Wendy Olson, Ceramics Faculty
Rob Kolomyski, Painting/Drawing Faculty
Rob James Kolomyski is an artist and educator based in St. Paul, Minnesota. Most recently his work has been selected for inclusion in the 2021 Drawing Discourse juried exhibition at the University of North Carolina, Asheville. His work has also been showcased at the Rosalux gallery in Minneapolis, MN, the Manifest gallery in Cincinnati, OH, the First Street Gallery in Chelsea, New York, The Painting Center in Chelsea, New York, The Brownsville Museum of Fine Arts in Brownsville, Texas, and the Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts in Taipei, Taiwan.
As an educator, Rob holds a K-12 teaching certification and a Master of Fine Arts in painting from Michigan State University. He has taught all levels of college, including graduates, for institutions ranging from the community college to Tier-1 research institutions. Currently, he is a tenured professor at Inver Hills Community College in St. Paul Minnesota where he teaches beginning to advanced drawing and painting.
Paul Wegner, Photography Faculty
Paul Wegner joined the faculty at Inver Hills in 2005. Prior to 2005 Paul taught at Napa Valley College and Solano Community College. He completed his M.F.A. at the San Francisco Art Institute and his B.A. at St. John’s University in Collegeville, MN.
Paul’s work is been inspired by personal experience with places and people. His favorite thing about working in photography is the camera gives a person an excuse to go to places they might not have gone and talk to people that would not have been approached. He has been the recipient Minnesota State Arts Board Grant and Metropolitan Regional Arts Board grants.
Joel Froehle, Art Faculty
Joel Froehle received a B.A. in Studio Art and Biology from St. Olaf College and later received an M.F.A. in Art – Ceramics from the University of Massachusetts- Dartmouth. He is currently an instructor of Art at Inver Hills Community College and Minneapolis College. He creates functional pottery and ceramic sculpture from his home studio in Northfield, MN.
Jay Jensen, Art Faculty and 3D College Lab Assistant
Jay Jensen has taught Ceramics, Intro to Art and Digital Art and has been a faculty since 2004. He received his MFA from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cites. His main concerns that drives his work is function, form and surface. Working as a graphic designer for 10 years and his interest in printmaking has recently inspired the surface treatment of his pottery.
Janell Hammer, 2D College Lab Assistant and Gallery Coordinator
Janell began working at Inver Hills Community College in 2023 after graduating from Inver Hills in 2020 and transferring to earn her BFA in Studio Arts from Hamline University. Janell Hammer is a multidisciplinary artist based in St. Paul, Minnesota. Starting with a background in painting, she turned her focus toward printmaking and fiber art during her time in undergrad. Janell’s work focuses on framing classical themes and motifs through a contemporary and feminine lens. Investigating the intersections of nostalgia and grief associated with going up during the turn of the century. While art remains a large passion in her life, she is an unrivaled, self-titled cat lady at heart.