Summer Seminar Faculty

Martin Garhart, Art

Martin Garhart has worked as an artist/teacher for the past 45 years, including 31 as Professor of Studio Art at Kenyon. His works reside in more than 40 institutions, including the British Museum, Library of Congress, and the Smithsonian Institute. Garhart now splits his time between a studio in Powell, WY, and a cabin/studio in the Black Hills of South Dakota. A self-proclaimed “blue collar artist,” he continues to paint, write, and make prints, and serves as President of the Board of Directors for Plaza Diane Community Center for the Arts in Powell.

Stephen Knott, History

Dr. Stephen Knott is a Professor of National Security Affairs at the United States Naval War College in Newport, RI. Prior to accepting his position at the Naval War College, Knott was Co-Chair of the Presidential Oral History Program at the Miller Center of Public Affairs at the University of Virginia. He also served for seven years as an Associate Professor in the Political Science Department at the United States Air Force Academy. His books include “The Reagan Years”; “Alexander Hamilton and the Persistence of Myth”; “Secret and Sanctioned: Covert Operations and the American Presidency”; “At Reagan’s Side: Insiders’ Recollections from Sacramento to the White House”; and “Rush to Judgment: George W. Bush, the War on Terror, and His Critics.” His most recent book, “Washington & Hamilton: The Alliance that Forged America,” was published by Sourcebooks in 2015.

Ellen Leerburger, Music

Ellen LeerburgerEllen Leerburger is a museum educator, art historian, and interpretive exhibit designer who has worked with museums and cultural institutions throughout the country and internationally for over twenty-five years. She began her career at the MoMA working on their groundbreaking Andy Warhol retrospective and has been deeply involved in the worlds of modern art, pop culture, and music for her entire life. Some of Ellen’s previous clients include the National September 11 Memorial and Museum, The Lower East Side Tenement Museum, and the art museums of Cornell and Duke Universities, among others. In addition to MoMA, Ellen has worked in the education departments of the Jewish Museum, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, and as Senior Interpretive Manager for Lee H. Skolnick Architecture + Design Partnership. She has a BA from Kenyon College and a MA in Museum Education and Leadership from Bank Street College of Education and is a frequent guest lecturer, most recently at the Corcoran School of Arts and Design.

David Smay, Music

David SmayDavid Smay is the author of the book Swordfishtrombones for Bloomsbury Press in their renowned 33 1/3 series, and the co-editor, with Kim Cooper of two books Bubblegum Music Is The Naked Truth and Lost In the Grooves. In a thirty year career as a writer and editor, he has covered every nook of popular culture from being an editor at alternative comics publisher Fantagrahics, to publishing a critical analysis of early sixties horror movies for the website HiLobrow. He has been a contributor to Oxford American, appeared on NPR’s Talk of the Nation, had his work turned into documentaries, and contributed to a history of popular music for Canal+.

Ted Walch, Film

Ted WalchWhen Ted Walch graduated Kenyon in 1963, he went on to study theater at Yale University and Catholic University of America, where he received his MFA.  Walch has taught at St. Albans School (Washington, D.C.), The Branson School (Ross, CA), and he is currently in his 27th year at Harvard-Westlake School (Los Angeles), where he teaches Cinema Studies, Philosophy, and Theater. Walch served as Artistic Director for Gambier Summer Playhouse (1966-67) and Kenyon Festival Theater (1979-1984). He and Paul Newman (’49) produced and directed the opening of the Bolton Theatre in 1978. Three years ago Walch was honored with an academic chair at Harvard-Westlake in his name–The Ted Walch Endowed Chair for Performing Arts and Cinema Studies. Recently Walch spent a week at Kenyon lecturing on film to World Cinema and Intro to Film. He returns often to Gambier.


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