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New Visual Arts

Drawing & Painting


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Instructor: Justin Hayward

MFA Painting, New York Academy of Art; BFA Illustration, Brigham Young University.  Hayward has also studied at the Florence Academy of Art and with several renowned artists throughout the country.  An exhibited drawer and painter, his exhibitions include Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, Washington D.C.; Utah Museum of Fine Arts, Salt Lake City, UT; Springville Museum of Art, Springville, UT; Nicolaysen Art Museum, Casper, WY; Utah Museum of Fine Arts, Salt Lake City, UT; Grand Rapids Public Museum, Grand Rapids, MI; and many universities, galleries, and national juried shows throughout the country.  His awards include: Finalist, The Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition, Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery; Top 25 Artist, Art Prize, Grand Rapids, MI; Wyoming Artist of the Year, voted by TOSCA; and Winner of the 2017 and 2020 Wyoming Conservation Stamp Art Contest.  Hayward has been a full-time drawing and painting instructor at Casper College since 2007.

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Justin Hayward Fine Art Teacher

Instructor: Shawn Bush

Shawn Bush earned an MFA in Photography from Rhode Island School of Design and a BA in Photography from Columbia College Chicago. He is a 2021 Aperture x Google CreatorLabs Photo Fund recipient and a 2021 Wyoming Arts Council Fellow. His work is included in several noted collections, including the Griffin Museum of Photography (Boston, MA), Benaki Museum (Athens, Greece), and Museum of Contemporary Photography (Chicago, IL).  His photographs have been shown in publications including Wallpaper Magazine* (London, UK), Vogue (NYC), FotoFilmic’s JRNL (Vancouver, BC), and Photo District News Magazine (NYC).  Bush teaches Color Theory, Film/Digital Photography I & 2.

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Graphic Design


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Instructor: Cynthia Harrison

Cynthia Harrison (B.F.A. in Communication Arts in communication from the College of Visual Arts, M.F.A. in Graphic Design from the University of Minnesota) until moving to Casper in 2014 she had been an art director in the Twin Cities since 1994 where she designed national point-of-purchase promotions for got milk?/Milk Mustache; designed collateral materials for licensors such as Disney, Warner Bros., Rugrats, NHL, NBA and MLB while specializing in direct marketing and promotions. She has a passion for teaching the applications, principles and theories of graphic design. Harrison currently teaches the graphic design curriculum as well as 2D Foundations.

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3D & Printmaking


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Instructor: Carli Holcomb

Carli Holcomb is a mixed media artist currently residing in Casper Wyoming. She received her BFA from the University of Wyoming in 2013 and her MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University in Craft and Material Studies in 2016.

Upon completing her graduate degree, Carli furthered her career through a generous opportunity as an artist in residence at Quirk Hotel and Gallery, which garnered her a mention in The New York Times. Her work can be seen on the cover of the 2016 Metalsmith Magazine, Exhibition in Print, Shifting Sites. Carli’s work has been shown in multiple solo and group exhibitions. Her recent shows include a solo show Transient at Quirk Gallery, in Richmond Virginia, a solo show After Dark at The Visual Arts Center of Richmond, Richmond Virginia, PaperMakers a group show at LIGHT Art+Design in Chapel Hill North Carolina. She is an Instructor of Metalsmithing and Sculpture at Casper College, in Casper Wyoming. 



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Instructor: Mike Olson

Mike Olson lived and traveled all over the world before he came to Wyoming in 1992 after an Honorable Discharge from the military. He received multiple degrees from Casper College, holds a BFA from University of North Dakota and an MFA from Wichita State University. He has taught ceramics at CC full time since 2005 and has been a ceramicist for over 30 years. Mike is an active professional artist represented full time in several galleries locally, in-state and nationally.

Museum Studies


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Instructor: Valerie Innella Maiers

Valerie Innella Maiers, Ph.D, teaches art history, museum studies, and coordinates museum internships in the Visual Arts Department. She also directs the Casper College Alumni Association Art Gallery and Mildred Zahradnicek Gallery and is curator of the Casper College Foundation Fine Art Collection. Maiers recently lectured at the Mountain Plains Museum Association (2023), The Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections in Scotland (2022), and the Natural History Collections Association (2020). She co-authored “Creative Collaborations: Humanities Programming in a Natural History Museum” in the Journal of Natural Science Collections (2022) and “Humanistic Constructs: Creating Agency in a Natural History Museum” (2021) in Collections: A Journal for Museum and Archives Professionals with Patti Wood Finkle, Pennsylvania State University. Dr. Innella Maiers is the 2020 recipient of the Governor’s Art Award, nominated by the Wyoming Arts Council, was selected as a part of a University of Wyoming faculty cohort in Jerusalem at the W.F. Albright Institute of Archeological Research in 2023.