Randy Horst

Professor of Art

Randy Horst

Education

  • AA, Hesston College, 1979
  • BA, Goshen College, 1983
  • MFA, Bowling Green State University, 1986

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.

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

 

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.

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

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

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

 

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