New Faculty Profile: Linus Meldrum

BY SARAH ALLISON
Staff Writer

Linus Meldrum has taught at Franciscan University of Steubenville for five years as an adjunct professor. Last semester, however, he became an assistant professor of fine arts.

His family originally became acquainted with Franciscan University when his oldest daughter was searching for a university to attend.

“She came to campus, and within about fifteen minutes, she said, ‘This is where I want to go to school,’” said Meldrum. Since then, she and another daughter have graduated from Franciscan.

This sparked the family’s interest. Meldrum, who had the credentials required to teach, decided to look into working at Franciscan. At the time Meldrum inquired, when his oldest daughter was graduating and his next daughter was arriving at Franciscan, the previous art instructor had just left. Meldrum became adjunct professor in 2009.

In 2013, he was hired as assistant professor of the arts in order to form and teach Visual Arts and the Catholic Imagination, an art class for the new Core Curriculum. His wife, Dianne Settino, also works at Franciscan teaching visual arts.

Meldrum graduated from the Yale School of Art and spent time teaching and exhibiting art before moving to Pennsylvania with his wife to buy a farm. They started a business creating home décor, which he described as, “aesthetically pleasing, with a practical function.”

As a wire-worker, Meldrum made wire creations that could be useful in the kitchen or around the house. He and his wife traveled to hundreds of art festivals in seven different states, and he estimated that they ran the business for 15 to 20 years.

“We had great success in that,” he said.

During his time as adjunct professor, Meldrum had a five-hour commute and would make a round trip every week, staying in the area to teach for several days before returning home. Now that he is teaching full-time, he and his family have moved closer to Franciscan University.

Among his hobbies, he includes a love for music. After high school, Meldrum said he spent seven years taking time off and often made his living by performing music as a guitarist.

Meldrum’s plans for the future at Franciscan are centered on keeping visual arts moving forward.

“I’m hoping for an expansion in visual arts on campus,” he said.

There may be more opportunities for students to study and create art. One such possibility is instituting an art club, or an increase in art exhibitions and other events in the Gentile Gallery.

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