Fine Arts Faculty

“The success of the SNC art department is due, in large part, to the passion, talent and ambition of the instructors… Together they provide students the unique opportunity to participate in a contemporary art dialogue rarely available outside major cities.”

Chérie L. Turner, Tahoe Quarterly

Department Chair

Photo of Sheri Leigh O’Connor
Sheri Leigh O’Connor Director of Summer Art Workshops, Professor, Chair of Fine Arts


Phone: 775-831-1314 x7588Website:


Photo of Donna Axton
Donna Axton Music Program Chair; Professor

Music, Clinical Psychology

Phone: 775-831-1314 x7586

Photo of Russell Dudley
Russell Dudley Professor, Gallery Director

Photography, New Genres

Phone: 775-831-1314 x7525Website:

Photo of Mary Kenny
Mary Kenny Associate Professor

Phone: 775-831-1314 x7515

Photo of Chris Lanier
Chris Lanier Associate Professor

Digital Arts

Phone: 775-831-1314 x7421Website:

Photo of Rick Parsons
Rick Parsons Associate Professor

Phone: 775-831-1314 x7587Website:

Photo of Julia Schwadron
Julia Schwadron Instructor; MFA-IA Program Coordinator

Painting & Drawing

Phone: 775-831-1314 x7492Website: Artist Website:

Sierra Nevada College's Fine Arts program offers majors in
2D Practices, 3D Practices, Digital Arts and Interdisciplinary Arts