Staff Information

   founding director Gordon Ricketts'

        Statement on the Arts Village:

I like to think of the Arts Village as an intersection of the arts and people. In the Arts Village, we work on providing an atmosphere that promotes learning through participation and personal experience. We offer a wide variety of arts-related and general education courses that are coordinated by the individual academic departments, plus a broad range of extracurricular activities that promote critical thinking, collaboration, creativity, and community. In the Arts village you will find a mentoring program helping to aid with the transition into college and create ties within the artistic community. In the Arts Village, there is a commitment to seeing our students succeed both personally and academically. College is a time for curiosity, ideas, and exploration; the Arts Village is dedicated to that endeavor.





Ben Lima


Joel been a practicing artist/sculptor since 1988. He received a BFA from The Ohio State University in 1991, and went on to get an MFA at the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred, In New York. Joel worked for various artists around the country until 1998 when he opened the studio and gallery Lost Angel Glass in Corning, NY. Joel’s early sculptural work focused on large-scale installation work, and he received a number of grants and commissions. His work is shown nationally, and internationally, and it is represented in a number of permanent collections including the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution, and the American Museum of Glass. His current work includes traditional blown glasswork, and intricate cast sculptural glass. Interaction between humanity and the natural environment informs the content and context of Joel’s creations. He specifically uses natural textures as a metaphor for nature’s chaotic beauty. In 2005 he began teaching, and has taught at Alfred University, The Ohio State University, and currently Bowling Green State University, where he pursues his creative studies in addition to directing the Arts Village learning Community.


Mariah Deguzman is a first-year graduate student in the College Student Personnel Master's program on campus. She graduated from the University of California, Merced with a degree in psychology and a minor in natural science education in 2013. Outside of the Arts Village, Mariah loves being with her friends, reading a good book, and binge watching television shows on Netflix. She loves to sing, draw, and paint - but aspires to be inspired by the Arts Village students. She is excited to work with so many students who love what they do, and who have such a large passion for the Arts. 






Ben is a second year Masters student in Music Composition. He is from the Chicago-area and graduated from Judson University with a BA in Music Composition. In addition to traditional contexts for music, one of his interests is combining music with other art disciplines and collaborating across mediums to explore expressions and ideas. If he had to pick, his favorite artists might be Terrence Malick, Anselm Kiefer, Son Lux (stage name of Ryan Lott), Talking Heads, and too many composers from which to choose (although Berg, Pärt, Messiaen, and Penderecki would have to be near the top).