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College of Fine Arts names new directors, associate dean

Oct. 2, 2007
By Anita Martin

The College of Fine Arts has announced five leadership appointments: Jody Lamb, associate dean of the college; David LaPalombara, director of the School of Art; Michael Parkinson, director of the School of Music; William Fisher, interim director of the School of Theater; and Steve Ross, interim director of the School of Film.

Lamb had served as director of School of Film since 2004 and prior to that was assistant director of the School of Art. An art historian, he specializes in 19th century art -- primarily London's late Victorian and Edwardian art -- and the history of photography. He founded the Historians of British Art, a professional organization of British art scholars and students, and has directed several fine arts education abroad programs in Great Britain. 

In his new role, Lamb oversees college graduate programs, coordinates the summer program and is responsible for IT-related and Aesthetic Technologies Lab support, among other things. He also hopes to expand and improve the college's international programs.

"I look forward to working with colleagues within the college that I have not previously had the opportunity to meet, and with Dean (Chuck) McWeeny, who has a very clear understanding of how our college can continue to flourish," Lamb said.

Lamb takes over for Donna Conaty, now director of the School of Music at San Diego State University.

LaPalombara comes to Ohio University from Antioch College, where he chaired an interdisciplinary arts and humanities department. Having served as both a Rome Prize Fellow and a Fulbright Fellow in Italy, he returned to Rome recently as a visiting artist at the American Academy to continue research on spatial perception. His art has been exhibited and reviewed in Canada, Italy and various U.S. cities.

"Ohio University interested me because of the caliber of people and programs here," LaPalombara said. "I am happy to be among such energetic colleagues as we work toward the approval for our MFA in graphic design and enhance opportunities for interdisciplinary study."

LaPalombara succeeds Professor Emeritus of Art Joe Bova, who served as interim director during this past year's search. 

Parkinson previously served as chair of the Webster University Department of Music in St. Louis, where he directed the Big Band and "Mini" Big Band and performed with various ensembles. He also has served as director of the International Summer Jazz Academy in Poland and received the Jess Cole Award from the Missouri Unit of the International Association for Jazz Education. 

"The Ohio University School of Music is a solid institution, recognized for its high quality on a national and international level," Parkinson said. "I hope to boost our scholarship programming, enhance alumni relations and broaden the scope of our marketing."

Allyn Reilly, who had served as interim director of the School of Music, remains at Ohio University as a professor of music.

Fisher, an associate professor of theater, came to Ohio University in 1991 from the Theater School at the California Institute of the Arts to head the Ohio University BFA acting program, now known as the theater performance program. In the mid-1990s, Fisher was appointed to represent the College of Fine Arts on the University International Council, and in 2000, he founded the Global Theater Institute program in Croatia and London. Until last year, he also directed the university's London Fine Arts Study Program. 

Fisher succeeds Bob St. Lawrence, who is on leave this quarter and expects to return to the faculty winter quarter.

Ross, an associate professor of film, has been a cinematographer and filmmaker for more than 25 years. He recently completed the documentary "Liberia: A Fragile Peace," whch is in worldwide distribution. He also was cinematographer and co-director of "Fishers of Dar" (2001), an award-winning portrait of life in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Prior to his arrival at Ohio University in 2002, he taught filmmaking for eight years at Wesleyan University. 

"The School of Film provides a vibrant film studies component along with the filmmaking track," Ross said. "I'm excited this year to welcome the largest first-year class in film studies and to continue to develop filmmakers with craft and original vision."

Ross replaces Lamb, now associate dean of the college.


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