Matthew Hamner, Assistant 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.
Travis (Chair), Associate 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.