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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Carlos Barron ‘10 with his sculpture at his senior art exhibition.

Bringing a Decade into Focus: Carlos Barrón ’10

Ten years after graduation, this alumnus and primary photographer for Southwestern events looks back on how his education framed his vision for a successful artistic career.

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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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Art News

Several faculty report that the quietest students in their brick-and-mortar classes have blossomed in the online environment, contributing more frequently to both synchronous and asynchronous conversation

It’s Just Not the Same, Part 4

Southwestern faculty reflect on how remote teaching might change how they teach in the classroom when campus life resumes this fall.

"Bit different than likely imagined, BUT Biology Capstones made a great last impression & showed @SouthwesternU pirate pride! I’m certainly very proud 2 have steered the ship & excited to see where their journeys take them! #alldone #timetograduate" - @ProfRomi

It’s Just Not the Same, Part 3

SU faculty get creative in retooling their classes while students face the many difficulties of distance learning during the pandemic.

Abigail Jendrusch, "Creamer," Ceramic, 2019

B.A. Senior Art Exhibitions

November 21 – December 1, 2019