Art & Illustration

The Art & Illustration major provides the studio coursework and instruction to develop your own personal style in a wide range of media. We have faculty with professional experience as illustrators working with publishers and agencies and as fine artists working with a variety of galleries and museums. Whether you prefer traditional media, digital media, or printmaking come hone your skills with us.

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Students and professors share what makes JBU's Art & Illustration program unique.

Work in Incredible Facilities

Seven Reasons to Study Art & Illustration at JBU

Reason #1

Work in Incredible Facilities

With 24-hour access, our two 3-story visual art facilities are about as nice as you can find. These are beautiful buildings filled with excellent equipment.

Tour the World

Seven Reasons to Study Art & Illustration at JBU

Reason #2

Tour the World

Every summer, JBU hosts a European Art Tour and one or more international summer studies trips. See world class art and see the world!

Display Your Creativity

Seven Reasons to Study Art & Illustration at JBU

Reason #3

Display Your Creativity

Show off in the annual Student Works Show, a highlight in the JBU calendar. It is also possible to reserve an art gallery for your personal exhibit.

Explore the Art Gallery

Seven Reasons to Study Art & Illustration at JBU

Reason #4

Explore the Art Gallery

JBU’s art gallery, the second best in NWA, hosts a myriad of professional artists and their work, providing students direct contact with professionals in their field.

Integrate Faith & Art

Seven Reasons to Study Art & Illustration at JBU

Reason #5

Integrate Faith & Art

At JBU your faculty will encourage you to use your talents for the glory of God. In every class and every career our desire is to honor Him.

Gain Great Exposure

Seven Reasons to Study Art & Illustration at JBU

Reason #6

Gain Great Exposure

Every year, seniors display their best work for potential employers at the JBU Portfolio Show, which draws a large group of recruiters as well as hundreds of friends and family.

Mingle with Experts

Seven Reasons to Study Art & Illustration at JBU

Reason #7

Mingle with Experts

Every year we bring in a variety of talented and well-known artists, photographers, and filmmakers from around the country to speak to our campus and conduct workshops for visual art students.

Charles Peer

Faculty Profile

Charles Peer

Professor of Visual Arts

Peer came to JBU in 1987 and serves as director of the art department gallery. Peer teaches color theory, art history and drawing class. Peer continues to work and win awards as a practicing fine artist, concentrating in soft pastels.

M.F.A., University of Arkansas

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Bob Martin

Faculty Profile

Bob Martin

Associate Professor of Visual Arts

Martin is a printmaker, painter and curator. Martin’s artwork is exhibited and collected internationally, and is displayed in numerous museum collections. He currently teaches printmaking, screen printing and art foundation courses at JBU.

M.F.A., University of Arkansas

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Joel Armstrong

Faculty Profile

Joel Armstrong

Associate Professor of Visual Arts

Armstrong spent over 20 years as an illustrator and graphic designer, working as the art director for Group magazine before coming to JBU. He continues to work in wire and installation art.

M.F.A., Colorado State University

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Peter Pohle

Faculty Profile

Peter Pohle

Associate Professor of Visual Arts

Pohle, who grew up in Berlin, has worked as an artist for Campus Crusade for Christ, freelance illustrator, fine artist and as a designer at Dayspring Cards and Hallmark Cards. He frequently leads student study trips to his hometown.

M.F.A., Syracuse University

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Alumni Profile

Alumni Photo: John Mark Gibbons '10

John Mark Gibbons '10

Technical Animator, Moving Picture Company

Raised in Belgium, John-Mark Gibbons decided to pursue the integration of the technical and aesthetic aspects of digital art at JBU. While a student he earned several National Student Addy Awards. He has worked as a lead designer alongside Sony, Lionsgate, Walmart and a number of other Fortune 500 companies. He recently worked on Night at the Museum 3.