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In an increasingly visual world, the demand for the skills of artists and designers is growing. Whether creating with paint, pencil or charcoal on canvas or paper; with tactile materials such as clay, fibers, metal or wood; with light on photographic paper; or with pixels on a computer screen - artists and designers play a key role in communicating ideas, information and aesthetics.

Baylor's Department of Art and Art History is unique as it offers students a wide array of classes within a wide range of artistic areas and disciplines while challenging them to think creatively: preparing them to enter the professional visual world.


Winter RusiloskiWinter RusiloskiAssistant Professor of Art
My approach to teaching emphasizes basic visual concepts and principles, while empowering students to develop their own ideas and perspectives. An initial emphasis on technical skills and formal aesthetics facilitates growth and development of their own ideas during personal investigations. Contemporary issues in painting are of paramount importance to my instruction.
Robbie BarberRobbie BarberAssociate Professor of Art
My teaching approach centers around empowering our students to overcome challenges. I want them to be problem-solvers and to push themselves. Additionally, I want studio art majors to understand that Sculpture and 3D Design can be the hub of many different approaches to making art. Teaching the Elements and Principles of Design continues to be the backbone of my approach, as well as teaching how to problem-solve a variety of media in relation to contemporary sculpture.
Heidi J. Hornik, PhDHeidi J. Hornik, PhDProfessor of Art History
My courses and research have always intersected beautifully and manifested in excellent undergraduate research projects on Italian Renaissance and Baroque art. Teaching the aspects of Connoisseurship from original works of art in the Armstrong Browning Library has enabled undergraduate students to experience the kind of work that I do internationally. Frequently, my research on art and theology also engages students' interdisciplinary interests.
Greg LewallenGreg LewallenLecturer of Art
I love the interaction with students in the studio. I love getting to know them and building relationships with them. I ask them to give me their very best effort and I expect no less of myself. I feel a deep sense of responsibility to my students and try to challenge them to go beyond their comfort zone, to attempt something they wouldn't attempt on their own. Most times the results are predictable. Sometimes, the results are totally unexpected. Every once in a while, they are exceptional. That is what gets me up every morning, to see if today is the day one of my students is going to cross that threshold, the day they will have that personal Eureka! moment.
Dr. Mary Ruth SmithDr. Mary Ruth SmithProfessor of Art
Every day is a new day when it comes to teaching. I enjoy interacting with students. My teaching approach is flexible in that I present the parameters for an assignment/problem and then allow students to think through the problem and solve it from their viewpoint. Many times, results of such openness are varied and often appear not to come from the original assignment.
Benny FountainBenny FountainAssociate Professor of Art
My reason for painting and for teaching are one and the same: to resist and work against cultural trends that lean towards a total(itarian) unity, and to cultivate, in contrast, union in plurality. Whether thinking about color organization, interior design, the food we eat, or the style of our clothes, I'm working to uphold and promote the stimulating energy that is created when two (or more) distinct things are set in dialog with one another.
H. Jennings SheffieldH. Jennings SheffieldAssociate Professor of Art
I think my favorite part of teaching is introducing, and witnessing students experience the magic of photography. I love the moment when they first see their prints come to life in the developer. It is a magical moment. I think it is extremely important to expose students to all different types of art, genres, considerations and intentions current in the art world today. It is our role as artists to constantly ask questions and then investigate them. I think the most important thing is for them to learn how to critically think and keep asking questions.
Kyle ChaputKyle ChaputAssistant Professor of Art
The acts of making art and teaching are an intuitive and intrinsic aspect of my being. I believe students learn best when they are enthusiastic and when students sense an instructor's passion for art and teaching, they respond in kind. To meet this obligation, I strive to inspire my classes through a technically and conceptually engaging curriculum that reflects my devotion to the fine art of printmaking and education.
Paul McCoyPaul McCoyProfessor of Art
The driving force of my approach to teaching and research is the ongoing development of critical thinking and perceptual skills. This is a highly organic process that continues to unfold and reveal more of itself as the path is traversed. It is the determining factor in the level of success each of us achieves in our personal and professional lives.
Julia HitchcockJulia HitchcockAssociate Professor of Art
Cultivating a strong desire to think through seeing helps students to identify the connections between the act of making art and cognitive discernment. The intertwining of technical and experiential learning derived from real life experience is potently relevant and transferable every time they enter the art lab.
Mack GinglesMack GinglesAssociate Professor of Art
My role is to inspire students. I approach this responsibility by teaching a practice of drawing that focuses on the possibilities inherent to working from direct observation. If they can engage the world in front of them in a way that invites critical thinking, their effectiveness is incalculable when they start asserting themselves more independently through their own projects.
Nathan ElkinsNathan ElkinsAssociate Professor of Art History
My research on Roman imperial art explores the agency of its creation and its intelligibility within historical, social, political, and cultural contexts. This informs my teaching, for I emphasize a contextual understanding of ancient art and architecture. People often take ancient objects out of context and treat them as individual masterpieces in museums. This distorts the reality of ancient art, which was more functional and reflected the values and concerns of the society that produced and experienced it.
Virginia GreenVirginia Green Associate Professor of Art
The creative process is inspired by the soulful melodies and rhythmic influences that define the pace of the visual concept. As a graphic designer, I embrace the semiotic and aesthetic value of the letter form and the emotion it evokes when used as an element of design. Items in nature, flora and fauna, serve as sources of inspiration for their complex symbolism and simplistic form as graphic symbols.



Baylor University's Department of Art and Art History maintains world class studio facilities that encompass cutting edge technology and state-of-the-art equipment allowing students' imagination to have no bounds. Our smart classrooms provide the latest in computer and presentation equipment for contemporary instruction. The goal is to give our students access to industry-standard practise and equipment so they can move seamlessly into their professional careers.


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