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Faculty

Department Chair, Associate Professor of Art

Biography

Rachel Hayes is a graduate of Concordia University, Irvine, where she earned a B.A. in art and secondary education. After graduation, she taught K-8th art at the Crystal Cathedral Academy; junior high art at St. Paul's Lutheran School in Des Peres, MO; various college-level courses at Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville, IL; and high school art at Crean Lutheran High School in Irvine,CA. She has also taught art in various non-profit settings in Orange County.

Rachel Hayes received her Master's of Fine Arts degree in 2007, specializing in drawing and textiles, from Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville. She enjoys all types of art, but especially loves drawing, mixed media and textiles.

www.rachelchristinahayes.com

Education

  • B.A.: 2002, Concordia University, Irvine, Art: Secondary Education
  • M.F.A.: 2007, Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, Drawing & Textiles

Teaching

  • Painting I & II
  • Elements of Art
  • Experiences of Art
  • Design
  • Children's Art

Professor of Art

Niclas

Biography

Born and raised in Sweden I learned different art forms from my mother who is an artist. I subsequently went on to study art in Austria, Germany and France. The fundamental approach to art is, at its core, learning to see differently, and by extension, to think differently. The process is about technique, but the goal – the outcome – is to develop a different way of experiencing the world, and of evaluating that which we experience. In that sense it is not unlike learning to speak a foreign language. It gives us a different way of formulating thought, formulating knowledge. As a European who has lived and worked in many different countries with different languages and cultures, I have learned that knowledge, and therefore understanding, can be framed in many different ways. By using painting and drawing as a means to express myself I use a language that often proves to be powerful. My paintings depict traces of reactions, feelings, and other signs of what takes place emotionally between people. I aim to manifest a certain degree of tension. As I consciously develop visual commentaries on the canvas, I try to cover universal themes such as love, distress, separation, pain, joy, isolation, complacency… all feelings that are part of our human existence.

Education

  • Art Institute of Southern California, Laguna Beach, CA, B.F.A., 1995
  • Cal State Fullerton, M.F.A., 2002

Professional Experience

  • Laguna College of Art and Design, Laguna Beach, CA, 1998-2004
  • Cal State Fullerton, 2001-2002
  • Irvine Valley College, Irvine, CA, 2003-2007
  • Resident Professor of Art, Concordia University, Irvine, CA, 2003-2007
  • Assistant Professor of Art, Concordia University, Irvine, CA, 2007-present

Graphic Design Program Director

Biography

Professor of graphic design, Soo teaches digital image manipulation, digital illustration, typography, and graphic design classes. Utilizing both traditional and digital media, Soo creates artwork which investigates issues of identity and culture. A variety of media are used for self-discovery by examining memories, perceptions and personal relationships.

Education

  • B.F.A. in Commercial Art at Concordia University, Seward, Nebraska, 2001
  • M.F.A. in Integrated Visual Art, at Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa, 2004

Teaching

  • Digital Publishing
  • Digital Image Manipulation
  • Digital Illustration
  • Graphic Design 1
  • Graphic Design 2
  • Graphic Design 3
  • Typography 1
  • Typography 2

Adjunct Faculty

Adjunct Art Professor

Biography

I am passionate about painting and teaching. My work is a representation of ordinary objects and interior spaces--a nexus of daily ritual and painting as spiritual practice. I work in oil and other drawing media and artworks range in size from large canvases to small panels. In the classroom, I find inspiration from my students and delight in coming alongside them as they become makers and creative problem-solvers.

Education

  • MFA, Laguna College of Art + Design
  • BFA, Evangel University

Publications

  • 2015 Kari Dunham, SEEN Journal, Christians in the Visual Arts, 2015, XV:2, 27
  • 2014 Kari Dunham, [Group exhibition catalogue], California Dreaming: An International Portrait of Southern California. Oceanside Museum of Art. Oceanside, CA
  • 2014 Bonnie Gangelhoff, "Kari Dunham: Telling her story," Southwest Art, September 2014, Volume 44, No.4. 20.

Teaching

  • Drawing 1 (ART 201)
  • Painting (ART 321)

Adobe Education Leader

Biography

Sean Glumace has been an Adobe Education Leader, education advocate, graphic designer, comic book letterer and digital media instructor for over two decades. He was the K-14 Pathways – Statewide Technical Assistance Provider (TAP) under the Doing What MATTERS for Jobs and the Economy, California Community Colleges initiative from 2015-2017 with TAP partner Angela Allison.

Education

  • Bachelor of Science in Instructional Design and Technology from Walden University

Professor of Art

Biography

Practice consists of sculpture, performance, video and ceramics. Lives and works in San Pedro.

Education

  • MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, 2014
  • BS from Biola University, 2002

Teaching

  • Ceramics 1 and 2 and 3-D design

Adjunct Art Professor

Biography

Dawn Nicole Hamby is an interdisciplinary artist who works in a wide range of media. She has taught young artists of all ages and abilities and loves helping students to discover their God-given creativity and to better understand their relationship with God as creations of the Master Artist. She currently leads the Visual & Media Arts Department and Arts Academy at Orange Lutheran High School and teaches art education courses at local universities.

Education

  • M.A.T.: 2010, Biola University
  • B.F.A.: 2006, Biola University, Studio Arts: Interdisciplinary

Adjunct Professor

Biography

Holding a Bachelors of Arts in Graphic Design From California State University San Bernardino, Jeremy Holden is a Creative Specialist, specializing in the fields of Graphic Design, Illustration, Animation & Photography. Currently teach in the Digital Media Arts Department at Irvine Valley College and in Visual Arts Department with Concordia University Irvine.

Jeremy hopes that by sharing his creative knowledge, he can guide future designers/artists to follow their dreams & train them to become responsible designers/artists, because with great design comes the great responsibility to communicate effectively with the world.

Education

  • Bachelor of Arts-Graphic Design: California State University San Bernardino

Teaching

  • ART 472 -Web Design 1
  • ART 481-Digital Photography

Adjunct Art Professor

Biography

Dr. Siedell is Presidential Scholar & Art Historian in Residence at The King’s College in New York City and Adjunct Faculty at Concordia University-Irvine, California. He was previously Professor of Modern and Contemporary Art History at the University of Nebraska-Omaha and for over a decade he served as Chief Curator at the Sheldon Museum of Art (University of Nebraska-Lincoln), where he organized over one hundred exhibitions and worked with numerous contemporary artists on exhibition and book projects. He lives with his wife and their cat Zoe in Pompano Beach, Florida where they are members of Shepherd of the Coast Lutheran Church (LCMS) in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He and his wife have three adult children.

A specialist in the history of modern art, criticism, and theory, his current projects are an historical and theological exploration of the development of modern art criticism from 1855 in Paris to 1955 in New York City and a reassessment of Protestant aesthetics and theology and their relevance for the study of the modern art through the writings of J.G. Hamann, Walter Benjamin, Gerhard Ebeling, and Jacob Taubes.

His books include Weldon Kees and the Arts at Midcentury (University of Nebraska Press, 2003); Martínez Celaya: Early Work (Whale & Star, 2005); God in the Gallery (Baker Academic, 2008); Who’s Afraid of Modern Art? (Cascade, 2015); and Enrique Martínez Celaya: Work and Documents, 1990-2015 (Radius Books, 2016).

Education

  • Ph.D. University of Iowa
  • M.A. State University of New York-Stony Brook
  • B.A. University of Nebraska

Teaching

  • Art History I
  • Art History II
  • History of Contemporary Art

Adjunct Art Professor

Biography

Hannah Kim Varamini is an interdisciplinary artist based in Los Angeles. She was born in Washington, D.C. to first-generation Korean immigrants. She received her BFA from Cornell University and MFA from the art program at CalArts. Her work employs language and symbology to examine ideologies of nationalism, and personal histories of diaspora and cultural hybridity. She spent time in Namibia on a Fulbright fellowship in 2008, which propelled an ongoing interest in postcolonial discourse. She has presented work in various contexts including the Santa Cruz Museum of Art, the Phillips Collection, and the National Art Gallery of Namibia.

Education

  • BFA, Cornell University
  • MFA, California Institute of the Arts

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