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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Norma Clark ’97

The Abstract Art of Evolving

Painting allows Norma Clark ’97 to express her “personal journey of transformation.”

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Kati Hellmer '19 outside the PAFA Museum.

Alumnae Art Selected for National Exhibition at America’s Oldest Museum and Art School

Kati Hellmer ’19 and Sophia Anthony ’19 received the honor of having their artwork displayed at the Pennsylvania Academy for the Fine Arts.

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Art News

Abigail Jendrusch, "Creamer," Ceramic, 2019

B.A. Senior Art Exhibitions

November 21 – December 1, 2019

Star Varner, Sophia Anthony ’19, Kati Hellmer ’19, and Danbi Heo ’19 outside the Kennebunkport Post Office.

Art History Mystery, Part 3

The conclusion of the case of the missing mural.

Marissa Shipp's ’19 Moonbuild.

Southwestern Alum and Professor Featured in International Art Exhibition

The artwork of Southwestern University graduate Marissa Shipp ’19 and Professor of Art Mary Visser will be on display online in the exhibition Sunder Pavilion of the Wrong beginning November 1, 2019.