Daniel Callis

Professor of Drawing & Painting


Professor of drawing and painting and interdisciplinary studies, Dan Callis has been teaching at Biola University since 1988. He received his M.F.A. from Claremont University. Callis actively produces and exhibits both regionally and internationally; his work is informed by modern and contemporary discourses in abstraction exploring the painting as a physical entity and a transcendent, metaphoric object. Memory, fragility, optimism, and longing are reoccurring themes in his work.

In addition to his individual studio practice, he has collaborated extensively, including partnering with individuals with physical and developmental disabilities, as well as working on projects with a field biologist in Baja Mexico, a sociologist in Las Vegas, and a theologian from Duke Divinity School. His latest collaboration is with a West Coast poet/musician and a East Coast performance based sculptor and puppeteer.