Meet the Faculty

Brian Bishop, MFA

Program Coordinator; Associate Professor

BFA, Memphis College of Art; MFA, Cranbrook Academy of Art


Professor Bishop is the Program Coordinator for the Department of Art and Music where he teaches painting and drawing. Prior to joining the faculty at Framingham State University in 2008, he taught at The University of Alabama, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, The University of Memphis, and Memphis College of Art. In addition to his teaching experience he has also served as Director and Curator of the Art Workers Union/Plan B Gallery in Memphis and as Director of Exhibitions at Memphis College of Art.

He has exhibited his work in twenty-six states and abroad. Samples of his studio practice can be found on his personal website:

Barbara Milot, MFA, MA

Program Advisor; Professor

BFA, MA, University of Massachusetts, Amherst; MFA, MA, State University of New York, Albany


Professor Milot is the Program Coordinator and Advisor for the Master of Education with a Concentration in Art. She teaches a variety of courses at the University. She has her own artwork displayed on

Marc Cote, MFA


BA, University of the Arts; MFA, University of Connecticut


Marc Cote teaches a variety of graduate and undergraduate art courses at Framingham State University. He has displayed his own artwork in many local, national, and international venues. To view his work, visit Professor Cote's website

Dr. Erika Schneider

Assistant Professor

BA, Mount Holyoke College; MA, Boston University; PhD, Tyler School of Art at Temple University


Professor Schneider teaches the art history survey, modern and contemporary art history as well as museum studies. Her specialty is nineteenth-century American art; her dissertation subject was “Starving for Recognition: The Representation of Struggling Artists in America, 1800-1865.” Before coming to FSU in 2007, she taught at Tyler School of Art at Temple University, Moore College of Art and Design, Cornish College of Arts, and the University of Delaware. She has also worked in numerous museums including the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Seattle Art Museum, and Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

Recent publications focusing on French Symbolism include “Talisman for the Symbolist Movement: Puvis de Chavannes’ Hope” in Symbolist Objects: Materiality and Subjectivity at the Fin-de-Siècle, ed. Claire O’Mahony, England: Rivendale Press, 2009 and “Against the Tide: Paul Gauguin’s Watery Women and Their Symbolist Legacy” in Symbolism, Its Origins and Its Consequences, ed. Rosina Neginsky, Newcastle upon Tyne, England: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, (expected 2010). She is also working on a contemporary topic: “The Politics of Tagging: Shepard Fairey’s Obama” in Obama-Mania: Critical Essays on Representations of President Barack Obama in Popular Culture, ed. Nicholas Yanes and Derrais Carter, Jefferson, NC: McFarland, (expected 2010).

Keri Straka, MFA

Visiting Assistant Professor

BFA, Western Washington University; MFA, MassArt


Keri Straka is a ceramic artist with a BFA from Western Washington University and an MFA from MassArt. She has exhibited nationally and internationally, and has work in the Big Roc Sculpture Garden and the American Museum of Ceramic Objects permanent collections. Her work has appeared in the Boston Globe, Art New England, Clay Times, Five Hundred Vases book, and Five Hundred Ceramic Sculptures book. She is an assistant professor of art/ceramics at Framingham State University. To view Professor Straka's artwork, visit her website.

Cheryl Adams, MAT

Visiting Instructor

BFA, Massachusetts College of Art; MAT, University of Massachusetts, Amherst


In addition to teaching at Framingham State University, Cheryl Adams is also the Department Head of Art at Quabbin Regional High School. She has been a member of the Massachusetts Art All-State Steering Committee since 1993 and has also presented at many educational workshops and conferences. Cheryl teaches a variety of undergraduate and graduate art courses for the University.