James has been a full time photographer and graphic designer at FGCU since 2001. His current role is the University Photographer in the Marketing and Communications Department. James proudly creates photos used throughout the University for publications, websites, branding, and social media. He is the advisor for the FGCU Photography Club and Car Club.
Jake Hand is a graduate of the University of Tennessee, first in Architecture then in Fine Arts. He went on to receive his MFA from the University of Florida and exhibits his work nationally. Upon moving to Bonita Springs, Florida in 2005, Jake spent 10 years as the Education Director at the Center For the Arts of Bonita Springs. During his time there he also taught adult classes in painting, pastels and fused glass as well as youth camps in various 2d arts, interior design and video. Jake currently teaches drawing and painting courses at Florida Gulf Coast University.
Before joining FGCU in 2010, Cori Montoya was on faculty with Bowling Green State University and Colorado State University (Senior Instructor Art History), where she was awarded Teacher of the Year in 1998.
Ongoing areas of research include the natural world as depicted in art, concepts of the divine feminine, Upper-Paleolithic art and culture in Europe, and petroglyphs/petrographs of U.S. Southwest
Montoya is also an amateur naturalist and avid traveler.
Master of Arts, Art History 1991 University of Oregon Specializing in Ancient Greece and Bronze Age Aegean. Thesis “The Offering Table from Thera and Problem of the Marine Style.” Secondary areas of emphasis include Northern Renaissance, European Baroque and 20th Century
Bachelor of Arts, Humanities 1987, Magna Cum Laude, Mesa State University
Study Abroad: Cambridge University UK, Christ’s College 1982. British History and Literature
Greek and Roman Art, 20th Century Art, History of the Visual Arts I and II, Art Appreciation
2009: Session Moderator for Third Annual BGSU Art History Symposium: New Perspectives in Visual Culture. April 18th 2009
2008: Session Moderator, “Beholding Violence: A Conference of Medieval and Early Modern Culture” BGSU February 2008
2000: “Art Travel in France” Stanley G. Wold Faculty Lecture Series, CSU
1998: “Thera, Plato’s Lost Atlantis?” President’s Distinguished Donors Foundation, CSU
1993: Organizer, Front Range Art History Symposium, hosted by Colorado State University
Additional Course Development (selection)
2014- present: Development Contributor ARH 2000, pioneering Art Appreciation e-learning course.
2006-2010: Art and Culture of Japan
1999-2005: Freshman Seminar -Enigmas of Antiquity: The Mystery and Relevance of Ancient Mediterranean Cultures
1992-present: Survey of World Art, Global Perspective I and II, Prehistory to 20th century
1996-present: History of Modern Art and Culture
2011-present: Senior Show Critique Participant, Art Major Senior Project, FGCU
2007-2009: Curriculum Development and Revision Project, Art History Area, BGSU
2003-2005: Development Committee, Senior Examination, CSU Art Department
1997-2001: Faculty Advisor, Student Organization for the Visual Arts, CSU Art Department1991-1992: Research Historian, Denver Art Museum, Ancient Collection