Studio Art and Art History Faculty
Professor of Art
A painter and art critic, Paul Ryan is Professor of Art in the Department of Art and Art History at Mary Baldwin College in Staunton, Virginia. He teaches all levels of drawing and painting, and courses in art criticism and contemporary art. He is also the Director of Hunt Gallery, the college’s art gallery. Paul has an MFA in painting from the School of the Arts at Virginia Commonwealth University, and a BA in English from Principia College. Since 1983 Paul has shown his work in numerous solo and group exhibitions in a variety of venues, including Reynolds Gallery (Richmond, VA), 1708 Gallery (Richmond, VA), Hartell Gallery at Cornell University (Ithaca, NY), The McLean Project for the Arts (McLean, VA), The University Gallery at The University of South Carolina (Spartanburg, SC), Fine Arts Building Gallery at Virginia Commonwealth University (Richmond, VA), The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (Richmond, VA), Leeds Gallery at Earlham College (Richmond, Indiana), and the Armory Gallery at Virginia Tech (Blacksburg, VA). Paul has been a contributing editor for Art Papers Magazine since 1990. Since 1989 he has contributed to Art Papers Magazine, Sculpture Magazine, Artlies Magazine, and the New Art Examiner. He is represented by Reynolds Gallery, and his paintings are in numerous public, corporate, and private collections. His website address is: http://www.mbc.edu/faculty/pryan/
Assistant Professor of Art
Jim Sconyers, Jr. is an artist in a variety of media, including printmaking, photography, and digital media. In 2002, he received his MFA in Printmaking with Distinction from Indiana University’s Henry Radford Hope School of Fine Arts. Since that time, his work has been selected for both national and international exhibition, including, in 2007, Rentas Sempadan: An International Print Exhibition at the Penang International Art Festival in Malaysia and, in 2008, NO DANGER 3-Dimensional Airplane Prints, an international exhibition at Richmond International Airport, Richmond, Virginia, and at Robert L. Ringel Gallery, Purdue University, Lafayette, Indiana. Jim’s new body of work made its debut at Hunt Gallery, Mary Baldwin College, in January 2009 and is scheduled to be shown in a solo exhibition at Main Art Gallery, Richmond, Virginia in May 2010. Most recently, Jim was honored to be invited by Professor Edward Bernstein of the Henry Radford School of Fine Arts at Indiana University to participate in an exhibition at IMPACT: International Multidisciplinary Printmaking Conference, which took place from September 16-19, 2009. IMPACT was hosted by the Centre for Fine Print Research, University of the West of England, Bristol, UK. The show was comprised of 15 artists working with the title “Old Traditions in New Clothes”, loosely focusing on the interface between tradition and technology, both technically and conceptually. His website address is http://web.me.com/sconyers
Associate Professor of Art History
Marlena Hobson has a PhD in art history from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia. Her dissertation focused on the work of the Novecento group of painters in 1920’s Italy and their relationship to Benito Mussolini and the Fascist Party. Marlena’s minor concentration was in Pre-Columbian art and architecture. She takes frequent trips to Mexico, including the Yucatan, Chiapas, Campeche, and Oaxaca regions to study ancient Mayan and Zapotec archeological sites. In May 2004 Marlena took a group of Mary Baldwin College art students to Oaxaca as part of an interdisciplinary May Term abroad course with the Department of World Languages, Literatures, and Cultures. Marlena began teaching at Mary Baldwin College in fall 1987. She teaches courses in modern art, women in the arts, history of photography, American art and architecture, pre-Columbian art and architecture, and twentieth century Latin American art. She has published exhibition reviews in the New Art Examiner and the Art Papers Magazine.
Sara Nair James
Professor of Art History
Sara Nair James, Professor of Art History, holds a BA in art from Mary Baldwin College, an MA in humanities (Medieval Studies) from Old Dominion University, and a PhD in art history (Italian Renaissance) from the University of Virginia. She has taught art history and interdisciplinary courses at Mary Baldwin since 1991. Her courses include Ancient, Medieval, Italian Renaissance, Northern Renaissance, Baroque, and Early English art and architecture. During May Term, she leads groups of Mary Baldwin students on a trip — usually to Italy — to share her knowledge of, and enthusiasm for art, history, and contemporary culture. Dr. James has received travel grants for research from the Mednick Foundation, ARTstor, the Kress Foundation and the Ross and Yum Arnold Fund. For spring 2014, she received her third appointment to the American Academy in Rome as a Visiting Scholar. She contributes regularly to the Sixteenth Century Journal, the Renaissance Quarterly ,and Historians of British Art as a book reviewer. She has presented her scholarship at numerous regional, national, and international conferences, with the most recent being at the National Portrait Gallery and the Courtauld Institute of Art in London. Her publications include a chapter, “Vasari on Signorelli: The Origins of the Grand Manner of Painting,” in Reading Vasari (Philip Wilson, 2005) and a book, entitled Signorelli and Fra Angelico at Orvieto: Liturgy, Poetry and a Vision of the End-time, (Ashgate Publishing, 2003). She currently has a book manuscript ready for publication entitled, Art in England from the Saxons through the Tudors. Her website address is: http://www.mbc.edu/sarajames/.
Associate Professor of Music
Pianist Lise Keiter has performed throughout the U.S. and in Europe, and she is very active as a solo recitalist, collaborative artist, and soloist with orchestra. Her European appearances include recitals with France’s International Roussel Festival, as well as with the Internationale Academie de Musique in Gargenville, France. She has recently appeared as a concerto soloist with orchestras in Indiana, Virginia, and North Carolina, and her latest solo and chamber music performance engagements have taken her to New York City, North Carolina, Maryland, Wisconsin, Idaho, West Virginia, Illinois, South Carolina, and throughout Virginia, including recent performances with the Heifetz Institute and with the Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival.
Dr. Keiter is on the faculty at Mary Baldwin College, where she currently serves as Music Department Chair. Her work at Mary Baldwin led her to develop an interest in the music of women composers, and in 2005, she developed an all-women composers program of solo piano works, in honor of the bicentenary year of pianist and composer Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel (1805-1847). In February 2014, she was the featured soloist with the Waynesboro Symphony, performing Florence B. Price’s Concerto in One Movement.
Frequently in demand as a lecturer, adjudicator, and masterclass clinician, Dr. Keiter is active in many organizations, including MTNA (Music Teachers National Association) and CMS (College Music Society). She is committed to furthering the education of young musicians and also maintains a studio of high school students. Her students include numerous competition winners, and many have been accepted into prestigious music programs at colleges, conservatories, and graduate programs across the U.S. and in Europe. Originally from Charleston, Illinois, she has a Bachelor of Music degree from the Oberlin Conservatory, where she received several top prizes, and she completed a Master’s Degree and the Doctorate of Music at Indiana University, where she also received the Award for Outstanding Teaching. Her teachers have included Leonard Hokanson, Gyorgy Sebok, Robert McDonald, Emile Nauomoff, and Evelyn Brancart.
Theresa K. Southerington
Professor of Theatre
A professor of theatre, Southerington is an alumna of Mary Baldwin College. She holds MA and MFA degrees in theatre from University of Virginia, as well as the MS is mathematics from James Madison University. Her primary field is costume, and she studied authentic Elizabethan costume practice at London’s Globe Theatre. Her designs are frequently seen onstage at Blackfriars Playhouse and Ash Lawn Opera. Southerington teaches acting and directing as well as the technical and design courses: basic production, costume, makeup, stagecraft, scene design, and lighting. She has an extensive resume of acting and directing ranging from Shakespeare to Tennessee Williams, and Noel Coward to modern British farce.