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 14 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

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

Anna Filbert 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

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

Kimmy Noonen teaches part-time in the area of art. She received her BA in Visual Arts from Mount Vernon Nazarene University and her Masters of Fine Arts from The University of Chicago. Her art practice is a marriage of performance, installation, social experimentation, and documentation. She is dedicated to the study of human inter/action through the development of long-lasting event projects intended to engage entire communities as living art. In addition to her fine art practice she also owns & operates a commercial photography business (Kimmy Noonen Photography) and lives in Chicago with her husband and young daughter. Professor Noonen also enjoys life as a full time mom and takes every opportunity to enjoy the culture of city life. You can learn more about her and her work at www.kimmynoonen.com and... Read more

Matt Bilen has been a teacher at the university and secondary levels for nearly 20 years, teaching video, art, and science.  After having some initial success with some short films in the early 2000's, he started his professional work shooting "Finger of God" with Wanderlust Productions. From 2006-2013, Matt went on to work with Wanderlust in all aspects of production including cinematography, motion graphics, sound design, musical composing, editing, and color grading.   During that time, he was involved not only in the production of 5 feature-length, internationally released documentaries, but also in directing a pilot cartoon, Anointed Fighters.   Although Matt still freelances in cinematography and motion graphics, he is currently developing a feature film, Heavenquest, which would bring Pilgrim's Progress, the classic 1678 allegory, to the big screen. You discover more about... Read more