Faculty News

Assistant Professor Susan Kart, curated the new exhibition of African Art at Smith College Museum of Art. 

In September, Kart held a Graduate Student Lecture "Teaching the Arts of Africa" with the Tyler School of Art, at Temple University Art History Department.

And in a forthcoming publication in 2019 (Pearson) wrote the "Arts of Africa" Chapter on African Art for M. Stokstad and M. Cothren ART: A Brief History, 7th Edition, textbook.

Dr. William Crow, LUAG Director and Professor of Practice was an invited speaker and panelist at the UNESCO Cultural Form in Lima, Peru this past May and recently a panelist at the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) Panelist.

Dr. Crow has a publication in the Journal of Museum Education, 2018 titled Empathy and Analogy in Museum Education. Co-authored with David Bowles, The Getty Center, Los Angeles.  

RBC Room 251

Professor Gans will hold a Brown Bag series in RBC Room 251, September 26 at 12:10pm.

Lucy Gans will exhibit several works at the Contemporary Renaissance Women exhibition opening this Friday at the Banana Factory


Professors Bruce Thomas and Ricardo Viera were honored for their many years of teaching at Lehigh during the Alumni panel and award presentation at the Moving on Starts with a Farewell Gala event held on Friday, May 4.  



William B. Crow has been named the next director of the Lehigh University Art Galleries. Photo: © 2018 Jackie Neale

William B. Crow has been named the next director of the Lehigh University Art Galleries.  Read the article here.  

17 Memorial Drive East, Bethlehem, PA
Save the Date!
May 4th, 2018 - AAD Event: Moving On Starts with a Farewell | Chandler-Ullmann Hall | Mountaintop
4:30-6pm Alumni Panel Discussion
6pm - Award Ceremony and Farewell to Retiring Faculty, Bruce Thomas & Ricardo Viera
6:30-8:30pm Mountaintop Reception
Please join faculty, students and alumni of the Department of Art, Architecture & Design in celebrating the beginning of a new chapter with a farewell to Chandler-Ullmann and a warm welcome to our new home on the Mountaintop campus. Following our alumni panel discussion in Chandler-Ullmann, we will be paying tribute to our retiring faculty, Bruce Thomas and Ricardo Viera, and also unveiling the Richard Redd Award with the announcement of this year’s recipient.
At the conclusion of the presentation we will be providing transportation to Mountaintop for a festive cocktail reception and buffet.
Please join us for a most memorable evening!
Alumni interested in attending the event should contact Jason Travers for additional details  (jat9@lehigh.edu)
459 Main St Bethlehem, Pennsylvania 18018

The Closing of the 2nd Annual Juried Show: Printmakers at the Bethlehem House Gallery happens this Saturday, April 7 at 6pm.

View Professor Viscardi's prints with "Day for Night" winning first prize, as well as other artists represented in the 2nd Annual Juried Show: Printmakers.

Lucy Gans is the featured artist this month on the National WCA newsletter Pulse and also on the Philadelphia chapter website. The mission of the Women's Caucus for Art is to create community through art, education, and social activism. Read more on the Women's Caucus for Art Pulse newsletter

Erpf Gallery at the Catskill Center, Arkville NY

Jason Travers will be exhibiting artwork from the 2017 Platte Clove Artist-in-residence program at the Catskill Center in Arkville, NY.

The exhibition will feature work created during a stay at the historic Platte Clove cabin in July and August 2017.


Currently on display at the Erpf Gallery at the Catskill Center, Arkville NY

Reception: April 28th 3 – 5pm http://catskillcenter.org/erpfgallery/

BLACK BOX THEATRE, Zoellner Arts Center 420 East Packer Avenue

Join Horger Artist-in-Residence Karyn Olivier for an artist talk in which she will present her work, discuss current projects, as well as the work she is doing with Lehigh University students.

April 12


BLACK BOX THEATRE, Zoellner Arts Center 420 East Packer Avenue 

Suggested museums to visit • Museum of Arts and Design • Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum • The Metropolitan Museum of Art • Frick Collection • The Museum of Modern Art • National Academy of Design Museum • Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum
Sunday, April 15, 2018
AAD students and students currently enrolled in AAD classes ride FREE after refundable deposit - $15 deposit at registration refunded at check-in on day of trip.
LU Students  • $25 non-refundable
Faculty/Staff/Lehigh Community • $40 non-refundable
Visit the AAD Department CU 212A or 213 to register and pay your deposit.    
Please note: You must bring your own money for food and personal purchases. Museum admission for students is covered day of trip only and if visiting with AAD Professor.  Reimbursements will not be issued at a later time.  
7:45am • Check in, Packard Lab/STEPS crosswalk 
8:00am • Depart from Lehigh. Drop-off at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.  Join AAD class groups for admission into museum or visit 
museums of your choice. 
5:00pm • Depart Metropolitan Museum of Art 
7:00pm • Arrive at Lehigh
310 East Third Street Suite 140


Three Design stories of water and community

AAD Pedestrian Bridge Design Studio Review &
Public Lecture by Richard Newton RLA LEED AP RIBA ASLA Partner of OLIN Studio in Philadelphia

Thursday, December 7, 2017
Design Review: 2-5pm

310 East Third Street suite 140

Public Lecture: 6pm in the Commons Room of the Charter Arts School

Karyn Olivier Horger Artist in Residence Spring 2018
Chandler-Ullmann 317

Karyn Olivier is the Horger Artist in Residence in the department of Art, Architecture and Design for the spring 2018 semester. Come hear about her work, her plans for her spring class and her installation work and exhibition on Lehigh's campus.

Oct 26, 2017
4:10 PM - 5:00 PM

Chandler-Ullmann 317


Please welcome Peter Lusch, Professor of Practice to the AAD department this fall where he is currently teaching Introduction to Graphic Design, Web Design I and Fusion.  Peter Lusch earned an MFA in graphic design at Michigan State University, and a bachelor’s in graphic design at Eastern Michigan University. Before joining Lehigh’s faculty, Lusch was an assistant professor of graphic design at Penn State University. He has presented his work in numerous venues as well as exhibiting and publishing his work in Graphic Design USA, Communications Arts, and journal Design and Culture.  

Anthony Viscardi

The 2017 Fall Conference - Crossings Between the Proximate and Remote, will be held October 12-14 in Marfa, Texas.   Abstracts were reviewed by anonymous peer-reviewers and this year's acceptance rate was a competitive 31%. 

Shadow Landings, a massive 3D abstract/conceptual piece measuring 9 x 55 feet, which was on view at the Allentown Art Museum's Trexler Hall earlier this year initially began in a glass-walled studio called the Creativity Lab on Hamilton Street in downtown Allentown.  The Creativity Lab began as a collaboration between City Center Lehigh Valley and the Allentown art museum to encourage community engagement.  At the Creativity Lab the public could watch and participate in workshops and open studios.  Shadow Landings currently resides in Viscardi’s studio space in Bethlehem.  

The Poetics of Crossings Public Lecture - Nov 3
LV Charter High School for the Arts Commons Room - 321 East 3rd Street, Bethlehem
First Friday Event
Please join us for a Public Lecture by David Rubin of Land Collective
November 3, 2017 at 6:00pm 
in the Commons Room of The Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Arts, 321 East 3rd Street, Southside Bethlehem
This lecture is part of a Special Architectural Design Studio run by Professor Anthony Viscardi at Lehigh University’s Department of Art, Architecture and Design and funded by The Mellon Digital Humanities Initiative 
Allentown Art Museum - Trexler Hall Gallery

‘Shadow Landings’
November 13, 2016 through March 26, 2017
A Gallery Exhibition by Professor Anthony Viscardi
The Allentown Art Museum - Trexler Hall Gallery
31 N 5th St, Allentown, PA 18101 

‘Shadow Landings’, Professor Anthony Viscardi’s most recent work is an immersive installation (9’ X 55’) commissioned by the Allentown Art Museum.  The installation developed in the glass-walled studio of the Allentown Art Museums’ Creativity Lab, is located in center city, at a site which has allowed the public to observe the creative process over the past five months.

November 8, 2016 Morning Call photo journal: http://www.mcall.com/news/local/mc-today-s-photo-journal-november-8-2016...

2200 Industrial Drive, Bethlehem, PA 18017

Respect Graduate School Inaugural Conference

“Islam in America: Civic and Religious Youth Identities”
October 21-22, 2017
Bethlehem, PA 18017
Respect Graduate School’s Inaugural Conference, Islam in America, examines the issues at the intersections of religious and civic identities among Muslim American youth. Hear fascinating and insightful papers by scholars, community organizers, activists, and members of clergy dealing with topics such as spiritual education, social transformation, white supremacy, youth chaplaincy, and culture & identity politics. With presentations spanning theory as well as practice, academic discourse, and community involvement, there will be something for everyone.
You also will not want to miss keynote speaker, the highly esteemed, Dr. Ingrid Mattson whose work focuses on Qur’anic interpretation, Muslim ethics, environmental responsibility, women and family law, as well as interfaith activism. Dr. Mattson is a best selling author; she has served as Vice President and later President of the Islamic Society of North America, and she is credited with founding the first accredited program for Muslim Chaplains in the United States.
This conference will also feature delicious food, networking opportunities, an art exhibit by local artist Nik Nikolov, and a film screening of the critically acclaimed new documentary Dalya’s Other Country by Julia Meltzer, so don’t miss out!
Space is limited so Register Now!
Click here for Conference Schedule
Lehigh University: Sacred Grove @ Alumni Memorial Hall



Event Schedule


3:45 - 4:15 OPENING CONCERT 

Opening the event with the Choral group from Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Arts, under the direction of the David B. Macbeth M.ed. ChM Artistic Director of Voice



Lehigh student Bryan Wright on the classical guitar.


5:00 - 5:15 SPEAKER

Professor Anthony Viscardi will introduce Mark and Lynne Hammerschlag, patrons for the Hammerschlag Design Series (HDS), and give a short presentation about the design-build process, based on the Guastavino technique, that he and HDS Visiting Professor Richard Kroeker, Dalhousie University, Nova Scotia, adapted for the construction of the acoustic shell titled, ‘Peggie’s Bell.’  


Viscardi will also discuss the collaborative experience that engaged Lehigh students from the Department of Art, Architecture, and Design (A|A|D), and the College of Engineering, noting a special thanks to A|A|D Professor Nik Nikolov’s Technology Class, who also dedicated class time to the project. Images of the process will be projected on the inside surface of the Bell. 



Visiting Professor of Music, Chris Gross with perform an experimental music piece by John Cage called, ‘But what about the noise of crumpling paper.’  He says, “If I were to give a brief explanation (but without giving away the whole piece) I would say it is a musical work that explores the mindful experience of sound in/and/of an environmental space."



Chris Gross returns to play a cello piece; #3 Sciarrino Ai Limite della Notte, to conclude the event. 


Refreshments will be served.


Lehigh University Chandler-Ullmann 208

AIA Eastern Pennsylvania October Chapter Meeting


Thursday, October 19th, 5 PM Lehigh University, Chandler-Ullmann Hall, Room 208

This historic landmark building occupies most of a city block in an important part of the city of Bethlehem. It is a significant resource that has been left vacant for many years. What can be done to save it? How can architects help the current owner? 


  • 5:00 PM AIA Introduction to Architecture Students and dinner provided by Lehigh Catering (Sandwiches/Beverages/Desserts)
  • 5:30 PM Design Charrette-AIA Architects team with student groups to design a new Boyd Theater in the City of Bethlehem.
  • 7:30 PM Voting for winning design

Cost: Free, Click here to Register by October 17th

Parking available at the Alumni Memorial Garage (No cost), Zoellner Arts Center Garage ($2), or on the street (Metered) This event will only work if there is AIA member participation.

Join us for fun, collaboration, spirited design discussion, and just a little pressure as the deadline time looms.




Lafayette College, Skillman Library, Gendebien Room

Professor Susan Kart is Assistant Professor of African Arts, Department of Art|Architecture|Design and the Africana Studies Program, at Lehigh University.


Presented in conjunction with the Grossman Gallery exhibiton "Breach" by Los Angeles based artist Alison Saar.  Her paintings and mixed media sculpture weave narratives informed by the Great Mississippi River Flood of 1927, sourcing inspiration from historical documentation, mythology, poetry and music.


SPONSORED BY: Africana Studies, Women and Gender Studies, Lafayette Art Galleries

LUAG Main Gallery, Zoellner Arts Center

Image: Amy Forsyth with Katie Hudnall


Join LUAG for a reception, featuring a reading by poet Beth Feldman Brandt and a performance by participating artist, musician and LU professor Amy Forsyth.


When 13 trees fell at Bartram’s Garden during a huge storm in 2010…the Center for Art in Wood put out a call to artists, inviting them to propose and create new works using the fallen wood and other materials in the spirit of the garden’s founder, John Bartram. The response was overwhelming. Over 100 proposals were submitted from around the world. From these, works were selected, including collaborations by artists from three continents. John Bartram, a friend to Benjamin Franklin and royal botanist to King George III, was known for the innovative boxes he designed to ship seeds and plants to colleagues. His 18th century garden, now a historical landmark, remains a hub for sharing international plant knowledge. This exhibition celebrates Bartram’s legacy of invention and discovery by providing the opportunity for artists to remix his inspirational vision of botany, gardening, and design.


Exhibition continues though December 11, 2016
LUAG Main Gallery, Zoellner Arts Center
420 East Packer Avenue, Bethlehem, PA 18015


For more information, call 610.758.3615, email luag@lehigh.edu, or visit www.luag.org
All LUAG events are free and open to the public. This is a 5x10 event. 

1801 Goundie House - 501 Main Street - Bethlehem, Pennsylvania - 18018



Artist Reception and Gallery Talk: Sunday, August 28th at 2:00 pm
June 1 - September 30, 2016
Admission to Goundie House and to the exhibition Tracing My Roots: A Family Narrative is pay as you will.
The 1810 Goundie House is open Thursday through Sunday from 11 am - 4 pm  and is located at 501 Main St, Bethlehem, PA 18018.
This exhibition is on the 2nd Floor. Contact the Visitor Center at 1-800-360-TOUR for more information.
Images: photogravure, 2015 - Adair 10" x 13" - Liz, 10" x 10"
Gallery of Fine Arts in Cheb in the Czech Republic.

AAD art historian Professor Nicholas Sawicki spent most of his summer curating an exhibition focused on the artist Friedrich Feigl (1884-1965). Feigl was a prominent modernist painter and printmaker from Prague, and spent part of his career in Berlin and London.
The exhibition "The Eye Sees the World" is on display through September 25, 2016 in the Gallery of Fine Arts in Cheb in the Czech Republic.



Peggy's Bell, a Hammerschlag Design Series funded design/build project lead by Professor Viscardi's and visiting professor, Richard Kroker is a featured article in the CAS Spring '16 publication of Acumen.


Professor Anthony Viscardi results of the Chelsea International Fine Art Competition:
Entitled to an Honorable Mention and a complimentary entry to the 32nd Chelsea International Fine Art Competition (Feb 2017).

Professor Anthony Viscardi's "Shadow Mapping" is featured in the 2016 (vol. 1) Lehigh Research Magazine. pp 2-5.


Viscardi's art investigates the phenomena of shadow mapping. His work has been exhibited in U.S. and European galleries.

Professor Hyun-Tae Jung pictured with Dean Donald Hall at the recent CAS Faculty Awards Dinner. Jung received the 2016 Schaufeld Award for Advising Excellence, an award recognizing outstanding student advising through mentoring and encouragement.

Weihnacht Hut Design - Nikolov Architecture and Design,

Professor Nik Nikolov awarded the AIA Eastern PA 2015 Award of Excellence for his Weihnacht Hut Design.  Read excerpts and the follow links below to the AIA Eastern Pennsylvania and Lehigh University websites publicizing Professor Nikolov's award.


"This project starts with an effective and beautiful form and follows it up with well thought out details. The form works beautifully on its own but is an impressive sight when in multiple. While budgetary concerns may have lead the design, they are not the focus in the final product. Within its simplicity of form, while limited in budget, the designers showed a nuanced and thoughtful use of materials which created a surprisingly bold result. Though limited by budget one feels that the designers used this restriction as a springboard for inspiration."~http://www.aiaeasternpa.org/design-awards/2015-design-awards/


On Lehigh's home page article, Nikolov states "This is strictly a professional award, and as such it's a great recognition for your colleagues to recognize that you did something worthy of being 'best of."~http://www1.lehigh.edu/news/professor-wins-architecture-award-christmas-...

First Place award for Two-Dimensional work

Jason Travers’ Raven’s Nest, Acadia was selected for the First Place award for Two-Dimensional work in the Northeast Biennial 2015 exhibition in Scranton, PA. Travers was also selected as a finalist for the solo exhibition award. The drawing is on display at Marywood University’s Mahady Gallery and the biennial exhibition juried by New York art dealer, Hal Bromm, runs through November 12. The exhibition runs concurrently at Mahady Gallery at Marywood University, AFA Gallery, Hope Horn Gallery at the University of Scranton, and ArtWorks Gallery & Studio.


Travers has exhibited in the Biennial exhibition four times and received the Best of Show and solo exhibition award in 2002.



Nik Nikolov, AAD professor of architecture received the 2016 American Institute of Architects (AIA) Small Projects Award.
The award recognizes architects that promote excellence in design on a national level. In parallel, Professor Nikolov's work was included in the Small Project Practitioners (SPP) Exhibition, which was held at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, May 18-20, 2016. The theme, Small Gesture Big impact, intends to recognize projects that make a noticeable impact with measured and thoughtful gestures through architecture.

California State University

Earlier in the year we congratulated Professor Wes Heiss and his collaborator Marek Walczak on being selected by the California State University, Chico Campus Public Arts Committee for their "Facewall" project. The public art project is scheduled for installation in January 2016 on the south-facing wall of the campus’ new arts and humanities building.
We're thrilled to share the CAS featured article about the project.

'The Geometric Equivalent of Noise'
Osaka, Japan

Professor Berrisford Boothe travels to Osaka, Japan to exhibit a collection of his paintings.

'-Serious Play-' at the Ami-Kanoko Galley opens March 14 through March 26, 2016.

Post card image 'The Geometric Equivalent of Noise', is an acrylic, polymer & adhesive paper on panel 40" diameter painting.



Penn State Berks

Professor Amy Forsyth and husband Charles Farrell exhibition 'Farrell & Forsyth: Drawings Paintings Sculpture & Furniture'
opens with a reception Thursday, March 17, 5-8 p.m. The exhibition runs through April 21 at the Freyberger Gallery at Penn State Berks.

Follow the link for gallery directions and hours: http://berks.psu.edu/information/community/freybergerexhibits.htm

The Lehigh Valley Printmaker's Society Lehigh 150th Celebration Juried Exhibition, The Lehigh Valley Printmaker's Society Lehigh 150th Celebration Juried Exhibition, The Lehigh Valley Printmaker's Society Lehigh 150th Celebration Juried Exhibition
Siegel Gallery, Iacocca Hall - Lehigh University Mountain Top Campus

The Lehigh Valley Printmaker's Society Lehigh 150th Celebration Juried Exhibition. The exhibition features mixed-media works by member artists including A|A|D faculty Berrisford Boothe, Professor Emeritus, Richard Redd and Anthony Viscardi (juried award). Boothe, Redd and Viscardi each have two pieces in the exhibition. (images Berrisford Boothe)

Opening Reception: Sunday, September 20th at 2:00 p.m. ~ awards presentation at 3:00 p.m.
Location: Siegel Gallery, Iacocca Hall - Mountain Top Campus
Siegel Gallery Hours: Mon. – Thurs. 9 am – 10 pm;
Fri. 9am – 5pm
This exhibit runs from September 14 – December 11, 2015

Nicholas Sawicki Libsch Award

The Eleanor and Joseph F. Libsch Early Career Research Award is named in honor of Lehigh’s first vice president for research and his wife. It honors a faculty member who is early in their research career and who has demonstrated the potential for high-quality research and scholarship.  

As a scholar of early 20th century European art, Nicholas’ research examines the intersections of modernism, national identity, and cultural politics in central and eastern Europe, with a particular focus on Czech and Czechoslovak art. He recently published his first book with Charles University in Prague, in a Czech-language edition: On a Path to Modernity: The Eight and Its Circle in the Years 1900-1910. The book has garnered very positive reviews, and he is currently preparing an enlarged English edition of the text for publication. Nicholas is an active and engaged scholar of growing international reputation.

California State University

Congratulations to AAD Professor Wesley Heiss and collaborating partner Marek Walczak for having their work "Facewall" selected by the California State University, Chico Campus Public Arts Committee.  The public art project is scheduled for installation in 2016 on the south-facing wall of the campus’ new arts and humanities building. CSU, Chico News Article: Walczak & Heiss Selected for New Arts and Humanities Building Public Art Project

Lehigh University AAD - Archiculture
Chandler-Ullman Lecture Hall 230

Award winning documentary "Archiculture"

Free screening - October 24th, 2013 at 4:10 p.m.

Professor Nik Nikolov hosts a free screening of the documentary "Archiculture" glimpse into the architectural studio. The documentary is architecture 101 for the general public presented by two designers turned directors who put the spotlight on architectural education. Featuring interviews with Maurice Cox, Thoma Mayne, Shigeru Ban, Kenneth Frampton and David Byrne.  


Following the screening join Professor Nikolov in room 208B for The Eastern PA Chapter of the American Institute of Architects for their Annual Design Charrette. Students will be partnered with AIA members and Associate members to quickly generate and refine a design project based on a specific site and program requirements with a focus on sustainable concepts. Laptops with Sketchup will be provided, as well as ample amounts of trace. The teams' final designs will be judged by an impartial jury and the winning team(s) will receive awards. 


Light dinner with vegetarian options will be provided courtesy of AIA Associate members.


Eastern PA AIA Annual Design Charrette

Thursday, October 24th - 6:00 p.m.

Chandler-Ullmann - Room 208B

Lehigh University AAD - Anthony Viscardi - Tracing Time To Measure Space
Zoellner Arts Center, Main Gallery

Reception and Gallery Talk - Saturday, September 7, 2013 5:00-7:00 pm
Save the date - Thursday, November 7th - Artist Lecture 5-7 p.m.


The work of this exhibition was begun during Anthony Viscardi’s 2011-2012 sabbatical when he was awarded a MacDowell Colony Fellowship to continue his theoretical drawing/visual investigations on “shadow mapping.” He has since received the 2013 Faculty Fellowship award from Study Abroad Italy (SAI) in Florence to begin work on a manuscript that documents a drawing method he developed for teaching students to more closely observe the architecture and culture of Italy. Viscardi has also been chosen Artist in Residence for The Experimental Printmaking Institute at Lafayette College in Easton, PA for the 2013-2014 academic year. 

Lehigh University AAD - Image of Jason Travers: Works on Paper
Connexions Gallery, 213 Northampton Street, Easton, PA

Jason Travers is a current faculty member in the Art, Architecture and Design department. Works on display at Connexions Gallery through May 20th. Gallery Hours: Monday - 12-5p.m., Thursday 12-7p.m., Friday 12-8p.m. and Saturday and Sunday 12-6p.m.  



Bruce Thomas Award For Distinguished Teaching

   Bruce Thomas, Ph.D.

   Recipient of the 2013 Christian & Mary Lindback

   Award for Distinguished Teaching


The Christian and Mary Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching is awarded annually to a member of the teaching staff for distinguished teaching performed during the academic year. This award is given to a tenured member of the faculty (professor or associate professor).

Nicholas Sawicki Award For Distinguished Teaching

   Nicholas Sawicki, Ph. D.

   Recipient of the Lehigh Early Career 

   Award for Distinguished Teaching


Lehigh University sponsors the Lehigh Early Career Award for Distinguished Teaching annually to a member or members of the teaching staff for distinguished teaching performed during the academic year. This award is made to an early-career faculty member (assistant professor, lecturer or instructor).

Lehigh University AAD - Founder's Day Ceremony
Asa Packer Chapel

AAD Department and recently named Louis and Jane P. Weinstock Chair in Art and Architecture, Professor Lucy Gans, newly appointed Assistant Professor of Art Susan Kart, and Design Professor Anna Chupa donned appropriate attire and attended the 135th Founder's Day Ceremony in the Asa Packer Chapel. Please visit the following linked article for ceremony highlights including the recognition of Professor Gans as the first Louis and Jane Weinstock Endowed Chair in Art and Architecture.

Lehigh University AAD - Lucy Gans

Department Chair, Lucy Gans honored with Jane P. & Louis Weinstock '36

Endowed Chair at the 2013 Founder's Day Ceremony

Jane P. & Louis Weinstock '36 endowed Chair in Art and Architecture

Lucy Gans, professor and chair of the department of art, architecture and design, is the first holder of the Louis & Jane Weinstock '36 Chair of Art and Architecture at Lehigh University. She teaches sculpture and drawing and is also affiliated faculty member in the Women Gender and Sexuality Studies program. In addition, she is an artist/teacher in the Vermont College M.F.A. program. Her work is figurative, narrative and socially situated and ranges from individually carved figures to installations with drawings, prints, and narrative text. Her exhibition, "In Our Own Words," at Lehigh University's Zoellner Arts Center, received a special award from the Bethlehem Fine Arts Commission for Social Impact. Her work is in many public and private collections in this country and abroad. She has been the recipient of the Medal of Honor from the National Association of Women Artists, the Peabody award for her work in printmaking, and the Clara Shainless Memorial Award.

Gans came to Lehigh as an assistant professor of the department of art and architecture in 1981 and was promoted to full professor in 1999. She chaired the department from 1987-90, 2003-04, 2006, and resumed in 2010. She directed the women's studies program from 1991-1994 and the design arts program from 2008-09. 

She earned her B.F.A degree from Lake Erie College, Painesville, OH, and her M.F.A. degree in sculpture with a minor in drawing from Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY. She also studied painting and drawing at the Arts Students League, NY, NY. She has taught in schools, colleges, and universities in Ohio, New York, and Alabama, and Pennsylvania for over 35 years. 


Lehigh University AAD - Tony Domus

Anthony Viscardi - Tracing Time To Measure Space

Published article in "DOMUS" the monthly architecture and design magazine

Online article link below.  Print journal at newstands.



Lehigh University AAD - Anthony Viscardi: Tracing Time to Measure Space

The Art, Architecture & Design Department welcome new assistant professor, Susan Kart and illustrator Gabriella Barouch to the department.  Both women will be teaching exciting new courses this fall. Professor Kart, a tenure track professor will be teaching Art 195: Colonial to Contemporary: Arts of Africa from 1950-Present (4 credits) (HU) this Fall. Professor Barouch a visiting artist will be teaching Art 197: Illustration for Text (4 credits) (HU) and a FYC Journal Diary. Full descriptions for both of these upper level courses may be found on the Student News page.  



Lehigh University AAD - Susan KartSusan Kart earned her doctorate and master’s degrees in African art history from Columbia University.  Her bachelor’s degree in art history was awarded with high honors from Smith College. She also studied at the Paris IV-Sorbonne in Paris, France. Prior to joining Lehigh’s faculty, Kart served as a professor of African art history at Sarah Lawrence College and as curator for the Art Gallery at Yonkers Riverfront Library, where she has curated or overseen twelve exhibitions. She has published in journals such as Critical Interventions, African Studies Review, and African Arts, and is working on new articles and a book about her research, found object art in post-colonial Senegal and the work of Moustapha Dimé.


Lehigh University AAD - Gabriella BarouchGabriella Barouch is an illustrator and designer and part of the new generation of illustrators that work between traditional and digital illustration and comes to Lehigh through the Schusterman Visiting Artist Program. Professor Barouch received a B.DES degree from Bezalel Academy of Art and Design majoring in illustration. She lives in Tel Aviv, Israel working on worldwide commissions, books and projects. She has exhibited in cities such as New York, Tokyo, Paris, Jaffa, Jerusalem, as well as in the Ukraine.





Lehigh University AAD - The Rain Follows the Plow
Roswell Museum and Art Center

The Rain Follows the Plow  


Wes Heiss, Assistant Professor

Roswell Artist-In-Residence Program

Roswell Museum and Art Center

October 28th - December 11, 2011


For more information visit: http://wesheiss.com/402

Lehigh University AAD - Shadow mapping by Anthony Viscardi

Anthony Viscardi

MacDowell Fellowship Award Recipient

Inspriation from sun and from shadow


Architect and artist Anthony Viscardi has begun a one-month residential fellowship at The MacDowell Colony to explore his art of “shadow mapping.”


Viscardi, professor of architecture in the department of art, architecture and design, was chosen by a panel of writers, artists, composers, filmmakers and architects. He will continue his 20-year investigation into shadow mapping, a drawing method generated by tracing the sun-cast shadows of an architectural construct as it is built over one day, thus creating a record of its making. Its composition is a result of the collusion of space and time.  


Lehigh University AAD - "Work from the Compound" by Professor Wesley Heiss

"Work From the Compound"

Professor Wesley Heiss

Opening Reception May 10, 2012 5:30-8PM, sponsored by the Channel Cafe

Exhibit - May 3 - July 5, 2012

Fort Points Arts Community Gallery

Boston, Massachusetts


Works From The Compound is an exhibition of seven artists who were on the Roswell Artist in Residency program from 2010-2011. The Roswell Artist in Residence program (RAiR) is a funded residency where fellows receive a stipend, living accommodations and a studio for one year.  http://www.fortpointarts.org/exhibitions/fpac-gallery-at-300-summer-street/

Lehigh University AAD - "Your Personal Hangups" by Professor Amy Forsyth

"Your Personal Hang Ups"
Professor Amy Forsyth
Exhibit - November 2, 2012 - February 2, 2013
The Center for Art in Wood
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


Amy Forsyth along with more than thirty artists exhibit pieces in "Your Personal Hang-Ups" curated by Gail M. Brown. The exhibition runs through February 2013 at The Center for Art in Wood | 141 N. 3rd Street | Philadephia, PA 19106 | 215-923-8000 | Hours: Tue-Sat: 10am-5pm | Sun & Mon: Closed | Admission free | Donations appreciated | Handicapped-accessible


Lehigh University AAD - Mile High Artwork



Mile High Artwork

Denver, Colorado


Assistant professor, Wesley Heiss, has teamed with fellow artist Marek Walczak to produce a series of 20 pieces of art to be strategically placed down a 12-block stretch of 14th Street in downtown Denver. Please follow the link to the College of Arts and Sciences article about his endeavor. Mile High ArtWork


Lehigh University AAD - Humanities Center

Professor Nicholas Sawicki receives

Humanities Center Research Grant


Professor Nicholas Sawicki received a Humanities Center research grant during the Academic Year 2011-2012.  Professor Sawicki shared the outcome of his grant activities in lecture entitled: “A Report From the Archives: First-Hand Accounts of the First World War and the Visual Arts”.  The lecture presented on January 22, 2013 was held in the Lehigh University Humanities Center.

Lehigh University AAD - Professor Anthony Viscardi


Professor Viscardi receives

Faculty Fellows Award from

Study Abroad Italy


Professor Anthony Viscardi recently received a Faculty Fellow award from Study Abroad Italy (SAI), a leading organization in the enhancement of cultural understanding through various programs of study. Professor Viscardi received this prestigious award based on his credentials, his book on drawing preparation and his proposal about drawing as a means of creating a "visual journal", a technique he employs in his Lehigh in Italy teachings. The award will afford him residency in Florence, Italy for the month of July 2013. During his month long residency Professor Viscardi will lecture on his drawings (drawing in & drawing out), hold a one day site drawing exercise in a public space and continue work on his drawing book about creating visual representation.


Follow the link to SAI's article on Faculty Fellows Program and Professor Viscardi's award: http://www.saiprograms.com/academics/fellows-program 

Anna Chupa


February 25 - March 25, 2013


Reception: Thursday, February 28th,  4:30-7:00 p.m.

Artist's Talk: 4:30 p.m.

Humanities Center

224 West Packer Avenue


This link provides a synopsis of Professor Chupa's lecture about "Islamic Tiling as Art" and a feature article is in the Alumni Bulletin - Spring 2013

Professor Nicholas Sawicki receives

Humanities Center Research Grant


Professor Nicholas Sawicki received a Humanities Center research grant during the Academic Year 2011-2012.  Professor Sawicki shared the outcome of his grant activities in lecture entitled: “A Report From the Archives: First-Hand Accounts of the First World War and the Visual Arts”.  The lecture presented on January 22, 2013 was held in the Lehigh University Humanities Center.

Lehigh University AAD - "Your Personal Hangups" by Professor Amy Forsyth

"Your Personal Hang Ups"
Professor Amy Forsyth
Exhibit - November 2, 2012 - February 2, 2013
The Center for Art in Wood
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Amy Forsyth along with more than thirty artists exhibit pieces in "Your Personal Hang-Ups" curated by Gail M. Brown.  The exhibition runs through February 2013 at The Center for Art in Wood | 141 N. 3rd Street | Philadephia, PA 19106 | 215-923-8000 | Hours: Tue-Sat: 10am-5pm | Sun & Mon: Closed | Admission free | Donations appreciated | Handicapped-accessible


Lehigh University AAD - Christine Ussler Northampton County Courthouse Window Restoration and Exterior Repairs Project

AAIA Eastern Pennsylvania 
2011 Special Citation
Christine Ussler


Congratulations to Christine Ussler, Professor of Practice M.ARCH, Columbia University and her firm Artefact, Inc. recipients of the AAIA Eastern Pennsylvania 2011 Special Citation for the Northampton County Courthouse Window Restoration and Exterior Repairs project.


Lehigh University AAD - Home & Planet Design Project


AAD Design Product Design Exhibition
Home & Planet
South Side, Bethlehem 

The talented product design students of Lehigh University proudly presented "Metaling in Materials"  at Home & Planet in December '11.  The exhibition hosted sustainable and environmentally friendly products created by students through mentor, assistant professor Wes Heiss.   Click the plug-in below to hear Wes discuss student design products on the local radio program "Arts Salon" a weekly show broadcast on Lehigh Valley radio station 88.1 - WDIY.  

Professor Heiss discusses product design further on the ArtsLehigh Blog at:


Lehigh University AAD - Christine Ussler awarded AAIA Eastern Pennsylvania award
Christine Ussler, AAD Professor of Practice

AAIA Eastern Pennsylvania

2012 Award of Merit - Private Residence Project




For the second consecutive year, Christine Ussler, M.ARCH, Columbia University and her firm Artefact, Inc. were recognized with an AAIA Eastern Pennsylvania award.  The firm received the 2012 Award of Merit, for a Northampton County Private Residence Project.  The following link to the AAIA website contains comments and images of their 2012 award winning projects: http://www.aiaeasternpa.org/events/2012_design_awards/design_award_winne...