Blake Cook - Faculty Coordinator Eastern Campus:
Blake Cook received a BFA in Painting from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania and a MFA in Painting and Sculpture from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. After Graduate School he took a full time position as Assistant Director of Visual Arts with the Three Rivers Arts Festival in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania. In 1997 he accepted a position as Director of New Harmony Gallery of Contemporary Art. As well as continuing to pursue his responsibilities as Director of the Gallery, Cook also taught art at the University of Southern Indiana. In the fall of 2001 Cook accepted a position as Faculty Coordinator for the Art Department at Cuyahoga Community College, Eastern Campus. He continues to produce art, creating drawings, video, photography, sculpture and installations. He currently lives in Saybrook OH with his wife Ann Marie and three sons; Jarred age 20, Ryan age 18 and Miles age 16.
Paul Miklowski - Assistant Professor and Program Coordinator Metropolitan Campus
: Since 2001Paul has been the program coordinator and assistant professor. Paul began working at Tri-C in 1985 as an adjunct instructor of ceramics. He currently teaches art history, art appreciation, and non-western art survey courses on-line and in the classroom. In 2002 Miklowski began development of on-line courses for the art department, expanding accessibility to classes at Tri-C throughout Northeast Ohio. His exhibitions and awards record spans over thirty years in the community as a ceramic artist. He is an Ohio Arts Council fellowship recipient and twice received a first place award in ceramics and sculpture in the Cleveland Museum of Art’s May Show. His work is represented in private and public collections. Miklowski is advisor to the Ceramics Club, a loose-knit group of pottery loving students who return to classes to share pottery experiences and insights. He coordinates student pottery sales each year and raku pottery workshops. He also manages the selection and installation of the annual Metro Campus student art exhibit.
Miklowski took art classes at the Cooper School of Art in Cleveland. He holds an undergraduate degree in philosophy and holds an MA in the history of art from Cleveland State University. His interest in Asian art and culture has taken him to China and to Japan and he was a recipient of a Fulbright scholarship to China (2005) to develop new curriculum for the non-western survey course. His other travel includes Germany, Italy, Poland, and Israel. www.paulmiklowski.com
Sharlene Green Associate Professor of Art Western Campus:
Sharlene has been teaching since 1990. Ms. Green currently teaches Life Drawing, Portrait Drawing & Painting, Painting, and Watercolor. She also serves as the Gallery Coordinator for Gallery West. In addition to her duties as an art professor, Ms. Green has lectured and given demonstrations in drawing and painting techniques at various institutions in Northeast Ohio. Ms. Green holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree (BFA) in Graphic Design & Illustration from Kent State University and Master of Fine Arts Degree (MFA) in Painting from Miami University in Oxford, OH. As an artist, Ms. Green works primarily with the human figure and with landscape, and has worked in a variety of media. During the past twenty-five years, she has exhibited her work in galleries and museums throughout Ohio and the United States. Ms. Green has received numerous awards for her drawings and paintings, and her work is included in various public and private collections. Sharlene lives in Cleveland Hts., Ohio with her husband, Alan.
Michael Gubkin received his MA and MFA degrees from the University of Iowa. Mr. Gubkin teaches printmaking and ceramics. Selected exhibitions include: Second International Ceramics Competition, Judges Award Ceramics Arts, Mwo, Japan; New York Academy of Design; American Ceramics Now, Everson Museum NY; and Ohio Designer Craftsman Award of Excellence. His work is represented in numerous private and public collections and galleries.
Georgian LaGuardia - Associate Professor of Art Western Campus
Georgian LaGuardia received her MFA in Illustration from Syracuse University and her BA in Art and Education from Ohio Dominican College. She joined Tri-C as an adjunct in 1991 and full-time in 1998. She has taught hand and computer-aided drawing and design and Web site design. Currently Ms. LaGuardia teaches the beginning and advanced level drawing classes. Besides art education, her varied interests have led her to work in the design industry as a web designer and illustrator as well as drawing and painting still life and the landscape in charcoal, oils, and acrylics.
Christine Wolken Assistant Professor of Art Western Campus: and currently teaches courses in art appreciation and art history . Dr. Wolken teaches theTri-C Art Appreciation course at the Cleveland Museum of Art where students are able to utilize the museum’s world-renown collection. Dr. Wolken earned her Ph.D. in Art History from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Oh and her Master of Arts degree (MA) in Humanities from John Carroll University. Dr. Wolken’s area of expertise is in early modern art in Italy. Her specific research interests focus on art and women and women patrons in Italy c. 1500-1600.