At Blackburn, earning a B.A. in Art means fully understanding traditional methods and mediums, gaining respect for the historical lineage of art, articulating ideas and criticisms clearly, and creating quality work within a contemporary context.
Points of Distinction
Small class sizes and one-on-one teaching allows dedicated instructors to work alongside their students to maximize their education. There is a focus on strong foundation courses that are essential to a traditional studio art education as well as access to digital art making methods.. The Blackburn Art Department is fully committed to helping students achieve their goals, earn their degree, and embark on a career in the Fine Arts.
Why this Major?
Studying visual art provides a student with an analytical approach to their environment. Artists perform research, engage in dialogue and push ideas beyond conventional thinking. A BA in Art prepares a student well for careers that demand critical thinking and problem solving as well moving on to graduate work.
Mueller Humanities Fellowship: Students can apply for this between Junior and Senior year. Past students have traveled to design and art symposia in the country as well as locations in Europe and South America.
Activities & Events
The Visual Arts Gallery with monthly exhibitions open to the entire college community.
Capstone courses for both majors are Sophomore Review, Junior Seminar and Senior Seminar: in these courses students do their own research and lead discussions with the end goal of an exhibition at the end of each semester
Clubs & Organizations
The Art Club is organized and managed by students to plan art-related programs and activities outside of the classroom and student experience.
Students are able to identify internship opportunities with area businesses and organizations who can provide real-world arts administration experiences.
Work Program Opportunities
Art Department workers maintain both buildings including the sculpture lab, design lab, gallery and social media outreach.
Hot Job Outlooks
Museum/Gallery positions, PR, Advertising, community arts programs, illustration, exhibition design and planning, various jobs in the creative industry
Graduates move on to work in design, PR, museum/gallery, advertising, arts related positions in nearby communities as well as Chicago and St. Louis. Some have gone on to graduate study nationally and internationally.
We are always expanding our facilities and adding new technologies like 3D printing and printmaking to our curriculum. We work with students’ interests to help determine the growth and direction of the department.
We have two buildings that each contain equipment specific to different disciplines. The Renner Art Building houses pottery wheels, a glaze room, power tools and gas and electric kilns. The Visual Arts Center houses the main departmental gallery, art history, 18 seat iMac lab, darkroom and fully functional photography studio. The spaces in each building are flexible and can rearranged for studio use by advanced students.
Faculty are professional working and exhibiting artists. Our faculty members have worked in the fields of graphic design, public relations, publishing, production pottery and photojournalism. Each faculty member brings an optimal blend of practical experience as well as theoretical knowledge to their individual disciplines.
Faculty received their degrees from the University of Chicago, Fontbonne University and Iowa State University.
Art Department faculty consistently engage in workshops, residencies and lectures as well as exhibiting in national and international exhibitions. In recent years faculty have shown work in local art fairs and exhibitions in Chicago, New York and Europe. Faculty have also participated in ongoing institutes sponsored by the Art 21 Education organization and have been accepted into artist residencies in Finland and Latvia.