Art Department Faculty

Charity-Mika Woodard, 2008Charity Woodard
Associate Professor of Visual Art
Coordination and Promotion of Visual Art
Director, Morris Gallery of Contemporary Art
Faculty Sponsor - Art Club
MFA New York Academy of Art
BFA Pittsburg State University
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Charity-Mika Woodard received her MFA in Painting and Drawing from the New York Academy of Art, and her BFA from Pittsburg State University. She also proudly holds a K-12 Art teaching certification from Missouri. Ms. Woodard has had the privilege of working with many artists, including Eric Fischl, Vincent Desiderio, Wade Schuman, Jenny Saville, and Damian Loeb. She has shown in group exhibits in London, New York, and throughout Missouri. Charity-Mika teaches all levels of drawing, painting, and printmaking. She also teaches business of art, senior portfolio, and all art education courses while supervising art education students during their student teaching. She is an oil painter in the traditional academic figurative style. Her larger-than-life paintings revolve around the central theme of women and society.

Ms. Woodard has a passion for traveling and taking students to see great artwork. She has traveled throughout Central and South America researching folk art and studying native crafts. She has created and taught Watercolor in London’s Parks for the Missouri Consortium Study Abroad program in London, England. She created and taught the class Ninja Turtles: Renaissance influences on Modern Culture for the Santa Reparata International School of Art in Florence, Italy. Ms. Woodard has created a class exclusively for Missouri Valley College titled; Art on Location in which she has taken art students to the great museums and galleries of New York City.

Since joining the faculty of Missouri Valley College in 2008, Ms. Woodard has created the Art in Motion outdoor sculpture exhibit. This sculpture exhibit brings 3 to 5 new sculptures to the MVC campus yearly for the community to enjoy. In addition to this, Ms. Woodard also created the Morris Gallery of Contemporary Art on the MVC campus. The alumni donations from Jon and Dawnna Morris made this professional gallery a possibility in 2011.

The Morris Gallery hosts 4 to 5 shows each academic year, and Ms. Woodard serves as the Gallery Director.

Matt Moyer
Joan Marie Giampa, DA
Associate Professor of Visual Art
DA, Higher Education, George Mason University, 2012
MFA, Painting, University Of Maryland, College Park, 1998
BFA, Graphic Design, James Madison University, 1983

Joan Marie Giampa holds a Doctor of Arts in Teaching Higher Education from George Mason University, an MFA in painting from the University of Maryland and a BFA in graphic design from James Madison University.

Dr. Giampa has been teaching visual communications and foundations art since 1997. Her research in the field of foundation design is primarily focused on applied creativity, visual mapping and idea manufacturing. Other areas of interest and research include: graphic note taking, color theory, neuroesthetics, visual metaphor, cognitive linguistics and synesthesia.

Current Research

Her current research focus is visual mapping that combines graphic note taking and metacognition. She has developed a mapping platform -"Meta Sketch Maps" (Giampa, 2013), that is the primary teaching tool in her classroom. Meta sketch maps are; a structural foundation for mapping words and pictures; a platform or stage for the brain to act out thoughts using words and pictures; a meta cognitive view of the brain that utilizes empathy as the basis for problem solving, critical analysis idea manufacturing.

Studio Work

Joan Giampa

Dr. Giampa is also a multi-media artist and painter and maintains a professional artist studio. Her studio work synthesizes computer graphics and fine arts that culminate into paintings, photography and video works. Her studio/gallery is located in historical Rocheport, Missouri. Her work has undergone a steady stylistic evolution in recent years, and she describes herself as an Image Archaeologist. Her personal iconography is based on the discovery of objects in nature in their native environment.

im-age ar´chae-ol´o-gy™,[im-ij] [ahr-kee-ol-uh-jee],
n. 1. The systematic recovery by artistic methods of imagery within the ground of painting. 2. A dig into the surface ground with the butt of a paintbrush to imprint an image. 3. The space between the figure and the ground from which emerges a skeletal impression of an image. 4. A constant searching for the middle ground through the applicationof paint projected thought that culminates into a work of art.

Val Wedel Valerie Wedel
Adjunct Professor of Visual Art
MFA University of Missouri - Columbia
BFA Columbia College
BA Washington University in St. Louis

Valerie Wedel earned an MFA in Sculpture at the University of Missouri, where she specialized in installation art. She holds a BA in French and Peace Studies from Washington University in St. Louis and a BFA from Columbia College in Painting and Drawing. She has taught at the University of Missouri and at Stephens College.

Merging her backgrounds in both 2-D and 3-D art, Val creates room-sized art installations that viewers can enter into. The primary intention of her work is to encourage self-awareness. She purposely blurs boundaries between artist, viewers and artwork, enabling viewers to become active participants. In November 2009, the Missouri Contemporary Ballet featured her set design in a performance at the Missouri Theatre in Columbia. In January 2011, her set again graced the stage, at Missouri Valley College.

Val has exhibited nationally in both solo and group shows and has been the recipient of a number of awards, grants and speaking invitations. The workshops and residences Val has attended include Penland School of Crafts, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts and the Vermont Studio Center. As she has studied abroad in Australia, France and Italy, she hopes to bring students along on her next overseas trip.

Hannah Reeves
Hannah Reeves
Adjunct Professor of Visual Art
MFA University of Missouri
BFA University of Missouri

Hannah Reeves is from Missouri. She received a B.F.A. in Sculpture and Drawing in 2005, and an M.F.A. in Fibers and Sculpture in 2008 at the University of Missouri – Columbia. She now directs the George Caleb Bingham Gallery, a contemporary art gallery in the MU Department of Art, and teaches Drawing and Fibers. Her own work combines drawing, painting, and manipulation of cloth in pieces that evoke and question feelings of nostalgia.

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