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

Ben Moore

Associate Professor of Art

Department Head

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

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Tom Berger

Theatre and Dance Technical Director

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

Eunice Biel

Adm. Assist. Visual and Performing Arts/Communication Studies

Jeff 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

Associate 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 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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Aaron Lurth

Director of Visual Media/Staff Instructor in Art

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., Painting, University of Iowa; B.A., Carleton College

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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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Bob Larson

Emeritus

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

Kate Martinson

Emerita

Harley Refsal

Emeritus