Communication & Fine Arts Faculty

Left to right:  Jon Palomaki, Dr. Edgar Crockett, Zaiga Thorson, Katie Johnson,  Michelle Johnson, Annie Oldenburg, and Rich Morthland.

The Communication and Fine Arts Department at the Quad-Cities Campus offers students an opportunity to develop a strong liberal arts background with an emphasis in verbal and written communication, the field of music performance, therapy or the music industry, or learn real world skills in a creative, hands-on environment while developing a professional art portfolio. Many BHC alumni also have gone on to teach art or music in the community at the middle or high school level.

The department offers a number of programs such as the new one-year Music Industry Certificate Program to help get your foot in the door of the music-related business. We have dedicated labs where you can collaborate with faculty members in electronic music, ceramics, website design or graphic design. Some programs offer multiple tracks or options to the field of study. Options allow you to focus on a specific area that more appropriately suits your individual interest or employment needs.


Katie Johnson, M.S.
Department Chair & Assistant Professor, Speech
QC Building 3, Room 374
Jon Palomaki, M.M.
Assistant Department Chair & Professor, Music
QC Building 4, Room 106
Zaiga Thorson, M.F.A.
Assistant Department Chair & Professor, Art
QC Building 4, Room 134
Edgar Crockett, Ph.D.
Professor, Music
QC Building 4, Room 105
Michelle Johnson, M.A.
Professor, Speech
QC Building 3, Room 370
Rich Morthland, M.Div.
Assistant Professor, Speech
QC Building 3, Room 372
Annie Oldenburg, M.F.A.
Instructor, Art
QC Building 4, Room 132