Meet Our People
We are a diverse faculty committed to advancing creative scholarship and building a strong culture of innovation in our teaching studios. Our passion for art and design is informed by independent creative practice and energized through creative dialog and shared research.
Senior Instructor/Shop Technician
With U of I since 1997, Val is a senior art and design instruction teaching in a variety of media from sculpture, to print making.
He exhibits his work both nationally and internationally. His art combines interests in craft, sculpture, metals & jewelry, video, gender and the concept of play.
Dave Gottwald's current research builds on his MFA Thesis, ThemericaTM
Associate Professor, Foundations Coordinator
Stacy Isenbarger’s artworks incite viewers through dynamic interplay between media, space, and iconography.
Delphine Keim coordinates the graphic design emphasis of the art program at the University of Idaho.
Mike Sonnichsen is an Assistant Professor of Art and Design at the University of Idaho. His art production involves printmaking techniques and approaches as well as experimental photography and light driven work.
Born and raised in Japan, Nishiki Sugawara-Beda primarily works on 2D surfaces; however, continues to experiment with other visual languages, such as 3D expression and video.
Associate Professor, Program Head
Dr. Turner-Rahman’s current research and creative activity explores both the intersections of physical and virtual spaces and visual and experiential storytelling.
Jill Dacey is a retiree and Professor Emeritus from the U of I. During her time teaching, she specialized in textile design and information design.
Giese has been exhibiting his work since 1966, logging more than 235 group shows and 24 one-person exhibitions. His work is in numerous private and some public collections in the North America and Europe.
Over the years she has explored most of the county’s back roads, often stopping to sketch. When she retired, the first project she took on was to double down on learning more about the area’s history; she went to draw in small regional museums and sought out the oldest buildings in small towns.
Sally Graves Machlis is a retiree and Professor Emeritus of Art and Design and Art Education at the University of Idaho. During her time teaching, she specialized in elementary and secondary art methods and drawing and painting courses.
Bill Woolston is a retiree and Professor Emeritus from the U of I. During his time teaching, he specialized in Digital imaging, Photography, Visual thinking.