Visual Arts Department Faculty

Nate Theisen Nate 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, MED, MFA, Mississippi College
Curriculum vitae

Jon Micah Tyson, assistant professor of art and Co-Chair of the Art & Design Department, teaches Perspectives on Creativity & Art, Animation, Character & Object Design, Concepts & Storyboards, Graphic Design Processes, Design Firm Processes, and Portfolio & Resume Development. Micah also serves as a consultant for the Madison County Schools Career & Technical Center. He holds a BS from Mississippi College with an emphasis in sculpture and printmaking, a 2D Animation certification, an MED in Art Education, and an MFA in Graphic Design. He previously taught art, along with core subjects, in elementary and secondary education. He is also the co-founder of Tortugas Games LLC, a tabletop game studio.

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.

Brittany Davis (2022), Gallery Director and Specialty Instructor of Art and DesignBrittany Davis
BFA, Belhaven University
MSA - Photography, Mississippi College

Brittany Davis, Gallery Director and Specialty Instructor of Art and Design, teaches photography, art appreciation, and graphic design. She received her BFA from Belhaven University and her MS in Studio Art from Mississippi College. Before joining the Belhaven art department faculty, she worked as a photographer and production manager, gallery director, social media manager and taught art to elementary and high school students. Brittany owns her own photography studio and actively exhibits her fine art photography in the South. She is also an active member of the Mississippi State Committee for the National Museum of Women in the Arts.