on faculty since 2009
M.F.A., School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, 1993
B.F.A., Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, 1990
Design and photography, running, yoga, painting and reading…
Ellen Browning sees the world through the lens of art, convicted of the truth that as Christians, we are not to be conformed to this world but “be transformed by the renewing of your minds” (Romans 12:2). For Browning, the ability to transform minds is tightly connected with recognizing the gifts of individuality and unique talents. It is her goal to draw out the individual gifts of students according to the will of God.
“My worldview is based upon a belief that each day we have a responsibility and commitment to God, ourselves, and others, to be the very best we can be, to make each day better than the last, and to try to make a difference even in some small way,” said Browning. This awareness of our responsibility and the desire to follow after God leads Browning to set an example for others around her.
“Giving back to my students through helping them to appreciate themselves and the world around them, regardless of background differences or circumstances, is part of my teaching curriculum and my life, all through the grace of God,” said Browning. It is this giving back, this setting an example that makes Browning who she is today, and it serves as an expression of her gratitude for the gift of this life and this world.
Browning takes years of experience with her into the classroom. She has taught visual communication and graphic design for over eight years, including a teaching position at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She has also developed communication materials for non-profit organizations, newspapers, and large corporations such as Ameritech, the Goodman Theatre, IBM, the Tribune Company, and the Art Institute. Browning also founded Ellen Browning Design, a communication/design firm, creating design and communication pieces for a variety of clients.
In addition to her design career, Browning has found yet another way to transform her mind and the minds of those around her—as a part-time swimming instructor. “I have always felt a responsibility to try to assist [students] to learn and grow,” said Browning, “all the while taking into account each person’s individual background and life experiences and recognizing that we each may learn and grasp new concepts in different ways.”
1997 Print Magazine Regional Design Award IABC Gold Quill award for Indentity/Brand