Visual Studies

Visual Studies Full-Time and Adjunct Faculty

Laurel Lueders

Chair / Associate Professor

Professor Lueders is a visual artist who works with photo-based imagery and site-specific installations. She has shown in over 30 solo exhibitions worldwide, as well as in more than 100 group exhibitions. Her work is part of the permanent collections of museums and institutions in New York, Wisconsin, California, Germany, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Cyprus, Macedonia, Hungary, The United Arab Emirates, Japan, and more. Throughout her career as a practicing artist, Professor Lueders has given more than two dozen artist lectures and received nearly 20 grants and awards. Her most recent endeavor was a two-year photography project shot at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin in Spring Green, Wisconsin, culminating in a solo exhibition at the Taliesin Museum.

Joining LIM as an adjunct faculty member in 2013, Professor Lueders was promoted to full-time lecturer in the Arts & Sciences Department in 2014, where she taught a variety of classes in art and design history. She was named Chair of the Visual Studies Department in 2016. In 2019, she was promoted to Associate Professor.

Professor Lueders’ teaching career began at the 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 2016, Professor Lueders created LIM College’s "The Arts in Florence" program at Florence University, and she has led the program each summer since.

Grailing King

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

Golnar Adili
M.A. University of Michigan College of Architecture & Urban Planning; B.F.A. University of Virginia. Studio Production Specialist, Asterisk Designs; Lighting Production Specialist, Pelle Designs

Michael Beene
M.A. University of Texas at Austin; B.S. Arizona State University. Founder, Paragram; 3D Artist/Game Engine Programmer, Floored; Designer, Leroy Street Studio

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

Zoe Chan
M.F.A. School of Visual Arts (SVA); B.A. Swinburne University of Technology. Consultant Creative Director, Zoe Chan Designs; Consultant Design Director, Oscilloscope; Associate Creative Director, Dennis Interactive/Blender Magazine

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. Founder and Owner, Three Dimensional Drawings; Juror, Sustainable Arts Foundation; Decorative Artist, Asterisk Designs; Former Decorative Artist, Me&Ro Jewelry

Leif Huron
M.F.A. in Photography, Parsons School of Design; B.F.A. in Photography, Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT). Content Producer, Image Production, The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA); Director of Photography / Lead Producer of Video Content, ABC Carpet

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

Michael Nathaniel Meyer
B.F.A. in Photography, NYU Tisch School of the Arts. Founder and Principal Photographer, Picture More Business; Host and Producer, Legal Marketing Studio; Photographer/Consultant, NES Group

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)