Erik A Evensen

Assistant Professor, University of Wisconsin–Stout
Owner and Principal Designer, Evensen Creative
Design Department
College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Office: 323C Applied Arts
Phone: 715-232-1617
Personal website:

Brief Biography

Erik A. Evensen is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Design, where he teaches courses in design drawing & visualization, digital imaging, design methodology, and design research. Before coming to UW–Stout in 2013, he was a Visiting Assistant Professor of Design at Ohio State University. Prior to entering academia, Professor Evensen worked as a graphic designer and illustrator in the greater Boston area, in corporate advertising and agency environments, and he continues to consult with studios and agencies across North America. His comics work includes the graphic novels "The Beast of Wolfe’s Bay" and the Xeric-winning "Gods of Asgard," and anthology stories in the "Ghostbusters" and "Back to the Future" comic series from IDW Publishing. His graphic novels have been featured at the Field Museum of Natural History and the Wexner Center for the Arts, and adopted as textbooks at James Madison University, Marshall University, and Gustavus Adolphus College.

Teaching Interests: Visual communication, design foundations, design drawing & visualization, design methodology

Research Interests: Design for education, graphic design, information design, human-centered design, game design, comics & graphic novels, design drawing & visualization, historical illustration & visualization techniques

Professional Interests: Creative direction, graphic design, illustration, comics and graphic novels, design research


    • MFA Industrial, Interior, and Visual Communication Design
      The Ohio State University
      Columbus, OH, United States, 2009
    • Post-baccalaureate Certificate
      School of the Museum of Fine Arts
      Boston, MA, United States, 2005
    • BA Studio Art: Drawing & Painting
      University of New Hampshire
      Durham, NH, United States, 2001

Work Experience

    Academic - Post-Secondary

      • University of Wisconsin–Stout, Design
        Assistant Professor
        August 2013 -
      • The Ohio State University, Design
        Visiting Assistant Professor
        2012 - 2013
      • Bemidji State University, Technology, Art, and Design
        Adjunct Faculty
        2010 - 2011
      • Art Institute of Pittsburgh, Graphic Design
        Adjunct Faculty (online)
      • The Ohio State University, Industrial, Interior, and Visual Communication Design
        Graduate Teaching Associate
        2007 - 2009
      • York County Community College, Design Technology
        Adjunct Faculty
        2005 - 2006


      • Evensen Creative
        Owner and Principal Designer
        2006 -
      • Brown & Company Design
        Freelance Designer
        2002 - 2015
      • Phuse
        Brand Design Consultant
        2010 - 2012
      • Vital Design
        Senior Designer
        August 2005 - August 2006
      • PC Connection
        Graphic Designer
        April 2002 - June 2005
      • Third Generation Design
        Intern/Junior Designer
        June 2001 - March 2002
      • Brown & Company Design
        January 2001 - December 2001
      • University of New Hampshire
        Student Designer
        August 1999 - May 2001
      • Vermont State Craft Centers
        Gallery Assistant
        May 1999 - August 1999

Intellectual Contributions

    Journal Article

    • Evensen, E. (2014). Comics as a Design Ecosystem: A Case for Comics in Design Education. ImageText: Interdisciplinary Comics Studies Journal, 7(3), Gainesville, FL: University of Florida.

    Conference Proceeding

    • Evensen, E. (2014). Using Comics to teach Visual Communication, Design Thinking, and User Centered Principles. , Portland, OR: AIGA Design Educators Conference: New Ventures: Intersections in Design Education.
    • Evensen, E. (2011). Moving Session Visualization. , 1(1), 1, Columbus, OH: Stir Symposium proceedings.
    • Evensen, E. (2010). Making Educational Games Make Sense (Without Losing Entertainment Value). , Toledo, OH: AIGA Design Educators Conference: Response/Ability.
    • Evensen, E., Chan, P. K., Nini, P., & Sanders, E. B. (2009). Crafting a Design Concept Prototype for an Educational Game Design: A Case Study. , Seoul: International Association of Societies of Design Research (IASDR) 2009: Rigor and Relevance in Design.
    • Evensen, E., Chan, A., Kwok, P., & Sanders, E. B. (2008). Game Design for Personal Health Management: An Emotional and Educational Perspective. , Hong Kong: Proceedings from Design & Emotion 6: Dare to Desire.


    • Evensen, E. (2013). The Beast of Wolfe's Bay. , Bemidji, MN: self-published.
    • Evensen, E., & Carter, J. B. (2010). Super-powered Word Study. , Gainesville, FL: Maupin House.
    • Evensen, E. (2007). Erik Evensen’s Sketchbook Diary. , Columbus, OH: self-published.
    • Evensen, E. (2007). Gods of Asgard. , Columbus, OH: Xeric Foundation.

    Book, Chapter

    • Evensen, E., Sanders, E. B., & Stappers, P. J. (2013). A Toolkit for Board Game Design. Convivial Toolbox: Generative Research for the Front End of Design , 80-81, Amsterdam: BIS Publishers.

    MFA Thesis

    • Evensen, E. (2009). Making it Fun: Uncovering a Design Research Model for Educational Board Game Design (MFA Thesis). , Columbus, OH: The Ohio State University.

Artistic and Professional Performances and Exhibits

    Art - Art Works in Publication

    • Evensen, E., & Gale, B. (2016 - Present) "Emmett Brown Visits the Future," Back to the Future #4. IDW Publishing,
    • Evensen, E., & Burnham, E. (2015 - Present) "World of the Psychic," Ghostbusters Annual 2015. IDW Publishing,
    • Evensen, E. (2014 - Present) "Pride and Prejudice" cover illustration.
    • Evensen, E., & Burnham, E. (2014 - Present) "Road Trip," Ghostbusters 2.12. IDW Publishing,
    • Evensen, E. (October 2013 - October 2013) Pinup illustration, Hoax Hunters #11. Image Comics,
    • Evensen, E. (September 12,2013 - September 12, 2013) "Enter the Bluebird" cover illustration. Boston, MA,
    • Evensen, E., & Eikill, E. (2012 - Present) Angrvadil. Norway.
    • Evensen, E., Evensen, D., & Pratt, C. D. (2011 - Present) The End of the Pipeline: A Journey of Recognition for African Americans Entering the Profession. Carolina Academic Press, Durham, NC,
    • Evensen, E., Moss, B., Lapp, D., Carter, J. B., & Carter, K. L. (2010 - Present) Teaching New Literacies in Grades 4–6. The Guilford Press, New York, NY,
    • Evensen, E. (2009 - Present) Learning Through History Magazine, cover illustration, issue 2-2009. Classic Education, Inc., Naples, FL,
    • Evensen, E. (2008 - Present) Learning Through History Magazine, cover illustration, issue 6-2008. Classic Education, Inc., Naples, FL,

    Art - Exhibition, Group

    • Evensen, E. (2014 - Present) Faculty Show. University of Wisconsin- Stout, Furlong Gallery. Menomonie, WI,
    • Evensen, E. (2013 - Present) Visions and Vibrations. West Claremont Center for Music and Arts, Claremont, NH,
    • Evensen, E. (2012 - Present) Bemidji, Bunyan, and Bikes. Cabin Coffeehouse & Cafe. Bemidji, MN,
    • Evensen, E. (2012 - Present) PKN: Global Cities Week Artist Showcase. New City Ballroom. Bemidji, MN,
    • Evensen, E. (2012 - Present) Proof of Purchase. samsøn. Boston, MA, United States.
    • Evensen, E. (Present) Design 40 Exhibition. Ohio Sate University, Columbus, Ohio, United States.
    • Evensen, E. (Present) Proof of Purchase 2. Rhys Gallery, Boston, Minnesota, United States.
    • Evensen, E. (Present) Campus Comics: Cartooning at UNH. UNH Museum, Durham, NH, United States.
    • Evensen, E. (June 2006 - August 2006) 14th Annual Juried Summer Exhibition. AVA Gallery, Lebanon, NH, United States.
    • Evensen, E. (April 2006 - May 2006) Proof of Purchase. Rhys Gallery, Boston, MA, United States.
    • Evensen, E. (Present) Graduating Student Exhibition. Grossman Gallery, Boston, MA, United States.
    • Evensen, E. (Present) Mission Hill Annex Opening Exhibition. Mission Hill Annex, SMFA, Boston, MA, United States.
    • Evensen, E. (Present) SPACE. Mission Hill Annex, SMFA. Boston, MA, United States.
    • Evensen, E. (June 2005 - August 2005) 13th Annual Juried Summer Exhibition. AVA Gallery, Lebanon, NH, United States.

    Premiere Performance

    • Evensen, E. (February 16, 2013) MMEA Intercollegiate Honor Band. Minnesota Music Educators Conference Midwinter Clinics, Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States.
    • Evensen, E. (April 1, 2010) CBDNA W/NW Division Conference. University of Nevada Wind Ensemble, Nevada, United States.

    Art - Exhibition, One-Person

    • Evensen, E. (January 17,2012 - February 10, 2012) Visions of the Norse Myths. Bemidji State University, Gallery 140. Bemidji, MN,
    • Evensen, E. (October 2005 - December 2005) Solo Exhibition, IOS Business Center. Portsmouth, NH, United States.

    Art - Arts Festival

    • Evensen, E. (August 2007 - August 2007) Columbus Metropolitan Library Centennial Celebration. Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, OH, United States.



    • Evensen, E., & Svanoe, E. (January 11, 2016). Artist Talk on the development of Marrying Mr. Darcy: The Pride and Prejudice Card Game. DES 256: Board Game Design and Production, Jay Little, instructor, Menomonie, WI, United States.
    • Evensen, E. (November 23, 2015). Comics, Design Drawing, & Being a ‘Desillustrator’. New Hampshire Institute of Art, Manchester, NH, United States.
    • Evensen, E. (October 14, 2015). Designing the World of the Norse Gods in “Gods of Asgard.”. Gustavus Adolphus College Department of Scandinavian Studies, St. Peter, MN, United States.
    • Evensen, E. (March 26, 2015). Portfolio Development Workshop. ASID/IIDA student chapter, Menomonie, WI, United States.
    • Evensen, E., Hui, C., Pontuti, K., Svanoe, E., Kuuskoski, J., & Savvidou, P. (February 19, 2015). Creativity to Reality: Arts Entrepreneurship Panel. , Menomonie, WI, United States.
    • Evensen, E., Husted, U., Wilker, J., & Fox, K. (February 5, 2015). Kickstarter How-To Panel. , Minneapolis, MN, United States.
    • Evensen, E., Husted, U., Svanoe, E., Gitchell, E., & Ducett, A. (April 28, 2014). An Introduction to Kickstarter: Making Stuff & Getting Paid. , Menomonie, WI, United States.
    • Evensen, E. (February 17, 2014). Artist Talk. UW-Stout Faculty Show, Menomonie, WI, United States.
    • Evensen, E. (November 04, 2013). New Design Faculty Presentations. , Menomonie, WI, United States.
    • Evensen, E. (April 25, 2013). Life After UNH, Visiting Alumni Lecture Series. University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH, United States.
    • Evensen, E., & Boysen, A. (February 16, 2013). The Creative Process behind Star-Crossed. Midwinter Clinic, Minneapolis, MN, United States.
    • Evensen, E. (October 26, 2012). Personal Definitions of Design. DES 2700 Introduction to Design Practice, Gabe Tippery, instructor, Columbus, OH, United States.
    • Evensen, E. (2011). Introduction to Visual Storytelling (class). Voyageurs Expeditionary High School, Bemidji, MN, United States.
    • Evensen, E. (July, 2011). Comics instructor. Bemidji ArtCamp, Bemidji, MN, United States.
    • Evensen, E., & Carter, J. B. (April, 2011). Comics, Word Study, and Vocabulary Acquisition. New England Comic Arts in the Classroom, Providence, RI, United States.
    • Evensen, E., & Boysen, A. (March, 2010). Creating "Twilight of the Gods". CBDNA W/NW Conference, Reno, NV, United States.
    • Evensen, E. (2009). 2-week guest instructor. IT 1501 Technical Foundations 1, Bonnie Higgins, instructor, Bemidji, MN, United States.
    • Evensen, E. (2009). 2-week guest instructor. IT 3499 Exhibit Design, Bonnie Higgins, instructor, Bemidji, MN, United States.
    • Evensen, E. (2009). Artist Talk on "Gods of Asgard". Scandinavian Club of Columbus, Columbus, OH, United States.
    • Evensen, E., Abell, A., & Albright, B. (2008). Design Internships. DES 254 Materials and Processes, Robert Strouse, instructor, Columbus, OH.
    • Evensen, E., Nini, P. J., & Strouse, R. V. (2008). Sustainability and Design Ethics. Design Circle Coffee Talk, Columbus, OH, United States.
    • Evensen, E. (2008). Artist Talk on "Gods of Asgard". Scandinavian Society of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, United States.
    • Evensen, E., & (November, 2008). Digital Illustration & Presentation Techniques. DES 460 Intermediate Interior Design, Susan Melsop, instructor, Columbus, OH, United States.
    • Evensen, E., Tegtmeyer, R., Lane, M. M., Galbreath, J., Kluko, V., Johnson, L., Napier, P., & Lupton, E. (October, 2008). Graduate Programs in Design. AIGA Design Educators Conference: Social Studies: Educating Designers in a Connected World, Baltimore, MD, United States.
    • Evensen, E. (2004). 1-week guest instructor. DES 130 Typography, John Gayle, instructor, Dover, NH, United States.
    • Evensen, E. (2004). 1-week guest instructor. DES 250 Publication Design, John Gayle, instructor, Dover, NH, United States.

Grants, Contracts, and Sponsored Research


    • Evensen, E. 2014) Professional Development grant. Sponsored by College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences.
    • Evensen, E. 2013) Faculty Startup Grant. Sponsored by College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences.
    • Evensen, E. Bemidji Area Arts Endowment Grant. Sponsored by Northwest MN Foundation.
    • Evensen, E. Community Arts Support Grant. Sponsored by MN Region 2 Arts Council.
    • Evensen, E. McKnight Individual Artist Grant. Sponsored by MN Region 2 Arts Council.
    • Evensen, E. Travel Grant. Sponsored by College of the Arts, Ohio State University.
    • Evensen, E. Self-Publishing Grant. Sponsored by Xeric Foundation.
    • Evensen, E. Post-Baccalaureate Grant. Sponsored by School of the Museum of Fine Arts.

Media Contributions


    • Eau Claire Leader-Telegram. (January 31, 2016)

      “UW-Stout professor illustrates comic book,” Arts feature

    • UW–Stout News (January 22, 2016)

      “Drawn to the Movies: Professor illustrates new ‘Back to the Future’ comic book.”

    • Stoutonia (February 19, 2014)

      Billy Tuite, "UW-Stout Professor Contributes to 30th anniversary Ghostbusters comic book," vol. 104, issue 9

    • Volume One (February 5, 2014)

      Eric Koeppel, “Ghostbusters call on UW–Stout Professor for new comic”

    • UW–Stout News (January 31, 2014)

      “True Story: Art and Design professor gets a call from ‘Ghostbusters.’”

    • Volume One (December 5, 2013)

      Dustin Hahn, "A Beast of a Talent"

    • Eagle Times (May 5, 2012)

      Matt Camara, “Claremont roots influence graphic novelist”

    • Bemidji Pioneer (May 4, 2012)

      Laurie Swenson, “Free Comic Book Day: Today’s comics have broad appeal”

    • Bemidji Pioneer (May 3, 2012)

      Patt Rall, “Graphic Novelist follows up with Adventure/Sci-Fi work”

    • Bemidji Pioneer (October 22, 2010)

      Patt Rall, “Concert to Feature Original Audio-Visual”

    • The New York Times (January 6, 2008)

      Daniel Grant, “More Than A Bachelor, Less Than A Master”

    • The Washington Post (October 31, 2007)

      Christopher Porter, “Visiting Valhalla: ‘Gods of Asgard’,” Express Night Out


    • Wisconsin People & Ideas (2014)

      Jason A. Smith, “5Q with Erik A. Evensen,” Magazine for the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts & Letters

    • BSU Horizons Magazine (2011)

      Andy Bartlett, “Twilight of the Gods: Faculty Director Strikes the Right Chord”

    • Spotlight Magazine (July 3, 2003)

      Gina Carbone, “Seacoast Bloggers,” Portsmouth Herald


    • The Huffington Post (September 17, 2013)

      Daniel Grant, “Post-Bac Programs: Where Artists Get a Bit of Retooling en Route to a Career.”

    • Bag and Bored (July 23, 2013)

      Brad Gischia, Review and Interview

    • Pipedream Comics (July 16, 2013)


    • Comic Book Therapy (June 4, 2013)

      Cody Ferrell, "Exclusive: Erik Evensen talks The Beast of Wolfe's Bay"

    • (April 17, 2013)

      The Beast of Wolfe’s Bay Interview with Erik Evensen

    • (May 6, 2012)

      Yenny Coll, “Own It! with Yenny: The Beast of Wolfe’s Bay.”

    • Comic Book Resources (May 3, 2012)

      Brigid Alverson & JK Parkin, “Robot 6: Comics A.M., a look back at 10 years of Free Comic Book Day,”

    • (April 29, 2012)

      Brian Walton, “Pickstarter: Our Favorite Crowd-funded Projects,”

    • The Norse Mythology Blog (May 26, 2011)

      Dr. Karl E. H. Siegfried, “Interview with Erik Evensen”

    • Graphic Novel Reporter (January 10, 2011)

      Dr. Katie Monnin, “A Superpowered & Educational Interview with Dr. James Bucky Carter and Erik Evensen”

    Web Series

    • A Comic Book Look (June 2012)

      Jon Runyan, Tom Devine, Inveterate Media Junkies


    • KAXE Community Radio (March 24, 2011)

      Doug MacRostie, “Pecha Kucha: The Magic of Chit-chat”


    • Lakeland Public Television (July 2, 2010)

      Jamil Donith, In Focus (television arts feature)

Reviewer / Editor

    Citations in Graduate Research

    • David Eric Low, “Comics as a Medium for Inquiry: Urban Students (Re-)Designing Critical Social Worlds” PhD thesis in Education, University of Pennsylvania (2015)
    • Daniel C. Zabrowski, “The Effects of Gameful Design on Student Engagement in the Eighth- Grade Classroom” M.A. thesis in Education, Viterbo University (2015)
    • Lillian Cespedes González, “From Los Vikingos to Northlanders: Changing Representations of the Old Norse in Sequential Art,” M.A. thesis in Historical Studies, University of Winchester (UK) Department of History (2013)
    • Adina Feigenbaum, “Social Media as a Means of Promoting Peer-Based Learning in Design Education,” M.F.A. thesis in Visual Communication Design, Kent State University Interview & campus visit subject (uncredited). (2013)
    • Elise Woolley, “Fun: An Exploration in its Relevance to Interaction Design,” M.F.A. thesis in Design: Research & Development, The Ohio State University Department of Design. (2010)
    • Hafner, Tina. “Peter Madsen’s Valhalla: Studien zur Rezeption altwestnordischer Mythen im modernen Comic (German Edition)” Graduate thesis, University of Vienna (2008)

    Citations in Published Articles

    • ImageTexT: Interdisciplinary Comics Studies vol. 7, issue 3

      Weiner, Robert G. and Carrye Kay Syma. “Library 1100: Information Literacy, Sequential Art and Introduction to Library Research.” Dept. of English, University of Florida. (2014)

    • Irma Ahmad, Suhaiza Hasan, Nur Azimah Osman, “Funtasksticks: Aligning the Games with Course Outcomes of Physics and Biology for Pre-Science Students” (2013)
    • Applied Clinical Informatics. Vol. 2: Issue 2

      Ellen Brox, Luis Fernández-Luque, Torunn Tøllefsen, “Healthy Gaming: Video Game Design to Promote Health,” pp 128-142. (2011)

    • SANE Journal vol.1, no. 1

      Nick Kremer, “This is not your Forefather’s Thor: Using Comics to Make Mythology Meaningful” (2010)

    Citations in Published Books

    • Graphic Novels and Comics in the Classroom: Essays on the Educational Power of Sequential Art

      Carol L. Tilley, “Using Comics in the 1940s and 1950s,” edited by Carrye Kay Syma, Robert G. Weiner. McFarland & Company (2013)

    • Connecting Comics to Curriculum: Strategies for Grades 6–12

      Gavigan, Karen W. and Mindy Tomasevich. Libraries Unlimited (2011)

    • Teaching Early Reader Comics and Graphic Novels

      Monnin, Katie. Maupin House Publishing (2011)

    • Rationales for Teaching Graphic Novels

      Carter, James Bucky. Maupin House Publishing (2010)

    • Building Literacy Connections with Graphic Novels: Page by Page, Panel by Panel

      Carter, James Bucky. National Council of Teachers of English (2008)

    Reviewer, Conference

    • Keer 2012: Green Kansei

      Reviewer (Peer), Conference Proceedings, Department of Industrial Design, College of Planning & Design, National Cheng Kung University, Penghu, Taiwan, May 22-25, 2012 (2012 - 2012)

Awards, Fellowships, Honors, and Scholarships


    • Finalist, Next Generation Indie Book Awards (2011)
    • In-House Design Award, Graphic Design USA (2006)


    • The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, Ohio State University Chapter (2008)

Professional Memberships

  • AIGA The Professional Association for Design


    Department / School

    • Committee Member, MFA Advisory Committee (December 2015 - Present)
    • Coordinator, Best of Design Exhibition (September 2015 - Present)
    • Committee Chair, Design Foundations committee (ad hoc) (September 2015 - Present)
    • Committee Chair, International Studies Committee (September 2015 - Present)
    • Faculty Advisor, Zine Club (September 2015 - Present)
    • Coordinator, Color Specialization (September 2013 - Present)
    • Committee Member, Publicity and Communication Committee (September 2013 - August 2015)
    • Committee Member, Search Committee, Art Metals (December 2014 - April 2015)


    • Saxophonist, Pit Orchestra for "Little Shop of Horrors" (March 2016 - April 2016)
    • Committee Member, CAHSS PR Committee (September 2014 - May 2015)
    • Saxophonist, Pit Orchestra for "110 in the Shade" (March 2014 - April 2014)


      UW Stout

      • Committee Member, Advisory Committee: Nakatani Teaching and Learning Center (August 2015 - Present)
      • Student Interviewer, Stout Scholars Day (2014 - Present)
      • Graduate Faculty Designation, (2013 - Present)
      • Undergraduate Honors Thesis Advisor, (2014 - 2015)
      • University Senate Service, Interim Senator (January 2015 - May 2015)
      • Attendee, Graduation, (May 9,2015 - May 9, 2015)

      Bemidji State University

      • Board Member, Program Advisory Board: Technology, Art, & Design (2010 - 2015)
      • Portfolio Review Panel, Graduating seniors in Graphic and Exhibit Design (December 2009 - May 2013)
      • BFA Committee Member, (2011 - 2012)

      Ohio State University

      • Coordinator, Design Foundations area (August 2012 - May 2013)
      • Committee Member, Design Foundations Committee (August 2012 - May 2013)
      • Faculty Mentor, Graduate Teaching Associates (August 2012 - May 2013)
      • Program Reviewer, Sophomore VCD portfolio reviews (2008 - 2009)
      • Logistics, Design 40 Event (October 2008 - October 2008)


    • Graphic Designer, Wilson Place Mansion (2014 - Present)
    • Graphic Designer, Menomonie Theater Guild (2015 - 2016)
    • Judge, Midwinter Art Contest, the Norse Mythology Blog (December 2013)
    • Board of Directors, Bemidji Area Community Band (2011 - 2013)
    • Board of Directors, Bemidji Symphony Orchestra (2010 - 2012)
    • Co-Coordinator, Pecha Kucha Night (2010 - 2012)