Joseph  Cory
Associate Professor, Faculty Fellow, The Center for Worship and the Arts
School of the Arts
Department of Art & Design
Office: 203 Art Lofts
Phone: 205-726-4841

Joe Cory is an artist and teacher who is passionate about using art to figure out this complex world and point others to Jesus. Originally from Iowa, he holds an MFA from The University of Chicago and a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. In 2014, Joe and his family loaded up their minivan and moved from Chicago to Birmingham where he spends his days teaching courses in Samford University's Department of Art and Design, working in the studio, or leading the board of CIVA | Christians in the Visual Arts, an international organization dedicated to supporting faith-based artists and the church. An introvert, he enjoys reading, watching sports, serving as an Elder at his church (Shades Valley Community Church in Homewood), and hanging out with his wife and their four kids. You can learn more about Joe and his work at

Degrees and Certifications

  • MFA - The University of Chicago
  • BFA - The School of the Art Institute of Chicago
  • BA - Central College (IA)