Humanities and Visual Arts

Who we are

The Humanities and Visual Arts academic area provides broad-based Liberal Arts education to satisfy general education requirements across all academic disciplines at Metropolitan Community College. We also provide career degree programs in the visual arts.

Our Mission Statement

The mission of Humanities and Visual Arts is multifaceted:

Humanities courses engage students in the study of philosophy, music, humanities, art history, theatre and speech to help students recognize and practice imagination, reflection, creativity and critical thinking.

We facilitate language learning to diverse student populations using an integrative approach stressing vocabulary and conversational skills as well as cultural awareness.

Career programs in interior design; photography; design, interactivity and media arts; and video and audio communication arts stress the creative and technical aspects needed for success. We will maintain state-of-the-art facilities in these high-tech areas.

Fine Arts courses are offered to support transfer to four-year colleges and universities and provide foundation courses for students in the career Visual Arts programs. Arts courses affirm and nurture the creative spirit in all students, including lifelong learners. Additionally, Arts courses promote appreciation of art as a discipline and the contributions of art and artists to the culture and history of humanity.

We also stress the importance of entrepreneurship in all of our visual arts offerings. Many of our students will join the workforce as self-employed entrepreneurs and become employers instead of employees.

Our Programs

Course Descriptions

Department Contacts

Susan Trinkle, interim dean of Humanities and Visual Arts, 531-MCC-1342

Greeta Barrett, Academic Affairs associate, 531-MCC-1306

Linda Milton, faculty secretary, 531-MCC-1336

Jeanne Hansen, Visual Arts computer lab technician, 531-MCC-1381

Gregg Pejsar, photo lab technician, 531-MCC-1237


Humanities faculty

Jose Badillo – Spanish
Laura Chambers – Humanities
Karina Clarke – Spanish
Georgia Culliver – Speech
Dallas Jurisevic – Spanish
BonnieJean Kurle – Philosophy
Janet McCarthy – Philosophy
Rayka Rush – Philosophy
Cindy Stover – Speech
Susan Trinkle – Art History
Mary Umberger – Speech
Scott Working – Theatre

Visual Arts faculty

Jamie Burmeister – Art
Anne Burton – Art
Jim Butkus – Photography
Adam Dienst-Scott – Photography
Larry Gawel – Photography
Rebecca Hermann – Design, Interactivity and Media Arts
Patricia Hollins – Art
Bob Maass – Video/Audio Communication Arts
Luann Matthies – Design, Interactivity and Media Arts
Lee Murray – Design, Interactivity and Media Arts
Joe Piper – Design, Interactivity and Media Arts
Nanci Stephenson – Interior Design and Fashion Design
Sheila Talbitzer – Photography
James Wolf – Design, Interactivity and Media Arts

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