ArtWhile tired stereotypes of the “starving artist” persist, a global revolution continues around the power of art and design to shape and sell human experiences, places, products, technologies, brands and more.
By cultivating the sense and sensibilities of an artist, you develop aesthetic awareness, and with it a deep understanding of human motivation, desire and persuasion.
We offer two inter-related yet distinctive sequences of study within it: the fine art and the graphic design sequences. A graduate of the art program earns a Bachelor of Arts degree.
An Art Degree at Work
Informed and serious students recognize the dedication involved with any type of arts major, which require long hours beyond classroom instruction working solo and in collaboration on studio projects and outside commissions.
Many employers prize the transferable skills you will gain while pursuing an art degree – visual and critical awareness, problem solving and time management. As an arts major you will also hone your written and oral communication skills, be adept at analyzing and synthesizing information from a range of sources, and show an ability to meet deadlines.
A sample of career paths includes:
- Art therapist
- Computer animator
- Fashion illustrator
- Gallery owner / appraiser
- Graphic designer
- Interior designer
- Museum director
- TV production
The Carol and Robert Bush Art Center contains the studios, classrooms, galleries and faculty offices for the art program, including the Godschalx Gallery, dedicated to the professional exhibition of student art.
Three galleries, an exhibition series, the college art collection, guest artists, field trips to major museums and galleries, local and regional art exhibitions and competitions further enrich the visual art program. Students are highly encouraged to enter the college’s annual juried student art exhibition as well as local and regional art exhibitions.
Numerous opportunities exist for art majors to travel and study abroad and St. Norbert College endorses programs of studio and art history classes in several countries in Europe and Australia.
Additionally, an annual art scholarship is awarded to one art student at St. Norbert College.
In his bid to understand more about the Baroque period of art history, Leivur Djurhuus ’12 created a series of dramatic photographs that have drawn recognition on and off campus. The art major’s recreations of masterworks by Caravaggio garnered two gold ADDYs in the communications industry award program.
Chris Ayers ’99
Hollywood character designer and digital artist
It was 1961, just before the start of Green Bay Packers training camp when Coach Vince Lombardi had the idea of putting a logo on the helmets of his players for the very first time. A new design concept, the Packers "G," was born. It's a concept has stood the test of time, thanks to the careful original work of its designer, St. Norbert College adjunct assistant professor of art John Gordon.