Art & Design Department



Daniel Adams, M.F.A. - chair of the department and Professor of Art

Daniel Adams serves as chair of the Department of Art and Design. He obtained his Master of Fine Arts from Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas, in 1987. He teaches printmaking, bookbinding, letterpress, graphic design, plus history and aesthetic courses. His work is widely exhibited and collected. Adams uses printmaking as a natural form of expression. He is particularly fascinated with the way architecture speaks of human presence in the works. There is a dialog between artist and medium, each responds to the other "making the arts wonderfully unpredictable and much like human culture." Adams must respond to the resistance encountered with the grain of the wood. There is an ongoing give and take for each to survive and flourish.

Professional Organizations:

Christians in the Visual Arts (CIVA)

SGC International – international printmaking organization

Twitter: ‏@DanielAdamsInk


Beverly Austin, M.A. - Assistant Professor of Art

Beverly Austin is a graduate of Harding University, where she teaches, with both the Bachelors and Masters degrees. She has also studied with several professional portrait artists in the U.S. and Italy and has been the proprietor of an art studio and frame shop. She is the founder of the Searcy Arts Council. At Harding, Beverly teaches various drawing classes, anatomy, and advanced painting. She regularly enters exhibits and has won a number of awards in competitions in the U.S. Her works are in private collections and art centers. Her areas of expertise include portrait, figure and still-life paintings and drawings; oils and watercolors are among her media of choice.


Steven Choate, Ph.D. - Associate Professor of Art

Dr. Choate is a painter as well as an art historian. A faculty member of the Department of Art and Design, Steven has taught at Harding University since 1995. Perhaps due in part to his areas of specialization in academic work, focused upon Classical and Renaissance Art, Steven's painting style has been self-termed as "blatantly realistic." After graduating from Harding in 1986, Steven pursued master's work in art history and in painting at the University of Mississippi, completing his Master of Arts in art history in 1989, and his Master of Fine Arts in painting in 1991. His doctoral work was undertaken at Florida State University, where he received his Ph.D. in 2002. Steven and his wife, Melinda, have two children, Erin and Jonathan.


Greg Clayton, M.F.A. - Associate Professor of Art, coordinator for Fine Arts

Greg Clayton is a sculptor who teaches foundation design courses at Harding, as well as teaching a variety of independent studio art courses. He was raised in the Midwest, near Chicago, Detroit and South Bend, Indiana. He completed a Master of Fine Arts in sculpture at Eastern Michigan University. His professional work ranges among painting, graphic design, computer graphics, and photography as well as sculpture. His sculptures include abstractions and figures in plaster and in bronze as well as portrait busts. His recent work involves fabricated forms in steel and stainless steel that rely on 3-D modeling software he created for manipulating developable surfaces. Mr. Clayton is the coordinator for the fine arts program.

Enrique Colon

Enrique Colon, M.F.A. - Assistant Professor of Art


Amy Cox, M.B.A., B.S., IDEC, IIDA, NCIDQ - Assistant Professor of Art

Mrs. Cox teaches the introduction to interior design, space planning, lighting, codes, and commercial design studio courses. She has been designing professionally since 1992 and has worked in the areas of residential, corporate, education and health care design. She directs the interior design program.


Stacy Gibson, M.F.A. - Associate Professor of Art, coordinator for Graphic Design

Stacy Gibson teaches graphic design courses, illustration and multimedia drawing. She enjoys exploring process and mixing media. Her process could include photography, computer alterations, adding collage, drawing and painting. She often mixes media using layers. The imagery, typography, texture or color may be layered by hand or digitally. Common themes in her work include her faith, relationships and travel . She finds inspiration from scripture, personal stories and the smells, colors, textures and tastes of newly discovered places. Gibson was raised in southwest Missouri. She earned her Bachelor of Arts from Missouri Southern State University and Master of Fine Arts from Fort Hays State University. She previously taught at Missouri Western State University and has taught at Harding University since 2002.


Dr. John Keller, Ph.D. - Professor of Art

John Keller, born and raised in the panhandle of Nebraska, has made his home in Arkansas since 1978, teaching at Harding University where he serves as the art w/teacher licensure advisor. He earned the Master of Arts and Ph.D from the University of Nebraska, both in Art Education, with a parallel concentration in studio art. He works primarily in watercolor, but also in oils and photography. His subjects include landscape, structures, flora, fauna, studies in light and shadow, and the effects of time on the natural and manmade environment. John is a signature member of Mid-Southern Watercolorists. His art includes images captured during his travel in the United States and Europe, having taught on Harding's International Program campuses numerous times. Dr. Keller is the gallery coordinator for Art & Design.Visit


Paul Pitt, M.F.A. - Professor of Art

Even as a child the desire to "make something" was powerful within Paul Pitt although sometimes he did not know what he wanted to make. Paul's father was a welder/fabricator and had built a workshop outside their backdoor. There were many tools available and with enough materials his creation of form took off and is still going strong today. Experiences as an art student in high school, college and graduate school allowed this compulsion within to run rampant. Then his art-teaching career reinforced the train of expression because he had always felt that one of the best ways to teach is by example. Although Paul loves drawing and painting his work for the most part has been three-dimensional with clay, metal and wood. It has been sent cross the USA and to several other countries.


Sarah WilhoitPh.D., ASID, IDEC, NCIDQ - Associate Professor of Art and director of the Interior Design program

Dr. Wilhoit teaches History of Architecture and Interior Design I and II, Interior Components, Interior Design I, Architectural Drawing, and Communication Techniques. She is a professional member of both the Interior Design Educators Council (IDEC) and the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) and an active NCIDQ certificate holder. She has earned a Bachelor of Arts in interior design from Freed-Hardeman University, a Master of Science in interior design from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and has completed a Ph.D from UT, Knoxville. Dr. Wilhoit has professionally practiced for over 20 years in residential and commercial design and has been an interior design educator since 1993.

Professional Organizations:

Interior Design Educators Council (IDEC), Professional Member

2012 National Conference, Abstract Reviewer

2011-2013 IDEC Southwest Regional Council, Grants and Awards Committee, Regional Rep

American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) Professional Educator Member

South Central Chapter Board Member, Professional Development Director

National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ), Certificate No. 022374