From canvas to the web, arts abound at UW-Whitewater.
Pursue your passion for the arts — and a creative, fulfilling career. We offer high-quality degree programs specializing in graphic design, multimedia arts, education, art history and, of course, the studio arts medium that interests you most.
UW-Whitewater Art and Design students have access to regional, national and international exhibits right on campus.
Prominent artists come to UW-Whitewater through the Schuh Visiting Artist Program — most recently Chicago-based designer, artist and entrepreneur, Jordan Mozer.
94% of Art and Design students were employed in their field or in graduate school after graduation. (2018-2019)
Here are a few highlights of our high-quality, engaging Art and Design program:
As a child, Hollyn battled cancer, missed a significant portion of school and wondered if she would be able to continue her education. As she settled into the Department of Art and Design within the College of Arts and Communication, she said the entire faculty were instrumental in helping her chart her future path in life.
Art major Emma Siskoff says creativity is her first passion. But so, too, is entrepreneurship.
Siskoff, who aspires to create custom works for customers, was one of a handful of artists who pitched at the Self-Employment in the Arts national conference in Chicago. She has established a business, Emma Siskoff Art, and recently launched a website.
Shows and exhibits
Students participate in various shows and exhibits throughout their time at UW-Whitewater, including junior and senior reviews and the annual juried student show.
Schuh Visiting Artists Program
A highlight of our Art and Design offerings, this program brings a premier visual artist to campus. Students interact with this special guest through attending lectures and participating in workshops.
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Many art students, especially those with a graphic design major emphasis, choose to participate in a field internship that can take them to galleries, centers, schools, advertising agencies and other related organizations.
Travel study and study abroad
Art and Design students, specifically art history majors, can benefit from an international experience. UW-Whitewater students have the option to take a short-term travel study or spend a semester abroad.
Student arts organizations
Join an art-related club (or start your own):
UW-Whitewater is home to some of the most impressive art facilities in the state, including a multi-million dollar print studio and one of only three sculpture foundries in Wisconsin universities.
We have fully equipped studios for:
Crossman Gallery in Greenhill Center of the Arts
Crossman Gallery serves not just as a place for the public to view and enjoy regional, national and international exhibits of all kinds, but the venue also serves as a learning lab for students. For example, art history majors frequently visit to learn about curation of artwork. Learn more about Crossman Gallery.
Dan Schunk graduated in 2009 with a B.A. in Art with an emphasis in Graphic Design. He now works as the Vice President of Brand and Creative Strategy at TIME. Dan attributes his success to UW-Whitewater and the experiences he had as a student saying “I couldn’t have chosen a better place.”
Barbara Knuth graduated in 2007 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts and an emphasis on Metalsmithing and Jewelry. Barbara found her way to the Department of Art and Design after taking a semester off to explore majors, and she never looked back. She now is the head of a full-time jewelry program at a high school in Seattle, WA.
Ger Xiong, who earned a BFA in 2017 after earning an A.A. in 2016, is interviewed for his use of traditional Hmong techniques to tell a modern story through art. Xiong is a Minneapolis-based artist and maker who uses textiles, metals and jewelry to create physical depictions of his experiences as a Hmong American and to preserve the greater history of his cultural identity.
Jake Magyar graduated in 2010 with a B.A. in Graphic Design and a minor in Multimedia. Since then he has worked with a variety of agencies in Madison, Chicago and Milwaukee. Of his time at UW-Whitewater he says “the class sizes were small and I could seek the attention I needed.”
Marissa Guthrie graduated in 2013 with a BFA in Graphic Design and Metals. She says that “understanding how to construct objects in metals, while also dealing with graphics allowed me to better understand function.”
Here are just a few roles our Art and Design students have accepted since graduation:
Many art and design majors also pursue MFA (Master of Fine Arts) programs after graduation.
UW-Whitewater’s Art and Design faculty includes nationally and internationally recognized artists from across the disciplines.
Teri Frame earned a BFA at the Kansas City Art Institute and an MFA at The Pennsylvania State University. Although she was trained as a ceramic artist, performance, video, and digital imaging have come into her multi-media work, and she continues to move among these genres.
Xiaohong Zhang was born in Hubei, China. She received a MFA degree from Southern Illinois University, and a B.A. degree from Hubei Academy of Fine Arts in China. Zhang explores the relationship between gender, art and technology and engages technology as a medium and subject in her art.
Teresa Faris is Professor and Area Head of the Metals program at the University of Wisconsin- Whitewater where she received the Women in Leadership Award. She is the recipient of numerous awards and participated in the Artist in Residence program at John Michael Kohler Arts Center, WI (1999). She exhibits extensively in Europe and the U.S.
Renée Melton received her MFA in Visual Communications from Northern Illinois University and BFA in Graphic Design from Iowa State University. Prior to joining the faculty at University of Wisconsin Whitewater in 2004, Melton practiced as a design director and has over 15 years experience working exclusively in the advertising industry with clients on an international level.
Professor Dan Kim received both his BFA and MFA in graphic design from the Tyler School of Art. Before coming to work as a professor at UW-Whitewater, Dan was employed at Design Science as an Interface Designer working for clients such as GE, Motorola, Polaroid corp., Texas Instrument, Xerox, Ethicon, and TD.
UW-Whitewater offers the following Art and Design degree options below. Studio Art choices are Ceramics, Drawing, Metals and Jewelry, Painting, Printmaking and Sculpture.
In addition to UW-Whitewater’s general education requirements, Art and Design students require a set of core courses that vary depending upon major or emphasis.
To apply, you’ll complete the UW-Whitewater application for admission and indicate your interest in Art and Design.