Art and Digital Media

Adjunct Professor
College of Arts and Sciences
Art and Digital Media
M.A. (Ceramics), Governors State University
B.S. (Psychology), Governors State University

Katie Wraczewska joined Olivet's faculty in 2018 and enjoys teaching wheel throwing and hand building in ceramics, printmaking, and art history. After obtaining her Associates degree at Moraine Valley Community College, Professor Wraczewska transferred to Governors State University where she received both her Bachelors in Psychology and her Masters in Art with a concentration in ceramics. Katie's favorite medium is ceramics where her use of form, texture and functionality play to elicit visceral responses and memories for her audiences. 

Outside of teaching and creating art, Katie likes traveling the country, visiting art expos and conference, kayaking and learning new languages.

Adjunct Professor
College of Arts and Sciences
Art and Digital Media

John Fetterer has taught at ONU since 2014. He has had a fascination with computer graphics since high school when he saw images being moved around on separate layers in Photoshop 3 on an Apple IIe. He pursued graphic design and advertising at Columbia College. Now he loves showing students the latest graphic design tools and finding ways to spark their creativity and passion for art.

Some interesting facts about John; he used to be a bike messenger in Chicago, speaks French and plays the drums. John has four sons.

Adjunct Professor
College of Arts and Sciences
Art and Digital Media
M.A. (Art History), Governors State University
B.A., Eastern Illinois University

Victoria Strole joined Olivet's art department as an adjunct professor in 2021 teaching figure drawing. She received a bachelor's degree in economics from Eastern Illinois University and a masters in art with a concentration in art history from Governors State University. She has been teaching in higher education since 2018. 

From her previous experience in contemporary galleries, Professor Strole brings a strong philosophy that art has the power to be transformative. Her art interests include contemporary art, Non-Western art and art for progressive social equality. She serves as a volunteer board member for the Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park at her alma mater, GSU.

Outside of art, Strole lives with her husband and two kids and enjoys many outdoor activities and cooking.

Affiliate Professor
College of Arts and Sciences
Art and Digital Media

Jeremy Spence has been with the Olivet art department since 2020. He teaches courses in graphic design and media arts.

Professor Spence earned his MFA from Governors State University in 2010 and has since taught at schools and universities including Prairie State College, South Suburban College and Illinois Central College in East Peoria. A student of the graphic arts, Jeremy has experience in many facets of graphic design as well as film photography and different processes of developing one's own film.

Jeremy strives to create a strong foundation for the benefit of sharing and passing his information to others. 

 

Adjunct Professor
College of Arts and Sciences
Art and Digital Media
B.S., 1980, Bradley University

BJ joined Olivet's adjunct faculty in 2000 teach introductory courses in photography, studio photography, photojournalism, and advanced business practices. Together he and his wife, Nancy, are co-owners of Image Group Photography, LLC located in Bourbonnais, IL. Image Group is the area's largest full-service photographic studio and will be celebrating 35 years in operation next year.

He believes the opportunity to teach at ONU is a great gift from God. His professional expertise greatly influences his practical teaching style and hopes to inspire each student's inner curiosity to grow their God-given talents.

As the former Photography Editor of the Daily Journal, he was recognized as one of Illinois' Top Ten Photographers by the Illinois Press Photographers Association and received the prestigious "Peter Lisagor Award for Exemplary Journalism" five times from The Chicago Headline Club.

He and Nancy married in 1991 and reside in Limestone, IL. They are proud parents of two daughters, Jamie and Annie (on staff at Image Group), and are grandparents to three boys, Nolan, Caden, and Brooks. Four dogs also call them mom and dad. 

A self-proclaimed fickle Bears fan, BJ enjoys golf and all things Frank Lloyd Wright. To learn more about BJ check out https://imagegroupphotography.net. 

Chair of Art and Digital Media and Associate Professor
College of Arts and Sciences
Art and Digital Media
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, design, figure studies, color theory, and art history. He is also the gallery director of Olivet’s Victorian House Gallery as well as other exhibition places on campus.

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.

Discover more about him and his work at jonsealsart.com.

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

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