Our Faculty

The faculty of Visual Art & Design

Stefanie Elkins

Stefanie Elkins

Associate Professor of Art and Art History

  • Office Location: Art & Design Center
  • E-mail: selkins@andrews.edu
  • Phone: (269) 471-3279

Education:

  • BA, Andrews University
  • MAEd, Georgia State University

Biography:

Stefanie teaches courses in art history and is the curriculum developer for the BA in Art History within the VAD department. She also teaches Printmaking I and other occasional studio courses. Born in Chattanooga, TN, she grew up in Calhoun, GA and is a diehard Atlanta Braves fan. Stefanie received her teaching certification in art at Berry College in Rome, GA and then her MAEd in Art Education at GA State University. She taught 7th and 8th grade for four years at John L Coble Elementary School and then went on to teach for two years at GA-Cumberland Academy where she taught world history and world literature. She also started art programs at both Coble Elementary and GCA, where she took students on two art tours to Spain and Italy.

Current Research or Professional Activities:

Stefanie’s area of focus is ancient art, specifically art of the ancient Near East. She is currently pursuing her PhD full time here at Andrews University in Near Eastern Archaeology with an emphasis in Ancient Art. History. Stefanie has been involved with archaeology for over 20 years and has a passion for integrating art historical research into archaeology. She has participated in excavations in Jordan, Israel, and Italy and has organized art tours for students to Jordan, Egypt, and Italy.

Kari Friestad

Kari Friestad

Assistant Professor of Painting & Drawing

  • Office Location: 520 ADC
  • E-mail: friestad@andrews.edu
  • Phone: (269) 471-6041

Education:

  • BFA – Andrews University
  • MFA – Kendall College (current)

Biography:

Originally from Orlando, Florida, Kari’s obsession with painting clicked during art class in high school. She received degrees in English and Visual Art from Andrews University. After a year in a graduate program in FL, she moved back to Michigan to teach introductory drawing at Andrews University and worked as an editor. Kari teaches drawing and painting and is pursuing her MFA in Painting at Kendall College of Art & Design in Grand Rapids. Her artistic interests include the figure and portraiture with themes of the influence of media culture on personal identity and status. In her spare time, she enjoys working with youth and traveling.

Steve Hansen

Steve Hansen

Professor of Ceramics & Art History

  • Office Location: Art & Design Center
  • E-mail: slhansen@andrews.edu
  • Phone: (269) 471-3281

Education:

  • BFA, Andrews University
  • MFA, University of Notre Dame

Biography:

Steve has enjoyed a wide variety of artistic interests over the years, beginning with painting then moving on to sculpture. For the last 10 years he has worked primarily in clay. His works have appeared in Ceramics Monthly, American Craft, and Niche magazines. He has also had photographs of his work appear in textbooks such as Extruded Ceramics and The Teapot Book. Steve exhibits his work in galleries from Los Angeles to Boston, and as far afield as Australia. Google the phrase “Steve Hansen teapots” and see what you get!

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Paul Kim

Paul Kim

Associate Professor of Documentary Film

  • Office Location: Harrigan Hall 301
  • E-mail: paulkim@andrews.edu
  • Phone: (269) 471-3898

Education:

  • AS, Loma Linda University
  • BA, BS, Pacific Union College
  • MFA, American University

Biography:

Paul spent time in two other careers before discovering his real passion and gift for the visual arts. An avid believer that story is the pivotal force at work behind identity formation, his narratives and imagery work to foster transnational and cross-cultural understanding. As a new media producer and documentary filmmaker, Paul has filmed across six continents on projects that explore issues in human rights, social justice, and the intersection of politics, religion, and civic engagement. His documentaries have played at domestic and international festivals, receiving multiple awards including a CINE Golden Eagle.  An active presence at some of the leading film festivals in North America, his own contributions in organizing has helped bring together an incredibly diverse community of producers and filmmakers representing all corners of the industry including network television, Columbia Pictures, PBS, and independent social documentary filmmaking.  Paul completed his MFA from the American University in Washington, DC where he also served as a graduate fellow in the Center for Social Media through a grant from the Ford Foundation. He is currently the lead architect of an unprecedented undergraduate documentary film program which combines the best of the fine arts and photography traditions with the emerging documentary film movement. A transplant from California, Paul is finding ways to appreciate the best of the Great Lakes region with his wife and two girls, enjoying the uncrowded spaces, artisanal foods, and a variety of outdoor activities.

Diane Myers

Diane Myers

Assistant Professor of Graphic Design & Digital Media

  • Office Location: Art & Design Center 212
  • E-mail: myersd@andrews.edu
  • Phone: (269) 471-3825

Education:

  • BT, Creative Graphics, Andrews University, 1991

Biography:

Diane started designing her own cards in elementary school, and has loved working in print ever since. After graduating from Andrews University in 1991, she worked as a graphic designer for The Herald Palladium then transferred to the South Bend Tribune. With a strong desire to travel, she took an opportunity to spend 6 months working at Hlidardalsskoli, a “last chance” high school near Selfoss, Iceland. After that, Diane accepted a 12 month position to teach English as a second language in Moscow, Russia. Upon returning to North America, she worked exclusively in print for over 15 years creating a variety of books, magazines and calendars in Toronto, Ontario where she won numerous awards for magazine design and publications. She enjoys bringing the “real world” experience into the classroom and continuing to work as a professional graphic designer.

Sharon J. Prest

Sharon J. Prest

Associate Professor of Photography & Digital Media

  • Office Location: Harrigan Hall 302
  • E-mail: prest@andrews.edu
  • Phone: (269) 471-6511

Education:

  • BS – Andrews University
  • MA – Andrews University: Communication & Education

Biography:

Sharon Prest earned her MA in Communication and Technology in the late 90’s when the internet was just entering the collective conscience of the general population. Her thesis project revolved around leveraging the internet as a tool for distance education by bringing the world to K-12 classrooms through the Intelebration Expeditions curriculum developed with Dr. Larry Burton, Professor of Education. Since that time, she has traveled internationally to Peru, Kenya, and the Galapagos Islands. Domestically, Intelebration Expeditions also traveled on bike through the heart of America tracing the Cherokee Trail of Tears, while visiting participating K-12 schools, sharing experiences and connecting with young minds. More recently her work has led her to Egypt, India, Italy and to the Middle East where she has documented the Bedouin living near the stone city of Petra. She has also received funding to photograph archaeological digs at Tall Hisban, Tall al-ÔUmayri, Tall Jalul and in Madaba, Jordan. Her passion is connecting to other cultures through the storytelling medium of photography. She enjoys mountain biking in Utah and Colorado, and spending time with family and friends.

Rhonda Root

Rhonda Root

Professor of Art

  • Office Location: Architecture Building
  • E-mail: rroot@andrews.edu
  • Phone: (269) 471-3496

Education:

  • BFA, Andrews University
  • MFA, University of Notre Dame

Biography:

Rhonda Root graduated from Andrews University with a BA in Art and History, she received an MFA Degree from the University of Notre Dame in Painting. She is an artist who shows in local exhibitions, as well as in Chicago and New York. Throughout her career she has chosen architecture as her main subject matter. This has included American urban architecture as well as architecture from Europe and the Middle East. Root is also involved in archaeology, participating in several digs in Jordan, where she is the Director of Art. She has been on archaeological digs every two years since 1992. Her duties included doing illustrations of objects found, site illustrations, and section drawings of the found architecture as well as doing reconstruction drawings of what the building would have looked like during Biblical times. Many of these illustrations have been published in professional journals, including Biblical Archaeologist. Presently she teaches Color Theory and Art Education Methods courses. In Architecture she teaches the history of architecture courses and Drawing and Graphics Studios. Root enjoys traveling and co-directed the Art & Architecture Tour in Europe during the summers of 2007, 2009, 2010, 2012, and 2013.

Dave B. Sherwin

Dave B. Sherwin

Assistant Professor of Photography

  • Office Location: Harrigan Hall 338
  • E-mail: dsherwin@andrews.edu
  • Phone: (269) 471-6604

Education:

  • BFA, Andrews University

Biography:

Dave Sherwin teaches photography on the campus of Andrews University, Berrien Springs, Mich. He joined the faculty in 1987 and worked full time until 1991. He then started his own commercial photography studio, specializing in editorial, corporate, and advertising photography, while still teaching a studio class at Andrews University, from 1991 until 2000, when he returned to teach full-time in the digital media and photography department. Sherwin grew up overseas in Pakistan as a missionary kid, without the influence of television. “I built a lot of my own toys because commercial toys were unavailable. When I was twelve, I built my own darkroom and learned how to make pictures. Creativity was something I enjoyed and learned.” Born in Lahore, Pakistan, Sherwin graduated in 1982 with a bachelor of fine arts in photography from Andrews University. Before coming to Andrews, Sherwin worked six years for the Review and Herald Publishing Co. in Hagerstown, Maryland, as their head photographer. He is married to Jane Anne Hartman Sherwin. They have two children, Brent and Brittany.

Current Research or Professional Activities:

A partial list of commercial photography clients includes: Whirlpool, Sears, Heath Zenith, Toro Wheel Horse, Upjohn, Toshiba, EV Corporation, Lakeland Corporation, St. Mary’s College, Bethel College, Andrews University, Lake Michigan College, Southwestern Michigan College, and many others. A partial list of Christian photography clients includes: Focus on the Family, Tyndale House, Zondervan, Green Lawn Press, Review & Herald Publishing, Pacific Press, Lake Union Herald, and most of the photography for Nathan Greene’s paintings.

Doug Taylor

Doug Taylor

Assistant Professor of Graphic Design

  • Office Location: Room 210, Art & Design Center
  • E-mail: taylord@andrews.edu
  • Phone: (269) 471-3810

Education:

  • BFA, Graphic Design, Andrews University

Biography:

Doug Taylor graduated from Andrews University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in graphic design and an unbridled enthusiasm for all things creative. After graduation, Doug’s love of design and pre-packaged breakfast foods lead him to Cereal City U.S.A., also known as Battle Creek Michigan. He was disappointed to find the city was not, in fact, made entirely of cereal, but quickly got over it when he was accepted as an intern at a small but high-end design studio called Ripple Effect. Over the next few years, Doug rose through the ranks like a cork in a bathtub, until he was promoted to head designer.

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In early 2008, Doug joined the team at Shawk! (the exclamation is actually part of the name). Though the name sounds like a cross between a shark and a hawk, or perhaps an energy drink, Shawk! is one of the world’s largest advertising agencies, and has a branch right in the headquarters of the Kelloggs Corporation. Doug worked as a freelance senior-level creative and had the opportunity to design the very packaging and promotional material for the breakfast foods he so loved. Doug savored every cereal-driven moment at Shawk!, but when he was offered the position of head designer at an up-and-coming web design firm called corePHP, the opportunity was too good to pass up. Like the graceful hippopotamus, Doug dove head first into the world of web design and made quite a splash with clients like Yum! Brands (parent company of Taco Bell, KFC and Pizza Hut) and the Federal Department of Transportation, to name a few. In 2010, Doug accepted a full-time position at Andrews University, teaching graphic design and has never looked back. With his broad experience in the industry, Doug is able to prepare his students for the highly competitive environment they will experience after graduation. Doug says that though he is more tug boat then dream boat, he still managed to convince the most beautiful and intelligent woman in the world (this statement is based on clear, scientific fact and not on Doug’s very biased opinion) to marry him. He and his wife Melanie have two wonderful children, Michael and Ella.
Marc G. Ullom

Marc G. Ullom

Associate Professor of Photography

  • Office Location: Harrigan Hall 339
  • E-mail: mullom@andrews.edu
  • Phone: (269) 471-6563

Education:

  • BS – Andrews University
  • MFA – Academy of Art University

Biography:

For 16 years Marc has taught photography and digital imaging as well as classes involving historical and experimental photographic processes. His ability to clearly articulate complex technical and abstract concepts have served him well as an educator and mentor to his students. For a wide variety of work and additional information on Marc please visit his website at: www.marcullom.com

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