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Art and Art History

 Painting by Leticia Munoz

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.  

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. We are a department committed to critical thinking and creative problem solving at all levels.

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. 

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. 

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. 


Department News

  • An interview with David Sanchez Burr (left) was included in a PBS NewsHour report on the 2018 Fermentation Fest ...
    Assistant Professor of Art David Sanchez Burr was interviewed by Jeffrey Brown of PBS NewsHour about his art installation, nowhereradio, set up in a Wisconsin field as part of Fermentation Fest.
  • Flavia Barbosa (left) and David Sanchez Burr collaborated with art students on a 3-D art piece that illuminates aquatic life.
    Assistant Professor of Biology Flavia Barbosa and Assistant Professor of Art David Sanchez Burr unveiled a three-dimensional, illuminated aquatic sculpture created by art students for the Lillard Science Center using the College’s MakerSpace.
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