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The Rosa DealSchool of Arts

VAPA Faculty

Matthew Hamner, Associate Professor, teaches speech and theatre. He has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in theatre from Auburn University and a Master of Fine Arts in acting from the University of Central Florida. His area of specialization is the Meisner acting technique and the Lessac voice method. His goal as a professor is to help students overcome their fear of public performance and become more spontaneous with their acting choices. He is also the director of theatre and has produced many productions since coming to CBU in 2009. Ever so often he can be seen performing at Theatre Memphis. When professor Hamner is not doing theatre he likes watching Auburn football.  

Mr. Nick Peña, Associate Professor, earned his B.F.A. in Fine Arts from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale; his M.F.A. in Fine Arts from the University of Missouri-Columbia; and studied abroad at the Hospitalfield House in Arbroath, Angus, Scotland. He has also worked in the fields of adaptive technology and maxillofacial prosthetics and currently holds the Harold R. Krelstein Chair in Performing Arts and Communications. Mr. Peña is a visual artist researching and developing work that reflects on the contemporary American landscape, the American Dream, and the effects that ideal has on both our environment and our national psyche. Under the aforementioned umbrella he is especially interested in perceived structures of stability (i.e. social, religious, financial, familial, etc.) and the effects of the contrasts between our social relations and ideals. He currently teaching courses in Concepts and Creations in the Visual Arts, Drawing I, Oil Painting I and II, Introduction to Printmaking, and Beginning and Advanced Digital Imaging. Please visit his personal Web site for more information.

Jana Broussard Travis (Chair), Professor, was born in Louisiana and has lived in various parts of the South. The majority of her life has been spent in Memphis, Tennessee where she met her husband and together they raised two girls. She began painting professionally in her twenties and has had several exhibitions in the United States and abroad. As a result, her art can now be found in private and corporate collections throughout the world. Over the years, Travis has discovered her art evolving in conjunction with her own life. The fact that she is true to this transformation of style allows her to produce art that is original and uniquely her own. Despite her Southern roots, Travis claims her art to be mostly influenced by the three years of her life she lived with her family in Guadalajara, Mexico. While extensively traveling the country, Travis noticed the culture and colors of Mexico naturally beginning to seep into her artwork. In 1996, she was chosen to exhibit at the Mexican-American Cultural Institute, where she was recognized for her culturally inspired work on a Latin news network. Upon returning to the United States, Travis received a Masters of Fine Arts in painting from the University of Memphis and began teaching shortly thereafter as an adjunct professor for several years. Today, Travis is an Assistant Professor of Art at Christian Brothers University, where she is currently in the process of restructuring the art program to offer students a broader range of artistic study. For more information, please visit her Web site