Concordia University Nebraska


Concordia University, Nebraska
800 North Columbia Avenue
Seward, NE 68434

Undergraduate Student Enrollment: 80
Art Department Graduates Per Year: 15

As an institution, Concordia University, Nebraska is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and is a member of its North Central Association

Full-Time Faculty
Donald Robson, M.F.A., M.A.T., Chair
James Bockelman, M.F.A.
Seth Boggs, M.F.A.
Justin Groth, M.F.A.

Part-Time Faculty
Samantha Butler, M.F.A.
Kari Cadell, M.S.
Aaron Nix, M.F.A.
Lynn Soloway, M.F.A.

Degrees Offered
B.F.A. in Art Education
B.F.A. in Graphic Design
B.F.A. in Studio Art
B.S. in Art Education
B.A. in Arts Administration
B.A. in Art Therapy
B.A. in Graphic Design
B.A. in Studio Art

Art Education
Graphic Design
Studio Art
Arts Administration
Art Therapy

Collage and Mixed Media
Ecclesiastical Art
Graphic Design

Art History
Graphic Design
Ecclesiastical Art
Studio Art

Art Department Highlights

  • The mission of the Concordia University, Nebraska Department of Art is to influence the church and society through the visual arts.
  • The art education program prepares students to teach art at the elementary and/or secondary levels and equips them to be leaders in the classroom, in the congregation and in the community. Concordia offers a B.S. and a B.F.A. in art education with the option of a Lutheran Teacher Diploma, Christian Teacher Emphasis or Public Teacher Emphasis track.
  • The art therapy program prepares students seeking to apply to graduate school in art therapy. This degree provides a quality foundation for students to use the creative process to help people of all ages improve their health and emotional well-being. Concordia offers a B.A. in art therapy.
  • The ecclesiastical art program provides training in artistic craft with a theological foundation. Coursework involves study in art and theology. The department offers a B.A. in ecclesiastical art.
  • The studio art program prepares students seeking to apply to graduate school in studio art. This degree also provides a quality foundation for students pursuing careers as fine artists or in related fields such as museum work or post-secondary teaching. Concordia offers a B.A. and a B.F.A. in studio art.
  • The graphic design program prepares students for a career or further study in the field of graphic design involving skills in conceptualization, visualization, communication, layout, illustration, typography, and digital imaging. Concordia offers a B.A. and a B.F.A. in graphic design.

Other Art-Related Programs

  • The Center for Liturgical Art is an outreach program of the Department of Art. The Center brings together students, faculty, and other church professionals to collaborate in the design and creation of art for the church. The Center works with architects and litugical consultants in the design of worship spaces and the creation of ecclesiastical art.
  • The Marxhausen Gallery of Art is the on-campus exhibition space for Concordia University, Nebraska and the surrounding community. The gallery promotes visual and cultural experiences by presenting a diverse and ambitious exhibition schedule. Each year’s calendar includes a visiting artists program, regional and nationally acclaimed art exhibitions, and faculty and student shows.
  • The gallery also houses the Koenig and Wake/Wiegmann collections of works on paper by international artists making it one of the best surveys of contemporary American prints and multiples within the state of Nebraska. The works are representative of a wide variety of art movements and styles. The artists, such as Grant Wood, Georges Rouault, Robert Rauschenberg, Elizabeth Murray, and Richard Serra, are among the most influential artists of the last one hundred years. Consequently, the collection is an excellent resource for study, and selected exhibitions are often on display in the gallery.
  • The Department of Art’s visiting artists and scholars program brings artists, designers, and historians to CUNE for lectures, workshops, critiques, and presentations of work. Presenters spend the day working with and speaking to art students and give talks that are free and open to the public. Recent Visiting Artists and Scholars have included Cameron Anderson, Stefan Bucher, Akira Ikezoe, Edward Knippers, Eric Reiger aka HOTTEA, Steve Roden and Dan Siedell.