General Department Description

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Aperture Foundation Partnership

Stuart B. Cooper Endowed Chair in Photography

Jan Meyer Traveling Fellowship

Photography Faculty

MICA photography faculty bring diverse interests and creative focus to the classroom through a range of methodologies and technical processes. Our faculty are working artists, exhibiting broadly and are the recipients of numerous prestigious grants and fellowships.  We value mentorship and build close relationships with our students. 

Nate Larson  


Department Chair

Nate Larson is the chairperson of the Photography Department and has been teaching at MICA since 2009. His projects, and his ongoing collaborative work as Larson Shindelman, have been widely exhibited across the US and internationally, including a commissioned solo exhibition for the George Eastman Museum (2019) and past solo exhibitions at Filter Space Chicago (2016), the Orlando Museum of Art (2013), Blue Sky Center for Photographic Arts (2012), and the Contemporary Arts Center Las Vegas (2011). He received his MFA from The Ohio State University in 2002.

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Regina DeLuise


Drawn to the ineffable and the curious nature of the real, Regina DeLuise explores the visual complexities of contemporary experience through interiors, still life, portraiture and landscape photography. She is moved by the power of the photographic image and its uncanny ability to embody the depth and richness of the human experience. Her images reveal a great love of the medium, the recognition of light, circumstance, and a need to roam toward the unknown. 

Regina works primarily with large format film photography and the platinum palladium process. She teaches the Body in Photography, Black and White II, Alternative Process, Palladium, and Senior Thesis.

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Jay Gould 



Originally from Minneapolis, Minnesota, Jay Gould received his B.F.A. in photography from the University of Wisconsin and his M.F.A. from the Savannah College of Art & Design in Georgia. His work, which integrates scientific topics into photographic projects, has won numerous national awards, such as the Berenice Abbott Prize for an emerging photographer, the Jeannie Pierce Award, and First Place at the Newspace Center for Photography’s International Juried Exhibition.

Gould also participates in the larger artistic community as a member of the faculty at the Maine Media Workshops, the Chair of the Society for Photographic Education’s SouthCentral regional board and as a frequent visiting lecturer at a variety of schools and conferences.

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Alexander Heilner 



Alexander Heilner is a multi-disciplinary artist who works in photography, video, digital imaging, installation, lighting design, and sculpture. His work has been exhibited, screened, and performed nationally and internationally, from MoMA to Burning Man. In 2012, he won the prestigious Baker Artist Prize.

Most of Alex’ photography consists of color landscapes. He is obsessed with the relationship between artificial and natural elements within the environment, and within our culture. 

He earned his B.A. at Princeton University and his M.F.A. from the School of Visual Arts in New York. He has taught full time at MICA since 2003, and he served as MICA’s Associate Dean for Design and Media Studies from 2011 to 2018. 

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Colette Veasey-Cullors  


Associate Dean for

Design & Media 

Colette Veasey-Cullors' photographic work throughout her career has continually investigated themes pertaining to socio-economics, race, class, education, and identity.

Colette is Associate Dean of Design & Media, as well as professor of photography at MICA. Before joining MICA's faculty in 2008, she was a tenured associate professor in the undergraduate program in photography at Howard University in Washington, D.C. Colette received her MFA in photography from Maryland Institute College of Art in 1996 and her BFA in photography from the University of Houston in 1992.

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Part-Time Faculty


Penny Forester 


Part Time Faculty

Penny Forester ('08) earned an MFA in Photography and Electronic Media from MICA in 2008 and a BA at Towson University in 1998.

Kottie Gaydos 



Kottie Gaydos ('10) earned an MFA at Cranbrook Academy of Art in 2016 and a BFA with MICA in 2010. She is also the Director of Operations, Curator, and Editor-in-Chief of Special Publications at the Detroit Center for Contemporary Photography.

Antonio McAfee 



Antonio McAfee is a photographer raised and based in Baltimore, MD. He received his BFA in Fine Art Photography from the Corcoran College of Art and Design and MFA from the University of Pennsylvania. He received a Post-Graduate Diploma in Art in Arts and Culture Management from the University of the Witwatersrand (Johannesburg, South Africa).


Open Studies Faculty


Heather Braxton

Open Studies Faculty

Heather Braxton is a Baltimore-based artist, educator, and activist. Her teaching centers around experimentation, hybrid practices, challenging cultural narratives, and ethics in photography. Her personal work ranges from darkroom, digital, video, and programming focused on boundaries in relation to person and space.

She loves all the methods of image making but is especially passionate about digital printing, darkroom printing, and experimental processes. 

Since graduating MICA PEM '16 she has taught classes in Black and White Photography, Digital Darkroom, Digital Photography, Cross Practice Critique, Interdisciplinary Photography, and more. 

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Pat Galuzzo


Open Studies Faculty

Pat Galluzzo is a Baltimore-based artist whose work focuses on environmental impact. His visual language takes form in darkroom and alternative process photography. He is the Director of Creative Technology at Baltimore School for the Arts.

Galluzzo earned an MFA in Photographic and Electronic Media from MICA in 2014 and had previously received a BA in Economics and Studio Art from the University of Vermont and worked in economic research, analysis, and modeling. He has assisted and built multiple darkroom spaces both in Baltimore and in the Northeast.

Jefferson Steele

Open Studies Faculty

Jefferson Jackson Steele is a photographer who lives in Baltimore, MD. He moved to Baltimore in 1989 to attend school at the Maryland Institute College of Art. Jefferson earned his BFA in fine art photography in 1992 from MICA, and has been working in Baltimore and beyond ever since. He has taught photography and book arts at Stevenson and Maryland Institute College of Art. 


Emeritus Faculty


Lynn Silverman  


Professor Emeritus

Open Studies Faculty

Lynn Silverman has lived on three different continents and cultures, including a 2010 Fulbright Fellowship to the Czech Republic. She started teaching at MICA in ____ and co-taught senior thesis for many years until she retired in 2020. She currently lives in Baltimore, Maryland and will be teaching large format photography through open studies. 

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Jack Wilgus 


Professor Emeritus

Jack Wilgus started teaching at MICA in 1968 and served as Department Chairperson for many years until he retired in 2008. He currently lives in Dallas, Texas.


Laurie Snyder 


Professor Emeritus

Laurie Snyder started teaching at MICA in 1993 and served as Department Chairperson from 2008 until she retired in 2012. She currently lives in Ithaca, New York.


H. Thomas Baird 


Professor Emeritus

Tom Baird started teaching at MICA in 1974 and served as faculty in the Photography Department until he retired in 2017. He earned a MICA Board of Trustees Award for Excellence in Teaching. He currently lives in Baltimore County, Maryland.