Visual Studies

Visual Studies Full-Time and Adjunct Faculty

Laurel Lueders

Chair

Throughout her career as a practicing artist, Professor Lueders has given more than two dozen artists lectures and gallery talks. Working in a variety of media, she has shown in over 25 solo exhibitions throughout the world, as well as in more than 100 group exhibitions. Her work is also part of the permanent collections of museums and cultural institutions in New York, Wisconsin, California, Hungry, Germany, Italy, and Cyprus.

Professor Lueders joined LIM in 2013 as an adjunct faculty member and in 2014 was promoted to full-time lecturer in the Arts & Sciences Department, where she taught a variety of classes in art history and cultural studies. She was named Chair of the Visual Studies Department in 2016.

Professor Lueders teaching career began at University of Wisconsin at Madison, where she received a master’s degree in Design Studies. She later earned an MFA in Fine Arts, with a focus on Interdisciplinary Studio practice, from the School of Visual Arts.

In the summer of 2016, Professor Lueders led LIM College’s "The Arts in Florence" program at Florence University of the Arts in Italy.

Grailing King

Co-Associate Chair / Instructor

Grailing King started teaching at LIM College on a part-time basis in 2006 and is currently a full-time faculty member in the Visual Studies Department. Among the courses he teaches are Introduction to Visual Merchandising, Visual Presentation, and History, Theory & Practice of Visual Merchandising. He’s also the advisor for LIM’s Visual Merchandising Club and had led LIM's Cross-Cultural Analysis trips to Amsterdam, Paris, London, Berlin, Barcelona, Rome and Florence.

As a visual merchandiser with vast professional experience in New York City, Professor King has created visual display installations for several top retail locations. During his time at Macy's Herald Square he had the opportunity to work on every floor of the store. At Victoria’s Secret he oversaw the flagship store as Visual Co-Director and then moved on to the Women’s Accessories and Cosmetics departments at Bergdorf Goodman.

Professor King holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Communication from Illinois State University and a Certificate in Fashion Design from the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising. He received LIM College's Award for Teaching Excellence in 2014 and is a member of BRAG (Black Retail Action Group).

Leonora Loeb

Lecturer

Leonora Loeb became a full-time lecturer with LIM's Visual Studies Department in August of 2018. Her courses include Color and Design and Visual Merchandising Senior Capstone. As an adjunct instructor since 2016, Professor Loeb taught—and continues to teach—Intro to Visual Merchandising, Visual Presentation, and Cultivating Creativity, the latter an elective course she co-created. She also developed and teaches the online Intro to Visual Merchandising course for the online AAS degree.

Professor Loeb holds a MFA in Fine Arts from the School of Visual Arts and a BA in Art from Pitzer College. Her studio and curatorial work focuses on video, digital photography and sculpture, and has been exhibited in the U.S. and abroad. She has received support from galleries and institutions such as The New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) and Mabou Mines in New York City, and La Llotja in Barcelona, Spain.

Professor Loeb has 20 years of experience in various creative industries. In addition to serving as a Visual Merchandiser and in-studio Photo Stylist at ABC Carpet and Home, she has collaborated photo shoots and window display projects for Chanel, Hermes and Bergdorf Goodman. She has also worked on retail and residential wall finishes for interior architects and designers such as Peter Marino, Victoria Hagan and Bunny Williams.

Adjunct Faculty

Christine Belich
B.A. University of St. Thomas. Former Vice President of Visual Planning and former Executive Creative Director, Sony Style; Former Visual Planning & Presentation Manager, Neiman Marcus

Michael Creagh
M.A. University of Sussex (England); B.A. Northwestern University. Fashion photographer whose photos have appeared in W and Ellemagazines. Clients have included: MTV and Vidal Sassoon

Susan Graham
M.L.S. in Archives, Records Management, and Preservation, Graduate School of Library and Information Science Queens College; B.F.A. in Sculpture, Ohio State University. Former Founder and Owner, Three Dimensional Drawings; Former Juror, Sustainable Arts Foundation; Former Decorative Artist, Asterisk Designs; Former Freelance Decorative Artist, Me&Ro Jewelry

Judith Hugentobler
M.F.A. State University of New York at Albany; B.F.A. University of Illinois

Dimitri Koumbis
M.A. Savannah College of Art and Design; B.S. and B.A. Arizona State University. Co-Founder and Creative Director, Bishop Collective; Merchandising Manager, Urban Outfitters Inc.; Junior Designer, Pinnacle Design Inc.

Karen Oleson
B.F.A. Pratt Institute. Creative Principal, Hambrecht Oleson Design Associates; Former Vice President/Creative Director, FRCH; Former Senior Project Designer, Bloomingdale's

Monica Rakocy
B.S. Empire State College; A.A.S. Fashion Institute of Technology. Visual Merchandising consultant (clients have included Ardee Eyewear, Bunnies, D. Esse, Maternal Instincts, Uncle Sam's Umbrellas, Franklin Sporting Goods, Nice Man, and Nature's Elements)

Afsoon Talai
B.F.A. in Graphic Design, Rhode Island School of Design. Founder, Golreezan; Co-Founder and Art Director, B|ta’arof Magazine; Former Guest Workshop Instructor, Children’s Museum of Manhattan; Former Senior Graphic Designer, FÊTE; Former Junior Graphic Designer, InStyle Magazine; Former Junior Graphic Design, JAK Design