College of Visual and Performing Arts


Professor of Interior Design Suining Ding successfully defended her doctoral dissertation in November.
As an accomplished author and an engaged scholar, Ding will receive her Ph.D. in Architectural Studies from the University of Missouri-Columbia. As part of her doctoral studies, Dr. Ding focused on the history and evolution of hospital architecture, evidence-based design, architectural design theory and philosophy of environmental design research. Her dissertation research investigated how research evidence is interpreted and implemented in the design process for hospital architecture and how evidence-based design changes traditional healthcare architectural design process.

At the start of the semester Andres Montenegro and modeling and animation student David Adams participated in the Science Central Pokémon Go event and in Taste of the Arts in downtown Fort Wayne, where people interacted and enjoy the augmented reality installation with animated characters and a virtual tour of a virtual city.

Associate Professor and Director of Music Therapy Nancy Jackson and Associate Professor of Modeling and Animation Andres Montenegro, along with colleagues, Claudio Cominardi, music therapist from Brescia, Italy; and Tricia Seybert Winklosky, art therapist and Wellness Director for Hope for the Warriors; taught a 6-hour workshop at the Expressive Therapies Summit in New York City, November 10, 2016. The workshop for expressive arts therapists entitled, “Listening to Music, Movement, and Art: Explorations in Co-created, Non-Verbal Communication.” actively engaged the participants in experiences intended to heighten awareness of the listening, expressing, and co-created meaning-making process shared by all creative arts therapies. The workshop introduced a prototype developed by Montenegro, which utilizes electronics to create a multi-media, non-verbal communication experience.

Jessie Vachon (B.F.A.’10, computer art) earned her M.F.A. in Web Design and New Media at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco in May 2016. Her thesis, entitled CodeCraft: HTML and CSS Learning for Designers, features CodeCraft, a website and mobile application that will teach HTML and CSS, the fundamental building blocks of any website. With CodeCraft, designers learn HTML and CSS in more friendly terms, with visual instruction that does not require any previous knowledge of coding or coding culture. CodeCraft also includes the ability for instructors to connect and monitor student users. Click here to learn more about AAU’s online Master’s programs.

Gregor Roth (B.F.A.’11, graphic design) is the new assistant professor of graphic design at Huntington University and will begin teaching in August. He will teach illustration and traditional and computer design, along with senior project.



Ron Lewis, associate faculty member in VCD, has been appointed Digital Media Assistant in IPFW’s Center for Enhancement of Learning and Teaching (CELT). This new opportunity gives Lewis an opportunity to use his numerous talents in design and computer graphics and technology to help instructors across campus create a more contemporary learning environment for their students.

Andres Montenegro, assistant professor of computer animation, was a selected artist in the IDEAS 2014 Digital Art Exhibition, and International Digital Media Arts Association Conference, on November 5-7, at Utah Valley University in Orem, Utah. His piece, The Phenomenological Targets, is an installation based on interactive animations developed through augmented reality and mobile technology. He also presented an artist talk about his work in animation and interactive immersive environment based on his awarded-winning animation The Little Quest of Petrovsky as the creative focus. He also participated in the International Digital Media Arts Association Conference at Utah Valley University with a research paper titled “Two Phenomenological Notions Expressed in the Interactive Art of Jeffrey Shaw and Myron Krueger,” to be published in the International Digital Media Art Journal

Allen Etter served as a judge for the Garrett Indiana Chalk Walk show and the Garrett Museum "Art of the 60s" show.  Etter also published on-line the graphic novel “Darkness Aftermath” completing 84 illustrations

The post-production of Andres Montenegro’s animated piece "The Little Quest Of Petrovsky" was completed in July 2014, after a year of production that included on site shooting in Paris during March 2014, and many hours of video editing and compositing. The animation, a combination of CGI (3D rendering), and puppet animation is being distributed for broadcasting and screening by Doublemetre Animation in France and Europe. This short film got a registration in the French media through a Visa D' exploitation, and will participate in several animation events in the future.

Mikhael Antone, assistant professor of imaging and photography, was featured in a one-woman exhibit titled Sense of Place at Camera Work Gallery located at the Laundry Building at 513 Center Street in Scranton, Penn. The exhibition ran April 4 through April 29. She has also self-published a catalogue of her work from the exhibition with an introduction by Sarah Pollman.

Sarah Pollman holds a BFA (2007) and MFA (2014) from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and Tufts University. Pollman is a 2013 recipient of the Art Writing Workshop from the AICA-USA and Creative Capital/Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant Program and a 2014 Curatorial Opportunity Program curator at the New Art Center in Newton.

VCD associate faculty Gregor Roth and his work were featured in the May 15, 2014, issue of Whatz Up. “Walk into a gallery housing his work and you literally walk into Roth’s sculpture. With yarn lines that stretch from wall to wall, his sculptures envelop you physically, challenging you to simply reconsider a space that has possibly become ordinary,” explains writer Michele DeVinney. To find out more about his work visit