Brenda Whitehill Schlenker, MFA

Adjunct Professor, Department of Design

Phone: (626) 815-6000, Ext. 5726
Fax: (626) 387-5727
Office Location: Building One, WCAM 228B
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Brenda Whitehill Schlenker is a photography-based contemporary artist with a background in graphic design. She spent the first decade of her post-undergraduate career as an award-winning designer at Los Angeles area design firms that specialized in entertainment advertising and packaging, before starting a freelance practice. Eventually that practice would engage in design and branding solutions for non-profit organizations, and include teaching graphic design and photography. Today, her interest in design and typography shows up in her non-commercial photography work, where processes include various combinations of digital montage, collage, alternative darkroom techniques, and non-photographic interventions including needlework. In an era when the assumption that photographs capture reality no longer exists, she considers larger realities of what it means to be human, part of this particular time and part of all time.


  • MFA in Visual Studies, Pacific Northwest College of Art
  • BS Applied Art and Design, California Polytechnic State University

Academic Areas

  • School of Visual and Performing Arts (College of the Arts)
    • Department of Design
    • Department of Art


  • Design Theory
  • Digital Montage
  • Digital Photography
  • Film and Alternative Photographic Processes
  • Graphic Design

Courses Taught

  • DSGN 115 - Digital Media in a Visual World
  • DSGN 120 - Intro to Computer Graphics
  • DSGN 221 - Production for Print Design
  • DSGN 283 - Graphic Design II