A native of Southern California and graduate of UCSB, Jeff Brackett lived in India for three years and is now an award-winning Religious Studies professor at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana.

 

Jeff began drawing regularly in October 2016. By 2017, he was showing his work in juried art shows and local venues. He has worked on his techniques by taking art courses in the summers, whenever possible.

 

Most recently, he won 2nd place in the avocational division of the 29th Annual Minnetrista Juried Art Show (2021).

 

His artwork has been featured in the local BSU press, both in print and video. Jeff has also published an article about his journey into art, “Mandalas, Meditation, and Mindful Mark-Making.”

 

As a religious studies professor, he is working on a book tentatively titled, Zen and the Artful Buddhist: Asperger’s, Art, and Academia. This work describes how he integrates his professional and private personas.

 

Prior to learning of his Asperger Syndrome profile in late 2020, the core of the book project was comparing how the term “spiritual” is used quite differently by religious studies scholars and art professionals in connection to descriptions of art, artists, and art-making.

 

Jeff’s pattern-heavy art reveals the lasting impact of Architectural Drawing in High School, a year as an Art Major, and his academic training in Religious Studies: by day, he teaches courses about Hinduism and Buddhism, as well as Religion and Pop Culture, and World Religions.