Faculty & Facilities
Our faculty have years of experience not only as educators but as professional artists. They work closely alongside you in our inspiring painting studios that are awash in natural light with sweeping views of the city.
Department Head, Painting
Morgan Walker was born and spent his early life in rural Louisiana. His mother left off the study of English Literature with one year remaining to marry his father, a rodeo cowboy who raised Brahman-cross cattle and later became a pioneer catfish farmer. After an early education in the cattle and catfish businesses he was sent away to study philosophy and law. It was during this period that he studied with the Chinese painter I-Hsiung Ju and worked as a line-handler on the Mississippi River (Port of New Orleans), heavy equipment operator in a gravel mine, and other professions including cook, bartender, and meat cutter. As a Fulbright Fellow (Fine Art) to the United Kingdom he spent significant time working in London. Originally arriving in Oregon after traversing the North American continent by bicycle, he settled here to paint, raise a family, and play the ukulele.