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, videographers, 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 Advertising Marketing Communication or 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, video, photography, sculpture, or printmaking.

Major: BFA or BA Art   
Related Major & Minor: AMC (Advertising & Marketing Communication), Art Studio minor, Visual Studies minor
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UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAMS

Choose between 3 different degree programs: bachelor of arts, bachelor of fine arts, or bachelor of science in nursing.

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  • Accounting 
  • Applied psychology
  • Art, studio 
  • Asian studies
  • Biology 
  • Business 
  • Chemistry
  • Communication
  • Digital marketing
  • English with a literature emphasis
  • English with a writing emphasis
  • Economics
  • Educational studies
  • English with a Literature Emphasis
  • English with a Writing Emphasis
  • Environmental science
  • Equine assisted therapy
  • Finance
  • Forensic science
  • Healthcare administration
  • History
  • Human resources management
  • Mathematics
  • Music 
  • Neuroscience 
  • Organizational behavior
  • Philosophy
  • Political science
  • Pre-law
  • Reading
  • Psychology 
  • Reading
  • Religious studies
  • Spanish 
  • Sport management
  • Strategic management
  • Theatre
  • Visual studies
  • Women, gender, and sexuality 

 

Pre-Professional Concentrations

Find out more about our Pre-Professional programs here.

  • Allied Health
  • Athletic Training
  • Dentistry
  • Law (stand alone concentration of accelerated JD dual degree with Mercer) 
  • Medicine
  • Pharmacy
  • Seminary
  • Veterinary

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Visiting Artist speaks with students

Visiting Artist Program

Art classes are enhanced with a schedule of short-term visiting artists who offer hands-on studio workshops, artist’s lectures, and exhibitions. The semester long Artist-in-Residence program hosts an artist who maintains an open studio space, offering special programing for students throughout their residency.

Totem pole outside of Art building.

Art in Nature

The Art Department is adjacent to Wesleyan’s 100 acre Arboretum. The Art Pad and Gallery Trails offer outdoor classroom spaces and the installation of outdoor sculpture.

Why Wesleyan?

Why Wesleyan?

No one knows Wesleyan better than our alumnae who have experienced learning, living, and thriving at Wesleyan. Alumnae reflect on their experiences on campus and the impact on their lives through lifelong friendships to skills acquired on campus impacting their careers.

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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 23 majors and 30 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.

In celebration of the 100th anniversary of women’s right to vote, Wesleyan art history students researched, curated, designed, and installed the exhibit Rebellious Women: Celebrating Women’s Suffrage, on display in the East Gallery, Porter Family Memorial Fine Arts Building, Wesleyan College. READ MORE >

 

Visiting artists, internships and museum excursions expand learning:

Visiting artists share their expertise through exhibitions, workshops, and lectures. 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.

 

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 

 

Wesleyan Women In Art Careers

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.

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.

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. 

Dennis Applebee
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Alexis Gregg
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Frances de La Rosa
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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 1-5PM and on Wesleyan Market Saturdays from 10AM-2PM.

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