Marygrove Colleges Art Department believes that an education in the visual arts should consist of the development and understanding of artistic skills, associated theories of creating art, art history and the importance of building a personal aesthetic voice. An integral part of this philosophy focuses on developing within our students the dedication and desire needed to move forward in their artistic endeavors while building a commitment to art as a life-long process.

With an emphasis on leadership through practice, participation in Marygroves art program requires an open mind to see the linkage between the visual arts and the other disciplines encountered in the liberal arts experience. Our curriculum provides students with a well-rounded foundation in the process of making art by emphasizing everything from developing traditional skills to experimenting with conceptual approaches.

Our small class size allows for individual attention and interaction with a faculty that consist of practicing, professional artists and educators. The department has six student studios, a student gallery, a major exhibition space and an active student body. The Gallery at Marygrove showcases three major exhibitions a year as well as the All Student Exhibition, and the Senior Degree Exhibitions. The department also sponsors a variety of guest lectures and a number of Master Classes throughout the year where students have the opportunity to work with and get feedback from practicing professional artists from around the country.

Once core requirements are met, our students can tailor their education to align with their interests. B.A. students are not required to concentrate in any one area but are encouraged to create a cohesive body of work. All B.F.A. candidates are required to apply and be accepted into the B.F.A. program and adopt a more directed plan of work (see specifics below).

By emphasizing leadership through practice, we encourage our students to actively interact with the greater art community. All students develop a history of presentation and community involvement through participation in all student exhibitions attended by local galleries, leading to the Senior Degree Exhibition. In addition, the Art Department provides numerous opportunities for students to participate in socially engaged arts scholarship through on-campus and in-community self- directed and group arts programming. These programs give students the ability to design/produce or participate in arts activist works that positively impact a variety of communities.

Areas of Concentration

  • Bachelor of Arts, Art Major (B.A.)
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.)
  • Bachelor of Arts, Art Therapy
  • Minor in Art
  • Group Minor Art/Art History


3-D Designer Animator Art Administrator Art Consultant Art Educator Art Historian Art Therapist Art Writer/Critic Papermaker Cartoonist Ceramicist Gallery Director/ Assistant Potter Curator Filmmaker Graphic Designer Illustrator Media Artist Painter Performer Photographer Printmaker Sculptor Arts and Social Practice


Visual Literacy
You will be exposed to a wide variety of art experiences through studio and gallery tours, extensive lectures and workshops by internationally recognized visiting artists and professional exhibitions in The Gallery.

Computer Literacy
As an art major, you must successfully complete two introductory computer graphics classes (ART 211 and 221).

Writing Skills
You will be required to successfully complete a writing- intensive course in AH 370 or in another upper division art history course within your major concentration, as directed by your advisor.

Cooperative Education Program
The co-op program combines classroom and practical work experience. As a co-op student, you will gain valuable experience in a professional work environment. You may also opt to receive college credit for prior professional work.

You may enrich your major by electing studio courses through the Consortium or in summer sessions at other institutions. However, you are required to take the core sequence at Marygrove. If you wish to take courses at other institutions, you must complete a guest student application and obtain written approval from the department prior to registering. This must be done to ensure that the credits you earn may be applied to your degree.

Academic Performance
Only courses with a grade of C or higher may be applied in fulfillment of the major requirements. Students are advised into beginning classes upon admissions. After three art studio courses, students meet with faculty to determine if they can continue in the program. A B.F.A. interview is conducted in the junior year (if required).

Transfer Students
If you transfer from another institution into the department as an art major, you must complete at least 20 hours of credit in the department before graduating. As a transfer student, you will be asked to complete specific studio problems, as well as present a portfolio of recent work to determine placement in departmental courses.

Senior Seminar
All majors are required to take ART 496 the fall of their senior year. This is considered the capstone course for the department. All students, except Art Therapy students, must present substantial work in the senior exhibition. Art Therapy students have the ability to either exhibit work in the Senior Exhibition or present a portfolio to faculty.

Internships: Those students who are interested in internships should see their advisors. Internships can be arranged with local organizations.

Student exhibitions: Each year, students are eligible to participate in a juried student exhibition and juniors are required to submit work to this show. Awards are given for exceptional work. Local galleries also give out awards including exhibition opportunities, free tickets, etc.

Senior Exhibition: All seniors.

Scholarships: Scholarships are available. Please call the chair of the department and ask for a portfolio review.

Awards: Three awards are distributed annually for quality of work: Outstanding Art Student (senior standing); Suzanne Fleming IHM Award, and the Sophomore Award.

Financial Aid Available

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