Real World Experience


Art & Design faculty are experienced teachers who care about your success, and active practitioners with real world experience.

Jeffery Carl has taught at Judson University for over 15 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 20 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

As a professor, Terrence Wandtke's teaching is all about making connections, exploring both old media and new. As a scholar, his writing examines our culture as reflected and shaped by media ranging from classic movies to contemporary comic books. And as the director of the film and media program, he invites students to use emerging technology in innovative ways to shape the world for the better. Terrence Wandtke teaches courses in film, literature, and media theory. Dr. Wandtke's books include The Dark Night Returns: The Resurgence of Crime Comics (2014) and The Meaning of Superhero Comic Books... 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

Laurie Culshaw holds an MFA in Design, Visual Communications from Virginia Commonwealth University and a bachelor’s degree from Judson University in Visual Communications (Graphic Design) and Arts–Pre Masters (Studio Art). Professor Culshaw has an active graphic design practice that includes work for non-profits and corporate clients in both the U.S. and Canada. Her design research focuses on how we build and maintain meaningful connections, and the critical role those connections play in graphic... 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

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

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

Timothy Compton is a writer and director living in Chicago, Illinois. He received his MFA in Motion Picture Production from the University of Miami and has gone on to write in a variety of mediums and direct several award winning shorts. Timothy's work includes writing and directing The Invisible Man web series, authoring a children’s book called Pickles in a Pickle, and creating the comic books Monster City and Ice... Read more