University of Mississippi

Aileen Ajootian

Professor of Classics & Art & Art History
Greek & Roman Sculpture, Mythical Iconography, Mediterranean Archaeology

Ph.D., M.A., Bryn Mawr; M.A., Oregon; B.A., State University of New York, College at Oswego
Phone: 662-915-1152 
Bryant Hall 27



Valerie Guinn Polgar

Adjunct Instructor
Imaging Arts/Graphic Design

MFA, School of Visual Arts
BFA, George Mason University


Valerie Guinn Polgar is a new media artist and educator.  She received her BFA in Digital Art from George Mason University in Fairfax, VA in 2007 and her MFA in Computer Art from the School of Visual Arts in New York City in 2010.  As an interdisciplinary new media artist, Valerie uses video, animation, and physical computing to create digital and interactive works.  Valerie is also the founder and director of misbits: a new media art space, located in Oxford Mississippi, that serves as a gallery space and as an educational space that promotes art created through the use of technology and collaboration.   

Valerie’s work addresses issues of impermanence and fragility through the use of surrogate forms.  She is inspired by the notion of mortality and by the human body itself and explores ideas of impressions and decay as a natural consequence of existence.   Valerie feels that the nature of new media lends itself to the use of surrogate forms within a safe environment where she possesses the control to save and duplicate her work—essentially allowing her to create immortal models of mortality.  Her work has been shown in New York City and in the D.C. metro area.

Bokyung Kim

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Art History

PhD, University of California, Los Angeles
BA, Seoul National University


Dr. Bokyung Kim received her Ph.D. in art history from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2007 with a dissertation titled Indefinite Boundaries: Reconsidering the Relationship between Borobudur and Loro Jonggrong in Central Java (Indonesia). Her current research involves several topics in the early interactions between Java (Indonesia) and the mainland of Southeast Asia.

She has previously taught many courses in Asian art at UCLA, Loyola Marymount University, Whitman College, and University of Memphis, Rhodes College, and Memphis College of Art.


Andrew McIntyre

andrewmcintyreInstructor/Ceramic Technician

BFA, University of Mississippi
MFA, Syracuse University


Andrew McIntyre was born in Jackson, Mississippi. He began making pots at a very early age of 11. After four years at The University of Mississippi, Andrew graduated with his BFA in Ceramics. His work has earned him honors in many national clay exhibitions every year such as Strictly Functional, Starbrick National Cup Show and 8 Fluid Ounces. He recently graduated from Syracuse University with his MFA in Ceramics.

Tina Lutz


Instructor, Art Education/Foundations








Sherry Donaldson

Default_AvatarAdjunct Instructor
Art Education



Stacey Rathert

Adjunct Instructor
Sculpture, Foundations

MFA, University of Mississippi
BFA, Fort Hays State University


Stacey Rathert is an artist originally from the way outs of Kansas, also known as the small farming community of Lancaster. Rathert received her Bachelor of Fine Arts and Bachelor of Science in Education in 2011 from Fort Hays State University, Hays, Kansas. She then made an epic voyage to the south to receive her Masters of Fine Arts from the University of Mississippi, Oxford, in 2015. Currently Rathert is an instructor at the U of M in the sculpture and foundations department.

Working in a variety of scale and material, she creates whimsical objects that are embellishments on the truth, relating to personal narrative and experiences of growing up on the farm. Rathert’s artwork is also deeply rooted in process and material, pushing the limits and establishing new boundaries, especially in steel and cast iron.

Outside of her academic and artistic endeavors Rathert enjoys a good, medium rare KC Strip with a side of carbs, adding to her collection of over 75 antique and toy sad irons, cooking but not doing the dishes, walks with her cattle dog Mabel, escapes to the farm to drive tractors, and moving heavy stuff, over and over again.

Rathert’s artwork has been shown in regional, national, and international shows, in both gallery and outdoor settings. She also has a piece in the private collection of the Talsi Regional Museum in Talsi, Latvia. Rathert has had the pleasure of working with and drawing inspiration from artists such as Tobias Flores, Durant Thompson, Matthew Barney, and Noah and Alison Kirby.

To view Stacey’s work, please visit the Department of Art & Art History’s Flickr page.

Seth Thibodaux

Instructor & Sculpture Technician in Art

MFA, University of Mississippi
BFA, Nicholls State University

To view Seth’s work, please visit the Department of Art & Art History’s Flickr page.

Robert Malone

Adjunct Assistant Professor in Art
Drawing, Figure Drawing

MFA, Memphis College of Art
BFA, The University of Mississippi



Serving on The University of Mississippi faculty since 1997 as an Adjunct Assistant Professor, Robert Malone has taught beginning through advanced painting and drawing. Previous teaching experience includes three years as an adjunct at Middle Tennessee State University, teacher seminars, and Art League Workshops. Mr. Malone is a working artist who depends on his painting to provide the majority of his income. He brings life lessons to the classroom, with a strong traditional foundation and an open contemporary viewpoint.

His landscape paintings in oil capture the sublimity of nature; each canvas reveals the inherent spiritual reality of the beautiful world in which we exist. He has exhibited at the Nicole-Perry Gallery, Memphis,TN.; Carol Robinson Gallery, New Orleans LA; Yeiser Museum, Paducah, KY; Meridian Museum of Art, Meridian, MS; Brooks Museum, Memphis, TN; Allen Price Gallery, University of Wisconsin; University of Melbourne, Australia. His work is in the corporate collections of AT&T, Ochsner Clinic, and the National Bank of Commerce. He has work in many private collections throughout the United States including New York, NY; Los Angeles, CA; Washington, DC;  Memphis, TN; Nashville, TN; Atlanta, GA; New Orleans, LA; Winter Park, FL; and Jackson, MS.

“I view my position as a teacher in the role of a guide that knows the journey of the creative process, and who helps each student find his or her path in that journey. Civilization is based on the culture of art in one form or another, and each human being has a contribution to make to that culture.”

Lance Herrington

Adjunct Instructor & Instructor and
Coordinator of Instructional
Support for the ESL Program
Art History

MA, University of Mississippi
BA, University of Texas



Lance Herrington was the Art Department’s Visual Resources Curator and Instructor of Art History, before he became an Adjunct Instructor of Art History when he joined the faculty of the Intensive English Program at UM in January 2007.  He earned his B.A. in Art History from the University of Texas, a M.A. in Art History and a second M.A. in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) from the University of Mississippi.  He previously lived in Osaka, Japan, where he taught English, and traveled extensively throughout Japan. Since returning to Oxford, he has led groups of Ole Miss students to Japan for Art on Location courses.  In the Art Department, he regularly taught Introduction to Western Art and the online versions of History of Art I and History of Art II, and co-taught Art on Location: New York during Intersessions.  Since 2007, he has taught a section of Introduction to Non-Western Art, and Egyptian Art and Architecture, and offered a travel version of History of Art II.  Currently, he developed and teaches the Independent Study version of History of Art I.  After a faculty-exchange in Ecuador during Summer 2010, his most recent interests include the colonial Quito School and the 20th-century painter Oswaldo Guayasamín.