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Art at Monmouth

Degrees offered:

Major or minor, and teacher certification. Major concentrations in drawing, painting, ceramics, sculpture, and graphic arts


Opportunities are available on and off campus. Monmouth hosts an annual juried student exhibition/competition and annual senior art exhibitions. Students can also participate in the College Invitational at the Figge Art Museum in the Quad Cities.


Semester-long study abroad opportunities in places such as Florence and London, as well as short academic trips to Chicago, St. Louis, and nearby galleries. Upper-level sculpture students participate in iron pours off-campus.

What you’ll learn

Students will obtain a solid foundation in the studio arts built on the understanding of techniques, art materials, tools, and processes used in various media. Students will also gain an understanding of how viewing and interpreting artworks is enhanced by knowledge of the content of art. 

A range of technical experiences is offered, including a variety of studio techniques, as well as studio equipment usage and maintenance. Students have the opportunity to work with kilns, a foundry, photographic processes, computers, and equipment for woodworking, printmaking, and welding.


Art classes are held in McMichael Academic Hall. The Len G. Everett Gallery, located in the college’s Hewes Library, hosts six shows annually, including two by students. Regional and national artists are also featured in the gallery. Adjoining the Everett Gallery is a separate space for permanent collections, which currently features the James C. Shields Collection of Art and Antiquities.

After graduation

Alumni are pursuing careers in such interesting fields as architecture, art therapy, graphic design, art restoration, and film. Many of our art majors are working in education-related areas, such as teaching at the elementary, secondary and college levels.