Department of Art

Faculty

Full-Time Faculty

Professor William Scarlato

Professor

Art

Phone: (630) 829-6273  |  Send Professor Scarlato an Email  |  Office: SL 130B

William Scarlato is a Professor of Art who has been teaching at the University since 1990. He has also taught at the University of New Hampshire in Durham, NH, and at the two locations of New England College located in New Hampshire and West Sussex, England. He has a BFA degree with a concentration in painting from Northern Arizona University, and an MFA degree with a concentration in printmaking from Yale University. He has exhibited his artwork in galleries as well as in regional and national exhibitions; his artwork is also represented in public and private collections. Professor Scarlato has taught studio and academic subjects at a variety of levels, including courses in Drawing, Oil Painting, and all courses in Printmaking offered at the university. He also teaches Fundamentals of Design, Figure Drawing, all advanced levels of drawing and painting, and Senior Seminar: Art Criticism.

"I am very fortunate that I have been able to teach at Benedictine University for over two decades. Teaching is an intense and all-consuming experience. My life has benefited from teaching in two primary ways: Accepting the responsibility of teaching has served to ground me spiritually. Teaching is a deeply moral act; it has given me much satisfaction to see that I can make a significant difference in the lives of my students. The other aspect of teaching that I have benefited from is its power to influence my own art making. What I lecture on in the classroom will often end up in my pictures. This is especially true for the foundation courses where the fundamentals of representation continue to instruct me as to what the great masters of the traditional and contemporary periods deemed worthy to be in a picture."


The Sower (William Scarlato)

Professor Hai Ri Han

Assistant Professor

Art

Phone: (630) 829-1935  |  Send Professor Han an Email  |  Office: SL 129

Hai Ri Han is an Assistant Professor specializing in Graphic Art and Design who joined the Benedictine art faculty in 2011. She received an MFA in Visual Communications Design from Purdue University and previously taught graphic design at Western Kentucky University. Her teaching interests include print design, typography, web design, and new media and design. As a design educator, she emphasizes the development of each student's personal artistic vision, experimental expression, craftsmanship, and conceptual problem solving.

In addition to teaching, she continues to work in the field of graphic arts and design, primarily for artists books, print design, and motion graphics. Professor Han's award-winning work has been recognized in many national and regional juried exhibitions. Her creative work explores the emotional interaction of visual storytelling by combining traditional skills with modern digital technologies. Currently, she is a member of the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA), the Illinois Higher Education Art Association (IHEAA), the Society of Typographic Arts (STA), and the University and College Designers Association (UCDA).

Ms. Teresa J. Parker

Curator of Exhibitions and University Art Collections

Art

Phone: (630) 829-6270  |  Send Ms. Parker an Email  |  Office: University Gallery, 5th floor Kindlon

Teresa J. Parker is Curator of Exhibitions and University Art Collections and also teaches studio art and art history at the University. She has exhibited her artwork throughout the United States, Asia, Latin America; and is the recipient of numerous awards, including grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and the Illinois Art Council. She received M.F.A. and M.S. degrees in printmaking and drawing from Illinois State University in Normal, IL, and a B.F.A. in painting and printmaking from Miami University in Oxford, OH.

Parker has earned acclaim through her curatorial experiences with Curtis Allen Turner Fine Arts (Chicago) and for serving as the founding director of Parker Press, Curator/Interim Director for Elmhurst Art Museum, and Director/Curator of the Crown Center Gallery at Loyola University, Chicago. In addition to curating over one hundred fifty exhibitions of contemporary art for galleries, universities and museums, she has curated several international exchange exhibitions. Parker's continuing interest in women's and children's rights led her to work as Art Consultant for AKTSinc., a not-for-profit organization concerned with promoting the welfare of indigenous Micronesian women and children. From 2007-2009, she also directed the Coral Rose Foundation, a not-for-profit organization devoted to the social and artistic preservation of indigenous cultures.

 

Adjunct Faculty

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Name Title Department Phone Email Office Location
Ms. Karen Brooks Senior Lecturer Art
(630) 829-6320
kbrooks@ben.edu Scholl 128
Mr. Vince Lucarelli Senior Lecturer Art
(630) 829-6320
vlucarelli@ben.edu Scholl 128
Ms. Lynn MacKenzie Lecturer Art
(630) 829-6320
lmackenzie@ben.edu Scholl 128
Mr. David Marcet Senior Lecturer Art
(630) 829-6320
dmarcet@ben.edu Scholl 128
Ms. Jennifer Scavone Senior Lecturer Art
(630) 829-6320
jscavone@ben.edu Scholl 128