Justin Groth has been teaching as an Assistant Professor of Art at Concordia since 2016 after receiving his MFA in Ceramics at Cranbrook Academy of Art where he studied under Anders Ruhwald. At Concordia, he teaches his passion, Ceramics, but also Sculpture, 3D Design and survey art and art history courses. Justin has been recognized nationally and internationally for his artwork, and has been included in the NCECA (National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts) 2019 Annual, CIVA (Christians in the Visual Arts) juried exhibition, as well as the Geonggi International Ceramic Biennale 2017 where he received an honorable mention. Previously he served as a resident artist at Guldagergaard International Ceramic Research Center and received the Chrissy Award as a travel scholarship.
Having graduated from Concordia Nebraska, Justin loves that he is able to be back and add to the program the knowledge and experience he gained from working with talented and successful artists. He also values the Christian community at Concordia.
Justin is married, and he and his wife have a daughter and a son. They reside in Lincoln, Nebraska. He and his wife enjoy having family close by in both Lincoln and Seward and love being able to grow as a family in Nebraska. When possible, they love to travel to see family and friends across the U.S. and travel in general as well.
Justin Groth's Academic Programs
The art therapy program at Concordia, the only one of its kind in Nebraska, will prepare you to serve in the health field through your art. A degree in art therapy provides you with a quality foundation for you to use your creative process to help people of all ages improve their health and emotional well-being. With your art therapy degree, you can work in schools, nursing homes, prisons, hospitals, recreation facilities, mental health hospitals and nonprofit agencies.
A degree in studio art from Concordia University, Nebraska is a degree in critical thinking, visual and spatial reasoning and creative problem solving. Through a sequence of studio and design courses, you will be introduced to a wide range of materials and procedures from basic two- and three-dimensional media to multi-disciplinary experimentation. Through historical and theoretical content, you can engage with art’s critical discourse. Here, you can make connections across disciplines and learn how to use visual language to express your ideas, make social commentary, effect change and celebrate beauty. A studio art degree from Concordia Nebraska will help you not only achieve personal fulfillment through creative expression, but also give you the framework to be a professional within the art field.
As a graphic design major at Concordia University, Nebraska, you will be equipped to analyze problems and create solutions using image-, type- and web-based strategies. Through a sequence of studio and design courses that introduce a range of materials and working procedures, you will learn how to organize the flow of communication from classroom to client and into society. Concordia’s graphic design program provides the educational framework, experiential training and professional preparedness necessary to compete in today’s market.
A degree in art education from Concordia University, Nebraska gives you a broad range of skills with studio- and design-based courses that provide models for both learning and leading in a classroom. Coupled with course work in art history, you will gain exposure to a variety of media, technology, and art methods, all of which prepare you to be an art educator in a classroom or any number of other settings.
A degree in arts administration from Concordia University, Nebraska opens up a multitude of opportunities to combine business with art. Arts administrators are responsible for the business operations and management of cultural, performing, music and other arts venues.
Classical Liberal Arts
The interdisciplinary classical liberal arts minor from Concordia University, Nebraska offers a traditional and rigorous engagement with premodern languages and cultures. At Concordia, this course of study encourages the classical pursuit of what is good, true and beautiful, considered within the light of Christian revelation. Course options for the classical liberal arts minor include Latin, Greek, philosophy, history, literature and early Christian theology. A minor in classical liberal arts educates students in foundational sources, and it serves as a stepping stone for life-long learning.