Faculty & Staff: Summer 2017


Eric T. Caldwell, Ph.D., Director. Eric teaches Romantic and Victorian literature at Sweet Briar College, and is an Assistant Professor of English. He is the former First Vice-President of the McGuffey Art Center in Charlottesville, Virginia, where his sculpture studio resided from 2008 to 2016. Eric is experienced in a wide variety of media--from glass to found objects, metals to wax--and is currently exploring figural sculpture in wax, clay, and copper. He has taught classes in stained glass at the McGuffey Art Center, and through the University of Virginia’s Continuing Education Program. He and his family live on the campus of Sweet Briar College. His sculpture website is here.

Chair of Sound design/ Music composition

Joshua Harris, Ph.D., is a composer from Pilot Mountain, North Carolina. He holds degrees from Appalachian State University, Brigham Young University, and the University of North Texas, and is currently an Assistant Professor of Music at Sweet Briar College. His music is grounded in a fascination with visual art, textures, sound spectra, non-linear narratives, and extreme temporal manipulations, and has been heavily influenced by studio techniques of electroacoustic composers. He also gets much of his inspiration from films and television, especially sitcoms. His work has been performed throughout the United States as well as South Korea.

Chair of Studio Art

Annie Waldrop, M.F.A., is a painter and sculptor from Roanoke, VA, and holds degrees from VCU and the Maryland Institute College of Art. An active member of the NYC art scene, her hats were regularly sold at Henri Bendel and Bloomingdales. Since moving back to Virginia, she has been actively teaching and showing her art. She has recently had a major solo exhibition at The Turchin Center at Appalachian State University, and has two upcoming shows in the Fall: one at York College in Pennsylvania, and another in Roanoke, VA.

Chair of Ceramics


Justin Everette Rice, B.F.A., is an artist and professional potter from the Finger Lakes of Upstate New York. He earned his degree from Cleveland Institute of Art with a concentration in Drawing and Printmaking. Justin is a member of the contingent faculty at Sweet Briar College, teaching sculpture for the past three years. He is a co-owner of Oxide Pottery in Lynchburg Virginia, where he has been a practicing professional potter since 2009. His work is on display at galleries and museum shops throughout the United States. 

Director of Residence Life

Alex Dagher, B.A., is a 2017 graduate of Sweet Briar College, with a major in Psychology and a minor in Dance Education. Formerly the Head Resident at Sweet Briar College, Alex has travelled all over the world, and has strong interests in music, theater, and special-effects makeup. She flourishes in situations in which others depend upon her, and enjoys making new friends and being a good team leader.


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