Art Faculty

Silvana Foti

Silvana Foti, M.F.A.

Professor of Art
(910) 630-7107
Bethune 111
Silvana Foti
Silvana Foti, M.F.A.

Professor of Art

B.F.A., St. Mary’s College, IN; M.F.A, University of Notre Dame; North Carolina Art Certification (K-12); Graduate Certificate, Meredith College

Bio:

As a practicing artist, Silvana is best known for her expertise in printmaking (both traditional and non-toxic). In addition to participating in numerous artist exhibitions, her former and current art gallery representation encompasses works on display in galleries throughout North Carolina, New York City, and Chicago. Her personal works are in both public collections and private collections, including The State Department in Washington, D.C., American Express, and banks in Japan.

Silvana’s professional background includes teaching at the university level, serving as department chair, developing the B.F.A. program in Graphic Design, program serving as program coordinator for visual arts education.

As an educator, Silvana is uniquely involved in the lives of students. Her commitment to education extends beyond the realm of higher education. Silvana has offered extensive service in the area of arts education to state and national organizations. She is skilled in educational leadership, curriculum review and design, and instructional strategy, and has also partnered with many organizations to review, design, and implement competency-based art education programs that have earned state-wide recognition.

As executive director for the David McCune International Art Gallery, Silvana curated numerous regional, national and international exhibitions. Select exhibits include Warhol, Chagall, The Story of the Exodus, Picasso: 25 Years of Edition Ceramics from the Rosenbaum Collection, Rodin: Portraits of a Lifetime, Selections from the Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Collection, and Impressionism to Modernism: Masterworks of Early Photography. The exhibitions were often augmented with lectures, workshops, docent training, and interdisciplinary events. All gallery exhibitions met The American Alliance of Museums’ (AAM) national standards and best practices. In addition, she curated and led all aspects of production, including research, budget planning, press, publications, installation and fundraising.

(910) 630-7107
Bethune 111
Tori Jordan

Tori Jordan Hord, M.G.D.

Assistant Professor of Graphic Design
(910) 630-7118
Trustees 259
Tori Jordan
Tori Jordan Hord, M.G.D.

Assistant Professor of Graphic Design

B.A., Coastal Carolina University; M.G.D., North Carolina State University

Bio:

Tori Hord, a multiple year ADDY award winner, completed her undergraduate degree in graphic design at Coastal Carolina University and her Masters in Graphic Design at North Carolina State University.

During her time at NC State much of her research centered around digital correspondence and how the development of new technologies such as Virtual Reality could not only facilitate, but also enrich emotional expression and connectivity in an age of digitally mediated communication. She remains very much interested in how new information environments can enhance communication, the role designers might have in shaping such experiences and what that might mean in terms of design education. Other areas of research that she is passionate about are the evolution of typography, and the impacts of visual metaphor and semiotics within visual storytelling.

Tori considers inspiration to be an integral pillar of both design practice and education. Inspiration sparks creativity, evokes motivation, and facilitates progress. Design is about finding creative solutions to problems, but she has learned that simply imparting tools and skills is not enough. Ultimately, it is moments of inspiration that turn skills and tools into creative and successful design. Therefore, constructing an environment that creatively empowers and inspires is the most valuable thing that she can give her students and it is her hope that providing this will encourage them to create thoughtful, successful, and inspiring design solutions.

In addition to her love of design and scholarship, she enjoys hiking with her husband and their dogs, spending time with her family, and tackling a good DIY project.

(910) 630-7118
Trustees 259
Kerry Scott Jenkins

Kerry Scott Jenkins, M.F.A.

Associate Professor of Graphic Design
Kerry Scott Jenkins
Kerry Scott Jenkins, M.F.A.

Associate Professor of Graphic Design

B.F.A., Western Carolina University; M.F.A, East Tennessee State University

Bio:

Beginning with winning a Halloween Carnival poster contest in third grade, Kerry Jenkins was tempted by the notion of a career in graphic design. He then pursued caricature drawing in high school, with his algebra teacher as an (unbeknownst) model. Kerry followed up his high school slog by earning two degrees in his subject of interest. He then officially began work as a graphic designer.

Soon, he started his own studio in Johnson City, Tennessee—Great Scott Design—using his middle name in the title. (“Great Kerry Design” just didn’t have the same ring.) More than 12 years of award-winning graphic design studio success followed.
Kerry felt his career choice was a wise one—a continuing visual oeuvre with very little math involved. But he thought, “What if I could teach others contemplating the same career choice?” So he helped to establish the B.F.A. in Graphic Design program at Methodist in 2007. Since then, Kerry has taught graphic design, typography, imaging, photography, and graphic design history courses and is a tenured Associate Professor. See some of his professional projects and his students’ work on his website at www.kerryscottjenkins.com.

Jenkins earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts in graphic design from Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, N.C., and his Master of Fine Arts in graphic design from East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, Tenn. He is the recipient of two print media “Best of Show” awards, two “Judges’ Choice” awards, and 68 ADDY® awards collectively across twelve annual Tri-City Metro Advertising Federation American Advertising Awards®.

Vilas Tonape

Vilas Tonape, M.F.A.

Chair, Art; Associate Professor of Art
Vilas Tonape
Vilas Tonape, M.F.A.

Chair, Art; Associate Professor of Art

B.F.A., Sir J.J. School of Art; M.F.A., Texas Christian University

Bio:

Vilas Tonape is an internationally recognized practicing artist, and as a professor he teaches in and chairs the department of art at Methodist University in Fayetteville, N.C. Tonape has been creating art for over thirty years and is a native of India. He received his BFA in Drawing and Painting with distinction from Sir J.J. School of Art in Mumbai. He earned an MFA in Painting from Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas. His work has been exhibited internationally, including venues in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Ontario and Bombay. Tonape has won numerous awards throughout the United States and India, and his work has been critically acclaimed. The Palm Beach Post says: “Tonape’s painting can be described as classically inspired, contemporary-realism—interpretive images that enchant the eye.”