From the beautiful campus to the nearby world-renowned art museums, Carthage offers art students many resources to explore their vision, perfect their skills, and learn from the masters. Art and art history students at Carthage have many opportunities for enriched study, from J-Term study tours around the world, to gallery exhibits closer to home.
J-Term is a month-long period of study in January in which all academic departments at Carthage offer innovative courses on campus, as well as study tours in other countries. The Art Department offers interesting courses for majors and non-majors every J-Term. On-campus J-Term courses include Art and Psychology, Silk Painting, and Ceramic Wheel-Throwing, in which students experienced paper-making, design, and printmaking.
Not all J-Term courses are offered on campus. Students also have the opportunity to study art abroad, wandering the Louvre in Paris or the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao in Spain. Students have traveled to Greece for the course Greece: Theatre, Art and Architecture; they attended plays, visited historic sites, and participated in workshops of mask-making, costume design, and Greek folk dancing. J-Term study tours are also offered closer to home. The 2015 course Museum Studies in Chicago examined the practice and principles of collecting and displaying fine art through visits to Chicago’s museums.
Scholarships for Art Students
Carthage offers a number of competitive scholarships to prospective art majors, and smaller scholarships to art minors. These scholarships are awarded based upon a cumulative review of a candidate’s application for admission to Carthage, in addition to a review of the applicant’s Studio Art Portfolio by members of the art faculty. Faculty members conduct portfolio reviews in February.
Student Exhibit Opportunities
Student artists at Carthage have many opportunities to show their work. Carthage has two student art galleries — Gallery B and the Student Art Gallery in the Campbell Student Union. Carthage also has a student sculpture garden. In addition, the renowned H. F. Johnson Gallery of Art houses student exhibits during the year, including the annual Senior Art Exhibit in which all studio majors can participate.
Art Museums and Galleries
Carthage is located within an hour’s drive of Chicago and Milwaukee, providing excellent access to world-renowned galleries, exhibition opportunities, and internships.
Students studying art at Carthage work in spacious, naturally lit studios and have the opportunity to show their work in several student gallery spaces.
Resources for Art Students
Here’s a list of information on local art supply stores, databases, libraries, and more.