Art and Digital Media
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.
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.
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.
Mary Beth Koszut joined the Olivet faculty in 2012 to teach courses for the Art and Education Departments. Formerly a K-12 art teacher, she now heads up the art education program and teaches a variety of studio arts courses. Having received her MFA in painting from Bradley University in 2011, Professor Koszut continues to make and exhibit work on a local and national level. Her metaphorical images combine representational and abstract elements depicting the struggle to balance everyday life.
Learn more about her work and career at marybethkoszut.com.
To inspire her creative self, Professor Koszut enjoys wheel throwing yoga, & hiking in the woods. She and her husband, Jeff Tongren, married in 2016, are now raising their 3 children: Evette, Charlie, & Anna Grace Tongren.