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Art & Design faculty and staff provide a supportive environment for students to engage in a visually stimulated world. Their informed and influenced teaching comes from hurdles faced in their own professional artistic endeavors, and you can benefit from the expertise that comes with finding solutions to those struggles. Connect with any of them to learn more.

My primary faculty mentors played an incredibly important role in preparing me for the work I do today. I had numerous excellent teachers in my time at UWEC and reflect on my education in the department with a lot of gratitude.

Sara Black, '01, B.F.A.
Christos Theo
  • M.F.A., University of Wisconsin-Madison, graphic design
  • B.S., University of Wisconsin-Madison, fine arts
Teaching Interests
  • Graphic design
  • History of graphic design

During his tenure as a professional designer and art director, Professor Theo has received numerous national and regional design awards for print and television graphics for his work with Wisconsin Public TV and Radio and the University of Wisconsin-Madison Publications.

Li Ying Bao Faculty Headshot
  • BA Degrees, Beijing Art & Design Institute (Design)
  • BA Degree, Coe College, (Art)
  • MA Degree, University of Northern Iowa (Graphic Design)
  • MFA Degree, Iowa State University (Graphic Design)
Teaching Interests

Professor Li-Ying Bao’s teaching responsibilities range from entry to advanced levels of graphic design courses, including design compositional principles, design conceptual development, visual solution creativity, basic to advanced typography, symbology and identity system development, digital information environment, internet interface design, and digital multi-media motion design. Responsibilities also include developing graphic design curriculum, directing a variety of independent studies and directed studies, collaborating with professional companies to supervise various student internships, and implementing knowledge from research to teaching and curriculum development.

Research Interests

Professor Li-Ying Bao has research interests in graphic design, internet interface development and design, digital 2-D/3-D multimedia interactive motion graphics, illustration for contemporary literature, writing for children’s books of printed and digital media, exploration and application on integration of mathematical principles with design.


In addition to classroom teaching, Li-Ying has the responsibility to manage and maintain the departmental computer lab and classroom facilities for the Graphic Design area. These responsibilities encompass computers, scanners, printers, color-cartridges, paper supplies, mounting equipment, and maintaining communications with LTS to solve various equipment problems promptly to ensure the efficiency of computer lab operations in HFA labs 217, 219 and 276 on a daily basis.  
Li-Ying is also responsible for managing the Graphic Design area lab-fee account, ordering lab supplies for twelve GD courses per semester, and drafting annual Lab-Mod proposals based upon the suggestions of LTS directors.
Professor Li-Ying Bao has on average 30-40 advisees each semester. She keeps in communication with her advisees via office hours, E-mails, as well as individual appointment at any time when it is convenient to the student, sometimes including weekends and vacations.
Professor Bao also serves on various department and university committees.  


Amanda Bulger Faculty Photo
Wanrudee Buranakorn Faculty Headshot
  • M.F.A., University of Alabama (Photography)
  • M.F.A., University of Alabama (Book Arts)

Wanrudee Buranakorn, born and raised in Thailand and studied arts at the UNiversity of Alabama. Before joining the Department of Art &Design in 2007, she has taught at the University of Alabama, Ohio University, Ringling School of Art and Design, the University of South Carolina at Salkehatchie, Penland School of Crafts, Colleton County Arts Council, and Asheville BookWorks.

Her work employs varieties of alternative printing processes including silver liquid emulsion (Liquid Light), cyanotype, van dyke, kallitype, and platinum, in addition to traditional gelatin silver prints and digital. Her work has been exhibited nationally in a number of galleries and museums. Recent exhibits have appeared in ARC Gallery and Woman Made Gallery in Chicago (IL), Flash Gallery (CO), Fayetteville Museum of Art (SC), Bare Hands Gallery (AL), Asheville BookWorks Gallery (NC), and Sara Meltzer Gallery in Chelsea (NY).

Her artist's books are in the collection of the University of Alabama's Book Arts program and the Hoole Rare Books Special Collections Library. Her limited-edition book of platinum images of Buddhism in Thailand by Ben Simmons is in the private collection of the King of Thailand.

Ned Gannon Faculty Headshot

M.F.A. - Illustration as Visual Essay, School of Visual Arts, NY, NY 

Teaching Interests
  • Illustration
  • Painting (Pigment-based and digital)
  • Figure Drawing
  • Fine Art
  • Publishing
  • Illustrated Books
  • Graphic Novels
Research Interests
  •  Illustrated Books
  • Graphic Novels
  • Children's Books
  • Wolves
  • Ecology
  • Art and Nature

Teaching, serving on committees, serving as curator for gallery exhibitions, serving the university and community and staying active professionally.


Painter, illustrator, and writer, Ned Gannon attended the Kansas City Art Institute and the School of Visual Arts in New York where he received his M.F.A. He lived and worked on the North Shore of Staten Island in New York City for seven years before moving to Wisconsin.

His work has appeared in New York galleries, the Society of Illustrators of New York and Los Angeles, and in Communication Arts. His clients include American Airlines, Boyds Mills Press, Cobblestone, Cricket, and Odyssey Magazines, Woodbine Publishing, and St. Vladimir’s Press. His work is in private collections in Australia and the United States, including the Staten Island Museum.

Ned was the youngest of six siblings. This may have exacerbated a terrible tendency toward daydreaming or “traveling” as his wife, Sara, kindly prescribes it.


Jyl Kelley Faculty Headshot
  • M.F.A., University of New Mexico (Photography)
  • B.F.A., Rochester Institute of Technology (Photographic Illustration)

Kelley practices imitative magic, illusion, and science. She is a photographer and intermedia artist whose work incorporates video, digital technology, performance and installation art. Her exhibition record includes shows in the United States, China, New Zealand, South Korea, Turkey and Europe, with numerous exhibitions and performances. 

Kelley was a visiting lecturer of photography at Georgia State University, and has also taught photography courses and workshops at the University of New Mexico, Bloomsburg University, the University of California Santa Cruz, and the School of the Museum of Fine Art in Boston, MA.

Hyungjoo Kim Faculty Headshot

Hyungjoo Kim is a graphic designer and educator. Kim's designs have been recognized in over one hundred exhibitions/ publications nationally and internationally. Professionally, Kim has worked as a designer, illustrator, art director, and design director in the field. These positions involved completing diverse design projects, handling communications with a variety of client groups. Kim has developed identity programs for the clients emphasizing branding, logotypes, packaging and various applications. Also, she designed and directed several international events including Asia Photography Conference and the International Solar Cities Congress. Kim has been a consultant for design firms, photographers, corporations and nonprofit organizations contributing to their identity programs and publication designs since 2003.

Kim joined Graphic Communications program at UW-Eau Claire in 2017 after teaching Visual Communications Design at Purdue for ten years and another ten years of a teaching career in Korea. Kim has enjoyed working closely with students to expand their knowledge of design, problem-solving methods, understanding of the process, skills in the field, creativity and critical thinking. She loves the dynamism of her studio classes and the vibrant interactions among students. She finds it very rewarding to observe her students’ growth and development through the way they experience the design process of solving problems with passion and endeavor, but they are progressing towards their future careers as successful and responsible designers. 

Kim holds an M.A. and M.F.A. in Visual Communications Design and has finished her coursework for a Ph.D. in Environmental Planning. Kim's doctoral research, an interdisciplinary study, examines the role of graphic design in a built environment. She investigates how design objects and visual system can be inclusive and responsive to different user groups as active components of environmental infrastructure balancing style and functionality.

  • M.F.A., University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • B.F.A., University of Minnesota, Duluth
Teaching Interests
  • Ideas
  • Sculpture
  • Art & Social Practice
Research Interests
  • Sustainable Fishing Communities
  • Art Writing
  • Curatorial Practice

Marie is inspired by people who work on the water and investigates the cultural shifts of small fishing communities. Commercial fishing informs her artistic practice and allows her to create artworks that reveal a broad aesthetic inquiry into the preservation of cultural traditions through lived experiences. As a conceptual artist, her artwork is site-specific: The history of a place, its people, and the analysis of cultural materials are intimately tied to the artwork she produces in order to express the conditions in which people work and live.   It is necessary for her to step outside of the usual studio boundaries and into the field. This way of working situates her creative and experiential investigations at the intersections of art, visual culture, and social inquiry. The artwork acts as a buoy that navigates viewers from all walks of life into thinking about cultural change in their own communities and how this change can affect a sense of resiliency, home, and place.

Marie exhibits nationally is cited in numerous publications including Slate Magazine and the College Art Association's Art Journal. Her work Best Medicine is included in the historical survey Art and Queer Culture, edited by Catherine Lord and Richard Meyer (Phaidon Press, 2013), and the anthology Re/Theorizing Writing Histories of Rhetoric, edited by Michelle Ballif (Southern Illinois University Press, 2013). Best Medicine is the only image in the book. She was a writing fellow at the Island Institute in Sitka in 2013. Her social documentary project about women working in commercial fishing, Women of the Fleet, takes a stream-to-plate approach to exploring women's contributions to the commercial fishing industry in Sitka, Alaska.

Laurentia McIntosh
Susan O'Brien Faculty Headshot

 MFA Louisiana State University (Ceramics)

Teaching Interests

Three-Dimensional Design

Research Interests



Responsibilities include: Teaching Undergraduate Students Ceramics and 3-D Design. Wheel throwing, hand building, clay and glaze technology, slip casting, kiln technology and firing, design and integration of multi media are some of the integral skills I teach. I am also responsible for maintenance and repair of all the ceramic equipment, budgeting and ordering all materials necessary as well as acquiring grant funds to run the ceramics area. I also serve on the Departmental Personnel Committee, BFA Review Committee, Scheduling Committee, Curriculum Committee, Gallery Committee, Field Trip Committee, and as advisor for the UWEC Clay Club.

Karen O'Day

Ph.D., Emory University (Art History)

Teaching Interests
  • Latin American Studies courses
  • Women's Studies courses
Research Interests
  • Ancient artwork of Peru, Columnbai, Panama and Costa Rica
  • Gold regalia created between 700 and 1550 in Costa Rica and Panama
Jill Olm Faculty Headshot
  • M.F.A., Syracuse University (painting)
  • B.F.A., University of Montana-Missoula (painting)
  • B.A., University of Montana-Missoula (anthropology)

Jill explores a wide range of techniques in her paintings, drawings, videos and site-specific works. Her work examines mark-making as it pertains to social, geographical, and anthropological patterns and exposes the temporal and transient nature of these systems. 

Jill’s work has been exhibited at the national level, most recently at the University Art Gallery in Terre Haute, Indiana; the Long Beach Foundation of the Arts in Loveladies, New Jersey; the 621 Gallery in Tallahassee, Florida; and solo exhibitions at Company Gallery in Syracuse, New York, and Riverviews Art Space in Lynchburg, Virginia.

Megan Clark Faculty Headshot
  • B.F.A., Art-Interior Design, UW-Stout
  • A.A., UW-Barron County
  • Support for students, faculty, and staff
  • Assist the department chair
  • Additional support for Foster Gallery

Megan provides a unique perspective as our office manager, having earned a B.F.A. in Art like the students around her. She discovered a passion for the office environment soon after graduation and found an opportunity with the Art & Design department. Her admirable organization skills and supportive attitude are an asset not to overlook. She is also actively involved with local community groups such as Crafty Hands and Write Club, and loves learning new languages in her free time.

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