Real World Experience


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

Jeffery Carl is a native of suburban Chicago. He earned a BFA in Illustration, an MA in Studio Art, and an MFA in Drawing and Painting from Northern Illinois University. His work has been shown both regionally and nationally, and for over 17 years he's taught drawing, painting, illustration, art history, and fine art seminars at Judson University, where he also serves as Gallery Director and Chair of the Department of Art & Design. 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

Matt Bilen is a director, cinematographer, producer and composer with over 15 years of experience in the film industry, and more than 20 as an educator. He has traveled the world developing both short and feature length films. You can learn more about his work... Read more