University of Mississippi

Brooke Alexander

Visiting Assistant Professor










Marisa Andropolis

Visiting Instructional Assistant Professor









Rebekah Flake

Adjunct Instructor and Lab Coordinator
Imaging Arts
MFA, Tyler School of Art, Temple University
MA, Williams College Graduate Program in the History of Art
BA, University of Pennsylvania



Rebekah Flake is a Canadian-American artist using lens-based media and curation to explore migration narratives and the psycho-social effects of borders. Raised in Mississippi, she references the inescapable persistence of history in the forms of public memorials and personal reflections. Her practice also expands to Berlin, where she was awarded a DAAD fellowship, and to South Africa, when she and her colleagues at Temple University received an EPPY Award for media work in Johannesburg in 2013. She was a 2015 Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship finalist. She enjoys working collaboratively and has been a member of the artist-run curatorial collective Little Berlin. Most recently her project The Canada Option was featured in a solo exhibition at The Delaware Contemporary museum in the winter of 2017–18, and her six-month residency with the Mural Arts Program in Philadelphia culminated with the show Legendary Tacony in February 2018.

Flake holds an MFA in Photography and a Graduate Certificate in Documentary Arts and Ethnographic Practices from Tyler School of Art at Temple University, a BA from the University of Pennsylvania, and an MA from the Williams College Graduate Program in the History of Art. Her studio is based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and Oxford, Mississippi, where she also teaches photography and digital media.

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.

Dr. Bokyung Kim

img_5385Adjunct Assistant Professor
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


Art Education/Foundations








Sherry Donaldson

Adjunct 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.

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