Why study art?
Whether concentrating on studio art or art history, Wabash College art majors develop a set of visual skills: looking, composing, and understanding. Along with the knowledge gained within the humanities, students use these skills in creating and interpreting works of art. Whereas studio art develops visual expression, art history puts visual expression into words. Students develop both skills over several related art courses, concentrating on building both a visual and a verbal vocabulary. For specific art class offerings, check out our curriculum.
Why go to college for art?
The Wabash Art Department believes that understanding, expressed both visually and verbally, sustains the student in his chosen field and guides him through his dealings with the wider world. Devoted and engaged faculty encourage the development of every student’s inner expressiveness as a well-rounded, unique individual. Each year, the department sponsors a robust Gallery Exhibition Art Program, showcasing a diverse range of visiting artists working with a plethora of media, modes, and expressions. The Eric Dean Galleries also serve as the primary locations for an annual exhibition for senior art majors, while the Greg Huebner Gallery hosts an annual rotating exhibition of the Wabash College Permanent Collection of Contemporary Art. Take a look at these gallery facilities in the 22,850-square-foot Randolph H. Deer Art Wing, housed in the Fine Arts Center.
A related Arts program is the WabashX initiative, Digital Arts and Human Values. The initiative seeks to advance our understanding of how digital media and its congruent culture can reflect and shape our values constructively for the enrichment of society.
Each year the Art Department, alongside the Departments of Music and Theater, helps organize the Wabash Visiting Artist Series: a wide-ranging assortment of professional performances and exhibitions for the Wabash and Crawfordsville community. All performances are free of charge to all. Please see the Fine Arts Calendar and learn more about this year's offerings.
What can you do with an Art major?
There are plenty of wide-ranging jobs for art majors. Recent graduates have pursued these career options: Private School Instructor, Actuarial Consultant, Research Coordinator, University Resources Specialist, IT Director, Physician, Science Research Associate, Creative Marketing Director, AT&T Sales Mgr., Investment Counselor, March of Dimes Community Director, Air Traffic Controller, Church Media Director, County Museum Director, Web & Graphic Designer, National Research Manager, College Ceramics Instructor, Cross Fit Coach, Orthodontist, Public Relations Executive, Exhibiting Artist, and of course, Art Professor