Christopher Arnold - Columbia College Chicago

Christopher Arnold

Associate Professor


Chris Arnold is an Associate Professor in the Design Department who has served as the Coordinator of the Illustration Program (2016-2019) and Drawing Foundations (2019-2022) at Columbia. Over the last two decades of Arnold’s professional art and illustration career, he has had work featured in more than ten one-man exhibitions, included in over fifty group shows worldwide and has been part of countless illustration and design campaigns. He earned a B.F.A. in Studio Art from the University of Missouri, Columbia in 2002, and an M.F.A. in Illustration from the Savannah College of Art and Design in 2007. 

Instructional Areas

Chris Arnold is actively involved with curriculum development in Art & Design. He teaches throughout the Illustration curriculum with a primary focus on studio coursework.

Creative Practice and Research Interests

Editorial Illustration, Fine Art, Mural/Installation, Branding & Identity, Book Illustration, Advertising, Storyboarding, Character/Concept Art, Cartooning, Surface Design, Nature Art/Illustration.


B.F.A., Art University of Missouri 2002
M.F.A., Illustration Savannah College of Art and Design 2007