Visual Studies Faculty

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Visual Studies Faculty

  • Assistant Professor and Program Head of Visual Studies
    Visual Studies, Art History

    Leah Modigliani, PhD

    • Email: lmodigliani@temple.edu
    • Office: 230C
    • Website: www.leahmodigliani.net
    • Leah Modigliani is an artist and scholar whose research employs the methods and languages of a variety of disciplines including fine arts, art history, critical theory, cultural studies, geography and anthropology. Her academic interests include the history of the avant-garde and its relationship to political critique, the history of photography, the history of conceptual art, social dissent since 1968 and feminist politics of visual representation and discourse. 
       
      Modigliani's artwork has been exhibited internationally at galleries and museums, including...

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  • Associate Professor and Program Head of Printmaking
    Printmaking, Visual Studies

    Amze J. Emmons

    • Email: amze.emmons@temple.edu
    • Phone: 215-777-9126
    • Office: Tyler 260C
    • Website: www.amzeemmons.com
    • Amze Emmons is a multi-disciplinary artist with a background in printmaking and drawing. His research results in prints, drawings and paintings that explore systems of local experience, architecture, vernacular design and print culture. He also produces temporary collaborative projects that investigate the potential of the multiple.
       
      He has held solo exhibitions in Austin, Boston, Chicago, Philadelphia and San Francisco, among other locations. His work has been included in group exhibitions in innovative commercial galleries, artist-run spaces and museums. Emmons has...

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  • Associate Professor and Chair of Foundations
    Foundations, Visual Studies

    Nichola Kinch

    • Email: nmkinch@temple.edu
    • Phone: 215-896-4197
    • Office: Tyler 210R
    • Website: www.nicholakinch.com
    • Nichola Kinch is an artist whose creative production is propelled by technical investigations that span pre-photographic practices to computer aided design and manufacturing. Her practice  centers on the creation of objects and installations that explore image production as a metaphor for a variety of fictional constructs.
       
      Kinch’s commitment to learning new processes is uniquely aligned with her interest in innovative curriculum development in the areas of foundation studies and interdisciplinary practice. She has developed an approach to teaching that stems from...

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  • Associate Professor
    Foundations, Painting, Visual Studies

    Samantha Simpson

    • Email: samantha.simpson@temple.edu
    • Phone: 215-777-9151
    • Office: Tyler 230C
    • Website: www.samanthasimpson.com
    • Samantha Simpson makes paintings and drawings that reference cartooning, 14th century woodcuts and the history of modernist painting. Her recent pieces specifically address the uneasy juxtaposition of the everyday and the political.

      Simpson’s work has been shown nationally and internationally and has been included in solo and two-person exhibitions at Firecat Projects; Gallery Joe; Hallwalls Contemporary Art Center; Tufts University; the Lawndale Art Center in Houston; Slugfest Printmaking Workshop in Austin, Texas and Gallerie Michael Rasche in Fribourg, Germany. Her art has...

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  • Adjunct Assistant Professor
    Visual Studies

    Zoë Cohen

    • Email: zoe.cohen@temple.edu
    • Website: www.zoecohen.com
    • Zoe Cohen is a visual artist creating images, installations and situations. Her research-based practice bridges contemporary concerns with inquiry into visual and cultural heritage, driven by an interest in origins, beginnings and hidden histories.

      MFA, Brooklyn College, The City University of New York
      BA, Haverford College