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Ron GrazianiRonald Graziani
Art Histories Program Director
Jenkins Fine Arts Center Rm 1334
East Carolina University
Greenville, NC 27858
Tel.# (252)328-4067; fax # (252)328-6441
grazianir@ecu.edu

Ron Graziani specializes in the cultural parameters of art in the 20th and 21st century. Graziani is an Associate Professor of Art History at the School of Art and Design, East Carolina. He is also a founding member of the multi-disciplinary program at ECU and is currently its director. All his courses emphasize the need to access research sources through the ever-growing archives provided by library resources, publishing houses, journals and those sources now available through the internet. Graziani hold an M.A. from Stony Brook University, and a Ph.D. from UCLA. His Ph.D. is an interdisciplinary degree, in political science, aesthetic theory, and the field of psychoanalysis, with a dissertation topic in contemporary art. Combining the methodologies of these fields, his subsequent interests have focused on the relationship between art and a variety of institutional fields involved in the debates concerning the ecological ramifications of our industrial way of life. Graziani has been invited to present his research at professional conferences (Art Institute of San Francisco, Harvard, George Mason). He has published in peer-reviewed journals (Critical Inquiry, Art Criticism) and authored a book at Cambridge University Press. His current work is addressing the curatorial impact of eco-art and the institutional role of the art viewer.


Jessica Joyce ChristieJessica Joyce Christie
Jenkins Fine Arts Center
East Carolina University
Greenville, NC 27858
Tel.# (252)328-1300; fax # (252)328-6441
christiej@ecu.edu

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Jessica Christie specializes in the visual culture of the ancient and contemporary Maya and Inka as well as rock art in the Americas. Academic interests focus on three-dimensional environments framed by architecture and sculpture and the constructed performance spaces and landscapes. Phenomenology is one selected theoretical approach which allows to explore the dynamic relationships between the human body and its cultural environments. Her fields of interest have expanded from pre-contact to post-contact societies which she sees as linked and she is intrigued to explore their vibrant connections under the lenses of memory and Post-Colonialism. Dr. Christie has conducted field investigations at pre-contact Maya sites for over twenty years and observed contemporary Maya ceremonies for ten years. Since 1997, her field trips have focused on the Andes. She recently completed a field investigation of el-Amarna in Egypt. Dr. Christie has published about Maya stelae (Ancient Mesoamerica 2005) and edited/co-edited two volumes about Maya and ancient American palace architecture (University of Texas Press 2003, 2006). Another edited volume on Landscapes of Origin was published in 2009. She has written three articles about Inka sculpted outcrops (Anthropos 2006; The Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology 2007; Journal of Anthropological Research 2008) as well as in numerous conference proceedings. Dr. Christie is currently finishing a single author book manuscript about the Inka carved rocks. Dr. Christie holds an M.A. degree in art history from the University of Nuremberg-Erlangen in Germany, a second M.A. specializing in Pre-Columbian art from the University of Texas in Austin as well as a Ph.D. degree in Latin American Studies from the same institution. Her dissertation analyzed Maya Period Ending ceremonies. Dr. Christie is an Associate Professor teaching art of the Americas in the School of Art and Design at East Carolina University.


Michael DuffyMichael Duffy
Erwin Hall Room 324
School of Art and Design
Jenkins Fine Arts Center
East Carolina University
Greenville, NC 27858
Tel.# (252)328-6265; fax # (252)328-6441
duffym@ecu.edu

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Michael Duffy is a specialist in European Art History and regularly teaches courses on Eighteenth Century Art, Nineteenth Century Art, and 19th & 20th Century Design History. He also teaches the introductory-level art history courses, Dimensions of Art and Art History Survey II. Duffy periodically teaches Ceramic History of North Carolina and the Southeastern U.S., which is offered online. He also teaches a section of Design History online and has developed an online component through Blackboard for some of his courses. Duffy is a strong advocate of writing in the discipline and includes a long research paper as a major component in the course, Eighteenth Century Art. Although he has presented research papers and written several essays and articles on topics spanning the modern period in Europe and America from the late eighteenth century through the 1980s, Michael Duffy’s major area of research is French realist and impressionist painting of the middle and late 19th century. His book, The Influence of Charles-François Daubigny (1817-1878) on French Plein Air Landscape Painting: Rustic Portrayals of Everyday Life in the Work of a Forerunner to Impressionism (Mellen Press), was published in January 2011. He is currently working on a book that deals with the proto-impressionist aesthetics and modernist subjects of the French landscape and marine painter Eugène Boudin. He is especially interested in the methodologies of social and cultural art history. Duffy has been active in the Nineteenth Century Studies Association and the Southeastern College Art Conference, having organized a conference for the former in Asheville N.C. in 2012 and serving as editor of the latter’s journal, SECAC Review, in 2004-2007. He additionally has annual memberships in the American Society for Eighteenth Century Studies, American Historians of Nineteenth Century Art, College Art Association, and the Design History Society.


Punam MadhokPunam Madhok, Area Coordinator
Jenkins Fine Arts Center
East Carolina University
Greenville, NC 27858
Tel.# (252)328-6262; fax # (252)328-6441
madhokp@ecu.edu

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Punam Madhok is an Associate Professor of Art History at East Carolina University. She received her Ph.D. and M.A. at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her dissertation was on “The Drawing Books of Henry Peacham and Jan de Bisschop and the Place of Drawing in the Education of a Renaissance Gentleman” and her master’s paper was on “Lu Chih's Relationship with the Cosmos.” She has published articles on Christian-Islamic Relations in the Court Art of Mughal India; The Interplay between Marriage, Ritual, and Art in Mithila; Kalighat Painting: A Unique Folk Art of Nineteenth Century Calcutta; The Art of Drawing in Seventeenth Century England; and Rubens and the Classical Tradition. She teaches courses in Asian, Renaissance, and Baroque art and exhibits her drawings and paintings.


Art Appreciation

Susan LuddekeSusan Luddeke
Jenkins Fine Arts Center
East Carolina University
Greenville, NC 27858
Tel.# (252)328-2545; fax # (252)328-6441
luddekes@ecu.edu

I have always made art; I drew and modeled in clay as a young child, continued drawing throughout my adolescence and started to paint in oils in high school on my own. I was born in Washington, D.C., moved to Cincinnati, Ohio; Boston, Massachusetts and outside of NYC before moving to North Carolina as a young adult on my own. I had many opportunities to look at art in museums and galleries. My taste is historically and visually didactic and this is evident in my work as well as reflecting my interest in the history of art, which I channel to Art Appreciation students. I studied painting and drawing at ECU for an undergraduate degree and went on to get my MFA in painting there as well. I enjoy painting the figure, landscape and still life in oils and I explore other media as well. I have taught a variety of classes at the college level including Painting, Drawing, Design, Gender and Art, Multidisciplinary Performance Art and Art Appreciation. I have taken students on travel abroad trips for fine arts credit, including to Belize, Guatemala, Paris, London, Southern France, Greece, Italy, Spain and Morocco. I have been teaching in the School of Art and Design at ECU since 1991. I mostly use oil paint on canvas, but also have used oil pastels and work in collage and assemblage as well. I continue to draw in my sketchbooks. I have also been a professional singer since the 1970s, performed with The Lemon Sister's and the Rutabaga Brothers from 1980 – present as well as a number of other musical groups. I compose my own music and play guitar and am working on creating a CD on my original music.