Faculty Profiles

Deborah Barkun

Deborah Barkun teaches courses in modern and contemporary art, art theory and criticism, museum studies, and history of photography. She holds a BFA from Carnegie Mellon University and an MA/Ph.D. from Bryn Mawr College. Her research interests include artistic collaboration and art collectives, and visual culture of HIV/AIDS, and her research has been supported by the American Council for Learned Societies/Henry Luce Foundation, the Giles M. Whiting Foundation for the Humanities, and the Fales Library and Special Collections at New York University. Her publications have appeared in the International Journal of Performance Art and Digital Media and numerous exhibition catalogues. She has been involved with organizing exhibitions at the La Fabbrica del Vappore in Milan, the Venice Biennale, the Phillips Museum at Franklin & Marshall College, and the Berman Museum of Art at Ursinus, and she has presented research at numerous national and international conferences.

Jackie Brown
Jackie Brown earned a Master of Fine Arts degree from Virginia Commonwealth University and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Hamilton College. Her area of expertise is sculpture and her work has been exhibited nationally in Arizona, California, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Virginia. Jackie has forthcoming solos exhibitions at The Clay Studio in Philadelphia, PA and the Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts in Wilmington, DE. For more information please visit her website: www.jackiebrown.biz

Kay Healy
Kay Healy is an artist and educator originally from Staten Island, NY. She received a BA from Oberlin College, and a MFA from the University of the Arts in Book Arts and Printmaking. She recently completed a forty-foot installation for the Philadelphia International Airport supported by two Faculty Enrichment Grants from the University of the Arts. In 2012, she was named as a West Collects winner and a Fellow in the Center for Emerging Visual Artist Career Development Program. She was also the recipient of the Leeway Art and Social Change grant, which funded a yearlong body of work based on interviews of refugees from Southeast Asia.
Through her art Healy investigates themes of home, transience, and the search for stability in an ever-changing world. She works in many media including silkscreen and woodblock printing, books, fibers, installation, ceramics, and web-based art. She has a studio in Philadelphia and teaches painting, printmaking and book arts at Ursinus College.

Sarah Kaufman
Kaufman teaches courses in analog and digital photography as well as cross-media studio practices. She received a BA from Haverford College and an MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University. She has had solo exhibitions of her photography at Saint Joseph’s University, Haverford College, and Soho Photo Gallery in New York, and has participated in group exhibitions nationwide. Most recently her photographs were exhibited in a two-person show at Project Basho in Philadelphia. Kaufman has worked as an independent curator and her photography is represented by Porter Contemporary Gallery in New York. Her photographic and curatorial projects have been reviewed in ARTnews Magazine and the Philadelphia Inquirer.


Matthew Shoaf
Matthew Shoaf (B.A., Occidental College; M.A. and Ph.D., University of Chicago) teaches the history of art and the Common Intellectual Experience. His art history courses focus on the classical world and medieval Europe. He also teaches thematic topics. "Saints and Sinners," for example, looks at relationships between art and moral codes in the Middle Ages and Renaissance. Another thematic course is "Lives of Images," which considers notions of the 'lifelike' and how artworks can be understood biographically as having 'lives of their own'. Prof. Shoaf publishes studies of art and public life in cities of fourteenth-century Italy. His current research investigates how people experienced paintings and sculptures aurally (with the ears, not only with the eyes) and how images gave social and spiritual meaning to aural experience.