Faculty and Staff

"Even outside of all the exciting studio and history courses the VPA offers, I've always appreciated the close proximity in which the professors work with students. They always pop around to see what I'm up to."

-Spencer Hodge '17

Lisa Lantz

Associate Professor of Theatre

Education: M.F.A., Theatre: Production Design, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale; B.A., Theatre, University of Northern Iowa

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Thomas J. Berger

Theatre and Dance Technical Director

Education: B.F.A., Theatre, Design emphasis, North Dakota State University

Jeffrey Dintaman

Professor of Theatre

Education: M.F.A., Scenic Design/Theatre Technology, University of Portland; B.A., Arts, Western Oregon State College

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Kate Elliott

Assistant Professor of Art History

Education: Ph.D., American Art History, University of Iowa; M.A., Art History, University of Iowa; B.A., Art History and Studio Art, St. Olaf College

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Jane M. Hawley

Professor of Dance

Education: M.F.A., Performance and Choreography, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Certificate Program, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre School; Personal Well-Being, Windemere Institute for Healing Arts; B.A., Theatre, Luther College

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David Kamm

Gallery Coordinator

Education: M.F.A., Printmaking, University of Iowa; M.A., Printmaking, University of Iowa; B.A., Art Education, Wartburg College

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Lea Lovelace

Adjunct Faculty in Art

Education: M.A., Art Education, School of the Art Institute of Chicago; B.A., Luther College

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Aaron Lurth

Director of Visual Media/Staff Instructor

Education: M.F.A., Photography and Graphic Design, University of Iowa; M.A., Photography and Graphic Design, University of Iowa; B.A., Art, Luther College

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Joseph Madrigal

Assistant Professor of Art

Education: M.F.A., Ceramics, Illinois State University, B.F.A., Painting and Ceramics, Miami University, Ohio

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Richard Merritt

Professor of Art

Education: M.F.A., Drawing New Media, Design, and Computational Aesthetics, University of Iowa; B.A., Carleton College

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Benjamin Moore

Associate Professor of Art

Education: M.F.A., Painting, University of Iowa; B.A., Art, Luther College

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Paul Rude

Adm. Assist. Visual and Performing Arts/Communication Studies

Andrea Vazquez-Aguirre

Visiting Assistant Professor of Dance

Education: M.F.A., Dance, SUNY Brockport; B.F.A., Choreography, Escuela Nacional de Danza Clásica y Contemporánea, Mexico City

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Robert Vrtis

Assistant Professor of Theatre

Education: Ph.D., Theatre, University of Oregon; M.A., Theatre, University of Oregon; B.F.A., Longwood University

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Yang Wang

AsiaNetwork-Luce Foundation Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow

Education: Ph.D., Art History, The Ohio State University; M.A., Art History, The Ohio State University; B.F.A., Art, and B.A., Art History, University of Missouri.

Doug Eckheart

Emeritus

Education: M.F.A Bowling Green University; B.A. Concordia College

Further Information

Robert J. Larson

Emeritus

Education: M.A., Directing, University of South Dakota, B.A., Speech/Theatre, Augustana College (Rock Island, Ill.)

Kate Martinson

Emeritus

Harley Refsal

Emeritus