Faculty/Staff Profiles

Kathleen DesmondKathleen Desmond, Professor
School of Visual and Performing Arts

Email: kdesmond@endicott.edu
Phone: 978-232-2253
Office Location: Center for the Arts
Office Number: 220


ART 105 Drawing and Composition
ART 106 Foundations of Design
ART 203 Time-Based Art
ART 237 History of Graphic Design
ART 300 Problems of Aesthetics
ART 303 Theory and Research in Visual Design
VC 105 Introduction to Computer Graphics
VC 116 Principles of Graphic Design
VC 225 Typography I
VC 302 Computer Animation
VC 310 Interactive Design
VC 322 Advanced Computer Animation
VC 480 Senior Internship
VC 489 Senior Thesis I
VC 490 Senior Thesis II

Biographical Profile

Biographical Profile

Dr. Kathy Desmond holds a Ph.D. in Philosophy, Aesthetics and Art Theory from the Institute for Doctoral Studies in the Visual Arts, an M.F.A. in Studio for Interrelated Media from Massachusetts College of Art, a B.F.A. in Sculpture from Kansas City Art Institute and studied at the Rhode Island School of Design. She teaches in visual communications and studio art.

Prior to joining Endicott, Desmond worked in the multimedia industry creating interactive designs for museums and corporate clients. She has taught classes at Massachusetts College of Art and Design and has been a visiting artist/critic at numerous institutions including MIT, MassArt, and Colorado State University.

Teaching and Learning

Professor Desmond teaches animation, typography, digital graphics, aesthetic discourse and history, as well as foundation courses that explore idea generation and development in art and design practice. At the same time, her classes emphasize that students must engage in critical thinking and writing (in both studio and theory coursework), which she sees as essential skills for artists and designers today.



Professor Desmond is on sabbatical leave for the spring semester of 2014.

In spring 2014, she is a visiting artist at the American Academy in Rome. She has been awarded a full fellowship for a month-long residency at the Vermont Studio Center. Dr. Desmond will present her paper “Dialogic Engagement and the Third in Contemporary Art Practice” at the 15th International Bakhtin Conference in Stockholm, Sweden in July 2014. 

Academic Research/Areas of Interest

As a visual artist, Desmond incorporates a range of media in her installations, including, drawing, video and sculptural elements. She often integrates the use of the interview and narrative in her artistic practice. Her academic research focuses on the role of dialogue and storytelling in contemporary art to promote viewer engagement.

She exhibits her work nationally and internationally in venues such as: the Art Gallery of Ontario (Canada), the Alternative Museum (New York), The Creative Arts Workshop (New Haven), Tufts University, The Nave Gallery and The Windows Art Project/Somerville Arts Council (Somerville, MA), the Instituto Allende (Mexico), and the Federal Reserve Bank Gallery (Boston, MA), among others. In addition, her video portraits have been screened at venues such as: The DoubleTake/Full Frame Film Festival, Hallwalls Contemporary Art Center, and CineWomen NY. Her work in the collections of The Lönnström Art Museum (Finland) and Electronic Arts Intermix.