Faculty & Graduate Mentors

Our dynamic faculty and graduate mentors support our students through their diverse interests and fields of knowledge.

College Faculty

Conor McGrady

Conor McGrady

Dean of Academic Affairs | Head of Painting & Drawing

Conor McGrady is an artist from N. Ireland whose work examines the relationship between ideology and the politics of spatial control. Primarily executed in black and white, his often large-scale paintings and drawings explore various manifestations of social order and raise questions relating to the control of space, personal and national boundaries.
Dr. Áine Phillips

Dr. Áine Phillips

Head of Sculpture

Áine Phillips is a visual artist, writer, curator and academic based in Clare where she is head of sculpture at Burren College of Art since 1999. She has been exhibiting multi-media performance works, sculptural installation and video in Ireland and internationally since the late 80’s. Her work is socially engaged and she has created work for multiple contexts; public art commissions, diverse community contexts, the street and club events. Her work has also been presented in galleries and museums including TATE Britain, Stanley Picker Gallery & Performance Space London, TROUBLE Festival Les Halles Brussels, City of Women Festival Ljubljana, NON Festival Bergen, Kyoto Art Centre, Judith Wright Centre for Art Brisbane Australia, Tanzquartier Vienna, Moving Image Gallery and The Kitchen New York, National Review of Live Art Glasgow, Mozovia Art Centre Warsaw Poland.
Dr. Ruby Wallis

Dr. Ruby Wallis

Lecturer in Photography

Ruby Wallis completed her Ph.D. at The National College of Art and Design, Dublin in 2015 and a Masters in Documentary Photography from University Wales in 2007. She was artist in residence at The Irish Museum of Modern Art in 2016 and received an Arts Council’s Bursary Award in 2017. She was awarded first prize at Claremorris Open Exhibition and was nominated for the Prix Pictet Photography award in 2013. As well as The Burren College of Art, she also lectures at the National University of Ireland.
Dr. Eileen Hutton

Dr. Eileen Hutton

Art & Ecology Lecturer

Eileen recently received her PhD from the Burren College of Art and National University of Ireland, Galway. She also holds a Post-Baccalaureate Degree from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts (2008) and Bachelors in Fine Art from Flagler College (2007). Selected Group exhibitions include Lost and Found at the Hal Bromm Gallery in NYC, SRAM pART Project: Parts into Art into Aid, in NYC, Out of a Box at 126 and Sculpture in Context at the National Botanic Gardens in Dublin. She has also contributed sculptures to Jan-Erik Andersson’s Gesamtkunstwerk, Life on a Leaf in Turku Finland. Her most recent solo exhibition was at Siamsa Tire in Co. Kerry, Ireland.
Frank Golden

Frank Golden

Head of Creative Writing

Frank Golden was born in Dublin and has been living in the Burren for almost thirty years. His publications include the poetry collections; ‘gotta get a message to you (Salmon Publications) “In Daily Accord” (Salmon Publications), “The Interior Act” (Salmon Publications), “On Route To Leameneh” (Raven Arts Press), “In Partial Settlement” (Wiffle Press), and two novels, “The Two Women Of Aganatz” (Wolfhound Press) and ‘The Night Game’ (Salmon Fiction). He has written two screenplays WHERE TWO ROADS MEET, and THE CALLER both of which received Arts Council and Film Board funding.
Gordon D’Arcy

Gordon D’Arcy

Head of Irish Studies

Gordon is a leading expert in Irish heritage with an MSc in Environmental Science from Trinity College Dublin. He has a particular interest in the Burren, which he has researched extensively for many years and he is an authority who is regularly consulted and who leads field trips for students and visiting scholars.
Miriam de Búrca

Miriam de Búrca

Visiting Lecturer in Drawing

Miriam de Búrca is a visual artist who works primarily with film, video, drawing and installation. She studied at the Glasgow School of Art and Ulster University in Belfast, completing a BA (1996), MA (2000) and practise-based PhD (2010) in Fine Art. Her work deals with issues around identity, how this comes to be expressed through the marking out of territory, and how landscapes become shaped by power dynamics and the belief systems that uphold them. She has exhibited nationally and internationally in cities such as Dublin, Belfast, London, Berlin, Warsaw, Prague, Lisbon, Montreal and New York.
Tamaru Hunt-Joshi

Tamaru Hunt-Joshi

Lecturer in Art & Ecology

Tamaru Hunt-Joshi completed her PhD in Ecology in the Departments of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and Department of Entomology at Cornell University, Ithaca, NY. Her scientific background focused mainly on Plant Ecology and Entomology with her PhD research investigating the influence of root and leaf feeding herbivorous, biological control insects on a species of European wetland plant (purple loosestrife) that are invasive to North American wetlands.

Graduate Mentors

Peter Power

Peter Power

Graduate Mentor

Peter Power is Associate Professor, Chair, in Printmedia at School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
David Rayson

David Rayson

Graduate Mentor

David is Professor and Head of Programme, Painting in the School of Fine Art at the Royal College of Art, London.
Nigel Rolfe

Nigel Rolfe

Graduate Mentor

Nigel Rolfe is recognized as a seminal figure in performance art, in its history and among current world practitioners.

Research Fellows

Dr. Alexei Monroe

Dr. Alexei Monroe

Alexei Monroe is a London-based, non-aligned cultural theorist and writer. His book on Laibach and NSK has been published in Slovenia, America, France and Germany. In 2010 he co-organised and moderated an international 3-day symposium on the work of Laibach and NSK as part of Laibach’s 30th anniversary event, Red Districts, Black Cross. In October 2010 he was programme director of the First NSK Citizens’ Congress held in Berlin and edited the Congress book, State of Emergence. He was co-editor of Total State Machine (PC Press 2015), a major publication on the British industrial group, Test Dept. He writes on and reviews a wide range of electronic music. He was a member of the organising committee of the 2nd NSK State Folk Art Biennale held in Ireland in June 2016. In November 2016 his book, Autopsia Thanatopolis, on the Czech-based multimedia art group, was published by Divus. He is currently researching issues around the cultural reception of Brutalism and was a keynote speaker at the Nonument! architectural symposium held in Ljubljana in February 2018. Other current research interests include German techno, Kraftwerk, the connections between industrial music and British science fiction and the history of the Stag as a symbol. He runs the electronic music label VEB89 and is also active as a DJ.

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