DJ Berard Named Department Chair of Arts at Chatfield College

September 18, 2017

DJ Berard has become the Chair of Fine, Creative, and Performing Arts, and Music at Chatfield College.

Previously an instructor at Chatfield, Berard has a wide range of experience in education. She studied ceramics at Arizona State University, earned a Bachelor of Science from Indiana University, and completed graduate work at the University of South Carolina. Ms. Berard also earned a Master of Fine Arts from Lindenwood University. She has been on the Board of Directors for several art organizations and has been featured in magazines like The Artist’s Magazine and American Artist.

Berard has been teaching in both private and public schools for many years, and is familiar with accreditation and assessments at all levels. She has written K-12’s arts curriculum for programs such as the state of Missouri’s Art Assessments and the Getty Institute.

Berard started as a classically trained sculptor using bronze and stone, but became a painter when a Director of the Smithsonian bought one of her first paintings for a museum in Spartanburg, South Carolina, and now her paintings are scattered around places like Scottsdale, Tucson Arizona, St Louis, and now Cincinnati.

She moved east from Arizona to become an Artist-in-Residence in the Smoky Mountains, and was excited to be surrounded by green and mountain streams. This program exists to invite artists for a time and space away from their usual environment and obligations. This past summer, Berard completed another term as an Artist-in-Residence with the Foothills College Department of Archeology and Anthropology at Ballintober Castle in Ireland, where she illustrated the castle, as well as worked alongside and mentored students.

“Art is so important because anyone can participate anywhere. I’ve worked with mentally challenged adults, gifted high school students, and autistic adolescents in places all over,” Berard said.

She adds, “I am glad to be at Chatfield and to be part of the growing programs here. The students are excited to be in class and a delight to teach.”

“Chatfield has long history of arts education, and DJ will help us to continue and advance this important component of a liberal arts education,” said Dr. Peter Hanson, Chief Academic Officer and Dean.

DJ and her husband, Kirk, have four children and reside in Milford, OH.




Chatfield College is a private, faith-based, liberal arts college offering the Associate of Arts degree in Brown County and Cincinnati, and is an open enrollment college. The Brown County campus is located at 20918 State Route 251; St. Martin, OH 45118; the Cincinnati campus is located at 1544 Central Parkway; Cincinnati, OH 45202. For more information, visit the website, at, call (513) 875-3344 or e-mail


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