• August 24, 2016

CBU Professor Views Artistic Pursuits As?

Riverside, Calif. (Nov. 10, 2015) – Artistic pursuits amount to being a "co-creator" with God, Dirk Dallas, assistant professor of graphic arts at California Baptist University, told the Harvest Christian Fellowship Creative Collective on Nov. 10.

The Harvest Creative Collective is a gathering of Christians who seek to use their creative endeavors to bring glory to God. Speaking to the Collective, Dallas introduced himself as a "professor, space nerd, photographer and a father."

Dallas said he originally sought to be a teacher but discovered that was not his passion. After a conversation with his girlfriend (now wife), Alicia, he began pursuing creative work—first at a design school and then at Harvest as a graphic designer. Mike Berger, assistant professor of graphic design, offered Dallas an opportunity to teach a graphic design course at CBU after learning about his work at Harvest. Dallas accepted, then began to teach more classes and eventually was offered a full-time faculty position.

Included in his creative portfolio is an impressive photography resume. Dallas has shot advertising photos for clients including Nike, Ford Fusion and football star Richard Sherman of the Seattle Seahawks.

Yet, even with such outstanding professional accomplishments, Dallas said his ultimate satisfaction is found in Christ and his artistic aim is to create with Him.

"For me, as I started thinking about creation and being a creator, I really see myself as a co-creator with God," he said.