Associate Professor of Art History
Michael Grillo is Associate Professor of History of Art in the Department of Art, and the Director of the Medieval and Renaissance Studies minor. His signature work with Italian fourteenth-century images investigates how they operate as primary sources that visually articulate ideas inexpressible in any other media, including written or oral speech.
Dr. Grillo received his PhD from Cornell University with a dissertation on Medieval History of Art. He continued this work with his 1997 book, “Symbolic Structures: The Role of Composition in Signalling Meaning in Italian Late Medieval Painting.” He offers seminars on Fifteenth-Century Ways of Knowing, Renaissance New Media, and Theory and Practice in Photography, and lectures on Photography, Film Studies, and New Media. He is also a practicing photographer, and seeks to explore how aesthetic theories play out directly in application in our world, particularly how photography operates as a social process.
Professor of Art, Department Chair
Susan Groce received her MFA from the University of Michigan and B.F.A. from the University of Arizona. She works in large scale Mixed Media Drawing, and Printmaking (Intaglio and Lithography). Her research focus is on emerging technologies, and non-toxic materials and processes. She has worked at Atelier 17, Paris; the Edinburgh Printmakers, Scotland; Open Bite Print Workshop, Australia and the MacDowell Colony, NH. She is an Artist Mentor for the MFA program at Vermont College, and has been an Artist in Residence, Visiting Artist, Guest Lecturer and Visiting Researcher at over 40 Art Schools, programs and Universities in Australia, Ireland, Northern Ireland, England, Scotland, Canada and
Her prints and drawings have been in over 160 solo, invitational and juried International, National, and Regional exhibitions and is included in private, public and corporate collections in the USA, The UK, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, and Singapore. Susan served 6 years on the Visual Arts Panel of the Maine Arts Commission, 2 of those years as Chair, and has received a variety of research grants and awards in the arts, inclusive of the
University of Maine System Trustee Professorship. which is designated to provide research support to recognize, reward, and retain exceptional scholars, for her research project The Interface Between Digital, Non-Toxic, and Traditional Print Technologies.
Laurie E. Hicks
Professor of Art
Laurie E. Hicks is a professor of art and art education in the Department of Art at the University of Maine. Her research and publications focus on issues pertaining to feminism, cultural theory and environmental design. Most recently her publications have explored the concept of play and its contribution to our understanding of a socially responsible art education; contemporary body modification as a process of liberation; and the relationship of visual and material culture to our memory of place. Professor Hicks’ most recent artistic work, “Icelandic Particulars,” links her scholarly interest in our memory of place with photographic representations of experiences of place.
As a faculty member, she teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in art education theory and practice, as well as courses on contemporary issues in art education, environmental design, art history, and museum education. She also teaches an art history course on art and human experience. In addition to her research and teaching efforts, Professor
Hicks has served as the chair of the University of Maine’s Department of Art and interim chair of Theatre and Dance. She also served as President of the Women’s Caucus of the National Art Education Association, is a member of the National Council on Policy Studies in Art Education and was the founding editor of the Journal of Gender Issues in Art and Education. In 1999, Professor Hicks received the national Mary J. Rouse Award for Outstanding Contributions to Art Education.
Andy (Andrea) L. Mauery
Associate Professor of Art
Andy Mauery is an artist and educator currently living in Veazie, Maine. A sculptor who works with a variety of methods and materials, Mauery creates objects/sketches and large-scale installations as well as designing collaborative workshops. She earned her MFA in Sculpture from West Virginia University, and is an Associate Professor of Art and the Foundations Coordinator at The University of Maine, where she has been teaching since 2000.
Her courses include 2D Design, 3D Design, Sculpture, and Studio topics courses such as Sustainable Sculpture and Sculptural Fibers. Her creative work centers on questioning and placement, and the human desire to make plain the complexities of life. She has exhibited in the US, Denmark, and Peru, and has been awarded several faculty research grants to study fibers techniques, glassblowing, and glass casting.
Professor of Art
James Linehan, Professor of Art, is a painter who teaches courses in painting, drawing and design. After receiving a B.F.A. in Painting at Arizona State University in 1974, he continued his studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he earned an M.A. in painting in 1976 and an M.F.A. in 1978. Prior to moving to Maine in 1983 he taught for five years at St. Andrews College in North Carolina.
Linehan is represented by Aucocisco Gallery in Portland, Maine; Gallery 357 in Rockland, Maine; Vose Gallery in Boston, Massachusetts; and Sherry French Gallery, New York, N.Y. His work has been included in over one hundred group shows and twenty solo shows in the past fifteen years. He has completed twenty public commissions, including fifteen for the Maine Arts Commission Percent For Art Project, and is represented in thirty public and corporate collections.
Assistant Professor of Art History
Professor Wolff received a Ph.D. in Art History from Princeton University in 1999. Currently his research focuses on modern American art and he’s writing a book titled Art and Experience: Thomas Hart Benton and the American Scene. In addition to articles and book reviews, he published Richard Caton Woodville: American Painter, Artful Dodger (Princeton University Press) in 2002. Professor Wolff taught for three years in the Expository Writing Program at Harvard University, received a 2005-06 Research Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities, and served for two years, from 2006 to 2008, as the Joanne Leonhardt Cassullo Assistant Professor of Art History at Roanoke College in Salem, Virginia. He teaches courses on modern and contemporary art history and art theory and criticism.