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Naomi S. Velasquez

Chair and Professor of Art

Office: Fine Arts Building 414

(208) 282-3527

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MFA, Studio Arts, Fibers, University of North Texas (2012)

BA, Interior Design, Washington State University (1999)

Courses taught:

  • Fiber Media
  • Papermaking
  • Creative Process
  • Drawing

Laura Ahola-Young

Associate Professor of Art

Office: Fine Arts Building 411

(208) 282-3229


MFA, San Jose State University (2001)

BFA, Minneapolis College of Art + Design (1998)

Courses taught:

  • All levels of Painting and Drawing
  • Anatomy
Shawn Edrington

Shawn Edrington

Assistant Professor of Art

Office: Fine Arts Building 415



  • MFA, Boise State University (2018)
  • BA, Idaho State University (2015)

Courses taught:

  • Printmaking
  • Digital Design
  • Drawing

Jonathan Fardy, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Art

Office: Fine Arts Building 417

(208) 282-2488


PhD, Theory and Criticism, University of Western Ontario

MA, Art History, Bowling Green State University

BA, Art, Framingham State College


My research investigates the aesthetic strategies that underwrite the constitution and argumentative structure of theories of art and politics from the 1960s to the present. My recent work has been particularly focused on the work of François Laruelle. A complete list of my publications can be found here:

Current Book Project:

Fardy, J. Ideology after Althusser: Laruelle, Ranciere, Baudrillard (Manuscript in preparation).

Published Books:

2022: Fardy, J. The Real is Radical: Marx after Laruelle (Bloomsbury Academic).

2020: Fardy, J. Laruelle and Art: The Aesthetics of Non-Philosophy (Bloomsbury Academic).

2020: Fardy, J. Althusser and Art (Zero Books).

2018: Fardy, J. Laruelle and Non-Photography (Palgrave Pivot).

Recent Articles:

2022: Fardy, J. "The Object of Non-Aesthetics," in The Object as a Process: Essays Situating Artistic Practice," eds. Stephen Shmidt-Wulffen and German A. Duarte (Transcript Verlag/Columbia University Press).

2021: Fardy, J. “Photographism in Althusser’s Theory of Ideology (Notes Toward a Non-Philosophical Investigation),” Angelaki: Journal of the Theoretical Humanities (26.6): 135-144.

Courses Taught:

  • All levels of Art History 

Chris Pickett

Associate Professor of Art

Office: VOART 106

(208) 282-3693


MFA the University of Florida

BFA the University of Tennessee

Courses taught:

  • All levels of Ceramics
Doug Warnock

Douglas Warnock

Professor of Art

Office: Fine Arts Building 402D


MFA, Sculpture and Critical Theory, Hunter College, City University of New York (1986)

MA, Sculpture, San Jose State University (1979)

BA, Ceramic Sculpture, University of California at Santa Barbara (1975)

Courses taught:

  • all levels of Sculpture
  • Professional Practice and Display


select works:
2014-15  Total Kneefrettiti
Dr. and Ms. Steve Coker, Pocatello, Idaho (large-scale, private, design-and- build sculpture with environmental soundscape, flame, and water elements in an aqua-sensitive outdoor environmental site design, to be installed in July, 2015).

2014    Singularity
First Annual City of Eagle, Idaho Outdoor Sculpture Rotational Exhibition, juried and presented Best of Show Cash Award by Stephen Fisher, Professor of Art and Department Chair, College of Idaho. (a new, unique, nine foot tall concrete sculpture that suggests and considers autonomy and authenticity in children’s lives as they grow into adults in our culture).

2014    Critters and Creatures
City of American Falls Downtown Planted Stream Public Art Project, Phase One, (project vision and coordination of phase one of a large-scale, public, design-and-build sculpture of selected American Falls Reservoir environmental fauna, in collaboration with artists Kristol Coker, Jason Brown, Jake Warnock, Rebecca Merkley, Joe Pehrson, and Josh Sprague.  Phase Two will involve haiku poetry created by American Falls K-12 students of divergent cultures and ISU Sculptural Studies Program students in its creative design, planning, and implementation over the next 1-2 years). 

2014    design of Greene Street Hydro Wall Sculpture
Outdoor bronze, water and light sculpture proposal submitted to NOVA Designs & Builds, Inc. for site-specific residential site, San Francisco, California.

2013    Corten and Hot Rolled
Private design, build, and install commission, San Francisco, California.

2012    design collaboration of Transit Station/Plaza
City of Mesa, Arizona light rail system (design phase of five year design and build project, in conjunction with artist Roberto Delgado).

2012    Coordinated and participated in Aesthetic Neanderthals Exhibition
First Friday Artwalk, Old Town Pocatello. A group exhibition I created for ISU Department of Art undergraduates, graduate students, and interested faculty.

2012    design of Pocatello Charlotte Fire Eagle/Phoenix Public Art Project
In collaboration with Kristol Coker and Josh Sprague.

2011    Flame Cut
Pocatello Medical Center, Pocatello, Idaho (large-scale, public, design-and-build sculpture).

2011    Duality Boat/Bench:  nature, death, transcendence, nothingness
Commissioned by Dr. Lee Abraszewski, Pocatello, Idaho (medium-scale, public, design-and-build public art sculpture installed on the Abraszewski Trail of the Portneuf Greenway Linear Park, Pocatello, Idaho)


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Donald D. Brown


Professor, Art. 1956-1994

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Theresa Gail Dial


Professor, Art. 1974-2008

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Scott E. Evans


* Professor, Art. 1986-2015

Rudolph S. Kovacs


* Professor, Art. 1980-2012

Anthony Martin


Professor, Art. 1977-2015


Terry Ownby, Ph. D.

Associate Professor of Photo Media + Visual Culture

Office: Frazier 416


PhD, Visual Media Studies, Colorado State University

MA, Media Communication, Webster University-Saint Louis

BS, Photography and Media, Missouri State University

Courses taught:

  • History of Photography
  • Photo Communication
  • Photo Media + Advanced Photo Media
  • Visual Culture and Images


Ryan Babcock

Associate Lecturer and Gallery Director

Office: Fine Arts Building 402C

(208) 282-6652


MFA, Idaho State University (2003)

BFA, University of Idaho (1998)

Courses taught:

  • Introduction to Art

Kristina Glick

Assistant Lecturer

Office: Fine Arts Building 404

(208) 282-2858


MFA, East Carolina University (2007)

 Courses taught:

  • Introduction to Art
  • Metals and Jewelry

Amy Jo Popa

Senior Lecturer

Office: Fine Arts Building 402B

(208) 282-3341


MFA, Sculpture, Idaho State Univeristy (1998)

BFA, Sculpture, New Mexico Highlands University (1994)

Courses taught:

  • Introduction to Art


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Rachelle Cooper

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Yidan Guo

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Jihae Jang

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Collete Stosich