Mr. Aaron Tinder

Title: Professor of Art and Design
Dept.: Art
Office: Rasmussen Center 110

Aaron has a background in both studio art and in public school teaching, His background includes working as an educator at all levels. Aaron maintains an active studio practice and is always using what he learns from his own creative research to help make connections with students.

Academic History

  • M.F.A. Northern Illinois University (1998)
  • B.A. Simpson College (1994)

Start Date at Grand View

  • August 2004

Areas of Expertise

  • Drawing
  • Painting
  • Art Education

Research / Accomplishments

Work has been selected for many juried exhibitions, including the International Drawing Annual published by Manifest Gallery and the Quad-State Biennial at the Quincy Art Center.

Questions & Answers

What makes Grand View unique among other universities?
Grand View offers all the benefits of a larger art department, but within a smaller school setting. You get personal attention from faculty who are really interested in helping you achieve your goals, but you also get a wide variety of options in your coursework.
What is your favorite part about working at Grand View?
I love seeing students who come here unsure of their future direction, and unsure of what college will really do for them. It's incredibly rewarding to watch them take what they get from us and forge their own path, whatever that may be. 

Student Testimonials

  • “Aaron has been a huge motivator, supporter, and mentor in the months that I have been at Grand View. I'm not sure that I would have found my career path if it weren't for Aaron. I knew I wanted to be a teacher, but I wasn't completely sure. He described the way I fit perfectly into the role of a high school art teacher. He mentioned how he sees my abilities in my interaction with my classmates. His support and direction solidified my idea and made me excited to graduate and to get out into the workforce. He supports every good idea, adjusts and guides when necessary, and provides all the tools that I need to succeed. I greatly appreciate his open mind, his dedication to myself and my peers, and his ability to see creativity everywhere.” - Chloe Vogel
Aaron Tinder