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Students in the Carthage Art Department 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.

Majors and Minors Offered

Studio Art
Art Education
Art History

Studio Art
Art History
Film and New Media
History of the Arts


Art scholarships:
Scholarships for 2021 have concluded. Scholarship portfolio reviews for 2022 will take place on Nov. 6, 2021, and Feb. 12, 19, and 26, 2022. Application forms will be available in Oct. 2021.

Studio Art, Art History, 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 exhibition, and art organizations in preparation for life beyond Carthage.

Carthage’s studio art courses:

*Painting                           *Digital Arts
*Drawing                           *Video
*Illustration                       *Film
*Ceramics                         *Performance
*Sculpture                         *Installation
*Printmaking                     *Sound
*Photography                     *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.

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. 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. 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 lead to Chicago, Milwaukee, and abroad, visiting commercial galleries, museums, and art fairs.

Arts Careers — Preparation for the Future

Studying and making art within a liberal arts curriculum at Carthage uniquely prepares students innovators and leaders in the arts. Opportunities for internships with regional galleries and museums, professional art studio and design firms offers 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: professional artist, art historian, K-12 art educator, curator, art therapist, arts administrator, art critic, arts writer, community arts educator, arts outreach coordinator, and more.
Learn more about careers in the arts