Art and Design welcomes new faculty, newly filled positions

Posted: January 27, 2014

Kari Dunham

Lauren Evans

Nathan Huff

Claudia Morales McCain

Elaine McLemore

The Department is pleased to welcome new faculty members as well as newly filled Director positions. New faculty include Kari Dunham, Lauren Evans, Nathan Huff, Claudia Morales McCain, and Elaine McLemore.


Kari Dunham, MFA - Adjunct in Undergraduate programs

Originally hailing from the Pacific Northwest, Kari Dunham received her MFA in Painting from the Laguna College of Art and Design in Southern California. Her current body of work is an exposition about family. She comments on the longing for deep and meaningful relationships and how the home has potential for both comfort and risk. Dunham is passionate about learning and committed to coming alongside her students as they develop as creative problem solvers. She received in 2013 the Albert K. Murray Fine Arts Grant.

Kari will be teaching in the undergraduate program.

Lauren Evans, MFA - Adjunct in Undergraduate and Graduate programs

Lauren Evans is a visual artist who works in a variety of techniques including sculpture and digital media. Her work frequently deals with the formation of young selves and the incredible difficulties that can be encountered in that process. Lauren has been a teacher and visual artist in California since 1987 and earned her MFA with an emphasis in sculpture at the University of Southern California. She has shown her work nationally and has worked on several public art projects in Los Angeles and San Diego Counties. 

Lauren has taught sculpture, ceramics, drawing, design, and art appreciation at many local colleges. As a teacher Lauren strives to motivate and challenge students to do their best work in a multi-disciplined fully developed critical environment. Lauren will be teaching in the undergraduate animation program and a theory course in the MFA program.

Nathan Huff, MFAAdjunct in Graduate program

Nathan Huff produces paintings, drawings, and sculpture that create freewheeling narratives: personal stories of suspending gravity, traversing emotional vertigo, and sorting reservoirs of memories. He earned an MFA in Drawing and Painting from California State University Long Beach and has studied art in Italy, France, the UK, and Spain. Actively exhibiting in Los Angeles and abroad, his work has been collected by public and private collections. He teaches as an adjunct in the APU graduate MFA program and is a full-time instructor of art at Westmont College.

Claudia Morales McCain, MFA - Adjunct in Undergraduate and Graduate programs

Claudia Morales McCain was born in El Salvador and lived there until she and her family immigrated to the United States during civil war in her country. Claudia draws inspiration from this bicultural experience and uses appropriated photographs combined with personal memory to build make-shift structures of identity. These intuitively built shelters, rafts, boats, trees, or bodies become stand-ins for the artist’s life journey. The paintings aim to suspend time and capture an emotional terrain through the absence of character and the use of color and light. The viewer’s body is invited to become the absent character.

Claudia received her MFA from California State Univesity, Long Beach. She also holds an Art for Healing Certificate from Chapman University. Claudia will be teaching in the undergraduate and graduate MFA programs.

Elaine McLemore, Ph.D. - Adjunct in Undergraduate and Graduate programs

Elaine McLemore received her Ph.D. in Twentieth Century U.S. History from Claremont Graduate University. She is an expert on photography criticism. Her dissertation, "Trauma, Photograhpy, and American Soldiers in Vietnam" earned her a Transdisciplinary Dissertation Award from Claremont. She specifically argued that Americans consumed images of the Vietnam War through Life magazine as an attempt to understand and work through a national trauma.

She is also a research assistant at the Los Angeles contemporary art space, Various Small Fires, a L.A. based contemporary art space listed as one of the Top 500 galleries in the world by Modern Painters Magazine. Elaine will be teaching in the undergraduate and graduate programs.

Lyrica Taylor, Ph.D. - New Director of M.A. in Modern Art History, Theory, and Criticism

Lyrica Taylor, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Art History, was named the new Director of the M.A. in Modern Art History, Theory and Criticism program. Lyrica's expertise focuses on the history of Modern British Art and she received her Ph.D. in Art History from the University of Maryland, College Park. She has presented her research at scholarly venues in the U.S., U.K., Australia and New Zealand.

Stephen Childs, MFA - New Director of Exhibitions

Stephen Childs, MFA, Assistant Professor of Art,  was named the new Exhibitions Director. His steps into a role that oversees the planning and implementation of a robust gallery and lecture program that includes graduate and undergraduate students, guest critics and artists, as well as special collections and events.

Note: This information is current for the 2017-18 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.