Meet our Faculty

Karen Willeto: Photography and Drawing Instructor

Degrees: MA Eastern Michigan University Photography, BFA Eastern Michigan University Teaching Areas: Fine Arts (Photography, Digital Photography, Image Editing, Art History, iPhone, Drawing) Yrs. at DC: 1981 to Present.

My passion for Photography stems from curiosity and response to inspiration around me. Photographs can show strong emotions and feelings that characterize periods in your life. It can be an expression or reflection of your ideas. My concept…. Be spontaneous and open to opportunities around you. Look for good light and always be ready to shoot.

 

Matthew Bollinger: Digital Arts Instructor

Degrees: M.F.A San Francisco Art Institute, M. Arch University of New Mexico

Matthew Bollinger is an artist and design professional. His work range includes painting, drawing, printmaking, and architectural public art.

Born in Germany and raised in Colorado and New Mexico, he received his M.F.A. in painting from San Francisco Art Institute in 2012 and his M.Arch from the University of New Mexico in 2010. His studio process stems from the intersection of art and architecture.

In the studio, Matthew’s works are conditioned by the architectural filters of site, section, and plan in a conceptual exploration of materials, place and technology.

 

Don Whitesinger: Painting and Design Instructor

Degrees: MAT- Rhode Island
School of Design Bachelors of Art (Studio Art)- ASU AA 2/D ART (Painting and Photography)- IAIA

My art epitomizes my strength, control, and personality. As a contemporary abstract artist, I spontaneously create art for the sake of art. My work represents both the energy and life of
my endeavors at Canyon de Chelly near Wild Cherry Canyon on the Navajo Nation. I think of the past of the Diné people and the modern art movements in the art world. I try to encourage students to think about the relationship of art, ecology, and their community. Art awareness of interdisciplinary connections, action oriented, and hopefully based on Diné social values. Living Art, tasting art, doing art is my life. I just have the credentials to teach Art. Art is your inner creative thought, that breath of life, that feeling that has not been seen, the search of essences and to make something tangible so to have a real presence.

It’s that grasp for that feeling of self worth. The scent of wet sage the earth moisture after she- rain has passed.

 

Paul Willeto: Dean of the School of Arts, Humanities and English

Degrees: Ed.D University of New Mexico, M.F.A University of Michigan Teaching Areas: General Humanities, Education and Fine Arts
Years at DC: 1981 to Present: Faculty, Department Chair, Dean of Instruction, and Branch Director Contact: pwilleto@dinecollege.edu

Personal Interests/ Pursuits: Music/or Musician/ Drawing/ Literature on Red Power Political Activism Personal Website: www.willetorecordsllc.com

 

Haesong Kwon: English Instructor

Degrees: Ph.D. Oklahoma State University; MFA University of Massachusetts Amherst

Haesong Kwon was born in Incheon, Korea. He teaches courses in Basic English, Composition, Literature, Creative Writing and Film. His chapbook, “Many Have Fallen,” is forthcoming from Cutbank Books.