Photography

JBU’s photography program introduces students to traditional and digital darkrooms, photography studios, as well as myriad cutting-edge editing software and hardware exposure. Students develop their eye for composition and learn complex forms of visual literacy and artistic criticism under the attentive instruction of talented professors.

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Hear from professors and students about what makes JBU's Photography program great.

Enjoy Fantastic Facilities

Seven Reasons to Study Photography at JBU

Reason #1

Enjoy Fantastic Facilities

JBU provides 24 hour access to four painting studios, two 24-hour MAC labs, a letterpress, a screen printing studio, and two art galleries to accommodate your creative schedule.

Tour the World

Seven Reasons to Study Photography at JBU

Reason #2

Tour the World

Every summer, JBU hosts art tours across Europe visiting an array of collections for student exposure, study, inspiration and, best of all, college credit.

Display Your Creativity

Seven Reasons to Study Photography at JBU

Reason #3

Display Your Creativity

Choose your favorite work from the year and display it at JBU’s Annual Student Art Show, a highlight in the JBU academic calendar.

Explore the Art Gallery

Seven Reasons to Study Photography at JBU

Reason #4

Explore the Art Gallery

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

Establish a Solid Foundation

Seven Reasons to Study Photography at JBU

Reason #5

Establish a Solid Foundation

Students learn the basic techniques of exposure, composition and formal aesthetics before moving onto more complex forms of visual literacy and artistic critique.

Gain Great Exposure

Seven Reasons to Study Photography at JBU

Reason #6

Gain Great Exposure

Every year, seniors display their best work for potential employers, like Hallmark, Walmart, Saatchi and Saatchi X, and Acumen Brands at the JBU Portfolio Show.

Take Cool Classes

Seven Reasons to Study Photography at JBU

Reason #7

Take Cool Classes

Courses like darkroom, lighting, fine art photography, social documentary photography and commercial studio photography provide students with a broad understanding of both modern and classic forms of photography.

Neal Holland

Faculty Profile

Neal Holland

Associate Professor of Visual Arts

Holland has worked with clients like Coca-Cola, Reebok, Nike and General Motors. He loves to attempt to capture elusive images that might change the world.

M.F.A., National University
M.A., Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
B.A., Ouachita Baptist University

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Steve Snediker

Faculty Profile

Steve Snediker

Assistant Professor of Visual Arts, Cinema

Snediker has worked in HiDef directing corporate and commercial videos. He fields many of the skills required to be a one-man movie studio, but has discovered the greater power of collaboration and building teams.

M.F.A., National University
B.S., John Brown University

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Dave Andrus

Faculty Profile

Dave Andrus

Professor of Visual Arts

After a career in printing and marketing, Andrus co-founded the JBU Visual Arts department in 1990. Besides graphic design, Andrus works in oil painting, calligraphy, and digital art.

M.F.A., Syracuse University
B.S., John Brown University

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Kyle Agee

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Kyle Agee

Instructor of Visual Arts

Agee has worked as a graphic designer, photojournalist, television editor and offset printer with clients like The Outdoor Channel and the U.S. Navy Blue Angel Squadron. He also enjoys building guitar amplifiers and effect pedals.

B.S., John Brown University

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Alumni Profile

Alumni Photo: Andrew Albright '16 & Will Echols '17

Andrew Albright '16 & Will Echols '17

Junior Andrew Albright and Sophomore Will Echols are starting Gordon’s portraits, a free portrait service aimed at preserving memories for low-income families in Siloam Springs and Eastern Oklahoma.The people this organization will help are the communities of Siloam Springs and Eastern Oklahoma. “We just wanted to give back and gain some experience,” Albright said. “Will and I both enjoy photography a lot, and we want to get better. We thought it’d be a good idea to give back to people.”