Chair of Art & Art History
Grinnell College, B.A., The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, M.A., University of California, Los Angeles, Ph.D.
Ross Elfline offers courses in the history of art and architecture since 1945. His current research focuses on Radical Architecture in Italy, Austria, Britain and America in the 1960s and 70s, with particular emphasis on the Italian avant-garde collective Superstudio. His additional research interests include conceptual art in America and Europe; the history and theory of the neo-avantgarde; sound art; and post-structuralist, feminist and queer theories.
University of Montana, B.F.A., San Francisco State University, M.F.A.
Kelly Connole primarily teaches ceramics at Carleton. A story teller by nature, Connole uses clay to examines relationships between humans, their environment, and other creatures. Her work has been exhibited nationally and has received numerous awards including a McKnight Ceramic Residency and McKnight Fellowship, a MN State Arts Board grant, and a Jerome Foundation Project Grant. She served on the board of directors for Northern Clay Center, a Minneapolis non-profit arts organization committed to advancement of the ceramic arts, for several years and has curated numerous exhibitions for the Clay Center. Kelly’s work is also featured in an episode of MN Original.
Hamline University, B.A., University of Nebraska, Lincoln, M.F.A.
Fred Hagstrom teaches printmaking, drawing, art and narrative, and artist’s books. After earning his B.A. from Hamline University, he studied with S.W. Hayter at Atelier 17, Paris. He works in a wide variety of media, with an emphasis on intaglio and woodblock prints. Examples of his work can be found in the Groveland Gallery, the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, and the Walker Art Center, and he has exhibited in national and international competitive exhibitions. He has also received McKnight and Blandin Foundation Fellowships.
Williams College, B.A., M.A., Yale University, Ph.D.
Baird Jarman teaches courses on American and European art of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. In addition he teaches the Junior Seminar in art-historical methods. The subject of his current research involves Medieval-Revival imagery, especially mural painting, in Gilded-Age America and late-Victorian Britain. He is also a member of Carleton’s American Studies Committee.
Carleton College, B.A., Illinois State University, M.F.A.
Eleanor Jensen primarily teaches drawing courses, as well as coordinates Drawing Club on campus. She has worked with the South Pacific Studio Art Seminar and Architectural Studies in Europe OCS programs. Her studio work includes drawing, printmaking, and installation; and it focuses on how we relate to the natural environment, how we perceive and understand the places in which we choose to live. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally. She received three grants from the Alaska State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts, and has participated in artist residencies at Kala Art Institute, Berkeley, CA, Australian Print Workshop, Melbourne, Australia, and Worm Farm Institute, Reedsburg, WI.
The Ohio State University, BA ; Northwestern University, MA and PhD
Jessica Keating is Associate Professor of Art History at Carleton College. Professor Keating’s research and teaching addresses the history of art in early modern Europe, focusing particularly on the intertwined histories of collecting; technology; cultural contact and exchange; and empire and sovereignty. Her book, Animating Empire: Automata, the Holy Roman Empire and the Early Modern World (Penn State University Press, 2018) explores the religious and political histories of six clockwork automata that were produced and collected in the Holy Roman Empire during the second half of the sixteenth century. Currently she is working on the question of how the Kunstkammer of Holy Roman Emperor Rudolf II (r. 1576-1612) represented sovereignty. She is also in the process of completing a short book, Impossible Nature: The World of Giuseppe Arcimboldo, which is forthcoming with Reaktion Books.
Carleton College, B.A., University of Illinois, Chicago, M.F.A
David Lefkowitz teaches painting, drawing and the Jr. Seminar: Critical Issues in Contemporary Art. In his own work, Lefkowitz combines Western traditions of representational oil painting with the flotsam and jetsam of consumer culture to draw attention to the complex relations between image and object, past and present, and nature and culture. His work can be found in the collections of the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, the Miami Art Museum, and The Langen Foundation in Neuss, Germany. He is represented in Chicago by the Carrie Secrist Gallery.
Exploded View: David Lefkowitz (solo exhibition)
David Lefkowitz (Personal site)
Amherst College, B.A., Rhode Island School of Design, M.F.A.
Stephen Mohring teaches sculpture, woodworking, and interactive electronic art. He runs Carleton’s sawmill program, which he developed in collaboration with the Arboretum, producing sustainably harvested lumber for the art department. From 1998 to 2018 he also worked as a resident set designer for Ten Thousand Things Theater, a Twin Cities-based company that brings lively, intelligent theater to people with little access to the wealth of the arts. Before coming to Carleton, Stephen helped found and direct The Soap Factory, a Twin Cities non-profit organization that supported emerging artists.
University of Virginia, B.A., New York University, M.A., Ph.D.
Kathleen Ryor teaches courses on Asian art history and the Introduction to Art History. Her primary area of research is Chinese painting of the late Ming dynasty. Her other research and teaching interests include interactions between different modes of representation in the Ming and Qing periods, Chinese gardens, 20th-century Chinese art and Japanese prints. Her position was sponsored by the Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation. She is currently a board member of the Society for Ming Studies.
Danny Saathoff teaches metalsmithing which focuses on jewelry based design skills in fabrication and casting. He is both a jewelry designer and a sculptor. Because of this, his work ranges from the very small and intimate to the very large and substantial but always focusing on craftsmanship and detail. He is the recipient of a Minnesota State Arts Board grant for 2017 and he recently completed a major commission for the Minneapolis/ St. Paul Airport where he created 24 zeppelin style lightships that fly through the terminal. His jewelry has been exhibited nationally and sold in galleries across the country.
David Van Zanten has been fascinated by how architectural space is laid out and assembled, since his initial undergraduate training in architecture. Shifting focus to architectural history, he wrote a dissertation on the discovery that the ancient Greek temples were brightly painted. He contributed to the Museum of Modern Art’s landmark exhibition, The Architecture of the École des Beaux-Arts, and he has published books on nineteenth-century Paris and on the architecture of Chicago in the years around 1900. He is the Mary Jane Crowe Professor in Art and Art History Emeritus at Northwestern University
A specialist in late Gothic and Renaissance art in Northern Europe, Martha Wolff was curator of European painting and sculpture before 1750 at the Art Institute of Chicago before her recent retirement. While focusing on painting, she has a long-standing interest in the connections between media. Most recently she led the curatorial team responsible the multi-media reinstallation of the Art Institute’s galleries of medieval and Renaissance art. As an outgrowth of this project, she is currently finishing work as a contributor and co-editor of a collaborative monograph on the rare embroidered altarpiece from mid-fifteenth century Castile in the Chicago collection.
University of Nebraska, Kearney, BFA; Hunter College, MFA
Dan Bruggeman teaches observational and figure drawing. His own work reflects an interest in the portrayal of natures complexity and the challenge of presenting a whole comprised of parts belonging to different dimensions. Bruggeman has recently exhibited his paintings and dioramas at Groveland Gallery in Minneapolis and Bridgewater, Lustberg, Blumenfeld Gallery in New York. His work can be found in public and private collections including The Minnesota Historical Society. He has also received McKnight, NEA and Minnesota State Arts Board fellowships.
Oberlin College, B.A., University of California, Berkeley, M.A., Ph.D
Alison Kettering retired in 2014 from many years teaching Renaissance and Baroque art and architecture. She has published books and articles on Rembrandt, Dutch pastoral art, and the drawings and paintings by 17th-century artist Gerard ter Borch. An article on Dutch images of men at work appeared in the Art Bulletin (2007); articles on “Rembrandt and the Male Nude” (2011); food still lifes in Dutch genre paintings (2016); Rembrandt’s re-attributed Portrait of Dirck van Os in the Joslyn Art Museum, Omaha (2017); Rembrandt’s Slaughtered Ox in the Louvre (2019). She is also preparing an article on amateur women watercolorists, which will be published in 2021 in Woman’s Art Journal.
From 2008-2021, she was Editor-in-Chief of JHNA, Journal of Historians of Netherlandish Art (jhna.org) an open-access, refereed, semi-annual e-journal.
Kent State University, B.F.A, Rochester Institute of Technology, M.F.A.
Tim Lloyd taught metalsmithing,ceramics,observational and field drawing for 40 years before retiring in 2004. Working with silver, copper, bronze, and gold, he made jewelry and small containers whose textured surfaces often are inspired by landscapes, erosion patterns and plant forms. His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally and can be seen in the Smithsonian Institution. He is represented by the Raymond Avenue Gallery in St Paul MN. In June 1998 he received a Lifetime Achievement award from the Minnesota Crafts Council. He continues his work in his home studio.
University of Minnesota, B.F.A., Cranbrook Academy of Art, M.F.A.
Linda Rossi teaches photography, digital photography and the Junior Seminar Critical Issues in Contemporary Art. Her work is primarily in large-scale photo installation including video and sculpture to illuminate both historical and current issues. She has received numerous Jerome, McKnight and Minnesota State Arts grants. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally including the Strogonvo Palace, Russian Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia and the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art in Iran.
Her work can be viewed in the permanent collection of the Minneapolis Institute of Art.
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