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Jon Carstens

Jon Carstens, M.A.

Associate Professor of Art

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Jon Carstens, M.A.

Associate Professor of Art

As a professor of art history, Jon Carstens brings a breadth of knowledge of the humanities and a passion for art history, with a concentration in American art of the nineteenth century and the work of Winslow Homer in particular. He believes that “looking is not as easy as it looks," and in his courses he employs the visual image as a document to reveal how art and architecture reveal the cultural and historical milieu in which it was created.

Carstens rejoins the college faculty after previously teaching at PUC for 25 years. He lives in Angwin with his wife Claudia. In his free time, he enjoys auto racing, interior and landscape design, and travel.


Degrees

B.A. University of Redlands
1976
M.A. University of California, Riverside
1979

Amy Cronk

Amy Cronk, M.A.A.T.

Assistant Professor of Fine Art

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Amy Cronk, M.A.A.T.

Assistant Professor of Fine Art

Amy Cronk, MAAT, spent the last two years in the heart of downtown Chicago studying to receive her master's in Art Therapy from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. While interning, she had the privilege of working with a variety of populations including children with autism, older adults with Alzheimer's Disease and dementia, ex-prison offenders and women receiving treatment for cancer. Before moving to Chicago, she received her BFA from La Sierra University where she emphasized her art practice in oil painting on wood, incorporating three dimensional elements, as well as welding metal sculptures. When she's not in the studio, she enjoys yoga, reading, and playing with her pets.


Degrees

B.F.A., La Sierra University
2009
M.A.A.T., School of the Art Institute of Chicago
2011

Tim de la Torre

Tim de la Torre, B.S.

Instructor of Film & Television Production

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Tim de la Torre, B.S.

Instructor of Film & Television Production

Tim de la Torre, Resident Artist for Film & Television, has partnered with his wife, Jaymie, to run a boutique media production company since 2009. With a particular passion for non-fiction storytelling, Tim has produced TV shows for Hope Channel, documentaries, and various projects for many corporate clients. His favorite parts of his work are to have his subjects trust him to tell their stories, and opportunities to travel the world. He is excited to mentor his students and challenge them to take their projects to the next level.


Degrees

B.S., Pacific Union College
2006

Brian Kyle

Brian Kyle, M.F.A.

Assistant Professor of Photography

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Brian Kyle, M.F.A.

Assistant Professor of Photography


Degrees

B.S. in Photography, 2004
B.S. in Graphic Design, 2004

Milbert Mariano

Milbert Mariano, M.F.A.

Professor of Graphic Design

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Milbert Mariano, M.F.A.

Professor of Graphic Design

Milbert Mariano, M.F.A., professor of art, department chair, specializes in graphic design. Prior to coming to PUC in 1995, Mariano spent four years at Andrews University as an instructor in the College of Technology. He has also worked as an intern at Primo Angeli Design in San Francisco. In addition to teaching, Mariano is a freelance graphic and web designer. He lives in Angwin with his wife, Julie Lee, and sons Diego & Luca. In his free time, he enjoys mountain biking, running, and travel.


Degrees

B.S., Pacific Union College
1991
M.F.A., Academy of Art University
2000

Cliff Rusch

Cliff Rusch, M.F.A.

Professor of Graphic Design

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Cliff Rusch, M.F.A.

Professor of Graphic Design

Cliff Rusch, M.F.A., associate professor of art, specializes in graphic design. Rusch worked as a staff designer at Pacific Press Publishing Association and as a senior designer at Lauren Smith Design in Palo Alto, California, before coming to PUC in 1987. He enjoys photography, mountain biking, and camping.


Degrees

B.S., Pacific Union College
1980
M.F.A., Academy of Art University
2004

Rajeev Sigamoney

Rajeev Sigamoney, M.S.

Associate Professor of Film and Television Production

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Rajeev Sigamoney, M.S.

Associate Professor of Film and Television Production

Rajeev Sigamoney, M.S., Instructor, Program Coordinator for Film & Television, over the past 15 years has worked as a Writer, Producer, Engineer & Pastor. Driven by a passion to tell meaningful stories, Rajeev moved to Hollywood in early 2002 and began his screenwriting career. While repped by agencies such as APA and Endeavor, he produced 3 sitcom pilots, 3 webseries, and 1 film. He has written for Oscar winner Octavia Spencer and Emmy winner Kathy Griffin. He lives in Napa with his amazing wife, Brittnie, and is excited about developing the next generation of filmmakers.


Degrees

B.S., Johns Hopkins University
1997
M.S., Johns Hopkins University
2002

Tom Turner

Tom Turner, M.F.A.

Professor of Art

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Tom Turner, M.F.A.

Professor of Art

Tom Turner, M.F.A., professor of art, specializes in photography. Turner began his long teaching career as an art teacher at Valley Grande Academy in Weslaco, Texas. He then moved on to Cedar Lake Academy before moving to the PUC art department in 1984. He has taught printmaking, illustration, graphic design, and photography. Turner calls himself an amateur archeologist and geologist and displays many of his rock and fossil finds around his home.


Degrees

B.S., Loma Linda University
1969
M.A., Central Michigan University
1976
M.F.A., Vermont College of the Union Institute
2004