Art

Expand your Creative Mind:

 

Wesleyan's Art Department prepares confident and creative innovators for professional careers in an increasingly visual and global world. Community and business leaders already know that creative minds are progressive solution finders. They highly value the graphic designers, artists, photographers, illustrators, designers, teachers, and museum personnel whose Liberal Arts education demonstrates an enthusiasm for discovery of the new.

Personal, artistic, and intellectual growth are fostered in our Art programs, as students hone their skills in art, design, and art historical research. Through these studies, our students develop awareness of the relevant contributions their creative minds can make.

The Art Department offers a choice of two degree programs, the BFA (Bachelor of Fine Arts) and the BA (Bachelor of Arts). Both programs incorporate Wesleyan's Liberal Arts general education core. The BA student will gain a broad foundation in 2D and 3D media, and will build a more interdisciplinary degree through additional Liberal Arts electives. Often, our BA ART students will double major in one of our other Art Department programs, Advertising Marketing Communication or Art History, or minor in Art History or Photography,and may form a more interdisciplinary link to a Liberal Arts program outside of the Art Department. A student in the BFA program will focus on upper level studio art classes that prepare them, in more depth, for specific careers in the arts and higher education. In the Junior and Senior semesters of both programs, students may choose to concentrate their upper level ART studies from the following: painting, drawing, ceramics, graphic design, photography, sculpture, or printmaking.

Major: BFA or BA Art   Minors: Photography, Art History
Related Major & Minor: Art History, AMC (Advertising & Marketing Communication)
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Major Support Is Everywhere

Selfie of KATIE KNIGHTON

KATIE KNIGHTON

Katie Knighton ’17 is a double major in advertising and marketing communication and studio art who has recently finished an internship in the Disney College Program. After graduation she hopes to work for Disney and is currently researching jobs in creative marketing and advertising.

STUDENT SOFIA RAMIREZ stands smiling outside with arms crossed looking at the camera.

SOFIA RAMIREZ

Lane Scholar Sofia ’19 is double majoring in art history and studio art and plans to pursue a career as a museum curator. “Wesleyan helped me recognize myself as a leader and hone my leadership skills.” Sofia serves as a resident advisor, peer mentor, and as a member of SGA.

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Career Development

Career Development

A liberal arts education prepares you for your first job and your last. Wesleyan has a four-year plan to prepare students to make the connection between a liberal arts education and success in the workplace.

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Majors

Majors

Wesleyan offers 30 majors and 33 minors, as well as eight pre-professional programs. Students also have the opportunity to self-design their own major, combining two or more interdisciplinary major programs.

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Creative ideas and the conditions in which to realize them:

The ample space in our Murphey Art Building rivals that at many larger institutions, and offers the equipment necessary to explore 2D, 3D, and multi-media art making. Advanced undergraduate students are given personal studio space, and our facilities are accessible almost 24/7, enabling our students to work collaboratively or in solitude beyond their scheduled class time. Art students at Wesleyan have the opportunity to work under the guidance of supportive faculty, who consider it a priority to help each student pursue their individual interests and goals.

Our three campus art galleries are venues for exhibitions of student work, of our permanent collection, and of invited artists. Wesleyan’s Permanent Collection of Art provides research opportunities and internships. Our undergraduate students can choose to work as gallery docents, as conservationists, or as gallery assistants learning the nuts & bolts of working as professionals in commercial galleries or museums.

The Murphey Art Building is surrounded on 3 sides by a 100 acre arboretum, providing an outdoor classroom exploring creativity & innovation through the lens of Nature.

 

teacher instructs student on perspective

 

Visiting artists, internships and museum excursions expand learning:

Visiting artists share their expertise through exhibitions, workshops, and lectures; and our art history classes visit regional museums, such as the High Museum in Atlanta, experiencing important exhibitions of art first hand. Our students also take advantage of internships through our many local museums, community and cultural organizations such as: The Macon Museum of Arts & Sciences, The Okmulgee Museum, The Tubman Museum of African and African American Art, The Macon Arts Alliance, Macon Film Festival, Fired Works, and the Hay House.

Wesleyan Women In Art Careers

NICOLA WATSON ’04 STANDS IN studio in front of Mannigan with her designed dress on.

NICOLA WATSON ’04

Nicola is a summa cum laude graduate who studied studio art, AMC, and film and media at Wesleyan. She began her career as a children’s clothing designer for Target. Today Nicola is a fashion designer for Abercrombie Fitch. In 2009 she founded Le Fashion Lab, a fashion school in Atlanta.

Susan Welsh stands in front of Artwork in the Museum of Arts and Sciences gallery.

SUSAN WELSH

Already an accomplished artist, Susan took classes at Wesleyan while serving as the College's director of communications. Before that, she was an artist in residence for Bibb County public schools. Today Susan is executive director at Macon Museum of Arts and Sciences.

Alumnae JENNIFER MOORE smiles for the camera

JENNIFER MOORE ’03

Jennifer is a perfect example of the value of a liberal arts education. After graduating from Wesleyan Jennifer went on to earn her law degree. Today Jennifer owns her own firm and represents individuals in family and humanitarian based immigration matters. 

 

ART MAJORS OFTEN ENTER GRADUATE PROGRAMS:

University of Georgia, Central Washington, Marlborough Gallery,
Southeby's London, Pratt Institute of Art, University of Nebraska,
Birmingham Museum of Art 

 

CAREER OPTIONS FOR STUDIO ART MAJORS

MUSEUM Professional

Museum people love their jobs, working with the public, giving programs, explaining exhibits, and answering questions. You might be the director or business manager or the curator. You might handle fossils and other fascinating objects.

Commercial Gallery

Be an owner or director! What type of museum are you creating? Art museum? Children’s museum? Local history? Science center? You’ll need a vision, community support, real estate, start-up and operating money, a building, and a strong work ethic.

STUDIO ARTIST

Freelancers need to manage their time, money, and client base wisely in order to keep things running. Illustrations might be for books, manuals, textile, entertainment, packaging, character design, concept art and more.

ILLUSTRATOR

Freelancers need to manage their time, money, and client base wisely in order to keep things running. Illustrations might be for books, manuals, textile, entertainment, packaging, character design, concept art and more.

Graphic Artist

A craftsman who composes visual material for print or digital display. Text is composed by a copywriter, and the graphic artist is responsible for selecting the appropriate font, color, and placement for maximum impact of the message.

Teacher

As a teacher of art you might specialize in visual arts like illustration, painting, photography, sculpture, or graphic design. You can teach at the elementary, secondary, undergraduate, or postgraduate level, or give private lessons.

DESIGNER

A designer might work on websites, in the video game industry, as a graphic, clothing, or package designer or any number of other areas.

FILM INDUSTRY

In the film industry, a studio art major could design and construct sets, props, and backdrops, decorate a scene, edit film, be a producer, director, or animator, or design movie posters and other promotional materials.

Alexis Gregg
Assistant Professor of Art (478) 757-5196 Profile
Dennis Applebee
Professor of Art (478) 757-5194 Profile
Elizabeth Bailey holding her award in front of her artwork
Elizabeth Bailey
Professor of Art History (478) 757-5195
Fernando La Rosa
Instructor of Art (478) 757-5221 Profile
Frances de La Rosa
Comer Professor of Painting (478) 757-5221 Profile

100%

Of the full-time art faculty are practicing artists

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Local museums and galleries where students can do internships and professional development

100%

Of art majors graduate with a web presence

Calendar of Events

Calendar of Events

Wesleyan College is privileged to steward many arts and cultural events and share them with the community. Most are free and open to the public. Wesleyan art galleries are open M-F 1:30 – 5:00 PM and on Wesleyan Market Saturdays from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM.

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