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The Art and Design Department at CMU began its Artist-in-Residence program during the 2011-2012 academic year.

The goal of the A.I.R. initiative is to expose CMU students to unique artistic approaches and supplement the teaching of current faculty. The program provides a studio working environment and teaching opportunities for the selected candidate, and also encourages creative interaction between faculty, students, and the visiting artist.

Michael Garlitz, Fall 2014-present

Michael Garlitz is a ceramic-based studio artist who received his BFA from Colorado Mesa University and his MFA from the University of North Texas College of Visual Arts and Design. He teaches foundations courses at CMU. Garlitz's ceramic sculptures investigate the bonds and connections humans form, mingling natural surfaces and manufactured units.

Lily Cain, Spring 2014-present

Lily Cain is a printmaker, painter, mixed media, and installation artist who teaches foundations and printmaking courses at CMU. She received her BFA from Sonoma State University and her MFA from the Royal College of Art, London. Cain's work is about the transformative power women hold, combined with the fascination our culture has with ornamentation and the ability to "modify". She is represented by galleries in New York, London, and San Francisco.

KyoungHwa Oh, 2011-14

The first Artist-in-Residence selected to work with faculty and students was KyoungHwa Oh, a ceramic-based studio artist who is teaching both ceramics and foundation courses. She received her BFA from Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas and her MFA in ceramics from Southern Illinois University. Oh's life experiences and Korean cultural background are inspirations for her work, which encompasses the influence of traditional Asian values and modern Western society. Oh has been included in many juried and invitational shows throughout the US, and recently received Ceramics Monthly's 2012 Emerging Artist Award.

KyoungHwa Oh Colorado Mesa University Art Department

KyoungHwa Oh, Instructor of Art

KyoungHwa Oh Artwork CMU Art Department

KyoungHwa Oh, Artwork

KyoungHwa Oh Artwork CMU Art Department

KyoungHwa Oh, Artwork