Faculty research and creative endeavors center on the interdisciplinary aspects of art, design, music, theatre, dance, performance art, studio, and multimedia. With continuing commitment to innovative activities, the faculty have achieved laudable success in both national and international forums of exhibitions and publications.

The perspective gained from this high level of engagement provides the diverse faculty and professional associate staff with an informed and unique pedagogical vision. The department incorporates this astute awareness of contemporary art practice, theoretical discourse, and in-depth knowledge of evolving technologies into an educational process, which is designed to enable students to achieve the successful realization of their creative projects and artistic goals. All faculty offices are now relocated to the new Fine and Performing Arts Center (FPAC).



Name Office Email Telephone
Dr. Clarence E. Knight, Jr., Chair   cknight@bowiestate.edu 301-860-3751
Ms. Rebecca Bailey, Administrative Assistant   rbailey@bowiestate.edu 301-860-3750
Program Coordinators      
Art (Studio):       
E. Clarke Mester Jr., MFA   emester@bowiestate.edu 301-860-3759
Marymal Holmes, Soprano, MFA, PHD   mholmes@bowiestate.edu 301-860-3754
Theatre Arts:      
Gail S. Medford, PhD   gmedford@bowiestate.edu



Tewodross Melchishua, MFA   tmelchishua@bowiestate.edu  301-860-3731
Nancy Shahani, MFA   nshahani@bowiestate.edu  



Name Office Email Telephone
Bob Bartlett, MA, MFA
  bbartlett@bowiestate.edu 301-860-3769
Renee' Charlow, MFA   rcharlow@bowiestate.edu 301-860-3717
Jennifer Dorsey, MFA   jdorsey@bowiestate.edu 301-860-3718
Dr. Clarence E. Knight, Jr., M. MUS. ED; Ed. D.   cknight@bowiestate.edu 301-860-3751
Clayton Lang, MFA   clang@bowiestate.edu 301-860-3719
Gina Lewis, MFA   glewis@bowiestate.edu 301-860-3715
Gail S. Medford, PhD   gmedford@bowiestate.edu 301-860-3755
Tewodross Melchishua, MFA   tmelchishua@bowiestate.edu 301-860-3731
E. Clarke Mester Jr., MFA   cmester@bowiestate.edu 301-860-3759
Elliott Moffitt, MA   emoffitt@bowiestate.edu 301-860-3756
Gilbert E. Pryor Jr., MA   gpryor@bowiestate.edu 301-860-3753
Marymal Holmes, Soprano MFA, PHD   mholmes@bowiestate.edu 301-860-3754
Robert Ward, MFA, PHD   rward@bowiestate.edu 301-860-3758
LaTonya Wrenn, MA    lwrenn@bowiestate.edu 301-860-3757 
Adolph Wright, MA   awright@bowiestate.edu 301-860-3762



Art & Visual Communication & Digital Media Arts (VCDMA)

Phaedra Byrd, Photography, Digital Photography      
Doreen Vernon, Fashion Design, Fashion Illustration, Textiles      
Natalie Thomas-Wade, Design, Illustration, Foundation      
Yanique Moore, Fashion Design (Product/Industrial), Visual Communication, Fashion Design History      
Jennifer White-Johnson, Design, Visual Communication & Photography      
Joanna Jenkins, Visual Communication, Design, Promotion/Marketing in the Arts, Branding      


Music & Music Technology

James Kerns, Saxophone and Clarinet      
Thomas Newman, Guitar      

Janese Sampson, Flute and Oboe

Dr. Brian Semos, Voice, Sight Singing, Voice and Diction      
Janatus Tayborn, Tuba and Bass      

Matthew Allen, Music Technology



Theater Arts

Evan Crump, Shakespeare, Playwriting, Theatre Arts, Acting & Internships