Digital Arts Faculty
Chair, Graphic Design and Digital Arts
M.S. in Art/Graphic Design and Art Administration/Education, Florida State University
B.A. in Design and Design Education, University of West Florida
Jack Sprague is the Chair of the Graphic Design and Digital Arts Departments at Santa Fe University of Art and Design. He has a 30-year history bridging the theoretical methods of conceptual thinking and the creative process with practical business application. As a practicing art director/designer/photographer/editor he has worked in many aspects of the design/advertising industry, from branding, naming and design to advertising art direction for real estate, fashion, automotive, fine arts and manufacturing. As an educator, Sprague has taught design at institutions around the world, including England, Germany, Mexico, China and Canada, and has spoken as a Professor of Design at many international design conferences. He has won several national and international awards for his design and teaching, including the Golden Orchard Award, a national lifetime achievement award for superior design education. As the Founder and Educational Director of “The Smart Center Santa Fe” in New Mexico, a creative think-tank for practicing and developing business leaders, technologists, artists and educators in all the arts, Sprague is working to build bridges between universities, community colleges, institutions and corporations. His work has been published in Graphis Best of Design, Communication Arts, Print and Archive magazines, among others.
Full Time Faculty, Digital Arts
BFA in Film, Northwestern University
David C. Gardner founded Flying Dog Studio in 2006 to create works of wonder and imagination. With over twenty years professional experience as a layout Artist, Background Designer & Painter, Story Artist, Character Designer, Art Director, Development Artist and Picture Book Illustrator, David draws on his Film degree from Northwestern University and his extensive training at the American Academy of Art in Chicago. He is skilled in digital painting, animation and filmmaking, oil and watercolor painting, life drawing, graphic art and illustration. Before going freelance, he worked at various world-class animation studios, including Walt Disney Animation Studios, the Sullivan-Bluth Studio, and Universal Cartoon Studios. He is proud to be longtime member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. He is a puppeteer and past director for the internationally known Gustav Baumann Marionettes at the New Mexico Museum of Art.
See more work at http://www.flyingdogstudio.com/
Jacob Romeo Lecuyer
Full Time Faculty, Digital Arts
Jacob Lecuyer is a full-time faculty member in the Digital Arts program of the School of Visual and Communication Arts at Santa Fe University of Art and Design. Lecuyer has 10 years of professional and teaching experience, empowering students who want to pursue a career in animation, illustration and concept art. He holds a Master of Fine Arts in Art and Design from California State University Fullerton (CSUF), where he received a CSUF Graduate Fellowship and Leo Freedman Award for artistic achievement.
He has had several exhibitions internationally and has lived and worked professionally in places such as Australia, Germany, Israel, Japan, Mexico and Poland. While teaching Visual Storytelling at the college level for more than a decade, Lecuyer’s work has appeared in several publications including the respected industry trade, Spectrum: the Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art, Other Grimm Brothers Faerie Stories, and Steampunk: The Beginning.
Additional Contributing Faculty Members
Fernando Garcia Verdugo