Professor of Art

Education

BA, Goshen College, 1983
MFA, BOWLING GREEN STATE UNIVERSITY, 1986

Courses

ART 101 Drawing
Fundamentals of drawing as applied to pictorial organization. Emphasis place on rendering skills – the use of line, value, and perspective – balanced by expressive approaches using a variety of dry and wet media. Encouraged as a first course in art.

 ART 202 Painting
An introductory course in acrylic painting emphasizing technique, color, and composition. Skill and control of the medium are developed through numerous studio activities.

 ART 203 Watercolor
An introductory course in watercolor painting emphasizing technique, color, and composition. Skill and control of the medium are developed through numerous studio activities.

 ART 205 Figure Drawing
Focus on the human body using a variety of drawing media. Course emphasizes a visual understanding of anatomy through both rendering and expressive approaches. Prerequisite: ART 101

 ART 207 Printmaking
An introductory course in relief and intaglio-type printing techniques. Skill and control of the media are developed through numerous studio activities. This course focuses on the printmaking areas of Relief and Intaglio-type (a new non-toxic alternative to traditional Intaglio techniques).

 ART 241 Art History I
Historical survey of art from prehistory to Gothic and non-Western art. Lecture and projects. Offered alternate years with ART 242.

 ART 242 Art History II
Historical survey of art from Renaissance to the mid-20th century. Lecture and projects. Offered alternate years with ART 241.

ART 355 Arts in London
A May term class that encompasses theater, art and music study and experiences in London, England. Class activities include lectures, visits to art museums & galleries, attending music and theater performances. Offered in alternate years.

Advanced Study in Drawing, Painting, Printmaking, & Watercolor
Courses emphasize individual investigation of subject matter, style, and techniques leading to personal and unique expressions.

THEA 245 Aesthetics
The study of aesthetics focuses on the philosophy of art, the nature of creativity, the work created, the problem of form and style, expression in art, society and ethics and arts and religion. Lectures, reading materials, papers, and projects.

Professional Experience

Professor of Art, 2009–
Art Department
Goshen College
Goshen, Indiana

Professor of Art, 1994–2009
Fine Arts Department
The University of Montana – Western
Dillon, Montana

Art Director, 1999–2000 (1-year leave from UMW)
Great Harvest Franchising, Inc.
Dillon, Montana

Art Director, 1992–94
Mennonite Mutual Aid
Goshen, Indiana

Assistant Professor of Art, 1988–92
Art Department
Goshen College
Goshen, Indiana

Visiting Lecturer of Art, 1986–88
School of Art
Bowling Green State University
Bowling Green, Ohio

Portfolio

Below are artwork from recent series or projects. Additional commentary about them can be found below the gallery of images.

The most recent is the mixed media drawing series Job from 2012. The Old Testament book of Job is an interesting study in human reactions to stress, to expectations, to faith, to life, and to God. It is as if Job is pulled apart and put back together again. Two passages that were particularly inspirational to me in this series were Job 23:17, “Yet I am not silenced by the darkness…” and Job 28:12, “But where can wisdom be found? Where does understanding dwell?”

These next two related series focus on Saint Sebastian. Saint Sebastian was a Christian saint martyred by the Romans in the 3rd Century. He is most commonly depicted in art and literature tied to a post or tree and shot with arrows, which was the first attempted martyrdom of Sebastian because he sought to convert his fellow Roman soldiers. Tended back to health by Saint Irene, he was later beaten to death on the direct orders of Roman Emperor Diocletian. The first series of conté and painted bamboo drawings from 2008 focuses on a range individual responses to external challenges, both physical and psychological, as embodied by attempted martyrdom of Saint Sebastian. The second series from 2009, made of conté, spray paint, & vinyl screws, focuses on a range of individual responses to having survived – and been altered by – those same physical and psychological challenges.

The bottom series of mixed media drawings from 2011 is called S-E-E G-O-D and is a commission for the Mennonite Church USA Offices in Elkhart, Indiana. S-E-E G-O-D is primarily inspired by two things. First is my home congregation which is racially diverse. I look around on Sunday mornings and I see the people of God as Mennonites have chosen to embrace it – an expansive family bound by a shared faith. Second is the American poet Walt Whitman. In his poem, Song of Myself, he says, “In the faces of men and women I see God, and in my own face in the glass, I find letters from God dropped in the street, and every one is signed by God’s name.” I took the first part of the line and treated it literally, but reinterpreted the words ‘letters’ and ‘signed’ to address Mennonite concerns for inclusion as well as explore dimensions of visual communication.

Recent Exhibits

Click for a full list of Exhibits, Projects, and Commissions

Goshen College Faculty Exhibit, 2014
The Local Gallery
Goshen, Indiana

Randy Horst Mixed Media: Inner Voices, 2014
Grace College
Winona Lake, Indiana

Deeply Rooted, 2014
Wabash College
Crawfordsville, Indiana

Winner’s Art Exhibit, 2014
Presbyterian Church of La Porte
La Porte, Indiana

Carmina Burana, 2013
Goshen College
Goshen, Indiana
A 400-plus image presentation as part of the performance of Carmina Burana by the Goshen College Music Program

Elkhart Juried Regional Exhibition, 2013
Midwest Museum of American Art
Elkhart, Indiana

14th Biennial Juried Art Exhibit, 2013 | Best of Show Award
Presbyterian Church of La Porte
La Porte, Indiana

Elkhart Juried Regional Exhibition, 2012 | Best Drawing Award
Midwest Museum of American Art
Elkhart, Indiana

Contemporary Realism Biennial, 2012
Fort Wayne Museum of Art
Fort Wayne, Indiana

Faith, Hope & Love Art Show, 2012 | Best 2-D Award
Sunnyside Presbyterian Church
South Bend, Indiana

Randy Horst: Recent Work, 2012
The Museum of Art and Peace
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

S-E-E G-O-D, 2011
Mennonite Church USA Offices
Elkhart, Indiana

Elkhart Juried Regional Exhibition, 2010
Midwest Museum of American Art
Elkhart, Indiana

Faith as Art / Art as Faith, 2010
Olivet Nazarene University
Bourbonnais, Illinois

Contemporary Realism Biennial, 2010
Fort Wayne Museum of Art
Fort Wayne, Indiana

Goshen College Faculty Exhibit, 2010
Andrews University
Berrien Springs, Michigan

Randy Horst: Drawings, Collages, & Photographs, 2010
Hesston College
Hesston, Kansas

We, the Mennonites, 2009
Black Walnut Gallery
Chicago, Illinois

Lectures & Presentations

Session Chairperson: Experiential Learning in Art History Surveys
March, 2015
Foundations in Art: Theory & Education (F.A.T.E.) National Conference
Indianapolis, Indiana

Noon Time Talk: Randy Horst
October, 2012
Midwest Museum of American Art
Elkhart, Indiana
Presentation about my series Saint Sebastian, Healing of Saint Sebastian, and Job.

Exhibit Talk
March, 2012
The Museum of Art and Peace
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Presentation about my series Saint Sebastian, Healing of Saint Sebastian, and Job.

Paper Presentation: The Nature of Experience and Mass Media | Session Chairperson: A Clash of Aesthetics
March, 2003
F.A.T.E. National Conference
Sarasota, Florida

Paper Presentation: The Mastery Method in Foundations Courses
March, 1999
F.A.T.E. National Conference
Fort Collins, Colorado

 

Memberships & Associations

Foundations in Art Theory and Education (F.A.T.E.), 1994–present

Recent Student Work Portfolio

Examples of recent student artwork from Drawing, Painting, Printmaking, and Watercolor classes.