Cliff Tierney is an artist and currently holds the position of Associate Professor of Art at Lipscomb University where he chairs the Visual Arts Department.
Professionally, his work has been shown both regionally and nationally in commercial and university galleries. Tierney received his Master of Fine Arts degree from Savannah College of Art and Design. He is a member of the College Art Association, Southeastern Art Conference, and FATE: Foundations in Art: Theory & Education.
Tierney has taught full-time at Lipscomb for 16 years. Before that, he taught as an adjunct at Middle Tennessee State University and was an illustrator and designer at The Tennessean newspaper in Nashville and The Florida Times-Union newspaper in Jacksonville.
Tierney currently teaches foundations courses in drawing, 2D and 3D design, and color theory. He has taught for Lipscomb’s LIFE Program at the Riverbend Maximum Security Facility and the Tennessee Prison for Women where he was the art director for their annual literary journal, Chiaroscuro.
He has co-led travel classes to the Big Bend National Park, the Pacific Northwest, as well art experiences in Paris, France and Florence, Italy. He was faculty-in-residence in Vienna, Austria during the fall semester of 2014.
Other than making art, Tierney enjoys reading about history and traveling. Tierney is the proud father to two beautiful daughters and husband to his wonderful wife of 24 years.