Dan Schlapbach, MFA
- Academic Focus Visual & Performing Arts, Art History
Dan Schlapbach, MFA, professor of photography, feels Loyola students are unique because of the well-rounded experience they receive: “Our students learn not only how to effectively and powerfully express ideas through photographs, but also how to use those skills to reflect on the human condition, express significant and challenging concepts informed by a rigorous liberal arts experience, and make a difference in the world.” The chair of the visual and performing arts department and director of the photography program, Schlapbach grew up in St. Louis, Mo., and earned his Master of Fine Arts degree in Photography from Indiana University, Bloomington. His research focuses on merging 19th century wet-plate photographic techniques with 21st century digital imaging. Schlapbach has been teaching at Loyola since 1999, and he says he enjoys watching students make connections between their artistic vision and the experiences they’ve gained through service-learning opportunities. His students might be surprised to learn that he lives on a farm and raises chickens and geese.
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Loyola offers terrific prospects for students to rigorously pursue their artistic vision with a deep intellect informed by a broad liberal arts education within an institution that is committed to confronting social justice concerns. Moreover, students who study photography at Loyola are more attractive to potential employers because they can quickly problem solve visual puzzles with a critical and informed mind.