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Meet the Faculty

Steven Heilmer

Steven Heilmer

Art Department Chair and Associate Professor of Art
steve.heilmer@greenville.edu
Jacob Amundson

Jacob Amundson

Associate Professor of Art and Digital Media, Director of Campus Film Studies
jacob.amundson@greenville.edu

What's your favorite thing about working at Greenville College?

My favorite part of working here at GC is really the people I get to interact with. The faculty and staff are amazing but the students are the best part. I get to talk about Digital Media, Art, and life with them on a daily basis both inside the classroom and in the act of living together in community. We get to explore creation and creativity together in ways that teach me just as much as I want to teach students in my classes.

What attracted you to the Art Department, and how do you use it outside of the classroom?

I was one of the first few students who had the opportunity to study graphic design formally at GC. A lot of times, advancements in technology aren't fully understood or completed entirely until artists get a hold of them and break them down both physically and philosophically.

Besides teaching at Greenville, I am also a professional artist. I combine my digital media practices with my studio practice to create works that I show in galleries. To see more of how they are integrated, visit www.jacobamundson.com.

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Sharon Grimes

Dr. Sharon Grimes

Assistant Professor of Art; Curator/Director of the Richard W. Bock Sculpture Museum
sharon.grimes@greenville.edu

What's your favorite thing about working at Greenville College?

My favorite thing about working at Greenville College is that every class period I have the opportunity to do what I love--my passion--teach art history. As someone once stated, do what you love and you'll never work a day in your life; that's the way I feel.

What attracted you to Art, and how do you use it outside of the classroom?

I have always been attracted to art. In high school I took four years of art classes. If my life after high school would have been different, I probably would be teaching art in high school today. After a series of personal events in my life, I decided I needed to finish my undergrad degree and started taking classes at GC. One class opened my eyes to the wonder of the lives of artists and the creation of works of art. From this point, I followed my heart and decided to pursue a study in art history. Art centers me. I try to visit as many art museums as possible, and have traveled to Europe four times to see the marvelous works of art. I also surround myself with art in my home and in my office. "Art is what makes us human."

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Career Opportunities

  • Photographer
  • Animator
  • Film & Video Editor
  • Graphic Designer
  • Commercial Artist
  • Studio Artist
  • Illustrator
  • Museum Curator/Manager