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Art and Art History

Our studio art faculty are not only passionate teachers, but also successful working artists, represented by galleries in Chicago and Berlin. Art history professors are experts in their fields, published by the top academic and commercial presses.  We are a department committed to critical thinking and creative problem solving at all levels.

Studio students learn painting, drawing, video, multimedia, sculpture, photography, printmaking, and more. Our students of art history learn how to use visual material in the analysis of society, economics, politics, and religion.

Studio Skills
  • Drawing
  • Painting
  • Printmaking
  • Photography
  • Sculpture
  • Ceramics
  • Graphic design
  • Installation art 
  • Art Institute of Chicago 
  • Chicago Children’s Museum
  • Chicago History Museum
  • Field Museum of Chicago
  • CDW Merchants
  • Evanston Arts Center
  • Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio Foundation
  • Illinois Arts Council
  • Leslie Hindman Auctioneers
  • Mongerson Gallery
  • Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago
  • Mana Contemporary
  • Light-filled studios in historic Durand Art Institute
  • State-of-the-art computer lab
  • Photography darkroom
  • Relief printing press
  • Large format digital printers
  • Sonnenschein Gallery professional exhibitions
  • Deerpath student art gallery
  • Newly renovated curation facilities provide a special study space that allows students a place to view the College’s extensive 1,200-piece art collection
girl in front of painting

Chicago: A Cultural Hub

We use the world-class museums and galleries of Chicago to extend our classroom experiences for teaching and original research. Our location gives us unique access to outstanding cultural institutions of all kinds, including a very special partnership with the Art Institute of Chicago and some amazing internship opportunities. 

professor and student with book

Active Faculty

The faculty in the department are all very active in their respective fields, bringing relevant expertise to the classroom that resonates in the contemporary world. Professors also regularly leverage their own professional contacts and experiences to provide students with career advancing opportunities. 

girl looking at artwork

Interdisciplinary Engagement

We regularly partner with other disciplines at the College, such as computer science, digital media design, entrepreneurship and innovation, and museum studies to strengthen career options. You will graduate with a strong foundation in the arts and you will be prepared to pursue a career in the creative arts or to pursue further graduate study. 

As I faced the challenge of awkwardly adjusting to college life, analyzing the world through art gave me a sense of community and intellectual purpose.

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Contact Us

Tracy Taylor
Associate Professor of Art
Chair of Art and Art History
Durand Art Institute 107

Karla Finley
Department Assistant
Durand Art Institue 212

Rebecca Goldberg
Durand Art Institute 303
Gallery Director

Amy Cuthbert
Slide Curator
Durand Art Institute 201