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Allen Etter Chalk ArtistAllen Etter

Allen Etter is a faculty member in the IPFW Department of Visual Communication and Design. He has an MFA from Bowling Green State University with a major in painting and he received his BA from the University of Saint Francis in Fort Wayne. Allen has taught art, showed his own art and is a screenwriter, director, art director, editor and designer for Jesters. He won a regional Emmy award for one of his numerous public service announcements for local television.

Jan Krist-Finkbeiner

Jan's interest in clay began in 2007 while teaching a songwriting workshop at the Grunewald Guild in Leavenworth, Washington. While there she attended a ceramic workshop conducted by ceramic artist James Halverson. This, along with discussions she had earlier that year while performing for Seattle Pacific University’s creative writing MFA program on Whidbey Island, Washington, convinced her that it was time to return to school to complete the art degree she had begun in 1972 at Olivet College, Olivet, Michigan. She enrolled at Indiana University- Purdue University Fort Wayne, Fort Wayne, Indiana, in 2009, graduating in 2014, and has had her hands in clay ever since. 

Jim GabbardJames Gabbard

Jim has been a professional photographer in Fort Wayne since 1988. He owns Henri's Photography Studio and teaches as a continuing lecturer for the IPFW Department of Visual Communication and Design.

Christopher GanzChristopher Ganz

Christopher Ganz is associate professor of drawing and printmaking at IPFW. Ganz received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Missouri-Columbia, and a Master of Fine Arts from Indiana University-Bloomington. Ganz’s work has been displayed across the nation and at international art fairs, and his drawings are represented by Ann Nathan Gallery in Chicago.

Natalie McChessney Fine ArtistNatalie McChessney

Natalie McChessney is a two-dimensional artist who specializes in drawing, painting, and tactical art. McChessney received a bachelor of fine arts with focus in painting from IPFW and her master’s in fine art from Bowling Green State University in two-dimensional studies. She currently is a limited term lecturer for IPFW and Ivy Tech Community College and is excited to team up with Community Arts to offer private instruction to beginning artists.

Morgan McClarnon Art InstructorMorgan McClarnon

Morgan McClarnon is a 2014 graduate of IPFW's Art Education program and currently teaches elementary school art for East Noble Schools. She focuses on painting and ceramics, but enjoys all mediums. She is very passionate about art, because she believes that creativity is a part of everything in life. She strives to be the best art educator she can be!