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Faculty | B.S. in Studio Art

Luke Aleckson

  • Professor of Art

  • M.F.A. in Sculpture, School of the Art Institute of Chicago
  • B.S. in Art, University of Northwestern–St. Paul

Luke Aleckson is an Assistant Professor of Art at Biola University. He received his M.F.A. from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in Sculpture and a B.S. in Art from the University of Northwestern, St. Paul, Summa Cum Laude. Past positions have included serving as Department Chair and Professor of Art and Design at the University of Northwestern, St. Paul and Director of Denler Gallery...

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Jonathan Anderson

  • Associate Professor of Art
  • Executive Director, Center for Christianity, Culture, and the Arts

  • M.F.A., California State University, Long Beach
  • B.S., Biola University

Jonathan Anderson is an artist, art critic, and associate professor of art at Biola University, where he has been teaching since 2006. His artworks explore the capacities and limitations of representational painting and have been featured in group and solo exhibitions throughout the United States. In addition to his studio practice, Anderson maintains a research and writing practice focused on...

Research Interests

  • Modern and Contemporary Art
  • Art Theory and Criticism
  • Religious and Theological Studies within the Arts

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Dan Callis III

  • Professor of Drawing & Painting

  • M.F.A., Claremont Graduate School, Claremont, California
  • B.A., California State University, Fullerton, California

Dan Callis has been professionally active in the art community since 1983. He exhibits regionally and nationally on an ongoing basis and has had his work included in international exhibitions in England and Italy. He received his MFA from Claremont Graduate University in 1986. On faculty at Biola University since 1987, he has also taught at USC and a number of area community colleges. He...

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Daniel Chang

  • Associate Professor of Graphic Design

  • M.F.A., Otis College of Art and Design
  • M.A., Westminster Seminary California
  • B.F.A., ArtCenter College of Design
  • B.A., University of California, Irvine

Daniel Chang is a designer, illustrator and educator who uses the tools and language of graphic design to engage with contemporary visual culture. His practice has constructed a platform to accommodate varying modes of communication, which are manifested through designed artifacts, crafted objects and social interactions. He has worked with clients ranging from The New York Times, TIME ...

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Zehavi Husser

  • Chair, Department of Art
  • Associate Professor, Art

  • Ph.D., Princeton University
  • M.A., Princeton University
  • M.A., University of Florida

Zehavi Husser studied the arts, language, and culture of the ancient Romans at Princeton University, where she earned an M.A. and Ph.D. in Classical Archaeology. Professor Husser’s research interests include the material culture of Roman religions, Greco-Roman literature, and the religiosity of Roman women. She also holds an M.A. in Art History from the University of Florida, where she...

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Barry Krammes

  • Professor of Art

Jeffrey Rau

  • University Curator
  • Gallery Director
  • Public Art Curator

  • M.F.A., Photography and a Graduate Certificate in Museum Studies from California State University, Fullerton
  • B.S., Civil Engineering, Valparaiso University, Indiana

Jeff Rau (b. 1978) is an artist, curator, and educator based in Long Beach, Calif. Rau grew up in the Chicago suburbs and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Valparaiso University, Indiana, in 2000. Soon after moving to southern California he left his engineering work to pursue a career in the arts. In 2011, Rau earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in Photography and...

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Jonathan Puls

  • Associate Dean, School of Fine Arts and Communication
  • Associate Professor of Art History and Painting

  • M.A., California State University, Long Beach
  • M.F.A., California State University, Long Beach
  • B.S., Biola University

Jonathan Puls teaches drawing, painting and art history in the Department of Art. He holds an M.F.A. in Drawing and Painting and an M.A. in in Art History. Jonathan's ongoing drawings and paintings pull their imagery from contemporary life, mingling these with compositional concerns from art historical sources. His teaching, studio production and historical research focus on the relationship...

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Kurt Simonson

  • Associate Professor of Photography

  • M.F.A., California State University Long Beach
  • B.S., Biola University

Kurt Simonson is the Associate Professor of Photography in the Art department. His work explores the longings and tensions that surround our ideas of home, community and identity. Questions about family, story and belonging remain at the heart of his curiosity. Kurt's work is regularly exhibited throughout the country and internationally, including a recent solo exhibition at Newspace Center...

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John Calley

    Rachelle Chuang

    • Adjunct, Media Journalism & PR

    Kari Dunham

    • Adjunct, Art

    • M.F.A. in Painting, Laguna College of Art and Design

    Kari Dunham is an adjunct professor in the Art Department at Biola University. Her current body of work is an exposition on family and how the home has the propensity to be a place of both comfort and risk. A representational painter, her work derives from personal narratives and simultaneously invites the viewer to recall his or her own narratives. In addition to teaching at Biola, Dunham is...

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    Amanda Evans

        Amanda Leigh Evans is based in Los Angeles and works in ceramics and social practice. She has worked on collaborative projects with traditional potters in rural Turkey, with her ceramic students at Biola University, with elderly adults, and with people who have developmental disabilities. She has also worked with other artists on projects related to food, ceramics, and history. From 2010-2012...

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        Laura Goble

        • Adjunct, Art

        • M.F.A., The School of the Art Institute of Chicago
        • B.F.A., Studio Art, Biola University

        Laura Goble arrived in Long Beach at the age of five, along with her family as her father was hired at Douglas Aircraft. She has seen the city change and recalls when Signal Hill was still just grassland. She graduated from Biola University in 2002 with a B.S. in Studio Art, Magna Cum Laude. She has spent seven years as a video editor, while helping the city of Long Beach with Video Forensics...

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        Andrea Lam

        • Adjunct, Art

        Shannon Leith

          Tina Linville

            Joe Lloyd

            • Adjunct, Art

            • M.F.A., Claremont Graduate University
            • B.A., Northwest Nazarene University

            Joe Lloyd received his BA from Northwest Nazarene University, and his MFA from Claremont Graduate University. He has been a part of the Biola Art Department since 2012. He teaches 2D Design, Culmination, and a variety of Drawing courses. He is represented by Western Project in Los Angeles, and Charlotte Meddings in London. He recently had a solo exhibition that was reviewed in the LA Times,...

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            Astri Swendsrud

            • Associate Professor, Art

            • M.F.A., CalArts

            Astri Swendsrud is a visual artist and educator who lives and works in Los Angeles. She has taught as adjunct faculty at Biola University and elsewhere since 2009. Swendsrud's practice includes creating drawings, sculptures and installation environments combining the images and materials of everyday party supplies, such as birthday candles and confetti, with symbolic and ritual forms. Through...

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            Mariann Reardon

            • Adjunct, Art

            Erica Ryan-Stallones

            • Adjunct, Art

            • M.F.A., Claremont Graduate University

            Erica Ryan Stallones is an artist living and working in Los Angeles, California. She received her MFA from Claremont Graduate University, and has been teaching in the Art Department at Biola University since 2011. Her work seeks to capture, however briefly or imperfectly, that which prefers to remain hidden: the possibility and multiplicity surrounding each moment. Primarily a painter, she also...

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            Jane Pryor

            • Adjunct, Art

              Originally from Kansas, Jane Gillespie is a Los Angeles-based artist focusing primarily in sculpture. She received her M.F.A. from Claremont Graduate University and her undergraduate degree from the University of Southern California. Gillespie's work has been exhibited throughout Southern California and is part of the Los Angeles Metro’s public art collection. She was a Maguire Fellow and a...

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