Art and Digital Media
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.
Mike is an Olivet alumnus (’15), Professor for the Department of Art and Digital Media, specializing in the Media Arts concentration, Director of Esports for Recreation Services, and System Administrator/Analyst for the IT Department. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in music from Olivet, and a Master of Science degree in music technology from Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI). He is also an Apple Teacher with Swift Playgrounds Recognition and an AVID-certified Pro Tools User. He is currently pursuing additional graduate work in game development, media design, and computer science.
He strives to make innovations in how artists and musicians use technology in their practices, performances, and recordings, as well as to combine traditional and non-traditional methods to teach courses in game development, animation, video design, STEM/STEAM programming for artists, digital graphics, drone piloting/filming, music technology, and more. Mike researches emerging ways to bridge the gap between traditional/analog art with non-traditional/digital media methods, such as scanning in hand-painted art to be used in video games and animations.
Mike creates syllabi using video game development software, writes multi-touch electronic textbooks, as well as feature books for the renewal of Olivet's Apple Distinguished School program. He offers iLearn@Lunch sessions where users can come and share their digital device experiences and get inspired with new ways of utilizing their devices at work, in the studio, on stage, at home, and with each other.
Aside from doing research, development, and training, Mike enjoys tabletop and video games, developing new emerging media projects and video games, and organizing/participating in community and charity events.
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.