Resources & Opportunities

Our campus and local communities provide a special array of art opportunities for students and alumni.

On campus

Michael Academic Hall is the primary studio art space on campus. We have studios for ceramics, sculpture, painting, drawing, graphic design, photography, and individual studio spaces for junior and senior art majors.

The good stuff

A foundry in the sculpture studio, a 3D ceramics printer, a dedicated graphic design lab outfitted with iMacs and Adobe Creative Suite applications, and a classroom set of digital SLR cameras with a collection of lenses for students to borrow.

Hewes Library contains a carefully curated selection of art books and magazines as well as the Len G. Everett Gallery, the primary venue for art exhibitions on campus. Gallery 104 displays art and artifacts from our permanent collections.

Added bonus

Students meet, talk with and socialize with artists at gallery receptions throughout the year. 

In the community

The Buchanan Center for the Arts Located in downtown Monmouth, our local arts organization contributes to our rich art community. The BCA features exhibitions with gallery receptions that are free and open to the public, as well as classes offered to the local community, and internships for our students.

Recent student internships have been at the Buchanan Center for the Arts in downtown Monmouth, the Figge Museum in Davenport, Iowa, and Rock Island Art Guild in Rock Island, Illinois.

Art students have participated in short-term study abroad trips to Belize, South Africa, Italy, France, Holland and the United Kingdom.

Scholarships for students

Any incoming student with an interest in the fine arts can apply for a scholarship. Visual art applicants apply with a portfolio of artwork. Talk with your admission counselor for more information and to schedule an audition.

Scholarships for art majors:

The Helen McClure Weiland Scholarship
The Lila and Harlow Blum Scholarship
The Lobie Stone Fine Arts Scholarship

Art prizes 

Open to all students, not just art majors

The Harlow Blum Prize in Painting: for best painting
The Ruth Waltershausen Prize in Sculpture: for best sculpture
The Jane Graham Most Promising Artwork Prize: for best artwork in any media; open only to current sophomore students.