Our faculty seek to make a difference professionally, academically, and spiritually in the lives of our students. Our professors have a broad range of experience and backgrounds. Their primary motivation is to be in the classroom with their students or in a lab working on real-world projects. Students are encouraged to visit professors in their offices or even contact them at home. Faculty members are ready to be friends and mentors and to build relationships that students will value for a lifetime.
Joel grew up in the San Joaquin Valley of California where he spent countless hours tending his family’s walnut orchard. Those formative years of orchard related activity served to foster a deep seeded hatred for Walnuts and helped prompt his exodus from The Golden State to The Northwest. Joel studied art at Walla Walla College, The Laguna College of Art and Design, Avondale College, and most recently The Academy of Art University. His interests in art are many and varied but his primary focus is on historical illustration. Joel began teaching at Walla Walla University in 2014.
Intro to Drawing, Intro to Painting, Advertising Art, Illustration, Commercial Art, Intro to Art, Intro to Sculpture, Intro to Printmaking, Drawing, Advanced Printmaking, History of World Art, Advanced Painting, Advances Design, Methods of Teaching Art, Advanced Study: Cut-Paper Design and Professional Practices for the Artist
Matthew was born and raised in Washington State. In 1989 he received his Bachelors of Arts degree in Commercial Art from Walla Walla University, and worked nationally as a graphic designer and illustrator for the next 23 years. In 2015 Matthew completed his MFA in Painting and Drawing at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco and quickly transitioned into a career as a professional artist and art instructor at Walla Walla University.
Design, Intro to Drawing, Intro to Painting, Intro to Art, Intro to Sculpture, Advanced Drawing, Aesthetics and Photography, Advanced Painting, Advanced Sculpture and Methods of Teaching Art