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Bryan Alexis

Bryan Alexis was born in DeLeon, Texas. He holds a Master of Arts degree in graphic design from Northwestern State University of Louisiana and a Master of Fine Arts in visual design from The University of Arkansas. Bryan has spent the last twelve years teaching graphic design in Arkansas colleges and has worked as a designer in various capacities for over fifteen years.
Office: Baldor 256
Phone: 479-788-7240


Ernest Cialone

Ernest Cialone holds a BA from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, and an MFA in painting from the University of North Dakota in 1983. After teaching at Jamestown College in 1990, he accepted a position at what would later become UA-Fort Smith the following year. Since the late 90s, Cialone has concentrated on the graphic arts of drawing and printmaking.  He has instituted several new classes for the university’s studio art program in that field including artistic anatomy and upper-level classes in relief, intaglio, and screen printing.
Office: Ballman Speer 211
Phone: 479-788-7541


Katie Harper

Katie Harper teaches graphic design and printing/book arts. She holds a BFA in photography from the San Francisco Art Institute, as well as an MFA in book arts/printmaking from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. Her background includes award-winning letterpress and book arts, with works represented in public and private collections around the country. She also has extensive experience in commercial graphic design and art direction, notably in print and editorial design.
Office: Baldor 258
Phone: 479-788-7333


Don Lee

Don Lee is an Associate Professor and Head of the Art Department. He received his BFA degree from the Memphis Academy of Art and his MFA from Tyler School of Art/Temple University. He has taught courses in 2-D Design, Drawing, Figure Drawing, Color, Advanced Drawing, Intro to Painting, Advanced Painting, Figure Painting, Special Projects and Capstone. Don Lee paints and draws in a small studio in his home. His work is in collections and has been exhibited in Arkansas, Tennessee, Texas, Oklahoma, New Jersey, New York, California and Germany.
Office: Ballman-Speer 110
Phone: 479-788-7542


Colin McLain

Colin McLain began teaching at UA Fort Smith in 1999 and is currently an assistant professor in graphic design. Colin is a Yankee by birth, who spent a brief stint in the Phoenix, Arizona public education system (it was a dry education), and grew up in the tornado alley of Tulsa, Oklahoma. His education includes an AAS in graphic design from Oklahoma State University — Institute of Technology, a BFA from Oklahoma State University, and an MFA from Arizona State University. His graphic design career began in 1989 and he continues to freelance. 
Office: Baldor 259
Phone: 479-788-7576


Mary B. Shepard

Mary B. Shepard is Assistant Professor of Art History and Humanities. She received her A.B. degree with Honors from Grinnell College, an M.A. in Art History from the University of Virginia, and a Ph.D. in medieval art history from Columbia University in the City of New York. Previously, she taught at Friends University (Wichita, Kan.), and was head of the Education Department at The Cloisters, the branch museum of The Metropolitan Museum of Art specializing in the art of medieval Europe. A specialist in medieval stained-glass windows, she is currently pursuing two book projects: one on the French history painter, Alexandre Lenoir and his interpretation of medieval art in the Museum of French Monuments, which he founded during the French Revolution, and the second on the early 16th-century stained-glass program of the parish church of St. Michael-le-Belfry in York (England). 
Office: Breedlove 210
Phone: 479-788-7561