A Northwestern student dips a clay pot into glaze.

Artists engage in making and understanding the visual culture around us. They skillfully use tools and materials to communicate ideas and encourage curiosity. For artists who are Christians, art may serve as a creative expression of their faith, observations and questions.

Art programs

Northwestern’s art department offers programs in art, graphic design, art therapy, arts administration and art education.  Explore programs

Creative success

Northwestern art students have had their work selected for a juried undergraduate exhibition at the University of Nebraska, won a logo competition sponsored by the Higher Learning Commission, and been chosen for an elite internship at Elsewhere Museum in North Carolina. They're mentored by Northwestern’s art faculty, who also maintain their professional practice while they teach. NWC art professors' work has been featured in professional shows from California and Washington state to Connecticut, as well as in the CICA Museum in South Korea. Explore faculty

Gallery and studios

The Korver Visual Arts Center was designed by artists for artists. It includes the Te Paske Art Gallery, which hosts around a dozen exhibitions each year. Students have access to well-equipped studios for exploring ceramics, drawing, design, painting, photography, printmaking and sculpture.  Explore facilities

Taylor Davies

Fine art, helping heart

An art therapy major, Taylor desires to use art to help people sort through the challenges in their lives.

Taylor's story

Osiris Ordaz

Combining passions

Osiris’ passion for art allows her to provide holistic and innovative care to therapy patients from diverse backgrounds.

Osiris's story

Ali Dietrich

Content creator

Ali has always had an eye for design, and with a little encouragement from Northwestern’s art professors and Career Development Center, she chose to pursue her creative passions as a career.

Ali's story