Studio Art Major

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

Collaborate with Fellow Creators

Our studio art 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.

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.

Request more information about the studio art major at George Fox University or schedule a visit to begin your education at Oregon's Christian university, ranked as one of the top Christian colleges in the nation by Forbes.

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 has been ranked among the nation’s top colleges by publications like Forbes, U.S. News and World Report and Kiplinger’s Personal Finance.