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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. 

Nate Larson  

Department Chair

Nate Larson is the chairperson of the Photography Department and 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.

Regina DeLuise


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.

Jay Gould 


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.

Alexander Heilner 


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.

Colette Veasey-Cullors  

Associate Dean for

Design & Media 

Colette Veasey-Cullors' photographic work throughout her career has continually investigated themes pertaining to socio-economics, race, class, education, and identity.

Colette is Associate Dean of Design & Media, as well as professor of photography at MICA. Before joining MICA's faculty in 2008, she was a tenured associate professor in the undergraduate program in photography at Howard University in Washington, D.C. Colette received her MFA in photography from Maryland Institute College of Art in 1996 and her BFA in photography from the University of Houston in 1992.


Part-Time Faculty


Penny Forester 

Part Time Faculty

Penny Forester ('08) earned an MFA in Photography and Electronic Media from MICA in 2008 and a BA at Towson University in 1998.

Kottie Gaydos 


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.

Antonio McAfee 


Antonio McAfee is a photographer raised and based in Baltimore, MD. He received his BFA in Fine Art Photography from the Corcoran College of Art and Design and MFA from the University of Pennsylvania. He received a Post-Graduate Diploma in Art in Arts and Culture Management from the University of the Witwatersrand (Johannesburg, South Africa).




Open Studies Faculty


Pat Galluzzo

Open Studies Faculty

Pat Galluzzo is a Baltimore-based artist whose work focuses on environmental impact. His visual language takes form in darkroom and alternative process photography. He is the Director of Creative Technology at Baltimore School for the Arts.

Galluzzo earned an MFA in Photographic and Electronic Media from MICA in 2014 and had previously received a BA in Economics and Studio Art from the University of Vermont and worked in economic research, analysis, and modeling. He has assisted and built multiple darkroom spaces both in Baltimore and in the Northeast.

Jefferson Steele

Open Studies Faculty

Jefferson Jackson Steele is a photographer who lives in Baltimore, MD. He moved to Baltimore in 1989 to attend school at the Maryland Institute College of Art. Jefferson earned his BFA in fine art photography in 1992 from MICA, and has been working in Baltimore and beyond ever since. He has taught photography and book arts at Stevenson and Maryland Institute College of Art.


Emeritus Faculty


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.

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.