The faculty artists of Elmhurst College are highly qualified educators who are active as professional artists. Because they are working artists themselves, they understand the joys, and also the frustrations, inherent in making art. They will help you reach your goals by creating a supportive atmosphere where you can explore and take creative risks.
Want to know more? See our faculty profiles, below. Or, contact a professor directly.
Mary Lou Stewart
Paolo Cabal, drawing
Phyllis Kozlowski, art history
John Nester, ceramics
Marcia Palazzolo, photography
Ann Rintz, drawing
Suellen Rocca, painting, drawing, design studio
John Pitman Weber, professor emeritus
Dustan Creech oversees the sculpture and printmaking concentration of the art major. He has been included in numerous solo and group exhibitions both nationally and internationally. He has received numerous awards and art grants.
Richard Paulsen is a working artist whose art is frequently shown at the N.A.B. Gallery and other shows locally. His work is included in many collections, including the Art Institute of Chicago, the Chicago Public Library, and the Illinois Art Council.
Adjunct Faculty, Curator and Director of Exhibitions
Suellen Rocca is the curator of the Elmhurst College art collection. She also teaches painting, drawing, and design studio classes in the College's Department of Art.
Geoff Sciacca oversees the graphic design major. His experience, both professional and pedagogical, equips him well to lead the graphic design program. He has worked as an art director in Los Angeles and served as an interim professor at the University of Alabama in Birmingham. He has done work for national-level clients, but prefers to work with those clients whose vision is beyond their bottom line and has done a number of projects for various non-profit organizations. His personal work examines how graphic design can be used as a tool for impacting social change, focusing on issues such as race, culture, and social justice.
Mary Lou Stewart
Professor & Director of Art Education
Mary Lou Stewart has been a practicing artist and teacher for more than 20 years. Her paintings and drawings have been shown in over 90 juried art shows. She has been represented by galleries throughout the nation, and numerous private collectors and museums have purchased her work.
John Pitman Weber
John Pitman Weber, co-founder of the Chicago Public Art Group, is one of the nation’s best known public artists. His paintings, murals, concrete relief, mosaic, and carved brick works have appeared internationally, and his published writings are highly respected in the art world.