Gifted faculty are a key to any program. The faculty in the Division of Art at IWU are a vibrant and progressive community of professional artists, designers, historians and scholars. Eleven full-time faculty members bring a richness and depth of academic experience to the classroom and reflect the University's continued commitment to the Art program. You will find that these professors are not just "teachers" but are also producing artists with numerous awards and national recognition. More than 80 percent of the faculty have or are completing terminal degrees.

A crucial philosophy of the Art faculty is the importance of relationship-based teaching. The professor/student contact does not end when the class period is over. Mentoring and individual relationships have impacted many of our students' lives throughout their tenure at the University.

Wendy Puffer; MA Asst Prof; Art wendy.puffer@indwes.edu Department - Art Division - Art


Wendy Puffer is an NCIDQ registered interior designer, interior design program coordinator and assistant professor. She is passionate about teaching students the importance of faith integration as designers. Her knowledge of the field of interior design and passion for working with college students is grounded in over 11 years experience conducting her own interior design business and 27 years training and instructing undergraduates. Her education includes a B.S. in Interior Design from Indiana State University and an M.A. from Ball State University. She has experience working with clients on commercial and residential projects and often involves students and graduates in design projects.

Professional Associations:

  • NCIDQ #28197
  • American Society of Interior Designers
  • Interior Design Educators Council

Educational Background:

  • B.S., 1983, Indiana State University
  • M.A., 2001, Ball State University