Art Department Faculty
Charity-Mika Woodard, 2008
Associate Professor of Visual Art
Coordination and Promotion of Visual Art
Director, Morris Gallery of Contemporary Art
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.
Matt Rahner recently received his MFA from the University of Missouri at Columbia, after receiving his BFA from Columbia College in 2010. While attending graduate school Mr. Rahner studied under the photographers Joe Johnson, Daniel Farnum and Travis Shaffer. Mr. Rahner’s work has been awarded by Dominic Molon, Contemporary Arts Curator of the RISD Museum, and by Anne Lyden, International Photography Curator at the National Galleries of Scotland. Mr. Rahner's latest work, Eminent Domain, has been shown as a solo-exhibit at the Genevieve Guldner Gallery, in Kansas City, The Red Lady Gallery, in Kansas City, the Bingham Gallery, in Columbia, Missouri, and in September of 2015 will be displayed at the Elder Gallery located in Lincoln, Nebraska.
At Missouri Valley College Mr. Rahner teaches all levels of graphic design, photography and animation. Mr. Rahner is an avid researcher of contemporary art, and is constantly expanding his theoretical, historical, and practical knowledge in the field of art. Mr. Rahner is excited to work with the students of Missouri Valley College as they pursue their careers in graphic design, photography, or any related art profession.
Mr. Rahner calls Marshall home, where he lives with his wife, Anmarie, two daughters, Elsa and Ada.
Adjunct Professor of Visual Art
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