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New Art Faculty

NEW 2018 Faculty

Meet the newest JBU Visual Arts Department faculty!


Erin Shaw is a painter of borderlands, the spaces between worlds. Her art faces the dualities we all carry inside of us, synthesizing them into understanding through narrative. As a visual storyteller, the child of an Oklahoma farm, Erin tills the rich soil of dichotomy, growing art where the known meets the unknown. 

As an American Indian (Chickasaw-Choctaw) artist, Erin creates in a state of tension, suspended between two worlds. Humor pervades her art and reveals truths in unanticipated ways. The trickster, a disruptive force who turns us about until we see something new, appears throughout her work. 

Erin earned her BFA in studio art from Baylor University and her MFA from the University of Oklahoma. She teaches art at the University of Central Oklahoma while also exhibiting her work throughout the United States. She currently lives and works in Oklahoma City with her husband, son, and a shoe thieving bird dog.

Check out Erin's artwork on her site.



Kirk Demarais is a graduate of JBU and he’s been serving as an adjunct professor in the Visual Arts department since 2006. He worked for DaySpring cards as a member of the Web and New Media team for ten years before establishing himself as a freelance designer, artist, and writer.

Demarais's fascination with vintage toys, novelties, and 20th century pop culture has inspired two published works, "Life of the Party," a visual  history book of the S.S. Adams Prank and Magic company (for whom he was employed as a package and catalog designer), and "Mail-Order Mysteries" which offers a rare look at mail-order products from vintage comic books. The latter appeared on annual best-of lists in USA Today and the Boston Globe and placed on the Wall Street Journal Bestsellers list.

His enthusiasm for retro-culture has also manifested in an award-winning short film called "Flip" as well as "Foot," an animated film he co-created which was distributed by the toy company FunKo.

Kirk’s pop-surrealist artwork is regularly shown and sold in Los Angeles and New York City galleries, and has received international attention, as well 
as support among the Hollywood community.

His writing has been seen in The LA Times,, and magazines including Comic Art, Make, and Reminisce. His body of work has been featured or cited in Wired, Rolling Stone, Huffington Post, Slashfilm, FastCompany, Print Magazine, Flavorwire, New York Post and many more.

Kirk enjoys life in the hills of Arkansas with his wife and son.




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