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.

Blaise DePaolo

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

Blaise DePaolo earned her MFA in Ceramic Sculpture, with a minor in glass, at the Rochester Institute of Technology, School of American Craft, in 1997. She did her undergraduate work at the Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington. DePaolo's travels to Mexico and Guatemala, touring Mayan ruin sites, have been a defining influence on her work. She has exhibited nationally, is an associate artist at Baltimore Clayworks and has work in numerous private collections. DePaolo is also a community-artist; she has designed and delivered programs for diverse populations throughout Baltimore and the State of Maryland. She has numerous public art projects throughout Baltimore City.

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. 

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. 

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. 

Iman Djouini

Instructor - Photography
Murphy Fine Arts 315

Iman Djouini (b. Algiers, Algeria) is an artist and educator. She received a Master of Fine Arts in Printmaking from Tulane University and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting and Art History from The Maryland Institute College of Art. Her research-based practice explores the employment of language and design as tools for shaping perception. She critically investigates theoretical frameworks like binary opposition, delineation and compartmentalization in contested cultural and political histories. Recent works have looked into uses of symbolism found in arrangements like flags, textiles, tile pattern and text. Valuing the importance of teaching, Djouini has lead printmaking and design courses that nurture a critical dialogue with the next generation of artists, designers and thinkers.

Ismael Carrillo

Assistant Professor - Illustration, Graphic Design, Computer Graphics
Murphy Fine Arts 318

Professor Carrillo studied visual art in Barcelona, Spain with a MFA from IDEP Barcelona, Escola Superior d'Imatge i Disseny/ Abat Oliba University. He has been working as a visual artist & art educator for well over two decades. His artwork have been published by, among others, Playboy Magazine (Spain), Courrier International (France), Disney Publishing Group (Spain), El Periódico de Catalunya (Spain), El Jueves Magazine (Spain), EATN Magazine (Germany, UK, France) The Washington Times (U.S.A). As a Concept Artist, he also worked for clients like the XV Summer Olympic Games of Barcelona, The Liceu Opera House Barcelona, The Washington GALA Theater, Capital Fringe Festival, and Barcelona Fashion Week. In 1995 he was invited to teach illustration courses at Escola Bau and IDEP Barcelona, where he stayed for more than a decade teaching graduate and undergraduate levels. Later he moved to the Washington area and worked as a digital instructor at the Art Institute of Washington, and taught at the illustration department at the Maryland Institute College of Art, as well as at the Fine Arts Department of the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design at the George Washington University, Washington D.C.

Award of Excellence given by The Society Of Newspaper Design, Excellence Award given by The Illustrator Club of Washington, Virginia, Maryland, and Excellence Award given by the Communication Arts Illustration Annual.