Art and Digital Media

Associate Professor
College of Arts and Sciences
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M.A.R., 2015, Yale Divinity School and Yale Institute of Sacred Music
M.F.A. (Painting), 2012, Savannah College of Art & Design
B.S. (Art), 2003, Olivet Nazarene University

Professor Seals joined Olivet’s full-time faculty in 2018, teaching courses in drawing, 3-D design, figure studies, illustration and art history. He is also the gallery director of Olivet’s Victorian House Gallery.

A conceptual artist, teacher and curator, he has exhibited his artwork in solo and group exhibitions at galleries and universities through the U.S. He curates an annual art exhibition at Yale University’s Institute of Sacred Music. His essays, review and works of art have appeared in ArtPulse Magazine, Letters Literary Art Journal, Palimpsest Magazine and Reflections Magazine.

Exploring the ways in which identity relates to memory, loss and redemption in visual culture organizes his artistic practice. Discover more about him and his work at jonsealsart.com.

He and his wife, Kristin, married in 2007. They are the parents of one son, Leo.

Art

Art and Digital Media
Associate Professor
College of Arts and Sciences
Art and Digital Media
M.A. (Christian Ministry), 2015, Olivet Nazarene University
M.F.A., 2000, Southern Illinois University
B.F.A., 1997, Ball State University

Professor Gary Thomas specializes in painting, drawing and printmaking.

His past experiences include being a visiting assistant professor of Art at Taylor University; adjunct professor of art at Herron School of Art and Design/IUPUI; and assistant professor of art at Culver-Stockton College, Mo.

Assistant Professor
College of Arts and Sciences
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M.F.A. (Painting), 2011, Bradley University
B.F.A. (Art Education), 2005, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago
B.A. (Studio Art/Anthropology), 2002, University of Denver

Trained as an observational painter, Professor Koszut combines elements of both the representational and the abstract in her work. Her visual vocabulary is inspired by nature, specifically by a forest's play with branches, roots and rocks. She challenges the viewer to visually find that balance between calm and congestion within each of her pieces.

Joining the Olivet faculty in 2012, she teaches art education and a variety of studio arts courses. She also continues to paint and show her work in juried exhibitions both locally and nationally. Learn more about her work and career at marybethkoszut.com.

Her teaching career has included two years as an adjunct professor at Robert Morris University, Peoria, and Bradley University. She also taught fine arts at Dr. Bessie Rhodes Magnet School in Skokie, Ill., and worked as a K-12 teacher. She is a member of the National Art Education Association.

Professor Koszut's academic awards and professional recognition for her work include:

  • Caterpillar Masters Fellowship, 2008-2010
  • Initiated Phi Beta Kappa Lifetime Member, 2002
  • Initiated Mortar Board Member, 2001
  • Initiated Golden Key Honor Society Member, 2000

To inspire her creative self, Professor Koszut enjoys music, movies and many outdoor activities.

She and her husband, Jeff Tongren, were married in 2016. She is helping him parent his daughter, Eve.

Chair of Art and Digital Media and Associate Professor
College of Arts and Sciences
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M.F.A., 1984, University of South Dakota
B.F.A., 1981, Illinois State University

Professor Greiner is particularly interested in challenging students to use their talents for the Lord in a secular world. He serves as department chair.

Also a working artist, he has his paintings on display in several galleries across the Midwest, including two corporate galleries. His work is in five national Art Institute collections, including the Art Institute of Chicago, and has appeared in more than 300 private collections throughout the United States, Europe and Africa. His work has been represented in Agora Gallery in the Chelsea art district in New York, and he has been selected for Yale University and Dan Bown juried competition national exhibits as well.

He collects ancient coins of Greek and Roman artifacts; and also has an extensive collection of early American money starting with the colonies through to the present.

For many years, Professor Greiner had an art framing business and framed for such notables as Christian singer Amy Grant, artist Peter Max and the James Bond collections. He has personally framed for all five Bonds.

He also enjoys doing art consulting work and art appraisals for estates, collections and businesses.

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