Eugene Schilling, Professor of ArtEugene Schilling

Program Chair/Professor of Art


I was born in Seattle, Washington and grew up in a small town in Nebraska. I received my BFA Degree at the University of Nebraska and MFA at Colorado State University. I have been the recipient of the Francis Vreeland Award in Art at the University of Nebraska, the Colorado State University Fellowship in Art, the Presidential Teacher Award, Adams State University and was also awarded Honorary Professor of Painting at Chongqing University, Chongqing, China.

Presently my work focuses on non-objective painting, which includes my self-titled direction, “sarcastic realism”. These paintings combine my non-objective style with realistic imagery to create a nonsensical composition intended to fool the viewer. I have also been working with other artists on a series of collaborative paintings titled “The Collaboration Project”. I have exhibited paintings and drawings nationally (Los Angeles, CA, San Francisco, CA, New York, NY, Denver, CO, Philadelphia, PA, and Taos, NM) and internationally (Wales, Brazil, China, and Japan).

I currently serve as Professor of Art and Gallery Director, for the art department at ASU. I am responsible for intermediate, advanced and graduate level courses in painting and drawing. My intent as a professor of art focuses on facilitating the student’s intellectual growth in concert with his or her artistic development. As I pass on my technical and artistic knowledge it is important to do so in a way that actively involves the student in creative modes of expression. I make a conscious effort to provide challenging problems, which will stimulate refreshing and innovative results, thus creating a supportive and positive learning environment. I feel I am an easygoing but tough, student-centered educator, who will push students to do their best.

Bill Tite, Assistant Professor of ArtBill Tite

Assistant Professor of Art


A recent Valley implant from the Detroit area, Bill wears his midwest friendliness and trust like a comfortable pair of Carhartt overalls (is that a thing?) When he steps into the classroom it’s like he’s stepped over the chalkline of a ball field, into another world. His undergrad degree is from Detroit’s Center for Creative Studies, and he received his MFA from Savannah College of Art and Design. The only things Bill possibly loves near as much as his sons are good kerning, white space, convincing storytelling, and underdogs (oh, and puppies). He may also be an exception to the rule that good guys finish last.

Here’s how he thinks about his work and process:
“The art and design I explore requires knowledge from, rather than about, people and landscapes through embodied learning. My explorations are made possible through touch, and movement using all senses. For me the past and future are felt through the body. For instance, there is knowing that only walking can enable, and memory that only touch can recall. Embodied experience is important me. I’ll use a metaphor for this: Thinking through my feet is akin to writing and sketching, where each footstep imprints like a mark onto myself as well as the landscape. Each step becomes an active moment in space as well as time, just as a pencil rises from a surface between marks. I’m intrigued with people and place, identity and memory, materials and meaning.”

Anthony GuntrenTony Guntren, visiting professor of art

Visiting Assistant Professor of Art

My art emerges from interplay between artistic process, creative meditation, and human interaction. Works feature open spaces that evoke contemplation on unseen forces, radiating energy of the natural world that churns around a sculpture and its surrounding space. I am drawn to sculpture, because I find that sculpture calls attention to the movement of the viewer and the stillness of the object. Artworks often feature abstract forms that offer open spaces to capture and slow down the hustle and bustle of our private minds and physical bodies. There is a secret life between things. By taking a moment to stop and look, time can briefly slow down creating a moment in which consciousness connects with the construct.

As a local CO artist, my goal is to continue the pursuit of artistic discovery while creating meaningful sculpture that interacts with the transmission of human energy as people go about their daily lives. I have dedicated the last 15 years to both art as well as teaching, and I fiercely pursue the various processes and material explorations involved with producing contemporary sculpture. I proudly boast the placement of works in public art programs throughout the US, including numerous permanent AIPP Colorado dedications.

Annaliesa Connor-MeissnerAnnaliesa Connor-Meissner

Visiting Assistant Professor of Art


Hi I am Annaliesa Connor-Meissner and I am pleased to serve as a Visiting Assistant Professor in Art. A little bit about me, I am originally from the beautiful twin island Republic of Trinidad and Tobago in the Southern Caribbean. Trinidad and Tobago is the original land of the steel pan, the only instrument created in the 20th century, Calypso, our oral tradition in song and limbo, our unofficial national dance form that dates back to our African ancestors.
These cultural art forms have influenced my own art making since I lived on the island until 2011. I completed my undergraduate degree in Art at the University of the West Indies and Completed my graduate studies in Art here at Adams State University.
The time I spent here as a student was incredible as I was afforded the opportunity to be submerged in new and dynamic art making. I look forward to bringing my Caribbean aesthetic with its vibrations, cultural expressions, color, and innovative approaches fused with the established norms of conventional art to influence and inspire all here at Adams.
We are in for exceptional times here at Adams as we merge all three artistic areas under the one umbrella of visual and performing arts.
I am excited about the possibilities that we will create together as we share our common love for art and what will be unfurled.

Kris Gosar, Adjunct Instructor in ArtKristian Gosar

Adjunct Instructor of Art


He works as a free-lance graphic designer and applies his design expertise to his residential and commercial contracting business in the San Luis Valley.Kris Gosar is an adjunct professor of drawing and painting. He studied at the University of Colorado, Boulder in Environmental and Architectural Design. Kris graduated with honors from the Art Center, College of Design, Pasadena, California.

Jenna Eaton

Adjunct Instructor of Art


Graduating from Adams State University, I received my BFA in painting; however, throughout my years there I found interest in combining media. After briefly running a local gallery, I then completed an MFA at Kingston University in England, expanding my art practice into a whole new context; moving from painting to a more sculptural art practice with bits and pieces of film and sound. I received the Judith Richardson Scholarship for two years in a row from Adams State University and Graduated with Distinction from Kingston University. I currently teach Art & Creativity making sure that all incoming freshman get a little dose of art making amongst all their other Ged Eds. I have shown locally, in neighboring states as well as internationally. My full time gig is teaching music at the local elementary school in Alamosa! I also freelance for local businesses creating logos, t-shirt designs, posters and other design work.

My current art practice is focused in not only design as mentioned above, but also in illustrations, specifically children’s books. Though previously an oil painter, I have moved into watercolor and colored pencils. I find it quite satisfying to bring other people’s writings to life. I have always loved creating unique and interesting environments for characters to dwell that make the viewer really look in order to make sense of things. Perspective is always important in my work as well and many illustrations show a variety of perspectives.

In both of my classrooms (elementary & collegiate), I strive to create a safe and inviting environment that allows and praises failure. My hope is that all students have the chance to take chances, make mistakes, and get messy (as Miss Frizzle would say). Art making, be it visual or musical, is about exposing yourself and letting the world see you as you really are….. even if you have to look closely.

Leslie Macklin Rice Assistant Professor Ceramics

Leslie Macklin

Adjunct Instructor of Art

I grew up in Southern Missouri and received my BFA in ceramics from Webster University in St. Louis. I completed my MFA at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth in New Bedford, MA. My professional activities include lecturing in a panel at the International Ceramics Festival in Aberystwyth, Wales, exhibiting across the United States including juried shows in Houston, TX; Portland, Or; Tallahassee, FL; Boston, MA; Manhattan, New York; and internationally in Essex, England. When not in the studio or teaching you can find me in the kitchen, creating and testing experimental popcorn flavors or outside, playing ball with my dog Ruffles.

My artwork explores the connections between vernacular space and the human condition. I am inspired by objects that embody the collective history of a place, from local architectural structures to historically significant objects. Often found in various states of care, reuse, or neglect, these objects reflect the passage of time and reveal relationships between living space, history, memory, and the discarded. By manipulating of these familiar spaces, I invite viewers to reflect on their own surroundings, reflect on history and change, and encourage reflection on the complexity of human connection with others, objects, and experiences.

In the classroom, I challenge students to develop the depth of their interests through advancing their technical skills, analyzing historical and contemporary creative practices, by encouraging a variety of research methods towards conceptual growth, and encouraging an active involvement in a community engaged social practice. This diverse approach enables students to integrate various creative processes, and communicate their own unique perspective of the world, within their chosen medium.