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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Casey Grier Blades ’09

Casey Grier Blades ’09

Distinguished Young Alumna

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Art News

Paideia Connections

Paideia Connections 2019

Southwestern’s exclusive lecture series invites audiences to consider art and psychology.

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Sarah Laursen examining gold in the Muwentang Collection in Hong Kong in 2018.

Guest Lecturer Sarah Laursen Presents Talk on Chinese Gold

The Sarofim School of Fine Arts is thrilled to welcome guest art lecturer Sarah Laursen for her talk, “Chinese Gold: On the Bench, Under the Microscope, and in 3D.”

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Julia O'Bryan, Beautiful Brokenness, porcelain and gold leaf, 21" x 30" x 11".

Studio Art Major Julia O’Bryan ’19 Wins Prestigious National Award

O’Bryan’s artwork, Beautiful Brokenness, will tour the U.S. in an esteemed exhibition as part of her award from the Kennedy Center VSA Emerging Young Artists Program.

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Art Events

Two Polyhedral Gold Beads, China, Eastern Han dynasty (25–220 CE), D. 1.4 and 1.7 cm, 10.9 and 15.4 g, Collection of the Middlebury College Museum of Art, Middlebury, VT.

Chinese Gold: On the Bench, Under the Microscope, and in 3D

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Untitled (eyeball on a plate with cracked egg), Metaphor Series

Tom Morin: 25 Reception

The Sarofim School of Fine Arts is proud to present a gallery exhibition reception and artist talk with Southwestern fine arts alumnus, Tom Morin ’94.

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