James Stanley

James Stanley

Adjunct Professor



James Shea Stanley is currently an adjunct instructor in the Art Program at Kentucky Wesleyan, where he leads students in courses focused on graphic design and illustration. Prior to his role at Kentucky Wesleyan, Mr. Stanley was an instructor of graphic design at the University of Southern Indiana, where he taught and developed courses in graphic design, illustration, animation, and web design.

Before his foray into the world of higher education, Mr. Stanley had a decades-long career as a graphic designer, from managing a design department for an award-winning newspaper, to overseeing product development and production while working with some of the biggest names in the fashion industry, then working to advance software user experience design within the healthcare industry. Mr. Stanley’s never-ending curiosity about the evolving role of design allowed him to explore professional opportunities within multiple industries.

Mr. Stanley’s current creative efforts and interests include a number of different subjects. Whether investigating the role of short-form animation in the world of social media, working toward establishing his own digital atelier for production and mentorship, or studying the opportunities on-demand production and distribution offer for artists to reach new, broader audiences, his continuing enthusiasm for the place of design in daily life drives him creatively.

Mr. Stanley received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern Indiana, and his MFA in Animation from Savannah College of Art and Design.