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David Hooker, M.F.A

Professor of Art

On Faculty since 2005
630.752.5269



David has immersed his life in ceramic sculpture and the fine arts: as an artist, teacher, curator, exhibition designer, and art school director. His artistic practice explores the inherent value of materials, objects, and places, hoping to find ways to better connect and understand the world we live in. When David is not freaking out over deadlines, he enjoys spending time with his wife, Elaine, his children Abbey and Samuel, his dog, Mac, and his cat, Evie. He also enjoys baseball, BBQ, and tennis—not necessarily in that order.

Kent State University
M.F.A. Ceramics, 1997

Furman University
B.A. English, 1990

  • Fine Arts
  • Ceramic Sculpture

Why a Wheaton College Professor Smeared Jesus in Human Dirt
Christianity Today

David Hooker has spent a lot of this Lent playing in the dirt—specifically the dirt of students at Wheaton College, Illinois, where Hooker has taught art for eight years. With help from the Christian college's custodians, he's collected the hair, skin cells, nail clippings, and other ephemera vacuumed up in the dorms, then has ritually applied it to a 5-foot-tall corpus of Christ that he bought for $4,000 from a vestments company that resells de-commissioned vestments from churches. Titled Corpus, the dirt-covered Christ will be displayed in Wheaton's biblical and theological studies department next month...view more

  • Dunhuang Ceramic Sculpture Artist in Residence. Gansu Province, China.
  • Corpus. Commissioned work for Bible and Theology Department, Wheaton College.
  • 3rd International Triennial of Silicate Arts. International juried exhibition. Cifrapalota. Kecskemét, Hungary
  • ACGA Clay and Glass National Juried Competition. City of Brea Art Gallery. Brea, California
  • “Contemporary Artists in the Public Square.” Panelist. Christians in the Visual Arts 2015 Biennial Conference.