Staff Information

Gordon Ricketts

Statement on the Art's 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.


Gordon Ricketts, M.F.A— Director / Arts Village, 2005 to present

Born in San Diego, California, Gordon grew up surfing on the beaches of Southern California and Mexico. In 1966 he entered the armed services, where he served in the Marine Corps. He has worked as a car salesman, beer truck driver, bartender, carpenter, general building contractor, artist and teacher. The Special Olympics, National Ski Patrol and working with marginalize peoples are and have and have been his volunteering interests. In 1991 returned to school and received his Bachelor of fine Arts degree in painting at San Francisco Art Institute. He then came to Ohio’s Bowling Green State University where he earned his Master of Fine Arts degree in painting and drawing. He is a working artist and maintains an in house studio. He has been teaching at BGSU since 1999 and has directed the Arts Village for four years. He loves to travel; Kathmandu, Timbuktu, and Machu Picchu to name a few. He promotes and leads many student trips realizing the great benefits students gain on these unusual trips and explorations.

Derrick Jones

Statement on the Art's Village

I look forward to working with a community of artists who seek to go beyond the classroom in order to maximize their life experiences.

Derrick's Biography

Derrick A. Jones, Assistant Director / Arts Village, 2009 to present

Derrick (aka D Jones) was born and raised in Youngstown, OH and is a graduate of Bowling Green State University with a BAC and MA in Theatre and a member of Sigma Lambda Beta International Fraternity, Incorporated. His experiences in the arts are quite diverse having worked in theater, film and hip hop music for many years as well as publishing four books of poetry. After serving as the Hall Director for Rodgers from 2004-2006, Derrick left BGSU to pursue a Master of Fine Arts in Film from Ohio University.

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Caitlin Kotnik

Caitlin is a second-year Masters student in the College Student Personnel program. She is an Ohio native and received her undergraduate degree in journalism and graphic design from the Ohio State University in 2008. Outside of the Arts Village, Caitlin enjoys traveling, reading, spending time with her family and friends, attending theater productions, and spoiling her two cats. She is thrilled to being working with such a dynamic and creative group of students!

Life mantra: Be great in little things.

Zack Merritt

I have a BFA in music composition and I'm working on my MM in music composition.
I like people like Yoko Ono, Christo & Jeanne-Claude, Pauline Oliveros...
I blur boundaries between the different art disciplines.
I co-founded a musical theatre company in southern west virginia.
I like kittens, curries, and knitting (though not combined).