Undergraduate Enrollment: 2,400
Graduate Enrollment: 500
Art & Design Program
Students Enrolled: 70
Graduates per Year: 15
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
Jeremy Botts, Maryland Institute College of Art, MFA (Chair)
David JP Hooker, Kent State University, MFA
Cherith Lundin, Minneapolis College of Art & Design, MFA
Matthew Milliner, Princeton University, PhD
Joonhee Park, Ohio University, MFA
Leah Samuelson, Eastern University, MA
Gregory Schreck, New York University, MA
Joel Sheesley, University of Denver, MFA (Professor Emeritus)
John Walford, Cambridge University, PhD (Professor Emeritus)
Betsy Curtis, MFA
Jeff Thompson, MFA
Marissa Voytenko, MFA
Sarah Beth Woods, MFA
Molly Zakrajsek, MFA
BA in Studio Art
BA in Community Art
BA in Art History
Studio Art, Community Art, Art History
Ceramics, Drawing, Film, Graphic Design, New Media, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture
Studio Art, Art History, Community Art
Art & Design Program Highlights
- Studio Art concentration students begin with an introduction to art history, design, drawing, and digital media. They are encouraged to develop a technical foundation and explore a variety of media, conceptual approaches, and aesthetic styles, before narrowing their focus or working out a synthesis of interests. Students can explore a variety of concentrations including ceramics, drawing, graphic design, painting, photography, printmaking, and sculpture. Given hands-on practice, combined with historical, theoretical, and critical dialogue, students learn the process of creating and thinking about art that culminates in a solo exhibition in their Senior year.
- The Community Art concentration provides an academic survey of arts and social practices and facilitates embodying the intersection of art, social action, social service, and ritual-filled living. We explore art’s powers of both healing and upheaval as it intervenes and interrupts business as usual from within local communities. Community art—or socially engaged art—is an ancient and common art form/lifestyle with contemporary academic labeling and an increasing number of program offerings. It draws on efforts and theories from other disciplines including, i.e., auto-ethnography, critical pedagogy, politics, environmental studies, psychology, and grass-roots activism. The community artist is one who enters into the lives of others to bear witness to radical acts of dignity, activate creativity, and share in imaginative story-telling. Our community art program includes an internship that leads students to consider local and global applications of community art principles.
- 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.
- The study of art is intentionally linked with the liberal arts curriculum at Wheaton College and with Wheaton’s mission to build the Church and improve society worldwide.
- Students 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.
- 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.
- Studio majors are guided toward graduation through the experiences of Sophomore Cornerstone, Junior Critique, and Senior Capstone.
- Art internships are strongly encouraged.
Other Art-Related Programs
- The President’s Art Commission (PAC) is a committee of faculty, staff, and students that seeks to enhance the educational and spiritual mission of the College by providing opportunities for campus-wide engagement with the visual arts through a program of acquisition and placement of visual art throughout the campus. Each year PAC purchases several exemplary works by students to add to the college’s permanent collection.