Professor Nathan Peck at Saint Xavier University

Art and Design

Art and Design Faculty


Black and white headshot of Professor Nathan Peck
Office: VAC A-218
Phone: 773-298-3876

Nathan Peck
MFA, Associate Professor, Department Chair

Nathan Peck is a digital art professor at Saint Xavier University and maintains a relentless exhibition schedule in a wide range of art media. After graduating from the Intermedia program at the University of Iowa, he has since employed the philosophy of cross-media-hybridization, especially in terms of site-specific and process-based approaches to art making. Peck has been an active member of many collaborative and performance art groups in Chicago and is a co-founder of the Chicago Art Department.

Headshot of Professor Alison Fraunhar
Office: VAC A-217
Phone: 773-298-3083

Alison Fraunhar
Ph.D., Associate Professor

Dr. Fraunhar teaches courses in Modern and Contemporary, Latin American and Women's Art and Film Studies. She has published numerous articles on Cuban visual culture and is presently at work on a book manuscript examining the intersection of race and gender in Cuban national identity.

Headshot of Monte Gerlach
Office: VAC A-221
Phone: 773-298-3082

Monte Gerlach
M.S., Professor Emeritus

Monte Gerlach still teaches courses in photography and digital imagery. In his free time he is a professional photographer with local and national clients. His latest photographic projects are infrared landscapes and a series he calls Salvation and Destruction. Gerlach is the author of several books: The Ballet of Violence, The Flash of Recognition, and Street Portraits. Additionally, he has published photographs in numerous journals and magazines. Currently, he is working on a third book titled On Display, Observations by Monte Gerlach.

Headshot of Associate Professor Jayne Hileman
Office: VAC A-216
Phone: 773-298-3080

Jayne Hileman
MFA, Associate Professor

Jayne Hileman teaches courses in design, sculpture, and collage and assemblage. She acts as Art Education Coordinator for Art and Design, and also teaches Art Education Methods. Her studio practice includes three-dimensional constructions, working on a graphic novel, and contributing both visual mapping and written commentary to Notes for a Peoples Atlas, published by AREA Chicago.

Headshot of Professor Cathie Ruggie Saunders
Office: VAC A-220
Phone: 773-298-3087

Cathie Ruggie Saunders
MFA, M.A., Professor, Gallery Director

Cathie Ruggie Saunders teaches courses in Printmaking, Drawing, Artists Books, Children's Book Illustration and the capstone Art and Design thesis course Senior Seminar each spring. She is the Director of the SXU Gallery and the VAC Student Gallery. Her own artistic practice focuses upon the production of hand-printed, illustrated and bound limited edition artists' books under the imprint of The Hosanna Press. She has recently co-authored "For the Love of Letterpress, A Printing Handbook for Instructors and Students", published by Bloomsbury of London, and selected as a text in several letterpress curriculum across the country.

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Brent Wall
MFA, Professor Emeritus

Professor Wall, now retired, taught courses in painting and drawing. His interests are rooted in the work of the French colorists of the School of Paris in the late 19th century, mixed with a healthy enthusiasm for the homegrown Chicago notion about making art from the stuff of life.

Adjunct Faculty

Marie Cassidy
Office: VAC A-214
Phone: 773-298-3088

Sandra Mendez
Office: VAC A-214
Phone: 773-298-3088