Tradigital Studies Faculty

Nate TheisenNate Theisen (2002) Professor of Art+Design and Co-Chair of Art+Design Department
BFA, University of South Dakota
MFA, Wichita State University
Curriculum vitae

Nate Theisen, professor of art, teaches sculpture, two- and three-dimensional design, and painting. He received his BFA with an emphasis in painting from the University of South Dakota and an MFA with a major in painting and a minor in sculpture from Wichita State University. He also apprenticed in Germany under sculptor Anatol Herzfeld, a student of Joseph Beuys. Previously, Mr. Theisen taught at Butler County Community College in Kansas and at Wichita State University. His work has been shown in numerous solo, group, and juried exhibitions throughout the Midwest and South. His recent awards include a Visual Arts Fellowship Grant from the Mississippi Arts Commission; First Place at the 28th Annual Juried Exhibit in Texarkana, Texas; Second Place at the 24th Southeast Regional Juried Fine Arts Exhibition in Fort Walton Beach, Florida; and in 2015, Best of Show at the Mississippi Collegiate Art Faculty Juried Exhibition in Laurel, Mississippi.

Jon TysonMr. Jon Tyson (2008) Associate Professor and Co-Chair of Art+Design
BS and MED, Mississippi College
Curriculum vitae

Jon Micah Tyson, assistant professor of art, teaches Perspectives, Intro. to Animation, Honors M.O.S.A.I.C., and Art Appreciation. Jon Micah also teaches Culture in the High Scholars program. He holds a BS from Mississippi College with an emphasis in sculpture and printmaking, and an MED from Mississippi College in Art Education. He previously taught art, along with core subjects, in elementary and secondary education. He currently works with local and global video game studios in the roles of art direction consultant, concept artist, character artist, and animation.

Gretchen HaienGretchen Haien (2007) Professor of Art
BA, Belhaven University
MFA, Louisiana Tech University
Curriculum vitae

Gretchen Haien, associate professor of art, teaches photography. She received her BA in art from Belhaven University and her MFA in photography from Louisiana Tech University. For more than twenty years she owned and operated Studio 4 in Jackson, a professional studio offering creative commercial and fine art photographic services to national and international clients. After over a decade of part-time teaching, she joined the full-time faculty of Belhaven University in 2007. She has shown in numerous solo and group exhibitions in venues including the Walter Anderson Museum of Art in Ocean Springs, the Meridian Museum of Art, and the Beverly Street Gallery in Staunton, Virginia, and her work is found in both corporate and museum permanent collections. Ms. Haien's awards include the 2005 Mississippi Arts and Letters Award in Photography and the 2007 Photography's Emerging Artist to Watch Award of the National Museum of Women in the Arts.

Jacob Rowan (2020), Assistant Professor of Art Jacob Rowan
B.A. Belhaven University
M.F.A. Maryland Institute College of Art

Jacob Rowan, assistant professor of art, teaches drawing, art history, aesthetics, and art theory. He received his BA in art from Belhaven University and his MFA in studio art from the Maryland Institute College of Art. Previously, Mr. Rowan taught at Hinds Community College in Raymond, Mississippi. In 2013 he spent six months in Japan as an artist-in-residence with Community Arts Tokyo. He has also worked in various capacities as an art editor, curator, and community organizer. His work has been exhibited in multiple solo and group shows throughout Mississippi, Maryland, and Japan.