Jeffrey A. Nilan
Professor of Fine Arts
B.S., University of Nebraska
M.F.A., Indiana University
American Photography Institute Fellow
Jeffrey Nilan joined the department in 2008 and teaches photography, computer imaging, bookmaking, and 2D design. Previously, Nilan taught at Indiana University and the University of Kentucky. His photographs and artists’ books have been exhibited throughout the country in group and solo exhibitions, and his work is in several public and private collections.
Areas of Interest/Expertise
“Teaching in a creative discipline is about drawing a student’s intuitive knowledge to the surface. It is important to arm students with solid fundamental skills, a historical base, and theoretical framework, but as important is the need to foster each student’s unique expression. As the instructor, it is my challenge to open students up to their own potential, to help them discover what they are excited about, and to test their opinions without squelching their sense of optimism. My ultimate goal is to enable each student to locate their own voice and then to effectively communicate that voice using the visual language.”