Undergraduate Enrollment: 2,700
Graduate Enrollment: 289
Art & Design Program
Students Enrolled: 60
Graduates per Year: 15
Whitworth University is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, the institutional accrediting body in the Northwest.
Gordon Wilson, M.F.A., Department Chair
Katie Creyts, M.F.A.
Meredith Shimizu, Ph.D.
Brytton Bjorngaard, M.F.A., Visiting Faculty
Lance Sinnema, M.F.A.
Amanda Clark, Ph.D. candidate
Garric Simonsen, M.F.A.
Melissa Lang, M.F.A.
Karen Mobley, M.F.A.
B.A. in Art
B.A. in Art Education
B.A. in Arts Administration
2-D Art, 3-D Art, Graphic Design,
Painting, Drawing, Printmaking, Glass, Ceramics, Sculpture, Digital Photography, Time-Based Art, Graphic Design, Education.
Art, Art History, Community Art
Art & Design Program Highlights
- The Whitworth University Art Department supports open and rigorous inquiry and creative tension among a variety of art practices, themes, theories and media.
- The department has an intimate atmosphere in keeping with our modest size. Students are encouraged to seek out their own personal projects, and cross-disciplinary undertakings are encouraged. Students are given the freedom to pursue any field of study related to the visual arts, including filmmaking, performance, public art, community-based art, and art criticism/curating.
- The art department achieves a high degree of visibility in the region by hosting significant visiting artists, exhibitions and workshops.
- Art faculty members actively exhibit and present their research regionally and nationally in prestigious venues and journals.
- Art department faculty and students are actively involved in cross-disciplinary and cross-cultural study such as the France Study Program, the British Isles Study Program, and Jan Term courses (including classes/programs at the new Costa Rica Center).
- Art core courses provide a solid foundation in artistic form and content. Upper-division offerings expand each student’s personal artistic vision and the conceptual foundation for the content of their work. All art courses encourage the development of a lifelong passion for making and appreciating art.
- The program presents a number of options for the integration of art with a Christian worldview, and all students are encouraged to investigate the relationship between their worldview and their work.