Wheaton College

Wheaton College

Wheaton CollegeWheaton College
501 College Avenue
Wheaton, IL 60187

Undergraduate Enrollment: 2,400
Graduate Enrollment: 500

Art & Design Program
Students Enrolled: 70
Graduates per Year: 12

North Central Association of Colleges and Schools

Wheaton CollegeFull-time Faculty
Joel Sheesley, M.F.A (Chair)
Jeremy Botts, M.F.A.
David JP Hooker, M.F.A.
Matt Milliner, Ph.D. (2012)
Joonhee Park, M.F.A.
Leah Samuelson, M.A.
Gregory Schreck, M.A.

Part-time Faculty
John Walford, Ph.D.

Degrees Offered
B.A. in Art

Studio Art, Community Art & Missions, Art History

Studio Art, Art History

Wheaton College

Art & Design Program Highlights

  • The studio art concentration prepares visual artists in a variety of media, with a focused concentration in one of these areas: ceramics, drawing, graphic design, new media, painting, photography, printmaking, or sculpture. The studio concentration culminates in an individual Senior Exhibition for each major.
  • The community art and missions concentration is an interdisciplinary program that merges the production of art, public spaces, and collaborative practices. Unique in the CCCU, the community art concentration teaches artists how to interact with community groups to initiate collaborative artistic action that transforms individual lives, upholds community values, and improves society.
  • The art history concentration provides a critical analysis, particularly of the western artistic heritage, and more generally of various traditions of world art, from a perspective informed by Christian values. It provides an opportunity for students to exercise basic skills of viewing, reading, research, analysis, critical thinking, and writing about art.
  • All art concentration studies are intentionally linked with the liberal arts curriculum at Wheaton College and with Wheaton’s mission to build the Church and improve society worldwide.
  • All art concentrations benefit from close proximity to Chicago and its museums and art scenes. Art majors are formally introduced to museums and galleries in Chicago and informally encouraged to engage the many cultural activities this great urban center provides.
  • All studio art majors are given individual semi-private studio spaces in their senior year.
  • The art department operates a large wood-fired kiln at Honey Rock, Wheaton’s North-woods campus in Wisconsin. A ceramics course is offered at Honey Rock each summer and ceramics students also fire the kiln at regular intervals during Fall and Spring semesters.
  • All studio majors are guided toward graduation through Sophomore and Junior Critiques; annual individual reviews of student work attended by all studio faculty.

Other Art-Related Programs

  • Art internships encouraged
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