Rhaelene Lowther is an Associate Professor of Art: Game, Animation and Simulation Design. She worked as an environment artist for Microsoft for five years, working on one of the original XBox launch titles, Amped Snowboarding. She also worked at Sensory Sweep Software working on Nintendo DS games for about 5 years. She earned a BFA in painting from Brigham Young University and an MFA from Utah State University. She taught at the Art Institute of Salt Lake City and Utah State University before moving to Arkansas to start the Game Development program at Southern Arkansas University. She has lived in Magnolia, AR for 6 years.