Studio Art & Arts Administration Major (BA)

Studio Art majors at George Fox University work with faculty who integrate their faith into their studio practice.

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Collaborate with Fellow Creators

Our studio art and arts administration major fosters the development of collaborative, resourceful and creative makers who work in a research-based practice informed by contemporary and historical art and culture.

We work in a variety of two- and three-dimensional media including, but not limited to, sculpture, painting, drawing, photography and lens-based media, print media and utilitarian ceramics.

Creative Thinking and Technical Precision

We place an emphasis on critical thinking, problem-solving and risk-taking throughout the program, encouraging students to develop the confidence to experiment and the self-reliance to become courageous life-long learners.

Instruction in technical competencies and skills of the studio practice are partnered with conceptual strengthening projects and polished off with professional and business practice capstone work to send our emergent practitioners out equipped for a life of successful creating and earning.

Developing Leaders in the Art Profession

Students with a passion for developing, managing and directing creative organizations have the opportunity to gain the historic, curatorial and business administration skills needed to pursue a career in the leadership and management of arts-related organizations as part of the major's arts administration emphasis.

Through work with George Fox’s galleries and existing art collection as well as partnerships with regional nonprofits and arts institutions, students will be able to look behind the scenes at what it takes to run an arts organization, facilitate community arts events, and curate an exhibition.

Learn from Professional Artists

All faculty are practicing artists with a wide range of current studio and curatorial practices. Course highlights in the studio major include Mixed Media, Introduction to Painting, Screen Printing and Traditional Printmaking, Ceramics, Color Theory, Traditional Darkroom Photography, as well as Senior Thesis and Exhibition.

Exhibition Opportunities

The senior year for studio artists culminates in a solo or group exhibition. If you love looking at and making objects and images, want to live and work in creative spaces, and find yourself constantly exploring materials, you may want to consider studying studio art.

Ceramic, Sculpture and Studio Facilities

Also offered is a ceramics and sculpture facility that allows students to explore pottery and various sculpture mediums. Seniors have the opportunity to set up their own studio space in the art annex with its own workspaces, kitchen and ceramic kiln.


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Major Requirements

Complete the following:

An introduction to materials, techniques, and theory related to two-dimensional design. Additional course fee is required.
This course focuses on three-dimensional design. Hands-on projects are the primary learning mode. Additional course fee is required.
Art majors given preference. This course is a study of materials, methods, and techniques used for drawing with pencil, ink, charcoal, and other drawing media. Additional course fee is required.
A survey of the elements and concepts of art theory and practice as reflected in culturally and historically significant painting, sculpture, architecture, and other art forms, from 1450 to the present. Additional course fee is required.
A study of the relationship between art and Christianity in the contemporary world. Designed primarily for studio art majors. Prerequisite: either ARTS 382 Twentieth Century Art or ARTS 384 Contemporary Art Forms. Additional course fee required.

Complete the following:

This seminar course will meet weekly to focus on theory, concepts and methodology of art historical study and their application by engaging students in discourse surrounding lectures of visiting professional artists. Investigations of film and writing will be a secondary approach to this course. Must be taken minimum 5 out of 8 semesters in students’ program. Satisfies: core major requirement. Additional course fee required.
This seminar course will meet weekly to focus on theory, concepts and methodology of art historical study and their application by engaging students in discourse surrounding lectures of visiting professional artists. Investigations of film and writing will be a secondary approach to this course. Must be taken minimum 5 out of 8 semesters in students’ program. Satisfies: core major requirement. Additional course fee required.
This seminar course will meet weekly to focus on theory, concepts and methodology of art historical study and their application by engaging students in discourse surrounding lectures of visiting professional artists. Investigations of film and writing will be a secondary approach to this course. Must be taken minimum 5 out of 8 semesters in students’ program. Satisfies: core major requirement. Additional course fee required.
This seminar course will meet weekly to focus on theory, concepts and methodology of art historical study and their application by engaging students in discourse surrounding lectures of visiting professional artists. Investigations of film and writing will be a secondary approach to this course. Must be taken minimum 5 out of 8 semesters in students’ program. Satisfies: core major requirement. Additional course fee required.
This seminar course will meet weekly to focus on theory, concepts and methodology of art historical study and their application by engaging students in discourse surrounding lectures of visiting professional artists. Investigations of film and writing will be a secondary approach to this course. Must be taken minimum 5 out of 8 semesters in students’ program. Satisfies: core major requirement. Additional course fee required.

Complete the following:

Art majors given preference. This course is a study of materials, methods, and techniques used for drawing with pencil, ink, charcoal, and other drawing media. Additional course fee is required. Prerequisite: ARTS 111 Drawing I.
A survey of the elements and concepts of art theory and practice as reflected in culturally and historically significant painting, sculpture, architecture, and other art forms, from prehistoric times to 1450. Additional course fee is required.
Art and its relationship to a non-Western culture, e.g., African, Asian, Latin American. Specific topic will be dependent on the instructor's area of specialization. Additional course fee is required.
Art and its relationship to Western culture of the 20th century. Additional course fee is required.
This course examines and participates in the forms and methods of art in the 21st Century. Emphasis is placed upon investigating post-modern art theory while looking at current artists of note. The genres of video, installation, conceptual, digital and performance art are explored. In addition, students create their own work of digital media and conceptual art in the progression of the class. Additional course fee required.
In this course, students identify, research, and begin creating a body of work and written thesis in their studio area of interest. Emphasis is placed on strong technical and formal articulation in support of a compelling, developing thesis concept. Professional practices for the emergent studio practitioner will be examined and executed. Participation in the Professional Networking visiting practitioner program through studio visits and lectures is a key component of this course. Prerequisite: art major with senior status, or by permission.
The Senior Thesis II course represents the culmination of four years of study. Each student is expected to create a focused and in-depth body of studio work, which is developed through research and critical feedback with instructors and visiting practitioners. In recognition of the transition from student to artist this process represents, student will be working largely in a self-directed manner, in consultation with the Thesis Faculty. This work should reflect mature and independent decisions made regarding content and means of expression. Students work in their individual studio spaces. Additional course fee is required. Prerequisite: art major with senior status, or by permission.

Complete the following:

This course will introduce students to the practical skills required for the successful management of arts organizations. Areas covered will include budgeting, marketing/publicity, fundraising, and issues associated with the founding of a non-profit organization.
This course brings sophomore or junior level students into an internship experience with George Fox University exhibition and collection resources. Students will complete work in the academic semester related to museum studies, exhibition design and management and collection registration and care. Prerequisite: junior status or instructor approval.
Focusing on a variety of curatorial problems and strategies, this seminar addresses the range of methods that encompass the practice of curating and the conceptual perspectives that have shaped Collection and acquisitions of art objects. Arts Administration II emphasizes museum contexts, but also includes a review of alternative spaces, commercial galleries, and auction houses. Topics include the changing role of the museum, exhibition planning, crisis management, audience development, collections management, and strategic planning.

2D Option (15 hours)

Complete the following:
Introduces students to materials, methods, and techniques used in painting with acrylics or oils. Additional course fee is required. Prerequisite: ARTS 111 Drawing I, or instructor's permission.
Introduction to the materials, methods, and techniques used in photography. Additional course fee is required.
An introduction to screen printmaking, and relief printmaking (woodcut, linocut, collagraph) techniques and methods. Additional course fee is required.
Complete one 300-level and one 400-level course below:
A further development of the students' knowledge and use of the materials, methods, and techniques used in painting with acrylics or oils. Additional course fee is required. Prerequisite: ARTS 201 Beginning Painting.
Provides an opportunity for further development of skills and for the introduction of more advanced techniques. Additional course fee is required. Prerequisite: ARTS 230 Beginning Photography.
A further development of the students' knowledge and use of printmaking (silkscreen, woodcut, linocut, collagraph) and a further introduction to intalio and etching techniques and methods. Additional course fee is required. Prerequisite: ARTS 231 Beginning Printmaking.
Focuses on the individual artistic development of students as they combine techniques and subject matter into a personal style of visual communication. Additional course fee is required. Prerequisite: ARTS 301 Intermediate Painting.
Focuses on the individual artistic development of students as they combine techniques and subject matter into a personal style of visual communication. Additional course fee is required. Prerequisite: ARTS 330 Intermediate Photography.
Focuses on the individual artistic development of students as they combine techniques and subject matter into a personal style of visual communication. Additional course fee is required. Prerequisite: ARTS 331 Intermediate Printmaking.

3D Option (15 hours)

Complete the following:
An introduction to investigating methods of additive, subtractive, assembled, and cast sculptural techniques. Students will use medias such as glass, plaster, clay, wood and stone, working with the traditional sculptural subject matter of the human figure, plant and animal imagery and abstraction. Additional course fee required.
An inquiry of the essentials of combining a variety of art methods and materials, this class creates opportunities for students to integrate methods of kiln worked glass, assemblage, painting, photography, printmaking, mosaic, and sculptural techniques. Conceptually the student is challenged to have their artwork develop out of ideas gleaned from literature, science, their personal narrative, and current events. Additional course fee required.
Introduction to basic hand-building techniques and surface design. Additional course fee is required.
Complete one 300-level and one 400-level course below:
This course continues exploration of sculptural techniques, including specific projects working with casting methods using glass, plaster, plastic, clay, and wax. Students are also at liberty to work in developing a deeper understanding of working in media such as metal, stone, wood and clay while cultivating a conceptual framework for their artwork. Additional course fee required. Prerequisite: ARTS 221 Beginning Sculpture.
A further broadening of the student’s knowledge and ability to combine methods of painting, sculpture, fiber arts, photography and other media. Students are encouraged to learn from contemporary artist’s methods and techniques while building upon a variety of ideas and concepts. Additional course fee required. Prerequisite: ARTS 240 Beginning Mixed Media
A further development of the students' knowledge and skill in throwing, hand building, and firing techniques in ceramics. Additional course fee is required. Prerequisite: ARTS 241 Beginning Ceramics.
This course pursues rigorous development in one’s sculptural methods. Students focus on a particular three-dimensional media while clarifying their conceptual framework with further research over the semester, creating a cohesive body of sculptural works. Additional course fee required. Prerequisite: ARTS 321 Intermediate Sculpture.
This course pursues focused creation of a body of mixed media work as the culmination of this course. Working in combined media of their choice, the student is challenged to create a series of pieces applying professional levels of artistry and technique. Methodical research of artists, media, and concept is required. Additional course fee required. Prerequisite: ARTS 340 Intermediate Mixed Media.
Focuses on the individual artistic development of students as they combine techniques and subject matter into a personal style of visual communication. Additional course fee is required. Prerequisite: ARTS 341 Intermediate Ceramics.

Complete the following:

  • Sophomore Review
  • Junior Portfolio Review
  • Senior Capstone Research Defense

Jobs, Internships and Graduate School

Studio Art majors at George Fox study at one of the West Coast's top Christian colleges

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment as a craft or fine artist is expected to grow 6 percent between 2016 and 2026, and roles for multimedia artists are growing at 8 percent. The Portland metro area is well-known for its thriving arts community, bringing in millions of dollars annually and supporting a significant population of artists.

  • Exhibiting fine artist
  • Freelance artist or illustrator
  • Artist in residence
  • Artist’s representative
  • Arts administrator
  • Fine arts instructor
  • Curator of exhibitions or collections
  • Archival specialist
  • Art restorer/conservator
  • Sculptor
  • Architectural model maker
  • Framer
  • Display designer
  • Exhibit designer
  • Gallery director
  • Illustrator
  • Mold maker
  • Welder
  • Textile/surface designer
  • Mural artist
  • Public commissions artist
  • Studio potter
  • Ceramic tile designer
  • Art therapist (requires additional post grad education)
  • Education coordinator, Chehalem Cultural Center
  • Director of university studio maker space, Corban University
  • Arts and public programming director, Chehalem Cultural Center
  • Studio technician, Pigeon Toe Ceramics
  • Lecturer of art and design, Pennsylvania College of Art and Design
  • Program liaison, Grunewalk Guild Art and Faith Community
  • Lead photographer, The Pair Visuals
  • Service coordinator, Pic-Time
  • K-12 art teacher, Black Forest Academy
  • Art and fashion director, Benjamin Holtrop, Inc.
  • Art teacher, Rock Creek Middle School
  • Kent State University
  • Tyler School of Art at Temple University
  • University of Madison, Wisconsin
  • University of New Mexico
  • Alfred University
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • University of Iowa
  • Oregon College of Art and Craft
  • Washington State University
  • Lewis and Clark Graduate School of Education (art education)

Student Experiences

Brenna Brutscher (’16)

“The art program at George Fox taught me more about what it means to be a human. The range of human expression through visual matter is nothing short of breathtaking and has taught me new levels of what it means to truly feel and be present in life.”

- Brenna Brutscher (’16)
Arts Program Specialist, Corban University

Lehman Pekkola (’17)

“My time at George Fox allowed for transcendence to take place – a transcendence that I hadn’t anticipated would take form, a transcendence that changed my entire perspective toward relationship, toward art, toward faith, toward the world. George Fox’s professors and peers allowed space and opportunities for me to become a better human being, which is something I’ll forever be grateful for.”

- Lehman Pekkola (’17)
Visual Artist, Pic-Time LTD

Points of Distinction

  • Students are trained in creative problem-solving and innovative techniques highly sought after in the field.
  • Studio art majors are trained by a faculty who are currently active and exhibiting artists in their field.
  • All students exhibit on campus and have multiple outlets for sharing their work with the surrounding community, including First Friday events, community sales and exhibits, and our visiting artist series that brings industry professionals to campus every week of the year.
  • The department operates as a family, with students of varying skillsets supporting one another and building on one another’s strengths.
  • Connections to regional businesses and institutions allow our students to work in placed internships and work with clients/commissions while still in school.

Why George Fox?

Christ-centered community

Our faith influences everything we do here, from the way our professors teach to the way we relate to one another and serve in the community.

Global opportunities

More than half of George Fox undergraduate students study abroad, ranking George Fox among the nation's leaders in study abroad participation (U.S. News & World Report).

Small classes

Our 14-to-1 student-to-faculty ratio means you'll get to know your professors on a personal level.

National recognition

George Fox University is a Christian university classified by U.S. News & World Report as a first-tier national university, and Forbes ranks George Fox among the highest Christian colleges in the country.