College of Visual and Performing Arts
College of Visual and Performing Arts

John O'Connell,  Dean

Purdue University Fort Wayne
2101 E. Coliseum Boulevard
Fort Wayne, IN 46805-1499

  • Office: Visual Arts Building
  • Room: VA102
  • Hours: Mon-Fri, 8 am–5 pm

  • Phone: 260-481-6977
  • Fax: 260-481-6707
  • E-mail: [email protected]

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Art and Design | School of Music | Theatre


A comprehensive listing of VPA faculty: Art and Design| School of Music | Theatre

Talented Teachers Committed to Students

The faculty are the greatest resource of the College of Visual and Performing Arts (VPA). They design and deliver the curriculum, and mentor and advise students while establishing regional, national and international reputations for their expertise and contributions to the profession.

The VPA faculty earned their credentials from premiere institutions and were selected to teach at Purdue University Fort Wayne for their extraordinary talents as artists, performers and scholars, and for their proven abilities to communicate effectively with students.

The VPA faculty number more than 36 full-time and 11 half-time professors, augmented by more than 58 part-time faculty. This highly qualified and experienced faculty teaches interactively in small classes and through individualized instruction and mentoring. All classes are taught by accomplished professionals; there are no graduate assistants teaching in the arts at Purdue Fort Wayne.

VPA faculty have garnered wide recognition for their research and creative endeavor in specialized disciplines and presentational venues. A sampling of recent faculty research and creative endeavor includes:

  • Collaborator, “Bridging the Past, Present, and Future,” at World Saxophone Congress XV, Mahidol University, Bangkok, Thailand
  • Performer, “England’s Golden Age” on St John’s Episcopal Church Cultural Events Series, St. John’s Church, Huntington, Long Island, New York
  • Actor, Deviser and Singer, Pedro Paramo is Dead! directed by international director Firenza Guida, Fucecchio, Italy
  • Presenter, International Conference of Fine Arts at the Athens Institute of Education and Research, Athens, Greece
  • Selected Artwork, Photographer Forum Magazine’s Best Photography of 2009
  • Group Exhibition, “Fall Season Group Exhibition”, Ann Nathan Gallery, Chicago, IL
  • Group Exhibition, “Boston Printmakers 2009 North American Print Biennial,”
  • Trans-continental juried exhibition, Boston University’s 808 Gallery, Boston, MA
  • Group Exhibition, 5th Ceramic World (CEBIKO) International Biennial Competition, Icheon, Gyeonggi Province, Korea
  • Solo Exhibition, A Survey 1999 – 2009, Denise Bibro Fine Art Inc.,New York, New York
  • Journal Publication, Models of Response to Client Anger in Music Therapy, The Arts in Psychotherapy
  • Presenter, Entering the Experience: Responding in the Moment to Client Emotion, Annual Conference of the American Music Therapy Association, Inc., San Diego, CA
  • Book Publication, Great Music for Wind Band: A Guide to the Top 100 Works in
  • Grades IV, V, VI, Meredith Music Publications
  • Book Chapter Publication, Steel Drums in a Middle School Setting, Alternative Approaches in Music Education: Case Studies from the Field, Rowman and Littlefield Education, in conjunction with the National Association for Music Education
  • Performer, Role of Basilio, Le Nozze di Figaro, Operafestival di Roma/OperaEstate, Rome, Italy
  • Performer, Chorus, Götterdämmerung, The Metropolitan Opera, New York, New York
  • Performer, Concert Series, University of Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo, Brazil
  • Group Exhibition, National Academy’s 184th Annual Exhibition, New York, New York
  • Composer/Performer, World Premiere of Fantasy for Eb Sopranino Saxophone, Viola da Gamba and Piano, World Saxophone Congress XV, Bangkok, Thailand
  • Recording, High Notes: More New Music for the Sopranino Saxophone, Centaur Records, Inc.
  • Performer, Character of Becca, Rabbit Hole, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, 2009 Kevin Kline Award Nominee for Best Actress in a Play
  • Director, Red, White and Tuna, Playhouse on the Square, Memphis, TN