Creativity @ SNU

Bachelor of Fine Arts alumna Miranda McFarland draws on Juanita's Gallery at her exhibition In Sight

Studio Art, Creative Writing, & Communications

Our faculty are exhibiting artists, working journalists, and award-winning authors. You will build a portfolio of your work with their close mentorship, and gain the skills to survive in the challenging field that is creative work. Entrepreneurial thinking is nothing new in the creative and communication arts. Learn to make a living as a creative while you work in an environment that has inspired generations. Our galleries host internationally known artists, and our own BFA students' shows, side by side. Our Fine Arts, Journalism, and Creative Writing students and faculty win awards and top graduate school spots across the country.

Join us. Exhibit, publish, create and innovate in materials from metal to clay, ink to the internet, and on screens big and small.

Learn about Studio Art, Creative Writing, & Communications @ SNU

Meet Your Mentors

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Christopher Anderson International Programs and ELL Coordinator; Associate ProfessorHumanities


Work Phone: 775-831-1314 x7555

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Donna Axton Music Program Chair; ProfessorHumanities; Fine Arts

Music, Clinical Psychology

Work Phone: 775-831-1314 x7586

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Shannon Beets Executive Vice President and ProvostHumanities

Work Phone: 775-831-1314 x 7405

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Russell Dudley Professor, Gallery DirectorFine Arts

Photography, New Genres

Work Phone: 775-831-1314 x7525Website:

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Suzanne Watts Gollery Chair, Department of Science and Technology; ProfessorScience & Technology


Work Phone: 775-831-1314 x7456

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Rosie Hackett Outdoor Adventure Leadership Program Chair; Associate ProfessorInterdisciplinary Studies; Humanities

Outdoor Leadership

Work Phone: 775-831-1314 x7499

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Mary Kenny Associate ProfessorFine Arts

Home Phone: 775-831-1314 x7515

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Robert King Honors Program Chair; Associate ProfessorHumanities; MFA in Creative Writing

Philosophy, Literature, Political Economy

Home Phone: 775-831-1314 x7493

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Brennan Lagasse Assistant ProfessorInterdisciplinary Studies; Science and Technology

Outdoor Leadership; Environmental & Social Sustainability

Work Phone: 775-881-1314 x7423

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Chris Lanier Associate ProfessorFine Arts

Digital Arts

Work Phone: 775-831-1314 x7421Website:

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Dan O’Bryan Associate Provost; ProfessorHumanities

Ethics & History

Work Phone: 775-831-1314 x7524

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Sheri Leigh O’Connor Chair, Fine Arts Department; Professor; Director of Summer Visiting Artist WorkshopsFine Arts


Work Phone: 775-831-1314 x7588Website:

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Rick Parsons Associate ProfessorFine Arts

Home Phone: 775-831-1314 x7587Website:

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Anne Shipley Professor EmeritusFine Arts

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Daryl Teittinen Assistant ProfessorInterdisciplinary Studies; Humanities

Outdoor Technical Training

Work Phone: (775) 831-1314 x7530

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Katie Zanto Interdisciplinary Studies Program Chair, Associate ProfessorInterdisciplinary Studies; Humanities

English, Outdoor Education

Work Phone: 775-831-1314 x7529

The areas of educational excellence at the Sierra Nevada College of Entrepreneurial Leadership are CREATIVITY (Studio Art, Creative Writing, & Communications), LEADERSHIP (Enterprise Creation and Management), and SUSTAINABILITY (the Environmental, Social, & Life Sciences).