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. 


Ron Geibel

Ron Geibel

Assistant Professor of Art & Chair

Ron Geibel

Ron Geibel

Assistant Professor of Art & Chair

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

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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Life after Southwestern

Three Southwestern alumni divulge the details of their lives postgraduation.

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Art News

Art Spark Texas

Video: The Power of Healing Through an Internship at Art Spark Texas

Lila Milam-Kast ’25 has experienced healing through giving back to her community during an internship at Art Spark Texas.

Valerie Banes Hancock

The Sarofim School of Fine Arts Welcomes Potter Valerie Banes Hancock

Southwestern students learn from Hancock, a ceramic artist who specializes in functional dinnerware and serving ware.


Meet Our World-Class Faculty: Heidi Hogden

A conversation with Associate Professor of Art Heidi Hogden.