Mrs. Brown

Renee Brown

Administrative Assistant 
Visual Arts Office 
Murphy Fine Arts 309
(443) 885 - 3020

Mrs. Brown is a native of Baltimore, graduated from Northwestern High School and earned an AA degree from Catonsville Community College in Graphic Design. Renee is pursing a BA degree in Graphic Design from Morgan State University. Renee is the Administrative Assistant in the Fine and Performing Arts Department.

Professor Blaise

Blaise Depaolo

Fine Arts Coordinator
Assistant Professor - Sculpture, Ceramics
Murphy Fine Arts 313

Professor Depaolo earned her MFA in Ceramic Sculpture from the Rochester Institute of Technology, School of American Craft. Her travels through Mexico and Central America have been a defining influence in her work, which has been exhibited nationally. A member artist of Baltimore Clayworks, Ms. Depaolo has been commissioned for numerous public art projects that include sculpture gardens, urban totems and public ceramic murals.

Professor Ken

Ken Royster
Associate Professor - Photography

Murphy Fine Arts 318

Professor Royster is an associated Professor of art. A Morgan alumnus with a MFA from the Maryland Institute College of art, Mr. Royster's photographs have been exhibited and collected by museums, such as the Baltimore Museum of Art and the Smithsonian Institution. Royster's work is often used by the print and broadcast media for its poignant affect. He is a member of the civic Design Commission of Baltimore and his awards include a Fulbright-hays Grant for work conducted in Namibia, Africa.

Dr. Johnson

Dr. Lori Johnson

Assistant Professor - Art History
Murphy Fine Arts 316

Dr. Johnson has a doctorate in art history with a specialty in modern and contemporary art. Her teaching interests are broad and include a comprehensive knowledge of not only modern European and American art, but also the history of landscape and industrial design, modern literature, critical theory and continental philosophy. In her research, Dr. Johnson focuses on the relationship between discourse and cultural practice with an emphasis on how art normalizes the operations of power through the representation of class, race, gender and sexuality. In the spring of 2014 she published an essay entitled, "A Dwelling Place: Sensing the Poetics of the Everyday in the Work of Pierre Bonnard," which appears in the critical anthology Heidegger and the Work of Art History published in the spring of 2014 by Ashgate Press. Currently, she is completing an essay on the African-American architect Julian Abele and his designs for Duke University for an anthology entitled From Slave Gardens to Black Wall Street forthcoming this fall by University of North Carolina Press. Dr. Johnson has participated in numerous conferences and symposia both in the United States and abroad including the annual conferences for the Association of Art Historians and the Modernist Studies Association, as well as Documenta.

Professor Briscoe

E. L. Briscoe

Lecturer - Illustration, Drawing, Painting
Murphy Fine Arts 314

Professor Briscoe was born in the town of LaPlata in Charles County, MD. Briscoe attended Charles County public schools and studied visual art at Charles County Community College (now, College of Southern Maryland), Morgan State University, ('95) B.A., Howard University, ('98) M.F.A. and at the University of Baltimore he studied Communications Design Theory. Briscoe is the creator and web master for and is also a member of the visual arts faculty at Morgan State University. Briscoe has exhibited his artwork at The James E. Lewis Museum of Art, the African American Museum in Dallas SoWeBo Gallery, Baltimore, The Creative Alliance, Baltimore, National Black Art Show, SOHO, NY, Art-O-Matic, Washington, D.C. and others. Briscoe has also curated exhibitions such as The Evolution of Depression; revisited, drawings by Larry Scott at the James E. Lewis Museum of Art, Energies and Entities, paintings by Doris C. Kennedy and Baltimore City Arts, Turning the Corner featuring the artwork of Eugene Coles, Don Griffin, Jeffery Kent, Larry Scott and Shinique Smith. 

Professor Guy

Guy Jones

Instructor - Painting, Drawing, Print Making
Murphy Fine Arts 317

Professor  Jones is a painter and alumnus of Morgan State University with a Masters from the Hoffberger School of Painting and the Maryland Institute College of Art. He also attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture and, more recently, the Schuler School of Fine Arts. Jones' work explores the ways in which a visual language articulates the perceptions made by the senses.

Professor Joe 

Joseph Coates

Instructor-Graphic Design and Photography

Professor Coates is a national and international award winning designer and design educator. His professional design activity focuses on typography, photography, sustainable design, and social design. He has a BFA from the California Institute of the Arts, an MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design, and was a Fulbright Fellow in Poland.