At A Glance

Gain the tools you need to push your artistic boundaries in both traditional and new media while engaging with diverse art traditions and theories across cultures and times.

Degrees Offered: 

  • B.A. in Studio Art
  • B.A. in Art Education
  • B.A. in Art History

Minors Offered:

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Carthage art students make and study art in a breathtaking setting, mastering traditional and new media as they push the boundaries of their personal vision. Ideally located between Chicago and Milwaukee, students engage with great artworks in internationally recognized museums, prepare for careers in the creative economy, and develop lifelong professional connections and friendships.

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Studio Art, Art History, and Art Education

Studio art majors work closely with their professors and fellow art students in a range of traditional and new media in well-equipped studios. Students develop professional skills and connections through exhibition opportunities, internships, annual portfolio reviews with faculty, individual studio spaces for seniors, solo thesis exhibitions, and art organizations in preparation for life beyond Carthage.

Carthage’s studio art courses:

  • Painting
  • Drawing
  • Illustration
  • Ceramics
  • Sculpture
  • Printmaking
  • Photography
  • Animation
  • Digital Arts
  • Video
  • Film
  • Performance
  • Installation
  • Sound
  • Light

The art history and theory courses allow students to study visual art as an enduring cultural legacy. Courses are designed to provide the intellectual framework for understanding and interpreting visual culture, and to build in students the analytical skills necessary to discuss the complex modes of artistic expression across the ages.

Carthage offers a major in art with K-12 public school licensure that provides the necessary preparation leading to a Wisconsin state license in Art Education. This major develops the skills students need to be practicing studio artists as well as effective teachers.

Student Paul Salsieder's art mural in Hedberg Library, 2017. Community Connections

The Carthage art curriculum promotes connections to the local community and networking.

Central experiences include: visiting artist workshops, studio visits with professional artists, and exhibition opportunities on and off campus.

Art Facilities

Carthage features several galleries on campus including the H. F. Johnson Gallery of Art, Visual Performing Arts Lab, and the Campbell Student Union Art Gallery, a student-run space; additional exhibition opportunities are coordinated with neighboring institutions and local/regional galleries.

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Student Organizations

Student organizations including, Student Art Board, Art Club, and Kappa Pi, the Honors Art Fraternity develop professional networking opportunities including the Annual 24-Hour Drawing Marathon, Print-a-Rama, panel talks, peer critiques, and field trips. Each semester trips are led to Chicago, Milwaukee, and abroad, visiting commercial galleries, museums, and art fairs.

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Arts Careers:
 Preparation for the Future

Studying and making art within a liberal arts curriculum at Carthage uniquely prepares students as innovators and leaders in the arts. Opportunities for internships with regional galleries and museums, professional art studios, and design firms offer students real-life experiences, networking building, and potential jobs. Strong critical thinking skills, technical knowledge, and visual communication abilities extend to a variety of arts-based fields, including:

  • Professional artist
  • Art historian
  • K-12 art educator
  • Curator
  • Art therapist
  • Arts administrator
  • Art critic
  • Arts writer
  • Community arts educator
  • Arts outreach coordinator

Learn more about careers in art