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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Sarah Friday ’20 and Lord Chair and Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science Fumiko Futamura in SCOPE 2019

Generating Art

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.

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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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Art News

Hannah Mitchell, Morpheus, Mixed media, 2021

B.A. Senior Art Exhibitions

Ciaran Bell , Hannah Mitchell , and Vanessa Saldivar  , | April 22–28, 2021

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Norma Clark ’97

Norma Clark ’97, P’00 Earns the 2021 Martha Diaz Hurtado College-Town Award

President Laura E. Skandera Trombley presented the Southwestern alum with the honor at the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce Awards.

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SciArt playing card

COVID Creativity and Communication

Southwestern STEM students combine science, art, and community engagement in collaborative SciArt projects.

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Art Events

Three students stand in a line viewing artworks hanging on a gallery wall.

Senior Exhibitions: Virtual Artist Talks

Join us for virtual artist exhibition talks with senior art majors Calie Bell, Hannha Mitchell, and Vanessa Saldivar.

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Ciaran Bell, The Ritual Tree, Clay, 2021

Senior Exhibitions: Hannah Mitchell, Ciaran Bell, and Vanessa Saldivar

The Sarofim School of Fine Arts’ Studio Art department is proud to present the B.A. senior exhibitions of Hannah Mitchell, Ciaran Bell, and Vanessa Saldivar in the Sarofim School of Fine Arts Gallery from April 22–28.

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