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Meet the Art and Art History Faculty
David S. Efurd, Assistant Professor
B.F.A., Cornell University
M.A., University of Georgia
Ph.D., Ohio State University
Dr. Efurd teaches courses on Asian art and Western art. He holds a B.F.A. degree from Cornell University, an M.A. in art history from the University of Georgia, and a Ph.D. in history of art from the Ohio State University. With South Asia as his field of specialty, Efurd studies early Buddhist monasteries carved directly into the stone cliffs of western India. His research encompasses the interaction of peoples in the ancient western Deccan and the resulting artistic and architectural forms hewn from the living rock. A recipient of the Fulbright-Hays Award, Efurd has lived in India and traveled to many of the archaeological sites he teaches in his classes. His training in the arts informs his understanding of both ancient and contemporary artistic techniques.
Karen H. Goodchild, Associate Professor and Chair
B.A., University of Georgia
M.A., Ph.D., University of Virginia
Goodchild is a specialist in Italian Renaissance art. She also teaches courses in classical art, African art, and on the topic of gender and art.
Her current research interests include
century artist and art theorist Giorgio Vasari, intersections between early modern medicine and art, and landscape theory. Forthcoming articles include
“Bizarre Painters and Bohemian Poets: Poetic Imitation and Artistic Rivalry in Vasari's Biography of Piero di Cosimo" (in the Ashgate compendium on Vasari, ed. David Cast) and
“A Hand More
racticed and Sure: The History of Landscape Painting in Giorgio Vasari’s
Lives of the Artists
(in the journal Artibus et Historiae).
She also is the director of the Gender Studies Program at Wofford.
Alice Kay McMillan, Lecturer
B.A., Furman University
M.F.A., East Tennessee State University
McMillan teaches studio courses in two-dimensional design, drawing, and exploration of media. She has a B.A. from Furman University and the M.F.A. from East Tennessee State University with concentrations in drawing and weaving. Her work in watercolor was included in the National Arts for the Parks traveling show of 100 works for three years and was exhibited at the Smithsonian, as well as at other significant galleries in the U.S. Most recently, McMillan participated in the citywide college art faculty show at Chapman Cultural Center, and in the University of South Carolina Upstate faculty show at USC Upstate Curtis Harley Gallery. McMillan’s artwork involves a number of media. Recently she completed a book with more than 30 watercolors. In addition to professional pursuits, McMillan enjoys gardening, hiking, horseback riding, and being with family and friends.
Kristofer M. Neely , Assistant Professor and Coordinator of Studio Art
B.A., Wofford College
M.F.A., Goddard College
Neely teaches studio art courses, including environmental art and installation. Neely earned his M.F.A. in interdisciplinary art from Goddard College in Plainfield, Vt. As a student at Wofford, Neely was the 16th Presidential International Scholar. His work has been shared in recent solo exhibitions at Oxford Chapel of Emory University and the Wild Oats and Billy Goats Art Gallery in Atlanta, as well as Wofford's Martha Cloud Chapman Gallery. He has worked extensively throughout Spartanburg on community-based art projects, resulting in books, videos, paintings, performances, and site-specific art works.
In the studio he calls Wet Paint Syndrome, Neely experiments with mixed media and found objects to create both two-dimensional and three-dimensional art. He is particularly interested in artists who rely heavily on intuition, especially self-taught and outsider artists. Neely's commissioned work is included in several private collections.
Peter L. Schmunk, Mr. and Mrs. T. R. Garrison Professor of the Humanities
B.Mus., University of Washington
M.Mus., Ph.D., Ohio University
Dr. Schmunk teaches courses on 19th century, Baroque, and Medieval art, as well as the history of architecture. He holds B.A. and B.Mus. degrees from the University of Washington and the M.Mus. and Ph.D. in comparative arts from Ohio University. His interdisciplinary research on the influence of musical culture on 19th century painting has produced several articles and a book, "The Arts Entwined: Music and Painting in the Nineteenth Century." He is an avid hiker, backpacker, cultural traveler, and photographer. His photographs on architectural subjects have been exhibited at Mercer University and the Spartanburg Art Museum. Schmunk has led Wofford students on 16 travel-study projects during the January Interim term, most recently to France and Spain where participants walked 60 miles on the Medieval pilgrimage route known as the Camino de Santiago de Compostela.
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