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Meet Creative Arts Faculty

Joshua Azzarella

Assistant Professor, Digital Media
jazzarella@spalding.edu
Joshua Azzarella
MFA: Mason Gross School of Arts, Rutgers/ BFA: Myers School of Art, University of Akron

Flint Collins, PhD

Assistant Professor, Art History
fcollins@spalding.edu

Flint CollinsDr. Flint Collins is an Assistant Professor at Spalding University in Louisville, KY, where he teaches interdisciplinary art history. He received his Ph.D. in art history from the University of Louisville in 2016. His area of specialization is contemporary art and ecology, and his dissertation is entitled, "Site Responsibility: Eco-art and Environmental Ethics in the Anthropocene." Currently, his research concentration is eco-horror in visual culture.

Aaron Lubrick

Associate Professor, Painting + Drawing
alubrick@spalding.edu

Aaron LubrickAaron Lubrick received his MFA from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and his BFA from the Columbus College of Art and Design. Lubrick lives in Louisville, Kentucky, and teaches painting and drawing at Spalding University as an associate professor while pursuing his studio practice. Lubrick exhibits his work both locally and nationally. His work often draws upon his experiences of growing up an identical twin. Another motif of Lubrick’s work connects the viewer to a timeless almost prehistoric landscape while seeking the human’s contemporary relationship to our natural world.

Matthew Walsh, MFA 2D Design

Assistant Professor
mwalsh@spalding.edu

Matthew WalshMatthew Walsh received his MFA in Fine Art and 2-D Design from Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, MI. He has taught Typography, Graphic Design, and Illustration at schools in Portland, OR; Grand Rapids, MI; Fort Wayne, IN; and Bloomington, IL. His work contains poetry and illumination, comics, digital illustration involving video games, and portraiture; it also looks into notions of beauty and the grotesque; mythology both past and present; etymology and linguistics. He has a healthy interest in magic in addition to maintaining a healthy professional practice in design. At Spalding he teaches classes in comics and narrative drawing, lettering and visual writing, and graphic design.

Deborah Whistler

Associate Professor, Program Director of Art & Design
dwhistler@spalding.edu

deborah whistler

Deborah Whistler received her MFA in Printmaking from the University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati Ohio. She holds a BFA in Graphic Design from Miami University of Ohio. She has been teaching at the university level since 1997 and before graduate school worked as a graphic designer and illustrator. She considers all of her work to derive from drawing as she strives to achieve a delicate visual balance and calm in the midst of chaos. Her drawings are both two-dimensional and three-dimensional and range from steel to delicate paper cuttings. As the Program Director for Spalding Creative Arts, Deborah also teaches Drawing, Illustration and Design Thinking.

Shawn Hennessey

Assistant Professor, 3D and Studio Technician
shennessey@spalding.edu

Shawn HennesseyShawn Hennessey worked collaboratively in the nonprofit world for over ten years with Squallis Puppeteers, building puppets, performing shows and maintaining the health of the organization. He holds a BFA in Sculpture from the University of Cincinnati and an MFA from The Ohio State University in Painting and Drawing. He has worked as a professor, a furniture maker, a builder remodeler, and is a jack of all trades. His personal art practice includes nonobjective drawing and painting, assemblage, experimental music and sound art. In 2019, he was the recipient of a Great Meadows Foundation Artist Enrichment grant.