The faculty of the Seattle Pacific Art Department is dedicated to the education and instruction of students in the Visual Arts in preparation for future service and leadership in the greater community. Faculty members take specific responsibilities for leadership of implementation of the University’s mission to “engage the culture and change the world.”

Each professor is committed to evangelical Christian faith and values, and to excellence in teaching and scholarship for the intellectual, personal, and spiritual growth of students.

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Meet the Chair

“For me, the arts are about empathy. And in this time of national and global division, empathy is more important than ever before.”


Katie Kresser

Katie Kresser

The Art Department at SPU prepares students to pursue a wide range of disciplines — all of them demanding a healthy dose of empathy. To make art, or even to successfully talk about art, practitioners must develop a self-awareness that helps them tap into the universal human experience. Then they have to use empathy to connect with others and determine how that experience can be communicated across persons, cultures, time, and space. Art and design translate deep inner experiences so that they can be shared. Truly successful works of art and design can help connect people who have never met; they can help us realize that all of us, everywhere, are preciously and profoundly human, with the same wounds, the same desires, the same delights, and the same aspirations.

Seattle Pacific University aims to equip all students to understand and interface with the diverse communities of the Pacific Northwest, the United States, and the world. We’re motivated to do this thanks to the Christian conviction that everyone, everywhere, is made in the image of God. The Art Department is an important contributor to that mission. In our work, whether we’re using design to raise awareness of human trafficking, paint or film to gain poetic insight into human suffering, or research and writing skills to uncover and translate artistic meaning, we proceed with deep respect and, yes, empathy. We hope our students go out into the world a little wiser and a little more compassionate. Ultimately, we have faith that our wonderful graduates will be part of the change — part of the Spirit’s yearning for greater peace and harmony in the world.

Katie Kresser
Chair, Art Department
Associate Professor of Art


Faculty/Staff

Faculty

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Zack Bent

Assistant Professor of Art


bentz@spu.edu
206-281-3442
Art Center

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Karen Gutowsky-Zimmerman

Professor of Art-Visual Communications


kgz@spu.edu
206-378-5054
Art Center

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Scott Kolbo

Associate Professor of Art


kolbos@spu.edu
206-281-2158
Art Center

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Katie Kresser

Associate Professor of Art; Chair of the Art Department


kressk@spu.edu
206-281-3443
Art Center

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Laura Lasworth

Professor of Art


lasworth@spu.edu
206-281-2441
Art Center

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Laurie Roberts

Program Coordinator


robertsl@spu.edu
206-281-2079
Art Center

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Alison Stigora

Assistant Professor of Sculpture


Adjunct Faculty

Lindsay Beach

Adjunct


beachl1@spu.edu

Juanita Brautlacht

Adjunct, Drawing Instructor


brautj@spu.edu

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Tom DesLongchamp

Adjunct


deslongchamp@spu.edu

Hovie Hawk

Adjunct


hawkf@spu.edu
206-281-2079

Kayo Nakamura

Adjunct


nakamk@spu.edu

Rachell Sumpter

Adjunct


sumpterr@spu.edu
206-281-2079