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Meet the Faculty for Curriculum / Collection at UMMA

In Curriculum / Collection, an incredible variety of University of Michigan courses take material form. Collected for each course are objects that address the nature of reality, imagination, and vision in relation to politics, social action, science, mathematics and more. The objects for each course were selected and curated in partnership with the University of Michigan faculty listed here.

Meet the Faculty for Curriculum / Collection at UMMA

Cathy Barry is a faculty member at the University of Michigan Stamps School of Art and Design in Ann Arbor. She received a Bachelors of Fine Art in Painting from the University of Michigan and a Masters of Fine Art in Drawing and Painting from Eastern Michigan University. Cathy's creative practice and research areas of interest lie in the natural world and the interdisciplinary fields of art and design, science and nature and climate conscious making. View Barry's course in Curriculum/Collection.


Dr. Matias del Campo is a registered architect, designer and educator. With Sandra Manninger he founded SPAN, a globally acting practice best known for their application of contemporary technologies in architectural production. Their award-winning architectural designs are informed by advanced geometry, computational methodologies, and philosophical inquiry. This frame of considerations is described by SPAN as a design ecology. Most recently Matias del Campo was awarded the Accelerate@CERN fellowship, the AIA Studio Prize and was elected into the boards of directors of ACADIA. He is Associate Professor of Architecture at Taubman College for Architecture and Urban Planning, University of Michigan. View del Campo's course in Curriculum/Collection.


Sascha Crasnow, Ph.D. is a Lecturer of Islamic Arts in the Residential College and Affiliate Faculty at the Center for Middle Eastern and North African Studies (CMENAS) and in the Arab and Muslim American Studies (AMAS) program. She received her BS Honors in Psychology from the University of Washington, her MA in Art History from CUNY-Hunter College, and her PhD in Art History from the University of California, San Diego. Her research focuses on contemporary art from the SWANA (Southwest Asian and North African) region, with a particular focus on issues related to contemporary socio-politics, critical race studies, and gender & sexuality. Her dissertation examined the effect of the inter-Intifada period and failure of the peace process on Palestinian art production after 2000. View Crasnow's course in Curriculum/Collection.


Dr. Ivo Dinov is SOCR Director and professor of Health Behavior and Biological Sciences, and Computational Medicine and Bioinformatics. He is an expert in mathematical modeling, statistical analysis, computational processing, scientific visualization of large datasets (Big Data) and predictive health analytics. His applied research is focused on informatics, multimodal biomedical image analysis, and distributed genomics computing. Dr. Dinov is a member of the Michigan Center for Applied and Interdisciplinary Mathematics (MCAIM) and a core member of the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center. Examples of specific research projects Dr. Dinov is involved in include longitudinal morphometric studies of development (e.g., autism, schizophrenia), maturation (e.g., depression, pain) and aging (e.g., Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease). View Dinov's course in Curriculum/Collection.


Adam Eickmeyer is a lecturer at U-M and the associate director of medical school education at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine. Adam was the academic director of the U-M Health Sciences Scholars Program, an interprofessional, undergraduate pre-health residential learning community, until September 2020. He has taught courses on the U.S. healthcare system, LGBTQ health, and the UK's National Health Service in London. He earned his BA in an honors individualized major and his MPH in Health Behavior and Health Education, both from the University of Michigan. After graduate school, he completed a policy fellowship with the Gill Foundation in Washington D.C., where he worked on policies to improve the health and wellbeing of LGBTQ Americans before returning to Ann Arbor in 2016. View Eickmeyer's course in Curriculum/Collection.


Dr. Maegan Fairchild joined the department in 2018 after completing her PhD at the University of Southern California. Her primary interests are in metaphysics and philosophical logic. Much of her current research focuses on the limits of radically permissive ontologies, the role of "anti-arbitrariness" in theory choice, and the status of weird and revisionary metaphysical views. In recent work, she has defended material plenitude; the view that there is a multitude of coincident objects wherever there is any material object. View Fairchild's course in Curriculum/Collection.


Larry M. Gant’s current work focuses on neighborhood-level change efforts in Detroit and the surrounding metropolitan areas. The co-operative work incorporates strategies and tactics inspired by collaborations with research colleagues sharing historical, social and political lessons learned from medieval postwar and postindustrial cities including Berlin, Glasgow, Amsterdam, Krakow, and Warsaw. Gant’s neighborhood-based prevention and promotion related work and research has been supported by the National Institutes of Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and numerous private foundations. View Gant's course in Curriculum/Collection.

Other Recent C/C Stories

We took advantage of our digital age and gathered a panel of Curriculum/Collection instructors and other field experts to discuss the possibilities of combining art practice and creation with emerging machine learning, or “artificial intelligence,” technologies.


Afternoon (Flowers, Girl and Butterfly) is a 1972 woodcut piece by Tadashi Nakayama, and is included in the Florilegium section of Curriculum/Collection. Click through this interactive version to learn more about Tadashi's artistic process, and well as the symbolism of the flowers in his work.


This wood sculpture, Bombardement de Bukavu, by Songa Kaseke was selected for inclusion in the Curriculum/Collection exhibition for Sascha Crasnow’s “Art and Resistance” class.