Faculty

Al Acres

Al Acres

Department Chair and Associate Professor of Art History, Renaissance Art

He teaches survey courses on Renaissance art and the history of prints, and seminars on individual artists (Van Eyck, Dürer, Bosch, Bruegel) and wide-ranging conceptual topics (including “Ideas of Realism” and “On Painting”). His recent book, Renaissance Invention and the Haunted Infancy (2013), explores how and why countless images of Christ’s infancy allude to his death and the devil. Several of his articles address the work of Rogier van der Weyden, among other major artists of the period. Before coming to Georgetown, he taught at the the University of Oregon and Princeton University.

Roberto Bocci

Associate Professor, Digital Art and Photography

Roberto Bocci is a photographer and an installation artist. His practice includes single and composite photographic images, installations, and experimental time-based media works. His artistic concerns encompass multiple points of view and questions of personal identity. Bocci has shown his work in the United States, Europe, Japan and Australia and has been awarded fellowships and grants including a Fulbright Fellowship, a Woodstock Photography Grant, an Arlington County Spotlight Grant  and numerous Georgetown University research grants to support his work. He lives in Arlington, Virginia, and works in Washington, DC, where he is an Associate professor of Digital Art and Photography at Georgetown University. www.robertobocci.com

Alison Hilton

Alison Hilton

Wright Family Professor of Art History, Russian and Modern Art

Alison Hilton has served as department chair and as director of the masters’ program in Art and Museum Studies.  She teaches courses on modern art, American art, and topics in Russian and Soviet arts, and she is offering a new seminar on Themes in East European and Russian Art this spring. Her publications include Russian Folk Art (1995, 2011), New Art from the Soviet Union: The Known and the Unknown (co-editor and contributor, 1977), Emile Zola and the Arts (co-editor and contributor, 1988), and chapters and articles on Russian avant-garde artists, impressionism, modernist interpretations of folk arts, and non-conformist art in the Soviet era.  

Scott A Hutchison 

Assistant Professor of the Practice in Painting & Drawing; Classroom Manager

Scott Hutchison teaches all levels of drawing and painting. He is particularly interested in figurative painting and strives to strike a balance between modern and traditional painting approaches. His paintings are an investigation of time and the relationship between the individual and the events that shape the self.  His current body of work combines both animation and individually layered compositions of realistically rendered but separate moments in time. His work has been featured in a variety of venues nationally including the Blackrock Center for the Arts, Germantown, MD; the Red House Art Center, Syracuse, NY; The Arts Club of Washington, Washington DC; Eastern New Mexico University and The Brooklyn Art Space in Brooklyn, NY. www.scotthutchison.com

L. Collier Hyams

Associate Professor of the Practice, Digital Art; Academic Technical Specialist

Born to an artistic family, L. Collier Hyams grew up in Thailand, Germany, and the United States. This began an educational journey and a strong interest in cultural arts leading to research, performances, and life experiences in many countries including Scotland, Ireland, France, Belgium, Austria, Switzerland, Brazil, Sweden, Mexico, and Ghana. His work in multimedia and applied arts utilizes performance, music, photography, sculpture, graphic design, animation, filmmaking, and writing. Hyams is an Associate Professor of Digital Art and Multimedia at Georgetown University in Washington DC and the leader of the multimedia performance ensemble 50 Man Machine. He received a MFA in Integrated Electronic Arts emphasizing performance art from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He received a MA in weld metal sculpture with traditional fine arts and new media from Northwestern State University. profhyams.weebly.com

John Morrell

John D Morrell

Associate Professor, Painting and Drawing 

John Morrell has painted and taught in the Washington, D.C. area for over 30 years.  Professor Morrell, an alumnus of the College, Class of 1973, received an M.F.A. from George Washington University in 1977. He teaches all levels of drawing and painting and is especially focused on mentoring Senior painting majors. Since his first solo exhibition in 1979 of Brittany landscapes, he has presented twenty-two other solo exhibitions, including recent exhibitions at Atlantic Gallery in New York, and Addison-Ripley Fine Arts in DC. His work is in the permanent collection of the Smithsonian’s American Art Museum. Morrell’s recent focus is on depicting nature within the modern urban environment. www.jmorrell.com

B.G. Muhn

Professor, Painting and Drawing

BG Muhn, a painter and art professor at Georgetown University, has achieved noteworthy professional recognition through solo exhibitions in venues such as Stux Gallery in Chelsea, New York City, Ilmin Museum of Art in Seoul and the American University Museum in Washington, DC. He also has received acclaim in reviews and interviews in The New York Times, Art in America and CNN. For the last five years, Professor Muhn has taken interest in and studied the relatively unknown field of North Korean art. He has made numerous research trips to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) or North Korea, and visited museums, exhibitions and artists’ studios. He has been giving talks on North Korean art at academic venues including Harvard, American, Georgetown, Johns Hopkins and Columbia universities in the US and the Institute for Far Eastern Studies in South Korea.

Michael M. Osborne

Assistant Professor, Photography

Combining a documentary style with sometimes cinematic qualities, Mike Osborne’s photographs address the reality and fantasy of specific, sometimes charged places. Exploring subjects such as architecture, public space, landscape, and technology, his work reflects his interest in the perpetual flux of the contemporary world, which can be observed in projects such as Enter the Dragon (2006-2008) in Beijing, Shanghai, and Taipei; Underground (2009-10) in Stuttgart, Germany; and Floating Island (2012) in the Great Basin Desert town of Wendover, Utah. mikeosbornephoto.com

Elizabeth Prelinger

Keyser Family Professor of Art History, Modern Art

Elizabeth Prelinger teaches a variety of courses, including surveys of Nineteenth-Century Art, and German Art -- From Romanticism to 1937, in addition to seminars on such topics as abstraction; Weimar; history of prints (at the National Gallery); Romanticism; art and poetry; and the art of World War I. Prelinger has also taught the Methods seminar in the department’s M.A. program in Art and Museum Studies. A specialist in the graphic arts, she has curated and co-curated a number of exhibitions on prints of the Nabis, Munch, Kollwitz, and most recently, Gauguin, producing substantial catalogues and articles.

Evan Reed

Evan C Reed

Professor Evan Reed is Associate Professor of The Practicce in Sculpture; Gallery Director

Evan Reed teaches a range of courses including Introductory Sculpture, Exploring Art, Drawing One, Three-Dimensional Design, Two-Dimensional Design, Senior Art Majors’ Seminar and Gallery Seminar. From 2003 – 2016 he served as the Director of the Department of Art and Art History Galleries. art.georgetown.edu/galleries Reed is active within his own studio practice, participating in exhibits at Robert Brown Gallery, Hillyer Art Space and Flashpoint Gallery in Washington D.C., Field Projects in N.Y.C. and the Ludwig Forum for International Art, Aachen, Germany.  Focusing on sculpture Reed’s current artwork explores a variety of themes through interventions with castoff materials. www.evanreed.com

Lisa Strong

Lisa Strong

Associate Professor of the Practice, American Art; Director, Art and Museum Studies M.A Program

Prior to her arrival at Georgetown, Lisa Strong served as Manager of Curatorial Affairs at the Corcoran Gallery of Art and assistant professor of American Art at James Madison University. She guest-curated an exhibition on Alfred Jacob Miller (1810–74) for the Amon Carter Museum and wrote the accompanying book Sentimental Journey: The Art of Alfred Jacob Miller (2009). She also served as assistant editor for Corcoran Gallery of Art Catalogue of American Paintings to 1945 (2011) and has contributed essays to several other catalogues, most recently Painted Journeys: The Art of John Mix Stanley (2015).

Michelle C. Wang

Assistant Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies in Art History

Michelle C. Wang teaches courses in premodern to contemporary Asian art history. Her current research addresses Buddhist visual and material culture in China, particularly during the Tang Dynasty (618-907 CE). Her book manuscript titled “Mandalas in the Making: The Visual Culture of Esoteric Buddhism at Dunhuang” examines Buddhist mandalas of the 8th-10th centuries from the Mogao Buddhist cave shrines located at Dunhuang in northwestern China. Her articles examine Buddhist mandalas of the Tang Dynasty, paired images in Buddhist visual culture, and literary tales of animated sculptures. https://georgetown.academia.edu/MichelleCWang