The Art Department
The Art Department offers courses in a variety of studio fields including ceramics, design, drawing, graphics, painting, photography, sculpture. Art education methods are taught for elementary and secondary levels. Art History courses are included for students in the major, the minor, and general education.
The Len G. Everett Gallery in the Hewes Library offers regularly scheduled exhibits of professional and student art throughout the year.
The Exhibition Experience
- Students compete in the annual competitive exhibit and display work throughout the department.
- Senior students culminate their experience in the Senior Art Exhibit.
- The Len G. Everett Gallery allows students to access original works by featuring individual, group and traveling shows.
The Historical Component
The department surveys prehistoric art through contemporary art. Special courses include: Asian Art and Culture and Women, Art and Feminism.
Unique features in the curriculum include the Junior and Senior Open Studio, Individual Study Contracts, and the Senior Art Seminar. Small classes provide an opportunity for in-depth critiques and discussions as faculty work closely with each other and students, encouraging a multimedia and cross-disciplinary approach when appropriate.
Field trips are organized to the University of Chicago's Oriental Institute, the Chicago Field Museum, the Chicago Art Institute, the St. Louis Art Museum, and to special exhibitions and gallery talks.
The Arts in London/Florence Programs are available to Monmouth College students. These are competitive programs which offer students the ability to live and experience art in other countries. Other competitive programs offered through the Associated Colleges of the Midwest take students to Africa, Japan, China, India and Russia.
The Chicago Semester in the Arts Program introduces the student to the art community in Chicago. In this competitive program the student lives in Chicago in approved housing provided by the ACM. There are independent study and seminar-type classes in the city, internships with an artist, or at a museum or a gallery, and students are able to experience the arts in Chicago through the core courses.
Graduate School Opportunities
Among the graduate schools from which Monmouth College art majors have received advanced degrees are: Pratt Institute, the University of Chicago, the School of the Art Institute, the University of Iowa, Maryland Institute College of Art, the University of California at Berkeley and at Riverside, Michigan State University, the University of Virginia, Illinois State University, Southern Illinois University and Western Illinois University.