• 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…

  • Michael Lovell

    Assistant Professor & Technical Director, School of Arts & Sciences
    603.526.3666 | mlovell@colby-sawyer.edu

    Professor Lovell joined the faculty in 2000. He earned an M.F.A. from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and a BFA from Cornell University. He serves as technical director of the Sawyer Fine Arts Center Theater and the Niblack Black Box Theater, directs theater productions and teaches courses in stagecraft.

  • Hilary Williams

    Academic Dean,
    Associate Professor, School of Arts & Sciences
    603.526.3669 | hilary.williams@colby-sawyer.edu

    Dean Williams joined the faculty in 2012. She is a designer, educator, leader, and listener who champions interdisciplinary learning, making connections, and moving people. Her approach to this administrative role is informed by a decade of teaching experience in higher education (both at Colby-Sawyer College and at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa), teaching and student development experience at the middle and high school level, and outdoor education leadership.

    Hilary received her MFA in Studio Art: Graphic Design from The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and her BA in Studio Art and Environmental Studies from Williams College, where she received the Robert F. Rosenburg Award for Excellence in Environmental Studies, awarded to a member of the graduating class in recognition of outstanding scholarship, potential for solving local, national, or international environmental problems, and strong prospects for leadership in the environmental community.

    Hilary has participated in leadership training and workshops with the American Academic Leadership Institute (AALI), the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, the American Conference of Academic Deans (ACAD), the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC), and National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS). Her prior service leadership at the college includes chairing the Academic Policies Committee and the Department of Fine & Performing Arts, as well as collaborating with a small faculty/staff team to develop the Sustainable Learning Initiative at Franklin Falls, which received two rounds of funding from the Davis Educational Foundation Innovation Grant.

    Hilary was the 2016 recipient of the Jack Jensen Award for Excellence in Teaching, the college's highest teaching award, which is presented annually to a faculty member who has made a distinct, positive difference in the college's academic climate. In addition to higher education, she is committed to design for good and has had her work in environmental graphics, identity design, and editorial design recognized and awarded in regional, national, and international design competitions. Drawing on her interdisciplinary background, she is especially interested in intersections between visual communication and environmental consciousness. Her independent, freelance, and pro bono projects support the arts, community, education, environment, farms, food, health and place. read more…

Adjunct Faculty

  • Alicia Bergeron
  • Robert Gill