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.
Northwestern’s art department offers programs in art, graphic design, art therapy, arts administration and art education. Explore programs
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 at the Des Moines Art Center, the Pen & Brush in New York City, and the CICA Museum in South Korea. The department also boasts a 2017 Iowa Arts Council Fellow. 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
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