Faculty & Staff


  • Dawn Gavin
  • Christy Johnson

Studio Coordinator:

  • Cameron Neat

Interdisciplinary Studio Coordinator, Year 2:

  • Natalie Pfister Riha

Interdisciplinary Studio Coordinator, Year 4:

  • Cable Griffith

Interdisciplinary Studio Coordinator, Year 3:

  • Bonnie Biggs

Studio Faculty:

  • Gala Bent
  • Susan Boye
  • Robert Campbell
  • Dawn Cerny
  • Sandy Cioffi
  • Jacob Kohn
  • Robert Rhee
  • Ephraim Russell
  • Ruth Marie Tomlinson
  • Preston Wadley

Critical & Contextual Studies:

  • Gayle Clemans
  • Melissa Feldman
  • Jennifer Lin LeMesurier

Humanities & Sciences Faculty:

  • Renee Agatsuma
  • Erica Howard
  • Tanya Matthews
  • Christine Sumption
  • Nadya Zimmerman

Technician Team:

Resource Lab Manager:

  • Alistair McMeekin

Resource Lab Technicians:

  • Casey Curran
  • Tory Franklin
  • Eric Holden
  • Rob Lutz
  • Bradley Taylor
  • Winifred Westergard
  • Samuel Wildman


External Opportunities

External and community engagement is a priority and embedded in the program. We support study abroad, residencies, collaborative projects, commissions, exhibitions, internships and competitions. One notable example is the Loan Exhibition Partnership established in 2005 between the Art Department and Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. The College has established exciting partnerships to enable you to expand your study experience and extend your practice.

Visiting Artists, Master Classes & Residencies

The Art Program at Cornish College of the Arts and the Henry Art Gallery ( have formed an exciting partnership to present INCITE•INSIGHT, a series of public lectures and performances that promote engagement with contemporary art practice. Invited artists, curators, and thinkers visit Seattle for short residencies to interact withstudents through group conversation and studio visits. The series emphasizes and advances the long-standing commitment that Cornish and the Henry share in support of meaningful dialogues around the social and cultural impact of art and the ideas of our time. 

The Art program works closely with the Pilchuck Glass School and we are fortunate to have the Pilchuck Emerging Artists in Residence visit each fall to lecture on their previous works, processes, and current explorations.