Real World Experience

Faculty

The Art + Design faculty is composed of three full-time and six part-time faculty, each of whom are experienced teachers and practitioners in their field. Our visual communication faculty has real world design experience, and our Fine Art faculty is professionally active. As a student you will have access to all of them.

Jeffery Carl has taught at Judson University for over 13 years and currently serves as Chair of the Department of Art + Design. He earned a BFA in Illustration, an MA in Studio Art, and an MFA in Drawing and Painting from Northern Illinois University. Through art-making he imagines the natural movements described by geology, meteorology and astrophysics as metaphors for supernatural processes. You can see what he does... Read more

GE Colpitts has taught at Judson for 18 years, and is currently a board member of the Illinois Higher Education Art Association (IHEAA). She earned her BA from Greenville College (IL) and her MA and MFA degrees from Northern Illinois University. She has won numerous awards and honors for her work. Her current research interests are in drawing, ceramics, and American history. Her art, encompassed within Project 1216 and the Cenotaph Series, involves ongoing historical research and response to her discoveries through drawings and ceramic... Read more

Chicago native Lauren Meranda teaches Graphic Design. She earned a BFA in Graphic Design from the Northern Illinois University, and her MFA from the University of Illinois at Chicago. As a student she attended summer design workshops at the Hochschule fur Gestaltung und Kunst (The Basel School of Design) in Basel, Switzerland. She is also a practicing web, print, and exhibition designer, who has done extensive work for the Jane Adams Hull-House in Chicago. As a designer she seeks to empower individuals to participate in the storytelling process and to expand public memory to include previously unheard voices by linking research, education, and social engagement into an interactive design experience. Professor Meranda also REALLY loves the Chicago Bulls. You can learn more about her and her work at:... Read more

Anna Keeler is new to Judson and Chicago. She has a Masters of Design degree in Graphic Design from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design from the State University of New York at Fredonia. During graduate school she attended the summer design workshops at the Hochschule fur Gestaltung und Kunst (The Basel School of Design) in Basel, Switzerland. Prior to moving to Chicago she worked as a graphic designer for corporate branding studio, Chermayeff & Geismar in New York City. As a designer Anna is interested in finding the personal voice of the designer and balancing that with clarity of the message. You can learn more about her work here... Read more

Melanie Gibb has taught part-time in the area of Graphic Design since 2004. She earned her BA Summa Cum Laude from Judson University, and her MFA from the University of Northern Illinois. She also studied Product and Furniture Design at DeMontfort University in England. She is an award winning graphic designer in the areas of print and package design and has worked professionally as principle for Carson Baker, Inc., and as a designer for Design Resource Center. She also worked as a collaborator with Thirst in Chicago as part of their Moving Design “One Drop” initiative. Professor Gibb also enjoys spending time with her friends and family, working in her massive garden.... Read more

Roger Kettering teaches part-time in the area of darkroom photography. He has a BA from the University of Maryland, and a M.Div. from Southwestern Theological Seminary. During the day Professor Kettering teaches Photography, Journalism, Literature, and Bible at Harvest Christian Academy in Elgin. Professor Kettering has over 30 years of experience working in the darkroom and was certified as a “still photographic specialist” by the United States Air Force (but don’t ask him about his spy training…). He loves to introduce students to the wonders of the darkroom, and in his spare time he enjoys spending time with his family, traveling around the world, and bird watching.... Read more

Stephanie Chambers teaches part-time in the area of art. She received her Master of Fine Arts degree in Painting at Northern Illinois University and both her Master of Arts in Painting/Printmaking and Bachelor of Fine Arts Degrees at Texas A&M University in Corpus Christi, Texas. Born in Austin, Texas, she lived in Texas for 27 years before moving to Illinois in 2011. She currently lives and works in Sycamore, Illinois. Her on-site, observational paintings are painted at night and rooted in the experience of seeing but not seeing, the not seeing but feeling. They focus on the mental, physical and spiritual connections with nature and challenge the assumptions of what nature is, how we come to know and interact with it. Professor Chambers enjoys spending time with friends and family, traveling, exploring nature and playing board games. You can learn more about her and her work at... Read more

David Willett teaches part-time in the area of art. He earned his BFA in drawing from Ball State University, and his MFA from the University of Northern Illinois. His process based drawings and sculptures focus on the subject of physical and spiritual decay, and the surprising beauty that emerges from it. Professor Willett enjoys spending time with his family, making art, and biking. You can learn more about him and his work at:... Read more