Fine Arts Department Mission Statement

Jesuit education historically has encouraged appreciation for and cultivation of the Fine Arts, both for their own sake and as a manifestation of the creativity present in the world which ultimately comes from God.

The Fine Arts Department at Brophy College Preparatory believes that the arts are a means of universal communication (Loving), and that our department provides students with the knowledge of various art forms so they can participate in this conversation (Intellectually Competent).

Through the arts, students hear the voices of other cultures and respond to them wholly (Committed to Doing Justice). This experience broadens their knowledge of the creator who bestows the means of communication upon them (Religious). Through these studies, students will be receptive to new expressions and opportunities in the arts (Open to Growth).

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  • Essential questions we want our students to ask...

    Open to Growth
    What are the obstacles to creativity?
    How do we challenge ourselves to move beyond?
    How do we overcome stereotypes?
    How do we find the resources for continued growth?

    Intellectually Competent
    What are the motives for creation?
    How do we manipulate any given medium?
    How do you find inspiration?

    Is there a parallel between our personal creative experience and that of God’s experience?
    Is there a personal and spiritual creative parallel?

    Committed to Doing Justice
    What is the artist’s responsibility?
    How are intrinsic values expressed?
    How can we use art for social change?

    What is the appropriate response to peer work?
    How does the artist express emotion through his work?
    Do you recognize and accept other talents?
  • Enduring understandings we want our students to take with them...

    Open to Growth
    By graduation, a student will
    • Understand and develop an appreciation of various art forms (other than their proficiency; outside of their own area of interest)
    • Exhibit a willingness to take creative risks
    • Understand that he has a voice as an artist
    • Understand that art is a vital part of life
    • Understand that he is embarking on a life-long journey of artistic exploration

    Intellectually Competent
    By graduation, a student will
    • Understand how to communicate at a basic level in the arts
    • Understand how to make informed judgments and critique various art forms
    • Understand that art addresses universal themes of human existence.
    • Understand the importance of self-critique

    By graduation, a student will
    • Understand and recognize that aesthetic beauty is from God
    • Understand that religions have given birth to a variety of art forms
    • Understand that we can worship, praise, and give thanks through the arts

    By graduation, a student will
    • Understand the need to be open to, accepting, and supportive of the works of his peers
    • Understand the importance of participation in the collaborative process
    • Understand the need for a non-judgmental atmosphere

    Committed to doing Justice
    By graduation, a student will
    • Understand the importance of using his artistic voice to further social action (artistic community events)
    • Understand that the arts are for all
    • Understand that artists historically have been revolutionary, and that arts have been a voice for social change

Nate Hester, Department Chair

2D Print Making, Humanities, 3D Ceramics, 2D Drawing
Mr. Hester joined Brophy and entered the teaching profession after a range of experiences in religious ministry and as a professional artist. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Art History and French Studies from Rice University and a Master of Fine Art in Painting and Printmaking from Boston University. After working for ten years as a professional artist, he pursued religious ministry. He earned a Master of Divinity from Duke and most recently has been chaplain at Cardon Children’s Medical Center in Mesa.

Classroom: Eller 201  ||  Tel: (602) 264-5291, ext. 6284  ||

Pete Burr '07

Digital Media Management, 2D Advanced Video Production
Mr. Burr grew up in Central Phoenix and graduated from the University of Arizona with a Bachelor of Arts in Media Arts. He returned to Brophy to expand the ways Brophy students and faculty capture and utilize digital content.
Office: Student Activities Center  ||  Tel: (602) 264-5291, ext. 6439  ||

Debbie Cronin

2D Drawing, Advanced Placement Studio Art, 2D Advanced Drawing
Mrs. Cronin has a J.D. and Bachelor of Fine Arts as well as a Bachelor's degree in Education. She has been a member of the Brophy faculty since 1999. She teaches Drawing, Advanced Drawing, Printmaking, and Painting. As a moderator of the National Arts Honor Society Mrs. Cronin participates with students in the Memory Project which is a national effort to provide portraits to orphans in South America.
Classroom: Eller 218  ||  Tel: (602) 264-5291, ext. 6284  ||

Cooper Davis '10

2D Art Graphic Design, Humanities, 2D Art Digital Photography
While studying graphic design and history at Northern Arizona University, Mr. Davis developed a deep affinity for arts education. He received the Valeen Tippetts Avery Scholarship which enabled him to design a research project at the Grand Canyon, where he spent a summer doing research on river guides as part of both the labor and environmental movement. He also studied through the National Outdoor Leadership School in Wyoming and returned there after graduation to spend a month as an Outdoor Educator. Mr. Davis recently completed his Leave No Trace Master Educator certification through the Wilderness Medicine Institute.

Classroom: Eller 121  ||  Tel: (602) 264-5291, ext. 6284  ||

Jake Kelly ’09

2D Art Advanced Photography, Advanced Placement Studio Art (Photography)
Mr. Kelly returns to Brophy, and to the Fine Arts Department where he was such a fixture during his time here as a student. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from Gonzaga University where he was involved in student government and was the photo editor for the Gonzaga student newspaper. Since graduating from Gonzaga, Mr. Kelly has worked as a social worker, a freelance photographer, and a strategic planner for the Arizona Department of Homeland Security.

Classroom: Eller 331  || Tel: (602) 264-5291, ext. 6284 ||

Marc Kelly '87

3D Ceramics, 3D Advanced Ceramics, 3D Sculpture, 2D Painting, Theater Production/Stagecraft Design
Mr. Kelly continued his Jesuit education at Gonzaga University, graduating in 1991 with a degree in advertising and marketing. After teaching for eight years in the Scottsdale Public Schools, he came (back) to Brophy in 2000 and began developing the 3D aspect of the art department, creating Ceramics, Advanced Ceramics, Sculpture, and Introduction to Fine Arts. His teaching career spans more than 20 years in a variety of educational endeavors.

As a practicing sculptor, Mr. Kelly was responsible for creating the St. Ignatius artwork on Brophy’s campus (located within the McCain Colonnade) and he has developed numerous commissioned public and private sculptural works in the Phoenix area.

Mr. Kelly was the head coach of the Varsity soccer team for 11 years, capturing three 5A State Championships and numerous tournament titles. He ended his career with an overall record of 243-18-3.

Classroom: Eller 110  ||  Tel: (602) 264-5291, ext. 6284  ||

Lisa McKim-Hill

Jazz Band, Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble, Concert Band
Mrs. McKim-Hill earned a Bachelor of Arts in music from California State University, Long Beach and a Master of Music in instrumental conducting from California State University, Sacramento. She brings many years of teaching, directing, and conducting experience to Brophy's band program, as well as experience with community and professional organizations throughout California. Mrs. McKim-Hill is a professional flutist.

Classroom: Eller Band Room  ||  Tel: (602) 264-5291, ext. 6284  || 

Mica Mulloy '99

Assistant Principal for Technology
Mr. Mulloy graduated Magna Cum Laude from Northern Arizona University with a degree in journalism. He also earned a Master's in Educational Leadership from NAU. Along with overseeing technology on campus, Mr. Mulloy teaches the school’s journalism class, which produces Brophy’s national award-winning student newspaper, The Roundup. During his time at Brophy he has taught photography, journalism, design and art classes, led retreats, and directed summer immersion trips. Mr. Mulloy was a newspaper reporter, photographer, and editor at several publications throughout the state before coming to Brophy in 2006.

Classroom: E331  ||  Tel: (602) 264-5291, ext. 6286  ||

Paul Olson

Piano and Keyboard, Honor Choir, Orchestra, Honor Chorale, Freshman Choir
Mr. Olson received a Bachelor of Music from Houghton College and a Master of Music at Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York. He completed his coursework for a Ph.D at Texas Tech University in Lubbock and was a Devitt-Jones Scholar. He has 16 years of college/university teaching experience, most recently as Director of Choral Activities at Grand Canyon University.

Mr. Olson has performed as a tenor soloist with symphony orchestras around the country including Dallas Symphony, Austin Symphony, Flagstaff Symphony, Phoenix Bach Choir, Missoula Symphony, and Midland-Odessa Symphony. He has been a guest conductor/clinician at several high schools, universities, and choral festivals.

Classroom: Eller Band Room  ||  Tel: (602) 264-5291, ext. 6363  ||