Associate Professor Tom Wallestad earned his BA degree from UW-Green Bay and his MFA in Computer Graphics from Syracuse University. Having founded Marian’s Graphic Arts program in 2003, he enjoys teaching design, illustration, cartooning, animation, digital imaging, printmaking, multi-media and various studio art classes. His personal artwork is inspired by the diversity society’s visual media, ranging from fine art to lowbrow subgenres. He draws on years of experience to solve visual design problems by combining digital art methods and the traditional handmade art media. In the summer he introduces young artists to animation and comic book illustration in art camps around northeastern Wisconsin.