Visual Arts Department Faculty
Mr. S. Neal Holland
Associate Professor of Visual Arts
M.F.A., National University
M.A., Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
B.A., Ouachita Baptist University
Mr. S. Neal Holland began his career at John Brown University in 1998 as the first full-time instructor in Digital Media Art.
Mr. Holland received his B.A. in Telecommunication from Ouachita Baptist University. Soon after graduating Holland moved to the Dallas metro area to pursue educational opportunities from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. While studying there, Holland earned the M.A. in Communication and taught courses in video and photography as the SWBTS Presidential Teaching Fellow recipient. Soon after that diploma Holland returned to Southwestern to teach adjunctively and continued adjunct instruction until leaving the Dallas area.
An amazing opportunity helped to propel Professor Holland into Digital Media in 1993. He was offered a job by a ground level digital boutique (RISE International) servicing the Dallas area. This small boutique grew from a start-up business to a major digital media provider for national and international fortune 500 clients like Coca-Cola, Reebok, Nike, and General Motors.
Holland left RISE International for JBU in 1998 - That first year welcomed him with 6 returning students (returning from the inaugural year of the degree program) and 6 new freshmen. The program grew from there to be the largest major in the university, before eventually dividing resources and combining with what is now the Art Department. Holland has served as both a department and division chair within the Communication Art Department. He finished his last degree, an M. F. A. in digital cinema with National University in 2006.
Mr. Holland has been a champion of non-traditional programs and study-abroad partnerships, and he continues to head a series of programs to promote off-campus study. His work with the start-up Fields and Frames promotes that desire and helps photography students get international experience while encouraging the responsibility for Christians to engage with social justice issues.
The Holland’s (Neal and Shannon) have one son, Taylor. Mr. Holland spends his free-time fly fishing, firing handguns, printing in the darkroom or print lab, and attempting to capture illusive images that might change the world.
Our faculty make amazing artwork.