Majors & Minors
Studio Art students learn and create in state-of-the-art facilities featuring designated workspaces for each student. The faculty, who are all practicing professionals, teach small classes to build strong student relationships.
Students at work in the ceramics studio. (Photo credit: Southwestern University)
Victoria Gadson in her painting studio
Avery Elkins in sculpture class
Charles Morris welding in the sculpture studio
Mary Scoville creating a linocut
Visiting Assistant Professor Ron Geibel and his ceramics students throwing bowls for "The Empty Bowls Project" which fights hunger and supports The Caring Place in Georgetown, TX.
Southwestern offers courses in ceramics, painting, sculpture, drawing, photography, printmaking, digital arts, design and architecture, which prepare students for graduate programs and art professions. Studio Art majors’ educations culminate in senior exhibitions in the Sarofim Fine Arts Gallery, where they are afforded more space for exhibition in the professional gallery than most universities offer. World-class opportunities nearby and across the globe enrich students’ pre-professional experiences.
Since 2006 the Fiske Guide to Colleges has listed Southwestern University as among the top 25 small colleges and universities strong in art or design.
“In a state where everything tends to be huge and overwhelming, Southwestern proves that good things can – and do – come in small packages.” –Fiske Guide to Colleges
Featured Alumni Stories
Tom Morin: 25, A Quarter-Century in Retrospect
Studio Art alumnus Tom Morin ’94 returns to Southwestern for an exhibition of his evolution in photography over 25 years.Read Full Story
Sarah Friday ’20 has published original research on art generated by artificial intelligence while double majoring in the seemingly disparate fields of art and computer science.Read Full Story
Shaping the Future
A new painting by Norma Clark ’97, P’00, specially commissioned by Southwestern University, is now on display in the Commons.Read Full Story
Continuance: Faculty Art Exhibit
October 13 – January 8, 2023READ FULL STORY