective exhibition of her work from 1975 - 2005, in Norwich at the Chenango County Council of the Arts Galleries.


Janet Wentworth received her MFA in painting from Brooklyn College and BFA in illustration from Parsons School of Design. She lived and worked in New York City for many years before relocating her home and art studio to Delhi, New York. Her early art career included book illustration for such notable publishers as HarperCollins, McGraw-Hill, and Houghton Mifflin Co. A passion for figure drawing and painting led to continued postgraduate study at the National Academy School of Fine Art and the Art Student’s League of New York.

She was awarded several competitive foundation grants affording her opportunities to study abroad in France and Italy and visit Europe’s most renowned art museums, further synthesizing her ideas in depicting the human form. Her intention in art has always rested upon engagement with the human figure, it’s psychological and emotional resonance, and formal concerns emphasizing the interplay of light and shadow on form. Her figure paintings and drawings have been widely exhibited throughout the United States, including the First Street Gallery and the National Academy Museum in New York City, The Butler Institute of American Art in Ohio, and the Copley Society in Boston. Her work has received numerous awards, including those from the National Academy of Art, Academic Artists Association, Pastel Society of America, and Society of Illustrators.

She was invited in 1995 to join the faculty of the National Academy School of Fine Art in New York City where she taught figure drawing and painting for almost a decade. In 2005, she joined the art department of SUNY-Oneonta where she currently teaches drawing.

* MFA (Masters in Fine Arts) is a terminal degree for studio artists.





Art Department Chairperson

Thomás Sakoulas
(607) 436-3717

Art Department Secretary

Leslie Albanese
(607) 436-3717