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Art Faculty

The art faculty at Columbus State is made up of professionals in the fields of the applied and fine arts, offering students a wide range of creative disciplines to engage in.

S. Leeman:

I was selected as a finalist for the Miami University Young Painters Competition in 2006 and I am represented by galleries in the Short North and Philadelphia. My work, which reflects a love of materiality of paint and fascination with color, line and composition, grows out of my exploration of philosophical and spiritual concepts and my role in society as a woman. I work with oil paints, pastels, collage and mixed media on surfaces as diverse as wood, canvas and paper.

J. Beckman, MFA:

Ms. Beckman is well known in the Columbus community and throughout Ohio for her work as a feminist artist, art historian, educator and activist. She holds an M.F.A. in painting and drawing from Ohio University and is A. B. D. in art history from Ohio State University. Her work has been shown in solo and group exhibitions throughout the United States as well as in Italy and Denmark. Ms. Beckman has lectured and taught at school s and universities in New York City, Pennsylvania, Utah and New Jersey, in addition to the Ohio State University, Ohio University, Oberlin College, Kenyon College, Columbus Torah academy and Sherwood Middle School. She has been Director of the Bunte Art Gallery at Franklin University and of the Olin Art Gallery at Kenyon College. Presently she teaches Art and Art History at Columbus State Community College and the Pontifical College Josephinum.

I. Cross:

My teaching methods place importance on creative discovery. Students should be inquisitive toward their own visual experiences and make connections to their own ideas within an artistic framework. In developing a thoughtful approach to one’s own artwork, the student becomes aware of the concepts that promote creative problem solving. As an artist I have come to understand that making art involves balancing theory and creative action. As a teacher I want my students to cultivate a level of aesthetic sensitivity through observation, experimentation and good studio work habits.

G. Tangi, BFA, MFA, PhD:

Holder of a PhD in interdisciplinary arts from Ohio State University, Georgia Tangi has taught at Columbus State since 2001. As an artist-in-residence at Franklin University, she spearheaded a program to use art to teach creativity and flexibility to MBA students. She has received the Kentucky Painter Award and mounted one-woman shows in Columbus and Kentucky. Her work appears in the permanent collections at Ohio State's Department of Black Studies, Franklin, Columbus College of Art and Design, and numerous private homes and offices.

J. Wahling, BFA, MFA:

Jon Wahling has shown nationally and is included in museums and private collections in the United States. Educated both in Cranbook Academy of Art and Kansas City Art Instittue and School of Design. Currently Mr. Wahling is included in an oral history Web site sponsored by the Ohio Historical Society. View under Jon B. Wahling, career documentations, at

M. Smith, BFA, MFA:

A native of Russia, Mariana Tcherepanova-Smith has taught art at Columbus State since 2005. She holds BFA degrees from Moscow College of Applied and Industrial Arts and Columbus College of Art and Design, as well as an MFA in printmaking from Cornell University. She has provided freelance illustrations for publishers and businesses, and displayed work at galleries in Columbus and New York state.

G. Baer, BFA, MFA:

Ginnie Baer holds a BFA from Ohio State University and an MFA in painting and printmaking from Virginia Commonwealth University. Her work explores the history of objects and adds her own ideas about their future. “Memories, collecting and escapism suggest other sentiments and ideas of loss, nostalgia, reflection, humor, tenderness, loneliness and fragility,” Baer writes. “My work navigates through these concepts sometimes treading lightly, other times sinking in and searching thoroughly.”


J. Scoville, MFA, BM:

Since coming to Columbus State Mr. Scoville has worked extensively in interdisciplinary scholarship and has taught a spectrum of humanities courses from art and music history to the complete sequence of World and Western Civilization courses. Currently teaching studio art courses. His most recent scholarship includes: Warhol, Postmodernism, and Reality, presented at the 2007 Conference on Visual Literacy (Mansfield College, Oxford), and Rethinking Social Reality Through the Arts, presented at the 2006 Conference on Global Awareness in Prague, the Czech Republic. He was also a contributor to Dialogues with Boulez, edited by Rocco Di Pietro, Scare Crow Press.