From the studios in Pella to the art capitals of the world, an art minor from Central College experiences the entire spectrum of the visual arts. Art graduates are working in a number of fields, such as architecture, graphic design, studio art and education.

A strong foundations program in drawing, visual language, 3D design and art history provides students with a solid basis in visual literacy to excel in the classroom as well as the larger global community. The art department offers studio classes covering all levels of drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, glassblowing, ceramics and metalsmithing. In addition, we offer a range of art history courses that explore art in ancient through contemporary worlds.

The Central Difference

Art on Campus

Internationally and nationally known artists and exhibitions visit campus annually through the Allison B. Allen Visiting Artist program.

Recent visiting artists include:

  • Ian Boyden, a book artist and owner of Crab Quill Press in Walla Walla, Washington
  • The Tibetan Monks of the Deprung Loseling Monastery
  • Jim Masterson, a master blacksmith and shop foreman at the National Ornamental Metal Museum in Memphis, Tennessee
  • Craig Cornwall, master lithographer and owner of Trilobite Lithographic Workshop in Olympia, Washington

Super Selfie

Scottie Yang ’18 loves caped crusaders who make it their mission to save the world.


The Lubbers Center for the Visual Arts is home to the art department. Large, open studios with natural light are used for drawing, painting, printmaking, papermaking and book arts. Updated and well-equipped studios house individual classes for glass, sculpture, wood, metals and ceramics. The building includes high-tech classrooms, laser engraver, and 3D and large-format fine art printers used exclusively for art department classes.

Art students have 24/7 access to the fine arts Apple computer lab located in the Roe Center. This fine arts lab is shared with the theatre and music departments and is equipped with the latest software specific to each discipline.


Central is the only four-year college in Iowa with glassblowing as a regular course offering.

Mills Gallery

The Lubbers Center is home to the Mills Gallery, which serves as a resource for the art department, the campus and the general community. The Mills Gallery offers a dynamic schedule of exhibitions featuring art from around the world, and hosting visiting artists' lectures by regionally, nationally and internationally known artists. Art students have the opportunity to display exhibitions in this space. Central also maintains a teaching collection of contemporary artwork visible in public spaces throughout campus, integrating art into the life of the campus.

Study Abroad

Students are encouraged to study abroad to enhance their development as global citizens or participate in a national study program in Chicago, Washington, D.C., or New York.

Learn more about these programs.

Beyond Central

Putting the “Hire” in Higher Education

  • Richard Williamson ’15, Graphic Designer, TwoTone Creative, Des Moines, Iowa
  • Amanda Deerr ’14, K-8 Art Teacher, Prairie City Monroe Community School District
  • Patrick Loughlin ’14, Production Director And Designer, Shiner Photo, Phoenix, Arizona
  • Samantha Scheckel ’13, Art Therapist, Youth And Family Services, Des Moines, Iowa
  • Taylor Schuelke ’12, Video Producer/Editor, National Geographic, Washington, D.C.
  • Brandon Rose ’11, Art Director, Freebyrd Custom, Lonedell, Missouri
  • Lindsey Croghan ’10, Mural Artist, Ron Rieschl, Des Moines, Iowa
  • Adam Bartelt ’08, Marketing Director, Orchestrate Hospitality, Des Moines, Iowa
  • Amy Kaffka ’06, Senior Designer, The Dinex Group, New York, New York

Central Mills Gallery Presents “Of Comfort”

Central will present the exhibition “Of Comfort” through Feb. 12 in the Mills Gallery.


  • Art Club

No matter what your interests are, Central has a student group for you! Learn how you can get involved with groups and organizations at Central.

Graduate Placement

Many art students have continued their education earning M.F.A. and M.A. degrees at graduate schools across the country, including:

  • California College of Art, San Francisco, California
  • Mount Mary College, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa


  • Photographer’s assistant, Designer Images, Pella, Iowa
  • Graphic designer, Fusion Fitness, Morrison, Illinois
  • Photographer/production assistant, Ventana Productions, Washington, D.C.
  • Intern, Little Angel Theatre Company, London
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Courses & Faculty

Central’s art curriculum emphasizes studio work supplemented by courses in art history, criticism and theory that you won’t find offered at other schools. Small studio classes — seldom more than 20 students — enable instructors to give personal attention to each individual and carefully critique works in progress. Minors in studio art and art history are also available to all students.

Meet the Faculty:

Sample Coursework

First Year

  • Drawing I
  • Visual Language
  • 3D Design
  • Art and Architecture of the Ancient World

Sophomore Year

  • Medieval Art and Architecture
  • European Art from the Renaissance to Romanticism

Junior Year

  • History of Modern Art

Senior Year

  • Art Theory and Criticism
  • Senior Seminar


Learn More

Want to find out more about Art at Central? Contact us to learn more about this discipline and our other strong academic programs.

Visit campus to observe classes and experience The Central Difference firsthand.