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Chloe Irla
  • Associate Professor

Chloe Irla

I’m a millennial who grew up outside of Richmond, VA but moved around a lot as a teenager, which is probably why I devote my research to subjects like place and locality. My parents met at McDaniel (then Western Maryland College) in the early 1970s and got married in Little Baker Chapel, so the College is practically in my blood. I’m an alumna of McDaniel (class of 2007) and went to graduate school at the Maryland Institute College of Art’s interdisciplinary studio art program called the Mount Royal School of Art. I’ve exhibited my artwork in a dozen states, online, and in Sofia, Bulgaria.

Before teaching at McDaniel, I was the Operations Manager at Charm City Cakes in Baltimore, MD where I designed and managed projects for clients such as the NBA, the US Department of the Navy, Hilton Worldwide, and various famous people. In addition to making art, I enjoy baking, running, being outside, spending time with my family, reading, and listening to podcasts.


M.F.A. and Certificate in the College Teaching of Art, Maryland Institute College of Art
Post-Baccalaureate Certificate, Maryland Institute College of Art
B.A., McDaniel College

Research Interests

  • Space and place

  • Digital design theory

  • Fiber and material studies

  • Data visualization

  • Community engagement

Recent Courses

  • ART 3319: New Media Art

  • ART 2207: Art and Digital Culture

  • ART 2206: Digital Imaging

Clubs and community involvement

  • Faculty Mentor to the Men's Lacrosse Team

  • Member of the McDaniel & Main Committee

  • Faculty Advisor to the Art Club

  • Faculty Advisor to the Magician's Club

  • Faculty Advisor to Phi Alpha Mu

  • Founder of Grain of Rice Gallery, a community-engaged art project

Chloe Irla

"Without a doubt Professor Irla was my best mentor for my time at McDaniel. She has helped me grow so much as an artist and helped push me to achieve goals I never thought possible."

Jonathan Nepini, '19 – Graphic Design