Loyola University Maryland

Department of Fine Arts

Studio Arts Faculty

Professor Mary Beth Akre, Professor

Professor Mary Beth Akre


Mary Beth Akre is a Professor in the department of Fine Arts at Loyola University Maryland. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Loyola College, a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Maryland Institute, College of Art, and a Master of Fine Arts from Radford University. Her paintings can be found in private, corporate, and public collections throughout the United States including Princeton Medical Center, the Lancaster Museum of Art, and the Johns Hopkins Medical Center at Greenspring Station.

Professor Billy Friebele, Assistant Professor

Billy Friebelewefriebele@loyola.edu

Billy Friebele is an Assistant Professor of Fine Arts at Loyola University of Maryland and an artist working in across disciplines. His work explores expanded notions of drawing using kinetic sculpture, digital tools, and drawing machines. He received a MFA from Maryland Institute College of Art. Billy has exhibited at the Baltimore Museum of Art, the Katzen Arts Center at American University, and the Orlando Museum of Art among other national and international venues. A recipient of the two-year Hamiltonian Fellowship for emerging artists, Billy is also a Maker-in-Residence at the MLK Jr. Library in Washington, DC. For more information, please visit: www.billyfriebele.com

Professor Christopher Lonegan, Affiliate Assistant Professor

Dr. Christopher Lonegan


Gina Pierleoni, Adjunct Professor


Gina Pierleoni

Gina Pierleoni uses portraiture to spark conversations about empathy and our common humanity. Her portraits push past label and judgments, attempting to "de-separate" us. Pierleoni has served as an Adjunct Professor (Harford Community College and TAI Sophia Institute of Transformative Leadership and Social Change) a Creative Consultant, and Guest Lecturer for over 25 years. She recently presented in Shenzhen, China and Werder, Germany. She joined Loyola University in 2019. Pierleoni received grants from the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, the Gottlieb Foundation and several from the Maryland State Arts Council. For more information, please visit: www.ginapierleoni.com

Dan Schlapbach, MFA

Dan Schlapbach, MFA

Dan Schlapbach, MFA, sees photography as a vehicle for student expression and intellectual discovery

Fine Arts
A collage of drawings of the human form with various cultural modifications
Course Snapshot

Exploring Studio Arts 303: Life Drawing

Students in this fine arts class examine the structure—and intellectual context—of the human anatomy.