Art & Design

Elevate Your Creativity. Bolster it with Business Skills.

If you're interested in design, visual expression, or digital communication, you'll excel in Keuka College's Art & Design program. You'll learn to bring your unique visions to life and develop your own personal style in any medium you can imagine.

From drawing to graphic and web design, photography and painting, your professors will help enhance your creativity and develop the skills you'll need for success in the workforce or graduate study.

A student and professor work together on an Art & Design degree project

Real-World Art & Design Experience. Every Year.

The Keuka College Field Period® gives you the chance to have four separate, real-world experiences in Art & Design.

Whether it's an internship with a professional artist or a creative portfolio project of your own, you get to create your own experience and build in-demand professional skills.

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Program Overview

The Art & Design major or minor are fantastic choices if you’re interested in design, visual expression, or digital communication. And, according to the Wall Street Journal, fine-arts degrees lead to high job prospects and satisfaction in a number of different industries.

At Keuka College, your professors will work with you to foster your creative development and personal expression. You’ll graduate with a portfolio that demonstrates your mastery of the skills and experiences you need to use art and creative expression to meet critical business needs in today’s world.

And, as a result of your Keuka College’s Field Period® experiences, you’ll graduate with four real-world art and design experiences that enhance your résumé and your portfolio.

The Art & Design minor brings a flair of creativity to any major, but it goes particularly well with organizational communication, management, and marketing.

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The Art & Design faculty at Keuka College are more than just great teachers. They’re accomplished artists who will serve as creative mentors and help you achieve your dreams.

As an Art & Design student, you’ll also have the chance to work with and study under musicians, professional dancers, writers, poets, and philosophers who comprise the College’s Humanities and Fine Arts faculty.

Catherine Agar

Writing Center Director

Academic Credentials

University of Rochester
M.A. in English
St John Fisher College
B.A. in English

Biography

Catherine Agar has been at Keuka College since 2012, when she worked as a writing specialist in the Adult and Online Education program. She has a BA in English with a minor in religious studies from St. John Fisher College and a MA in English from the University of Rochester, where her master’s thesis was about auditory reception in English poet John Milton’s Paradise Lost. She was a nontraditional, first generation student who earned her BA and MA as an adult with three children, so she has a special place in her heart for students who come to college and find themselves confused by the expectations and/or overwhelmed by the responsibilities. Catherine’s passion is to help students over the bumps in their road to success.

Dr. Marla Broetz

Assistant Professor of ASL - English Interpreting

Academic Credentials

Capella University
Ed.D. in Educational Leadership & Management
Lewis & Clark College
M.A. in Education
Gallaudet University
B.A. in Social Work

Dr. Bradley Fuster

Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
Professor of Music

Academic Credentials

University of Southern California
D.M.A. in Percussion Performance
Yale University
M.M.
SUNY Geneseo
B.A.

Dr. Jennie Joiner

Division Chair
Professor of English

Academic Credentials

University of Kansas
Ph.D.
University of Oregon
M.A.
Georgia State University
B.A.

Dr. Steven Kapica

Assistant Professor of English

Academic Credentials

Northeastern University
Ph.D.
Appalachian State University
M.A.
Appalachian State University
B.A.

Sharon Kocher

Associate Professor of American Sign Language

Academic Credentials

Rochester Institute of Technology
M.S.
Gallaudet University
B.A.

Geoffrey Lee

Writing Specialist and Writing Support Coordinator
Adjunct Instructor

Academic Credentials

Clemson University
M.A. in English
St Bonaventure University
B.A. in English

Biography

I'm Geoff Lee, Writing Specialist and AOE Writing Support Coordinator. I've been at Keuka since the fall of 2011, teaching writing and coaching students on their writing. In my time here I've seen so many students take great strides with their writing. It's an exciting process to watch and participate in, and I look forward to lending you a hand as you take that journey yourself. 

Meghan Lewis

Visiting Assistant Professor of Communication Studies

Academic Credentials

College of Art and Design at Rochester Institute of Technology
M.F.A.
Saunders College of Business at Rochester Institute of Technology
M.S.
College of Art and Design at Rochester Institute of Technology
B.F.A.

Dr. Mike McKenzie

Associate Professor of Philosophy & Religion

Academic Credentials

University of Southern California
Ph.D.
Westminster Theological Seminary
M.A.R.
University of Southern California
M.A.
Trinity International University
M.A.
Central Washington University
B.A.

Biography

After obtaining a B.A. in criminal justice, Dr. McKenzie’s educational path turned toward comparative religion, and after graduating from Westminster Theological Seminary he obtained a M.A. and Ph.D. in religious studies and social ethics from the University of Southern California.  At USC, he was selected to be a teaching assistant in the prestigious honors program, and according to department rumors he was also the only doctoral student to complete his Ph.D. in four years.

His academic interests remain centered around ethics, philosophy, and religion, the three subject areas he covers at Keuka College.  Besides authoring over thirty articles and book chapters, many on religion’s influence in New York’s “Burned-over District,” Dr. McKenzie is putting the finishing touches on his latest book: the experiences of the Methodist Church in the Pacific Northwest.  This book breaks new ground and explains how the Northwest’s unique geography helped stymie what was then the largest and most powerful religion in the United States.

Dr. McKenzie is one of the most popular professors at Keuka, a fact he attributes to the fact that he empathizes with students.  “I well remember the challenges I faced in college, so I understand some of what they’re going through.”  

Although Mike is from the Pacific Northwest, he finds a lot of similarities between Yates County and where he grew up.  “There were orchards and vineyards everywhere in the Yakima Valley, and it’s nice to see so many of those around here,” he says.  Mike has taught at Keuka College since 1999.  

Professional Interests

Ethics (theoretical and applied), comparative religions, North American religions, growth of modern religions

Melissa Newcomb

Associate Professor of Art

Academic Credentials

Rochester Institute of Technology
M.F.A.
SUNY Oswego
M.A.
SUNY Oswego
B.F.A.

Biography

Melissa Newcomb is a professor and leader of the Art and Design program at Keuka College, where she teaches painting, drawing, mixed media, photography, and design. Also at the college, she coordinates exhibits in the Lightner Art Gallery and leads an advisory board composed of local professionals and artists in support of the program, student growth, and experiential learning.

Melissa received her Master of Fine Arts Degree in painting from the Rochester Institute of Technology in 2007; a Master of Arts Degree in photography and Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from the State University of Oswego. Melissa also attended Finger Lakes Community College where she graduated with an Associate’s Degree in Fine Art. Melissa currently lives in Farmington, NY. She is highly involved with the arts and the community and was one of five artists that participated with a Mural on Coach Street (located on the side of Crown jewelers) in downtown Canandaigua. She also has worked displayed at the UR Medicine Breast Imaging and Birthing Center at F.F Thompson Hospital.

Melissa is very passionate about the arts and enjoys sharing her knowledge and experience with others. She also finds pleasure in traveling, baking, learning new things, spending time with family, shopping, coffee, and the change of seasons. Much of her inspiration comes from her students or when she is exploring new places with her camera or sketchbook.

Catherine Reed

Writing Specialist
Adjunct Instructor of English

Academic Credentials

SUNY Geneseo
M.S. in Education (Literacy)
SUNY Fredonia
B.A. in English
SUNY Fredonia
B.A. in Music Performance

Biography

I’m Cathy Reed, Writing Specialist and instructor for the HFA department at Keuka College. I enjoy teaching and learning from KCSI students, international students, and graduate students in addition to traditional students. I am proud to have been a part of this beautiful place on the lake since 2014. Please visit me in the Writing Center! 

Contact Information

Melissa Newcomb

Associate Professor of Art

(315) 279-5226
mnewcomb@keuka.edu