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Professor Justin Sorensen

Associate Professor of Art


School of Arts and Humanities


Professional Experience:
  • Associate Professor of Art, Mount Vernon Nazarene University, 2016 – present
  • Assistant Professor of Art, Williston State College, 2015 – 2016
  • Visiting Instructor in Art, Luther College, 2014
  • Instructor of Record, Rhode Island School of Design, 2013

Professional Organizations:
  • CIVA, Christians in the Visual Arts

Awards and Recognitions:
  • Research Fellowship, Nagel Institute, Calvin University
  • Full Merit Scholarship, The Glen West Workshop
  • Award of Distinction in Drawing, University of North Carolina – Asheville
  • RISD Fellowship and Assistantship, Rhode Island School of Design
  • Graduate Fellowship, Bucknell University

Published Works & Presentations:
  • Rotating Tires, Nizhny Tagil Museum of Fine Arts, Nizhny Tagil, Russia, 2021
  • Divergent Deliveries*, Akron Soul Train, Akron, OH, 2021
  • A Pattern in the Sky*, Metcalf Gallery, Taylor University, Upland, IN, 2020
  • Looking at Things Directly*, Carlson Tower Gallery, North Park University, Chicago, IL, 2019
  • “A Quiet Orbit,” Christians in the Visual Arts Blog, 2019. To view a short documentary video of Justin’s reflections on displacement, click here.
  • Exhibit “How to Live with Stones” in the Henry Luce III Center for the Arts and Religion at the Wesley Theological Seminary, Washington, D.C., May 10-Aug. 17, 2018
  • Video “The Foolish Builder,” was included in the exhibition “Since Then,” at the Kamloops Art Gallery in Kamloops, BC, Canada, September-December 2017.
  • Featured in the 2018 OH+5, 2018 Ohio Border 11th Biennial Exhibition at The Dairy Barn Arts Center in Athens, Ohio.
  • Essay “Four Parts Water” was published by The Digital Press at the University of North Dakota in fall 2017 and included in the book Codex.
  • MAKING NOW, Duke Art Gallery, Azusa Pacific University, Azusa, CA, 2017
  • Stalking the Snow Leopard, North Dakota Museum of Art, Grand Forks, ND, 2016
  • Since Then, Marvin Francis Media Gallery, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, 2016
  • Between Two Points, (SCENE) Metrospace, East Lansing, MI, 2016
  • Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird, Chazan Gallery, Providence, RI, 2015


  • MFA in Printmaking, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, Rhode Island (2013)
  • BFA in Studio Art, Kutztown University, Kutztown, Pennsylvania (2009)

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