Bringing Art to Life

Colby-Sawyer's art professors are accomplished artists who pursue their own passions in the contemporary art world and bring their experiences home to you.

Faculty are composed of talented animators, ceramic artists, digital media designers, goldsmiths, illustrators, multimedia artists, painters, photographers, printmakers, sculptors, dancers, set designers and sketch artists with works in both private and public collections. They actively study and exhibit internationally, and they have received numerous grants and fellowships from the Fulbright Foundation, the New England Foundation for the Arts, the New Hampshire Council on the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, and other prestigious organizations.

  • Loretta S. Wonacott Barnett

    Professor, School of Arts & Sciences
    603.526.3668 | lbarnett@colby-sawyer.edu

    Professor Barnett joined the faculty 1978 after earning her M.F.A. from the Ohio State University. She teaches courses in sculpture, drawing and watercolor and guides students toward a clearer sense of self and discovery of the countless combinations of materials and techniques. Professor Barnett challenges students to be brave in studio practices and art making.

    Professor Barnett's artworks are visual narratives that come from her experiences. Questions are created, but the meaning for each work is dependent on perception, vision and memory, allowing an individual's culture, experience and understanding to effect her artwork.

    Professor Barnett has works in private and public collections across the country. She collaborates with other artists on multiple works of art that reveal layers of personal expression and content. Her work is included in Virginia Watson-Jones book, Contemporary American Women Sculptors, Oryx Press. www.lswbarnett.com

  • Jon P. Keenan

    Professor, School of Arts & Sciences
    Sonja C. Davidow ’56 Endowed Chair of Fine Arts
    603.526.3667 | jkeenan@colby-sawyer.edu

    Professor Keenan joined the faculty in 1990 and teaches all aspects of ceramics, East Asian art history, First-Year Experience and Wesson Honors Program courses, along with online courses in visual art studies. In conjunction with his faculty role, he serves as the Director of William H. and Sonja C. Davidow ‘56 Fine Art Gallery, which presents four to five major exhibitions each year.

    Active internationally, his studio work explores Raku and high fired glazed ceramics, along with anagama wood-fired functional and sculptural clay work. Professor Keenan has led students on earthquake relief and field study trips to Nepal for the Wesson Honors Program and in 2015 was a Fulbright scholar in the craft/ceramics department of the Tokyo University of the Arts.

    Professor Keenan was named the Joyce J. Kolligian Distinguished Professor of Fine and Performing Arts in 2009 and awarded the Sonja C. Davidow ’56 Endowed Chair of Fine Arts in 2015. He is the recipient of fellowships from the Fulbright Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Marion and Jasper Whiting Foundation, the New England Foundation for the Arts, and the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts. He has presented and exhibited his work widely in the United States and abroad. read more…