COS Art Department

Faculty & Staff

Full-time Faculty

Richard Peterson

Professor of Art

studio painting
digital painting

Richard Peterson received his BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute and his MFA Cum Laude from the Instituto Allende/Universidad De Guanajuato, Mexico. He teaches drawing, painting, digital painting and lithography. He has organized or co-organized 5 portfolios “Y Chromosomes”, ”Beat for Jesus”, “Androdexterous”, “the Kansas City Experience” and “Terror Firma”. He has been a visiting artist at University of Louisiana, Lafayette; California State University, Humboldt; California State University, Chico; California State University Fresno; California State University, Long Beach; the Kansas City Art Institute and Virginia Commonwealth University where he was a presenter at Southern Graphics Council 2008 Conference demonstrating sharpie marker lithography. He has received the National Drawing Association’s Award of Excellence, the Dewar’s Young Artist recognition award for excellence in Painting/Printmaking in the State of California. He has been exhibited in more than 100 solo/juried exhibitions. He holds a U.S. patent for digital lithography, patent number 5,778,790.

Allyson Sullivan

Professor of Art History

art history
art appreciation
gallery studies

Allyson Sullivan received her M.A. in Art with an emphasis in Art History from California State University, Fresno. Her approach to the field of Art History was shaped by the study of Renaissance and Baroque iconography and gender studies. She has a B.A. in French from California State University, Fresno and studied abroad for one year through International Programs in Aix-en-Provence, France. She participated in a foreign study Art History tour that showcased Italian Renaissance and Baroque Art in Milan, Florence, Siena, Lucca, Orvieto, and Rome. To further her knowledge of French, she completed a French language immersion session at the Centre Éducatif in Montréal, Canada.

Ms. Sullivan has been teaching Art History and Art Appreciation for COS since 1993 and has also taught for Reedley College, Fresno City College and California State University, Fresno. She has completed coursework in the field of secondary education and has worked in a team teaching environment for LISTO at COS as well as the Honors Program at Fresno City College.

Ms. Sullivan serves the college community of COS as the Curator/Coordinator of our Art Gallery, Fine Arts Division Curriculum Representative, and Honors Program Instructor. To foster connections with the curriculum, she has also organized field trips for Art History and Exhibition, Design Gallery students to the Getty Center in Los Angeles, Malibu Getty Villa, California Palace of the Legion of Honor and Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco, Fresno Art Museum, Tulare Historical Museum, Clark Center for Japanese Art and Culture, and Arts Visalia. ​

Last Updated: 9/28/2016 2:16 PM