Meet VMCAD's Fashion Design School Faculty
Fashion Design Dept Head
Ms. Gannon has been teaching fashion design at VMCAD since 1978 and has held the position of Department Chair since 2003. Earning her degree from VMCAD, she is well trained in the Haute Couture method of design, and has 45 years experience in the fashion field. She is a key instructor in the pattern making, draping, sewing, and fitting classes. Ms. Gannon has worked in the fashion design industry throughout NE Ohio, designing career wear and swimwear, creating made-to-measure garments and producing fashion shows. She has worked for major big-box retailer at both the retail and corporate levels and as a workshop artist for Parade the Circle. She is a member of Fashion Group International, American Apparel and Footwear Association, and the Cleveland Museum of Art. Ms. Gannon stays actively involved in the community and engages her students in area projects so they will learn the vital skills necessary to succeed in their field.
Fashion Design Instructor, Sewing
Theatre Costume Builder & Wardrobe
Ms. Hargrave has been trained in the Haute Couture method of design, earning her diploma from VMCAD in 1997. She works in the costume department of a local theater doing costume build for their shows. She says she loves theater and the creativity needed to design costumes for the stage.
Instructor for Interior Design, Fashion Design, and Fashion Merchandising
Matthew is a graduate of Case Western Reserve University specializing in 19th century French painting. While working on his M.A. he developed an original course examining the interconnected history of music and art from the Greeks to the 20th century. He also studied studio arts and architectural history while earning his undergraduate degree at Cleveland State University. Professionally, Matthew has presented papers on such topics as the significance of Wagnerian opera on post-impressionism and Robert Arneson’s Jackson Pollock inspired ceramic works. Matthew also has over 10 years of experience in high-end picture framing and installation, designing original frames for works by Picasso, Rauschenberg and Sol Lewitt. Matthew teaches History of Art, Costume, and Architectural Interiors as well as Art Fundamentals and Color Theory.
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 taught still photography at VMCAD. He worked for various news outlets including the National Press and Sports Illustrated. He 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.
Fashion design classes and programs at Virginia Marti College of Art & Design feature hands-on education and training from dedicated teachers in the fashion industry, committed to helping their students achieve the skills and perspective necessary to be successful contributors to the marketplace of ideas in the world of Fashion.
Contact us today to learn more about our fashion design school located in the center of northeast Ohio.