Raymond Martens, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Master of Education, (M.Ed.) Interum Director


Contact Information

Center for the Arts, Room 2003
Weekdays by appointment or by hours published on office door.


EdD Art Education, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ

MA Art Education, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ

BFA Painting/Printmaking, Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Minneapolis, MN

Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, Indiana

Areas of Expertise

Art Education


Dr. Ray Martens who does scenic paintings of the Southwest and National Parks, corporate art montages, aviation art montages, portraits and pencil drawings, portraits of individuals, bronze sculptures and more.

Dr. Ray Martens has become known for his montage pencil drawings and oil paintings. His montage oil paintings have been commissioned for such groups as the Phoenix Suns honoring their 25th Anniversary, American West Airlines, Valparaiso University on their 125th Anniversary, and the Joe Foss Institute honoring the life of General Joe Foss.

He is also known for his scenic paintings, especially those of the American Southwest and the Grand Canyon.



2005-present     Assistant Professor, Art Education, Towson University,
                                Towson, Maryland
2002-2005         Adjunct Professor, Art Education, Towson University,
                                Towson, Maryland
2002-present     Adjunct Professor, Studio, Howard County Community
                                College, Columbia, Maryland
2002-present     Adjunct Professor, Studio, Prince Georges County
                                Community College, Largo, Maryland
2001                       Adjunct Professor, Painting, Herron Art School,
                                Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis
1996-1999            Adjunct Professor, Art Education, Herron Art
                                School/School of Eduction, Indiana University-Purdue
                                University, Indianapolis
1994-1995            Graphic Artist, Tucson Unified School District,
                                Tucson, Arizona
                                Visual Literacy instructor and consultant (K-3 program),
                                Tucson Unified School District, Tucson, Arizona
1993-1994            Artist-in-Residence, Warren Elementary School,
                                Tucson, Arizona
1980-present     Private Adult Art Instructor
1973-1980             Art teacher (K-8), Litchfield Elementary School,
                                Litchfield Park, AZ.
1980-present     Studio Artist


1992 Award winner - Oil Painters of America national exhibition
1992 Selected as one of the first seven signature members of Oil Painters
                of America.
1992 Honored by Governor Symington and Arizona National Guard
                at the Arizona Grand Military Ball for Desert Storm project.
1991 Nominated in July by Senator John McCain and
                Governor Symington to President Bush as one of 1000 Points
                of Lights honorees.
1991 Received special Presidential Recognition for Desert Storm project.
1991 Awarded U.S. Army Special Service Medal for limited edition print
                given to all Army personnel from Arizona who served in Desert
1990 Painting selected for the Fiestival Art Competition, Phoenix,
1989 Arizona State Lawman's Memorial (Backup artist)
1984 Featured in article published by "Arizona Republic Magazine,"
                October 28, 1984.
1983 Best of Show - Schaumburg Art Festival, Schaumburg, IL
1977 Received recognition of outstanding contribution to Art Education
                from the Arizona Department of Education.


2004                 National Council Teachers of English
2003-present National Art Education Association
1992-present Signature Member - Oil Painters of America Traditional
1966-present Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity - Alumni Membership
1980-1996 Official artist (U.S. Air Force Art Program)
1991                 Artist Member - American Society of Aviation Artists
1991                 Served on Desert Storm Welcome Home Committee for
                                Arizona, headed by Governor Rose Mofford.
1992                 Associate member - ArtWatch International


2002-2004 Faculty show, Howard Community College, Columbia,
2004              Painting, commissioned by the Joe Foss Foundation,
                                completed and used by the Foundation as a fund raiser
                                for a national patriotism project.
2002-2003 Faculty show, Prince Georges County Community College,
                                Laurel, Maryland
1998              Artist -in- Residence, Indianapolis Public School
                                Number 69. Completed mural painting on
                                space exploration.
1997              Work selected for George Bush Presidential Library, College
                                Station, Texas
1994              Work selected as part of major exhibit on the art of the
                                sport of basketball, Sky Harbor International Airport,
                                Phoenix, Arizona
1994              Commissioned by Lutheran Social Ministries of the
                                Southwest for a painting in major fundraising project.
1993-1994 Work selected as part of first Oil Painters of America
                                Regional Southwest Show, Scottsdale, Arizona.
1992-1995 Work selected as part of Oil Painters of America National
1992              Work receives one of the top awards at the Oil Painters of
                                America's premier national exhibition of traditional oils -
                                Chicago, Prince Gallery.
1991              Arizona State Capital Rotunda, Phoenix, Arizona
1987              Valley National Bank Center, Phoenix, Arizona
1986              Work selected as a part of year long show at the National
                                Air & Space Museum, Smithsonian, Washington, D.C.
1984              One-Man Shows: Valparaiso University, Valparaiso,
                                Indiana; U.S. Air Force Museum, Wright Patterson AFB,
                                Ohio; Luke AFB, Arizona
1981              One-man Show, American Cultural Center, Madrid, Spain.
1970              Work selected as part of biennial show at the Minneapolis
                                Institute of Fine Arts



U.S. Air Force, U.S. Coast Guard, Hawaii Air National Guard, Israeli Air Force, Saudi Arabian Air Force, Taiwanese Government (Tokyo Museum), Arizona Department of Public Safety, City of Phoenix (Sky Harbor International Airport), Embassy of Kuwait (Washington, D.C.), Concordia College, St. Paul, Minnesota, Bush Presidential Library, Joe Foss Foundation, Scottsdale, Arizona.


Maidstone, UNOCAL, Days Inn, State Farm Insurance, First Interstate Bank of Arizona, California AAA, Colt Industries, British Aerospace, America West Airlines, Ansett Airlines, Phoenix Suns, Construction Dynamics Corporation.


1989-1994 O'Brien's Art Gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona
1985-1989 El Prado Galleries, Sedona, Arizona


1994              Illustrated book, Life Goals - How to Discover and Achieve
                                Your Own written by John Groh, published by
                                Northwest Publishing, Salt Lake City, Utah.
1993              Cover art, "The Reading Teacher," Journal of the
                                International Reading Association, Volume 46,
                                Number 7, April 1993.
1992              Illustrated book, Take The Pizza and Run,
                                published by Augsburg Fortress, Minneapolis,
1976              "Art: A View of the Human Experience,"
                                (An Arizona Guide for Art Curriculum Development
                                K-12). Phoenix: Arizona Department of Education.
                                Editorial Board Member and assistant writer for middle

Courses Taught

  • Spring: ARED 381 & ARED 609 Media/Techniques for Art Teachers: Elementary & Multicultural Art Education
  • Fall:  ARED 467 Field Experience in Art Education: Elementary