Majors & Minors

Studio Art

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. 

Contact

Victoria Star Varner

Victoria Star Varner

Chair and Professor of Studio Art

Phone

512.863.1355
Victoria Star Varner

Victoria Star Varner

Chair and Professor of Studio Art

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



AFTER SOUTHWESTERN

Featured Alumni Stories

Trauma Bag, Service Series

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.

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Shaping the Future, by Norma Clark ’97

Shaping the Future

A new painting by Norma Clark ’97, P’00, specially commissioned by Southwestern University, is now on display in the Commons.

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Life after Southwestern

Three Southwestern alumni divulge the details of their lives postgraduation.

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EXPLORE SOUTHWESTERN

Art News

Ana Olvera, Obligation, oil on panel, 50 x 36”, 2020

Ana Olvera

B.A. with a focus in Painting

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Changing Course

Five transfer students explain why—and how—they made the switch to Southwestern.

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Mattie Mint

Fat over Lean

Mattie Mint ’22 shares about her journey into the professional world through the Kemper Scholar Program.

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