I am currently a Professor of Design in the School of Art and Design at the University of Wisconsin–Stout. My teaching expertise and professional background covers a broad subset of Visual Communication Design, including design drawing & visualization, concept art, illustration, and graphic design. I teach at all levels, from foundations to MFA.
I have advised many MFA thesis projects as both a thesis advisor and committee member. I typically choose to work with students interested in Visual Communication topics such as graphic design, illustration, and story-driven media, and enjoy working with students who explore these through the lens of societal impact, historical context, or cultural expression. Selected highlights below; a full list of thesis advising is available through my CV.
“A Thread Through History: How Interlinking Contemporary Art with Paj Ntaub Can Connect Generations”
Jackson Yang, MFA 2023 | teaching Digital Imaging at UW-Stout
“Representation and Diversity in the Horror Genre: How Design Research can Inform the Creation of a Themed Lifestyle Publication”
Jessica Kromrie, MFA 2022 | Marketing Manager at Canomiks
“Designing the Future: Diegetic Sculpture & Literary Adaptation in Speculative Fiction Cinema”
Jonathan Wheeler, MFA 2021 | teaching Cinema & Video Production at UW-Stout
”Chinese-style Digital Painting”
Zi-xu Tian, MFA 2017 | teaching 3D Animation at Visual College of Art & Design
DRAWING + VISUALIZATION
Design Drawing 1 / Ohio State
Design Drawing 2 / Ohio State
Design Drawing 3 / Ohio State
Foundational Design Drawing / UW-Stout
Design Visualization (ID) / UW-Stout
Concept Art (Game/Anim.) / UW-Stout
2D Digital Foundations / Bemidji
2D Digital Foundations / UW-Stout
Graphic Design 1 / Ohio State
Typography 1: Letterform / UW-Stout
Typographic Design / Ohio State
Digital Illustration / UW-Stout
My students become successful designers, illustrators, art directors, and researchers in industry, as well as professors and college-level instructors. They are employed across a variety of industries by entities such as IBM, Crocs, Edward Jones, Amazon, DreamWorks, the NHL, 3M, and Microsoft. They have gone on to graduate programs at North Carolina State University, University of Cincinnati, Georgia Tech, MICA, SCAD, UCLA, Lund University, Ohio State University, and the University of Minnesota. They have taught at institutions such as the Cooper Union, Arizona State University, University of Louisiana–Lafayette, University of Wisconsin–Stout, Ohio State University, New York University, and Princeton University.