Studio Art

Studio Art Program

Studying studio art at Southwestern exposes students to high quality technical, historical and experiential learning framed by the perspective of a broad liberal arts education.


Prospective students who wish to major in studio art may schedule a portfolio review for a merit scholarship - click here for more info.

See what our graduates are doing - click here.


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


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Studio Art at Southwestern is a pre-professional program in a liberal arts context that deals with art as an expressive medium; it intends that each student should acquire technical proficiency in a principal medium, knowledge of a variety of media processes as well as liberal arts breadth in critical and verbal skills. The program is a preparation both for students intending to apply to Master of Fine Arts programs and go on to professional work as artists; and for students who wish to acquire a liberal arts degree which can lead to work in a wide variety of fields in graduate school both inside and outside the world of art (such as art history, architecture, commercial art, design, arts administration, teaching art in elementary and secondary schools, etc.).

Studio Art

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    Chair of Art History
    Thomas Howe, Ph.D.
    Professor of Art History

    Chair of Studio Art
    Victoria Star Varner, MFA
    Professor of Art

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