Faculty and Staff
Our team of working artists is here to help you succeed.
At DCAD, our faculty and staff demonstrate a tangible passion for art in both their personal lives and their work. Our faculty are working artists who exhibit their work across the globe and constantly seek out the best teaching methods for their students. When you join DCAD, you will benefit from lifelong relationships with established artists and art lovers.
Throughout her career, Lise has been a champion of the arts and has sought to innovatively engage diverse communities with art in meaningful ways. A native of Canada, Lise started her career developing and teaching art classes and workshops at community centers and museums including the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and the National Gallery of Canada. As the director of education at the Allentown Art Museum in Pennsylvania and through subsequent positions as the executive director of the Driehaus Museum, a decorative arts museum in Chicago and more recently, through her leadership of International Arts & Artists, an arts service organization based in Washington, DC, Lise has remained committed to fostering the personal and professional growth and goals of students, adults, and emerging and seasoned creative professionals.
Phone: (302) 622-8000 Ext. 208
Amy Bryan is an artist and educator from New Orleans, Louisiana. She is an adjunct instructor at DCAD teaching Introduction to Non-Western Art in the Liberal Arts Area. Other college classes she has taught include Introduction to the Visual Arts, Art History Surveys, African American Art, Drawing, Design, and Printmaking. As an artist, she focuses on drawing, photography, and mixed media art.
She has a Master of Fine Arts in Printmaking from Howard University in Washington DC and a Bachelor of Arts from Xavier University of Louisiana in New Orleans.
Fine Arts, Foundation Year
Aki Torii is a multidisciplinary artist whose artwork revolves around the theme of “home” as an endlessly transformative idea and entity. Her deep investigation of this idea manifests itself through various media such as painting, sculpture, photography, and video.
Torii has received her MFA degree from Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts (2008), and her BFA Painting degree from Indiana University – Bloomington (2005). She has participated in the Reel Venus Film Festival (New York, 2008), group shows such as “Instance, Instants and Distance” at Skybox Gallery (Philadelphia, 2008) and Solitary Pleasure at Slought Foundation (Philadelphia, 2010).
Torii teaches foundation classes at DCAD. Instructing traditional and digital practices. In addition, she is a teaching artist at The Print Center, Philadelphia Museum of Art, and Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts School and Museum in Philadelphia. She was selected as one of the “10 Philadelphia female artists you need to know” by online magazine PhillyVoice in April 2015.