October 3, 2023

Creative U is a celebration of creativity and the creative process. You are invited to engage in this process and expand your creative skills.

Come discover your creative potential.

Speaker Bio

Greg Kendall-Ball

Photo Editor, The New York Times

Brooklyn, New York


Greg is a seasoned photo editor with more than 15 years of experience in the field. Throughout his career, he has worked for well-respected editorial organizations such as The New York Times, The Washington Post, and Nature, where he was responsible for providing visual coverage for their publications. He has also managed complex commercial photography projects for clients around the world.

Greg is well-versed in using various tools such as the Adobe Creative Suite and multiple digital asset and content management systems.

He holds an MA in Journalism from the University of Missouri School of Journalism and an MA and BA in religious studies from Harding University and Abilene Christian University. 


Lunch Session

“As you set out for Ithaka…”

Tuesday, October 3rd, 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

ACU Brown Library, Packer Forum

For Greg Kendall-Ball, the path from Cullen Auditorium to the photo desk of The New York Times was a long — and winding — one. He will tell the story of his journey from theology student to photo editor, and how the Little Panda on Judge Ely and the Abilene Sam’s Club played crucial roles in his career development. And a few lessons he was smart enough to jot down in his notebook along the way.

*Lunch is provided & this session will earn a Chapel credit.

Professional Session

“The Daily Miracle”

Tuesday, October 3rd, 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

ACU Brown Library, Packer Forum

How does an international news outlet react when tragedy strikes on the other side of the world? How do people get deployed to cover the news? When the photographs start making their way in from the field, how do they end up in the printed and digital stories read by millions? Greg Kendall-Ball will share a day in the life of a photo editor during a recent news cycle that illustrates some of the possibilities of reporting the news in today’s digital environment.

*Light refreshments will be served at this session.

Using AI Tools in Photoshop

Generative AI (Artificial Intelligence) is AI capable of generating text, images, or other media, using generative models.

Session 1: Learning the Basics

Monday, October 2nd, 12:00 – 1:00 pm

Innovation Foundry (Top floor of Brown Library)

Over the past couple of years, Generative AI has exploded with tools like ChatGPT and MidJourney. Adobe now has fun AI tools built into Photoshop for photo editing and compositing. In this session, you will learn how to put these tools to use for your future graphic projects.

Lunch will be provided for this session.

Session 2: Creating a Composite Image with AI

Tuesday, October 17th, 12:00 – 1:00 pm

Innovation Foundry (Top floor of Brown Library)

This session is the second of the “Using AI Tools in Photoshop” series. Use the skills learned in the first session, to create a beautiful composite image.

Lunch will be provided for this session.