Crosshatch Galleries Exhibits Committee
The Crosshatch Galleries Exhibits Committee is comprised of faculty and staff of the Baylor Libraries and the Department of Art and Art History, each of whom has a background in art, museums, exhibits, or marketing and communications.
SHA TOWERS | Associate Dean of Research and Engagement and Librarian
Sha Towers is the art librarian for the Baylor University Libraries, where he also serves as curator of the Baylor Book Arts Collection, theatre librarian and Associate Dean for Research & Engagement. In 2007, he launched the Baylor Book Arts Collection, which now includes over 1,200 one-of-a-kind and limited-edition artists’ books. He serves as the curator for this collection and has been instrumental in integrating artists’ books into various courses in studio arts and art history as well as non-arts courses and public experiences.
Sha is also an artist working in book and calligraphic arts and his work appears in private and prestigious special collections across the United States. He has curated and shown work in international juried exhibitions across the United States.
His artist’s books are represented by 23 Sandy Gallery (Portland, Oregon); Abecedarian Gallery (Denver, Colorado); and Vamp and Tramp Booksellers (Birmingham, Alabama). You can see more of his work on Instagram (@shatowers) and Etsy (ArtOfLettersStudio).
LISA FEHSENFELD | Visual Resources Curator, Department of Art and Art History
Lisa attended NYU’s Tisch School in the Master’s of Cinema Studies: Moving Image, Archiving, and Preservation program. She holds her BA from Stephens College. Prior to coming to Baylor, Lisa worked at ARTstor in New York where she worked with many museums and private collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, MOMA, National Gallery London, the Rijksmuseum, the Lichtenstein Foundation, and the Rothko Estate, to organize and digitize their collections. Prior to that she worked in editorial and advertising photography and participated in various arts organizations either as a volunteer or board member.
WINTER RUSILOSKI | Assistant Professor, Department of Art and Art History
Winter Rusiloski, Assistant Professor of Art-Painting at Baylor University, holds an MFA in Painting from Texas Christian University and BFA from Kutztown University of Pennsylvania with a dual major in StudioArt-Painting and Related Arts-Dance. She studied with University of Georgia in Cortona, Italy and at the Hungarian Academy of Fine Arts in Budapest.
Rusiloski joined Baylor as Professor of Painting in the fall of 2016 following 12 years of teaching at the college/university level.
Since joining Baylor University, Winter Rusiloski has had six solo exhibitions and more than 20 national and international juried exhibitions, winning numerous national and international awards including best of show. Additionally, she has participated in more than 50 invitational exhibitions in the last ten years and curated numerous exhibitions. Rusiloski’s work is in public and private collections throughout the United States. Artspace 111 in Fort Worth, Texas and Mary Tomas Gallery in Dallas, Texas represent her work.
ERIK SWANSON | Exhibits Curator and Coordinator, University Libraries
Erik Swanson graduated from Gettysburg College with a B.A. and received his M.A. in Museum Studies from Baylor University. He was an intern at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library during his undergraduate years. He is the Baylor University Libraries Exhibitors Curator and Coordinator and is currently the President of the Museum Association of Waco.
ERIC AMES | Assistant Director, Marketing & Communications, University Libraries and ITS
Eric earned a B.A. in Public Relations from Texas Tech University and an M.A. in Museum Studies from Baylor University.
A Baylor Libraries staff member since 2005, Eric is the curator emeritus of the Baylor University Libraries Digital Collections and the author of three books on Waco history: "Images of America: Waco" (2009), "Images of Modern America: Waco" (2016) and "Hidden History of Waco" (2020).
As Assistant Director of Marketing & Communications for the Libraries, he is responsible for managing the marketing strategy for the Moody and Jones Libraries, Research & Engagement, LATS, The Texas Collection, and the Institute for Oral History.
Since 2011, Eric has been an adjunct lecturer in the graduate program in the Museum Studies department. His courses include Archival Technology and Digital Collections Management (MST 5326) and Outreach and Community Relations (MST 5312).
ALISON LARSON | Library Information Specialist IV, University Libraries
Alison has a M.A. in Art History, University of North Texas, a M.S. in Library Science, University of North Texas, and her B.A. in Art History from Texas Christian University.
Before coming to work at Baylor in 2012, Alison taught Western Art History survey classes at Lee College (Baytown, TX), TCU, Tarrant County College, and Central Piedmont Community College. She also has museum experience at the Kimbell Museum in Fort Worth, the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, and the Heritage Society in Houston in the library, education, and collections divisions. Alison has a life-long love of art and enjoys the opportunity to help out with the Crosshatch galleries!