Art Faculty and Staff

Todd Matteson

Mr. Todd Matteson

Department Chair, Associate Professor of Art


Todd was born in Washington, Indiana and attended the University of Evansville for his Bachelor of Science Degree (95). He was a studio assistant under Professor Les Miley from 1997-1999 while working at UE. In January of 2000, Todd started his Masters of Art degree in Ceramics at Purdue University. After graduating from Purdue in 2002, he became an Adjunct Instructor at Ivy Tech State College in Lafayette, IN as well as the Ceramics Instructor and Studio Technician at the West Lafayette Museum of Art. Todd was accepted into the Master of Fine Arts in Ceramics program at Kansas State University in 2004 and received his degree in 2006. During this time, he was an adjunct instructor at Washburn University. Upon graduation, Todd landed his first full-time professorship at Lourdes University, Sylvania, OH. Todd spent 9 years there as Assistant and Associate Professor as well as the Chairperson of the Art Department. He oversaw the Pre-Art Therapy, Studio Arts, and Art History programs in his final 3 years there. Todd was an elected representative of Faculty Senate at Lourdes and chaired numerous senate subcommittees. He was an officer in the Toledo Federation of the Arts Society, a member of the Sylvania Arts Commission, and sat on boards of other Toledo area art organizations. In 2015, Todd returned to UE to teach Ceramics, Sculpture, and Foundation courses. He is currently Associate Professor and serves as a Faculty Senate Subcommittee member of Fiscal Affairs and Promotion and Tenure. He was Co-Chair of the Strategic Vision Committee Goal 5. He is a member of the Education Advisory Council, as well as serving on their Curriculum Committee for Art Education. Todd serves on the Martin Luther King Jr. planning committee as well. He is a member of the NCECA (National Council for the Education of Ceramic Arts) and the Arts Council of Southwestern Indiana.
Ralph Larmann

Mr. Ralph Larmann

Professor of Art

Room 203, Krannert Hall of Art and Music

Professor Larmann teaches painting and art general education courses, exhibits paintings nationally, and writes art texts for college and advanced placement high school art programs worldwide.

Students in his painting course have worked in a many painting media including oils, acrylics, encaustic, egg tempera, casein, watercolor, and mezzo fresco. General education courses Introduction to the Visual Arts is an overview focusing on visual literacy and Introduction to Studio Art is a survey of art studio materials and techniques. His paintings have been included in international shows at the Kinsey Institute at Indiana University Bloomington and UE branch campus Harlaxton College in the United Kingdom. National group exhibitions include Art at the X, Xavier University, where he won the Best of Show Award earning a solo exhibition in the University's Gallery. Other solo exhibits include Indianapolis Museum of Art, Loyola University Chicago, and the Dayton Visual Arts Center. Professor Larmann is the coauthor of Gateways to Art, Journal for Museum and Gallery Projects, and the Thames & Hudson Introduction to Art, all published by Thames & Hudson and distributed by W. W. Norton in the United States. Gateways to Art has been translated into Mandarin Chinese and Korean.

He has received the Berger Award for Excellence in Scholarly Activity and twice served as Visiting Professor at Harlaxton College.
Stephanie Frasier

Mrs. Stephanie Frasier

Professor of Art

Room 202, Krannert Hall of Art and Music

Stephanie Frasier earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in graphic design from Indiana State University and a Bachelor of Science in Art with an emphasis in graphic design from the University of Evansville. She is a Professor of Art.

While a student at UE, Professor Frasier interned at an agency that offered her a full-time position. Upon graduation, she worked her way through several advertising agencies up to the level of Senior Art Director. During her agency employment she worked on national and international accounts such as Microsoft, Motorola, Mead Johnson/Bristol Myers, Kimball International, Papa Johns, and many others. Her work has won numerous awards including a prestigious Addy Certificate of Excellence before returning to UE in 2001 to teach.

As a Visual Communication Design Educator, Professor Frasier has over 29 years of graphic design industry experience (agency and freelance) as a designer, photographer, artist and illustrator. She teaches undergraduate design students by engaging them in an environment focusing on real-world problems that encourage effective, creative and innovative solutions. In 2017 she received the Dean's Teaching Award.

As an artist, Professor Frasier is an award-winning photographer and illustrator who manipulates her images in various computer programs. She also experiments with a variety of printing methods. Her work is included in many juried exhibitions and private collections. Some of her recognitions include “Best of Show” 2010 Olive Tree Arts Exhibition and “1st Place Photography” 2011 Inspired Women in Art Southwestern Indiana Arts Council Exhibition. She also remains very active professionally through her freelance design business, where she produces work mostly for non-profit organizations.

Adjunct Faculty

Corliss Chastain

Ms. Corliss Chastain, BS, MFA

Gallery Director / Adjunct, Drawing

Corliss Chastain's roots are in the Mid-West, where she received her BS from Indiana State University and her MFA in Painting and Sculpture from Southern Illinois University. She continued her career in Maine as an Artist/Educator with the University of Maine, University of New England, University of Southern Maine, Capital Area Technical Center, and Maranacook High School. In 2014, Corliss relocated to Evansville where she teaches for the University of Southern Indiana and the University of Evansville, for which she is also the Director of UE Art Galleries. Corliss is a Mixed-Media Artist with an international exhibition record and work in private, museum and university collections. She has also received recognition for her work as an Artist and leader in Art Education from institutions that include the Fulbright Foundation, Marie Walsh-Sharpe Foundation, Quimby Foundation, Maine College of Art, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Kansas City Art Institute, the Maine Art Education Association, and the National Art Education Association.
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Mr. Kyle Darnell, BFA, MFA

Adjunct, Printmaking

Kyle Darnell is an artist/author from San Diego California. His work resides in the storytelling aspect of relief printmaking focusing on urban legends, popular culture, and the grand cosmic perspective. Kyle received his BFA in Studio art from Culver-Stockton College in 2010 and his MFA in Studio Art from East Tennessee State University in 2013.
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Mrs. Nancy Lockyear, BFA, MFA

Adjunct, Life Drawing

Nancy Lockyear is a figurative artist from New Orleans, LA, via the Midwest. Nancy's work focuses on using classical techniques in charcoal and painting, then incorporating this into contemporary expression. Ms. Lockyear is also involved in philanthropy, and has worked with arts and learning programming for inner city children. Her artwork has been exhibited in the Tri-State area as well as nationally, including the traveling Mid-States Exhibition and "No Dead Artists" in Louisiana. Nancy is a UE alumni and received her Maste's in Fine Art from the University of New Orleans.
Valerie Milholland

Mrs. Valerie Milholland, BS, MA

Adjunct, Pre-Art Therapy


Valerie Milholland is a Registered Art Therapist from DeMotte, Indiana. Her classes apply theory to real world experience through her work at Evansville Psychiatric Children's Hospital-where she has worked for 27 years. Area's of expertise include creative development, adolescent individuation, compassion fatigue, and creating social change with art. She earned her BS in Art Therapy at the University of Evansville in 1994, and her Master's in Expressive Therapies at the University of Louisville.
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Mrs. Sara Rhoades, BS, MA

Adjunct, Metals and Jewelry

Since 2006, Sara owns and is the Lead Designer of S.K. Rhoades Contemporary Jewelry, The Confectionery Sweet Soap, & BLOOM Artisan Candles. She creates custom products, artwork, and jewelry for an international client base. Previous positions she has held include: USI Communications & Events Coordinator for the USI Foundation and USI Fine Craft Curator at the New Harmony Gallery of Contemporary Art.


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Mrs. Carol McCraney


Administrative Assistant

Room 50, Schroeder School of Business Building