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Aperture Foundation Partnership

Stuart B. Cooper Endowed Chair in Photography

Jan Meyer Traveling Fellowship

Photography Faculty

MICA photography faculty bring diverse interests and creative focus to the classroom through a range of methodologies and technical processes. Our faculty are working artists, exhibiting broadly and are the recipients of numerous prestigious grants and fellowships.  We value mentorship and build close relationships with our students. 

Jay Gould

Department Chair 


Originally from Minneapolis, Minnesota, Jay Gould received his B.F.A. in photography from the University of Wisconsin and his M.F.A. from the Savannah College of Art & Design in Georgia. His work, which integrates scientific topics into photographic projects, has won numerous national awards, such as the Berenice Abbott Prize for an emerging photographer, the Jeannie Pierce Award, and First Place at the Newspace Center for Photography’s International Juried Exhibition.

Gould also participates in the larger artistic community as a member of the faculty at the Maine Media Workshops, the Chair of the Society for Photographic Education’s SouthCentral regional board and as a frequent visiting lecturer at a variety of schools and conferences.


Nate Larson

full time Faculty


Nate Larson has been teaching at MICA since 2009. His projects, and his ongoing collaborative work as Larson Shindelman, have been widely exhibited across the US and internationally, including a commissioned solo exhibition for the George Eastman Museum (2019) and past solo exhibitions at Filter Space Chicago (2016), the Orlando Museum of Art (2013), Blue Sky Center for Photographic Arts (2012), and the Contemporary Arts Center Las Vegas (2011). He received his MFA from The Ohio State University in 2002.




Part-Time Faculty


Adriana Monsalve

Part time faculty

Adriana Monsalve (she/they) is an artist, educator, cultural worker and collaborative publisher working (mostly) in the photobook medium. Along with Caterina Ragg, Monsalve is co-founder of Homie House Press, a radical cooperative platform that challenges the ever-changing forms of storytelling with image and text.

Within her photographic practice, Monsalve is an archivist and visual communicator who produces in-depth stories on identity through the nuances in between race, gender, and immigrant adjacent experiences.

Micah E Wood

part time faculty

Micah E. Wood (he/him) is a Photographer & Musician based out of Baltimore, MD. His portrait photography flows with the vibrancy of the Baltimore music scene. Exploding with color, the work builds a sense of belonging and intimacy to the subject that can only be achieved by a thorough understanding of the specialness and sense of place in Baltimore. His portrait work from 2012-2016 culminated in his book ‘Features’, in which Micah turns his gaze adoringly on his favorite artists. Over the past seven years, Micah has only continued to document individuals of the microcosmic Baltimore music scene, such as emerging indie artists such as Snail Mail to underground post punk bands to electropop legend Dan Deacon.

Chan T Chao

part time faculty

Chan Chao (he/him) was born in Kalemyo, Burma. He has published three photography books, “Burma: Something Went Wrong,” “Letter form PLF” and “Echo.” Chao’s Burma portraits were featured in the 2002 Whitney Biennial (New York, New York). His photographs has been exhibited at Yancey Richardson Gallery in New York, New York, G Fine Art in Washington, DC and Mark Moore Gallery in Santa Monica, California. Chao’s photographs are in the permanent collection of Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, The National Gallery of Art, Baltimore Museum of Art, The Whitney Museum of American Art, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Huston Museum of Fine Art, The Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The Denver Art Museum, Museum of Photographic Art, Asian Society Museum and LaSalle Bank Photography Collect


Zak Arctander

part time faculty

Zak Arctander (he/him/his) is an American artist who makes pictures and films. His work has been exhibited at Fraenkel Gallery in San Francisco and Tower B in Downtown Brooklyn. Arctander worked as printer, retoucher, AC and digital tech for the artists Gregory Crewdson and An-My Lê. He has taught at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, Yale University Art Gallery, Yale School of Art and Williams College.

Kottie Gaydos 

Part time Faculty


Kottie Gaydos ('10) earned an MFA at Cranbrook Academy of Art in 2016 and a BFA with MICA in 2010. She is also the Director of Operations, Curator, and Editor-in-Chief of Special Publications at the Detroit Center for Contemporary Photography.



Emeritus Faculty


Regina DeLuise

Professor Emeritus

Originally from Brooklyn, NY, Regina DeLuise has taught full time at MICA since 2007. She works  with 8 x 10, large format film photography and the platinum, palladium process. Regina is a Guggenheim Fellow and has spent the major part of her career represented by Bonni Benrubi Gallery in NYC. Most recently she has received Fellowships at the Bogliasco Foundation in Bogliasco, Italy, MASS MoCA, North Adams, MA, and is the recipient of the 2019 Meredith Moody Residency at Yaddo in Saratoga Springs, NY.

Her work is included in private and public collections including the Museum of Modern Art and Metropolitan Museum of Art in NY, Brooklyn Museum, Art Institute of Chicago, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Houston Museum of Fine Art, and The Canadian Centre for Architecture in Montreal. 
Regina's work explores the visual complexities of contemporary experience through interiors, still life, portraiture and landscape photography. She is moved by the power of the photographic image and its uncanny ability to embody the depth and richness of the human experience.  Regina received her BFA from SUNY Purchase and her MA from Rosary College, Graduate School of Fine Arts in Florence, Italy.

Alexander Heilner 

Professor Emeritus

Alexander Heilner is a multi-disciplinary artist who works in photography, video, digital imaging, installation, lighting design, and sculpture. His work has been exhibited, screened, and performed nationally and internationally, from MoMA to Burning Man. In 2012, he won the prestigious Baker Artist Prize.

Most of Alex’ photography consists of color landscapes. He is obsessed with the relationship between artificial and natural elements within the environment, and within our culture. 

He earned his B.A. at Princeton University and his M.F.A. from the School of Visual Arts in New York. He has taught full time at MICA since 2003, and he served as MICA’s Associate Dean for Design and Media Studies from 2011 to 2018.

Lynn Silverman  

Professor Emeritus

Open Studies Faculty

Lynn Silverman has lived on three different continents and cultures, including a 2010 Fulbright Fellowship to the Czech Republic. She started teaching at MICA in 1999 and co-taught senior thesis for many years until she retired in 2020. She currently lives in Baltimore, Maryland and will be teaching large format photography through open studies.

H. Thomas Baird 

Professor Emeritus

Tom Baird started teaching at MICA in 1974 and served as faculty in the Photography Department until he retired in 2017. He earned a MICA Board of Trustees Award for Excellence in Teaching. He currently lives in Baltimore County, Maryland.

Tom passed away in the spring of 2021 and we hold his legacy in our hearts.

Laurie Snyder 

Professor Emeritus

Laurie Snyder started teaching at MICA in 1993 and served as Department Chairperson from 2008 until she retired in 2012. She currently lives in Ithaca, New York.


Jack Wilgus 

Professor Emeritus

Jack Wilgus started teaching at MICA in 1968 and served as Department Chairperson for many years until he retired in 2008. He currently lives in Dallas, Texas.





Professor Emeritus Lynn Silverman is featured in the "Found Cities, Lost Objects" exhibition at the Leeds Art Gallery in the UK!

From the Gallery:

Explore the urban environment through the eyes of women and gender non-conforming artists in an Arts Council Collection touring exhibition curated by Turner Prize-winning artist and cultural activist Lubaina Himid CBE.

Found Cities, Lost Objects addresses themes ranging from safety and navigation to concepts of belonging and power. It acknowledges the privileges which allow some people to roam freely, while also considering the boundaries that may curb the experiences of others. The works shown encourage you to reflect on your everyday experiences and your relationship with the built environment. How do the buildings, streets and neighbourhoods you inhabit shape you and your life? Can you envision an inclusive city which is welcoming for everyone?

The exhibition features works from the Arts Council Collection and Leeds Art Gallery’s collection together with works by artists based in Leeds and Yorkshire. Artists featured include: Dani Abulhawa, Manuela Amey, Phyllida Barlow, Chloë Brown, Sophie Calle, Hackney Flashers, Helen Cammock, Helen Chadwick, Rebecca Chesney, Jesse Darling, Milena Dragicevic, Michelle Duxbury, Feed, Anthea Hamilton, Mona Hatoum, Young In Hong, Leeds Animation Workshop, Yve Lomax, Markéta Luskačová, Melanie Manchot, Caroline Mardon, Sam Metz, Lisa Milroy, Jade de Montserrat, Maggie Murray, Krissi Musiol, Matrix Feminist Architecture, Cornelia Parker, Pavilion, Phyllis Pearsall, Susan Philipsz, susan pui san lok, Tai Shani, Lynn Silverman, Nicola Singh, Hannah Starkey, Magda Stawarska, George Storm Fletcher, Rhea Storr, Anne Tallentire and Elizabeth Wright.

Generously supported using public funding from Arts Council England and Leeds City Council.