Robert Sirko, MFA

Associate Professor of Art Emeritus


MFA – California Institute of the Arts (1988)
B.A. – Indiana University Bloomington (1982)


Emeritus Professor Robert Sirko, MFA, began his career as a graphic designer and worked in Chicago and Los Angeles. He joined the faculty of Valparaiso University in 1989. He taught courses in graphic and digital design, including animation and served as department chair from 2000 until 2013.

Emeritus Professor Sirko’s paintings are derivative of several inspirations that include the Chicago Imagists, Central and South American art, and various popular culture motifs. His vivid color palette is heavily influenced by Mexican and South American traditions. Emeritus Professor Sirko asserts that if one is to make paintings today, she or he must be bold and aggressive and possess an iconic presence in order to compete amongst the myriad communication forms that vie for our attention in today’s media-rich environment.


As owner of R Sirko Design, Emeritus Professor Sirko has consulted with various institutions and businesses on a local and regional level. His work has appeared in International Design Magazine and The New American Logo and has received recognition from the American Center for Design and the AIGA.

Emeritus Professor Sirko’s experimental video animation, “It Came From Planet Meta 4,” is on YouTube.

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