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 talented 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. Ms. Woodard teaches all levels of drawing, painting, and printmaking, as well as business of art, senior portfolio, and all art education courses. 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. For the Missouri Consortium Study Abroad program, she created and taught Watercolor in Londonís Parks (2010) and Drawing in Paris (2014). She created and taught the class Ninja Turtles: Renaissance influences on Modern Culture (2012) for the Santa Reparata International School of Art in Florence, Italy. Ms. Woodard created a class exclusively for Missouri Valley College, Art on Location, in which she takes art students to the great museums and galleries of New York City.

On the MVC campus, Ms. Woodard created the Art in Motion outdoor sculpture exhibit. This rotating sculpture exhibit brings four to five new sculptures to the MVC campus yearly. In addition to this, Ms. Woodard also created and serves as the Director of the Morris Gallery of Contemporary Art. The gallery began in 2011 and is made possible by a generous donation by Jon and Dawnna Morris. The Morris Gallery of Contemporary Art exhibits current works of art for the educational enhancement of students, faculty and the general public. The goal of the gallery is to expose mid-Missourians to high quality artwork from national artists in a variety of media.

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 Ė 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.

Jennifer Lovercamp
Jennifer Lovercamp
Adjunct Instructor of Art
BS Graphic Arts Technology Management, UCM

Jen Lovercamp was raised on her family farm just a short drive from the Missouri Valley College campus. While growing up, her daily activities were centered around the family farm but she always had a desire to design and create. While attending State Fair Community College in Sedalia and Central Missouri State University (now UCM) in Warrensburg, she was able to concentrate on her desire to pursue Graphics Arts which she received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Graphic Arts Technology Management.

After graduating college she pursued design and interior decorating in many of the upscale neighborhoods located throughout Johnson County, Kansas. While she excelled in this environment, a new challenge presented itself and prompted her to join a Global 500 company in the marketing division. At Fujifilm Corporation, she was able to design creative artwork in many areas of the industry for print advertisements, web banner ads and landing pages, e-casts, interactive advertising campaigns, brand identities, as well as create entire Trade Show Graphics for sites in Las Vegas, Chicago and Orlando just to name a few. Her work has been presented to the companiesí clients around the world. With further advancement in mind, she again took on another challenge and moved into a more hands- on environment within Fujifilmís Technology Center in Kansas City. At this point she was able to take designs created by herself and also hundreds of Fujifilm clients and make them a reality by using a multitude of wide format printing equipment. Her vast knowledge of different print techniques and finishing equipment as well as inks will be a valued asset for her classes. She looks forward to sharing the knowledge she has obtained throughout her experience in the private sector. As she ventures into this next chapter of her professional career, she is excited to be at MVC helping the students unlock their potential for future success in Graphic Arts.

Matthew Rahner
Matthew Rahner
Adjunct Professor of Art
MFA, University of Missouri
BFA, Columbia College

Matt Rahner is an artist currently residing in Columbia Missouri with his wife and two daughters. Rahner recently received his MFA from the University of Missouri at Columbia, and in 2010 received his BFA from Columbia College, in Columbia Missouri.

Rahner's current body of photographs, tentatively titled Residual, document the cultural landscape, which exists in flux on the peripheries of towns and cities. Rahner's work has been exhibited nationally and internationally more than 18 times in the past three years. This fall he is curating an exhibition of photographs titled: A Game of Telephone (Email), that will be shown at the Craft Studio Gallery in Columbia, Missouri. He will also have a solo exhibition of his series Eminent Domain this November in the Archive Collective's Red Lady Gallery, located in Kansas City, Missouri.

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