College of Arts and Sciences

Josef V. Venker, SJ

  • Josef V. Venker, S.J.
    MFA, Painting
    Department Chair, Fine Arts
    Assistant Professor, Visual Art
    Phone: 206-296-5364

    Teaching and Research Interests

    Drawing, Painting, Printmaking
    Museums and Galleries
    Natural History
    Gardening and Garden History
    England, Germany, France, Italy
    Hiking, Bicycle Touring
    Alpine Hiking
    Alpine Skiing
    Catholism, World Religions

    Creation Centered Spirituality


    Fr. Josef Venker, SJ, MFA is a Jesuit priest, artist, and educator from St. Louis and a member of the Missouri Province Society of Jesus.  For the past 19 years he has been a member of the Jesuit Community at Seattle University where he teaches courses in printmaking, calligraphy, ceramic sculpture, drawing, and painting and serves as Chair of the Department of Fine Arts.

    In addition to his degrees in Philosophy, Ministry, and Spirituality, he holds a BFA in Ceramic Sculpture from the California College of Art, and a MFA in Painting from the University of Denver.

    Fr. Venker is especially interested in Creation Centered Spirituality and the use of art as a form of mediation.  Each summer he spends time at the Grünewald Guild, a venue for art and faith in Plain, Washington.  At the Guild he regularly teaches the “Painting Sacred Earth” workshop using Aboriginal Australian painting techniques as a way to tell our own sacred stories.