Faculty Profiles

Jeannie Hulen

Associate Professor of Ceramics, Chair

In 1995, Jeannie received a BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute, and in 2000, an MFA from Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge. She has held solo exhibitions in Taiwan, Houston, TX, Grand Rapids, MI, Utica, NY, Kansas City, MO, and Fayetteville, AR. She has participated in many national group exhibitions including shows in conjunction with the National Council for the Education of Ceramic Arts from 2007-2013. Jeannie also organized and hosted the 2008 Crafting Content symposium and accompanying exhibition. In the fall of 2009, she was a Resident Visiting Artist at the Graduate Institute of Applied Arts, Tainan National University of The Arts in Tainan, Taiwan. Jeannie is currently Chair of the Department of Art while also teaching courses in the Ceramics area.



Mathew McConnell

Assistant Professor of Ceramics and Ceramics Area Coordinator

Mathew McConnell holds an MFA from the University of Colorado—Boulder in 2009, and a BFA from Valdosta State University in Georgia in 2004. He has been profiled in many publications, including Ceramics Art and Perception, New Ceramics, and Ceramics Monthly. In 2012, Mathew was granted an “Emerging Artist” award from the National Council on Education in Ceramic Art. He has also been a resident at the Archie Bray Foundation, where he was awarded the Lilian Fellowship in 2011 and the Sage Scholarship in 2007. In 2010, Mathew was the Artist in Residence and Guest Lecturer of Contemporary Craft at Unitec in Auckland, New Zealand. In 2016, he presented a solo exhibition, More Possibilities for Distance and Mass, at Greenwich House Pottery. Critic and historian, Garth Clark, called the show "a new benchmark for himself, the field and the genre."



Benjamin Cirgin

Resident Artist, Ceramic Technician, and Instructor

Benjamin Cirgin (b.1979) worked as a craftsman building furniture and renovating historic homes before earned his BFA in ceramics and sculpture from Indiana University Bloomington, and his MFA from the California College of the Arts in San Francisco, California.  Benjamin’s work questions the readily accepted norms found in mass media imagery, popular culture, and the anthropocentric nature of the human obsession with objects.  He positions himself (out of necessity and curiosity) as an active participant in the consumption of domestic objects, built environments, and an active member of the working class community to present an alternative engagement with the objects and processes that he find simultaneously confusing and mesmerizing.


Adam Posnak

Instructor, Ceramics and Foundations

Adam holds a BA from Macalester College in 1995, and an MFA from Louisiana State University in 1999.  Adam has exhibited in nearly every corner of the United States, both in group and solo exhibitions. He has been featured in Ceramics Monthly and is the author of "To Serve the Divine: Making Pottery for African-Atlantic Religions" in Studio Potter magazineAdam writes of his work, "I have been greatly inspired by West and Central-African traditions and the various African-inspired, syncretic religious-cultural practices of North, Central and South America, particularly those of Cuba and Haiti. Within the Afro-Cuban cosmological view specifically, the concept of “El Monte,” which in this context roughly translates as “The Wild,” has complex and deep significance." His work is currently available at The Clay Studio in Philadelphia, Red Lodge Clay Center in Montana, and Lillstreet Gallery in Chicago, among others. 



Linda Lopez

Instructor, Ceramics and Foundations

Linda Nguyen Lopez (b. 1981) received a BFA from California State University of Chico and a MFA from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Lopez has exhibited her work in New Zealand and throughout United States including Robischon Gallery, Denver; Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach; Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville; The Clay Studio, Philadelphia; and the Jane Hartsook Gallery at Greenwich House Pottery, New York. She has been an artist in resident at The Clay Studio and the Archie Bray Foundation. In 2016, Lopez received the Lighton International Artist Exchange Program Grant to attend C.R.E.T.A. Rome Residency Program. She is represented by Mindy Solomon Gallery in Miami, FL.