A Northwestern student throws clay on a pottery wheel.

Artists engage in making and understanding the visual culture around us. They skillfully use tools and materials to communicate ideas and encourage curiosity. For artists who are Christians, art may serve as a creative expression of their faith, observations and questions.

Art programs

Northwestern’s art department offers programs in art, graphic design, art therapy, arts administration and art education.  Explore programs


Creative success

Northwestern art students have had their work selected for a juried undergraduate exhibition at the University of Nebraska, won a logo competition sponsored by the Higher Learning Commission, and been chosen for an elite internship at Elsewhere Museum in North Carolina. They're mentored by Northwestern’s art faculty, who also maintain their professional practice while they teach. NWC art professors' work has been featured in professional shows at the Des Moines Art Center, the Pen & Brush in New York City, and the CICA Museum in South Korea. The department also boasts a 2017 Iowa Arts Council Fellow. Explore faculty


Gallery and studios

The Korver Visual Arts Center was designed by artists for artists. It includes the Te Paske Art Gallery, which hosts around a dozen exhibitions each year. Students have access to well-equipped studios for exploring ceramics, drawing, design, painting, photography, printmaking and sculpture.  Explore facilities

Ali Almail

Interdisciplinary artist

A double major in art and genetics, molecular and cellular biology, Ali aspires to be a physician scientist, and he says studying art improves his skills as a scientist.

Ali's story

Osiris Ordaz

Combining passions

Through the encouragement of her professors, Osiris found that her passion for psychology and art can lead to an interesting, interdisciplinary career.

Osiris's story

Ali Achterhof

Content creator

Ali has always had an eye for design, and with a little encouragement from Northwestern’s art professors and Career Development Center, she chose to pursue her creative passions as a career.

Ali's story

Jesse Baldwin

Contemporary artist

In addition to directing the fine arts for a number of Boys and Girls Clubs throughout Weld County, Colorado, Jesse is also a freelance artist and works out of the Downtown Artery in Fort Collins.

Jesse's story

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