Art Faculty

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
Vilas Tonape

Vilas Tonape, M.F.A.

Chair, Art; Associate Professor of Art
(910) 630-7106
Bethune 114
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, a native of India, has been creating art for over thirty years. He received his BFA in Drawing and Painting with distinction from Sir J.J. School of Art, University of Bombay, India. He earned an MFA in Painting from Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas, USA. He works in both figurative and nonrepresentational modes.

(910) 630-7106
Bethune 114
Jing Zhang

Jing Zhang, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Graphic Design
(910) 630-7042
Bethune 109
Jing Zhang
Jing Zhang, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Graphic Design

B.A., M.Phil., Jillin University; M.F.A., Ph.D., City University of Hong Kong

Bio:

Jing Zhang is Assistant Professor of Graphic Design in the Division of Fine and Performing Arts.  She primarily teaches Imaging for Graphic Design, Graphic Design Studio, Graphic Design Workshop, Photographic Media, and among others, at Methodist University.  Dr. Zhang’s areas of expertise include graphic communication, digital design, multimedia production, animation, healing graphics (incl. Graphic Medicine), and expressive art practice/ therapy.  Dr. Zhang’s work is provocative, thoughtful, and exhibits design at its best.  Her work embodies what Clive Bell called “aesthetic emotion” and “significant form” in a new and fresh way.  Her most recent publications include two book chapters with University Press of Mississippi on comics studies, in 2020 and ca. 2021, respectively. While working at University of Texas system, Dr. Zhang was both a winner of Accessibility Achievement Awards and a nominee of Faculty Excellent Award in service in 2019.  She was also an awardee of Procter & Gamble Fund: U.S. Higher Education Grant Program in 2018.  Dr. Zhang earned her Ph.D. in Creative Media and M.F.A. (a terminal degree) in Media Design and Technology from the City University of Hong Kong. She became an Adobe China Certified Designer and Macromedia (now Adobe) Qualified Web Designer in 2001. Dr. Zhang also finished her Expressive Art Therapy Summer Institution program from Prescott College (Arizona). She had been conducting Expressive Art Therapy workshops for acute and forensic patients in the Rio Grande State Center, a state hospital of Texas. She also coined the term and had been teaching “Healing Graphics” to humanities students in higher education by U.S.-Mexico border.

(910) 630-7042
Bethune 109