About Jeff Brackett
Jeff Brackett is an abstract artist who uses ink and mixed media to produce unique patterns, mandalas, freeform drawings, “Power Lines,” and abstract paintings. A native of Southern California and graduate of UCSB (1985), Jeff lived in India for three years and is now an award- winning Religious Studies professor at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. His artwork and adult coloring books have been featured in the local BSU press, both in print and video. Jeff has also published an article about his journey into art, “Mandalas, Meditation, and Mindful Mark-Making.”
Jeff’s pattern-heavy art reveals the lasting impact of Architectural Drawing in High School, a year as an Art Major, and my academic training in Religious Studies. By day, he teaches courses about Hinduism and Buddhism, as well as Religion and Pop Culture, and World Religions. Only recently did he resume drawing (October 2016). He is not entirely self-taught, having taken a few art courses during summers.
Jeff combines his love of art with his current profession in a couple of ways. First, he incorporates comics (aka, graphic novels) into his “Religion and Popular Culture” course. In 2015, he taught an intensive, 15-credit hour, immersive-learning course – “Representing Religion in Comics” – in which students created original 22-page comics. It was that seminar that got him drawing again, and which lead to his developing a sustained art practice.
Second, his current research project intersects with his art by asking the question, “Why do art professionals regularly call art, artists, and art-making ‘spiritual’?” He will be posting much more about his research and how it intersects with his own art-making on his new website. Jeff has shown samples of his work in several juried art shows, as well as in solo shows/displays in local venues as part of Muncie’s Arts Walk.