ArtOur world is visually saturated and complex. Every day we read hundreds of visual cues that help make sense of who we are, what’s going on, and where we’re headed. From the digital devices in our pockets to building-size print graphics, we process visual media at an unprecedented rate. Line, color, shape, scale, texture and other fundamental elements of art and design speak in ways that words do not. Learning to recognize and use these principles prepares our students to be visually literate, critical thinkers and creative problem solvers.
The art discipline at St. Norbert College emphasizes technical craft as well as contemporary art and design theory and practice. In the tradition of the liberal arts, our students are creative makers and doers whose studio work exists in complement to their other classes and larger experiences.
We are one of the few liberal-arts colleges to offer distinctive sequences in both fine arts and graphic design. Graduates of these sequences earn 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 Donald P. Taylor Scholarship is awarded to one or more art students at St. Norbert College.
The talents of a group of St. Norbert College graduates are helping to market a $3 billion retail corporation that operates 330 stores in 21 states. Seven SNC alumnae – Angie McElhaney ’01, Tiona Terry ’04, Sarah Rudzinski-Dunnick ’06, Allyce Rupp ’11, Randi McMorran ’11, Sara Coursin ’12 and Julia Muscarello ’14 – work in various marketing and graphic design-related departments at Shopko, an industry leader headquartered in Green Bay.
Read the Story
Students in an art foundation class grew ears and claws, wings and tails to answer the challenge of designing an extension piece – for their own bodies.
“I had long dreamt of someday working in the movies and, at age 24, it seemed like the right time in my life to give it a shot. I’ve been very fortunate to work as a character designer and concept artist for some challenging and fun projects such as Men In Black II, Fantastic Four and The Santa Clause 2.”
Chris Ayers ’97
Hollywood character designer and digital artist