Our art instructors aren’t just great at teaching art, they’re accomplished at creating it, as well! Check out the CUW Art Gallery now through Dec. 16 to enjoy some of their amazing work.

Meet the exhibitors

Theresa Kenney, PhD

Chair of Visual & Performing Arts
President, Wisconsin Mycological Society

I am first and foremost an educator. I have been a teacher in higher education for 30 plus years. The many places I have taught include the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, The University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, Milwaukee Public Schools, University School, and Concordia University.

I specialize in digital technology, drawing, composition, color theory, art history, design history, art in the humanities and animation. I often look for ways to find collaborations with various non-profits and community organizations using my expertise in art and design.

Interesting Fact:

As a child I grew up with parents who were both avid bowhunters and wild foragers in every sense of the word. We ate wild food in the form of flora, fungi and fauna gathered from the forest every day. So, when I was asked to help The Wisconsin Mycological Society (WMS) with their technology, I gladly volunteered.

Charlene Nemec Kessel

Associate Professor of Art


  • BFA, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, 1993
  • MFA, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, 1997

Hometown: Milwaukee, WI

Interesting Fact: I have five children and live on an asparagus farm.

Mario Macari

Adjunct Professor of Art

Education: BS, Art Education

Hometown: Milwaukee, WI

Mario Macari has been an illustrator for the past 35-plus years, buying his first Macintosh in 1985 and working with early versions of Photoshop, Illustrator and other graphic arts programs over the years. After helping pioneer the very first Desktop Color Separations for Western Publishing, he served a short stint as an in-house illustrator a music publisher doing cover illustrations digitally. He then became an instructor and consultant for an Apple VAR, finally starting his own consulting company in Chicago and touring the country with photographer Dean Collins for Kodak. Mario has done animations for Cochlear and Mastercard. He has worked on websites for Disney and Maytag. He has written and illustrated books for Dungeons and Dragons and Western Publishing.

Interesting Fact: Tallest person to have done marketing projects for the Disney Corporation

Jeffrey Shawhan

Assistant Professor of Art


  • BFA, University of Wisconsin-Parkside
  • MFA, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Hometown: Racine Wisconsin

Interesting Facts:

  • Father of 3: Nolan (20), Sullivan (17), and Regan (9)
  • 14-time Ironman Triathlon finisher (3-time World Championship qualifier)

Paul Calhoun

Paul Calhoun

Associate Professor of Art

Paul Calhoun’s photographs have been exhibited throughout the United States, in Europe, and the Far East. His work has received financial support from numerous public and private foundations including the National Endowment for the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

As an educator he has taught photography to street children in East Europe, to disadvantaged young people in the United States, and on the undergraduate and graduate levels. Currently he is working on a long-term project photographing refugees and immigrants in cooperation the Clement A. Price Institute at Rutgers University.

Jill Engel


  • MFA, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 1996 (Ceramics)
  • BFA, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 1992 Ceramics/Printmaking)

Some say I am a Nebraskan and others say I’m a Milwaukeean. It meets somewhere in the middle in my mind. Trained as a ceramist and printmaker I have always been intrigued by the “nitty-gritty” and the disenfranchised. My work embraces both traditional and non-traditional art making techniques that focus on the power of sharing stories through repetitive mark making using needle and thread, yarn, ink, and reclaimed scraps of fabric. 

Location: Barth 109 (CUW campus)

Hours: Mon-Thurs 4-8 p.m.; Fri & Sun 12-4 p.m. (closed Saturday)

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In the Visual & Performing Arts Department at Concordia University Wisconsin and Ann Arbor, we define ourselves as determined, passionate, articulate, and strategic practitioners in collaborative, creative and scholarly arts education, both regionally and nationally. Guided by our expert faculty, we inspire our students to hold the arts with the utmost respect, to devote themselves to their education, and to be actively involved in creative inquiry. We believe the arts are a relevant, critical, and essential part of contemporary life. We uphold artistic tradition and embrace creative innovation as vehicles for human transformation and cultural betterment that contribute to the cultural life and vitality of our service to God and the Church. For more information, click the link below.