Meet VMCAD’s Digital Media College Faculty
Art and General Studies
Director of Art Studies
Any student will tell you that Mr. Melnick is one of the best! An art studies instructor, he teaches Anatomy and Figure Drawing, History of Art and Fashion Illustration. An instructor for more than 26 years, Mr. Melnick earned his Master of Fine Arts Doctoral in Studio Arts from the University of Notre Dame. He’s worked throughout Ohio and in Chicago teaching and working in art galleries.
Art Fundamentals and Basic Color Theory
Ms. Heston has more than 30 years of teaching experience. She has art published in several books and exhibits much of her solo work in art galleries throughout Pennsylvania and NE Ohio. She’s also a co-currator at the MD Garage Art Gallery in Cuyahoga Valley National Park and is President of the Board of Trustees of the Cuyahoga Valley Art Center in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio.
Art Fundamentals and Color Theory
Mr. Maday is a graduate of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He is the recipient of 12 awards, a Lewis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Grant among them. Mr. Maday has exhibited extensively in 33 solo and over 85 group exhibitions. His woodcuts, drawings, as well as paintings, both secular and ecclesiastical, may be found in numerous private and permanent collections in North America, Europe, and Australia. Specializing in custom site specific commissions, his work can be viewed at www.andrijmaday.com.
Anatomy & Figure Drawing, Art Fundamentals and Color Theory
Mr. Smith is a graduate of VMCAD and holds an Associate Degree of Applied Business in Interior Design. He serves on the board of the VMCAD foundation, and teaches the art fundamentals, color theory and anatomy & figure drawing courses. He also teaches Intro to Interior Design and Anatomy & Figure Drawing for ID. Mr. Smith owns the fine art firm Esoteric Painting Design located in downtown Cleveland. He specializes in faux painting techniques, and color consulting.
Small Business Mgmt, Advertising and Promotions, Salesmanship
Founder and Owner of Miracle Resources
Ms. Miracle is the founder and owner of Miracle Resources, a consulting, training and educational resource for businesses and non-profits. She specializes in teaching her clients and her students about advertising, promotions, branding, public relations, marketing and revenue development. Her clients include The Cleveland Clinic, The American Red Cross and Dunkin Donuts.
Mr. Kenney teaches still photography at VMCAD. He’s worked for various news outlets including the National Press and Sports Illustrated. He’s won more than 280 photography awards throughout his career and has work displayed in the Football Hall of Fame. He graduated from Capital University and was trained at the prestigious Rochester Institute of Technology in New York.
Business Law, Economics
Mr. Pearsall is a practicing Attorney with active licenses in both Ohio and Florida. He is a sole practitioner with an emphasis on Family Law, Criminal Law, Bankruptcy and Small Claims. He has also done Pro Bono work for Homeless Women’s Shelters. But Mr. Pearsall also enjoys using his creative talents through photography and web design. He does photography for various VMCAD events and has created several websites for his other hobbies – baseball and research on Internet Law, publishing an online journal called the Cyberbug Law Journal.
The men & women who comprise the VMCAD Digital Media department come from various professional backgrounds but share a love for teaching digital media techniques and processes to their students. They bring years of experience in the digital arena to the classroom and passionately share their knowledge and expertise. Contact us today to learn more about our digital media college for the 21st century.