PCA&D welcomes 13 new faculty for Fall 2023
Thursday, August 31st, 2023
Thirteen new faculty members have joined Pennsylvania College of Art & Design for the Fall 2023 semester:
Zach Clifford (adjunct, Fine Art): Clifford is a Pennsylvania-born artist whose work is based on researching sociopolitical events within the United States including, but not limited to, gun and police violence and political discourse. They hold a bachelor’s degree from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania with a focus on printmaking and art history, and a master’s degree from Kent State University in Print Media and Photography. They have worked as a studio tech, adjunct printmaking professor, museum preparator, and maker’s space coordinator.
Erin Falker-Obichigha (adjunct, Liberal Arts): Falker-Obichigha earned her
undergraduate degree from Stanford University, Palo
Alto, Calif., and her MFA in visual art from the Sam Fox School at Washington University, St. Louis, Mo. Later, she received her MA in Art History from Wayne State University in Detroit. She has worked extensively in the field of curation and arts programming in cities such as Detroit, St. Louis, and Talladega, Ala. Currently, she is a Ph.D. student at the
Institute for Doctoral Studies in the Visual Arts.
Steven Geist (adjunct, Graphic Design): Geist has developed products and experiences for 15 years, and has developed a passion for designing for children. Working at LEGO and various ed-tech startups has led him to work on some of the most playful brands and experiences. Geist earned a Master of Entertainment Technology, Entertainment Technology/HCI from Carnegie Mellon University and his BFA in Illustration from PCA&D.
Zoe Gross (adjunct, Liberal Arts): Zoe Aurelia Gross teaches Aesthetic Theories in the Liberal Arts Department at PCA&D. Currently a Ph.D. candidate in Interdisciplinary Arts at Ohio
University, where she studies Philosophy of Art with a focus on visual art and experimental sculpture, Gross has an MFA in Ceramics from the Rhode Island School of Design, and a BS in Fine Arts from Skidmore College. She has taught art classes at RISD, Ohio University, and the University of Houston. In her doctoral work, Gross studies aesthetic theory to provide frameworks for questioning philosophical problems within contemporary arts practice. Her artistic production centers curiosity, process, and playfulness through mixed media sculpture, temporal installation art, and ceramics.
Hanna Guilfoyle (adjunct, Liberal Arts): A lifelong artist and educator, Guilfoyle graduated with a BA in Studio Art from St. Mary’s College of Maryland. She taught Art, Spanish, and Science for three years, continuing to make her own work and building her portfolio while she taught, experimenting with making her own pigments and inks in her printmaking work. Guilfoyle then enrolled for her MFA at Colorado State
University in 2018 with a concentration in Printmaking, switching the focus of her work to independent publication and explorations of the physical body through use of encaustics and culminating in a published thesis, “Rope Language.” She also taught printmaking at CSU. After graduation she printed books at an independent publishing company and taught at the Portside Art Center, then decided to pursue a Ph.D. at the Institute for Doctoral Studies in the Visual Arts. There, she plans to continue research in the philosophical implications of independent publications and feminine writing. She currently works as a Graduate Admissions Advisor at Post University, helping students enroll and start their own graduate school journeys.
Katy Jones (adjunct, Liberal Arts): Jones, a sculptor born and raised in Omaha, Neb., earned her
BA with a professional emphasis in Art from Doane University and her MFA in sculpture, metal casting, blacksmithing, and
fabrication from Fort Hays State University. She has exhibited at the state and national levels and, after a brief hiatus from the art world, is currently an assistant professor of art and design at Midland University. She also is pursuing a Ph.D. in philosophy, visual theory, and aesthetics at the Institute for Doctoral Studies in the Visual Arts. In her free time, Jones volunteers with local organizations and spends time with her dogs, Greta and Darci. In her work, Jones’s sculptural forms are created around the psychology of illusions, perception, experience, truths, and deception, bringing attention to how they affect our sense of self-constructed identities. Her work also investigates the effect of our complicit acceptance of other’s illusions within interpersonal and group relationships. Jones utilizes anthropomorphic, figurative forms to give life to these narratives. Ultimately these forms, inspired by personal experience, observations, and the experiences of others confront this sense of constructed illusion and deception that we are faced with
every day, while simultaneously expressing the basic animalistic impulses all humans share, which must be navigated with each individual’s personal, subjective sense of truth.
Mike Meservey (adjunct, Live Experience Design & Production): Meservey has been involved in theater of one form or another for most of his life, from actor to stagehand to technical director and scenic designer. Currently, he is the Entertainment Technology Support Manager at Millersville University. Meservey earned a Master of Science in Technology and Innovation with a concentration in Education from Millersville, and a BFA in Acting from Adelphi University. He enjoys playing harmonica, singing with his kids, and cooking.
Panote Nuchprayoon (adjunct, Animation & Game Art): Nuchprayoon is a multidisciplinary artist, developer, and educator. They hold a bachelor’s degree in game design and production from Drexel University. Their expertise spans video game development, mobile game development, mixed reality, interactive installations, and creative technology. They are dedicated to using interdisciplinary approaches and creative interactive experiences to inspire and connect with students.
AJ Nutter (adjunct, Photography & Video): Nutter works as a multidisciplinary artist, focusing in the areas of photography, film, and music, with a background in podcasting. His most current film project, “Transient,” is a full-length feature science fiction thriller that deals with the subjects of loss and grief.
Nutter has worked on a variety of musical projects, including an ambient album that was inspired by the works of Alfred Hitchcock. His documentary photography focuses on rural coal communities. Nutter earned his BFA in Photography from PCA&D in 2010 and his associate degree in Video Production from the Art Institute of Philadelphia. He lives and works in Harrisburg.
Susan Nyberg (adjunct, Business in Creative Industry/Design Thinking): Nyberg is a versatile design professional with more than nine years of experience applying design-thinking and human-
centered methodologies in the fields of health care and higher education. With a master’s degree in Design Research from Drexel University and a certificate in Social Innovation Design from the University of Pennsylvania, Nyberg has a solid educational foundation in research and innovation. Outside of work, Nyberg is an avid fan of documentaries, cold rocky coastlines, and all things Ikea.
Kiri Son (adjunct, Graphic Design): Marketing and Creative Manager for Witmer Public Safety Group with a team of seven, Son is a crazy dog mom to four dogs. She received her BFA in Graphic Design
from PCA&D in 2015 and a master of science degree in Web from Southern New Hampshire University.
Leah Limpert Walt (adjunct, Illustration): A representational and symbolist painter living and working in Lancaster, she studied at University of Delaware and Moore College of Art and Design, and graduated summa cum laude with awards from Pennsylvania College of Art & Design in 2018. She has shown in
Philadelphia, New York City, and throughout the lower Susquehanna Valley.
Yuanyuan Zhou (adjunct, Illustration): An accountant-turned-illustrator with an MFA in Illustration Practice from Maryland Institute College of Art, Yuanyuan Zhou switched from accounting to illustration in order to spread information in a visually appealing way. She conceptualizes ideas and draws very fast, which led her to the world of editorial illustration, making title illustrations, spot /portrait
illustrations, and GIFs. Experience includes working with newspapers and magazines such as The Guardian, Full Bleed Magazine, Womanly, and more, with work recognized by American Illustration (AIAP), 3×3, ADC Young One, and Colossal Magazine. Works are always full of energy and quirkiness and always include a comical side. Yuanyuan Zhou loves using bright colors and stylized characters to show care and love about life and livelihood topics.