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. 


Victoria Star Varner

Victoria Star Varner

Chair and Professor of Studio Art


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


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

Headshot of Lauren Muskara '21.

Full STEAM Ahead

Paideia Scholar Lauren Muskara ’21 champions making connections between science, technology, and the fine arts.

Emily Leon, Loop to Emory Peak at Big Bend National Park, 36 x 72", Oil on canvas, 2020

Emily Leon

Hal Webster, I Don't Want to Say It, Colored pencil and oil pastel on paper, 7" x 5", 2020

Hal Webster