Bernie Vinzani

Professor of Art and Book Arts

Education

Director of Art Galleries
B.S., M.F.A., Indiana State University

Contact Information

Phone: (207) 255-1279
Email: bvinzani@maine.edu
Location: Dorward B1

Areas of Expertise

Bernie Vinzani was born in Gary, Indiana. After completing his undergraduate and MFA graduate degree in Fine Arts, he was hired by Vincennes University as Assistant Professor of Art and was responsible for setting up a professional printmaking studio at the school. During this time he began making paper as an adjunct craft to teach his print students about the qualities of fine paper. In 1979, he joined Twinrocker Paper Inc. as a papermaker where he collaborated making editions of work for such artists as Robert Natkin, Claire Van Vliet, William Wegman, and Ansel Adams.

His own visual work was shown in such venues as the VI International Print Biennial, Cracow Poland, Twinrocker Papermakers, ARC Gallery, Chicago, Das Papier, Duren, Germany, and Paperworks, Caracas, Venezuela. In 1982 he moved to Downeast Maine where he established a small paper studio where he made specialty papers for art and book conservation. Institutional clients include: The Library of Congress, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Harvard University Libraries, and Northeast Document Conservation Center.

In 1987 he began teaching at the University of Maine at Machias where he became a part time regular faculty member and Art Gallery Director. In July 2010 he hosted the Paper and Book Intensive on the UMM campus. He is now Professor of Art and Book Arts and directs the Book Arts Workshop.

Vinzani’s work and has been featured in such publications as Hand Papermaking, The Book of Fine Paper, American Craft Magazine, Art New England and The Boston Globe. He has taught workshops at the Penland School of Crafts, North Carolina, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Maine, Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Colorado, The Southwest Craft Center, Texas, the International Paper Conference, Boston, and the Paper and Book Intensive, Michigan.

His work can be found in numerous public and private collections.

He currently teaches Art Foundation courses, Drawing, Book Arts, Papermaking, Printmaking and supervises UMM Senior IFA major projects.


Eugene C. Nichols

Professor of Music

Education

M.M., and M.M., Northern Illinois University
B.M., State University of New York at Potsdam

Contact Information

Telephone: 255-1229
Email: gnichols@maine.edu
Location: POW 201


Marcus LiBrizzi

Professor of English

Education

B.A., Bard College at Simon’s Rock
M.A., University of Maine
Ph.D., McGill University

Contact Information

Telephone: 255-1230
Email: mlibrizz@maine.edu
Location: Sennett 241


Tessa Mellas

Assistant Professor of English

Education

Ph.D., University of Cincinnati
M.F.A., Bowling Green State University
B.A., St. Lawrence University

Contact Information

Phone: (207) 255-1338
Email: tessa.mellas@maine.edu
Location: Sennett 237

Areas of Expertise

Magical Realism, the Fantastic, the Female Grotesque, Eco-Fabulism, Eco-Criticism, the Lyric Essay, Feminism, African American Literature, LGBT Literature, Creative Writing Pedagogy, Rhetoric and Composition, Literacy.

Tessa teaches composition, literature, and creative writing at UMM. She has recently taught literature courses on Feminist Fabulists, African American Authors, and Neil Gaiman. Her debut story collection Lungs Full of Noise won the 2013 Iowa Short Fiction Award and was published by the University of Iowa Press. Her fiction has appeared in journals such as StoryQuarterly, Gulf Coast, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Crazyhorse, and The Pinch, and in various anthologies.

She has presented at the Associated Writers and Writers Programs (AWP) Conference the last three years on eco-fabulism, publishing and promoting story collections, flash fiction, and multi-modality in the creative writing classroom.

Tessa is working on an apocalyptic novella-in-flash about beasts in Canada who are hunted down to solve food scarcity problems. These lyrical and fantastical flash pieces blend fiction and poetry. She is co-editing an anthology on eco-fabulism with fiction writer Alexander Lumans.

She curates the Maine Writers Series and serves on the Academic Affairs Committee. She enjoys figure skating, gardening, hiking, swimming, and vegan cooking. She has composting worms in her office. Bring your banana peels to class for the worms!


Gerard P. NeCastro

Professor of English & Humanities

Education

Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison
M.A., University of California-Riverside
B.A., Mercyhurst College

Contact Information

Phone: (207) 255-1293
Email: necastro@maine.edu
Location: Sennett 239


Part-Time Instructors

Arthur Hill

Associate Professor of Theatre

Jude Valentine

Assistant Professor of Art

Leslie Bowman

Assistant Professor of Art

Audra Christie

Assistant Professor of Art

Duane Ingalls

Instructor of Music

Barbara Lapham

Instructor of Music

Vicki NeCastro

Instructor of Music

Patricia Caya

Instructor of Music

Alan Cook

Instructor of Music

Kessie Smith-Marengo

Instructor of Dance